FIFA awards: Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar up for Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year.

Messi and Neymar claimed the Copa del Rey with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award after leading the Italian club to a sixth successive Serie A title, a third-straight Italian Cup success and a runner-up finish in the Champions League.

He was joined by Real Madrid shot-stopper Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri were on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.

The women’s player of the year award will be contested between Venezuelan striker Deyna Castellanos, American midfielder Carli Lloyd, and Lieke Martens, who helped Netherlands to the Euro 2017 title.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on October 23.

Player of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Neymar (PSG)

Goalkeeper of the year

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Coach of the year

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Antonio Conte (Chelsea)

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

FIFA women’s coach of the year

Nils Nielsen (Denmark)

Gérard Prêcheur (Lyon)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

FIFA women’s player of the year

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Carli Lloyd (United States/Houston Dash)

Lieke Martens (Netherlands/Barcelona)

FIFA fan award

Borussia Dortmund supporters

Celtic supporters

FC Copenhagen supporters

Puskas Award

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas)

Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Concepcion)

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17)

Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Aviles Hurtado (Tijuana Xolos)

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)

Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC)

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

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Dani Alves hit back at Diego Forlan over Neymar-Cavani comments – “shut your trap”

Dani Alves has told Diego Forlan to “shut your trap” after the former Uruguay international criticised the Paris Saint-Germain right-back over his part in the set-piece dispute between Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Neymar and Cavani had a disagreement over a second-half free kick in PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon on Sunday, with Alves seemingly taking the ball off Cavani and handing it to his fellow Brazilian Neymar. The duo also argued over who should take a later penalty, which Cavani went on to miss.


That led Forlan to come out in defence of his Uruguayan compatriot Cavani, with the former Manchester United man telling Radio Sport 890: “What doesn’t make any sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani and then gives it to Neymar as if he were his b—-.

“Cavani deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years, taking penalties. There has to be respect. Neymar would not have done that with [Lionel] Messi. He didn’t want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.”

Alves then took to Twitter to offer a response to Forlan, while also saying that the penalty that Neymar and Cavani argued over should have been his.

He wrote: “I don’t know what match you were watching, but for your information, I didn’t take the ball away from any of my teammates. It was just the opposite, it was taken from me!
Alves added: “And also for your information, the last penalty kick for PSG was mine. So shut your trap and stop making drama in my name.”

Alves was reported to have organised a dinner earlier this week that was attended by both Neymar and Cavani — something that pleased PSG boss Unai Emery.

“I like that the players dine together,” Emery told a news conference. “I am happy because it is good for the players to be together outside of matches and to speak together. They have trained well this week. I think that it was a good thing.”

There were also reports that Neymar and Cavani argued in the dressing room after the win over Lyon, though Emery played down talk of a rift existing between the two.

“They are both competitive players and they want the best for the team,” he said. “I insist that there is a good relationship there. There may have been some conversations during the match but there is harmony between them. In the end, what we want is to find the best individual and collective relationships.”

Emery had said after the Lyon clash that Neymar and Cavani would need to sort out between themselves who should take any future penalties.

The PSG boss has backtracked on those comments, saying he will decide, though he refused to reveal who he has chosen.
“Edinson and Neymar will take the penalties. Who is the first kicker? Who is the second? I will take that decision,” he said. “I spoke with both of them before the match and this week — individually and collectively. Both players must take responsibility, they are capable of that.
“The most important thing is that the penalties get scored. To know who will take the first or the second penalty, I have already spoken with the players. We will wait and see if we get a penalty this weekend.”

Diego Forlan calls Dani Alves Neymar’s bi***

Former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has weighed into the simmering row at PSG between Edinson Cavani and Neymar by insisting his fellow Uruguayan deserves more respect.

The PSG attackers are at loggerheads after Alves snatched the ball off Cavani so Neymar could take a free-kick during their recent win over Lyon.

“He [Cavani] deserves respect,” Forlan told Uruguayan radio stationRadio Sport 890. “He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.”

Forlan continued: “Neymar would not have done that to [Lionel] Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.
“It’s a problem between Neymar and Cavani, those things happen on all teams.”
Forlan was also critical of Dani Alves’ part in the row and added: ‘What does not make sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani but gives it to Neymar as if he were his b****.”

Ligue 1 results: Mbappe bags debut goal and a brace for Cavani as PSG thrash Metz; 10-man Lille hold Bordeaux

Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux
Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Kylian Mbappe scored on his debut for Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 leaders maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-1 win at Metz.

The 18-year-old – who will cost PSG 180m euros (£165.7m) when he makes his loan move from Monaco permanent next summer – impressed throughout alongside the world’s most expensive player Neymar.

Edinson Cavani scored twice while Neymar and Lucas Moura also added goals as PSG remained perfect through five games.

Neymar played in Cavani to give PSG the lead after the half-hour, but the hosts were able to equalise six minutes later through Emmanuel Riviere, who very nearly gave Metz the lead early in the second half.

But Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off for a late challenge on Mbappe in the 56th minute and the floodgates opened.

Mbappe delivered a long-range strike just three minutes later, and Neymar did the same in the 69th minute.

Mbappe then knocked the ball down for Cavani to tap in a fourth in the 75th minute, and Lucas bundled a fifth over the line late on.

The defeat leaves Metz without a point this season, while champions Monaco have the chance to draw level with PSG at the top when they travel to Nice on Saturday.

  • Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux

Despite playing with 10 men for nearly an hour, Lille managed to draw 0-0 with Bordeaux with few chances for both teams.

Lille got off a strong start and dominated until Thiago Maia, who had already been booked, was sent off after a reckless challenge on Malcom after 32 minutes, hitting the Bordeaux striker in the head with his leg.

Former Lille player Younousse Sankhare had the match’s best chance with 20 minutes left when he played a one-two with Cafu that unsettled the hosts’ defense but the midfielder missed his effort from close range.

Unbeaten in their last 12 league matches, Bordeaux moved to third place with nine points from five matches, with Lille four points behind.

Ligue 1 result: Edinson Cavani bags brace as PSG see off Saint Etienne

Paris Saint Germain 3 – 0 Saint-Etienne

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Neymar had a hand in two goals as Paris St-Germain beat Saint-Etienne to make it four wins out of four in Ligue 1.

Edinson Cavani put PSG in front after 19 minutes from the penalty spot after being pulled down when trying to get on the end of a flick from Neymar.

