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Lionel Messi says thought of retiring after next year's FIFA World Cup has not crossed his mind
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Lionel Messi says thought of retiring after next year's FIFA World Cup has not crossed his mind

The six-time Ballon D'Or winner will be 35 by the time the World Cup — a trophy that has eluded him through his stellar career — comes round in Qatar next year.

Ligue 1: PSG to be without Lionel Messi and Neymar for upcoming clash against Brest
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Ligue 1: PSG to be without Lionel Messi and Neymar for upcoming clash against Brest

Both Messi and Neymar started pre-season training late after an extended break following the Copa America— Messi's Argentina beat Neymar's Brazil 1-0 in the final in Rio de Janeiro on 11 July.

Ligue 1: Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma says he hopes to 'become stronger' on moving to PSG
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Ligue 1: Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma says he hopes to 'become stronger' on moving to PSG

Donnarumma will be in competition for a place in Mauricio Pochettino's team with experienced Costa Rican Keylor Navas.

Ligue 1: Lille clinch fourth league title with PSG falling one point behind
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Ligue 1: Lille clinch fourth league title with PSG falling one point behind

An early Jonathan David strike and Burak Yilmaz's penalty in first-half stoppage time ensured that Christophe Galtier's Lille finished one point ahead of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain, who won 2-0 at Brest.

Ligue 1: PSG move to within one point behind leaders Lille after 4-0 win over Reims as title race goes down to wire
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Ligue 1: PSG move to within one point behind leaders Lille after 4-0 win over Reims as title race goes down to wire

Reigning champions PSG strolled to a simple 4-0 win over 10-man Reims to pile the pressure on Lille, who will nonetheless claim the French title for the first time since 2011 if they win at mid-table Angers next Sunday.

Ligue 1: Brazilian forward Neymar signs three-year contract extension with PSG, set to stay till 2025
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Ligue 1: Brazilian forward Neymar signs three-year contract extension with PSG, set to stay till 2025

Neymar would have been out of contract next June, along with striker Kylian Mbappe — who has yet to re-sign and has been linked with a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid.

Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe strikes as PSG keep pressure on league toppers Lille
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Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe strikes as PSG keep pressure on league toppers Lille

This was Mbappe's 21st Ligue 1 goal of the season and his 33rd in all competitions in 39 games.

Ligue 1: Leonardo Balerdi, Alvaro Gonzalez on target as Marseille condemn Dijon to 11th defeat in a row
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Ligue 1: Leonardo Balerdi, Alvaro Gonzalez on target as Marseille condemn Dijon to 11th defeat in a row

Leonardo Balerdi powered in a header at a corner in first-half stoppage time and Alvaro Gonzalez nodded in a second from another Dimitri Payet cross on 79 minutes.

Ligue 1: Angel Di Maria signs one-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain
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Ligue 1: Angel Di Maria signs one-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain

PSG's main focus is on extending the contracts of superstar forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, both of whom will see their existing deals expire at the end of next season

Ligue 1: Sick Neymar misses Paris Saint-Germain training session ahead of Marseille clash
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Ligue 1: Sick Neymar misses Paris Saint-Germain training session ahead of Marseille clash

Neymar missed training because of gastroenteritis and his fitness will be assessed later in the day ahead of Sunday's trip to face bitter rivals Marseille

Ligue 1: Latest attempt at new TV deal for French football collapses with reserve price not met
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Ligue 1: Latest attempt at new TV deal for French football collapses with reserve price not met

French football remains mired in financial uncertainty months after a huge broadcast rights deal with Mediapro fell through.

Ligue 1: Marseille match against Rennes postponed after 'savage' fans attack training ground
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Ligue 1: Marseille match against Rennes postponed after 'savage' fans attack training ground

The fans, who were demonstrating against the club leadership and the team's poor recent run of results, assembled in the afternoon in front of Marseille's La Commanderie training ground, throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers.

Ligue 1: Neymar back from ankle injury, resumes training with Paris Saint-Germain teammates
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Ligue 1: Neymar back from ankle injury, resumes training with Paris Saint-Germain teammates

Neymar's return is good news for PSG, who have been dealing with a string of injuries recently and trail league leaders Lyon by one point after 19 games.

Ligue 1: 'Any big player is welcome at PSG', new manager Mauricio Pochettino responds to Lionel Messi links
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Ligue 1: 'Any big player is welcome at PSG', new manager Mauricio Pochettino responds to Lionel Messi links

The Argentine was asked several times about Messi at his first press conference since being named coach of PSG, with the Barcelona superstar now free to negotiate with other clubs as his contract runs out in June.

Ligue 1: News of Thomas Tuchel's PSG sacking came as a 'shock', says former manager's assistant Zsolt Low
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Ligue 1: News of Thomas Tuchel's PSG sacking came as a 'shock', says former manager's assistant Zsolt Low

Relations between Tuchel and PSG sporting directora Leonardo had soured in recent months, with "different principles of governance" driving a wedge between the pair, according to the Hungarian.

Ligue 1: Neymar set to miss PSG's showdown against league leaders Lille due to ankle injury
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Ligue 1: Neymar set to miss PSG's showdown against league leaders Lille due to ankle injury

Neymar was hurt deep into injury time in last Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Lyon, when his left ankle buckled under a heavy tackle from Thiago Mendes and he was stretchered off the field.

Ligue 1: PSG suffer Neymar injury setback as they lose to Lyon; Lille claim top spot after beating Bordeaux
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Ligue 1: PSG suffer Neymar injury setback as they lose to Lyon; Lille claim top spot after beating Bordeaux

Neymar incurred a left ankle injury in the seventh minute of injury time at Parc des Princes following a heavy tackle from Thiago Mendes, who was then red carded.

Ligue 1: Lille play out 1-1 draw with 10-man Lyon to remain unbeaten, trail leaders PSG by two points
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Ligue 1: Lille play out 1-1 draw with 10-man Lyon to remain unbeaten, trail leaders PSG by two points

Jonathan Bamba put Lille ahead in the 21st minute with a fine strike, but Lyon equalized in the 40th when Lille defender Zeki Celik diverted an effort from Houssem Aouar into his own net.

Ligue 1: Rennes lose 2-1 to Angers with fans attempting to beat curfew
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Ligue 1: Rennes lose 2-1 to Angers with fans attempting to beat curfew

Rennes could have moved to the top of Ligue 1 with a victory, instead, they suffered their first defeat of the season as, for the fourth time in four games, they blew a lead. This time they did not even gain a draw.

Ligue 1: Burak Yılmaz grabs first goal as Lille beat Nantes 2-0 to go top of French league
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Ligue 1: Burak Yılmaz grabs first goal as Lille beat Nantes 2-0 to go top of French league

The 35-year-old Yılmaz netted 229 goals during a long career in Turkish football in which he starred for Istanbul-based Galatasaray, but had not scored in his first four games for Lille.