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Brendan Rodgers looked like a man who suspected a wind-up when he was asked, half an hour after his side had defeated Manchester United on  1 September, whether he harboured hopes of winning the Premier League. There was a brief, uncharacteristic silence, then a little laugh before he managed to put together a reply. “It’s a fair enough question,” he said, before dismissing it.

Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates breaking Gerd Müller’s record

Gerd Muller hails 'gigantic' Lionel Messi after seeing 40-year-old record broken by Barcelona forward

Two goals last night see Messi reach 86 goals for the calender year

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

'Supernatural' Lionel Messi has no limits says Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique

Messi breaks 40-year-old record

Messi has scored 84 goals this year, one short of Gerd Müller's world record

Gerd Müller goal record can fall to Lionel Messi tonight

Barcelona forward one away from equalling 40 year old record

Real Madrid slipped to defeat in Dortmund

Injuries continue to disrupt Real Madrid

The latest injury to Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira comes at a tricky time for the La Liga champions with a potential banana skin awaiting at Real Mallorca on Sunday.

Barcelona celebrate victory over Celtic

Celtic still believe Champions League progress is possible after heartbreak at the Nou Camp

Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists his players still believe they can reach the knockout stages of the Champions League despite being denied a point at the Nou Camp last night by Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba's last-gasp winner.

Alba scores a late winner for Barcelona against Celtic

Barcelona victory over Celtic was well deserved says goalscorer Jordi Alba

Barcelona hero Jordi Alba felt his side fully deserved the three points against Celtic even if it needed a last-gasp winner from the full-back to see off the Scottish champions.

Jordi Alba scored a dramatic late winner for Barcelona

Match Report: Fraser Forster's heroics at the Nou Camp hold Barcelona before Jordi Alba breaks Celtic hearts

Barcelona 2 Celtic 1: Lennon’s ‘magnificent’ men cruelly denied at the death

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second against Real Madrid

'We do not know his limits': Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova hails Lionel Messi

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova chose to focus on the brilliance of Lionel Messi rather than engage in a slanging match with Real Madrid after the teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the first Clasico of the Primera Division season.

He tells us he is thrilled to be back and the nation is anxious to believe

Rafa Benitez: I'm a big Rooney fan... but don't tell Liverpool!

You will understand why I was not able to discuss publicly the technical qualities of Wayne Rooney while I was with Liverpool! But now is the time to examine the aspects of his play which we can look out for and enjoy against Ukraine tonight. They make him an even better player than the one he was a few years ago.

David Villas broke his leg in the Club World Cup semi-final

Barcelona vow to win Club World Cup for injured David Villa

European champions Barcelona have pledged to capture the Club World Cup for striker David Villa, who suffered a sickening leg break in Thursday's semi-final in Japan.

Damien Comolli praises 'brave' Liverpool owners

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has praised owners Fenway Sports Group for their "brave" approach to the transfer window.

One defender, nine midfielders: Barça's thrilling formation

Guardiola's side on Monday had no strikers but they still put five past Villarreal. Are they better than last year?

Chelsea buy a 'bulldozer' to demolish foes

A "bulldozer" was how Chelsea's new signing, Oriol Romeu, was described in one Spain squad profile on the eve of this month's Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. The Spanish newspaper Diario AS used the English spelling in a sort of homage to the player's summer destination.

Ferguson says: No one has given us a hiding like that

United manager says his side were 'mesmerised by best team we've ever played'
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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

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