The global fame and stardom of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are such that even non-football and non-sports fans know who they are. These two players have been at the top of the pile of talented international footballers.
Forbes magazine has released its annual top 100 list of the world's highest-paid athletes. US boxer Floyd Mayweather emerged top followed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi. However, no woman featured in this year's list.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi scored thrice in Argentina's 4-0 victory over Haiti in a test game, but he believes they are not favourites to win this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia. He says they are going there to compete.
Barcelona finished tops of the La Liga table with 93 points from 38 games after beating Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Camp Nou. Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal that gave the Catalans their last league win.
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse says he did not plan to ask Barcelona FC superstar Lionel Messi to swap shirts and got the coveted number 10 shirt by pure chance. Arendse said Messi was the closest player to him.