Sport Captain Lionel Messi provided the words of wisdom in the team-talk to inspire Argentina to victory

The Argentina captain delivered a compelling team-talk before Argentina won 4-2 in the penalty shootout, securing their place in the World Cup Final

Barcelona revealed their plans for the redevelopment of the Nou Camp Stadium

Barcelona set to redevelop Nou Camp to increase capacity to a staggering 105,000 - 15,000 more than its closest rival Wembley

Club president Sandro Rosell has confirmed that a vote will take place in April over whether to approve the build after plans for a new stadium were scrapped

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Fifa Ballon d'Or awards alongside Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Franck Ribery still fuming over award snub - 'Cristiano Ronaldo won nothing'

The Bayern Munich winger says he is no longer interested in the award

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Cristiano Ronaldo fights back tears after winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Rio Ferdinand attempted to persuade him into a Manchester United return following Ballon d'Or success

Ronaldo has confirmed that he seriously considered a return to Old Trafford when his future was uncertain last summer before he signed a new £76m contract

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers

The Real Madrid forward was today anointed the world's best player

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, say readers of The Independent

We asked you who deserved to win among the three short-listed players

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is 'an alien' says Arda Turan following Atletico Madrid's draw with Barcelona

The Argentine forward returned to La Liga action in the 0-0 game

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid content with draw that allows Real Madrid to close the gap

The sides drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital in a game of few clear chances

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Cardiff City

Luis Suarez is 'the best player in the world', claims Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Step aside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - the best player on the planet resides at Anfield

The players run for cover after referee Mark Clattenberg postpones the League Cup quarter-final, although the Stoke City players don't appear to be in a rush as they want play to continue.

Stoke 0 Manchester United 2: League Cup quarter-final postponed for 10 minutes after heavy rain and hail hits the Brittania Stadium

Players run for cover as the Potteries turns into a Winter Wonderland

An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the venue for the final - the Maracana Stadium

World Cup 2014: England's possible route to glory - taking in Spain, Germany and Brazil

We take a look at the path Roy Hodgson's side would likely take to the final in Rio

Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez celebrate after the former scores for Uruguay

Transfer news: Any move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would break Gareth Bale's £86m world-record fee, claims Edinson Cavani

The Paris St-Germain striker claims Suarez is on a par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo according to his Uruguayan team-mate

Luis Suarez is targeting a return to the Champions League with Liverpool

Luis Suarez 'masterclass' enjoyed by Liverpool team-mate Joe Allen

The Uruguay striker scored four goals against Norwich

Southampton v Aston Villa: Christian Benteke backed to end goal drought by Paul Lambert

The striker has gone seven games without a goal

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes