To the delight of fans, happy to discover some hidden facets of their idols, stars from Karim Benzema to the Brazilian legend Ronaldo and even Rafael Nadal, are dropping their habitual discretion to interact live with their millions of followers.
Tottenham Hotspur thump Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium to give them the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie, while defending champions Real Madrid overcame a spirited Ajax, with little help from VAR.
Messi scored Barcelona's second goal against SD Eibar shortly after halftime to reach a milestone in the competition after 435 league matches.
Real Madrid lift the FIFA trophy for a record fourth time after thrashing local side in Abu Dhabi with the help of impressive distance strikes in either half from midfielders Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente.
While the French football team symbolises the acceptance of migrants, the country is divided over the issue of refugees. Will a victory in the World Cup change that?
Gareth Bale came on as a substitute, but within three minutes of coming on to the pitch in Kiev he had scored the first of his two goals.
Real Madrid eliminated Bayern Munich after Karim Benzema scored twice to book his team's place in the final.
For the first time since 1981, teams from Europe's football powerhouse nations of Spain, England, Italy and Germany make up the last four of Europe's elite club competition.
The win over Girona was Barcelona's 32nd league game without a loss after going undefeated through all 25 rounds this season under Ernesto Valverde plus the last seven from the last campaign under Luis Enrique.
Real's hopes of retaining their La Liga title fade as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal lift Barcelona14-points clear of their bitter rivals in the standings.
Barca top the standings with 22 points but their lead over Real Madrid was cut to five as Zinedine Zidane's side moved above Atletico, who are third on 16, after winning 2-1 at Getafe earlier on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick in the first leg of their semi-final clash to put Real on the verge of another Champions League final.
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