Captain Thiago Motta added another from close range early in the second half after Neymar’s free-kick had caused havoc in the visitors’ penalty area.

Cavani netted a late third with a neat backheel finish to seal a fourth-straight Ligue 1 victory as PSG moved three points clear of champions Monaco, who host Marseille on Sunday.

Saint-Etienne – who had also won their opening three games – were better than the scoreline suggests and had 12 shots to PSG’s 14.

It was the first game £200m world record signing Neymar has not scored in for PSG, having netted three and assisted three others in his first two matches.

Basketball star Stephen Curry was present at the game

Neymar set to fight Barcelona compensation claim

Neymar is to fight a claim by Barcelona for compensation following his move to Paris St Germain and has also promised to battle his old club for part of his 2016 contract renewal premium which he claims has not be paid.

The Brazil forward left the Nou Camp this month for a world-record £200.6million, joining PSG in a move that more than doubled the previous highest fee.

The Spanish club said on Tuesday they were pursuing damages from Neymar for what they allege to be a “breach of contract”.

Neymar’s response is the latest move in an increasingly bitter war of words following his move to France.

Neymar and his lawyers released a joint statement, quoted in the Spanish media, which read:

“We inform everyone that Neymar and his lawyers are aware of the news released today regarding the legal actions filed by FC Barcelona before the courts of Barcelona.

“Following official notification and after full review of the club’s claim, the player’s formal defence will be filed in due course.

“Regarding the bonuses owed for the execution of the contract of 2016, it is also necessary to inform that the player has already initiated the formal procedures of collection before the competent courts.”

On Monday Neymar said Barcelona deserved “much more” than the current board of directors and added that it made him “very sad”.

On Tuesday, the Catalan club said they were chasing 8.5 million euros (£7.8million) in damages with a 10 per cent addition and, that if Neymar could not pay, PSG should.

The demand appears to relate to a payment made to Neymar when, in 2016, he renewed his contract with Barcelona through to 2021.

It was sent to the Spanish football federation on August 11 with a wish for it to be forwarded to the French federation and FIFA.

“Barcelona decided to take these actions in defence of their interests, after a unilateral termination of contract urged by Neymar Jr a few months after signing the renewal until the end of the year 2021,” a statement read.

PSG said in response the club were “surprised” by Barcelona’s statement.

The Ligue 1 side added in a statement:

“The club repeats that, along with Neymar Jr, it strictly respected all applicable laws and rules and can only regret, once again, the attitude of FC Barcelona.”

Despite his continuing troubles with Barcelona, life as a PSG player has started well for the 25-year-old, who scored on his debut and then added two more along with three assists in a stunning show against Toulouse on Sunday.

He has also clearly not fallen out with his old team-mates after posting a series of photos on Instagram featuring Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez amongst others.

Barcelona to sue Neymar for breach of contract

Barcelona are to sue former player Neymar for £7.8m over an alleged breach of contract in the wake of his £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Having already said they would refuse to pay €26 million in bonus payments Neymar was due to receive this summer, Barcelona are now attempting to claim back money already paid to the player.

The Catalan club said on Tuesday they believe they are owed money that Neymar received as part of a renewal bonus when he signed a new contract last year, in addition to €8.5m in damages plus interest.

The amount of the renewal bonus the club are seeking was not immediately made public.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Barca said they had passed the complaint on to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), having first filed the lawsuit in a Barcelona court on Aug. 11.

“FC Barcelona have sent a claim to be made against Neymar for breach of contract to the RFEF for it to be passed on to the French Football Federation [FFF] and FIFA,” the statement read.

“In the lawsuit, the club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal because he has not fulfilled his contract; €8.5m in damages; and an additional 10 percent in interest. The club also requests that PSG subsidise the amounts in the event that the player cannot take responsibility.”

Neymar put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at Camp Nou last October, and in addition to the bonus he was paid at the time, he was due to receive €26m more this summer.

However, after his world-record €222m transfer to PSG went through, Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives confirmed the club would not be making the payment because Neymar had not fulfilled his contractual duties.

“There were three conditions — one, that the player didn’t negotiate with another club before July 31; two, that he publicly expressed his decision to fulfil his contract; and three, the payment was to be made on Sept. 1 to ensure he didn’t go to another club,” Vives said.

“With these criteria not met, the club will not pay the renewal bonus. The money is no longer with a notary but back with the club.”

Neymar did not publicly say he was considering a move to PSG until Aug. 3, the day Barcelona terminated his contract and he signed with his new team.

Barcelona’s claim comes just days after Neymar blasted the club’s board.

“I do have something to say: that I am disappointed with them [the Barca directors],” Neymar said after PSG’s win over Toulouse on Sunday.

“I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy. But not with them. For me, they shouldn’t be in charge of Barca. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this.

“To see my former teammates unhappy makes me sad also, because I have many friends [there]. I hope that things get better for Barca. That they return to the team they were and become one that can compete with the others.”

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Neymar completes £196m world record transfer to PSG

Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old Brazil forward, whose legal representatives on Thursday paid Barcelona the world-record fee to terminate the contract which tied him to the Catalan giants, has signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.

The deal smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016.

PSG announced Neymar’s arrival on their website just hours after Barcelona acknowledged the receipt of 222 million euros (£200.6million), preceding the move’s confirmation with a video posted on Twitter that teased: “He’s coming.”

Neymar said he has joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.

“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added.

“I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.”

“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said in a statement after signing his contract.

“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious.

And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.

I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.

From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”

“It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. “Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and

Barcelona confirm payment of Neymar’s £198m release clause before PSG move

Barcelona have confirmed payment for Neymar’s £198m buyout clause has been received.

Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain had hit a stumbling block after La Liga refused to accept the release clause for the striker, but the Spanish giants have now confirmed Neymar is no longer contracted to the club.

A Barcelona statement read:

“On Thursday afternoon Neymar’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.

“As such, the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart compares Neymar’s move to PSG to Luis Figo transfer to Real Madrid from Barcelona

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has told Cadena SER he believes Neymar’s pending move to Paris Saint-Germain is comparable to Luis Figo’s departure to Real Madrid.

Figo was denounced as “a traitor” and “a money-grabber” when he crossed the Clasico divide in 2000 for a world-record fee, and had a pig’s head thrown at him on one return to Camp Nou.

Neymar’s move to PSG is unlikely to provoke the same levels of anger because it is not to Barca’s greatest rivals, but a backlash has began.

A poster calling him “a traitor” and “a mercenary” has been seen at various locations around Barcelona, while the club have already removed him from advertising.

