Leo Messi

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Royal Antwerp’s Didier Lamkel Ze turned up for training in the shirt of their biggest rivals - Anderlecht. Photograph: Getty Images

Apology of the Week That would be the one issued by Antwerp’s Cameroonian striker Didier Lamkel Zé. “I sincerely apologise to the club and Antwerp s(...)

 Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates scoring against England in the World Cup semi-final in 2019. The high profile American star has now joined Tottenham Hotspur in the WSL. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Late last week, while the majority of football fans were getting ready for the start of the new season, Spurs pulled off a completely unexpected trans(...)

 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,(...)

Barcelona manager Quique Setien talks to his team in a break during their draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia. Photograph: Getty Images

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a huge donation to aid the battle against coronavirus in his native Catalonia. Photograph: PA

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have each donated €1million towards the fight against coronavirus. Argentina(...)

 Lionel Messi is the type of player who comes along every 50 or 100 years, according to Marco van Basten. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Is Messi real? Arsene Wenger (2010) - “Messi is like a PlayStation player.” Luis Enrique (2014) - “He does things in training that I haven’t even see(...)

 Barcelona  coach Ernesto Valverde during their 4-0 Champions League defeat at Anfield. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool’s fans chose to stay behind, Barcelona’s had no choice. Standing there in the Anfield Road End, still barely able to believe it, noise engul(...)

Barcelona’s  Sergio Busquets slides in to tackle Atletico Madrid’s  Rodri    during the La Liga game at the  Nou Camp at the weekend. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Manchester United and Barcelona met it ended with a plea for mercy. There were 10 minutes left in the 2011 European Cup final when Wayne(...)

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 (...)

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