Lionel Messi almost single-handedly restored peace at Barcelona by scoring once and setting up two more goals in a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday, before speaking out about the chaotic week for the Catalan club.
Gareth Bale made up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, scoring late in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday to keep alive his team's hopes of winning the Spanish League. Bale scored with a firm header after a well-placed cross by Lucas Vazquez in the 80th minute, giving Madrid its 10th-straight league win and putting pressure on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi pleased his acolytes with a fifth world player of the year award but disappointed those still hoping to see him play for an English club one day - perhaps a Man-chester City side coached by Pep Guardiola. The most prolific winner in the history of this award said: "I want to finish my career at home, and my home is Barca."
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Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.
FC Barcelona full-back Dani Alves believes his teammate Neymar has surpassed Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and trails only his clubmate Lionel Messi in the world's best footballer rankings. In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo on Sunday, Alves criticised Portugal captain Ronaldo for a perceived unwillingness to defend and said Neymar is a better dribbler, reports Xinhua.