Lionel Messi has missed out on selection for Uefa's Team of the Year

Transfer news: Barcelona insist Lionel Messi will not be sold, despite PSG rumours

The Argentina international is not for sale at any price says new Barcelona president

A view of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

New Arsenal kit: Gunners announce deal with Puma

The deal has been described as the 'biggest' in Arsenal's history

Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona

Transfer news: Xavi rubbishes Barcelona exit talk

Midfielder insists he is going nowhere

Barcelona striker Neymar is helped from the pitch

Neymar in race to be fit for Champions League meeting between Barcelona and Manchester City

The Brazil international is ruled out for up to a month

Transfer news: Liverpool budget restrictions may leave Brendan Rodgers limited to Mohamed Salah this January

Rodgers set to hold talks with owners this Friday

The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other, while Steven Gerrard picks a Liverpool team-mate

Vincent Kompany takes the award for most bemusing choice after he leaves out both eventual winner Ronaldo and four-time holder Messi from his choice

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers

The Real Madrid forward was today anointed the world's best player

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Lionel Messi is among the XI

Fifa Ballon d'Or: No Premier League players in FIFPro World XI team of the year

Those from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG dominate the side

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid content with draw that allows Real Madrid to close the gap

The sides drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital in a game of few clear chances

Pepe Mel, a history buff and published author, won promotion at Betis with little money

'Traveller' Pepe Mel's history is good news for West Bromwich Albion

After waiting 26 days to learn the identity of their new manager, West Bromwich Albion fans could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by the appointment of Pepe Mel as Steve Clarke’s successor.

Pepe Mel was sacked by Real Betis six weeks ago

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Premier League strugglers gamble on former Real Betis manager

The 50-year-old was the club's 'No 1 candidate' to replace Steve Clarke

Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata avoid making eye contact after the latter is substituted during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms there have been no offers for Juan Mata and he wants the Spaniard to stay at Chelsea

Mata reacted angrily to being substituted in the 3-0 win over Southampton and reports link him with a move to the likes of PSG, Inter, Manchester United and Napoli

Pepe Mel is the current favourite to be the next manager of West Brom after Steve Clarke was sacked

Pepe Mel heads the list as West Brom step up hunt for a replacement for sacked manager Steve Clarke

Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement and former Osasuna manager Jose Luis Mendilibar are also on the radar

Koke' of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Zenit

Transfer news: Manchester United target Koke wanted by Bayern Munich - reports

David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

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