Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

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Lionel Messi, left, in court with his father in June

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Spanish media say. His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay used to conceal ...

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Ronaldo ‘hurt’ by Messi’s tears after Copa America heartbreak


Cristiano Ronaldo says he was “hurt” by Lionel Messi’s tears following Argentina’s Copa America heartbreak and urged his great rival to reconsider his international retirement. Messi’s mission to win the Copa ended in huge disappointment when Argentina lost in the final to Chile on penalties – with the Barcelona superstar missing his spot-kick in the shoot-out. Lionel Messi has retired ...

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Winger Nani leaves Fenerbahce for Valencia


Fenerbahce winger Nani has joined Valencia on a three-year contract. The Portugal international, who played for Manchester United from 2007 to 2015, will be part of his national side’s line-up in Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales in Lyon. He has represented his country on 101 occasions, scoring 20 goals including two at this summer’s European Championship where he has ...

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Barcelona sign Samuel Umtiti for £21m

Samuel Umtiti is expected to replace the suspended Adil Rami in France's Euro 2016 quarter-final

Barcelona have agreed to buy France international centre-back Samuel Umtiti from Lyon for about £21m (25m Euro). The 22-year-old, who came through the Lyon youth system, is at Euro 2016 with the France squad and, although yet to play, is expected to start the quarter-final against Iceland. Barca president Josep Bartomeu confirmed the news on Thursday but did not disclose ...

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Sevilla Appoint Jorge Sampaoli

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Head coach Jorge Sampaoli of Chile looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Sevilla have appointed Jorge Sampaoli as their new manager after the Spanish side confirmed that the former Chile coach has agreed a two-year deal with the Europa League champions to replace Unai Emery. “Sevilla are counting on the best coach of America in 2015, who begins his first adventure in Europe,” Sevilla said in statement of the man who led ...

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PSG ready to make mammoth bid for Neymar


Barcelona director Raul Sanllehi has been in Brazil in for the last couple of days and there are at least two theories as to why. One is that he was trying to sign young Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesús for €24million and offload disastrous signing Douglas to Cruzeiro for €2m. The other explanation is that he was there to persuade Neymar ...

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Neymar fraud allegations: Spanish prosecutors call for trial


Spanish prosecutors have called for Brazil and Barcelona football star Neymar to be tried for fraud. The prosecutors, from Spain’s top criminal court, allege Neymar and his father hid the true value of the player’s multi-million-euro transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment fund that owned 40% of Neymar’s sports rights argues it was deprived of its full share. ...

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I won’t join Mourinho at Man Utd – Cristiano Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo says Jose Mourinho can restore Manchester United’s “identity” when he takes over – but insists he won’t be joining his fellow Portuguese at Old Trafford. Sky Sports News HQ understands Mourinho will be unveiled as Louis van Gaal’s successor by Friday this week. In an interview with the ‘Jugones‘ programme on Spanish television – to be aired on ...

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