Lionel Messi has hailed long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo as “a great player who has achieved great things” following a highly successful 2016. Read more
Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele has voiced his frustration at refereeing in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has been outspoken about what he perceives to be an excessively physical approach adopted by opposing teams this season, and Dembele appears to agree. Read more
Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar admits it is disappointing that he has been forced to find a new club for the start of next season. The South African international has been at the Belfast-based outfit since 2010 and the province wanted to extend his stay. Read more
Nick Kyrgios has vowed to ‘live and learn’ after crashing out of the Australian Open with a second round collapse. The 21-year-old Australian was in total control of his match when he led by two sets but, amid complaints of a sore knee he lost his composure, his temper and, ultimately, the match. Read more
More than 1,000 volunteers are being sought for the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff.
The Football Association of Wales has launched its Become a Champion campaign to find people to help with transport, marketing, ticketing and VIP services. Read more
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sell Memphis Depay to French club Lyon.
It is thought the fee is £16m rising to £21.7m, with the add-ons including Lyon qualifying for the Champions League and Depay getting a new contract. Read more
Egypt has added ex-football star Mohamed Aboutrika to a terror list for his alleged links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer says. Read more