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Messi's meeting with Tapia and Scaloni sparks rumours of Argentina return

Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Marca.com12 hits

Messi's meeting with Tapia Claudio Tapia, the president of the Argentine FA, met with Lionel Messi and Lionel Scaloni in Madrid, with all three Argentines having been in the city for Sunday's final of the Copa Libertadores. With Scaloni having recently been confirmed as the permanent coach of the Argentine national team, this meeting has sparked rumours over a possible return to the Albicelest...Full Story »

Barca boss Valverde coy on Messi involvement but promises changes for Tottenham clash

Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Goal.com29 hits

Ernesto Valverde has promised changes to his Barcelona squad to face Tottenham on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi among those who may be rested. Barca have already booked their qualification into the knockout stage as the winners of Group B and Valverde has confirmed Luis Suarez, who returned from injury in this weekend’s 4-0 derby win at Espanyol, will be left out. Valvarde added further c...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona: 'I hope he accepts the challenge'

Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Express.co.uk39 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona for Italy Ronaldo and Messi were the two star names of Serie A for a decade before the former quit Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer. Messi has continued to thrive at Barcelona, who look good for the La Liga title this season. And Ronaldo has flourished in his new surroundings of Turin, with 10 goals from 15 Serie A games so...Full Story »

Ridiculous Ballon d'Or campaign for Messi

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018 by Marca.com53 hits

Ever since Luka Modric was named the winner of the Ballon d'Or last Monday there has been a ridiculous campaign in favour of Lionel Messi who finished fifth in the voting for the best player of 2018. It appears as though there is a lack of understanding of the basis of the award with the criticism of the winner and the positioning of the Argentine who is without doubt the best player of his g...Full Story »

Jordi Alba: The Ballon d'Or lies because Messi is the best

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018 by Marca.com39 hits

The Ballon d'Or voting returned Lionel Messi as the world's fifth best player for 2018, but Jordi Alba rubbished that process after another star turn from the Barcelona captain. He helped lead the Blaugrana to a 4-0 derby win over Espanyol by bookending goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez with two fantastic free-kicks. After the game, Alba was keen to highlight once more how the award...Full Story »

Espanyol 0 Barcelona 4: Magical Messi dazzles in derby demolition

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018 by Goal.com40 hits

Days after being voted the fifth best player in the world, Lionel Messi scored two world-class free-kicks in a derby thumping of Espanyol. Lionel Messi produced an incredible individual performance as LaLiga leaders Barcelona demolished Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby. Messi placed fifth in this week's Ballon d'Or voting, the first time he has been outside the top three since 2006, ...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde hails latest Lionel Messi masterclass

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018 by PA11 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed “extraordinary” Lionel Messi after his brilliant free-kicks helped set up an impressive 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol.Seville had earlier seen hopes of keeping the pressure up on the leaders dented after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser at Valencia.Barcelona capitalised to move three points clear, and never looked in danger at the RCDE St...Full Story »

Messi’s dead-ball brilliance sends Barcelona three points clear at top.

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018 by PA9 hits

Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of LaLiga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol.Following Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at Valencia, where the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time.Messi opened the scoring with a fine free-kick ...Full Story »

'ROTTEN' Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames mafia as star and Lionel Messi miss out on prize to Luka Modric

Posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk51 hits

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S sisters reacted with fury after seeing him pipped to the Ballon d’Or by former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric. Elma Aveiro, 39, amazingly said the result showed the world was “rotten” and tainted by mafia and money. Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Elma Aveiro has hit out after her brother missed out on the Ballon d'Or She took to social media in the a...Full Story »

Barcelona star Lionel Messi's fifth place finish for Ballon d'Or 'absurd' - Ernesto Valverde

Posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 by ESPN50 hits

Lionel Messi's fifth-place finish in the 2018 Ballon d'Or vote was "absurd," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of the Spanish champions' Argentina forward on Tuesday. Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric took the prize on Monday in Paris after winning the Champions League and being named player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 33-year-old's triumph ended Mes...Full Story »

Ballon d'Or 2018: Luka Modric pips Cristiano Ronaldo to prize, Lionel Messi only fifth

Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 by Express.co.uk72 hits

Croatia and Real Madrid star Modric was among the favourites for victory, having already claimed Fifa's 'The Best' award earlier this year. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe were other potential winners. Juventus striker Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi have both won the top prize, which has been awarded to the best male player every year since 1956, five times from 2008. B...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus ace has Ballon d’Or position leaked - What about Lionel Messi?

