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Ronaldo more complete than Messi - Saha

Posted Friday, December 16, 2011 by ESPN214 hits

Everton striker Louis Saha believes former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is a more complete player than Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Saha, who has played with the likes of Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer during a long career in English football, believes the Portuguese winger is the superior player to Messi - because unlike the Argentine the Real Madri...Full Story »

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola allows stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves to 'experience Japan' ahead of Club World Cup semifinal with Al Sadd

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport124 hits

No matter how many trophies Barcelona have won, even their players must sometimes rely on public transportation. This became apparent on Monday after midfielder Andres Iniesta posted a photo of himself riding the Tokyo Metro's Ginza line on his personal Twitter account. In the team's press conference, coach Pep Guardiola revealed that he told his players to go out and experience the best that J...Full Story »

Messi: El Clasico is crucial - Argentine insists Barca must get a good result at Bernabeu

Posted Friday, December 09, 2011 by skysports.com188 hits

Lionel Messi: Believes El Clasico clash this weekend is 'vital' Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes this weekend's El Clasico at Real Madrid could define the European champions' season. The Catalan giants, bidding to lift the Primera Liga title for a fourth consecutive year, currently trail leaders Real by three points having played a game more. Argentina ace Messi has stressed the impo...Full Story »

Messi relishing World Club mission

Posted Thursday, December 08, 2011 by Supersport.com110 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has dismissed the notion that the Club World Cup in Japan is an unwanted distraction, at a time when the Spanish giants trail Real Madrid at home. The reigning Spanish and European champions jet to the annual showpiece in the unfamiliar position of not topping La Liga, but it would be a huge shock if Barcelona didn't claim their 13th title under coach Pep Guardiola...Full Story »

Ibrahimovic: I'm stronger than Messi

Posted Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by ESPN149 hits

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels that he can prove himself to be world's best footballer despite not being nominated for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. The Swedish striker was not named for the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious award but when asked to pick the most likely winner between rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he backed himself instead. "In my head I am the strongest of...Full Story »

Messi on Ballon d'Or shorlist with Xavi and Ronaldo

Posted Monday, December 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport58 hits

Lionel Messi is on course for a record-equalling third consecutive Ballon d’Or, soccer’s highest individual award, after the Argentine forward was among the three shortlisted nominees named on Monday. Messi’s Barcelona team mate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo were also shortlisted. Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and 2010, will be the favourite to...Full Story »

Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, nominated for top FIFA award

Posted Monday, December 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport64 hits

Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez will be up against Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo for the FIFA world player of the year award. The three Ballon d’Or finalists were selected Monday from among 23 nominees. Messi beat Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi to win last year. Messi also won the award two years ago when France Football magazine chose the best pla...Full Story »

Maradona hits out at Pele for Messi

Posted Friday, December 02, 2011 by ESPN274 hits

Diego Maradona has hit back at his old foe Pele in defence of compatriot and Argentina star Lionel Messi. The Argentina legend has sarcastically accused Pele of taking the 'wrong medication' following the Brazilian's claims that Santos striker Neymar is a better footballer than Barcelona's Messi. Pele said that Neymar was a more complete player than Messi and unlike the Argentinean has been ...Full Story »

Cruyff: Xavi, not Messi for Ballon d'Or

Posted Thursday, December 01, 2011 by ESPN263 hits

Johan Cruyff belives that Barcelona star midfielder Xavi Hernandez is more deserving of this year's Ballon d'Or than even Lionel Messi. Both players have been nominated for the award, but Barcelona legend Cruyff, who led the club to four La Liga titles and the 1992 European Cup as manager, believes Xavi has had a superior season compared to the Argentine. According to reports in the Sun, the...Full Story »

Brazil legend Pele: Neymar is much better than Lionel Messi

Posted Thursday, December 01, 2011 by YAHOO Sport62 hits

Brazil great Pele has labelled compatriot Neymar a far more complete player than Lionel Messi. The Barcelona man is almost unanimously regarded as the finest talent in the game today but Pele is of the opinion that the diminutive Argentine is not as rounded as Santos striker Neymar. "Making an individual comparison, I think Neymar is much better, more complete: [he] hits well with both feet, c...Full Story »

