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Midday Ticker: Ronaldo's future, Messi, Everton and more

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Two of the game's biggest stars dominated afternoon headlines on Monday, while Everton is set to be purchased by two American investors over the coming days.

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo said he will remain in Madrid for the final two years left on his current contract before making a decision on his future, saying: "I want to stay here for two more years, and then we'll see about the future.

SBI Reader Poll: Is Ronaldo or Neymar having a better season?

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Two superstars in the world of soccer celebrate birthdays today, and each is having a fantastic season.

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian playmaker Neymar turn 31 and 24, respectively, today. Both, alongside Argentine talent Lionel Messi, are considered to be the best players in the world, having finished second (Ronaldo) and third (Neymar) in the voting for the most recent Ballon d'Or award.

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Gary Neville won’t quit Valencia despite 7-0 Barca thrashing

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Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side's 7-0 Copa del Rey semi-final mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in football but he refused to quit.

Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat-trick as Barca rendered next week's second-leg meaningless with what Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch described as one of the worst results in the club's history.

Gary Neville won’t quit Valencia despite 7-0 Barca thrashing

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Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side's 7-0 Copa del Rey semi-final mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in football but he refused to quit.

Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat-trick as Barca rendered next week's second-leg meaningless with what Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch described as one of the worst results in the club's history.

Boy In The Bag: Little Lionel Messi Fan Murtaza Ahmadi Gets To Play In Real Barcelona Kit For The First Time (Photos)

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You maybe recall, just t'other day, when we brought you the joyous news that young Murtaza Ahmadi was all but set to meet his idol Lionel Messi after a worldwide social media search to track down the five-year-old came up trumps.

Quite unbeknownst to him, Murtaza became an internet superstar when a photo of him wearing a homemade Messi shirt, lovingly crafted from a plastic bag by his older brother, was shared online thousands of times.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi idolises the Argentine soccer star but a jersey of his favourite player is beyond the means of his poor family in the volatile province of Ghazni near Kabul.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi idolises the Argentine soccer star but a jersey of his favourite player is beyond the means of his poor family in the volatile province of Ghazni near Kabul.

Lionel Messi To Finally Meet His Little ‘Plastic Bag’ Fan After Worldwide Internet Search Comes Up Trumps

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The young tyke you see afore ye is none other than five-year-oldMurtaza Ahmadi, who is soon to meet Lionel Messi after a worldwide search was launched to track the youngster down last week.

Indeed, Murtaza unwittingly became the centre of a huge internet campaign when a photo of him wearing a home-made Messi shirt crafted lovingly from a blue and white-striped plastic bag started doing to rounds of social media.

Messi and Suarez edge Barca past nine-man Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona took control of the La Liga title race as goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired a come from behind 2-1 win against nine-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Koke handed the visitors a deserved early lead, but Barca turned the game thanks to two goals in eight minutes before the break through Messi and Suarez.

Messi and Suarez edge Barca past nine-man Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona took control of the La Liga title race as goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired a come from behind 2-1 win against nine-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Koke handed the visitors a deserved early lead, but Barca turned the game thanks to two goals in eight minutes before the break through Messi and Suarez.

Video Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid January 30 2016 Highlights 2-1 Goals Koke Messi Suarez

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 2016 (Barca-Atleti VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barca vs Atleti 2-1 (Messi, Suarez/Koke) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 30 January, 2016- 30/1/16- Saturday- 15.00 UK KO- La Liga Crunch La Liga clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid goes the way of the former as Messi and Suarez strike for the home side, [.

Reports: Real Madrid Tried To Sign Lionel Messi From Barcelona On No Less Than Three Occasions

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The big wibble in the Spanish press today is the revelation that Real Madrid have reportedly attempted to coax Lionel Messi to the Bernabeu on no less than three occasions in the recent past.

The claims were made on the Cadena COPE radio station, specifically the 'El Partido de las Doce' show, that Messi has spurned Florentino Perez's advances thrice between 2011 and 2015bytelling the Real president "Thanks, but Barcelona is my club".

Messi to the rescue for under par Barca against Malaga

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Lionel Messi scored a spectacular winner as Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday.

The European champions were handed the perfect start when Munir El Haddadi tapped home the opener after just 64 seconds, but were far from their best and Malaga deservedly leveled through Juanpi 13 minutes before the break.

Messi to the rescue for under par Barca against Malaga

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Lionel Messi scored a spectacular winner as Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday.

The European champions were handed the perfect start when Munir El Haddadi tapped home the opener after just 64 seconds, but were far from their best and Malaga deservedly leveled through Juanpi 13 minutes before the break.

Messi fit for Barca return in Malaga

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Lionel Messi is expected to be fit as Barcelona make the tricky trip to Malaga on Saturday looking to move back to the top of La Liga.

Messi missed Wednesday's 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao due to a hamstring problem that forced him off at half-time in a 6-0 rout of the same opponents last weekend, but returned to training on Thursday.

Messi fit for Barca return in Malaga

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Lionel Messi is expected to be fit as Barcelona make the tricky trip to Malaga on Saturday looking to move back to the top of La Liga.

Messi missed Wednesday's 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao due to a hamstring problem that forced him off at half-time in a 6-0 rout of the same opponents last weekend, but returned to training on Thursday.

Messi, Suarez-less Barcelona edge closer to Copa del Rey semifinals

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Holders Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to take a huge step towards the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Messi was absent due to a hamstring problem, whilst Suarez completed a two-game Cup ban, but the visitors still took control of the tie with two goals in six first-half minutes from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar.

Messi, Suarez-less Barcelona edge closer to Copa del Rey semifinals

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Holders Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to take a huge step towards the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Messi was absent due to a hamstring problem, whilst Suarez completed a two-game Cup ban, but the visitors still took control of the tie with two goals in six first-half minutes from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pato, Barcelona, Prince Ali and more

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The January transfer window continues to link players with various clubs, as several Premier League teams are reportedly in pursuit of big-name forwards:

Alexandre Pato has reportedly agreed to a verbal contract with Chelsea, with Guus Hiddink's side looking to add more depth at the striker position.

Lionel Messi trial for tax fraud to start May 31

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The trial of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said Wednesday.

Messi, recently crowned Ballon d'Or winner for a record fifth time, and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.

Lionel Messi trial for tax fraud to start May 31

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The trial of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said Wednesday.

Messi, recently crowned Ballon d'Or winner for a record fifth time, and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.

Ronaldo says he and Messi have a 'good relationship'

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi arearguably the two greatestfootballersin modern football, and both share a fierce on-field rivalry.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi have been fighting for individual and team honours for the best part of a decade, most recently in the 2015 Ballon d'Or, which was won by the Argentine.

Barcelona allay Messi injury fears

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Barcelona on Monday played down fears that striker Lionel Messi injured his hamstring during Sunday's 6-0 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, after the Argentine was replaced at half-time at the Camp Nou.

"The tests carried out this morning (Monday) allowed us to rule out a hamstring injury.

Barcelona allay Messi injury fears

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Barcelona on Monday played down fears that striker Lionel Messi injured his hamstring during Sunday's 6-0 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, after the Argentine was replaced at half-time at the Camp Nou.

"The tests carried out this morning (Monday) allowed us to rule out a hamstring injury.

Monday Kickoff: Costa, Messi, Bolton and more

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After a slew of knocks were suffered by star players over the weekend, tests on Monday revealed one to be injury free but another may possibly miss an important clash.

Chelsea received partial good news when tests revealed that forward Diego Costa did not fracture his tibia in his shin, but he did suffer a bruise and the club said: "He was at the training ground for treatment on Sunday and it is not known yet whether the striker will miss the Arsenal game.

Sunday Ticker: Messi, Bale, EPL and more

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It was a day of blowouts, but also of injuries to star players in La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona scored six, including a hat trick from Luis Suarez, vs. Athletic Bilbao, but was dealt a blow when Messi left the game at halftime due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Welsh international Gareth Bale left Real Madrid's game early due to injury, and will have tests on his calf on Tuesday.

