Jorge Valdano

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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(...)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane talks to Eden Hazard who is out with an ankle injury. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

Sunday’s Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona may have huge ramifications on La Liga’s title race but poor showings in the Champions League mean (...)

Unai Emery: His kid-gloves handling of Neymar at PSG brought neither success nor respect. He won’t make the same mistake with Ozil at Arsenal. Photograph: Ian KIngton/Getty Images

In May this year, soon after leaving his role as coach of PSG, Unai Emery gave an interview to the journalist Marti Perarnau which touched on the them(...)

Sturridge celebrates his goal with team mates and a rogue fan. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

It’s eleven years since Jorge Valdano coined the phrase “shit on a stick” to sum up matches between Chelsea and Liverpool, whose meetings invariably p(...)

 City manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League  match against Cardiff.  He has insisted many times that the Champions League is  a completely different competition to the Premier League. Photograph:  Reuters/Andrew Boyers

When Pep Guardiola agreed to take over at Manchester City, one of the things that attracted him was the idea that his arrival at the Etihad Stadium wo(...)

 France’s  and Argentina’s  Lionel Messi whose teams will meet in the last  16 clash on Saturday. Photograph: Simon Christophe/AFP/Getty

A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe me, I know all about that. In 2002 we went into the first (...)

“Messi is two, three players at once,” Javier Mascherano once said. Above, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel sai(...)

Brazil players celebrate  a goal during their 3-0 victory against Austria in an international friendly   on Sunday  in Vienna. Photograph:   Getty Images

The last time the World Cup was won by a team that could realistically have been considered the best in the world at any level was in 2002, when Brazi(...)

  Diego Maradona   handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score

High noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final shootout between two arch rivals who hadn’t met in a World Cup for 20 years and h(...)

Jose Mourinho: He is inserting himself into the action. He may not be on the pitch but he is participating: he is one of the ‘players’. Photograph: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

It is a sad indication of the recent state of Liverpool that over the past couple of weeks they have seemed more significant as a test case for other(...)

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