Barcelona great Andres Iniesta heads to Japan

The 34-year-old playmaker has joined Vissel Kobe after leaving the Nou Camp. Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing the curtain down on his brilliant Barcelona career. The 34-year-old playmaker left the Catalan giants after landing his ninth LaLiga title with the club. He also secured a host of…

Iniesta, Torres bid farewell as La Liga season ends

By Joseph Cassinelli MADRID, May 17 (Reuters) – It will be a weekend of goodbyes in Spain as the Liga season draws to a close, with Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres set to play their last games for their boyhood clubs. Champions Barca will look to give Iniesta the perfect send-off when…

Messi, Suarez lead Barca romp, Real crush Deportivo

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona rode further away from their crumbling title rivals on Sunday as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each in a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis which opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the La Liga standings. A strike from Ivan Rakitic broke the home side’s resistance in…

Philippe Coutinho thanks Liverpool fans after Barcelona move

Philippe Coutinho has said he hopes Liverpool fans “understand” his decision to move to Barcelona in an emotional post on social media. The Brazilian forward, 25, completed his £142m move to the La Liga club on Monday after five years on Merseyside. Coutinho said he could “never thank Liverpool fans enough” for their support and “will always…

Cristiano Ronaldo is best player in history – Zinedine Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time, according to his Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Portugal forward Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or on Friday, taking him level with Lionel Messi’s record. “The stats speak for themselves. He’s the best player in the history of football,” said former France player Zidane, who won the award…

Lionel Messi signs new deal until 2021

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m). The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season. Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four…