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Lionel Messi routinely delivers magic for Barcelona, but his third goal vs. Betis was interstellar

Here are three sentences whose words do no justice to the majesty of their content: In the depths of a molecular cloud, a star is born. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Lionel Messi chipped Pau Lopez in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

All three of the above sentences represent events that are noteworthy on an intergalactic scale. They all mark moments where aliens, sitting peacefully in their suburban homes, looked up to the skies from their Sunday papers and said: "Things done changed."


Monchi rejected Arsenal offer in order to make Sevilla return

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop try their hand at predicting the Europa League's fixtures, headlined by Arsenal's clash with Napoli.
Paul Mariner and the FC panel agree that Arsenal kept their momentum going from their weekend win over Man United against a lacklustre Rennes side.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains what Arsenal will have to get right if they want to mount a comeback in their Europa League second leg against Rennes.

Monchi turned down an offer from Arsenal in order to return to Sevilla, he said on Monday, adding that he had not been approached by Real Madrid.

After leaving Roma earlier this month, Monchi had been linked with a move to the Gunners as a replacement for departed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

But Sevilla announced his return as their sporting director at the weekend and, speaking at a news conference on Monday, he said: "I thank Arsenal for their interest.

"It has been the club that has...

Barcelona's Suarez out for two weeks with ankle sprain

Shaka Hislop chooses not to get drawn into comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the Argentine's 33rd La Liga hat trick.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez put on a show for the fans at Benito Villamarín Stadium, leading Barcelona to an easy victory.
Despite them being big underdogs, Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester United have more of a chance than people think in their quarterfinal Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Barcelona have said Luis Suarez will be sidelined for around two weeks after spraining an ankle in Sunday's win at Real Betis.

Suarez scored as Barca triumphed 4-1 in Seville to move 10 points clear at the top but was unable to finish the match after taking a knock to his ankle in the closing stages.

After undergoing tests at the training ground on Monday, he has pulled out of the Uruguay squad for this week's China Cup.

Uruguay face Uzbekistan in the semifinal in Nanning on Friday and then play...

Man United have no plans to move for Real Madrid's Bale - sources

Returning Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane addresses Gareth Bale's situation and rumours linking Kylian Mbappe with a move to the Bernabeu.
Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner predict La Liga's notable fixtures from this weekend, but will Real Madrid get back on track under Zinedine Zidane?
Sid Lowe explains how Real Madrid convinced Zinedine Zidane to return as manager and how he and the club plan to navigate their current issues.
Craig Burley tells Alexis Nunes what Zinedine Zidane will give to Real Madrid for the remainder of the season and for the future.

Manchester United have no plans to move for Gareth Bale if he is made available by Real Madrid in the summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Bale, 29, is facing an uncertain future at the Bernabeu in the wake of criticism from supporters and the return of Zinedine Zidane as coach.

Last week, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett told ESPN FC that the winger planned to "wait and see" how things go with Zidane's return before deciding on his long-term future.

And earlier this month Barnett said Madrid fans who...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Real will have to pay £200m to land Eriksen from Tottenham

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly Power Rankings, where quite a few Premier League clubs find their way into the top 10.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes give their early predictions of how the Champions League quarterfinals will pan out.
Despite them being big underdogs, Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester United have more of a chance than people think in their quarterfinal Champions League tie against Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann sits down exclusively with ESPN's Martin Ainstein to discuss his love for American sports and his hopes of finishing his career in MLS.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Real will have to pay £200m to land Eriksen

If Real Madrid want to sign long-term target Christian Eriksen this summer it will cost them a world-record fee, according to the Sunday Star.

The British tabloid claims that...