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Messi claims top award - Argentinian beats team-mate and Galactico star

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by skysports.com137 hits

Messi: Has yet another award to add to his collection after being voted the Uefa Best Player in Europe Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has been crowned the winner of the inaugural Uefa Best Player in Europe award. The 24-year-old, considered to be one of the best players of his generation, was selected ahead of team-mate Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2010-11 season. Messi, who s...Full Story »

Cesc Fabregas: I am not Lionel Messi, and need time to adapt to Barcelona's play

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2011 by YAHOO Sport266 hits

Cesc Fabregas has spoken of his delight at being part of the Barcelona squad, but has stated that he will need time to adapt to the style of play of his new side. The 24-year-old completed his dream move back to Camp Nou from Arsenal after a protracted transfer saga this summer, but still feels he needs to improve. "From Monday to Monday I have lived spectacular memories that I will remember...Full Story »

Lionel Messi 'proud and honored' to top Goal.com 50

Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by YAHOO Sport280 hits

Lionel Messi says he is "proud and honored" to top the Goal.com 50 list of the best soccer players in the world in 2010-11. Messi is the undisputed winner in Goal.com’s countdown, with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo coming in second place. Messi's Barca teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta finished third and fourth, respectively, in a La Liga-dominated top four. “To win the G...Full Story »

Messi vomited on the pitch during Supercopa, then scored

Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport241 hits

The combination of the intense heat at the Santiago Bernabeu and coming off a nice break (that included riding jetskis with Dani Alves) following Copa America had an unsettling effect on Lionel Messi's belly. Late in the first half of Sunday's Supercopa first leg against Real Madrid, Messi grabbed his stomach, bent over and fertilized the pitch with his vomit. Like many other great athletes b...Full Story »

Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands: Paddy McCourt is our Messi, says Aaron

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Belfasttelegraph.co.uk199 hits

Pat McCourt trains at Stormont playing fields, Belfast ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier tonight When Paddy McCourt was strutting his stuff for Derry City, the Brandywell faithful liked to call him ‘Derry’s Diego’. Northern Ireland skipper Aaron Hughes was in no mood yesterday to put the Celtic winger in the same category as the Argentine legend Diego Maradona. However, the F...Full Story »

Goetze is Germany's Messi, says Beckenbauer

Posted Sunday, August 07, 2011 by YAHOO Sport50 hits

BERLIN (AFP) - Football legend Franz Beckenbaue has hailed rising star Mario Goetze as Germany's equivalent of Argentina's Lionel Messi ahead of the Germans friendly against South American giants Brazil on Wednesday. Goetze was lavished with praise over the weekend here after playing a commanding role in Borussia Dortmund's impressive 3-1 win over Hamburg on Friday as they opened their defence ...Full Story »

Xavi, Messi , Ronaldo up for Best Player award

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by vanguardngr.com191 hits

   Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will contest the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on 25 August after the shortlist was announced Monday. A jury of 53 sports journalists representing each of the UEFA member associations whittled down the 2010/11 long list to FC Barcelona pair Xavi and Messi and Real Madrid CF’s Ronaldo. Another member of the ...Full Story »

Micah Richards: Only Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo can replace Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, but Mario Balotelli will think he can

Posted Monday, July 25, 2011 by Goal.com258 hits

Full-back believes only the Barcelona and Real Madrid spearheads can replace the Argentine at Eastlands, but reckons the confident Italian youngster will think he can do so too Micah Richards believes that only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi can replace Carlos Tevez at Manchester City. The Argentine has made it clear that he would like to leave the Eastlan...Full Story »

Barcelona play as a team, Argentina rely on Messi

Posted Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Goal.com76 hits

Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile believes that Lionel Messi's failure to shine at international level is down to his country's reliance on the diminutive forward. Basile, who took charge of Argentina on two occasions, thinks that Messi flourishes in Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team, which has the ability to control the play from deeper areas due to its vast array of talent. "They feel comf...Full Story »

Xavi backs Messi and slams Copa America pitches

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 by Indiavision151 hits

Criticism of Lionel Messi following Argentina's Copa America exit is "totally exaggerated" and having decent pitches would have helped him play better, his Barcelona team mate Xavi said on Wednesday. "Leo is the best footballer in the world and unfortunately for him when things are not going well (for Argentina) criticism is directed his way," Xavi told a news conference. "The criticism is t...Full Story »

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

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 by The Sun161 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.uk117 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 Sport57 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 Sport58 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.com88 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 Sport248 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 Sport83 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.com136 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.com306 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 »

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