Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal at the Benito Villamarin stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

“Truth is, I don’t remember anything like this,” Lionel Messi said but nor do they and their reaction said more than words, long abandoned as inadequa(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their third goal against Rayo Vallecano with Ivan Rakitic. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 Barcelona came from a goal down to defeat struggling Rayo Vallecano 3-1 and restore their seven-point lead at the top of(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale shrugs off teammate Lucas Vazquez after scoring in their LaLiga win over Levante on Sunday. Photo: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was notorious during his time at Real Madrid for not congratulating his teammates when they scored. Gareth Bale – who was signed by (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 4 Lionel Messi said Barcelona were back to their best following a mid-season slump after he scored a remarkable 50th career hat-(...)

Lionel Messi  scores a penalty for Barceloan during the  the La Liga match against Real Valladolid  at the Nou Camp. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 1 Real Valladolid 0 Barcelona marked the signing of a new contact for coach Ernesto Valverde with a 1-0 win over relegation-battlers Real V(...)

 Ernesto Valverde’s team are nine points clear at the top of La Liga. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has agreed to extend his contract with the club until 2020 with the option of an additional year, the La Liga leaders(...)

Barcelona will host Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia on Wednesday night. Photograph: Albert Gea/Inpho

Barcelona host El Clasico rivals Real Madrid as the pair meet at the Nou Camp in the opening leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday. The b(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barcelona’s equaliser against Valencia. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty

Barcelona 2 Valencia 2 Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back from two goals down by scoring twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia in a thrill(...)

 Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs at the Girona  defence during the La Liga match  at Montilivi Stadium. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Girona 0 Barcelona 2 An insatiable Lionel Messi scored for the eighth game in a row in all competitions as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a guts(...)

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