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Even if Messi comes to lament leaving – and on some level he knows it is guaranteed that he will. Even then, this is a stain that will not go. Photograph: Getty

The end is getting nearer, Lionel Messi said the night he collected his sixth Ballon d’Or. It was hard enough for Barcelona fans to accept then; it is(...)

Barcelona have become increasingly reliant on Lionel Messi who is now 33. Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona have not been champions of Europe since 2015. Five years may not be a long time to most, but to a modern superclub it is a period endured wi(...)

Andres Iniesta in action for Vissel Kobe in February. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty

“Every time I see a photo of a game or a full stadium, I feel desperate to play football again,” Andrés Iniesta says after 54 days without. For his cl(...)

The Barcelona team before their last home defeat, against Real Betis last November. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United have already written a piece of European Cup history this season, becoming the first team to overturn a 2-0 home defeat in the secon(...)

Ronaldo with Alex Ferguson after winning the Champions League in Moscow in 2008. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

At some point tonight the home fans at Old Trafford will probably sing a round of Viva Ronaldo. From distant metro platforms to wind-raked terraces, i(...)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani reacts after scoring in the  Champions League  match against  Bayern Munich  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Paris St Germain tore apart Bayern Munich to win 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday as the French club’s expensively-assembled attack made anoth(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks perplexed during his side’s 4-0 defeat to Everton despite dominating possession at Goodison Park. Photograph: Getty Images

On June 24th, 2013, Pep Guardiola was ceremonially introduced as the new manager of Bayern Munich. There were 247 journalists on Munich’s Sabener Stra(...)

Manchester City have the richest owner in Sheikh Mansour; United, however, boast a worldwide reach as Ed Woodward continues to grow the business

Managers Manchester City Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, head coach are six words to delight all City fans and make every Manchester United devote(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi is fully expected to reclaim award he has won four times. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

When Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, becoming the first and still the only Englishman to win European football’s player of the year award s(...)

 Barcelona coach believes  Luis Enrique will remain at the club. Photograph:   Toni Albir/EPA

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says the thought of having a team without Lionel Messi is “not even something we contemplate”.The future of the Argentina(...)

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