Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s fourth as they thrashed Mallorca 4-0. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

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 Lionel Messi is the type of player who comes along every 50 or 100 years, according to Marco van Basten. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

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 Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior celebrates  scoring against Catalan giants Barcelona. Photograph: EPA

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The former sporting director of German club Hoffenheim has recalled the signing of a Brazilian teenager called Roberto Firmino. Photograph: Getty Images

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Matt Doherty scores Ireland’s equaliser against Denmark. The Wolves man made a strong case for a future starting role with his overall display in the 1-1 draw. Photograph: Nick Carson/PA

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Shane Duffy captained Ireland as they were held 1-1 by Denmark in Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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 Martin Braithwaite of Denmark celebrates scoring. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Danish players celebrate at the final whistle as Republic of Ireland players fall to the ground around them after the Euro 2020 qualifier. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Martin Braithwaite of Denmark scores against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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 Denmark’s Robert Skov celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal during the  Euro 2020 Group D match against  Gibraltar in Copenhagen. Photograph: Niels Christian Vilmann/EPA

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