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

Gerardo Martino will take up his first coaching post in Europe

Barcelona announce Gerardo Martino will be presented as new manager on Friday

The Argentinian replaces Tito Vilanova at the Nou Camp

Thiago Alcantara – La Roja's boy from Brazil

Manchester United’s target Thiago is more than ‘anarchist’

Free spirit who inspired Spain to Euro Under-21s glory has Barça buyout clause of just £15m

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

Barcelona doctor reveals concerns over Neymar's weight

The Brazil striker is on the light side for Spanish football

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

Neymar unveiled by Barcelona after signing five-year deal

The Brazilian striker has put the finishing touches to his move

Barça forced to wait for Spanish title

Barcelona must wait at least another week to wrap up the Spanish title after drawing 2-2 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday before second-placed Real Madrid won 2-1 at city rivals Atletico.

Bayern Munich players celebrate Müller's opener

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Barcelona - as it happened

All the news on tonight's semi-final first leg

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a brace against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona and Real Madrid win 3-0 as La Liga draws closer to conclusion

Tito Vilanova's side close in on title

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his goals against Galatasaray as Lionel Messi prepares for PSG quarter-final

Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo - world's greatest players locked in new battle

The stars of Barcelona and Real Madrid are vying to be Champions League top scorer

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

Bayern Munich will be in buoyant spirits for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match with Juventus tomorrow after they thrashed Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend, the biggest Bundesliga win for 13 years, keeping them 20 points clear at the top. Juventus, meanwhile, beat Internazionale 2-1 on Saturday at San Siro, to keep their nine-point lead at the top of Serie A.

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.

The 50 richest footballers in the world

Goal.com have released their annual rich list, with a familiar name still at the top

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Etihad Stadium
Christiano Ronaldo (left) returns to Old Trafford for the first time since joining Real Madrid

Manchester United v Real Madrid: Patrice Evra fears return of Cristiano Ronaldo

Frenchman also says former team-mate can expect a warm reception from the Old Trafford faithful

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