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Messi IS the new me – Maradona

Posted Saturday, May 28, 2011 by The Sun195 hits

DIEGO MARADONA had never seen anyone to match him as a football great - until the little genius Lionel Messi came along.All eyes will be on Barcelona star Messi at Wembley tonight like they used to be on Maradona every time he had the ball.And the Argie legend himself marvels at the way Messi destroys opposition defences.He says Messi has that X-factor which only the greatest possess. He makes...Full Story »

Schmeichel wants Chicharito to upstage Messi in final

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 by thehindu.com212 hits

Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola with the players during a training session ahead of their final against Manchester United in the Champions League. Retired Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, a symbol of Manchester United, is counting the hours to Saturday’s Champions League final between his former club and Barcelona. In it, he hopes Red Devils star Javier “Chicharito” Hernan...Full Story »

Alex Ferguson: We have a solution for Messi Problem

Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by 254 hits

Alex Ferguson admits Barcelona are even better than they were in 2009 THE TASK proved beyond Jose Mourinho’s tactical acumen, but Sir Alex Ferguson is confident he can find the solution. Alex Ferguson admits Barcelona are an even better team than the one that sent Manchester United into a summer of despair two years ago, but he believes they can be stopped in the Champions League final o...Full Story »

Messi: I’ll KO Alex again

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by hits

ARMED AND VERY DANGEROUS ... Barca striker Lionel Messi yesterday LEO MESSI'S most 'beautiful' moment in football once broke Manchester United's hearts. And he has vowed to inflict more misery on Alex Ferguson's side in Saturday's Champions League final. The world's best player headed Barcelona's second goal in the 2-0 Champions League final win against United in Rome two years ago. It w...Full Story »

Lionel Messi believes appearing in the Champions League final is more important than winning the Pichichi

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by YAHOO Sport62 hits

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has said he will be playing the Champions League final against Manchester United on Saturday as if it's his last game ever. The Spanish giants lock horns with the Premier League champions in a repeat of the 2009 final, which was won 2-0 by Pep Guardiola's men. Messi was among the heroes on that night in Rome two years ago, and he is ready to do it all over again. "I ...Full Story »

Messi ready for United in Champions League final

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by YAHOO Sport37 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Lionel Messi will be looking to end a four-game scoring drought and add to his season tally of 52 goals when Barcelona plays Manchester United in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. The Argentina forward scored in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Man United in the 2009 final in Rome, but is expecting a tougher challenge at Wembley Stadium on ...Full Story »

Messi among seven regulars rested

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by Supersport.com182 hits

Lionel Messi is among seven Barcelona regulars rested for the Spanish champion's last league game on Saturday with the Champions League final looming. Coach Pep Guardiola opted to leave out the Argentina forward and striker David Villa, midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes for the game at Malaga. Barcelona, which ...Full Story »

No Messi in Argentina squad for friendlies

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Supersport.com69 hits

A squad of 22 players mostly aged under 25 and based in Europe will represent Argentina for friendlies against Nigeria on June 1 and Poland four days later. Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta, fresh from winning the FA Cup in England, plus Nicolas Otamendi and Fernando Belluschi, both members of FC Porto's Europa League-winning squad, were named on the list by coach Sergio Batista on Wed...Full Story »

The Messi and Ronaldo show

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by ESPN679 hits

One craves the spotlight, the other is all about the football. But Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have both delivered virtuoso performances in La Liga this season. For those addicted to the wonderful drama of the boot-to-boot combat between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the hearts and minds of the world's football public, these have been a magical few weeks. Cometh the hour, com...Full Story »

Ronaldo leads Messi in race for personal glory

Posted Monday, May 16, 2011 by Supersport.com198 hits

Arguments over who is the better player can rumble long into the night, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can at least be compared scientifically in the cold currency of goals. With an astonishing 52 goals in 54 competitive club matches this season, Barcelona phenomenon Messi is scoring at a rate that has not been seen in top-level European football since the 1950s. His 50th goal a...Full Story »

