Lionel Messi

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FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu  with Dutch player Frenkie de Jong,  in Amsterdam last week. Barcelona has announced signing the Ajax midfielder for €75 million plus a possible €11 million in add-ons. Photograph:  EPA

What sort of emotions do footballers feel upon signing the contract that takes them to one of the biggest clubs in the world? Jubilation, exhilaration(...)

 Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs at the Girona  defence during the La Liga match  at Montilivi Stadium. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Girona 0 Barcelona 2 An insatiable Lionel Messi scored for the eighth game in a row in all competitions as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a guts(...)

 A view of tributes  to Emiliano Sala left at Cardiff City’s grounds, in Wales. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

A new search for missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala has been launched after €300,000 was raised to fund the operation. An official search and resc(...)

 Lionel Messi scores  Barcelona’s second goal and his 400th for the club in La Liga during the game against  Eibar at the Nou Camp. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 3 Eibar 0 Barcelona forward Lionel Messi further etched his name into Spanish football history by becoming the first player to score 400 go(...)

 Willian and his Chelsea team mates celebrate his winning goal against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 Willian’s sublime strike earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory over spirited Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Pedro’s ninth-minute lob saw(...)

Kylian Mbappé  scores one of his two goals against Argentina in Kazan Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

World Cup: France 4 Argentina 3 - July 2nd, Kazan There was far too much travelling to be done in Russia for every memorable game to be seen, but I m(...)

Unai Emery: His kid-gloves handling of Neymar at PSG brought neither success nor respect. He won’t make the same mistake with Ozil at Arsenal. Photograph: Ian KIngton/Getty Images

In May this year, soon after leaving his role as coach of PSG, Unai Emery gave an interview to the journalist Marti Perarnau which touched on the them(...)

 Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura scores his side’s equalising goal in the Champions League  group B match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Tottenham knew what they had to do at one of the cathedrals of European football but, at the same time, they knew tha(...)

River Plate fans celebrate victory in Buenos Aires after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors. Photo: Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Pity Martínez, his legs like lead, took a deep breath. After 120 minutes of impossible tension, after a journey of 6,000 miles, after a game that had (...)

Lionel Messi opens the scoring for Barcelona at Espanyol. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed “extraordinary” Lionel Messi after his brilliant free-kicks helped set up an impressive 4-0 win at derby rival(...)

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