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Video: Simon Rice talks through Manchester City's draw in the last 16 of the Champions League

Lionel Messi breaks Spanish goal scoring record

Argentine superstar beats Telmo Zarra's record of 251 goals

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1: Are Lionel Messi's best days behind him?

During large parts of El Clasico Messi was an aimless figure. Dare we say that, at 27, the Messiah’s best days are behind him?

Xavi: Barcelona captain breaks record for most appearances in the Champions League

Spanish midfielder plays 143rd game in the competition

Lionel Messi (left) clashes with Weligton last night

Malaga's Weligton claims he grabbed Lionel Messi's throat because Barcelona forward called him a 'son of a b****'

Incident happened in the goalless draw between the teams last night

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez scores two goals in Barcelona B friendly against Indonesia Under-19s

VIDEO: Uruguayan was on target twice in B friendly at training complex

Angel Di Maria at the World Cup

Angel Di Maria latest: Barcelona infuriate Real Madrid with audacious £48m bid for winger - reports

The two famous La Liga foes are unlikely to come to any agreement

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique lands himself in trouble after letting off a stink bomb during flight to Finland

Furious airline staff were forced to apologise to the Barcelona man's fellow passengers after the incident

Luis Suarez could be back training with Barcelona in two weeks after CAS hearing is set

Banned striker will present case on 8 August with ruling announced later

Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Agger closing in on Barcelona move as Xavi plans to stay

Reds centre-back looks set to leave Anfield after Lovren arrival on Merseyside

John W Henry predicted that fans will see a very explosive Liverpool this season

Liverpool owner John W. Henry admits time was right to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona

Liverpool set to continue summer spending with Loic Remy signing

Cesc Fabregas' future at Barcelona is in doubt

Cesc Fabregas transfer news: Speculation over midfielder leaving Barcelona fuelled as star is left out of club's kit launch

Barcelona opt for young talent in the unveiling of their new kit with Fabregas, and several other players who could be leaving, not in the picture

Dani Alves eats a banana thrown at him from a racist Vilarreal fan before taking a corner

Dani Alves abuse: Barcelona defender would like picture of racist fan posted on internet

Alves was targeted with a racial taunt on Sunday when a fan threw a banana at him but it is neither the first time Alves or others have been targeted racially in Spain

Neymar of Barcelona takes on Juanfran of Club Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg

Barcelona transfer ban: Barcelona free to sign players this summer after ban if lifted pending appeal

Barcelona had looked to be in a transfer crisis given their transfer ban but will be free to sign players until their appeal is resolved

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the winning goal for Real Madrid in the 2-1 Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 comment: 58 metres in 8 seconds to score the winner - why £86m Gareth Bale is now a true 'Galactico'

Welshman scored the sublime goal in the 87th minute in the Cop del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid have one foot in the semi-final after their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the quarter-final

When is the Champions League semi-final draw? Here's everything you need to know

All the information you need for Friday's draw is here

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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