Ronaldo leads Messi in race for personal glory

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport132 hits

PARIS (AFP) - Arguments over who is the better player can rumble long into the night, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can at least be compared scientifically in the cold currency of goals. With an astonishing 52 goals in 54 competitive club matches this season, Barcelona phenomenon Messi is scoring at a rate that has not been seen in top-level European football since the 1950s. His 50th...Full Story »

Messi and Barca feted by fans

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport137 hits

BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates, who clinched a third straight Spanish league title on Wednesday, were treated to an enthusiastic reception by thousands of fans here Friday. Supporters spilled out onto the streets of the Catalan capital to see the team paraded on an open top bus sporting a banner declaring "Champions 2010-2011". "It's a very special day with youngs...Full Story »

Argentina’ll be tough even without Messi – Siasia

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Businessdayonline.com152 hits

Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, has insisted his team will face a very formidable Argentina next month even if superstar Lionel Messi will not be part of the friendly. Argentina have named a squad for the June 1 clash in Abuja without household names like Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Fernando Gargo and Carlos Tevez with Nicolas Otamendi, Emiliano Insua and Pablo Zabaleta the on...Full Story »

Messi eyes beating Ronaldo to top scorer title

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by Supersport.com476 hits

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola on Sunday backed magical Lionel Messi to beat Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish League top scorer's prize. Ronaldo grabbed four in the 6-2 demolition of Sevilla on Saturday to take his season's tally to 33, two more than Messi with two games left. "Messi is always looking to score because he is a born striker and it's in his blood," said Guard...Full Story »

How to stop Lionel Messi

Posted Friday, May 06, 2011 by The Sun173 hits

ALEX FERGUSON will head for Wembley armed with the most detailed dossier EVER compiled about any player in a bid to stop Lionel Messi.Ferguson has tapped into his wide network of scouts, staff and contacts - including his brother and Manchester United's chief European scout, Martin - to study Barcelona and Messi over the last two years.Ever since United lost the 2009 Champions League final to ...Full Story »

Lionel Messi top of the world says ossie

Posted Tuesday, May 03, 2011 by hits

LIONEL MESSI has been hailed the greatest player of all time, eclipsing Diego Maradona and Pele. The accolade comes from Ossie Ardiles, one person in the world qualified to make a comparison between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Maradona, considered by many as the the world’s No1. Argentina’s 1978 World Cup winner Ardiles is a close friend of Maradona and was involved in nurturin...Full Story »

Roo is blend of Messi 'n Ronaldo

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by The Sun164 hits

WIDE APPEAL ... Hernandez says Rooney's talents match the best JAVIER HERNANDEZ last night insisted that Wayne Rooney is better than Lionel Messi - at shooting. And he is also a better header of the ball than Cristiano Ronaldo. Hernandez, Manchester United's latest sensation, ran the rule over his strike partnership with Rooney that has set the Premier and Champions League alight. Mexican ac...Full Story »

Lionel Messi's father criticizes Jose Mourinho's comments after Real Madrid's defeat to Barcelona

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011 by YAHOO Sport608 hits

Lionel Messi’s father has criticized the approach of Jose Mourinho following Real Madrid’s defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. The nine-time European champions suffered a 2-0 loss to its archrivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the club's semifinal tie and are now seemingly on the verge of exiting competition. After the match, Mourinho...Full Story »

Real Madrid 0 : 2 Barcelona - Messi puts Barca on brink of Wembley

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by PA91 hits

Lionel Messi struck twice late on as Barcelona took a huge step towards the Champions League final with a 2-0 semi-final, first leg win over 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Messi, taking his tally to 52 in all competitions this season, netted in the 76th and 87th minutes - the second a typically brilliant solo effort - to settle an ill-tempered clash which saw Madrid defender Pepe sent off ...Full Story »

Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi & Barcelona will force Real Madrid into hiding

Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 by YAHOO Sport187 hits

Barcelona will beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal first-leg, and the game will be decided by Lionel Messi, according to former striker Luis Suarez. Despite the tight nature of the last two Clasico's in La Liga and the Copa del Rey final, the former Grande Inter legend, and ex-Barca man is not expecting a stalemate in the Bernabeu later tonight. "I think that despite everything,...Full Story »

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