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Aston Villa announce appointment of Simone Farina as community coach

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Cristiano Ronaldo seals Super Cup win for Real Madrid despite wonder free-kick from Lionel Messi

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Favourites Brazil face South Korea in Olympic semi-finals

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Javier Mascherano has been the driving force behind Barcelona's recent run

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<b>11. LIONEL MESSI </b><br/>
<b>Total earnings: </b>£24.9 million <br/>
<b>Salary/winnings: </b>£12.7 million <br/>
<b>Endorsements: </b>£12.2 million <br/>
Lionel Messi is now regarded as the best footballer in the World, slightly above Christiano Ronaldo. Messi broke the 39 year record for most goals in a European club season in 2012 when he finished the season having netted 73 times. He won FIFA player of the year three times and his biggest endorsement is from Adidas.

Bangor City striker Les Davies stunned by Uefa's best player in Europe nomination

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Bangor's Les Davies voted among Europe's best

Les Davies, a 27-year-old winger who is a cult hero for his club Bangor City, has made it on to the 32-man list of players nominated for Uefa's best player in Europe award.

Andrea Pirlo chips his penalty against England

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FIFA 13 Ultimate Edition details and release date confirmed

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Alex Ferguson standing firm over selection of Manchester United players for Olympics

Sir Alex Ferguson has set out his stall over the London 2012 Olympic football tournament and told the FA none of Manchester United's over-age players apart from Ryan Giggs can be selected.

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Not so super Mario: Balotelli (far left) loses the plot against Sunderland. I bet my bottom dollar that he doesn't want Carlos Tevez to be at the club

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Milan survive as sublime Barca lack end product

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