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Maradona explains why Messi temporarily 'retired'

Happier days: Diego Maradona when he coached Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi's bleached blonde hairdo wasn't the only crisis the star soccer player went through this summer. If you'll recall, the 29-year-old shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the Argentine national squad right after losing to Chile for the second year in a row in the Copa America final.

Man United handed tough Europa League group

Tough draw: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being drawn in a tough Europa League group on Friday alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk.

Guardiola faces reunion with Barcelona

Impeccable record: Manchester City head honcho Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola's City were paired with Barcelona - along with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Brendan Rodgers' Celtic - in one of the more intriguing and eye-catching groups as the Champions League draw was made in Monaco.

Hart upset at treatment as Guardiola 'breaks promise'

Feeling unloved: Joe Hart.

Joe Hart feels he has been jettisoned by Manchester City, who are poised to announce the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for £17 million ($29.5 million), after initially being told he should fight for his place in the team.

Bale double gives Real Madrid winning start

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale smiles after scoring his second goal.

Gareth Bale scored a double in a commanding 3-0 win for Real Madrid in their La Liga opener at Real Sociedad on Sunday, building on his stunning displays for Wales at Euro 2016.

Boro win north-east derby, West Ham edge Bournemouth

Boro's George Friend celebrates victory.

Middlesbrough handed Sunderland's new manager David Moyes a 2-1 defeat on his home debut and West Ham United beat Bournemouth 1-0 with a late goal to record a welcome first Premier League win at their new London Stadium on Sunday.