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Wayne Rooney admits he wants to be as good as Lionel Messi

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 by The Sun160 hits

WAYNE ROONEY wants to raise his game to the same level as Lionel Messi.Manchester United star Rooney faced Messi in May's Champions League final and, while they both scored, it was Barcelona's Argentine master who ran the show in a 3-1 victory.Now Roo aims to reach a standard where he too can be crowned World Player of the Year and once again bring the Champions League title back to Old Traffo...Full Story »

Xavi comes to defence of under fire Messi

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011 by Dailystar.co.uk116 hits

Lionel Messi is under fire after Argentina's Copa America exit. Xavi Hernandez has labeled criticism of Lionel Messi's form for Argentina as "exaggerated" after the World Player of the Year's poor showing at the Copa America. Messi's Barcelona teammate dismissed claims the Argentina forward cannot operate without his presence in midfield. "Like all football players, Messi depends on the col...Full Story »

Ribery dreams of following in Messi's footsteps

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

BERLIN (AFP) - Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has said that winning the world footballer of the year award currently held by Lionel Messi is his "biggest dream". "My biggest dream is to be recognised as the best player in the world, and I think I have a chance of fulfilling it," the French international told SportBild on Wednesday. "Now that I am coming back to 100 percent fitness again, t...Full Story »

Argentina look to Messi to quell Uruguay Copa threat

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

Argentina and Uruguay will renew their historic rivalry when they clash in Saturday's Copa America quarter-finals with all eyes on potential match-winners Lionel Messi and Diego Forlan. Uruguay won the first Copa America in 1916 and kept their momentum going through to the first World Cup, which they lifted in 1930. With that inaugural Copa success coming on Argentinian soil, the home side wil...Full Story »

I will always play for Argentina, says Messi

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by Zeenews.india.com86 hits

Buenos Aires: Barcelona star Lionel Messi does not care what the Argentine press writes about him and will not stop representing Argentina. Despite fierce criticism from the fans and media for his below-par performance in the Copa America, Messi said he is not considering retiring from international football. Earlier Thursday, Julio Grondona, president of the Argentine Football Association...Full Story »

Messi vows to continue playing for Argentina

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport97 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Lionel Messi says he will continue to play for Argentina despite harsh criticism about his performance for the national team. Messi on Thursday responded to Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, who suggested the star Barcelona playmaker could quiet the criticism by declining to play for his country. Messi and Argentina played...Full Story »

Messi confident Argentina will bounce back in Copa

Posted Monday, July 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport246 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina have made a poor start to their Copa America campaign with two draws and do not look like a team ready to end a two-decade trophy drought, but they will recover and reach the quarter-finals, insists star Lionel Messi. World player of the year Messi proved unstoppable all season with a Barcelona shirt on his back but with Argentina he has become a metaphor for th...Full Story »

Maradona speaks up for Messi

Posted Monday, July 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport82 hits

Argentina fans, fed up with their team's lacklustre showing at the Copa America, need to give much-criticised Lionel Messi a break, says Diego Maradona. Messi has long been touted as 1986 world champion Maradona's successor in the national side. But whereas at club level Messi has managed to outshine his illustrious compatriot by winning a sackful of top honours with Barcelona, it has been a d...Full Story »

'Argentina woe not Messi's fault'

Posted Saturday, July 09, 2011 by Supersport.com135 hits

Argentina are playing badly at the Copa America because the whole squad are underperforming, leading players said while defending Lionel Messi from attacks by media and fans. "Lionel's feeling very bad...It's the first time he's been whistled (at a match), this is very hard," Messi's father Jorge told local Radio 10 referring to Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Colombia in Santa Fe. The hosts drew ...Full Story »

He's not the 'new Lionel Messi', but a very talented boy - why Valencia's signing of Pablo Piatti could be a masterstroke

Posted Friday, July 08, 2011 by Goal.com304 hits

He’s not ‘the new Messi’, but he’s a very talented boy; left-footed and now a full international for Argentina, Pablo Piatti is an explosive forward built in a similar mould to Barcelona’s brilliant forward but he hasn’t quite lived up to the billing just yet. Now, after completing his signing for Valencia this week, he has another chance to prove his abilit...Full Story »

