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

Lionel Messi

Jack Wilshere: Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world, despite the claims of Cristiano Ronaldo

The Arsenal midfielder revealed his view in a Q&A session

Fans pay tribute to Fifa Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo thanks Real Madrid fans following show of support using face masks

Supporters of the Spanish club staged stunt to boost Ronaldo's chances of winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or

45,000 fans will wear Cristiano Ronaldo face masks when Real Madrid face Galatasaray tonight in a show of support for his Ballon d'Or campaign

Real Madrid v Galatasaray: 45,000 Real Madrid fans to wear Cristiano Ronaldo face masks in show of Fifa Ballon d'Or support

Two supporters groups have organised the stunt to support campaign for the forward to win this year's Ballon d'Or award

Ajax's Thulani Serero scores past Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto

Gerardo Martino and Carles Puyol demand more intensity from Barcelona following shock defeat to Ajax

The Spanish champions lost 2-1 in Amsterdam

Franck Ribery

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Franck Ribery 'confident' of winning award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after 'setting defences on fire'

The France international helped Bayern to win an unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble

Barcelona midfielder Xavi pictured ahead of the tie with Bayern Munich

Xavi and Cristian Tello join Lionel Messi on the Barcelona injury list

Concerns for the La Liga champions deepen with latest injuries

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates his first goal in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad with Gareth Bale on Saturday

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Have the 2013 achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo been played down on Fifa's website?

Real Madrid winger has been at odds with Fifa and Sepp Blatter recently

Barcelona players, including Cesc Fabregas, celebrate a goal

Barcelona extend deal with UNICEF which sees club pay charity £1.25m a year

The name of the charity is displayed on the back of the shirt

FIFA 14's player ratings: How do the top fives stack up?

The overall top five doesn't contain many surprises, but who has clinched the top spot for pace or passing?

Fifa 14 launches on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 - player ratings scrutinized

Latest update to the long-running franchise met with excitement from fans and players alike

Fifa 14 launches on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 - player ratings scrutinized

Latest update to the long-running franchise met with excitement from fans and players alike

'Is it forbidden to dream?': Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa retains hopes of winning the Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi has won the award for the last four years

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol nears return for Barcelona

The captain is recovering from knee surgery

Lionel Messi
Neymar makes his debut against Lechia Gdansk

Barcelona's newest signing Neymar makes his debut for the Catalan club, but was it a winning one?

Neymar will expect to win a number of trophies during his career with Barcelona, but how did they fare against Polish side Lechia Gdansk

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