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River Plate apologise for Lionel Messi fan-spitting incident

After an historic victory for Real, and Barcelona's CWC win, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explores who had a better week.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down FC Barcelona's 3-0 FIFA Club World Cup victory over River Plate.

River Plate have officially apologised to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who was apparently spat at by River fans after guiding his side to their Club World Cup final victory in Yokohama.

Messi returned from a kidney problem to score the opening goal in the 3-0 win, with Luis Suarez adding two more, as Barca lifted a fifth trophy of the 2015 calendar year.

The Argentina captain was reportedly then spat at and insulted by some River fans who he encountered at Tokyo's Narita airport, as the...

 By PA Sport

Lionel Messi airport row condemned by River Plate president

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down FC Barcelona's 3-0 FIFA Club World Cup victory over River Plate.

River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has condemned the actions of supporters who allegedly abused Barcelona forward Lionel Messi at the airport following Sunday's FIFA Club World Cup final in Japan.

According to media reports, Messi was spat at and insulted by some River fans as the Barcelona squad prepared to fly home following their 3-0 victory over the Argentinian side.

Messi, the Argentina captain, scored the opening goal in the match as Barca lifted their third Club World Cup crown.

 By Sam Kelly

River Plate, Marcelo Gallardo face rebuild after Club World Cup final loss

FC Barcelona claimed the FIFA Club World Cup in convincing fashion with a goal from Lionel Messi and a brace from Luis Suarez.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down FC Barcelona's 3-0 FIFA Club World Cup victory over River Plate.

The result was the one we all expected in the end, but increasingly the intrigue around the Club World Cup final is less about who will end up lifting the trophy and more about how the non-European side will approach the occasion. River Plate battled in the first half and kept their chins up even when 3-0 down late on in the second but didn't have any reply to Barcelona's brilliance in Yokohama.

"We've got to recognise that we came up against the best team around," River manager Marcelo Gallardo...

Lionel Messi: Club World Cup triumph proves Barcelona are 'best in the world'

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down FC Barcelona's 3-0 FIFA Club World Cup victory over River Plate.

Lionel Messi declared Barcelona are the "best team in the world" after becoming Club World Cup champions with a 3-0 win against River Plate in Sunday's final.

Messi, 28, returned from a kidney issue to start the game in Yokohama against Copa Libertadores champions River, and opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a fine finish from Neymar's header down.

Luis Suarez scored twice more after half-time as Barca added a fifth trophy to the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Supercup...