“I’ve seen similar situations but Neymar is in the same boat as Figo, who was alone but now has Neymar for company,” Gaspart said.

“I’ve seen great players like [Diego] Maradona and Ronaldo, who were better than Neymar, also leave Barca because other clubs paid their clauses.

“But they went with dignity, without making so much fuss. I’ve not liked his [Neymar’s] attitude with the club, with the supporters and with his teammates.”

Gaspart also voiced disappointment that another former Barca president, Joan Laporta, had used Neymar’s departure to criticise Josep Maria Bartomeu and the current board.

“It hurts me that people I respect are using this to blame the club,” he added.

“Neymar’s the one to blame, full stop.

“It’s not Barca’s fault. It’s not the board’s fault. It’s not the players’ fault… they did everything for him to stay. It’s Neymar’s fault.”

On Wednesday, Barcelona said Neymar had missed training and informed them he wanted to go to PSG, releasing a statement which said the Ligue 1 club would have to pay his full €222 million release clause.

However, when the player’s legal team arrived at the La Liga offices to pay the clause on Thursday, they were turned away and the payment was refused.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said earlier this week that he would not accept the money, accusing PSG of “financial doping” and threatening to report them to UEFA and the European Union for breaching financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

La Liga reject payment of Neymar’s buyout clause

La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Barcelona forward Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros (£198m).

The Brazilian, 25, is expected to signfor Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club on Wednesday.

Spanish media say La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to Uefa for a FFP breach.

In Spain a player must buy himself out of his contract.

This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga – Spain’s equivalent of the Premier League – to release the player from his contract.

The league then passes the money to the selling club.

“We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected,” La Liga told BBC Sport.

FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30m euros.

PSG are backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of “financial doping”.

He told AS:

“La Liga is positing that state-backed clubs that compete using ‘financial doping’ could destabilise professional football in Europe”.

Neymar timeline

April 2016- Rumours of a move away from the Nou Camp surface when Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro says the Brazilian striker has a £154m release clause in his contract which expires in 2018, and would discuss a move to PSG if the French champions showed an interest.

October 2016- Neymar signs a new five-year contract until 2021, increasing his release clause.

May 2017- Rumours resurface again after Barcelona end a disappointing La Liga campaign and Neymar fails to win the Ballon d’Or.

29 June 2017- Speculation intensifies over Neymar’s future as transfer window opens.

17 July 2017– Reports emerge in the Spanish media suggesting PSG have met the player’s release clause.

19 July 2017- Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu tells BBC Sport Neymar will not leave.

20 July 2017– PSG coach Unai Emery tells French daily newspaper L’Equipe they needed a player of the calibre of Neymar to compete with the big clubs.

21 July 2017- Neymar posts an Instagram picture of himself in thoughtful contemplation,sparking a fresh wave of speculation.

23 July 2017– Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugs off PSG reports, and tells reporters in New Jersey: “We want Neymar with us. We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”

26 July 2017- Defender Gerard Pique posts a picture of himself and Neymar on Twitter with the caption ‘Se queda’ (‘He stays’). Pique later downplays the post, saying it was a “gut feeling” rather than a hard fact, but adds he hopes Neymar stays at Barcelona.

29 July 2017- Barca striker Luis Suarez tells reporters in Miami: “As soon as he clarifies the situation it’s better for us and him. He will have his say when he is ready and as a team-mate I will support him. Our relationship won’t change. We want him to stay.”

30 July 2017– Neymar’s Brazilian team-mate Dani Alves says he “hoped Neymar would join him at PSG” but insists he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.

31 July 2017- La Liga chairman Javier Tebas says he would file a complaint with Uefa for FFP breaches against PSG if any move is made for the player- “We will make a complaint to Uefa and if they don’t do anything we will take it to the competition tribunals in Switzerland and Brussels. And, from there, we don’t rule out going through the courts in France and Spain.”

2 August 2017– Neymar is given permission by Barcelona to leave after telling the club he sees his future elsewhere.

3 August 2017– La Liga rejects an attempt by Neymar’s lawyer’s to buy out his contract.

Neymar agrees world-record £450m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar has agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next two days to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football history.

It is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly £450m (€500m), which includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of £198m (€222m).

Neymar has been offered a basic salary of £26.8m-a-year (€30m) after tax, around £515,000-a-week.

That is more than current Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who signed a new deal worth a reported £500k per weekin July, and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s £365,000 -a-week deal.

According to Forbes’ rich list,the Brazilian is currently the only footballer to earn more from his off-field endorsements than his playing contract at Barcelona.

Neymar’s sponsors include global brands such as Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre and bring the 25-year-old in $22m (£16.6m) on top of his $15m (£11.3m) salary.

Barcelona confirmed the buyout clause will have to be “deposited in its entirety”.

Neymar is expected to join five Brazilian international teammates at PSG, including Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.

PSG has yet to confirm whether an agreement has been reached.

Barcelonal forward Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar ahead of world record transfer to PSG

Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar after Barcelona confirmed that the Brazil star has told the club of his desire to move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona confirmed today that Neymar had asked to leave the Catalan giants and he has already said his farewells to the squad, informing them of his decision to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi posted a message on his Instagram account, which read:

“Enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend Neymar I wish you luck in this new stage of your life.”

The 25-year-old former Santos player has a contract with Barca until 2021 but PSG, deposed by Monaco as French champions last term, appear prepared to activate his release clause.

That would more than double the existing world-record fee of €105m, then worth £89m, that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.

In his three seasons in Catalunya, Neymar has helped Barca win LaLiga twice, the Champions League once, the Copa del Rey on three occasions and the FIFA Club World Cup.

PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi coy on signing Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was giving little away regarding his club’s reported world-record bid to land Barcelona star Neymar – but admitted he hopes to talk further on the matter in the future.

Speculation is rife that PSG are seeking to activate the €222million (£199million) release clause in Neymar’s contract with Barca and make the Brazil forward the most expensive player in history.

Al-Khelaifi said: “I think this matter is a little premature. Right now, Neymar is a Barcelona player and we’ll see what happens with him.

“We respect all contracts signed with other clubs and players.

“To be honest, I’d rather not to talk about this matter now. I hope to do it at another time. I prefer not to give percentages, everything in its time.”

There has been nothing official on that front, but Al-Khelaifi has made no secret of the fact that PSG – deposed by Monaco as French champions last season – are looking to attract marquee players to the Parc des Princes.

