From the Back Pages, March 25: Lionel Messi earns almost £1m-A-WEEK to make him world’s highest paid footballer

From the back pages
From the back pages

Lionel Messi is the highest paid player in the world after banking nearly £1million a week last year. (The Mirror)

United should sell Rooney this summer. All the evidence suggests that the time is right for United striker to be replaced with a more dynamic talent, says United Rant fan site editor Ed Barker. (The Telegraph)

England’s failure to secure the RBS Six Nations Championship title was branded “unacceptable” yesterday. (The Times)

Martin Skrtel will contest his Football Association charge for stamping on the leg of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and the case will go in front of a Football Association independent commission tomorrow. (The Independent)

EXCLUSIVE: How Chelsea could line up next season (with Varane, Koke AND Pogba). (The Express)

Five balls, so many stories – the last-over drama of that semi-final. It would have been an incredible finale regardless, but the sheer number of stories threaded through South Africa v New Zealand meant it became something very special. (The Guardian)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration when he netted the equaliser in Sunday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at Barcelona, the president of Spain’s professional football league (LFP) said. (The Mirror)