Messi has agreed a two-year extension to his current deal at Barcelona linking him with the club until 2018 at least; when he admits he could return to Argentina aged just 30. So where could he go?
Pius XII has long been vilified as "Hitler's pope", accused of failing publicly to condemn the genocide of Europe's Jews. Now a British author has unearthed extensive material that Vatican insiders believe will restore his reputation, revealing the part that he played in saving lives and opposing nazism.
The communications theorist Marshall McLuhan observed that "we look at the present through a rear-view mirror". And that "we march backwards into the future". Amen.
Toni Minichiello, the coach who guided Jessica Ennis to Olympic gold, has accused British Athletics chiefs of a "lack of respect" after he was offered a reduced package – on a consultancy basis – to continue working with one of the world's most successful athletes.
More than a third of voters believe that the coalition is less ethical than the last Labour government, according to a new poll.
Sir Alex Ferguson was beaten and falsely accused the first time he encountered José Mourinho.
F Scott Fitzgerald claimed that, back in 1920, he'd tried to persuade DW Griffith that the film industry was a wonderful subject for the cinema. Griffith laughed at the idea, but not for the first time Fitzgerald was proved right.
The famous people sitting in the front row for London's leading fashion shows later this week may feel they have earned those seats, but few will have worked as hard as an unpaid fashion intern.
Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins’s pledges to shred the legacy of his predecessor and fix the lender’s culture are distracting from the difficulty he has in reviving profit at Britain’s biggest investment bank.