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'I wasn't prepared,' says tearful Lionel Messi, confirming Barcelona exit

A tearful Lionel Messi confirmed on Sunday he was leaving FC Barcelona after the club said it could no longer afford to pay its Argentine superstar's high wages without jeopardizing its future.

Brazil criticizes triumphant soccer team for refusing to wear official Olympic uniform at medal ceremony

The Brazilian Olympic Committee will take action against its men's soccer national team after the players refused to wear the nation's official Olympic uniform during the medal ceremony at the Tokyo Games on Saturday.

Keeping Messi would be 'risky' investment, says Barcelona president

Money came between Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Barcelona said the player wanted to stay. The club wanted the same. They even shook hands on a deal. But in the end the club's dire financial situation made it impossible.

Lionel Messi to exit Barcelona after 18 years with club

Barcelona said Thursday that Lionel Messi will not stay with the club. A new contract had been reached, but financial "obstacles" made it impossible for the player to remain with the club.

Zverev rallies past Berrettini to capture 2nd Madrid Open title

Alexander Zverev continued his impressive form going into the French Open by winning his second Madrid Open title on Sunday.

Sabalenka defeats top-ranked Barty to claim Madrid Open

Aryna Sabalenka defeated top-ranked Ash Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 for her 10th WTA title — and first on clay on Saturday at the Madrid Open.

Nadal blasts past Popyrin in straight sets to advance at Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal got through another young opponent as he defeated Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Chelsea, Real Madrid play to draw in Champions League semifinal 1st leg

Real Madrid and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday, with Christian Pulisic becoming the first American international to score in the tournament's last four.

Super League on verge of extinction

Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus all dropped out of the Super League on Wednesday, leaving the new competition essentially extinct before it even started. Only Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are still officially involved.

Messi faces lengthy suspension for 'excessive force' against Athletic Bilbao opponent

Lionel Messi could be suspended for up to 12 games for the red card he received in the final minutes of his team's 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in Seville on Sunday.