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Lionel Messi scores for Paris Saint-Germain in first game back since World Cup triumph | CNN

CNN  —  Lionel Messi celebrated his return to Paris Saint-Germain with a goal in his first game back since lifting the World Cup. The 35-year-old only returned to training in the new year after taking some time off to celebrate and recuperate after Qatar 2022, where he finally won the trophy that had always eluded …

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Atlético Madrid and Portugal forward João Félix joins Chelsea on loan until end of 2022/23 season | CNN

CNN  —  Atlético Madrid and Portugal forward João Félix has joined Chelsea on loan until the end of the 2022/23 season, the English Premier League side announced on Wednesday. “Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world and I hope to help the team reach their objectives, so I am very, very happy …

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Football superstar Gareth Bale retires after trophy-laden career | CNN

CNN  —  Five-time Champions League winner and Welsh football icon Gareth Bale has retired at the age of 33. The forward announced his decision on social media Monday, saying the game had given him some of the “best moments of my life.” “After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and …

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Iraqis celebrate their comeback with soccer tournament after decades of isolation | CNN

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Baghdad and Abu Dhabi CNN  —  Iraq is holding its first international soccer tournament in more than four decades, hosting its Gulf Arab neighbors for a two-week competition …

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Former PSG footballer and Olympic champion Modeste M’Bami dies aged 40 after a heart attack | CNN

CNN  —  Former Paris-Saint-Germain and Cameroon midfielder Modeste M’Bami has died aged 40 after suffering a heart attack, PSG said in a statement on Saturday. M’Bami won two Coupes de France with the Parisian club, in 2004 and 2006, as well as an Olympic gold medal with Cameroon at the 2000 Sydney Games. At those …

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