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.

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.

Afghan ‘Little Messi’ forced to flee

Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his love for footballer Lionel Messi in 2016. His dream of meeting the Argentinian came true, but now he is living a nightmare as one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war.

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

Football: Messi returns to training

FC Barcelona players including star Lionel Messi train ahead of La Liga Rayo Vallecano game. The Barcelona captain returns to training after sustaining an arm injury two weeks ago.

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world’s best

Luka Modric has ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year.

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.