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Premier League trio chasing 'Ukrainian Lionel Messi'

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Talksport.co.uk386 hits

A trio of Premier League clubs are hot on the trail of Dnipro playmaker Yevhen Konoplyanka, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all monitoring the 22-year-old playmaker. Dubbed the "Ukrainian Lionel Messi", Konoplyanka could be available at a cut price now but is expected to star for his country at Euro 2012, which could see his valuation increase significantly. The winger is keen to...Full Story »

Messi distracted by pregnancy rumours during Argentina conference

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Goal.com242 hits

Barcelona phenomenon Lionel Messi was momentarily caught off-guard during his first press conference since returning to Argentina, losing track of the questions after being light-heartedly 'congratulated' over the ongoing rumours he is to be a father. The 24-year-old Ballon d'Or winner has been the subject of months of speculation that he is expecting his first child with girlfriend Antonell...Full Story »

Ronaldo and Messi are my inspiration – but Gervinho is the best I’ve played with

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by The Sun1256 hits

GER BEAUTY ... Gervinho and Eden Hazard celebrate Lille's French championship triumph EDEN HAZARD avidly studies videos of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but believes Arsenal’s Gervinho is the best he has ever played with. The Belgian star, set to complete his £32million switch to Chelsea, took it upon himself to announce HE had decided to join the Champions League winners inste...Full Story »

Fox Sports tweets death of Lionel Messi

Posted Monday, May 28, 2012 by NYdailynews.com1248 hits

Lionel Messi is alive and well, despite reports to the contrary on Twitter. Fox Sports Latin America got itself into a social media mess late Saturday night after reporting the death of the Barcelona star on its official North Cone (Mexico, Central America, Venezuela) Twitter feed. "We must report the sad news that Leonel [sic] Messi died of cardiac arrest during training #RipMessi," said th...Full Story »

Euro-bound Ronaldo targets Messi - Star winger believes Portugal can shock Holland and Germany

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by skysports.com341 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star aiming to add Portugal glory to his impressive CV Cristiano Ronaldo believes Euro 2012 success with Portugal could help him pip Lionel Messi to be crowned as the world's best player. The Real Madrid star helped the Bernabeu giants end Barcelona's three-year stranglehold on the Primera Liga with a stunning 46 goals in just 38 league matches. He scored 62 tim...Full Story »

Ronaldo: Messi makes me better

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012 by ESPN429 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo gets tired of the comparisons between him and Lionel Messi but believes the pair push each other to keep improving. Since Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid in 2009, his goals battle with Barcelona forward Messi has captured the imagination in La Liga. In the recently-completed season Ronaldo hit a remarkable 46 goals in 38 appearances, but was bested as Messi struck a scarcely...Full Story »

Sabella defends Messi after Mourinho jibes: 50 goals speak for themselves

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Goal.com169 hits

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has come out in defence of his star forward Lionel Messi, responding that scoring 50 league goals was a feat that had to be applauded. The Barcelona phenomenon found himself on the receiving end of a verbal barb from Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho this week, who suggested that his goals in La Liga were meaningless because they could do nothing to stop the M...Full Story »

Barca defends Messi over racial abuse claims

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 by Supersport.com168 hits

Barcelona has staunchly defended Lionel Messi over claims he racially abused a black Real Madrid player several seasons ago. Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe, who is currently on loan at Everton, was quoted in a Dutch magazine as saying he was taunted by the Argentina forward and three-time world player of the year during several of their Spanish league encounters. Barcelona said in a statem...Full Story »

Messi will "always cherish" Guardiola

Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by ESPN329 hits

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi says he will "always cherish" the time he has spent with outgoing coach Pep Guardiola. Guardiola is set to leave the Catalans after four trophy-laden years with the club at the end of the season. The Spaniard was given an emotional farewell after Saturday's 4-0 win over Espanyol, which was Barca's last home game of the season. Lionel Messi scored all four goals on...Full Story »

Barcelona 4 : 1 Malaga - Messi breaks record after hat-trick

Posted Wednesday, May 02, 2012 by PA37 hits

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to break the record for most goals scored in a European season as Barcelona kept alive their slim title hopes with a convincing win over Malaga. Carles Puyol fired Pep Guardiola's side in front at the Nou Camp, only for that lead to be cancelled out by Jose Salomon Rondon. But Messi scored twice from the penalty spot before wrapping up his treble with a low driv...Full Story »