He added: “Neymar is a world star, but, I repeat, he is currently a Barcelona player. “Signing a star is not only a question of name or reputation, but also of style of play.

“PSG’s ambition is to have great world-renowned players to raise the reputation of the club and give the players and the coach the level that they are hoping to achieve.”

Barcelona grant Neymar permission to discuss with PSG ahead of world record move

Barcelona forward Neymar has been given permission to discuss a world record 222m euro (£198m) transfer with Paris St-Germain.

The Brazil international told his team-mates at training on Wednesday that he wanted to leave the Spanish club, and spent 40 minutes at Barcelona’s training ground.

He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.

A Barca club statement read: “Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices. “Faced with this position, the club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222million euros, which will have to be deposited in its entirety.

“Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved. “The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.”

The 25-year-old contract has a release clause set at 222m euros, which PSG are understood to be ready to pay.

The latest development comes two days after it emerged Barca were ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if PSG signed Neymar.

That came after La Liga president Javier Tebas threatened, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo,a legal response against the former Ligue 1 champions if European football’s governing body failed to take action.

He also said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been made aware of the Spanish league’s intentions.

Neymar flew back to Spain from Dubai on Tuesday following Barcelona’s pre-season tour in the United States, after attending a series of promotional events in China earlier this week.

One of Neymar’s agents, Wagner Ribeiro, has now arrived in Paris, according to his Twitter account.

A spokesperson for La Liga president Javier Tolbas told Sky Sports News they would not accept payment for Neymar’s €222m (£198m) release clause over “doubts that this money is in accordance with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules”.

However, UEFA sources have since confirmed that Neymar’s release clause cannot be blocked by La Liga.

Neymar moved to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 for £48.6m, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Spanish champions in 2016.

The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.

Gerard Pique’s winner help Barcelona edge Real Madrid in Miami el clasico

Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

Gerard Pique hit the second-half winner as Barcelona made it three wins from three on their tour of the United States with a 3-2 El Clasico win over Real Madrid in Miami.

Ernesto Valverde’s men deserved victory in an open and entertaining friendly that could signal the end of Neymar’s career in a Barcelona shirt as Paris St Germain chase his signature.

Neymar, who appeared to be involved in a heated argument with new team-mate Nelson Semedo during a training session ahead of the game, made two of the Barcelona goals in an eye-catching display.

Lionel Messi’s deflected shot in the second minute put Barcelona ahead before just five minutes later they doubled their advantage when Neymar teed up Ivan Rakitic to rifle home.

But Madrid fought back and got themselves back into the game with Mateo Lovacic driving home from just outside the box in the 13th minute.

And they ensured they’d go into the interval on level terms with an equaliser 10 minutes before the half-time break. Marco Asensio applied the finishing touch to an impressive break from a Barcelona corner.

However, Barcelona re-took the lead just four minutes into the second half when Pique met Neymar’s free-kick with an acrobatic finish to convert what turned out to be the winner.

Jasper Cillessen then took centre stage as he denied Isco and Dani Ceballos to hand Madrid a third straight pre-season defeat.

I don’t care much about the defeat, it always hurts but right now it’s not the important thing,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s pre-season. The results haven’t gone as hoped for but it will not change anything. The important thing is to be ready for Aug. 8 (when Madrid face Manchester United in the European Super Cup).”

Neymar storms out of Barcelona after Nelson Semedo bust-up

Neymar has been involved in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate as rumours about his future at Barcelona continue to swirl.

The Brazil international clashed with new signing Nelson Semedo before angrily walking away from the session in Miami, where Barca are preparing for Saturday’s International Champions Cup clash with Real Madrid.

Video footage taken at the camp shows Neymar squaring up to full-back Semedo before the pair are separated by team-mates including Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.

The 25-year-old then throws his bib to the ground before furiously kicking a ball against the crossbar of a training goal as he strides off the pitch.

The forward headed out to the car park before leaving the session entirely, according to reports.

Neymar has been in fine form during Barca’s pre-season tour of the United States but the latest incident is likely to increase speculation that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 club are reportedly ready to smash the world transfer record by activating the player’s €222m release clause.

A Chinese travel company confirmed on Friday that a planned fan event with Neymar in Shanghai had been cancelled due to the player and his entourage having to sort “transfer issues”.

Neymar is said to be interested in the move to PSG, having grown unsettled in Catalonia and eager to escape the shadow of illustrious team-mate Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.

Messi and Luis Suarez are reported to have spoken directly to the player to persuade him to stay, while Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic have publicly urged him to turn down any offer from the Ligue 1 giants.

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted this week that Neymar’s future would be out of the club’s hands if his buy-out clause were met.

Neymar agrees world-record deal to join PSG- tells teammates about his exit


Barcelona forward Neymar, 25, has told team-mates he is joining Paris St-Germain, with the French club pursuing a world record £196m transfer.
Neymar’s chances of leaving Barcelona this summer are “90%”, a source in Spain close to the player told Sky Sports News.

But Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says stories linking Neymar with PSG are nothing but “rumours” and that they want him to stay.

 “This is a time of rumours, we understand that, but Neymar is with us and he is a player that we love a lot for his football and for what he brings to the dressing room,” he told press ahead of a friendly against Juventus. “I have not spoken with him about his future, we have talked about tactical questions. We count on him absolutely.”
Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano still thinks the La Liga side can count on Neymar, saying he is “the future of the club”.

Neymar met with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu in New Jersey on Friday and reports suggest that after about 15 minutes the president left the room and didn’t speak to anyone. It’s expected the Brazilian forward told him of his intentions to leave, with the club asking him for time to address the situation.

Neymar reacts to news of world-record fee to PSG


Neymar insists he is happy at Barcelona after dampening claims he is poised to move to PSG for a world-record fee.

The Brazilian superstar is reportedly unsettled at the Nou Camp and multiple reports this week have suggested a move to Paris is on the cards with the Ligue 1 giants ready to trigger his £197.3million (€222m) release clause.

But speaking toGoal, Neymar insists the stories are false and he insists he plans to stay at the Nou Camp for the foreseeable future.

“I am very adapted to the city, the club and I am happy here,” he is quoted as saying.

“The last one was my best season in Barcelona. It was the season where I felt most comfortable.

“We played great games and lived incredible moments – even though we didn’t win the titles we wanted.

“Now, we need to work for the new season and it will be even more positive, individually and as a group.”

