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Lionel Messi sure Cesc Fábregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by theguardian.com333 hits

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first goal in Barcelona's 4-1 win against Arsenal at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi has stated his belief that Cesc Fábregas will eventually leave Arsenal and return to Barcelona. Messi and Fábregas grew up together at Barça's much renowned La Masía academy, prior to the Spain midfielder joining Arsène Wenger's team in September 2003. "Cesc...Full Story »

Real Madrid reeling after Lionel Messi hits 40-goal mark

Posted Monday, April 12, 2010 by theguardian.com824 hits

Pedro (right) celebrates with Lionel Messi after Barcelona's second goal against Real Madrid. They said they weren't giving up but it looked suspiciously like their fans already had. Well before the final whistle blew on Saturday night's clásico against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid supporters were heading for the exit, their side trailing 2-0 and their title hopes ...Full Story »

Messi 4-1 Arsenal - The Greatest Player You Ever Saw

Posted Friday, April 09, 2010 by Goal.com418 hits

Lionel Messi is the finest player ever to have played the game... With the aid of sepia-tinted lenses, nostalgia and memory gaps, it is all too easy for seasoned observers of the game to submit the names of Pele, Cruyff and Maradona as the greatest players of all time. In this day and age, we have to work very hard in order to snatch a full 90 minutes worth of performance from that Holy Trin...Full Story »

Messi’s inability to reproduce form is puzzling

Posted Thursday, April 08, 2010 by YAHOO Sport151 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—After another breathtaking performance and four-goal haul from Lionel Messi, Argentine fans are again asking if the world’s best footballer will ever play for his national team like he does for Barcelona. Messi’s four goals against Arsenal on Tuesday took Barcelona into the Champions League quarterfinals, tying Rivaldo as the club’s leading s...Full Story »

Magnificent Messi puts Barca through

Posted Tuesday, April 06, 2010 by PA27 hits

Lionel Messi lived up to his billing as the best player in the world with four goals as Barcelona won 4-1 to end Arsenal's Champions League dream in the Nou Camp. Nicklas Bendtner had fired the Gunners into a shock lead after 18 minutes. However, Messi soon drew Barcelona level after capitalising on a mistake by Mikael Silvestre. The Argentina forward then added a second from close range befor...Full Story »

Fabregas set for Messi reunion as Arsenal face Barca

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by BBC.com1314 hits

Fabregas played in the same Barcelona youth team as Lionel Messi Rodolfo Borrell remembers the exact date when Cesc Fabregas made his debut at the Barcelona academy. It was 11 November 1997 and the future Arsenal captain was 10 years old. Borrell is no statistical anorak; the occasion is etched in his memory because discovering Fabregas was the reward for hours and hours spent scouring local ...Full Story »

Hypnotic Lionel Messi has defences believing a tackle is a violation

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by BBC.com109 hits

Defenders retreat, crouch and stiffen like threatened animals when confronted by Barcelona's magician Barcelona's Lionel Messi is so good defenders cannot bring themselves to tackle him. In October 2000 Barcelona's technical director, Carles "Charly" Rexach, returned from the Sydney Olympics to watch a youth match organised to help the club decide whether a tiny Argentinian boy known as "The F...Full Story »

Maradona vows to utilise Messi at World Cup

Posted Saturday, March 27, 2010 by The Independent61 hits

Argentina will change tactics if necessary to let Lionel Messi shine at the World Cup, coach Diego Maradona said yesterday. Messi has been brilliant for Barcelona but struggled to make an impact for Argentina, sparking criticism of his performances and Maradona's failure to make the 22-year-old fit in. "If I had to change for his good, I'd change," Maradona told local radio station Coopera...Full Story »

Barcelona Star Lionel Messi & Inter Boss Jose Mourinho Top Football Rich List

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by Goal.com1032 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has overtaken David Beckham as the highest earner in world football. The 22-year-old Argentine forward, who scored a second successive La Liga hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Real Zaragoza on Sunday, has ended Beckham's two-year reign as the world's best-paid footballer, according to France Football. Messi pockets an estimated £29.6 million annuall...Full Story »

