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Barcelona's Gerard Pique: Lionel Messi is the best in the world and deserves to win 2011 Fifa Ballon d'Or

Posted Monday, January 09, 2012 by Supersport.com197 hits

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has stressed that team-mate Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2011 Fifa Ballon d'Or. The Argentina international faces competition from Xavi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo but defender Pique believes Messi is the top candidate to win the prestigious award. "It is clear, Messi, he has been playing at a high level for years. And Leo is the best in the wor...Full Story »

Barcelona's Lionel Messi rules out ever playing for Real Madrid: I do not see myself wearing the shirt of anyone else

Posted Monday, January 09, 2012 by Supersport.com143 hits

The Argentina international has already established himself as a legend at Camp Nou and has now stated that he cannot imagine himself turning out for any other club Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has declared that he could never envisage himself joining Real Madrid. Although originally from Argentina, the 24-year-old forward is essentially a product of the Catalans’ youth academy at La...Full Story »

Messi never wants to leave - Argentine playmaker hopes to see out his career at Camp Nou

Posted Sunday, January 08, 2012 by skysports.com141 hits

Lionel Messi: Planning to spend his entire playing career at Barcelona Lionel Messi has once again spoken of his desire to spend his entire playing career on the books of Barcelona. The mercurial Argentine playmaker has been moulded into the player he is today by Barca, with the club having spotted his potential early. Messi graduated through the academy ranks at Camp Nou and currently form...Full Story »

Messi: I never really had a fever

Posted Saturday, January 07, 2012 by ESPN189 hits

Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi has bizarrely denied Pep Guardiola’s claim that he was running a fever before Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey encounter with Osasuna. Barca tactician Guardiola had revealed after his side's 4-0 victory that the club were preparing to announce that the Argentine forward would be sidelined for their first-leg clash at the Nou Camp after being struck down...Full Story »

Barcelona's Lionel Messi to miss Copa del Rey clash with Osasuna through illness

Posted Thursday, January 05, 2012 by Goal.com190 hits

The Argentine forward is unavailable after being laid low by the flu, but he is expected to return in time for Sunday's La Liga derby against city rivals Espanyol Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi for Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey meeting with Osasuna at Camp Nou. The Argentine has been laid low by the flu, with goalkeeper Victor Valdes also missing the last-16 clash for the same r...Full Story »

Santos' Neymar unconcerned by 'Messi' taunts during Socrates tribute match

Posted Friday, December 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

Santos forward Neymar admitted that it was an honor to play alongside Brazil legend Zico in a game organized by the 58-year-old and insisted that he was untroubled by chants of 'Messi' from the stands when he touched the ball. The 19-year-old participated in Zico's annual 'Game of the Stars' charity match on Wednesday evening, this year dedicated to the legend's former Selecao teammate Socrate...Full Story »

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta: I hope Lionel Messi or Xavi win the FIFA Ballon d'Or

Posted Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by YAHOO Sport543 hits

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says he wants teammates Lionel Messi or Xavi Hernandez to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2011, rather than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barca pair were recently named in the three-man shortlist for the prestigious award alongside the Portuguese winger, with the winner to be announced at a special gala in Zurich on Jan. 9. And Iniesta makes no a...Full Story »

Messi takes vacation

Posted Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Supersport.com141 hits

Lionel Messi has arrived in Argentina for his winter-break vacation following what he called another "spectacular" year at Barcelona. Fresh from scoring twice in his club's 4-0 win over Santos in the Club World Cup final on Sunday, Messi says he is "happy" to be back home to spend Christmas with his family in Rosario. Messi says he has enjoyed "a very good year achieving important things" - ...Full Story »

Frimpong: OK... I’m no Messi!