And Barcelona officials are also confident that Neymar will stay at the club, with spokesman Josep Vives insisting he will reject any overtures from PSG, Manchester United, or elsewhere.

“Selling Neymar is not something the club would think about,” Vives said. “We are very calm.

“He is one of the most important players we have, we will not consider any offers we receive for him.”

Neymar was too shy to speak to Messi when he joined Barcelona

Neymar has said that he was too shy to speak to Lionel Messi after arriving at Barcelona in 2013.

“I came into the dressing room, looked to one side and there was Messi, I looked the other and there was Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, Dani Alves … I thought I was inside a video game,” Neymar said.

“One day I was playing with them on the console and the next I was there alongside them. The first month was the most complicated. I was ashamed to speak to Messi, [he and the others] were idols for me. I was the new arrival and the youngest more or less.”

Barcelona’s Neymar top World’s Highest-Paid Under 25 athletes 

​Barcelona star Neymar is the highest-earning athlete in the world under 25, according to a study by Forbes.

Neymar, who is not 26 until next February, earns $37 million a year, ahead of golfer Jordan Spieth ($34.5m) and NBA duo Kyrie Irving ($29.9m) and Anthony Davis ($28.1m).

The Brazil international signed a new five-year deal with Barca last summer, worth $15m-a-year, but the report states he earns far more money away from the pitch thanks to his wide range of sponsorship agreements.

“The Brazilian wunderkind is the highest-paid of the 25 and under set,” Forbes said after naming the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.

“The superstar’s current contract ties him to Barcelona until 2021. He is the only [football] player to earn more off the pitch than on it, including from sponsors Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre.”
However, Neymar is only 18th on the overall list, which is headed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who boasts annual earning of $93m taking into account his salary and the money he receives from endorsements.

Basketball player Lebron James ($86.2m) is second on the list, followed by Barca’s Lionel Messi ($80m), with Neymar the next footballer to appear on the list after his club teammate.

Earlier this year, Neymar was the only football player to be named in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on the planet.

Ronaldo named Forbes world’s richest sportsman for the second straight year

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with earnings of £71.8m, retains the top spot of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list.

The top 100 earned a total of £2.40bn over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year’s earnings of £2.43bn. Endorsement income also experienced a bit of a decline, down 4% to £685mil this year.
Before Ronaldo, the best-paid sports star was Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather for 15 straight years. Woods ranks No 17 this year, while Floyd Mayweather did not make the cut, having had no fights over the last 12 months.

Ronaldo, 32, is reckoned to have earned $93 million (€82.5m, £71.7m) between his Real salary ($58m) and off-the-field endorsements ($35m) last year. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was No. 2 last year, was third on the list, with calculated earnings of $80m ($53m in salary/winnings, $27m in endorsements).

The Portugal captain, who lifted his fourth Champions League title on Saturday, has a lifetime contract with Nike worth around $1 billion, and counts the likes of Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Abbott Labs as brands for whom he’s a pitchman.

Also, the former Manchester United man’s line of CR7-branded products, which includes shoes, underwear, fragrance as well as a line of hotels add additional income.
Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar is the next footballer on the list at No. 18, earning $37m, which includes $22m in endorsements on top of his $15m salary.
The list of elite athletes consists of players from 11 different sports.

Basketball dominates with a record 32 NBA players among the top 100, up from 18 in 2016, followed by baseball with 22, American football with 15 and football with nine.
Golfer Rory McIlroy is the highest-earning Briton on the list. His $50m (£38.74m) puts him in sixth place – of that, $34m (£26.34m) came from endorsements.
Wales international Gareth Bale, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate, remains the highest-earning British footballer, with his $34m (£26.34m) putting him 24th.
World number two tennis player Serena William sis the only woman on the list, in 51st, with $27m (£20.92m) made last year.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovicin 30th with $32m (£24.79m), is the highest-placed Premier League footballer.
The other footballers on the list are Wayne Rooney at No. 70 ($23.6m), Luis Suarez at No. 71 ($23.3m), Sergio Aguero at No. 80 ($22.6m) and James Rodriguez at No. 91 ($21.9m).

1) Cristiano Ronaldo- football ($93m/£72.05m)

2) LeBron James- basketball ($86.2m/£66.79m)

3) Lionel Messi- football ($80m/£61.98m)

4) Roger Federer- tennis ($64m/£49.58m)

5) Kevin Durant- basketball ($60.6m/£46.95m)

6) Andrew Luck- American football ($50m/£38.74m)

7) Rory McIlroy- golfer ($50m/£38.74m)

8) Stephen Curry- basketball ($47.3m/£36.64m)

9) James Harden- basketball ($46.6m/£36.10m)

10) Lewis Hamilton- formula 1 ($46m/£35.64m)

Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

  • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

4 %

  • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

1 %

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

16 %

  • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

1 %

  • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

2 %

  • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

2 %

  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

25 %

  • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

4 %

  • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

3 %

  • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

6 %

  • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

23 %

  • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

1 %

  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

13 %

Copa del Rey Final – Luis Enrique  sign off in style as Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer goals help clinch Copa del Rey title

Barcelona  31 Alaves

Luis Enrique ended his tenure as Barcelona manager in style with a 3-1 Copa del Rey final victory over Alaves at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a sumptuous finish on the half hour, only to be usurped by Theo Hernandez, whose exquisite free-kick hauled Alaves level three minutes later.

But two quick-fire goals on the stroke of half-time from Neymar, in contentious circumstances, and Paco Alcacer turned the game firmly in Barcelona’s favour.

Enrique is leaving after three years in charge at the Nou Camp.

Messi, who struck the opener after exchanging passes with Neymar outside the penalty area, became the first player to score in four Copa finals (2017, 2015, 2012 and 2009) since Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra in 1950.

Neymar, who forced in Barcelona’s second when Messi played in Andre Gomes to cross low from the right, is the first man to score in three successive Copa finals since Ferenc Puskas, who achieved the feat with Real Madrid between 1960 and 1962.

The one major worry for Barcelona was a nasty head injury to Javier Mascherano, who was carried off on a stretcher after an early collision with Marcos Llorente,

He suffered concussion as well as a cut to his head, and an injury to his right knee that will need further tests, the club said afterwards.

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  • Barcelona are reportedly preparing to sell Manchester United target Neymar in the summer.
  • Barca are believed to have concerns about the Brazilian’s lifestyle and will offload the 25-year-old as long as his £170million release clause is met.