Posted Sunday, December 02, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk71 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus ace has Ballon d’Or position leaked - What about Lionel Messi? Ronaldo, 33, stunned the footballing world after leaving Real Madrid in the summer for Juventus in a £100m transfer. He had just helped Los Blancos to a third consecutive Champions League title - a feat not managed since Bayern Munich from 1974 to 1976. But the former Manchester United forwar...Full Story »

Modric is the best in the world according to IFFHS - beating Messi

Posted Friday, November 30, 2018 by Marca.com43 hits

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has awarded Luka Modric the Best Player in the World Award, and Thibaut Courtois the Best Goalkeeper. After having achieved 272 points, 128 more than Leo Messi who is in second place, the Croatian midfielder takes the title from the Argentine who picked up the award for the last three years. Soccer experts from 90 countr...Full Story »

PSV 1 Barcelona 2: Messi's genius wraps up top spot in Group B

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Goal.com20 hits

Lionel Messi scored one and assisted the other as Barcelona edged past a plucky PSV in Eindhoven. Lionel Messi scored one and assisted the other as Barcelona edged past a plucky PSV in Eindhoven.  Lionel Messi's twin moments of inspiration helped Barcelona overcame a shaky hour to win 2-1 at PSV and sew up top spot in Group B. Comfortable 4-0 victors in the reverse encounter, Ernesto Va...Full Story »

Lionel Messi proves the scourge of PSV once again.

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 by PA9 hits

Lionel Messi once again proved PSV Eindhoven’s nemesis as Barcelona secured top spot in Group B of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory at the Philips Stadion.Messi bagged a hat-trick when the two sides met at the Nou Camp in September and he took his tally against the Dutch champions to four goals in two games with a fine solo effort just after the hour mark.He then provided a clever a...Full Story »

Messi: My goal is to grow and to not rest on my laurels

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Marca.com30 hits

He may have been winning awards and trophies for well over a decade, but Lionel Messi still craves more success. The Argentine is keen to keep adding to his medals collection and has spoken about his objectives. "My main goal is to keep growing and not to be content with what I've done, won or achieved," he said at a promotional event for Unisports and Adidas. "I want to get better each day...Full Story »

Barcelona news: Lionel Messi will stop Neymar return in Ousmane Dembele swap - claim

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Express.co.uk74 hits

Barcelona news: Moreno says Neymar will not return to Barca because of Lionel Messi That is the opinion of former Major League Soccer star and ESPN FC pundit Alejandro Moreno. Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona in a potential swap deal with Ousmane Dembele. The Brazilian superstar initially left the Nou Camp to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 in a world-record &#...Full Story »

Motta: Messi was an individual and now relies on his teammates to make the difference

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Marca.com84 hits

Former Barcelona player, Thiago Motta, has stressed that although Lionel Messi used to mostly rely on himself on the pitch, he has turned himself into a team player. He also talked about football's other two superstars, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. "Messi is instinctive and he has managed to fulfil his dream and be the phenomenon that he is," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He has an inn...Full Story »

Griezmann: Being Messi's lieutenant played a part in rejecting Barcelona

Posted Monday, November 19, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com88 hits

Antoine Griezmann has revealed playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona was a factor in his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou before the World Cup as many Barca fans became excited at the prospect of seeing the France international playing alongside Messi. The striker seemed set for the move before doing a U-turn and pledgin...Full Story »

Messi's holiday in Dubai: Salt Bae, his curious way of salting meat and... Pogba

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2018 by Marca.com66 hits

Along with his wife Antonella and their three children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, Leo Messi is on holiday in Dubai. The Barcelona player has taken advantage of the international break to relax and, among other things, has been in the famous restaurant of 'Salt Bae.' There, Leo dared to salt the meat like the Turkish chef, Nusret Goke. His art of cooking and preparing food has become a sensatio...Full Story »

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