The then Barcelona boss made some interesting comments about the England midfielder.
The Hammers midfielder smashed home from long range in the 89th minute to hand victory to the hosts in the Euro 2016 opener.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may not demand quite the inch-perfect precision of Monaco but it remains a formidable challenge. The track, sandwiched into the Île Notre-Dame between the 1976 Olympic Games rowing lake and the St Lawrence river, puts a premium on accuracy, with walls an ever-present threat and little run‑off. It is among the best venues on the current calendar and Lewis Hamilton has, to an extent, made it his own.
Chris Woakes says he can hold no grudge with Jonny Bairstow for a third missed chance off his bowling in the past six months given the amount of work the England wicketkeeper puts into improving his game behind the stumps.
Cricket is a game that generates lists and records beyond any other.
Into the doubts that swirled around him this week, Steph Curry shot Friday night. His wayward shooting has been a topic for much of these playoffs due to injuries and weariness, but in Game 4 of the NBA Finals the league’s reigning MVP looked very much like his old self again. And the Golden State Warriors are one victory from their second straight championship.
Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has slammed the door on Britain retaining access to the single market if it votes to the leave the European Union.
Leave campaigners have accused David Cameron of abusing the honours system after awards were given to supporters of Britain’s EU membership.
Senior figures in the Labour party, including Tom Watson, Ed Miliband and Chuka Umunna, have urged the party to step up its campaign to stay in the European Union amid fears that Labour voters will let the UK sleepwalk towards Brexit.
A man I know, a friend of a friend, has fallen in love with ayahuasca, the hallucinogen used in tribal ceremonies in South America. Every so often he heads off to the rainforest, where he joins a retreat and purges his soul. He returns to London, and explains that he feels as though his self, his emotions, have been taken apart and reconfigured – as if he has become someone new.
Halfway through Coldplay’s two-hour extravaganza, the band are on the time-honoured stadium rock trudge to a smaller stage in the middle of the audience, when they turn back to see the image of Muhammad Ali making one of his old speeches.
Thirty years after Graceland ushered in a phenomenal second act for the already-revered 60s folk hero, 74-year-old Paul Simon remains a class act on the move.
Hundreds of tributes celebrating the music of David Bowie, Prince and Motörhead’s Lemmy will be staged during this month’s Glastonbury festival as the Somerset event morphs into a rolling commemoration of three rock stars who passed away since Christmas.