Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects
Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects

Germany`s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday played down his prospects of securing the World Player of the Year award over holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Luis Suarez opens La Liga account, Lionel Messi at double as Barcelona win big
Luis Suarez opens La Liga account, Lionel Messi at double as Barcelona win big

Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal and Lionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona moved to within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 thrashing of Cordoba in their final game of the year.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling wins 2014 Golden Boy award
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling wins 2014 Golden Boy award

Prodigious England midfielder, Raheem Sterling has won the 2014 European Golden Boy award for a stellar season with Liverpool.

Barcelona hope to end year on Real Madrid`s coattails
Barcelona hope to end year on Real Madrid`s coattails

Barcelona`s star strikers will need to rediscover their scoring touch to stay in the title race in La Liga as the Catalan outfit host struggling Cordoba on Saturday.

Real Madrid, Spain dominate European club scene
Real Madrid, Spain dominate European club scene

If, after years of unbridled success, 2014 was brutally disappointing for Spain on the international stage, it was a glorious year for the country at club level.

Pedro scores hat-trick as Barcelona crush Huesca in Cup
Pedro scores hat-trick as Barcelona crush Huesca in Cup

Pedro hit a first-half hat-trick as Barcelona cruised into the last 16 of the King`s Cup with a 8-1 second legdemolition of lower league Huesca at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Barcelona slip up in Getafe stalemate
Barcelona slip up in Getafe stalemate

Barcelona`s La Liga title hopes suffered a blow as they fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday.

Luis Suarez happy in Lionel Messi's shadow, angry at racist label
Luis Suarez happy in Lionel Messi's shadow, angry at racist label

Luis Suarez is unconcerned at being overshadowed by Lionel Messi’s scoring feats at Barcelona but remains angry about being labelled a “racist” and a “cheat” in England.

Disjointed Barcelona dependent on magical forward line
Disjointed Barcelona dependent on magical forward line

Barcelona needed the individual skills of their star-studded forward line to beat Paris St Germain on Wednesday after another disjointed performance and questions continue to be asked over the tactics of coach Luis Enrique.

Cristiano deserves Ballon d'Or, says Brazilian Ronaldo
Cristiano deserves Ballon d'Or, says Brazilian Ronaldo

Brazil football great Ronaldo described Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring run as "unthinkable", and said the Portuguese forward is a clear favourite for the Ballon d'Or award.

Lionel Messi reaches new record mark
Lionel Messi reaches new record mark

Lionel Messi`s goal that brought Barcelona level with Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday`s Champions League Group F encounter saw him equal the record mark for most goals in all European competitions.

Upbeat Luis Enrique hails Barca resolve in PSG win
Upbeat Luis Enrique hails Barca resolve in PSG win

 Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was delighted to have ended PSG`s unbeaten run in all competitions this season despite being forced to adopt a new system in a landmark Champions League triumph for the Catalans. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes on Wednesday before the home side turned the Group F decider around with goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The victory ensured that Barca topped the standings on 15 points, two ahead of PSG, and set a new record of 13 group wins in the competition, one more than arch rivals Real Madrid. It was still scrappy at times from Barca, though, who began with an unfamiliar three-man defence and PSG had a number of chances to add more goals, especially in the second half before Suarez struck on 77 minutes to seal victory for the hosts. "Was the new system a risk? Well it depends on the result, whatever happens whether it is good or bad depends on the result," Luis Enrique told reporters. "We were without a key player in (suspended fullback) Dani Alves and we went out with a game plan to cause problems for an opponent that defended deeply and looked to counter-attack. 

PSG travel to Barcelona with top spot at stake
PSG travel to Barcelona with top spot at stake

Top spot in Champions League Group F will be the main talking point on Wednesday night as Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Camp Nou looking to avoid defeat and keep their noses in front of Barcelona. 

Spanish league targets abusive Real Madrid fans
Spanish league targets abusive Real Madrid fans

Spain`s professional league (LFP) has moved to show it is serious about tackling violence and abuse by vowing to report Real Madrid fans who sang insulting chants about Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the Catalan club.

La Liga: Lionel Messi follows Cristiano Ronaldo with another hat-trick
La Liga: Lionel Messi follows Cristiano Ronaldo with another hat-trick

A third Lionel Messi hat-trick in four games helped Barcelona keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they recorded a 5-1 victory over local rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

Sergio Aguero to 'try and convince' Lionel Messi to join Manchester City
Sergio Aguero to 'try and convince' Lionel Messi to join Manchester City

Manchester City star forward Sergio Aguero has vowed to try and persuade Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi into signing with the English football club.

Ballon d'Or award: Will Manuel Neuer break Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly?
Ballon d'Or award: Will Manuel Neuer break Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly?

Once again, it's that time of year when football fans argue who deserves to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award – the greatest award an individual player can win in the sport. Like in the recent past, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already started as the favourites to win the award. But their duopoly could see an abrupt ending this January, as the Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has found himself as one of the three finalists.

Lionel Messi yellow card appeal rejected by Spanish federation
Lionel Messi yellow card appeal rejected by Spanish federation

Barcelona`s appeal against Lionel Messi`s yellow card for time wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday`s La Liga game at Valencia has been rejected by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF).

Thomas Muller says 'will be boring' if Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again
Thomas Muller says 'will be boring' if Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has stated that it would be almost boring to see Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or award yet again.