UK Back Pages: Messi to Stay at Barca for Life, United Bore Van Gaal

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward  Lionel Messi waves holding his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two stories dominate the back pages on Tuesday morning: Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or triumph and Louis van Gaal's surprising admission of boredom.

The Daily Mirror leads with the Manchester United manager's confession that he feels just as bored watching his team as the fans do:

The Independent splashes with Messi's triumph at the Ballon d'Or awards, where he picked up a fifth gong—and received the honour of participating in a James Nesbitt selfie:

The Guardian shows Nesbitt lurking for the aforementioned selfie while also giving column inches to Van Gaal's claim he is "bored and angry":

The Daily Telegraph focuses on an exclusive interview with Andy Murray, but its most enticing headline is a claim from Messi that he intends to stay with Barcelona for life:

The Times leads with Van Gaal's comments but also presents the Ballon d'Or results with a cheeky headline from the perspective of Messi's partner, Antonella Roccuzzo. "Sorry, Ronaldo, my man's the world No. 1," it reads: