Ronaldinho and Francesco Totti were among the star names to join Diego Maradona in a charity match in Rome on Wednesday evening. The 'United for Peace' game, organised by Pope Francis, took place at the Stadio Olimpico, its importance underlined by the huge number of former players who made the effort to attend the match. Former Argentina star Maradona was unsurprisingly the headline act, with local hero Totti and former Barcelona and Brazil man Ronaldinho also making the headlines. And Maradona showed his fiery temper is still in tact as he clashed with countryman Juan Sebastian Veron (far right), a player he once coached, during the charity match.
Fury's reign is over: Gypsy King vacates WBO and WBA world titles to leave door open for Joshua to take on Klitschko
Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles with immediate effect. In a statement released on Wednesday night, Fury said: 'I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured World titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.'
Premier League's money men: From Abramovich to Henry, who owns your club and how much are they are really worth?
It's a hobby that only a select few can afford to try. For most of us, owning a Premier League football club is a forlorn dream. Not this lot. This eclectic bunch come in all shapes and sizes: An heiress, an oil baron, a printing mogul, a one-time blue movie producer, an Egyptian runaway,an online gambling pioneer and many, many more. They hail from the USA, Russia, China, Switzerland, Wales, Iran, Thailand and the Potteries and boast frankly incomprehensible wealth. Sportsmail examines the Premier League power brokers. The men and women whose money makes our football world go round.
PAUL NEWMAN IN CHITTAGONG: Eoin Morgan has not shared his views with the world since his ill-advised tweet thanking a sponsor for their hospitality on the day England began work in Bangladesh, but it would be fascinating to hear from him now. The England one-day captain would not be human if he did not feel the slightest pang of regret as he saw the team who came here without him pull off a notable and hard-earned 50-over series victory.
United clash is the perfect way to kick off my second year at Anfield, says Klopp as Liverpool reveal shirt they'll wear for charity
DOMINIC KING: Jurgen Klopp believes there is no better game to start his second year in charge of Liverpool as he called for Anfield to raise the roof for Manchester United's visit. It will be a year to the day on Monday since Klopp took charge of his first Liverpool game away to Tottenham, which ended in a 0-0 draw, and he hopes his squad can show how far they have progressed in the past 12 months when their most bitter rivals arrive on Merseyside. Klopp, who was speaking at an event to mark the start of the Seeing Is Believing campaign which is promoted by their main sponsors Standard Chartered, had his appetite whetted for this fixture last season in the Premier League and the Europa League.
Limbering up for United! Liverpool stars step up bid to stretch in front of rivals ahead of Monday's showdown
Liverpool's players face a crunch meeting with Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season so far. And as the Merseyside giants prepare to host Jose Mourinho's United, the Reds have been training at Melwood and using some unusual stretching methods to boot.
DOMINIC KING: This time there was no stomping around the tunnel. This time he didn’t screech the national anthem or have his face contorted as though he was preparing for a ruckus. And this time there were no mistakes. Watching Joe Hart keep Slovenia at bay with a sequence of stunning saves, you could not help but compare the calculated way he went about his business to how things were for him at Euro 2016. Back in the summer, Hart continually made himself centre of attention with his antics in the moments before kick-off.
Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has shared an endearing letter received from what appears to be a young fan, who also sent him £3 as a gesture of thanks. The 25-year-old Cairney uploaded a picture of the letter alongside the coins with the caption 'the little things'. The letter has been written with purple felt-tip and green crayon.
'Can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?' New low for shamed Kyrgios as he makes no effort with serves and walks off court amid rows with fans and umpire
Nick Kyrgios' growing portfolio of moments of madness has a new addition after he exited the Shanghai Master in farcical circumstances on Wednesday. During a 6-3, 6-1 second round defeat by Mischa Zverev, the 21-year-old appeared to serve without making any effort, even walking off the court before his opponent had returned the ball. It comes only days after he fought back from a set down to beat David Goffin in the final of the Japan Open for the biggest win of his career to date.
STUART FRASER IN SHANGHAI: Andy Murray made a comfortable start to his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign with a straight-sets victory over Steve Johnson. Second seed Murray was in control throughout as he earned his seventh win in a row, beating world No 24 Johnson 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
Barca vs Real... with their new stadiums! As the Spanish rivals go head to head off the pitch, here's how they compare with their expensive redevelopment plans
PETE JENSON: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will have new homes in around three years time as both Barcelona and Real Madrid unveil plans for multimillion euro upgrades on their existing arenas. They'll cost around €400m each and have eye-catching designs. Now, Sportsmail looks at how the two super stadiums belonging to these two huge rivals match-up.
PSG defender Serge Aurier helped save the life of one of his opponents during Ivory Coast's win over Mali. Moussa Doumbia collapsed during the early stages of the World Cup qualifier between the west African rivals and is said to have started swallowing his tongue. Right back Aurier was quick to help and later visited the player in hopsital.
'Even the best coaches in the world get sacked': Ford is back in business at Toulon after being axed by Bath last season
NIK SIMON - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: It was a conversation with his youngest son, Jacob, which convinced Mike Ford not to quit coaching altogether after the powerbrokers at Bath handed over his P45. Sacked after a calamitous season, Ford drove out of Farleigh House, Bath's training ground, asking whether the stress on his family – including England No 10 George - was really worth it. ‘It hit me hard,’ says Ford. ‘It hit my family hard, too. I told them that I don’t want to do this anymore. Why not just live the easy life? Go and work with kids or something.'
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Coleman admits he doesn't know reason behind Wales' ridiculous team photos but jokes he will 'get to the bottom of it'
Chris Coleman has his Wales team well organised during matches, but even he cannot explain his squad's bizarre formations during their team photos. Wales have garnered a reputation for their fluid line-ups during their pre-match snaps, with their most recent effort ahead of their 1-1 draw against Georgia the latest in a long line of amusing photos. When asked about Wales' quirky habit, Coleman revealed that he is just as dumbfounded as the rest of the footballing world.
United in Manchester: Schweinsteiger join City's Kolarov and WAGs for lunch... but German ends up with parking ticket
Frozen out by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and no longer a German international, Bastian Schweinsteiger has plenty of spare time these days. So it was no surprise that the 32-year-old German midfielder, who isn't part of Mourinho's Old Trafford plans, was spotted enjoying an afternoon off with wife Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday.
Don't forget your special neck pillows, lads... Brazil stars share flight back to London (and on to Liverpool and Paris)
Brazil's Premier League contingent have made their way back to England following a successful week on international duty. Chelsea pair Oscar and Willian were joined Fernandinho and Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for a photo as the players prepared to board the plane back to Britain. PSG defenders Thiago Silva and Marquinhos were also present as the seven Samba stars posed complete with Brazil neck pillows.
'Welcome to my personal museum': Chelsea striker Batshuayi 'shows off collection of TOYS... including Dragon Ball Z statue!
The Belgian loves cartoons but let his Instagram followers see just how much as he danced around what calls his 'personal museum' whilst wearing a snazzy pair of slippers featuring 'Grumpy' from the Seven Dwarfs. The exhibits were most collectable toys, either in a class cabinet or still in their original boxes, but the room was dominated by a life size character from popular anime cartoon Dragon Ball Z.
Flat whites are currently on the agenda for Liverpool Simon Mignolet following his recent flat spell at Anfield. Mignolet, who has been relegated to second-choice goalkeeper behind summer signing Loris Karius on Merseyside, has opened a coffee shop in his hometown of Sint-Truiden in Belgium. 'TwentyTwo Coffee', named in homage to his jersey number at Liverpool, opened for business earlier this week.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was one of many sporting stars to take part in the Hero Pro-Am event at The Grove on Tuesday in the lead up to the British Masters. The Welshman, who has returned to training after being absent since the opening day of the season with a hamstring injury, was accompanied by several other footballers at the star-studded event in support of charity The Golf Foundation.
Lewis and his army: British F1 star celebrates with his Mercedes 'family' after third straight constructors' title triumph
Lewis Hamilton admits it's 'humbling to represent' Mercedes and labelled his team as a 'big family' after celebrating their third straight constructors' championship win. The F1 star fell further behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title race last weekend following a dismal start at the Japanese Grand Prix, with the Brit going on to finish in third while his German rival was victorious. But the pair's finishes at Suzuka on Sunday saw Mercedes clinch the constructors' championship - and they celebrated at their Brixworth and Brackley factories on Tuesday.
The lesser-spotted Tiger! Recuperating legend filmed swinging clubs in same week he canned comeback over 'vulnerable' game
Those wondering what might be 'vulnerable' - to use his own word - about Tiger Woods's game have been offered a tantalising glimpse into the state of his swing. Woods admitted his game was not fit to go under the microscope at the PGA Tour's season-opening event, but videos have emerged of the 14-time major champion swinging a club at a golf clinic this week.
Tony Bellew was working hard preparing for his maiden defence of his WBC world cruiserweight title on Tuesday. The 30-year-old takes on American BJ Flores in his native Liverpool on Saturday and was put through his paces during a public workout at JD Gym in his hometown. Bellew, who was kitted out in the blue of his beloved Everton, claimed the crown with an impressive third round stoppage of Ilunga Makabuat at Goodison Park, home of the Toffees, in May.
South Africa secured a first-ever 5-0 one-day international series whitewash of Australia with a 31-run victory in Cape Town. Man of the series Rilee Rossouw struck a 118-ball 122 to lead the Proteas to an imposing 327 for eight and despite a brilliant 173 from David Warner, Australia yet again fell short. South Africa's innings was built around a 178-run partnership between Rossouw and JP Duminy (73) and Warner lacked any real support in the tourists' chase.
PAUL O'CONNELL EXCLUSIVE: I fear for the Lions but rugby is all about money now... and Itoje must face the All Blacks
CHRIS FOY- EXCLUSIVE: Paul O'Connell fears that financial priorities in rugby may soon leave the British and Irish Lions an endangered species. Ireland’s retired lock colossus went on three tours, so he knows better than most how those epic ventures to the Southern Hemisphere are still regarded as career peaks for all those involved from the home nations.