Lionel Messi

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Barcelona goalkeeper  Marc-Andre ter Stegen fumbles the ball as Giovani Lo Celso scores Real Betis’ third goal in the La Liga game ay the Nou Camp. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Real Betis 4 Lionel Messi scored twice on his eagerly-awaited return but La Liga leaders Barcelona were still left shell-shocked by a sc(...)

 Lionel Messi holds his injured arm during Barcelona’s training session at the San Siro stadium ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Inter Milan. Photograph:   Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said captain Lionel Messi could feature against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, little more than two (...)

Lionel Messi is back in training after breaking his arm against Sevilla. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Lionel Messi is back in training for Barcelona after missing the last two games because of a broken bone in his arm. Messi suffered the injury on Oct(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he left Real Madrid for Juventus because of Florentino Pérez. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Cristiano Ronaldo believes the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, only ever saw him as a means of making money and has said the deterioration of(...)

Barcelona celebrate their 5-1 win over Real Madrid at the Camp nou. Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

Real Madrid have now won just once in six games – and if this is to be the end for Julen Lopetegui, it was a painful one, leaving his team in ninth pl(...)

Barcelona against Real Madrid will be shown on online service Eleven Sports. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty

One of football’s great rivalries resumes on Sunday afternoon, as FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. Both the injured Lionel Messi and(...)

 The Turf pub sign in Burnley  depicts an image of ex-player, Northern Ireland’s James McIlroy, who was instrumental to the club’s league title success in 1960. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Jimmy McIlroy died in August, it was a moment to return to his autobiography, Right Inside Soccer. It was written in 1960 when Burnley had just w(...)

Rafinha  scores for Barcelona in the  Champions League Group B  match against Inter Milan  at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona 2 Inter Milan 0 Barcelona came through their first test without the injured Lionel Messi, earning a convincing 2-0 win at home to Inter Mil(...)

Ronaldo with Alex Ferguson after winning the Champions League in Moscow in 2008. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

At some point tonight the home fans at Old Trafford will probably sing a round of Viva Ronaldo. From distant metro platforms to wind-raked terraces, i(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi is seen by many as the greatest player ever. Photograph: Reuters

Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considere(...)

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