Leo Messi

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 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 (...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric  scores his team’s second  during their Group D match with  Argentina  at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

World Cup: Argentina 0 Croatia 3 - June 21st, Nizhny Novgorod Every World Cup has its moment of sporting catastrophe. In 2014, all the planning, mone(...)

 Barcelona fans with their Catalan flags at Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

At the one end of the ground that is an end and not just a wall, a small gang of Rayo Vallecano fans in bright high-vis jackets and yellow hard hats s(...)

Sergio Ramos has not held back in his comments on Maradona and Carlos Queiroz. Photograph: Getty Images

Carlos Queiroz stopped on the way out of the Kazan Arena and embraced Sergio Ramos before continuing towards the bus, which was still parked at one en(...)

Russian dolls of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina in a souvenir shop in Moscow. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

In the French revolutionary calendar, which was inspired by nature and agriculture and is still observed by a small hardcore of romantics, we are now (...)

Barcelona celebrate after winning against Deportivo de la Coruna at the Riazor to seal the La Liga title. Photo: Lavandeira jr/EPA

The league came to a close at both ends of Riazor, two human circles forming. Deportivo de La Coruña’s players joined together, arms around each other(...)

 Barcelona’s Gerard Pique celebrates scoring against Espanyol. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

They were seven minutes away when Gerard Piqué appeared before them, a finger on his lips in the rain. “It was symbolic,” he said, and he made sure of(...)

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