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Lionel Messi urges Argentina to beat Colombia after Bolivia draw

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011 by YAHOO Sport303 hits

Argentina attacker Lionel Messi has signalled the importance of Tuesday's World Cup 2014 qualifier against Colombia after his side was held to a 1-1 draw by Bolivia. A Marcelo Moreno strike 11 minutes into the second half put Bolivia ahead in the game, but Ezequiel Lavezzi responded just four minutes later with a goal of his own to make sure the two sides shared the spoils at the Estadio Monu...Full Story »

Messi: I don't care about records

Posted Thursday, November 10, 2011 by ESPN102 hits

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi insists he wants to break the club's all-time goalscoring record for the team and not for personal glory. The Argentina ace leapfrogged Ladislao Kubala earlier this season to become the Catalan giants' second highest goalscorer behind Cesar Rodriguez with 235 goals. With 203 goals to his name, Messi is tipped to be top of the list at the end of this season. An...Full Story »

Messi saves Barca, Real rout Osasuna

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 by Supersport.com169 hits

Lionel Messi scored a last-minute equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw for Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao in a dramatic La Liga clash at a rain-soaked San Mames on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid crushed Osasuna 7-1 and Jose Mourinho's team lead the standings on 28 points, three ahead of the European and Spanish champions. The clash between Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and...Full Story »

Messi aims to crack tough Bilbao

Posted Sunday, November 06, 2011 by ESPN124 hits

Lionel Messi has warned Barcelona's opponents Athletic Bilbao there is more to come from him after an exceptional start to the season.Messi bagged his second hat-trick in as many games as he single-handedly demolished Viktoria Plzen in midweek after scoring three against Real Mallorca at the weekend, with the latest goal glut taking him past 200 in his Barca career.Messi has 22 goals in 17 gam...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona preview - Best is yet to come - Messi

Posted Sunday, November 06, 2011 by PA193 hits

Lionel Messi has warned Barcelona's opponents there is more to come from him after an exceptional start to the season. Messi bagged his second hat-trick in as many games as he single-handedly demolished Viktoria Plzen in midweek after scoring three against Real Mallorca at the weekend, with the latest goal glut taking him past 200 in his Barca career. Messi has 22 goals in 17 games this season...Full Story »

Messi: Teamwork is key to success

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by ESPN124 hits

Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi believes that the Catalan club's success is largely due to the players getting along with each other.Ballon d'Or nominee Messi credits the large proportion of their first team players coming through the ranks of the famed La Masia youth academy as one of the main factors for Barcelona's extended success.Messi himself has spent his time in the Barcelona B t...Full Story »

Messi: Where's the DVD, Pele?

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 by ESPN268 hits

Lionel Messi wondered out loud why he hadn't received a DVD of Pele, despite the football legend's promise to send him one. The Brazilian had promised to send highlights of his career after the Barcelona star admitted he had never watched Pele in action , but Messi has mused that nothing had arrived in the mail since, according to France Football. "I would love to see Pele in action, but he ...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi is simply magnificent

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 by ESPN134 hits

Pep Guardiola gushed over Lionel Messi's performance as the forward notched a hat-trick to consign Viktoria Plzen to a 4-0 Champions League defeat. Pep Guardiola's men proved far too strong for the Czech side, whose already tall order had become an almost insurmountable one after going down to ten men in the 22nd minute, and Spaniard reserved high praise for Messi's virtuoso performance. Spe...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi is simply magnificent

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 by ESPN92 hits

Pep Guardiola gushed over Lionel Messi's performance as the forward notched a hat-trick to consign Viktoria Plzen to a 4-0 Champions League defeat.Pep Guardiola's men proved far too strong for the Czech side, whose already tall order had become an almost insurmountable one after going down to ten men in the 22nd minute, and Spaniard reserved high praise for Messi's virtuoso performance.Speakin...Full Story »

(N) FC Viktoria Plzen 0 : 4 Barcelona - Messi nets hat-trick in Barca romp

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 by PA43 hits

Lionel Messi brought up his double century of goals for Barcelona with a hat-trick as they qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with a comfortable 4-0 victory over 10-man Viktoria Plzen in Pep Guardiola's 200th game as coach. Messi won and converted a 24th-minute penalty as Marian Cisovski was sent off, added a second just before half-time and, after Cesc Fabregas headed the third...Full Story »

Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 by YAHOO Sport101 hits

ZURICH (AP)—Lionel Messi is in the running for a third consecutive FIFA world player of the year award after being selected Tuesday among the 23 candidates for the 2011 prize. Argentina forward Messi and seven of his teammates at European and Spanish champion Barcelona are on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, while archrival Real Madrid has five players nominated. Seven Spain international...Full Story »

Lionel Messi: Crisis, what crisis?

