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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 »

Messi misses penalty as Sevilla hold off Barca

Posted Sunday, October 23, 2011 by Supersport.com218 hits

"All penalties are complicated, and both luck and all the work you have put in play a part," Varas said. "But I have to give credit to my teammates. The merit is of all the team." Barcelona controlled more than 70 percent of possession, but could not break through the undefeated Sevilla's disciplined defence. "We did everything and more to win, shooting 22 times between the posts, but we cou...Full Story »

Diego Maradona defends Lionel Messi's Argentina form

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport25 hits

AlWasl coach Diego Maradona has rubbished the perception that Barcelona star Lionel Messi does not give his all for Argentina. The diminutive attacker has frequently been criticized for his showings for the national team, which have been in stark contrast to the form he has shown at club level. "Just leave him alone and stop with those stories that he is Catalan," he told reporters at a press ...Full Story »

Messi: I have no battle against Ronaldo

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011 by ESPN1873 hits

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has played down his personal battle with Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting winning titles is the only that interests him.Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are widely considered to be the best two players in the world at the moment, with the pair battling it out for the Pichichi over the past two seasons.But ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game against Viktoria ...Full Story »

Messi closing in on remarkable record

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011 by ESPN301 hits

Lionel Messi's sublime form has put to rest (for now) who's better, Messi or Ronaldo, as he closes in on Barca's scoring record.Just in case anyone thought there was one talent Lionel Messi didn't possess -- that is, a sense of dramatic timing -- on Saturday the Argentine celebrated the seventh anniversary of his La Liga debut for Barcelona with a pair of goals that put him second in the clu...Full Story »

Barcelona counting on Messi against Viktoria Plzen

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by timesofindia.indiatimes.com247 hits

Barcelona is counting on Lionel Messi to maintain his excellent scoring form when it hosts Czech champion Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi's pair of goals in a 3-0 victory over Racing Santander on Saturday took the Argentina striker's season tally to 16 from 12 games and kept the Spanish champions top of the league. The defending European champions face the first ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs FC Viktoria Plzen preview - Messi deflects Ronaldo attention

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by PA320 hits

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has played down his personal battle with Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting winning titles is the only that that interests him. Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are widely considered to be the best two players in the world at the moment, with the pair battling it out for the Pichichi over the past two seasons. But ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game against Vi...Full Story »

Messi steers Barca, Higuain hits three

Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 by Supersport.com67 hits

Gonzalo Higuain bagged a remarkable third hat-trick in two weeks to steer Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Real Betis on Saturday while Lionel Messi's double kept Barcelona top of La Liga with a 3-0 victory over Racing Santander. Messi, the insatiable World Player of the Year, scored in each half at the Nou Camp to take his goal tally to 10 in the league this season as Barca cruised past toothle...Full Story »

Messi scores 2, Barcelona beats Racing 3-0

Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport32 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Lionel Messi scored a double to lead Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday, while fellow Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain netted a hat trick in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Real Betis. Madrid had provisionally moved ahead of its fierce rivals, but Messi kept the defending champions top of the standings with a goal in each hal...Full Story »

Barcelona 3 :0 Racing de Santander - Racing second best as Messi meets milestone

Posted Saturday, October 15, 2011 by PA61 hits

Lionel Messi reached another Barcelona landmark with two more brilliant goals to inspire his side to a 3-0 victory over Racing Santander. The Argentinian added the finish following a slick one-two with Andres Iniesta to move clear in second on the Catalan club's list of all-time top goalscorers. And he rounded off the scoring with a simple finish after Iniesta had produced an outrageous piece ...Full Story »

Diego Maradona: I told Barcelona's Lionel Messi to believe he is better than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and now he is

Posted Thursday, October 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport775 hits

Diego Maradona has stated that he urged countryman Lionel Messi to fight off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best player in the world, and the Barcelona attacker has followed his advice. The Argentina international beat the Real Madrid man to the Ballon D'Or award in both 2009 and 2010, making amends for the former Manchester United forward winning the title back in 2008. Messi'...Full Story »

Barcelona's David Villa: Lionel Messi has made me a better player

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport160 hits

Barcelona striker David Villa says he has improved as a player since joining the Catalan club, paying special tribute to Lionel Messi. "I have other tasks and although it is the same offensively, it is not the same in defence," he told El Pais. "I am proud to be doing well and to be enjoying football from a position that was not my own until recently. The Spain international joined Barcelona...Full Story »

David Beckham's just Messi-ng about

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by The Sun1345 hits

And Messi is tackled ... David Beckham brings son Romeo to ground DAVID Beckham spent four years at Real Madrid so fans of the Spanish giants will spit out their patatas bravas in disgust when they see his son Romeo in a Barcelona shirt. Even with Messi – the best player in the world – written on the back, it's a faux pas. But Becks wasn't bothered during this kickabout with Rom...Full Story »

Lionel Messi ends international goal drought

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2011 by scotsman.com229 hits

Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi netted his first goal in a competitive match for Argentina in two and a half years as the hosts crushed Chile 4-1 in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier. Higuain put Argentina ahead from Angel Di Maria's pass in a counter-attack after seven minutes at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires and Messi, whose last goal in a competitive inter...Full Story »

How do you solve a problem like Lionel Messi?

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2011 by Goal.com163 hits

By common consensus the world's best player, Lionel Messi is shy and softly spoken off the pitch and is more likely to be found playing on his PlayStation than tearing up the dance-floor in his local nightclub. As problem players go, Messi is not an obvious candidate, but for fans of Argentina he remains a frustrating enigma. World-beating for Barcelona, he is a different player in the sky b...Full Story »

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