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Claudio Nancufil

Claudio Nancufil: The 'new' Lionel Messi attracting interest from Barcelona and the Premier League at the age of eight

He looks like Lionel Messi, comes from the same country as the Argentine superstar and, at the age of eight, already has Barcelona’s interest piqued. At the risk of building up hype that few would be able to match, remember the name: Claudio Nancufil.

Bruno Metsu talks to his Senegal squad at the 2002 World Cup

Bruno Metsu, who took Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, dies

The manager, who had been coaching in the Middle East, was 59

Steven Gerrard (left) and Frank Lampard share a joke during training

Comment: Time for the tandem act of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to come to an end for England

The duplication of their midfield roles makes England look one-paced

Joe Hart holds his head in his hands after the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich

Exclusive: Peter Shilton says Joe Hart is 'not the invincible keeper we thought he was'

In conjunction with BT Sport's Life's A Pitch, we puts questions from reader of The Independent to former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton

Rafael Benitez (left) shakes hands with Arsène Wenger

Comment: Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team can dream again of greatness on the Champions League stage

Mesut Özil’s capture has galvanised Arsenal in a way only great players can

Gareth Bale: Should finally get his move to Real Madrid when they offer closer to £90m

Transfer fees paid for players are 'a robbery' says Uefa president Michel Platini

Platini calls for changes to the transfer window

Edinson Cavani

Is Edinson Cavani really worth £54m?

The Uruguay international has also been a target for Chelsea this summer

Wayne Rooney’s stellar career has now reached a crossroads

The Last Word: Lean years may lie ahead unless Wayne Rooney learns to think thin

Miccoli, and Cassano have – at various stages, and in varying degrees – seemed to absorb obsolete bulk

Lionel flair: The Argentinian celebrates with teammates

Lionel Messi overtakes Diego Maradona with hat-trick to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Barcelona forward nets three times in 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala

Edinson Cavani

Chelsea 'interested in Edinson Cavani' according to Napoli

The Uruguay international is one of the most coveted strikers in Europe

Rafa Benitez urging his players on

After troubles at Chelsea, Rafael Benitez faces another testing role at Napoli

The Spaniard is on the verge of agreeing a deal with the Italian side

Gareth Bale in action against Wigan

Southampton wary of Gareth Bale ahead of trip to Tottenham

The Spurs forward comes up against his former side

Andrew Cassidy became a You Tube sensation with his footballing skills

Car park keepie uppie king Andrew Cassidy’s date with Maradona at Dubai's World Freestyle Championships kicked into touch

Scoring wonder goals galore in the Premier League this season, Gareth Bale may have thought his claim to be the “Welsh Maradona” was secure. Little did he reckon upon a rival claim from a 20-stone, 50-year-old, unemployed fisherman from Pembrokeshire.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero clashes with Chelsea’s David Luiz during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Better late than never - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero finds form

City striker, who escapes censure for stamp on Chelsea’s Luiz, has until now struggled to match highs of last season

Francesco Totti

Could Francesco Totti make a sensational return for Italy?

The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this season

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