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Barcelona players lift up their team-mate Lionel Messi in celebration of his new La Liga goalscoring record

Manchester City know first-hand that beating Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be tough

Manuel Pellegrini's side were beaten by the Catalan side at the Round of 16 stage last season

Arsene Wenger during his time at Monaco

Champions League draw: Arsenal draw Monaco but nightmare for Chelsea and Manchester City

The current Premier League leaders will play PSG while City face Barcelona

A downbeat Brendan Rodgers looks on

Seven things we learnt from the Premier League this weekend: Liverpool have problems; not all Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger out

A look at the key lessons from the top flight, including the risks of calling it too early and Jose Mourinho's shameful take on diving

Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks

Survey finds many kids believes the Son of God plays for the Blues

Steven Gerrard

Xavi selects ultimate UK first-XI and says Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney would have fitted in at Barcelona

The Spaniard also selects John Terry despite having "not always been complimentary" about Chelsea

Nemanja Vidic

Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao

A look at the latest gossip heading into the January transfer window

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling with Brendan Rodgers

Raheem Sterling contract: Liverpool forward to reject pay-rise in excess of 100 per cent

Liverpool ready to pay the youngster £70,000-a-week

Cristiano Ronaldo with Toni Kroos

Champions League draw: Why Manchester City and Arsenal are likely to rue finishing as runners-up

The Premier League duo face a tough draw in the Round of 16, with holders Real Madrid a possibility for both of them

Champions League draw: Who can Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City face? When is the draw?

Full details of the draw for the Round of 16 of the competition

Video: Puff of smoke seen as footballer is struck by lightning during match in Peru

The players were "terribly shaken" by the incident but the footballer is recovering in hospital

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas