Association football team FC Barcelona ends its 111-year history of refusing commercial shirt sponsorship as it signs a record 125 million deal with the Qatar Foundation.
Spanish football giant sign $218m shirt sponsorship deal with non-profit Qatar Foundation.
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- In football, FC Barcelona wins La Liga for the 24th time. It is FC Barcelona's second straight title and sixth in the last eight years.
- In association football, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Argentina wins the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, for his fifth time. Barca manager Luis Enrique is named FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football. Carli Lloyd of the Houston Dash and the USA is named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, and USA coach Jill Ellis is named FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football.
- In football, Argentinian Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona sets a new goal scoring record in La Liga of 253 goals.
- Former FC Barcelona coach Radomir Antic appointed as new manager of China's football club Shandong Luneng.
- Lionel Messi breaks Gerd Muller's scoring record for a single European football season with a league hat-trick as Barcelona defeat Malaga.
- In association football, Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola announces that he will resign at the end of the season. His assistant, Tito Vilanova, is appointed as his successor.
- FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is widely hailed as the best footballer in the world after scoring four goals for the first time in his career in one UEFA Champions League game, including his fourth hat-trick of 2010.
- In association football, FC Barcelona sets a new record by winning all 6 possible competitions (The Sextuple) in one year.
- In association football, Toronto FC play Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Cup final held at Toronto's BMO Field. The Sounders win 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the game ended scoreless after extra time. It is the Sounders' first MLS title.
- At least 11 people are killed and 16 others are injured after a gunman opens fire on football fans watching an English Premier League game near Juba, South Sudan.