Lionel Messi

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal at the Benito Villamarin stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

“Truth is, I don’t remember anything like this,” Lionel Messi said but nor do they and their reaction said more than words, long abandoned as inadequa(...)

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba after Barcelona’s second goal against Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Betis 1 Barcelona 4 Lionel Messi was lauded by opposition supporters on Sunday after he scored an outstanding hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 win (...)

Manchester United’s Fred: ‘We are prepared for whoever we are drawn against.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United are ready to take on any of the teams left in the Champions League, the midfielder Fred said before today’s draw. Four English team(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their third goal against Rayo Vallecano with Ivan Rakitic. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 Barcelona came from a goal down to defeat struggling Rayo Vallecano 3-1 and restore their seven-point lead at the top of(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi argues with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during the El Clásico match between the sides on Saturday night. Photo: Curto de la Torre/Getty Images

Last week, in a video interview with Copa90, Jurgen Klopp allowed himself a little jibe at the expense of Everton: “We have 330 million people who lov(...)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic scores their first goal during the  La Liga games against  Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 1 Ivan Rakitic’s fine first-half goal proved enough to give Barcelona a hard-earned 1-0 win over rivals Real Madrid at the Sa(...)

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(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez scores in the  Copa del Rey  semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in  Madrid. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 3 (Barcelona win 4-1 on aggregate) For FC Barcelona there is something about the Santiago Bernabéu. They came to the home of (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 4 Lionel Messi said Barcelona were back to their best following a mid-season slump after he scored a remarkable 50th career hat-(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi  shoots as  Lyon defender Jason Denayer movs in to block during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg  at the Groupama stadium. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Lyon 0 Barcelona 0 Barcelona were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday as bot(...)

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