  • ​Juventus have made their loan signing of winger Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea permanent in a £17m deal.
  • Arsenal have opened talks with Belgian club KAS Eupen over signing 19-year-old Nigerian Henry Onyekuru. Everton, Southampton and West Brom are also interested in the striker.
  • The Gunners are preparing a move for Real Madrid right-back Danilo.
  • Alexis Sanchez’s agent is in talks with Bayern Munich after the German champions agreed to meet both the player and Arsenal’s financial demands.
  • Bayern are prepared to pay $65 million (£50m) to sign the Chilean and hand him a $14.5m-a-year (£11.2m) contract but Manchester City also remain interested.

  • Arsene Wenger will look to bring Hulk back to Europe from Shanghai SIPG if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club this summer.
  • Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, has begun talks with Bournemouth over a possible transfer.
  • Defoe could join the Premier League side on a free transfer after West Ham, who bid £6m for the England forward in the winter, ended their interest.
  • Manchester United are mulling over a £20 million bid for Everton playmaker Ross Barkley.
  • United are interested in signing central defenders Raphael Varane.
  • Chelsea and Bayern Munich have both joined the race to sign Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
  • West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is a shock target for champions Chelsea.
  • Real Madrid have agreed a deal worth €45 million to sign Flamengo prodigy Vinicius Junior. The 16-year-old Brazil youth star will not be able to officially make the switch to Spain until his 18th birthday but an agreement that will see Madrid pay two-thirds of the fee up front has been struck and will be announced this week.
  • Pepe is one of a number of players likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to AS, with Inter his most likely destination.
  • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante his No.1 transfer target.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has flown to Abu Dhabi for end-of-season talks with Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
  • Chelsea will begin negotiations this week with Monaco over France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22.
  • Conte is pleading with the Chelsea board to offer a deal to keep Spain player at the club.
  • The Blues boss is fighting to keep Diego Costa at Chelsea.
  • Manchester United are reported to  have made the first move to sign  in-demand defender Marquinhos by  lodging a £60m bid for the PSG star.
  • United have been given hope of signing Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa after both players endured a tough season at Bayern Munich.
  • Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas could make a summer switch to Liverpool.
  • Liverpool are leading the race for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • Atletico Madrid want to sign Monaco and Brazil player Fabinho. Manchester City are also rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield.
  • Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 33, will stay at Atletico Madrid for another year and could be first choice if the club’s transfer ban is not lifted.
  • Monaco, Newcastle and West Ham will battle it out for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer.
  • Craig Shakespeare has begun talks with Leicester City over the extension of his managerial contract.
  • Leicester will listen to offers for £15m flop Ahmed Musa this summer.
  • Jose Mourinho is open to offers for England defender Chris Smalling, 27.
  • Man Utd and Man City have paid tributes to all those killed and injured in Monday night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.
  • Gael Clichy has said he will leave Manchester City next month. The former Arsenal and France left-back, 31, has been with the club for six years.
  • Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Swansea for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, but the Iceland player wants more than £120,000 a week to sign.
  • Juventus are reportedly pondering a move for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta this summer.
  • Juve are preparing to renew the contract of much sought-after left-back Alex Sandro.
  • Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, is reportedly wanted by AC Milan.
  • Roma have joined AC Milan in the race for Atalanta attacker Alejandro Gomez.
  • Barcelona are set to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12 million from Everton.
  • Real Madrid won’t stop striker Alvaro Morata from leaving this summer.
  • Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is set to commit his long-term future to the club.
  • Leicester City are working on a deal to sign former Arsenal target Samuel Chukwueze from his Nigerian club Diamond Academy.
  • Inter Milan are to make a summer move for Roma star Antonio Rudiger, who is also a target for Chelsea.
  • Besiktas star Anderson Talisca is ready to snub Manchester United and stay in Turkey.
  • Fiorentina are set to make a move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.
  • Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam is on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
  • Napoli are chasing Manchester City free agents Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.
    • Watford are targeting former Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt to take over as manager following Walter Mazzarri’s exit from the club.
    • Claudio Ranieri has been put off managing Watford after the way his pal Walter Mazzarri was treated.
    • Leicester are preparing to battle it out with Crystal Palace for Belgian side Anderlecht’s Senegal international defender Kara Mbodji.
    • The Foxes are also trying to snap up centre-back Harry Maguire on the cheap from relegated Hull, as he only has 12 months left on his contract.
    • Former Scotland and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is Sunderland’s No. 1 target to replace David Moyes.
    • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.
    • Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested on Tuesday as part of a money laundering investigation, police have confirmed to a number of Spanish publications.
    • Police investigating suspected tax fraud have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, a French official says.
    • Southampton do not expect a final decision on Claude Puel’s future until later this week but Marco Silva does not feature on their current list of possible successors.
    • Tim Sherwood is set to leave his role as director of football at Swindon.
    • Norwich are set to name Borussia Dortmund reserve boss Daniel Farke as their new manager.
    • Diego Maradona claims Roma legend Francesco Totti is the best player he has ever seen.
    • A psychic cow in Holland – who has an 85% success rate – has predicted that Ajax will beat Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo and Benzema scores as Real Madrid clinch first title in five years; Barca win but miss out

    ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    • Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at 2-0 Malaga at La Rosaleda.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

    Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ shot.

    Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

    The result means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

    If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League – with Zidane having won the tournament six months into the job last summer.

    • Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Barcelona fought back to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season, but could do nothing to stop Real Madrid winning the La Liga title.

    Takashi Inui’s double put the minnows in charge at the Nou Camp, but a David Junca own goal got Barcelona back into it just after the hour mark, while Luis Suarez equalised after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.


    Ander Capa was then dismissed for Eibar as he brought down Neymar in the box with 15 minutes to go, and Messi redeemed himself from the spot before sealing the win with a fine solo effort in stoppage time.

    There was a rapturous reception at the Nou Camp for Luis Enrique before kick-off.

    • ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended life at the Vicente Calderon with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

    The boyhood Atleti fan, who is out of contract this summer, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, netting from close range and hooking home a volley.

    The 33-year-old scored more La Liga goals at the Calderon than any other player in the 21st century – with 54.

    Inaki Williams pulled one back before Angel Correa’s 89th-minute strike.

    After the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that he would remain at the club next season.

    The Argentine had two spells as an Atletico player and has enjoyed a successful five and a half years as manager during which he has won La Liga (2013-14) and reached the Champions League final twice (2013-14 and 2015-16).

