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…

Sergio Ramos broke nose in Atletico derby draw

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos broke his nose in Saturday’s goalless La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid. The European champions have not revealed a timeframe for the centre-back’s return. Ramos, 31, was accidentally kicked in the face by Lucas Hernandez. He received treatment and played on, but was replaced at half-time. “He couldn’t continue. We’ll…

Xavi set to retire at end of season, eyes coaching career

(Reuters) – Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to retire at the end of the season and is keen to pursue a coaching career. The 37-year-old, who won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues trophies at Barcelona, is currently captain of Qatari club Al-Sadd. Xavi, renowned for controlling play from…

Real Madrid ease past Las Palmas; Villarreal jump to fifth with win

Real Madrid remained third place in La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Las Palmas at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Goals from Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco saw the defending champs sail past Pako Ayestaran’s side and stay within eight points of early leaders Barcelona. It took nearly a half for Real to breakthrough before Casemiro did the honours just…

Suarez foils Atletico as Real make up ground

MADRID (Reuters) – Luis Suarez struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw for Barcelona at Atletico Madrid on Saturday but their lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga was cut to five points after Cristiano Ronaldo inspired the champions to a 2-1 win at Getafe. Saul Niguez gave Atletico the lead in…

Barcelona prepared to make new offer for Liverpool’s Coutinho

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona are ready to mount a new bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho in January, the club said on Wednesday. The Catalan side made multiple attempts at signing the Brazilian earlier in the year but according to reports, the Premier League club were holding out for 200 million euros ($237 million) and…

Andres Iniesta signs ‘lifetime contract’ with Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder and captain Andres Iniesta has signed a “lifetime contract” with the La Liga giants. The Spain international, 33, has made 639 appearances for the Catalan club – second on their all-time list – and scored 55 goals. Iniesta came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after joining in 1996 at the age…