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

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 10 December 2013

Cook’s future looks rough as captain admits to bad form

Steven Gerrard tangles with Germany’s Max Kruse

World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group G - Germany; Ghana; USA; Portugal

The lowdown on all of the teams in Group G

Xabi Alonso will decide his future

Transfer news: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso set to decide his future 'very soon' as links with a Premier League return refuse to go away

Alonso has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti has announced that they are expecting his decision in the weeks to come

Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez celebrate after the former scores for Uruguay

Transfer news: Any move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would break Gareth Bale's £86m world-record fee, claims Edinson Cavani

The Paris St-Germain striker claims Suarez is on a par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo according to his Uruguayan team-mate

Luis Suarez is targeting a return to the Champions League with Liverpool

Luis Suarez 'masterclass' enjoyed by Liverpool team-mate Joe Allen

The Uruguay striker scored four goals against Norwich

Southampton v Aston Villa: Christian Benteke backed to end goal drought by Paul Lambert

The striker has gone seven games without a goal

Ryan Giggs did not develop into the towering world figure his talent suggested he might become

Kevin Garside: As good a player as he still is, Ryan Giggs could have been so much more

Ryan Giggs as national treasure is a hard bubble to prick. The eulogies rained down on Friday on the occasion of his 40th birthday. The celebration of such a landmark, uncommon for an active footballer, is no place for the dissenting voice. But what about the day after? Is this the time to reflect more critically on the career of a Manchester United great?

Lionel Messi

Jack Wilshere: Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world, despite the claims of Cristiano Ronaldo

The Arsenal midfielder revealed his view in a Q&A session

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I don't need the Ballon d'Or to know I'm the best'

PSG forward scores yet another Champions League goal - but claims he doesn't need an award to tell him how good he is

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Real Madrid v Galatasaray: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Champions League match in Madrid

Franck Ribery

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Franck Ribery 'confident' of winning award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after 'setting defences on fire'

The France international helped Bayern to win an unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble

Wayne Rooney has refuted suggestions about his fitness

Cardiff City v Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson's wrong about me, insists Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that his good form this season is down to improved fitness, insisting he was just as fit last season.

Gareht Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo share a hug during a recent game

Gareth Bale: Cristiano Ronaldo is not a rival at Real Madrid – he is the best

Wales star tells Jack Pitt-Brooke how some of the greats of the game have helped him settle at the world’s most glamorous club

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 21 November 2013

Gerrard welcomes negativity as Terry return played down

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

Lionel Messi awarded Golden Shoe for third time after 46 La Liga goals for Barcelona

The Argentina international, who is currently out injured, was presented with the award today

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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