Gonzalo Higuain

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 John Paintsil in action for Ghana against his friend Yakubu Aiyegbeni. File photograph: Getty Images

A pinch in the pecker between friends Former Fulham full-back John Paintsil once told Peter Crouch that he was going to break his leg during a game a(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration during the Champions League round of 16 second leg  between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Phototraph: Antonio Calanni/AP

Lisbon will miss Cristiano Ronaldo this week. For the first time in a decade, the Champions League quarter-finals go ahead without him. On Frida(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch in Turin after his team crash out of the Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

Juventus 2 Lyon 1 (2-2 on aggregate, Lyon progress on away goals) Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, including an unstoppable long-range goal, to give(...)

 Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is one goal short of Gonzalo Higuaín’s record for most goals in a Serie A season. Photograph: EPA

To listen to Ciro Immobile on Wednesday night was to wonder whether he might be in the wrong line of work. “I hate it when I absolutely have to score,(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg in February. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider this weekend as the antipasto, leading us into an Italian footballing feast. Serie A will return on June 20th, with the first of 124 games th(...)

Troy Parrott started for Tottenham against Juventus in Singapore. Photograph: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty

Juventus 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 Harry Kane’s outrageous stoppage-time strike from the halfway line got Tottenham’s pre-season off to a memorable start(...)

Chelsea manager  Maurizio Sarri kicks his hat away in  frustration during his side’s final training session ahead of the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manager Maurizio Sarri stormed away from Chelsea’s training session at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on the eve of the Europa League final against Arsen(...)

Arsenal celebrate Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Chelsea in January. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty

Transition is often a useful excuse for football clubs but in the case of Arsenal and Chelsea it happens to be true. The Europa League final will be a(...)

 Gonzalo Higuain  scores Chelsea’s third goal during the Premier League match against  Watford  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Chelsea 3 Watford 0 This encapsulated Chelsea’s bizarre campaign of extremes. There had been heckles from the home support as the players retired at (...)

Marcos Alonso equalises for Chelsea at Old Trafford. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 This draw frustrates Manchester United and cheers Chelsea who after Arsenal’s capitulation at Leicester City earlier on(...)

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