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 by ESPN109 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has labelled talks of him in crisis as 'crazy' after silencing his critics with a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Mallorca.Prior to the La Liga match on Saturday, the Argentinean has gone three consecutive matches without scoring, leading to talks over him suffering a dip in form.His treble for the Catalan giants all but confirmed his place the the league's leading sc...Full Story »

Di Stefano says Messi should skipper Argentina

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 by YAHOO Sport57 hits

Legendary star Alfredo Di Stefano said Monday he believed Argentina would benefit if they made Lionel Messi their skipper. "The captaincy of the national side is a distinction which Messi deserves as he has all the qualities a captain requires - a combative character and immeasurable talent," Argentina-born naturalised Spaniard Di Stefano told the journal of the Argentina Football Federation pu...Full Story »

Viktoria Plzen vs Barcelona preview - Messi on verge of landmark

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 by PA172 hits

Barcelona could seal their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they travel to Viktoria Plzen, where Lionel Messi could also reach the 200-goal mark for the Catalan club. A Barca victory in the Czech Republic combined with anything other than a win for BATE Borisov over AC Milan in the other Group H match would see the reigning champions secure their berth in the next phase...Full Story »

Messi the world's 'best'

Posted Monday, October 31, 2011 by Supersport.com107 hits

Abu Dhabi - Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona said on Sunday that his compatriot Lionel Messi was the world's best player. Maradona told Abu Dhabi television that Messi, the Barcelona striker, still had a lot to offer on the pitch. Maradona, who coaches the Emirati team al-Wasl, was speaking on his 51st birthday. Referring to himself, he said he had done his best as a player and was...Full Story »

With 13th hat trick, Messi boosts goals to 199

Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport129 hits

MADRID (AP)—Lionel Messi got his 13th career hat trick during an 18-minute span of the first half and increased his career total to 199 goals, leading Barcelona over Mallorca 5-0 Saturday in the Spanish league. Messi’s goal drought of three matches had raised concern in Spain, but he converted a penalty kick in the 13th minute, tapped in Adriano’s mis-hit in the 21st and kno...Full Story »

Guardiola: Never seen anyone like Messi

Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 by ESPN197 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has voiced his amazement at the stunning level Lionel Messi manages to play at week in and week out.Messi has been in sensational goal-scoring form for the Catalans yet again this season, although he was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, for once, when he missed a penalty in stoppage time as Barcelona were held to a goalless draw against Sevilla last week.Ho...Full Story »

Messi answers critics with hat-trick

Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport24 hits

MADRID, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi answered critics who suggested he needed a rest with a 17-minute hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Real Mallorca 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday. The World Player of the Year had not been at his best in recent games, failing to score in three outings, but made up for lost time with a first-half treble at the Nou Camp that took his league tally for the season ...Full Story »

Barcelona 5 : 0 Mallorca - Messi to the fore once again

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 by PA34 hits

Lionel Messi's hat-trick led Barcelona to a resounding 5-0 victory over Real Mallorca at the Nou Camp. The Argentina forward netted three times in 18 first half minutes as his side quickly took control of the game. The second half brought a first senior goal for Isaac Cuenca and a superb late goal from Dani Alves to round off the scoring. Barca hit their stride immediately and Seydou Keita's ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Mallorca preview - Spotlight falls on goal-shy Messi

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 by PA33 hits

All eyes will be on Lionel Messi when Barcelona look to get back to their best at home to Real Mallorca. The Argentinian superstar has been below par recently, failing to score in Barca's matches against Viktoria Plzen, Sevilla and Granada while Barca have failed to produce their best form despite winning two and drawing one of those games. They now face a mid-table Mallorca side looking for a...Full Story »

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