Gomez shies away from Messi talk

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by ESPN245 hits

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez admits he would never compare himself to Barcelona ace Lionel Messi following comments likening him to the Argentinean. Former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld recently stated that Gomez is as important to Bayern as Messi is to Barcelona because of the number of goals the striker has plundered for the team this season. Gomez responded by saying that although he f...Full Story »

"RVP on par with Messi, Ronaldo"

Posted Friday, November 25, 2011 by ESPN260 hits

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Robin van Persie's form can rival Barcelona's Lionel Messi, as well as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.The Dutchman has scored an astounding 38 goals since the start of this year, and was on the scoresheet once more in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League Group F clash.Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the A...Full Story »

Neymar in awe of Barca and Messi

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by ESPN992 hits

Santos wonderkid Neymar has revealed his admiration for La Liga bigwigs Barcelona and their star player Lionel Messi.The Brazilian international has been popularly compared to Robinho and Pelé since his debut in March 2009, and is highly sought after by big teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea.Santos will face off against Barcelona at the Fifa Club World Cup final in D...Full Story »

Rooney, Messi vie for FIFA award

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by ESPN356 hits

Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Wayne Rooney are all on the shortlist to win the 2011 FIFA Puskas award, given for the best goal scored.The Barcelona star was nominated for his strike against Arsenal in last season's edition of the UEFA Champions League, while Rooney is in the spotlight for his memorable overhead kick goal against Manchester City to give the Red Devils' a 2-1 victory at Old Traffo...Full Story »

Ronaldo and Messi fit for league games

Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 by Supersport.com491 hits

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi should be available for their games on Saturday against Valencia and Real Zaragoza respectively after returning from international duty. Portugal's Ronaldo has shaken off a minor leg muscle problem and told reporters in Madrid on Thursday he was likely to feature at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium. "Yes I am fine," said R...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi set to play against Zaragoza

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport47 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola expects forward Lionel Messi to overcome fatigue and play against Zaragoza, while Pedro Rodriguez should also return from injury for Saturday’s match. Messi only arrived Thursday from a lengthy spell of international duty with Argentina and even Guardiola was surprised by how motivated the midfielder was to play. “Messi is i...Full Story »

Messi, Neymar included in FIFA anti-doping trials

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport44 hits

ZURICH (AP)—Lionel Messi and Neymar will take part in a new anti-doping program to try a biological passport in soccer. All players set to be involved in the seven-team Club World Cup next month will give samples beforehand to help laboratories prepare their individual steroid profiles, FIFA said Thursday. Players then selected for anti-doping controls in the Dec. 8-18 tournament in Japa...Full Story »

Toure: Messi is incomparable

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by ESPN220 hits

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes that nobody can be compared to former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, whom he labels 'the world's best'. Toure is one of the rare few who can claim first-hand experience of playing with both players before, having joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010. He admits that while highly-rated City teammate Silva is the best in the Premier Leag...Full Story »

Barcelona's Lionel Messi Tips Javier Pastore To Become Great At Paris Saint-Germain

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by Goal.com251 hits

The Argentina international feels Ligue 1 football is just right for the ex-Huracan man and he expects him to be a hit at the Parc des Princes Barcelona striker Lionel Messi believes Javier Pastore can excel at Paris Saint-Germain following his summer move from Serie A club Palermo. The 22-year-old Argentina international moved to Ligue 1 in a reported €42 million deal, and life in ...Full Story »

Pele: Messi not a 'great' player

Posted Sunday, November 13, 2011 by ESPN369 hits

Brazil legend Pele has cast his doubts on whether Barcelona's Lionel Messi can be considered a 'great' in football. The Barcelona ace has gained worldwide acclaim as the best footballer on the planet and possibly the best ever in the history of the game. But Pele, who is still widely credited to the status, has questioned the Argentinean's credentials on the international stage. "I think a ...Full Story »

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