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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.

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The Gunners are yet to land one of their prime targets

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

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Fernandinho calls for flying start at Manchester City

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

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Gonzalo Higuain completes move from Real Madrid to Napoli

Arsenal had been hopeful of signing the striker

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

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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

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The Galatasaray striker was targeted in the Istanbul derby

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