Football

5:59 PM ET It’s been quite a week for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar celebrated his 33rd birthday on June 24, then joined one of elite football’s most exclusive and illustrious clubs six days later when, against Atletico Madrid, the Argentina captain netted the 700th goal of his career. – Marcotti: Assessing Messi’s career evolution–
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3:06 AM ET Zinedine Zidane once told Vogue, during his dalliance with modelling: “It’s not that I’m doing something different — it’s a continuation.” And he was right: the elegant playmaker would not look out of place on the catwalk wearing the tricolore France jersey in which he won the World Cup, or the classic
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6:57 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona manager Quique Setien’s relationship with his players is already showing signs of straining, with various sources having told ESPN they didn’t click from day one. Barca led La Liga in January when Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked after the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid
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5:56 AM ET Achraf Hakimi is on the verge of joining Inter Milan from Real Madrid, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN, after emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in European football during a two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund. The transfer, which both clubs expect to announce shortly, is worth around €40
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5:55 PM ET Real Madrid‘s Karim Benzema produced an audacious back-heeled assist for Casemiro to score as they beat Espanyol 1-0 away on Sunday to capitalise on Barcelona‘s slip-up a day earlier and move two points clear at the top of La Liga. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slid to the ground to guide the ball home
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9:58 AM ET Dani Ceballos scored an injury-time winner to send Arsenal into the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-1 victory at Sheffield United. Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring with a penalty before David McGoldrick equalised late on. Stream FA Cup games on ESPN+ David Luiz made his first appearance since his disastrous performance against
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4:05 AM ET Welcome to ESPN’s Insider Notebook, featuring contributions from our reporters across the top leagues around the world. In this edition, it’s turning really sour between Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane. Plus: Manchester City are looking to Burnley for a Leroy Sane replacement. Jump to: City’s Sane replacement | Joorabchian influence at Arsenal
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