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The playmaker came through the ranks at Barcelona while van Gaal was manager at the Camp Nou and reserved praise of the highest order for the Dutch coach

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The Real Madrid forward was today anointed the world's best player

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid content with draw that allows Real Madrid to close the gap

The sides drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital in a game of few clear chances

Xavi and Iker Casillas formed a bond playing together at the Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria

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A Different League: Placing greater importance on the forming of young England teams is just as important as giving senior players a rest

An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the venue for the final - the Maracana Stadium

World Cup 2014: England's possible route to glory - taking in Spain, Germany and Brazil

We take a look at the path Roy Hodgson's side would likely take to the final in Rio

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Manchester United dealt blow in bid to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque urges midfielder to remain at the Nou Camp

Two goals by Jordi Alba, pictured, and another from Fernando Torres set up a semifinal showdown with Italy

Confederations Cup: Spain lifted by Alba double

Spain survived a stiff first-half examination from Nigeria to clinch their place in the last four of the Confederations Cup yesterday. Two goals by Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres set up a semi-final showdown with Italy.

Jose Mourinho

'I'm humble. Sometimes it doesn't look like I am - but I am': The best bits from Jose Mourinho's press conference

The 'Special One' addresses the media for the first time since his reinstatement

Sevilla winger may follow Isco to join Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium

Jesus Navas quits Sevilla to join David Silva at Manchester City in £17m deal

The Spanish club have accepted an offer

Neymar is presented to Barcelona fans after signing a five-year deal

Neymar unveiled by Barcelona after signing five-year deal

The Brazilian striker has put the finishing touches to his move

Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes offers 'explanation' for Barcelona exit plans

Goalkeeper will not renew his contract which expires next summer

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a brace against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona and Real Madrid win 3-0 as La Liga draws closer to conclusion

Tito Vilanova's side close in on title

David Beckham goes past Xavi and Lionel Messi in Paris

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti: I was not forced to start David Beckham against Barcelona

Ancelotti denies suggestions he was forced to start the former England captain

Tito Vilanova

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal send Tito Vilanova his support

Coach to undergo surgery and chemotherapy

Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates breaking Gerd Müller’s record

Gerd Muller hails 'gigantic' Lionel Messi after seeing 40-year-old record broken by Barcelona forward

Two goals last night see Messi reach 86 goals for the calender year

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

'Supernatural' Lionel Messi has no limits says Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique

Messi breaks 40-year-old record

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