From the back pages, January 8: Lionel Messi - a fourth Ballon d’Or and dominance looks unstoppable

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The Barcelona forward has superseded Marco van Basten and Johan Cruyff and looks certain to win more world player awards. (The Guardian)

Manchester United want Frank Lampard and the Chelsea star is ready to move to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

TV commentator Jon Champion has been reprimanded by his bosses for labelling Luis Suarez “a cheat” following the striker’s controversial handball during Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Mansfield. (The Express)

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits that Jack Rodwell’s hamstring injury concerns him. Roberto Mancini has admitted his growing concerns about the persistent hamstring problems that have sidelined Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell since mid-October. (The Telegraph)

Chelsea have identified Marouane Fellaini as their preferred replacement for Frank Lampard and are planning to trigger a buyout clause in the Everton midfielder’s contract at the end of the season. (The Times)