Messi refused to be outdone by Ronaldo's hat-trick performance on Tuesday

Champions League round-up: Lionel Messi matches Cristiano Ronaldo with hat-trick in Barcelona romp against Ajax

Lionel Messi proved again tonight that anything Cristiano Ronaldo does he can match by scoring a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Ajax 4-0 at the Nou Camp.

Mikel Arteta (L) and Bacary Sagna (R) of Arsenal FC are given a lesson in making Sushi from a top Sushi Chef in the Urawa Royal Pines Hotel in Japan

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The Gunners are yet to land one of their prime targets

Arsene Wenger and Luis Suarez

Transfer news: Mikel Arteta 'sure' Arsenal will land summer targets

The Gunners have made moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is confident Luis Suarez will remain with the club this summer
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Gervinho looks set to complete long-awaited move to Roma after arriving in Italian capital

Didier Drogba returns to haunt Arsenal as Galatasaray win Emirates Cup

North Londoner's hunt for a trophy goes on as former Chelsea striker seals turnaround for Turkish side

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It's smiles all round as Napoli unveil Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina before pre-season match

Duo are introduced to the home crowd ahead of their friendly against Galatasaray

Fernandinho alongside Manuel Pellegrini

Fernandinho calls for flying start at Manchester City

The new signing wants points on the board before Champions League begins

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain completes move from Real Madrid to Napoli

Arsenal had been hopeful of signing the striker

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Chelsea transfer target Bruma victim of an alleged kidnapping attempt

A Sporting Lisbon supporters group tried to kidnap the winger on Wednesday night according to his agent

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Brendan Rodgers is reported in signing the Sunderland keeper as Barcelona seek potential replacement for Victor Valdes

Transfer speculation: Manchester United 'willing to sell Nani for £8.5m' amid interest from Monaco and Juventus

The midfielder's future has been uncertain for some time

Didier Drogba pictured during the Istanbul derby

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