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Lionel Messi has missed out on selection for Uefa's Team of the Year

Lionel Messi misses out on Uefa Team of the Year after fans vote him the 13th best player of 2013, adding to Ballon d'Or woe

Messi is not named for the first time since 2007 while is arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo tops his Ballon d'Or award off with a seventh consecutive inclusion

Shinji Kagawa has been on the periphery of the Manchester United squad this season

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa vows to build strength, conceding: 'I'm not the tallest or biggest player'

The Japan international has struggled to make an impact following his switch from Borussia Dortmund

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Jupp Heynckes dances the night away

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Jupp Heynckes beats Sir Alex Ferguson to coach of the year award following Bayern Munich success

Heynckes, like Ferguson, retired at the end of last season

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo says row with Sepp Blatter is 'no longer an issue' following telephone conversation

The Fifa president mocked the Real Madrid forward for 'spending time at the hairdresser'

Theo Walcott is 'mentally strong', says Arsène Wenger

Transfer news: Theo Walcott injury robs Arsenal of a 'complete player' but Arsene Wenger admits signing a replacement will be difficult

Walcott was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured cruciate knee ligament but Wenger has accepted that bringing in a suitable replacement could prove difficult

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata could be on his way to Arsenal after reports suggested the clubs have agreed a six-month loan deal

Transfer news round-up: Liverpool enter Alvaro Morata race; PSG plan €60m Eden Hazard bid; Borussia Dortmund want Serge Gnabry

The day's biggest transfer stories all in one place as Liverpool and Arsenal steal the headlines

Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund confident of keeping Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan

İlkay Gündoğa set to be offered new deal at Dortmund as the German club look to dispel any interested from Manchester United

Bayern Munich fans will have their tickets for the trip to Arsenal subsidised by the club as a thank you for their support in 2013

Arsenal shown how it's done as Bayern Munich announce plan to subsidise Champions League tickets by £75,000

Tickets costing £62 for the last-16 first leg will be partially funded by the current champions as a thank you for the support shown over 2013

Serge Gnabry

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund want Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry to replace Robert Lewandowski - reports

Bundesliga side keen on Arsenal's young striker as Polish star moves to Bayern Munich

Thomas Hitzlsperger during his time at West Ham

Comment: Thomas Hitzlsperger has made a giant stride in moving the debate about homosexuality in football forward

The former Germany international has already begun to influence opinions as well as helping show the overwhelming support within the game

Fabio da Silva, centre, will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires

Transfer news: Manchester United might not make any January signings with club refusing to consider stopgap acquisitions

David Moyes has said there is an 'urgency' for new recruits

Marco Reus

Transfer news: Manchester United target Marco Reus' release clause not valid until next season - reports

United may have to look elsewhere as news breaks that Rues' clause isn't valid until the summer

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund keen to extend contract of Manchester United 'target' Ilkay Gundogan

The Germany international is the latest BVB player linked with an exit

Robert Lewandowski

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal 'looked into' signing Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal tried to sign Robert Lewandowski but knew Bayern Munich deal was practically done

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