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Ibra up there with Messi, Ronaldo

Posted Sunday, January 02, 2011 by ESPN279 hits

Arrigo Sacchi has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best in the world along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The former AC Milan coach's comments will further add fuel to the debate that rages over who is currently the best player in the world. While Messi is undoubtedly the most popular choice, Real and Ronaldo fans point to the Portuguese's versatility as the factor which gives hi...Full Story »

Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Messi Magic Gives Albiceleste Last-Minute Victory

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by Goal.com104 hits

A last-minute wonder goal by Lionel Messi stole a tight encounter for Argentina over South American rivals Brazil, when a surprisingly low-key game appeared destined for a draw. The Barcelona talisman scored with a typically mazy run and driven shot, to give Sergio Batista a great scalp in his first match since being confirmed as Diego Maradona's successor. Right from the outset it was clear th...Full Story »

Messi and Ronaldo locked in Spanish scoring duel

Posted Tuesday, November 02, 2010 by YAHOO Sport148 hits

MADRID (AP)—Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s exploits are quickly turning the Spanish league title chase into a shootout between Europe’s most prolific goalscorers. Ronaldo’s 11 goals have guided Real Madrid to the top of the standings after nine games while Barcelona trails by one point thanks in part to Messi’s seven strikes. The two forwards, who are also t...Full Story »

Magic Messi at the double in win

Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by PA43 hits

Lionel Messi struck two hugely contrasting goals as Barcelona climbed to the top of Group D after squeezing past erstwhile leaders FC Copenhagen 2-0 at the Nou Camp. Messi broke the deadlock with a thunderous effort in the 19th minute to cap a fine opening from Barca, but the hosts struggled to finish off their in-form opponents and survived a number of second-half scares before the Argentinian...Full Story »

Magic Messi at the double

Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by PA41 hits

Lionel Messi struck two hugely contrasting goals as Barcelona climbed to the top of Group D after squeezing past erstwhile leaders FC Copenhagen 2-0 at the Nou Camp.Messi broke the deadlock with a thunderous effort in the 19th minute to cap a fine opening from Barca, but the hosts struggled to finish off their in-form opponents and survived a number of second-half scares before the Argentinian ...Full Story »

Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Wins Trofeo Pichichi & Premi Di Stefano Awards

Posted Wednesday, October 06, 2010 by Goal.com2525 hits

Spanish Daily Marca honoured Messi with two accolades... Barcelona star Lionel Messi was honoured with the Trofeo Pichichi award by Madrid-based Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday for topping the Primera Division scoring charts with 34 goals last season. The Argentina international was also awarded the Premi Di Stefano as La Liga's best player for the second year in a row. The 23-year-ol...Full Story »

Messi receives Golden Boot for top European scorer

Posted Friday, October 01, 2010 by YAHOO Sport112 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Lionel Messi has been presented with the Golden Boot award for being the top scorer in European domestic leagues last season. The Argentine forward received the prize Thursday after scoring 34 league goals to help Barcelona retain its Spanish La Liga title. Messi joined Marco van Basten, Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to win the three major indi...Full Story »

Rubin Kazan v Barcelona - Messi makes Barca squad

Posted Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by PA268 hits

Barcelona were stung by Rubin Kazan in the Champions League last year and fear further humiliation if they fail to take the right approach into Wednesday's Group D encounter. The Russians had their illustrious opponents reeling when they won 2-1 in the Nou Camp last term, and followed that by holding Barcelona 0-0 in Kazan. Defender Gerard Pique played in both games, and knows Pep Guardiola's ...Full Story »

Villa earns Messi-less Barcelona win over Sporting

Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 by YAHOO Sport128 hits

MADRID (AP)—Barcelona survived a tough contest and the absence of Lionel Messi as David Villa’s second-half goal earned the champions a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon. Daniel Alves played Villa through on goal in the 50th minute and the Barcelona striker made no mistake as he shot over goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar for the only goal at the Camp Nou stadium. Barcelona dominated play but la...Full Story »

Lionel Messi Will Be Difficult To Replace - Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola

Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by Goal.com1140 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admits that it will be difficult to replace the injured Lionel Messi unti he recovers. Pep Guardiola, Barcelona Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted in a press conference today that he will find it difficult to replace Lionel Messi in his starting XI and still ask his team to play in the same way in his absence. Tomas Ujfalusi’s lunge on the Argentine...Full Story »

