Liverpool made seven changes but still romped to a 3-0 win at Bournemouth after goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah extended their Premier League lead to 11 points over Leicester City.
Atletico stayed in sixth place with 26 points from 16 matches, five points behind leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid, which both have two games in hand on Atletico entering the weekend — including one against each other on December 18.
Now aged 32, it's Messi's first Ballon d'Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he moves one ahead of his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manager Srecko Katanec's team, who beat hosts Qatar 2-1 in their opening game, have six points and sit at the top of Group A, three points clear of the UAE and Qatar.
Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur won a 3-2 victory over West Ham United with goals from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
Mostafa Mohamed has earned rave reviews for his performances with top Egyptian club Zamalek at home and in Africa, with some pundits comparing him to legendary forward Hossam Hassan.
Chelsea battled to an incident-packed 4-4 draw with nine-man Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday, with the hosts fighting back from 4-1 down after scoring two own goals.
Fans have repeatedly subjected players of sub-Saharan African origin to racist chants - With recent cases targeting Mario Balotelli, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Romelu Lukaku.
Los Angeles FC beat LA Galaxy for the first time ever with a 5-3 victory, ending LA Galaxy's run in the MLS Cup playoffs.
German police confirmed that four visiting Bayern Munich fans have been injured during an attack by suspected Olympiakos supporters ahead of the two clubs' Champions League match.
Bulgarian police detained four people in connection with racist abuse faced by England's black players during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia with more arrests likely, the country's Interior Ministry said
The Catalan striker thrust his finger in the air before pumping his fist in celebration after scoring in the 78th minute. Messi had gone scoreless in his previous four appearances after being sidelined for five games with injuries.
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