Screen idle: 'In life Messi is quicker than he is on the TV,' says Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini: 'Messi is so quick, there is nothing you can do really'

Apparently the televised perception of Lionel Messi is not correct; worryingly, the Barcelona forward is quicker in real life.

Lionel Messi’s five goals at the Nou Camp last night - Fourth

Lionel Messi hailed as 'the best' by Pep Guardiola

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hailed the unique talents of Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward's five goals against Bayer Leverkusen last night eased the holders into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Lionel Messi has scored 12 goals in European games this season

Messi hits five while tiny Apoel go through

Lionel Messi at his breathtaking best tore Bayer Leverkusen apart with a record five-goal Champions League haul last night as Barcelona swept into the quarter-finals 7-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate.

Adebayor: 0-2

Emmanuel Adebayor calls on Tottenham to bounce back against Manchester United

Emmanuel Adebayor has called on Tottenham to show they are still capable of winning the Barclays Premier League by bouncing back from their hammering at Arsenal with a win over Manchester United this weekend.

Messi hands over his shirt

Bayer Leverkusen players to be ordered to auction off Lionel Messi shirt

Two Bayer Leverkusen players will have to auction off Barcelona shirts they got from Lionel Messi in a 3-1 Champions League defeat on Tuesday after sports director Rudi Voeller said they were too enthusiastic in their quest for a souvenir.

The sporting week ahead (12/02/12)

Today

Louis Saha – Everton
Although denying a recent link to the newly-found riches of PSG, Everton forward Louis Saha may still look for a move away from Goodison Park in the January window. The 33-year-old striker has struggled to score this season, but with competition for Everton’s front line at a minimum, David Moyes may look to keep him until at least the summer unless he strengthens in January.

Busy Redknapp adds Nelsen and Saha to squad

After shipping out Roman Pavlyuchenko to Lokomotiv Moscow for £7.5m and replacing him with a loan deal for Louis Saha from Everton, Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, made a late and successful move to sign the Blackburn Rovers captain, Ryan Nelsen, on a permanent deal until the end of the season. The New Zealand international will move to White Hart Lane, with his situation to be reviewed in the summer.

Ballack has been criticised by the CEO

Bayer Leverkusen CEO critical of Michael Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Michael Ballack has failed to deliver in his 20 months at the Bundesliga club after joining in 2010 from Chelsea, club CEO Wolfgang Holzhaeuser said today.

Dimitar Berbatov is too sublime a player to be limited to cameos for United

Chris McGrath: Berbatov: the beautiful and the damned

The Last Word

Arsène Wenger: The Arsenal manager called the draw with Milan 'difficult but exciting'

'Draw is difficult...but it's also exciting'

Wenger admits Milan tie is 50-50 while Villas-Boas says it could have been easier

Madrid look to open up gap before winter freeze

Eurozone

Nightmare draw for English clubs

Italian tests for Arsenal and Chelsea...and it is also tough for Manchester pair
Didier Drogba celebrates giving Chelsea the lead on a night when he was back to his best

Chelsea qualify as group winners after decimation of Valencia

There are some games in which only a vintage performance from Didier Drogba will do for Chelsea, and luckily for Andre Villas-Boas last night, in his hour of direst need, the young manager got one from his old battle-scarred striker.

Raul Meireles (left) congratulates Ramires on his goal, Chelsea's second, at the Bridge last night

Chelsea win group with canny demolition of Valencia

Chelsea 3 Valencia 0

The Chelsea players congratulate two-goal hero Didier Drogba

Chelsea abandon cavalier tactics and advance to knockout phase

Chelsea 3 Valencia 0

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test