Messi Could Return From Ankle Injury Within 10 Days

Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Goal.com88 hits

Lionel Messi could return to action for Barcelona in as little as 10 days despite leaving the Vicente Calderon on crutches on Sunday evening following a late challenge from Atletico Madrid stopper Tomas Ujfalusi. The former Czech Republic international made a wild lunge at the Argentine during stoppage time of the Blaugrana’s 2-1 win, and clearly caught Messi on the side of the ankle, whi...Full Story »

Barcelona 5-1 Panathinaikos - Messi on the mark as Barca bite back

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA75 hits

Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona recovered from the shock of going a goal down against Panathinaikos to get their Champions League campaign off to a convincing start with a 5-1 win at the Nou Camp. Panathinaikos took the lead against the run of play through Sidney Govou in the 20th minute but Barca hit back in merciless fashion to take a 3-1 lead by half-time through two goals from the irrepress...Full Story »

Messi: Hodgson harsh on Masch

Posted Monday, September 13, 2010 by Teamtalk.com131 hits

Mascherano: Happy in Barca Lionel Messi has come to the defence of Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano following his move to Barcelona from Liverpool. The Barcelona star has backed his new team-mate for seeking a move to Camp Nou for the sake of his family. Reds boss Roy Hodgson reluctantly agreed a £20million deal with the Primera Liga champions for the midfielder after M...Full Story »

Argentina's Lionel Messi Expecting Open Game Against World Champions Spain

Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by Goal.com339 hits

Spain visit Argentina for a friendly next week and Lionel Messi expects to see an open game as his side look to the future. Argentina's Lionel Messi failed to score in the World Cup Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has said that he is expecting to see an open game when la Albiceleste take on world champions Spain next week. The teams meet in a friendly for the second time in the spac...Full Story »

Lionel Messi Believes Liverpool's Javier Mascherano Is 'Perfect' For Barcelona

Posted Monday, August 16, 2010 by Goal.com239 hits

Argentine star wants friend at Camp Nou... Lionel Messi Talismanic Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has backed the potential signing of fellow Argentinian Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, stating that his national team captain would fit in "perfectly" at Camp Nou. Despite Reds manager Roy Hodgson and Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta both playing down talk of a possible transfer ...Full Story »

Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola Confirms Lionel Messi Will Play In Beijing Guoan Friendly

Posted Friday, August 06, 2010 by Goal.com633 hits

In the wake of fielding his star for just 16 minutes in Korea, Guardiola confirmed Messi would see more time in Beijing... Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Beijing Lionel Messi was the main attraction as Barcelona arrived in Beijing, China ahead of their pre-season friendly against local side Beijing Guoan. Barca are currently on a pre-season tour of Asia and Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola confirmed t...Full Story »

Messi says WCup loss left him with ‘bad feeling’

Posted Thursday, July 15, 2010 by YAHOO Sport303 hits

PANAMA CITY (AP)—Lionel Messi says Argentina's 4-0 defeat to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals left him with a “bad feeling” that lingers almost two weeks later. Messi is playing an exhibition game in the Panama capital on Wednesday, which will feature Messi and a few Argentine players against a team led by former German international Kevin Kuranyi. Messi arrived after sp...Full Story »

Argentina's Lionel Messi Breaks Silence To Asian Audience

Posted Thursday, July 08, 2010 by Goal.com252 hits

The devastated star spoke for the first time since leaving South Africa, on a blog designed for Chinese fans of the number 10. Leo Messi - Argentina-Germany - World Cup 2010 Argentina star Lionel Messi today broke his silence after his side crashed out of the World Cup to Germany on Saturday, telling fans "I feel terrible" and that he just wants to go home. Messi left South Africa without g...Full Story »

Maradona puts faith in Messi

Posted Saturday, July 03, 2010 by PA118 hits

Diego Maradona will tell Lionel Messi to go out and destroy Germany on Saturday just like he did in the 1986 World Cup final. Messi has not scored so far at this World Cup but has provided assists for more than half of Argentina's 10 goals and Maradona will allow him the same free role he used to occupy for the national team, where he was their inspiration in a a 3-2 final defeat of Germany...Full Story »

Maradona criticises Messi treatment

Posted Monday, June 28, 2010 by PA106 hits

Argentina boss Diego Maradona has claimed Lionel Messi is the target of "scandalous" treatment by opposing players. Maradona's side secured a quarter-final against Germany after beating Mexico 3-1 at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. The Argentina coach brushed aside controversy over their opening goal by Carlos Tevez - a header that was blatantly offside - by claiming referees are equall...Full Story »

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