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by The Sun201 hits

ARSENAL hardman Emmanuel Frimpong insists there is more to his game than just kicking opponents — but he admitted: I'm no Lionel Messi! The midfielder's tough tackling and enthusiasm has made him a big hit with Gunners fans. Frimpong, 19, is set to return to Arsene Wenger's starting line-up at Aston Villa tonight. He said: "Sometimes I'll go on Twitter the day before a game to see wha...Full Story »

Ronaldo more complete than Messi - Saha

Posted Friday, December 16, 2011 by ESPN215 hits

Everton striker Louis Saha believes former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is a more complete player than Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Saha, who has played with the likes of Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer during a long career in English football, believes the Portuguese winger is the superior player to Messi - because unlike the Argentine the Real Madri...Full Story »

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola allows stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves to 'experience Japan' ahead of Club World Cup semifinal with Al Sadd

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport125 hits

No matter how many trophies Barcelona have won, even their players must sometimes rely on public transportation. This became apparent on Monday after midfielder Andres Iniesta posted a photo of himself riding the Tokyo Metro's Ginza line on his personal Twitter account. In the team's press conference, coach Pep Guardiola revealed that he told his players to go out and experience the best that J...Full Story »

Messi: El Clasico is crucial - Argentine insists Barca must get a good result at Bernabeu

Posted Friday, December 09, 2011 by skysports.com190 hits

Lionel Messi: Believes El Clasico clash this weekend is 'vital' Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes this weekend's El Clasico at Real Madrid could define the European champions' season. The Catalan giants, bidding to lift the Primera Liga title for a fourth consecutive year, currently trail leaders Real by three points having played a game more. Argentina ace Messi has stressed the impo...Full Story »

Messi relishing World Club mission

Posted Thursday, December 08, 2011 by Supersport.com110 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has dismissed the notion that the Club World Cup in Japan is an unwanted distraction, at a time when the Spanish giants trail Real Madrid at home. The reigning Spanish and European champions jet to the annual showpiece in the unfamiliar position of not topping La Liga, but it would be a huge shock if Barcelona didn't claim their 13th title under coach Pep Guardiola...Full Story »

Ibrahimovic: I'm stronger than Messi

Posted Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by ESPN153 hits

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels that he can prove himself to be world's best footballer despite not being nominated for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. The Swedish striker was not named for the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious award but when asked to pick the most likely winner between rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he backed himself instead. "In my head I am the strongest of...Full Story »

Messi on Ballon d'Or shorlist with Xavi and Ronaldo

Posted Monday, December 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport59 hits

Lionel Messi is on course for a record-equalling third consecutive Ballon d’Or, soccer’s highest individual award, after the Argentine forward was among the three shortlisted nominees named on Monday. Messi’s Barcelona team mate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo were also shortlisted. Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and 2010, will be the favourite to...Full Story »

Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, nominated for top FIFA award

Posted Monday, December 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport66 hits

Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez will be up against Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo for the FIFA world player of the year award. The three Ballon d’Or finalists were selected Monday from among 23 nominees. Messi beat Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi to win last year. Messi also won the award two years ago when France Football magazine chose the best pla...Full Story »

Maradona hits out at Pele for Messi

Posted Friday, December 02, 2011 by ESPN279 hits

Diego Maradona has hit back at his old foe Pele in defence of compatriot and Argentina star Lionel Messi. The Argentina legend has sarcastically accused Pele of taking the 'wrong medication' following the Brazilian's claims that Santos striker Neymar is a better footballer than Barcelona's Messi. Pele said that Neymar was a more complete player than Messi and unlike the Argentinean has been ...Full Story »

Cruyff: Xavi, not Messi for Ballon d'Or

Posted Thursday, December 01, 2011 by ESPN271 hits

Johan Cruyff belives that Barcelona star midfielder Xavi Hernandez is more deserving of this year's Ballon d'Or than even Lionel Messi. Both players have been nominated for the award, but Barcelona legend Cruyff, who led the club to four La Liga titles and the 1992 European Cup as manager, believes Xavi has had a superior season compared to the Argentine. According to reports in the Sun, the...Full Story »

Brazil legend Pele: Neymar is much better than Lionel Messi

Posted Thursday, December 01, 2011 by YAHOO Sport62 hits

Brazil great Pele has labelled compatriot Neymar a far more complete player than Lionel Messi. The Barcelona man is almost unanimously regarded as the finest talent in the game today but Pele is of the opinion that the diminutive Argentine is not as rounded as Santos striker Neymar. "Making an individual comparison, I think Neymar is much better, more complete: [he] hits well with both feet, c...Full Story »

Gomez shies away from Messi talk

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by ESPN250 hits

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez admits he would never compare himself to Barcelona ace Lionel Messi following comments likening him to the Argentinean. Former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld recently stated that Gomez is as important to Bayern as Messi is to Barcelona because of the number of goals the striker has plundered for the team this season. Gomez responded by saying that although he f...Full Story »

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