First Aaron Ramsey, then Marouane Fellaini and now the Barcelona star too...
Uefa have revealed their nominations for the continent’s best player - with a few surprises
The emergence of China on the world stage is also making its mark on the transfer market
Messi was convicted for tax fraud and sentenced to 21 months in prison on Wednesday
Under Spanish law any sentence under two years can be suspended meaning the Barcelona and Argentina footballer is expected to avoid serving time in prison
Maradona says Messi's decision has to be respected and called on the AFA to 'build a unified team'
The 29-year-old, five-time Ballon d'Or winner made the shock announcement after missing a penalty in the shoot-out of his country’s defeat by Chile in the Copa America final
A selection of the Argentine genius' finest strikes for his country
'I don't think I will (return). I made up my mind. I did everything possible to win and it's done,' says 29-year-old
Argentina 4 USA 0: Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain, one from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Messi's record-breaking effort send Argentina through to Copa America final
Six NFL players, four golfers, three NBA stars, two footballers, two tennis players, two F1 drivers and one boxer make up the list
Argentina 2 Chile 1: Goals from Di Maria, who lost his grandmother shortly before the game, and Ever Banega gave Argentina a measure of revenge for last year's Copa America final defeat
Murtaza Ahmadi’s father received a call from a local gangster who thought the family had received money from Messi and wanted a share
Giuliano Poser has revolutionised the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's diet
Analysis shows that the Argentinian scores more goals late in the game than at any other time
Barcelona suffer third league defeat in a row