    “The journalists ask me constantly if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay,” Simeone told the crowd inside the stadium.

    “And do you know why I am going to stay? I am going to stay because this club has a future and this future is all of us.

    • Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Bilbao’s defeat, coupled with a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Sociedad at Celta Vigo, meant Sociedad guaranteed Europa League football next season thanks to a 93rd-minute Juanmi equaliser.

    A penalty from Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo ahead but Mikel Oyarzabal levelled after 82 minutes before Andrew Hjulsager looked to have won it for Celta.

    But Juanmi was left unmarked to head home a corner and secure the all-important point.

    • Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Villarreal secured fifth place in the table as an excellent performance brought them a 3-1 win at Valencia.

    The visitors led in the first minute when former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored.

    Nani levelled after the break, but Manu Trigueros was quickly on the mark to restore Villarreal’s lead and Nicola Sansone added another to wrap the game up.

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    • ​Neymar is set to spark a £100m tussle between Manchester United and City after his father urged him to quit Barcelona and move to the Premier League.

    • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, 23, this summer.
    • Manchester City are front-runners for Monaco defender Fabinho and have also been linked with Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
    • And Guardiola is prepared to offer England keeper Joe Hart, 30, to Leicester as part of the deal.
    • Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero is hoping Pep Guardiola will reward his patience with a new contract.
    • Everton are also reeling at the £30m price-tag on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and will now target Kasper Schmeichel instead.
    • The Toffees have been dealt a blow after being told to forget about signing Anderlecht midfield star Leander Dendoncker.
    • Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent social media into meltdown after appearing to suggest he could play some part in the Europa League final.

    • Ibrahimovic snubbed a new multi-million pound Manchester United deal before getting injured.
    • Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he will sit down with the club’s board on Monday to decide his future.
    • David Moyes is on the brink of quitting Sunderland after losing the dressing room.
    • Roberto Mancini has put West Ham on alert after admitting that he is ready to end his year-long break from the game.
    • Watford were forced into sacking Walter Mazzarri after a dressing-room revolt allegedly saw some players threaten a pre-season strike.
    • Real Madrid and Barcelona could be set to battle over Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn.
    • Manchester United and Liverpool have made enquiries for Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a £12m deal for Leicester attacker Demarai Gray.
    • Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is in talks with Marseille over a potential summer switch to Ligue 1.
    • The Arsenal hierachy are divided over whether Arsene Wenger should stay as manager.
    • Former France and Monaco striker David Trezeguet has warned 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe not to leave the Ligue 1 champions, amid increasing interest from Real Madrid.
    • And Monaco have reportedly turned down a world record fee of around 120m euros (£103m) from Real Madrid for the striker.
    • Zinedine Zidane has reportedly asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign outstanding Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
    • Juventus are closing in on a permanent deal for Chelsea and Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at the Serie A giants.
    • Chelsea are eyeing 20-year-old Russian attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin to supplement their title-winning squad.
    • Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen is leaving the German club.
    • Manchester United’s plan to offer Jose Mourinho a new contract hinges on him taking them back into the Champions League.

    • United are chasing Portuguese and Braga teen Pedro Neto – after deciding against signing him last year.
    • Tottenham are prepared to sell Chelsea and Manchester City target Kyle Walker – but want £40m for the right-back.
    • Jose Mouriniho could use Luke Shaw as bait to snatch Kyle Walker from under the noses of arch rivals Manchester City.
    • Tottenham are planning to ditch £11m French flop Georges-Kevin N’Koudou after just one season at White Hart Lane.
    • Spurs are ready to offer £12m for Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon and have also joined a seven-way scrap for Manchester City’s Nigerian frontman Kelechi Iheanacho.

    • Tottenham have rejected a £50m approach for versatile defender Eric Dier.
    • Everton have vowed to only listen to offers of £100million for star striker Romelu Lukaku.
    • The Mersey side club are willing to sell midfielder James McCarthy for £20m to offset their summer spending, with Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace interested in the 26-year-old.
    • West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is targeting a top-six finish next season – with a return to the Premier League’s top 10 a minimum ambition.

    • Andre Ayew, 27, could quit West Ham to rejoin former side Marseille, according to his father, ex-Marseille and Ghana star Abedi Pele.
    • Manchester rivals United and City are fighting it out for Benfica right-back Semedo.
    • United’s midfielder Ander Herrera, 27, says he needs to achieve more at Old Trafford before being considered as the club’s captain, should current skipper Wayne Rooney depart this summer.
    • Dutch defender Daley Blind wants to stay at Old Trafford despite Manchester United’s silence over a new deal.
    • Newcastle are reportedly eyeing a double swoop for Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Pires and Andre Gray – but face competition from Tottenham for the Burnley hitman.

    • West Ham are in talks with London rivals Chelsea over a loan deal for striker Michy Batshuayi.
    • Southampton are ready to smash their transfer record to sign £25m-rated Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
    • Swansea have joined the race for Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodji.
    • Wolves are ready to make an official move for Jose Couceiro to become their next boss – with Paul Lambert set to leave.
    • Spanish third-tier side Atletico Astorga have unveiled their home kit for next season, which is inspired by the Incredible Hulk.
    • Steve Morison struck late to fire Millwall back into the Championship with a 1-0 play-off final victory over Bradford.

    Latest Football News 

    • ​Neymar’s father has advised the 25-year-old Brazil forward to move to Manchester United to escape from the shadow of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.

    • Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25, has confirmed he will leave the Ligue 1 side at the end of the season – and has hinted at a move to join France team-mate Antoine Griezmann, 26, at Atletico Madrid.
    • Manchester City are close to signing Monaco defender Fabinho.
    • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is planning an £80m double move for Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, 25, and winger Gelson Martins, 22, who are both Portugal internationals.
    • City midfielder Yaya Toure, 34, is open to a move to Serie A this summer, according to his agent.
    • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to be reunited with Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28.

    • Tottenham are considering a £25m bid to re-sign 27-year-old Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who joined Swansea from Spurs in 2014.
    • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will make Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, his top transfer target this summer, but the Gunners are prepared to let the Chile international run down his contract, which ends next year.
    • Chelsea will reportedly sell midfielder Kenneth Omeruo for £7m.
    • Chelsea defender David Luiz has splashed out £1.1m on luxury bracelets for Chelsea team-mates to celebrate winning title.
    • Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Sigurdsson is a better and cheaper alternative to Ross Barkley, with Everton demanding £50m for the 23-year-old.