Messi emotional to watch Pep say farewell

Posted Saturday, April 28, 2012 by Supersport.com414 hits

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday he felt far too emotional to face the media glare at coach Pep Guardiola's farewell announcement. "I want to thank Pep with all my heart for everything he has given me in my professional career and personally," the 24-year-old Argentinian said on his Facebook page. "Because of the emotions I feel I preferred not to be present at Pep's press con...Full Story »

A privately owned club would sell Messi but Barcelona never will, claims Rosell

Posted Saturday, April 21, 2012 by Goal.com230 hits

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed that whereas a privately-owned club would cash in on Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana never will on account of their ownership structure. The Catalan side are effectively owned and controlled by its members, meaning Rosell and his fellow board answer to the supporters. Consequently, the Blaugrana supremo believes that the club will always be motivated...Full Story »

'Clasico' High Noon for Ronaldo and Messi

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 by Supersport.com192 hits

As well as a potential title decider, Saturday's 'Clasico' between bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona serves up the latest installment in the goal-scoring drama featuring record-setting marksmen Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Leaders Real have a four-point advantage over champions Barca with five games left ahead of the clash at the Nou Camp and Ronaldo and Messi have already netted...Full Story »

Levante 1 : 2 Barcelona - Messi double secures Barca win

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012 by PA90 hits

Barcelona were forced to work hard before Lionel Messi's second-half double earned them a 2-1 victory at Levante. Jose Barkero gave Levante the lead with a 23rd-minute penalty and Barca appeared to be making heavy weather of getting back on terms. But Messi burst into life with two goals in nine minutes, the second a spot-kick of his own, to turn the game around. Pedro's early cross-shot was ...Full Story »

Messi, Ronaldo's scoring duel mirrors title race

Posted Friday, April 13, 2012 by Supersport.com224 hits

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are locked in a personal duel for European scoring records that is carrying Barcelona and Real Madrid toward a tantalising finale in the fight for the Spanish league title. With the two powerhouses set to meet in nine days in a "clasico" that could well decide the title race, Ronaldo kept Madrid four points ahead of its rival after matching his own record of...Full Story »

Messi vs Pele, Cryuff, Maradona & Zidane

Posted Monday, April 09, 2012 by ESPN1156 hits

Lionel Messi turned in his latest show-stopping performance against Real Zaragoza on Saturday, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory to reach the 60-goal mark for the season. Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has already described the Argentinian as the "best ever", and with his deceptive pace, remarkable dribbling ability and clinical finishing it is hard to argue against him being the finest player ...Full Story »

Cancer lad’s inspiration drives Messi

Posted Monday, April 09, 2012 by The Sun410 hits

INSPIRATION ... Lionel Messi meets Alfonso Garcia LIONEL MESSI and Co will draw inspiration from a Barcelona fan with terminal cancer when they face Chelsea next week. Alfonso Garcia’s story touched the hearts of millions of Spaniards last week as he recounted an unforgettable visit to the Nou Camp. Talking on the country’s top football show Punto Pelota, the 22-year-old told ho...Full Story »

Sabella clears up Messi puzzle

Posted Saturday, April 07, 2012 by ESPN149 hits

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes strict refereeing in Spanish club football has allowed Lionel Messi to flourish into the world's best player. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is undoubtedly the greatest player of his generation but the debate - largely fueled by the Argentinean's shortcomings with the national team - on whether Messi is the greatest of all time continues to rage o...Full Story »

Mata: Barcelona are a great side - it's not just Messi

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by Goal.com299 hits

Juan Mata has warned that Chelsea will have to contend with more than just star player Lionel Messi when they meet Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final clash. The Argentine attacker has scored more than 50 goals this season and is widely acknowledged as the best player in the world at the moment - if not all-time. But Mata believes the rest of the Barcelona team are also more than ...Full Story »

Messi matches Barcelona record for most appearances by a foreign player in La Liga

Posted Sunday, March 25, 2012 by Goal.com122 hits

Lionel Messi has equalled Barcelona's appearance record in La Liga for an overseas player after matching Phillip Cocu's tally following the 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Saturday. In the same match, the forward also topped Brazilian Ronaldo's record for scoring the most league goals in a season in a Blaugrana jersey, but now he is on his way to overtaking the former Netherlands midfielder, hav...Full Story »

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