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

Man United stars fail to gag Barcelona's beauties

A Barcelona side of rare skill, coherence, and imagination showed the better side of football last night when they beat Manchester United 3-1 to win the European Champions League at Wembley.

Barcelona v Manchester United player ratings

Barcelona became European champions for the fourth time as they defeated Manchester United 3-1.

The Experts' View: Our writers predict Wembley outcome

James Lawton

Sports Writer of the Year

It will take huge, maybe even superhuman, effort in the midfield, but Manchester United do have the means to win. Ji-Sung Park's recent attack-dog performance against Chelsea might be one point of hope. Barça ooze class, of course, but if United are able to frustrate Lionel Messi to any degree, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez might just plunder the upset victory.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-2 Man United

Nemanja Vidic warns Manchester United will lose if too much focus on Lionel Messi

Nemanja Vidic fears Champions League heartbreak for Manchester United if they become obsessed with shackling Lionel Messi in Saturday's final against Barcelona at Wembley.

Barcelona v Manchester United: Champions League final preview

Wembley will host the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United this Saturday.

Lionel Messi acknowledges Manchester United threat

Lionel Messi expects a different Manchester United side to the one Barcelona beat in the Champions League final in 2009 as the two teams prepare to meet in the European showpiece at Wembley on Saturday night.

Business Diary: Rooney seventh on soccer rich list

Last month's unfortunate swearing into the camera incident may yet cause Wayne Rooney even bigger financial problems – many people think this is what cost him a Coca-Cola sponsorship deal – but according to a ranking compiled by Forbes, the Manchester United star remains Britain's highest-earning football star, at least for now. Still, he's only seventh on the Forbes list – his $20m pay is only half the earnings racked up by David Beckham. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry are all ahead of the England striker too.

Real Madrid v Barcelona player ratings

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Wimbledon champion will pocket over £1m

The singles champions at Wimbledon this year will each receive £1.1m, a 10 per cent increase from last year.

48 not out: Messi proves himself king of the goals

Having overtaken Ronaldo's Barcelona record, the little Argentine will expect to add more before the season's end

Barca see off Shakhtar to claim semi-final spot

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Barcelona 1 (Barca win 1-6 on aggregate)

James Lawton: Rooney's lack of control is a potential tragic waste

He has become sullen, beyond an inherent lack of grace. It is a retreat behind barbed wire

Barcelona relief over Lionel Messi injury scare

Leaders Barcelona breathed a sigh of relief today after tests showed that a suspected injury to joint La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi on international duty with Argentina was merely a scare.

Neymar set for return to England

Neymar, the next Brazilian sensation, will be playing in England next summer - whether he signs for a Premier League club or not.

Hold The Back Page: 12/03/2011

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Andy Robinson

If anyone knows how shaming it is for England to fail to beat Scotland at Twickenham, it is Andy Robinson.

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