Cristiano Ronaldo urged long-time rival Lionel Messi to be more like him and push his limits by challenging himself in another league than Spain.
'Try something new', Ronaldo urges Messi to join him in Serie A
By Miguel Delaney/The Independent chief football writer
River Plate secures ultimate win in one of sport’s great rivalries
Lionel Messi insisted his fifth-place finish in last Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards was not a motivating factor behind his sensational performance in Barcelona’s 4-0 thrashing of local rival Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.
Messi says Ballon d'Or snub was no extra motivation
Afghanistan suspended five officials including the president of the country's football federation over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the national women's team, officials said Sunday.
Afghan football chiefs suspended over women's team abuse
Newspapers are helping to "fuel racism" by the ways in which they portray young black footballers, said Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
Newspapers help 'fuel racism', says Man City's Sterling
Ali Daei believes that Iran and Japan are the most likely contenders to reach the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final, with the continental competition now less than four weeks away.
Daei tips Iran, Japan for final meeting at Asian Cup
DeMar DeRozan recorded 36 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 133-120 comeback victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
DeRozan lifts Spurs past Lakers
French champion Paris Saint-Germain quashed reports the club could be forced to sell either Kylian Mbappe or Neymar in a bid to circumvent eventual Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.
PSG ‘vehemently’ denies plan to sell Mbappe, Neymar over possible FFP sanctions
The WBC sanctioned a "direct rematch" between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Fury, Wilder ‘direct’ rematch sanctioned by WBC

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