Man ... Superman ... Leo Messi

Posted Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by theguardian.com513 hits

Barcelona's talisman is so sensationally good at the moment that comparisons with football's greatest players are wholly justified Leo Messi celebrates after scoring his sensational second goal against Real Zaragoza. It's not big and it's not clever but sometimes swearing is the only thing that will do. Sometimes you've used up every other word and nothing else quite hits the spot. You've rum...Full Story »

Lionel Messi steers Barcelona to crushing win over Stuttgart

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2010 by theguardian.com462 hits

Lionel Messi was in imperious form for Barcelona, scoring twice and setting up another. After beginning the evening with their hopes of progression in the balance, Barcelona returned to their thrilling best at Camp Nou and can now be considered favourites to retain the European Cup. Much of this optimism can be hung on the form of Lionel Messi, the little forward who with two goals of alarm...Full Story »

Messi scores twice as Barcelona advances

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2010 by YAHOO Sport25 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Lionel Messi scored twice to lead defending champion Barcelona over Stuttgart 4-0 Wednesday night and into the European Champions League quarterfinals. Pedro Rodriguez and Bojan Krkic also got goals for Barcelona, which won the home-and-home, total-goals series on 5-1 aggregate. Bordeaux beat Olympiakos 2-1 for a 3-1 aggregate win, reaching the quarterfinals for the...Full Story »

Messi inspires Barca

Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 by PA12 hits

Lionel Messi staged another masterclass to power holders Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Stuttgart. Messi struck a brilliant opener after just 12 minutes to put Barca on track, and then played a key role as Pedro Rodriguez made it 2-0 soon after as the Catalan giants built a 3-1 aggregate lead. Messi, who was a constant menace, added a third on the h...Full Story »

Adebayor on life, death and Lionel Messi

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by BBC.com177 hits

I have some revelations to make this week. Don't worry, it doesn't involve me wearing an ill-fitting shirt and looking down the cameras every time I say sorry. While Tiger Woods was apologising to his sponsors last Friday, I was in Manchester talking to Emmanuel Adebayor. A captivating interview with a footballer is quite rare. Normally you can't see beyond the fog of clichés and there is ...Full Story »

Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla: Messi Makes His Century As Barca Breeze To Victory

Posted Sunday, January 17, 2010 by Goal.com41 hits

Despite more heroics from los Rojiblancos' keeper, the Blaugrana came out on top at the Camp Nou with a fine performance. Barcelona eased to a 4-0 victory at the Camp Nou against Sevilla in a dominant performance. A Julien Escude own goal opened the scoring before Pedro doubled the lead, but some excellent goalkeeping from Andres Palop prevented the score from becoming embarrassing. Lionel Mess...Full Story »

Lionel Messi named Fifa's World Player of the Year

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by theguardian.com71 hits

Lionel Messi accepts his World Player of the Year award from Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Lionel Messi has been named the Fifa Fifpro World Player of the Year. The Argentina and Barcelona forward won the accolade for the first time for helping his club win an unprecedented six trophies, including the Champions League and the domestic league title. The 22-year-old beat last year's winner Cristi...Full Story »

FC Barcelona’s Messi wins World Player of the Year

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by AP152 hits

  ZURICH (AP)—Lionel Messi claimed the World Player of the Year award on Monday to nearly complete his collection of football’s greatest honors. Messi tacked on the prestigious award to his growing list of accolades at a FIFA gala ceremony in Zurich, easily outdistancing the last two winners— Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka—along with his Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernan...Full Story »

Special Report: Messi leads Barca to Rome glory

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by UEFA.com447 hits

Lionel Messi's was the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League's top scorer FC Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United FC(Eto'o 10, Messi 70)Stadio Olimpico, Rome The talk before the final was of a final showdown between Europe's two great young attacking talents, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United FC's Cristiano Ronaldo. However, it was to be something of a no-contest, with the English side's d...Full Story »

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