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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 PA244 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 PA70 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 PA50 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 »

Lionel Messi sure Cesc Fábregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by theguardian.com337 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.com825 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.com421 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.com1316 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.com110 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.com1035 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 »

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