Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out the most spectacular pictures from the last seven days

The relentless clay-court machine that is Rafael Nadal was at it again this week, as the Spaniard sealed his 12th Barcelona Open title.

Nadal defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 on Sunday, even saving a championship match point along the way.

Afterwards, the 34-year-old said that the gruelling win over Tsitsipas would serve him well for the rest of a red-clay season that could see Nadal secure a record-extending 14th French Open title.

We are down to the last four in European club football's two biggest tournaments and the first legs of the Europa and Champions League ties took place this week.

In the latter, Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 home draw by Chelsea, while Manchester City earned a superb 2-1 victory away to Paris Saint-Germain.

On Thursday, Manchester United blew away Roma 6-2 at Old Trafford in the Europa League, while Villarreal hold a slender advantage over Arsenal after winning 2-1 in Spain. The second legs in both competitions take place this week.

We have picked out 25 stunning images in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next picture click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: May 2, 2021 10:34 PM

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