Luis Suarez and wife renew wedding vows | AFP

Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi hold a ceremony to renew their wedding vows after a decade of marriage in Uruguay, attended by his club teammates including Lionel Messi.

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Brazil’s Lionel Messi: a six-year-old dreams of meeting his hero | AFP

Lionel Messi has played football since he was born but now he hopes to realize a dream: to meet his namesake and five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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On The Touchline: ‘Liverpool didn’t deserve 3-0 defeat vs Barcelona’ – Jose Mourinho (EP 05)

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On The Touchline: Jose Mourinho on 1st leg of semi-finals & his predictions (EP 05 PROMO)

Jose Mourinho says Liverpool deserved more than to leave the Camp Nou with a 3-0 deficit after succumbing to Barcelona and an inspired Lionel Messi in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg.

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From Olympic medals to passport: a sports sale

Beverly Hills auction house Julien’s Auctions prepares to host a sports memorabilia sale, with items like the Olympic torch carried by Muhammad Ali in the 1996 Atlanta Games and a pair of Lionel Messi’s signature cleats.

Disability no barrier for Myanmar teen football champ

Football-mad Myanmar teen Kaung Khant Lin roots for Manchester United, worships star Lionel Messi and was honoured as the best player in a recent tournament. But the 16-year-old expertly navigates the pitch with just one leg and a crutch, the only disabled footballer on his team.

Mourinho: Messi & Ronaldo lucky and unlucky to be playing in same generation

Jose Mourinho says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both “lucky and unlucky” to be playing in the same generation, as the debate over the greatest of the pair hit new heights this week after their Champions League heroics.

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Lionel Messi claims record 5th Golden Boot

Lionel Messi collected a record fifth Golden Boot award on Tuesday for finishing last season as the top goal scorer in Europe. The striker scored 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

‘If they capture him, they will cut him to pieces’: ‘Little Messi’ forced to flee Taliban onslaught

A young boy and devoted fan of football star Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time – after threats from theTaliban.

The group confronted the 7-year-old when he went viral for his homemade Messi shirt – made from a plastic bag. But the boy’s family now fears for his life, after his fame has caught unwanted attention.

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Kylian Mbape on red carpet at Ballon d’Or

France’s Kylian Mbappe arrives on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony for the 2018 Ballon d’Or in Paris. He’s the favourite to win the Kopa Trophy for best Under-21 player. Meanwhile Croatia’s Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners, including Mbappé, hope to pick up the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy, ending the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. IMAGES

La Liga in America: Fan fury over Spanish football league games played in US

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, and other club captains in Spain’s top football league are poised to go on strike. That’s after ‘La Liga’ officials signed a deal with an American company to host regular season matches on US soil. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9d0w

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Belgium wary of Mbappe ahead of World Cup semi-final

Belgium say they’re confident heading into the World Cup quarter-finals against France after a victory against Brazil, but say the match won’t be easy, with Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli comparing French forward Kylian Mbappe to Argentina star Lionel Messi.

Pride and hope in superstar Mbappe’s native Paris suburb

He’s the 19-year-old forward who dethroned Argentina legend Lionel Messi with two goals in a captivating World Cup last 16 match that saw France to the quarter-finals. In Kylian Mbappe’s hometown of Bondy, a populous suburb northeast of Paris, his extraordinary talent became clear as a child on the pitch – standing out amongst many who dream of success.

Messi’s disappointments with Argentina over the years

Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi suffers more World Cup heartbreak with Argentina unable to match France’s firepower in a thrilling 4-3 World Cup last-16 tie. Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, the Barcelona star is still looked upon unfavourably by many in his homeland compared with Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986.

Fans in Buenos Aires put hope in Messi for next World Cup clash

Argentina fans cheer their national team after they survived and won a crucial World Cup against Nigeria, 2-1, to advance to the round of 16, saying they have placed their faith in forward Lionel Messi for the next game against France.

Iraqis buy into World Cup fever, without breaking bank

Iraqis take to cafes and parks in the cities of Mosul and Baghdad to watch matches in the World Cup. With the World Cup in full swing, people around the globe are glued to TV screens — but for some Iraqis, absorbing the full experience is proving trickier than confronting Lionel Messi on an epic dribble. At around $100 (over 85 euros), a pay TV subscription for the month-long football extravaganza is out of reach for most, as average monthly salaries range between $400 and $700.

Prayers, cakes and more at Messi’s birthday party in India

Lionel Messi’s fans in India celebrate the Argentine footballer’s 31st birthday at a roadside tea stall owned by mega supporter Shiv Shankar Patra, who painted his house in Argentine colours and ordered special cakes to mark the occasion.

Nigeria prepare for ‘their World Cup final’ against Argentina

Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, who struck two stunning goals to sink Iceland 2-0 on Friday, says their final group match against Lionel Messi’s struggling Argentina will be “(their) World Cup final”, as a win will secure the African side a spot in the knockout stage. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES