Lionel Messi

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Uruguayan defender Roland Araujo was sent off on his Barcelona debut. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Ernesto Valverde questioned both of Barcelona’s red cards that came late on in their 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla at the Nou Camp. First-half goals from (...)

Megan Rapinoe is presented with her Fifa women’s player of the year award from Fifa president Gianni Infantino at La Scala opera house in Milan. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona star Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best Fifa player of the year awa(...)

 Alvaro Vadillo of Granada  celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match against  Barcelona at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Granada took advantage of Barcelona’s troubles on the road to move top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Los Carmenes. Ramon Azeez and Alv(...)

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk poses with his trophies for Uefa’s Men’s Player of the Year and  Best Defender during the Champions League  group stages draw  in Monaco. Photograph:  Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named as Uefa’s Men’s Player of the Year with the 28-year-old coming comfortably first in the vote by jour(...)

Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring his second against Real Betis. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Barcelona 5 Real Betis 2 Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by coach Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came (...)

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba of Manchester United during their Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside via Getty Images

Manchester United have suffered quite a few sickening reverses in the post-Alex Ferguson era, but few of them boasted the elegant comic structure of t(...)

Athletic Bilbao celebrate Aritz Aduriz’s late winner against Barcelona. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Athletic Bilbao 1 Barcelona 0 Aritz Aduriz is 38 and a half. He has already announced that this will be the final season of a career that stretches b(...)

Lawyer, writer, and former first lady of the US, Michelle Obama.

Irish people admire Michelle Obama and David Attenborough the most, according to a new poll. World lightweight title holder Katie Taylor. (...)

Conor McGregor was ranked 65 in the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Photograph: PA Wire

MMA fighter Conor McGregor and golfer Rory McIlroy are the only two Irish people to make onto the Forbes celebrity rich list this year.  McGrego(...)

Lionel Messi is sent-off during Argentina’s Copa América organisers defeat to Chile. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty

The South American football confederation said questioning the integrity of the Copa America is “unacceptable” after Lionel Messi alleged Argentina we(...)

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