Lionel Messi

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Marta of Brazil won the best Fifa Women’s Player at last year’s awards. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The rapid growth of the women’s game will be recognised at this year’s The Best Fifa Football Awards with two new categories, a prize for the best fem(...)

Ruby Walsh with his wife, Gillian, and daughters Isabelle, Elsa and Gemma after he announced his retirement at the 2019 Punchestown Festival in Co Kildare last Wednesday.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

He had so many Walshes surrounding him at Punchestown, Robert Hall was feeling severely outnumbered. “You’re like the Jackson Five,” he said to Ted, K(...)

A painted mural of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Jordan Street in the city’s Baltic Triangle. Photograph: Getty Images

Three weeks ago, amid a gripping Premier League title race, Phil Scraton and Margaret Aspinall walked into a room at Melwood, Liverpool’s training gro(...)

Lionel Messi: was successfully curtailed for opening 75 minutes by Liverpool but then struck twice to give Barcelona a 3-0 lead.  Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty

Contemplating his side’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jürgen Klopp said that to sit back and look to absorb pr(...)

Lionel Messi’s brace gave Barcelona the advantage in their Champions League semi-final aganist Liverpool. Photograph: Josep Lagp/AFP/Getty

There was a moment at the end of this game – like so many other Lionel Messi moments – that you felt like pulling out of the air, taking home and keep(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores their third goal from a free kick during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool  at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Jürgen Klopp described Lionel Messi as unstoppable after the brilliant Barcelona captain orchestrated Liverpool’s heaviest defeat of the season in the(...)

 Lionel Messi scores  Barcelona’s third goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

It was a relegation of sorts for Michael Owen, rather than being on BT’s punditry panel for the game he was stationed in the tunnel. Come half-time, G(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal with Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets during the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou. Photograph:   Susana Vera/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Liverpool 0 Sometimes it feels like there are no more superlatives left. Seriously, what else can be said about this little guy with the (...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp speaks at a press conference ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Champions League semi-final first leg: Barcelona v Liverpool Kick-off: 8pm. Venue: Camp Nou. On TV: Virgin Media Sport, BT Sport. Jürgen Klopp said (...)

Lionel Messi celebrates Barcelona’s La Liga title victory last weekend. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Virgil van Dijk has said the challenge of silencing Lionel Messi in Barcelona holds no fear for Liverpool because a second Champions League semi-final(...)

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