    • Ronald Koeman will consider freezing Ross Barkley out of his plans if the midfielder’s future is not resolved by the time that Everton return for pre-season training in July.
    • Chelsea will use pre-season to assess defender Matt Miazga, who spent the season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, before deciding on the 21-year-old American’s future.
    • Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has told the club’s board to sign 17-year-old compatriot Ben Woodburn from Liverpool.
    • Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian claim they have a “verbal agreement” to sign a prolific striker from Europe – with Chelsea’s Diego Costa, 28, and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, among those linked with the club.
    • Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, 20, says the club should not sell fellow striker Sergio Aguero, 28.

    • Manchester City are ready to take on rivals Manchester United for the signature of Benfica’s 23-year-old goalkeeper Ederson.
    • Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is hoping Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s loan spell with the Cherries this season will attract bigger names to the Vitality Stadium. Howe wants to sign three Chelsea players – goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, and defenders Nathan Ake, 22, and John Terry, 36.
    • Sacked Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is planning a Premier League comeback – and claims he will speak fluent English when he lands his next job here.
    • Slaven Bilic will hold talks with West Ham bosses on Monday, but is expected to keep his job.
    • Arsene Wenger is poised to stay at Arsenal after indicating that he is now prepared to work with a new sporting director and accept changes in the club’s structure.
    • West Ham have triggered an option to keep Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, 30, at the club until 2019 but compatriot Alvaro Arbeloa, 34, will leave at the end of the season.

    • Southampton have joined the list of English clubs keeping tabs on Nigerian teen sensation Henry Onyekuru. The 19-year-old has caused a stir in Belgium, scoring 21 goals for top-flight side Eupen this season.
    • Crystal Palace have revealed their secret to Premier League survival this season – apple crumble and custard.
    • Aston Villa are preparing to offload Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tishbola, Jordan Veretout, Carles Gil, Pierluigi Gollini, Jordan Amavi and Aly Cissokho to bankroll a push for promotion
    • Strasbourg and Amiens were promoted to Ligue 1 on Friday following an incredibly tight race in the French second division.
    • Six clubs entered the final day of the Ligue 2 season with a chance at winning the title, but Strasbourg came out on top with a 2-0 with over Bourg en Bresse Peronnas, edging Amiens and Troyes by a single point. The promotion is Strasbourg’s fourth in six years

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo nets a brace as Real edge closer to title; Neymar bags a hat trick for Barca to keep up pressure on Real 

    ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    • Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, his 400th and 401  goals,for Real Madrid as they took another step towards the La Liga title with victory over Sevilla.

    Real led through Nacho’s controversial free-kick before Ronaldo pounced on a rebound to double their lead.

    Stevan Jovetic replied after the break, but Ronaldo’s sensational second strike, his 401st for Real Madrid, and Toni Kroos’ late goal sealed victory.

    Real Madrid stay in second place behind Barcelona who beat Las Palmas 4-1.

    Barcelona, who  beat Las Palmas 4-1on Sunday, keep hold of top spot courtesy of their head-to-head advantage.

    But Real have a game in hand and need four points from their final two matches to lift their first title since 2012.

    Despite having won just three of their last 11 matches, Sevilla still secured fourth place and a spot in the Champions League play-off next season as Villarreal were held at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

    • Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Neymar hit a hat trick as Barcelona kept their hold on top spot — for the time being at least — with a 4-1 victory at Las Palmas.

    Neymar broke the deadlock for Luis Enrique’s side after 25 minutes, slotting home from close range after being teed up by Luis Suarez.

    And the pair swapped roles just two minutes later, with Neymar this time picking out the run of Suarez, who produced a clever finish to beat Javi Varas.

    Pedro Bigas scored for Las Palmas in the 63rd minute, smashing home Kevin-Prince Boateng’s delivery, but Neymar restored Barca’s two-goal advantage just a few minutes later with a far-post header following Ivan Rakitic’s cross.

    And Neymar completed his hat trick soon after, tucking the ball home after being found by Jordi Alba, to put the game out of sight.

    • Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis to secure third spot and qualification for the Champions League group stages next season.

    Dani Ceballos scored a 57th-minute opener for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box following a Betis corner.

    However, Stefan Savic found an equaliser for Diego Simeone’s side in the 66th minute with a close-range strike to wrap up third place with one game of the season to spare. Sevilla are assured of fourth spot and will enter next season’s Champions League in the qualifying rounds.

    • Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Sporting Gijon were relegated despite winning 1-0 at Eibar.

    Burgui’s 32nd-minute goal gave Sporting only their second away win of the season, but Deportivo La Coruna and Leganes both drew to doom them.

    • Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Leganes secured their safety with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

    Artiz Adruriz’s close-range strike — his 16th league goal of the season — gave Athletic the lead after 13 minutes.

    But Alexander Szymanowski equalised on the hour with a header that meant so much for Leganes.

    • Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    Deportivo also guaranteed themselves another season in the top flight with a goalless draw at Villarreal, whose failure to win handed Sevilla a ticket to the Champions League.

    • Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Real Sociedad failed to take advantage of Villarreal and Athletic, rivals for Europa League qualification, dropping points as they were held 2-2 at home by Malaga.

    Xabi Prieto gave Sociedad a 31st-minute lead from the penalty spot but Malaga went ahead through Luis Hernandez (45) and Recio (75) before Jon Bautista equalised five minutes from time.

    • ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Celta Vigo, fresh from their Europa League semifinal exit to Manchester United, lost 3-1 to Copa del Rey finalists Alaves as they suffered a fifth straight league defeat.

    Alaves scored three times in the opening 37 minutes through Manu Garcia, Zouhair Feddal and Deyverson, with Iago Aspas claiming a late Celta consolation from the penalty spot.

    On Saturday 
    Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    • Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Jose Gaya’s second-half goal gave Valencia a 1-0 away win at Espanyol.

    A game of little goalmouth action and few chances was settled after 75 minutes when 21-year-old defender Gaya scored with a left-foot shot from the left side of the penalty area.

    Espanyol could not muster a response and slipped to a third straight home loss, following defeats to city rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while Valencia secured back-to-back wins.

    • Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    Osasuna won the battle of the basement clubs with a 2-1 win over Granada.

    Jhon Steven Mondragon handed the home side the lead after 24 minutes, before Gustavo Ramos fired an unlikely equaliser for Tony Adams’ men four minutes before the break.

    Kenan Kodro then slotted home from close range 15 minutes from time to record a morale-boosting win and condemn Adams to yet another defeat in charge of El Grana.