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ALFREDO RELAÑO

Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or was created by journalists, just as the European Cup - today’s Champions League - was, and came into existence in 1956 as an accompaniment to the competition.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Messi is jinxed with Argentina

There is no longer any doubt: Messi finding success with Argentina is becoming an even taller order, writes Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

On Messi as the greatest of all time

Watching Barça’s spectacular fall at Anfield on Tuesday, I remembered the other times they have crumpled in the Champions League: the 4-0 defeat to PSG, the 3-0 defeats in both Turin and Rome.

Alfredo Relaño