Copa del Rey draw: Barcelona get Athletic Bilbao rematch in quarterfinals

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Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after Friday's draw threw up a repeat of last season's final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

Copa del Rey draw: Barcelona get Athletic Bilbao rematch in quarterfinals

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Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after Friday's draw threw up a repeat of last season's final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

Copa America Centenario

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Montero, Toure and more

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A wild transfer deadline day on Monday saw many players join different leagues and teams, but there are a handful of storylines and transfers still being talked about this Tuesday morning.

Argentina national team head coach Gerardo Martino said 28-year-old star Lionel Messi will not play in the Olympics so that he will be ready to participate for his country during this summer's Copa America Centenario in the U.

Argentina coach says Lionel Messi will be playing in Copa America 2016

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In case you were waiting to commit a rather significant amount of money to buying the three-match pass to the CenturyLink Field Copa America games until there was confirmation that Lionel Messi would be playing, that time has apparently arrived. Argentina's coach Gerardo Martino told a radio station that Messi would be skipping the 2016 Summer Olympics -- where he could have competed as an overage player -- in order to focus on the Copa America and World Cup qualifying.

Copa America Centenario schedule

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Copa America Centenario, CONMEBOL's prestigious South American soccer championship, will partner with CONCACAF this summer to host many of the best countries from both regions in the tournament. The tournament will be played across the United States from June 3-26 in various venues.

The tournament will include Brazil, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Colombia and the following other countries: Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela,Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti and Panama.

Copa America Centenario schedule

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Copa America Centenario, CONMEBOL's prestigious South American soccer championship, will partner with CONCACAF this summer to host many of the best countries from both regions in the tournament. The tournament will be played across the United States from June 3-26 in various venues.

The tournament will include Brazil, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Colombia and the following other countries: Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela,Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti and Panama.

Copa Centenario draw set of February 21 in New York

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The draw for the Copa America Centenario is to take place next month in New York as excitement builds towards the 16-team tournament marking the 100th anniversary of the event, organisers said Tuesday. A statement said the draw for arguably the biggest soccer tournament staged in the United States since the 1994 World Cup would take place on Feb.

Copa Centenario draw set of February 21 in New York

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The draw for the Copa America Centenario is to take place next month in New York as excitement builds towards the 16-team tournament marking the 100th anniversary of the event, organisers said Tuesday. A statement said the draw for arguably the biggest soccer tournament staged in the United States since the 1994 World Cup would take place on Feb.

Videos

Must-See Goals: Saturday Bonanza

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From the English Premier League to Portugal's top flight, Saturday had plenty of spectacular goals.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli arguably scored the goal of the EPL season, but his strike was not the only one deserving of plaudits.

Paris Saint-Germain proved its Ligue 1 dominance once again on Saturday against Angers, with Angel Di Maria and Gregory van der Wiel scoring superb, yet completely different, goals.

Video: 16-year-old Messi dazzles for Barcelona B in new footage

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Wenger on deadline day transfer, injuries and signing Lionel Messi

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Ahead of Arsenal's mid-week Premier League clash to Southampton at the Emirates on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger in his pre-match press conference has told the reporters that he doesn't expect any major transfers to take placefor the Gunners.

Major Link Soccer: 2022 World Cup in USA if Champagne has his way

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FIFA Presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes the United States should directly be made the 2022 World Cup host if Qatar is stripped of the tournament.

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It could be a ploy to get the American vote in the FIFA presidential election, but candidate Jerome Champagne went on the record Tuesday and stated that "The United States should directly get to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the tournament ".

Look Away Steven Gerrard: Joe Cole Finally Admits His Career Hasn’t Been Quite As Good As Lionel Messi’s

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It's a Steven Gerrard quote that almost instantaneously went down in football folklore:

Lionel Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better.

He used to shock us in training by doing tricks with a golf ball that most players can't even do with a football.

Carroll back for 2016, international spots, striker depth, Marfan signs with Sounders, more news

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Carroll re-signs for 2016. International spots and striker depth. Former Union man Michael Farfan signs with Seattle. More news.