Messi can win over Argentine fans at Copa America

Posted Thursday, July 07, 2011 by Mercurynews.com641 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Believe it or not, Lionel Messi has something to prove. He needs to show Argentine fans he's the world's greatest soccer player when wearing the country's famous blue-and-white shirt. Messi starts romancing the crowds when Argentina opens the 3 1/2-week Copa America—the South American championship—against Bolivia on Friday. Messi has rarely playe...Full Story »

Argentina trying to solve Messi, Tevez puzzle

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Usatoday.com176 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentnia — Argentina, Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez have a second chance at the Copa America, and anything less than a victory against Colombia will turn up the heat on coach Sergio Batista and his two star players. Batista is expected to attack again on Wednesday through Messi and Tevez, with support from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ever Banega. The problem is: Messi and Tevez ...Full Story »

Time for Messi to silence the sceptics

Posted Saturday, July 02, 2011 by timesofindia.indiatimes.com128 hits

Argentina's Lionel Messi smiles during their practice session at the squad's camp, ahead of the Copa America soccer tournament, in Buenos Aires. NEW DELHI: What if one of these days, riding a wave of Polish nationalism, a section of critics starts pulling down Joseph Conrad? Born in an affluent Polish family in Kiev and learning to speak the English language fluently only in his twenties, Con...Full Story »

Super Mario: Messi owes Argentina

Posted Friday, July 01, 2011 by thesun.co.uk404 hits

FALLEN IDOL .. Lionel Messi LIONEL MESSI may be the best player in the world for his club but he is yet to prove it for his country, says Argentina legend Mario Kempes. Messi failed to score a single goal in five games as Argentina crashed out of last year's World Cup at the quarter-final stage. Now the man whose double strike downed Holland in the 1978 World Cup final believes it's ti...Full Story »

Argentina expect Messi to deliver

Posted Thursday, June 30, 2011 by UK.eurosport.yahoo.com178 hits

Hosts Argentina feel it is their "obligation" to win the Copa America with a team built around Lionel Messi and cannot stomach the idea of finishing behind arch rivals Brazil for a third time in a row. The old enemies met in the last two finals of South America's top football tournament, with Brazil upsetting the favourites twice, but with home advantage at the July 1-24 event Argentina ...Full Story »

Lionel Messi wants Juventus target Sergio Aguero at Barcelona

Posted Monday, June 27, 2011 by Goal.com308 hits

  Juventus are set to meet Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero's representatives to discuss a transfer next week, but Spanish and Italian reports suggest Barcelona are also keen to land the Argentinean. Il Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport both suggest Lionel Messi is trying to convince his side, and Argentina team-mate Aguero, 23, to come together. The Ballon d'Or holder is said to ...Full Story »

Ban kids from full-size games or we'll never produce our own Messi

Posted Monday, June 27, 2011 by The Sun146 hits

HE used to walk on to football's biggest stages and even competed in the greatest football tournament on the planet - the World Cup.As a player he represented his country, as a manager he held his own in the Premier League until relegation took its toll.But now his life is spent slogging up and down motorways to watch eight, nine and 10-year-olds playing football for the sheer love of the game...Full Story »

Messi and Neymar head Copa America talent show

Posted Saturday, June 25, 2011 by YAHOO Sport428 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - For another stunning season at Barcelona even by his own exalted standards Lionel Messi undoubtedly deserves the epithet of best player in the world. But La Pulga (the flea) has yet to transfer his scintillating club form to the international arena - witness his near anonymous showing in last year's World Cup quarter-final humiliation by Germany. Argentina coach Sergio B...Full Story »

Newell's Old Boys president: We will try to convince Barcelona's Lionel Messi to end his career here

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport278 hits

Newell's Old Boys president Guillermo Lorente has admitted that he dreams of seeing Lionel Messi wear the shirt of the Rosario club, and has already tried to convince the Barcelona maestro to end his career back in his home town. A lifelong fan of the club, Messi joined the youth ranks at the age of 8 before moving to Spain when he was barely a teenager. The Ballon D'Or winner is still a pas...Full Story »

Argentina in search for Messi understudy

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by timesofindia.indiatimes.com120 hits

BUENOS AIRES: Gonzalo Higuain is training for a similar role to Lionel Messi's in the Argentina team in preparation for matches when the Barcelona forward is not playing, coach Sergio Batista said on Tuesday. Messi is first choice as the central striker in Batista's tactics for next month's Copa America even though the coach has classic centre forwards in his squad, like Real Madrid's Higuai...Full Story »

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