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Diego Maradona invited to 'farewell ceremony' after being sacked by Al Wasl

Diego Maradona has been invited to a 'farewell ceremony' by United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl after they sacked him as coach, a senior official said on last night.

The match was suspended three times

Montpellier ride out chaos and riot police to win Ligue 1 title

Montpellier players kept their cool to clinch a maiden Ligue 1 title with a 2-1 win at AJ Auxerre although the match descended into chaos as police were called in after local fans pelted the pitch with flares, tomatoes and toilet paper to interrupt the game three times on Sunday.

The relationship between Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini can be repaired says Balotelli's agent

Aguero and Balotelli will not leave Manchester City in the summer

Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli both believe they will be at Manchester City next season. The Argentinian forward said he planned to ignore advice from his father-in-law, Diego Maradona, that he should return to Spain to play for Real Madrid.

Sergio Aguero has been the one undoubted success story among the City strikers since his signing from Atletico Madrid last summer

City ready to resist Real bid to sign Aguero

Manchester City believe that Real Madrid may be engaging in a deliberate campaign to unsettle Sergio Aguero and, with the future beyond this summer already uncertain for three of their strikers, the club will refuse any offer for the Argentine from the Bernabeu.

Sergio Aguero has been the one undoubted success story among the City strikers since his signing from Atletico Madrid last summer

Manchester City braced to resist Real Madrid campaign for striker Sergio Aguero

Fear grows at the Etihad that their top scorer will be tempted to return to Madrid this summer

Al Wasl apologise to Diego Maradona following confrontation with fans

Al Wasl have apologised to manager Diego Maradona after he confronted fans who verbally abused his partner and friends during his side's UAE Pro-League match at the weekend.

A fuming Diego Maradona after his confrontation with crowd members

Jamie Corrigan: Let's hand it to Diego Maradona for silencing cowards

The Way I See It: More and more the foulmouthed and flea-brained are ruining what's meant to be an enjoyable experience

Mickael Barzalona celebrates

Barzalona has the world at his feet after Dubai success

Frenchman's latest big-race victory seals his place as the successor to Dettori at Godolphin

Martin Johnson, a great player but struggled as England coach at World Cup

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As a rule, messianic delusions are exposed by the demands of a very different vocation

Pete Jenson: 'Whenever things get difficult, Messi steps up; in adversity he always comes forward'

The best ever: Messi or Maradona?

Guardiola feels his five-goal striker compares with greatest players in game's history... but is he even the finest Argentine?

Lionel Messi’s five goals at the Nou Camp last night - Fourth

Lionel Messi hailed as 'the best' by Pep Guardiola

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.

Messi celebrates his first hat-trick

Lionel Messi revels in first hat-trick for Argentina

Lionel Messi has long had to contend with the criticism that he saves his best for Barcelona but his first hat-trick for Argentina proved a perfect riposte against those who doubted his international credentials.

Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal against Manchester United

James Lawton: With Aguero flying high all City's dreams can come true

What mattered to him was to serve with every scrap of the best of him

Sergio Aguero meets the media in Naples last night

Aguero hopeful the Maradona magic can rub off on him

The evidence of what it means to be a folk hero in a sky-blue city starved of success ought to be well known to Sergio Aguero after his four months in Manchester, though the frayed images of Diego Maradona which you will still find on walls and lamp posts in this city tell of a different type of worship.

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