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Deulofeu takes his chance, Iniesta turns back the clock in Barca win

Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a victory over Malaga at Camp Nou.
Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a victory over Malaga at Camp Nou.
Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 2-0 victory over Malaga at Camp Nou.

Barcelona extended their unbeaten start to the La Liga season to nine games with a 2-0 win against Malaga at Camp Nou on Saturday. 

Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring in the second minute, although the goal came in controversial circumstances, with the ball having gone out of play prior to Lucas Digne delivering the assist. 

Malaga, who are bottom of the table with a solitary point, never really threatened to get back into the game and the three points were sealed when Andres Iniesta's...

Barcelona planning to offer Lionel Messi 'lifetime' contract - CEO Grau

Ernesto Valverde quips that he hopes Leo Messi reaches 200 European goals this season after netting his 100th vs. Olympiakos.
After a whirlwind first 100 days of his tenure at Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde hopes the next 100 will be more quiet.

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi has not yet signed his new four-year contract with Barcelona but the club say they are already preparing to offer him a lifetime deal, similar to the one signed by Andres Iniesta earlier this month.

Messi, 30, agreed a new contract with Barca in July, but he has not yet sat down to sign the terms with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

However, Bartomeu has assured fans that everything is in order, with Messi's father and representative having already signed the contract,...

Xavi: Neymar revealed Barcelona exit plan at Lionel Messi's wedding

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar insists he will try to help Kylian Mbappe flourish the way Lionel Messi did for him at Barcelona.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed Neymar told him at Lionel Messi's wedding on June 30 that he wanted to leave the club.

Xavi, 37, left Barca in 2015 for Al Sadd in Qatar but was a guest at Messi's nuptials last summer. And, though Neymar didn't leave in a €222 million transfer until Aug. 3, the Brazilian made his plans clear at an early stage.

"Neymar had the really big decision of himself to decide his future and he decided to go to Paris Saint-Germain," Xavi told the BBC World...

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Idris Elba to host The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London

As FIFA announce the three candidates for awards including best player and best manger, see who's being tipped for success.
Craig Burley sounds off on the absurdity of individual awards after the shortlist for Best FIFA Men's Player was revealed.

Hollywood actor Idris Elba will present The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on Monday, world football's governing body has announced.

Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his titular role in the TV detective show "Luther," will host the ceremony at the London Palladium.

The 44-year-old Arsenal fan, who was born in London, will be joined by ESPN presenter Layla Anna-Lee and British band Kasabian will perform...

Lionel Messi's leadership inspired Argentina to World Cup - Pezzella

The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi's standing among the greatest players of all time.
Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi's impact on Argentina's qualification for the World Cup.
After Ecuador scored in the first minute, Lionel Messi took over and scored three goals to punch Argentina's World Cup ticket.

Lionel Messi's leadership skills in his role as Argentina captain came as a surprise to his new international teammate, German Pezzella.

Messi has been criticised in the past by some, including Argentina great Diego Maradona for lacking the required "personality to be a leader."

Pezzella was called up for the first time to the Albiceleste for his national team's final World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador and although the Fiorentina defender did not feature in either game, he did get to...

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Trending: Man United win with bizarre error, Lionel Messi hits 100th UCL

Jose Mourinho takes a dig at other football managers and promises not to "cry and moan" about injuries like others do.
The FC guys provide their critiques for Jose Mourinho's Man United side following a narrow UCL victory over Benfica.
The FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's defensive issues, Manchester United's style of play and Atleti's UCL struggles.
Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip against Roma before settling for a draw, while Benfica's goalkeeping gaffe gifted Man United a win.
Romelu Lukaku had a touching moment with Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, whose howler led to the only goal of the match.

Thursday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ...

MAN UNITED Manchester United battled to a 1-0 victory away to Benfica to make it three wins from three as goalkeeper Mile Svilar allowed the ball to cross the line when saving Marcus Rashford's free kick.

- Jose Mourinho has hit back at critics of his style of football by insisting good defending is not a crime.

- Mourinho has held talks with Manchester United about a new contract but he...