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Video: Could Cristiano Jr.'s love of Messi bring the two great rivals closer together?

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho: Friendship with Alex Ferguson will remain whatever the result

Manchester United play Real Madrid this week

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez 'deserves Champions League football' says Steven Gerrard

Concerns striker will move elsewhere if Liverpool fail to finish fourth

Rory McIlroy has taken Tiger Woods’s place as Nike’s face of golf

Top dollar for Rory McIlroy who joins blue-chip brotherhood with Nike deal

Comeback Kid takes Tiger's place as Nike's face of golf – to the tune of $125m

When United and Liverpool lasy met again at Old Trafford, controversy followed as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off

Alex Ferguson hoping Manchester United clash with Liverpool passes without incident

United manager believes Luis Suarez incident is behind both clubs

Manchester City and Chelsea 'target' Radamel Falcao hints at future in Italy

The Colombian international has been strongly linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid

Spot the winner: Lionel Messi at this year's awards

The Ballon d'Or: Shimmering statuettes, simmering rivalries – but dodgier suits

The Ballon d'Or is the Oscars of the football world

The Ballon D'Or contenders

Are there any reasons why Lionel Messi shouldn't win the Fifa Ballon d'Or?

We profile the three contenders for tonight's award - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta

Royal Ballet: Leaping beauties caught on camera

The Royal Ballet's top dancers wear quirky accessories and clothes by young British fashion designers in a new series of unconventional portraits.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi turns down £460,000-a-week after £205m release clause is triggered

Barcelona forward shuns offer from unknown Russian club

The Spain players after their 4-0 win over Italy in the European Championship final in Kiev in July

Magical memories of 2012 - Football: 'That night Spain played thrilling, bold, beautiful football'

1 July: Beautiful Spain smash Italy in the Euro 2012 final

McCammon axed over racism claim, says tribunal

Ian Herbert northern Football correspondent

Manchester United have massive global appeal, especially in countries like Japan

Manchester City eager to copy the United model, just as Barcelona did

Etihad club's turnover was less than half of their rivals' in the last financial year, but their chief executive, Ferran Soriano has overtaken them before

Falcao, the man they call “The Tiger”, will be a major threat to Real Madrid in his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu

Atletico ready 'The Tiger' Radamel Falcao as their big-game hunter

Falcao to play at Santiago Bernabeu for first time

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in action for the Spain under-21s

Peter Schmeichel hails mental strength of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

Peter Schmeichel has hailed the mental fortitude that has allowed David de Gea to recover from his nightmare start at Manchester United.

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own