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The treatment of his great friend  Luis Suarez by the club was the final straw for Lionel Messi. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barça usually get late night kick-off times for La Liga games at the Camp Nou. Players spill out of the stadium around midnight to go home. Lionel Mes(...)

Barcelona manager Quique Setien talks to his team in a break during their draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia. Photograph: Getty Images

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the(...)

Galatasaray supporters celebrate their title success in Istanbul in May. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Did Uefa bottle it by not choosing Turkey for Euros? By spurning Turkey, Uefa representatives have squandered a major chance to reach new audiences a(...)

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes holds his head after being hit by a missile during a Turkish Cup semi-final against Fenerbahçe. Photograph: Stringer/AFP

An Istanbul derby is like no other experience in sport. Outside the stadium before kick-off there’s the smoke and smell of kofte meat burgers wafting (...)

 Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Preston North End’s Seán Maguire during Ireland training at Antalya Stadium in Turkey.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cenk Tosun is the man of the moment in these parts, with locals excitedly revealing themselves to English-speaking visitors as devoted Everton fans. T(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann can leave the club if the right opportunity comes along, according to manager Diego Simeone. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid if the right opportunity comes along for the France forward, according to coach Diego Simeo(...)

Atletico celebrate their La Liga triumph at Camp Nou in 2014. Below, Leicester lift last season’s Premier League trophy. Photographs: Getty Images

One by one they got up, the pile of bodies peeling away a player at a time until there were only two remaining and the Atletico Madrid captain, Gabi F(...)

Barcelona players and fans celebrate after Sergi Roberto scored the winner against paris St-Germain. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 6 Paris St Germain 1 (aggregate: 6-5) Suddenly, there were people running across the pitch and the kind of noise that even this arena, the (...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a referendum campaign rally in the southeastern city of Kahramanmaras. Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish celebrities enjoy the same level of obsession and scrutiny as in most other countries, but now many are wading into politics ahead of a deeply(...)

Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Neymar celebrate a goal at El Molinon stadium in Gijon. Photograph: Getty Images

Sporting Gijon 0 Barcelona 5 Luis Suarez and Rafinha scored in the first half before three late goals in seven minutes including two from Neymar ga(...)

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