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

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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)

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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

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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

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