How Cirque du Soleil turned to the genius of Messi for inspiration

The artistic spirit of the Argentine soccer star is the protagonist of the world-renowned company’s new production. EL PAÍS SEMANAL got a sneak peek at the rehearsals in Montreal ahead of the premiere on October 10 in Barcelona

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Neymar’s exit from Barcelona proves as controversial as his arrival

Attorneys for Brazilian forward deposit €222m with club to cover release clause

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Neymar plays hide and seek with Barcelona FC

Despite media speculation over move to PSG, Brazilian player has not notified his team of his plans

SOCCER

Groin injury sidelines Leo Messi for three weeks, will miss World Cup qualifier

Barcelona striker taken off in second-half of 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid

SOCCER

Legendary Barcelona soccer coach and player Johan Cruyff dies

Dutch star passes away at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer

SOCCER

Fifa allows Barcelona to sign new players

Soccer governing body puts transfer ban on hold, taking into account “complexity” of case

SOCCER

Why does Messi keep vomiting?

Doctors have yet to figure out why the Barcelona star is throwing up so regularly

SOCCER

Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season

Thirty-five-year-old defender says recent injuries forced him to make decision

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Three names for one bench

Barcelona is set to announce Tito Vilanova’s replacement on Tuesday

SOCCER

“Decisions will have to be made”

Gerard Piqué says Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern warrants changes

SOCCER

Seven-year-itch Llorente on a promise from the ‘Old Lady’

Athletic Bilbao and Spain star to finally make move to Juventus in the summer

SPORT

La Liga loses its touch in Europe

Statistics from first half of season show Germany and England are more offensive

RACISM IN SOCCER

Turkish justice seeks jail for Atlético’s Emre on racial slur rap

Midfielder cited by prosecutors for abusive language in Super Lig match

SOCCER

"I've landed on my feet in the Premier League with Swansea"

Soccer player Michu on his new life in Wales

SPORTS

“Some people think I’m a madman”

Manolo Jiménez has turned Zaragoza into a fighting unit in the battle to stay up