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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi earns more than €56m a year. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10 million (€11.3m) a year, according to the latest G(...)

 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona argues with the referee Jaime Latre at the end of the   match. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

La Liga champions Barcelona’s domestic struggles continued as they dropped points for the third game in a row, drawing 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao (...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi scores their first goal from a free-kick  against PSV Eindhoven’s goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet  during the  Champions League Group B  match  at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 4 PSV Eindhoven 0 Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as Barcelona kick-started their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win at h(...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores during their Nations League win over Netherlands in Paris. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty Images

France 2 Netherlands 1 France striker Olivier Giroud ended his 10-match goalless run with the winner as the world champions’ return to Paris for the (...)

 Kylian Mbappé against  Belgium  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. His quick feet buy him and his teammates extra space inside congested penalty areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solid foundations begin in defence France’s tactics in the 1-0 semi-final win against Belgium did not draw universal approval. “They have played ant(...)

 Belgium’s Eden Hazard: “We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.” Photograph:  Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Thibaut Courtois has accused France of being an “anti-football team” following Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final loss to Les Bleus in Saint Petersbur(...)

French fans in Dtwo nightclub watch their World Cup semi-final  against Belgium. Photograph: Jack Power

Hundreds of French and Belgian soccer fans crowded into Dtwo nightclub on Harcourt Street, in Dublin city centre, to watch their teams face off in the(...)

Samuel Umtiti of France scores during their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium in St Petersburg. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

France 1 Belgium 0 Two decades after he captained one great French side to a world title on home soil, Didier Deschamps is on the brink of engineerin(...)

Antonie Griezmann is tackled by Australia’s Josh Risdon - the video referee later concluded it was a foul. Photograph: Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty

France 2 Australia 1 France benefited from a controversial first use of video assistant referee technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 w(...)

 Paolo Guerrero earned a reprieve on the eve of this World Cup. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

The Matches Group C France v Australia (Kazan Arena, 11am, RTE/BBC) Betting: France 1/4, Australia 9/1, Draw 11/2. Group D Argentina v Iceland (Spar(...)

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