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Neymar is presented to Barcelona fans after signing a five-year deal

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Tito Vilanova's side close in on title

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Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes is unable to react to PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi's defelcted shot

PSG must sustain high tempo at Nou Camp against Barcelona says Carlo Ancelotti

The French side recorded a 2-2 draw in Paris

David Beckham: Former England captain has indicated he would like to stay on at PSG

Bayern Munich rev up for Juventus Champions League test

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Lionel Messi trains with his Barcelona team-mates

Barcelona v AC Milan: 'Monster' Lionel Messi means no easy ride for Milan in the Champions League

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hopes Ballon d'Or winner has a night off

<b>David Beckham - £175m</b><br/>
The Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played an important role in both teams' success domestically and in European competitions. David Beckham recently signed a five month deal with Paris Saint-Germain and committed his entire salary to a local children's charity.

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