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Villa earns Messi-less Barcelona win over Sporting

Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 by YAHOO Sport61 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.com1031 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.com42 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 PA15 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.com74 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.com268 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.com146 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.com532 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 Sport242 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.com166 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 PA42 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 PA44 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 »

Greece vs Argentina - Rehhagel: Argentina not just about Messi

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA243 hits

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has a plan to contain Lionel Messi in the final Group B encounter but admits Argentina have plenty of other threats which need taking care of. World player of the year Messi is the stand-out player in a squad of immense talent and Rehhagel believes just to focus on the Barcelona star would leave them open to failings elsewhere. Having secured the first World Cup win ...Full Story »

Messi untroubled by lack of goals

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA108 hits

Lionel Messi will not let his goalscoring drought affect him as long as Argentina continue to win at the World Cup. The Albiceleste edged Nigeria 1-0 in their Group B opener before crushing South Korea 4-1. The Barcelona star had plenty of chances to score in both encounters but was denied by great goalkeeping. "It's not a problem," said Messi. "The important thing is that I had opportun...Full Story »

SKorea must deal with Messi, Maradona

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by YAHOO Sport119 hits

JOHANNESBURG(AP) —South Korea will see Argentina’s best all-time player on the sideline and its current great on the field Thursday. The first matchup of teams that won their opening games at the World Cup could see one clinch a spot in the second round. If the Koreans or Albiceleste win, and Greece-Nigeria draw, the 2-0 team is headed to the round of 16. For South Korea to get the...Full Story »

Messi ready to fire for Argentina

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 by PA23 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi believes he is ready to replicate his magical performances at the Nou Camp with Argentina at the World Cup finals. Leading into the tournament, the 22-year-old had endured difficult times in the Albiceleste shirt under coach Diego Maradona but he feels a different man playing for Argentina this summer in South Africa. "Ever since we arrived here, my mentality has ch...Full Story »

Maradona sees Messi as natural heir

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA69 hits

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admits he would love to see Lionel Messi make the same impact on this World Cup as he himself did back in 1986. Maradona took the tournament by storm 24 years ago in Mexico, scoring five goals - including stunning individual efforts against England and Belgium - and setting up five more en route to helping Argentina claim their second and most recent World Cup cro...Full Story »

Messi fears England threat

Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 by PA48 hits

Argentina forward Lionel Messi believes England are among the leading contenders to lift the World Cup in South Africa this summer. Many people's favourites for the tournament are Spain and Brazil, but the 22-year-old puts Fabio Capello's side in the same category. "I think that right now, the strongest sides going into the World Cup are Spain, England and Brazil," he told CNN International. "...Full Story »

Barcelona's Messi to be face of Chery carmaker

Posted Sunday, April 25, 2010 by BBC.com81 hits

China's largest domestic car-making brand, Chery Automobile, has signed up Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Messi as its international face. The announcement that the World Player of the Year would promote its models was made at the Beijing Motor Show. Chery said the firm will use Messi to promote the company's luxury lines. "Messi is the best football player in the world, and t...Full Story »

Messi can't compare to Maradona - Yet

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by hits

MARADONA: Best in the world KNEE-JERK reactions are commonplace in today's football and that's understandable with so much said and written about our beautiful game. Players go from hero to zero in the space of 90 minutes, and vice-versa in some instances, and we are all prone to getting carried away at times. It's worth remembering that things are very different these days as, due to the ex...Full Story »

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