Sport Neymar lines up the trophies after Brazil defeated Spain to win the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Word of his prowess grew on the web, where football fantasies are fed

Alan Birkett: Was the Suarez incident any worse than career-threatening tackles that are also copied by children?

Alan Birkett: If one of my kids bit another it would be the fault of a so-called hero they saw on TV

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Brazilian national football team forward Hulk (up) plays with Brazilian forward Neymar

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<b>Luka Modric to Tottenham</b><br/>
In a Spanish newspaper poll, Luka Modric was voted the worst signing of last summer. Having splashed out in excess of £30m on the Croatian, the midfielder has hardly done a thing at Real Madrid. There had been rumours he could return to his former club.

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Balotelli missed 21.7 per cent of last season's games through suspension

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi apologises for 'rotten apple' comments directed at Mario Balotelli

Manchester City striker has been linked with move to San Siro

City pin hopes on Milan taking 'rotten apple' Balotelli off books

Manchester City believe that Milan could come in with a €30m (£24m) bid for Mario Balotelli this month – despite their owner Silvio Berlusconi dismissing the player as a "rotten apple" – and would leap at the chance to sell him.

Mario Balotelli could join boyhood team Milan this month

Manchester City pin hopes on AC Milan taking 'rotten apple' Mario Balotelli off their hands

Roberto Mancini admits defeat in battle to change wayward striker – but Silvio Berlusconi is not keen

Alexandre Pato

AC Milan receive Alexandre Pato bid from unnamed club

Robinho edges towards a January return to Brazil

Inter’s Walter Samuel scores to give his side the advantage
Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez falls down in the penalty area after being challenged by Milan keeper Chistian Abbiati. No penalty was given

Milan survive as sublime Barca lack end product

Milan 0 Barcelona 0

Milan celebrate during their 4-0 romp of Arsenal

Wenger's dream left in tatters by Milan

Milan 4 Arsenal 0

Ibrahimovic touches the head of Henry

Classy Ibrahimovic touches heights Henry once scaled

The Frenchman has returned to Arsenal to find his kingdom has fallen into disrepair

Arsenal players react as Robinho celebrates scoring his second goal

Milan humiliate Gunners at San Siro

Milan 4 Arsenal 0

Menezes pleads for time to get Brazil on track

Mano Menezes has defended his Brazil team, insisting that his record was not "all negative" after they were eliminated in the quarter-final of the Copa America on Sunday night. Brazil lost 2-0 on penalties to Paraguay after drawing 0-0 in 120 minutes. Brazilian newspaper O Globo described it as an act of "historical incompetence".

Robinho on the brink of claiming title with Milan in first season

Manchester City reject Robinho could be crowned an Italian champion tomorrow night if results go his way in Serie A.

Scottish test offers Menezes the chance to answer critics

There are more than three years to go before Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup, but the pressure is already building. At home the pace of stadium and infrastructure development is so slow that Fifa have already expressed concern, and impending budget cuts forced by the global recession are unlikely to help.

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