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Tag: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Are No Longer The Best Players In World: Frank Leboeuf

Leboeuf has urged fans to shift their focus away from Messi and Ronaldo as the era of the duo has changed.

Ronaldo, Messi To Play From The Same Team!
Ronaldo, Messi To Play From The Same Team!

Lionel Messi has returned to Argentina's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Ecuador, the Argentine Football Association said on Sunday.

Football Legend Lionel Messi Breaks Down In Tears As He Bids Farewell To FC Barcelona
Football Legend Lionel Messi Breaks Down In Tears As He Bids Farewell To FC Barcelona

Messi enjoyed tremendous success at Camp Nou, winning 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns and the Ballon d'Or six times.

End Of An Era: Barcelona Says Messi Won't Stay With The Club

Barcelona said in a statement that a deal for a new contract had been reached but financial obstacles made it impossible for the player to remain with the club.

Copa America
Argentina Beat Brazil 1-0; Messi Bags His First Major Title

The last time Argentina had won a major international trophy -- the Copa America itself -- was way back in 1993 when Messi was just six and Di Maria was only five.

UEFA Champions League Draw: Ronaldo Vs Messi Showdown & More

World’s two of the greatest contemporary footballers Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will meet in a mouthwatering clash in this season’s Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in a group of death. The group stage draw for 66th season of Europe’s premier club football competition was completed amid Covid-19 pandemic in Geneva on […]

Coronavirus Outbreak: No talks around Kohli & boys taking pay cut, says BCCI Treasurer

New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Dhumal on Wednesday clarified that there is no thought process for asking the Indian cricket team to take pay cuts due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. Speaking to IANS, Dhumal made it clear that there have been no such discussions and […]

Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d'Or For Record Sixth Time

Paris: Star Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time. This was Messi’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barcelona won La Liga, reports BBC Sport. Before 2015, […]

Disha Patani And Lionel Messi Together? (Check Pic)

Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff made the headlines when they performed at the opening of ISL (Indian Super League) in the state of Kerala recently. The bare chest look of the “Heropanti” actor and the all-gold sexy Disha in a jumpsuit looked adorable together. ISL is a football tournament in which various Indian teams and […]

Messi, Ronaldo nominated for UEFA Player of the Year Award

Madrid: Argentina forward Lionel Messi, Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk were nominated on Thursday for the UEFA Mens Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced in Monaco on August 29 during the draw for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage, Efe news reported. Barcelona star Messi, who […]

Messi Given Three-Match International Ban

Rio de Janeiro: Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been given a three-month ban from international football for his claim that the Copa America in Brazil was influenced by corruption. The Barcelona forward was also fined 50,000 US dollars by South American football governing body CONMEBOL on Friday. The ruling means Messi will miss Argentina’s friendlies […]

Ronaldo, Messi nominees for Best FIFA Men's Player honour

Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among 10 nominees announced by FIFA on Wednesday in the run for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award. Premier League side Liverpool, crowned in UEFA Champion League last season, saw Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in the list, the Xinhua news agency reported. Other contenders […]

Despite criticism, Arena do Gremio ready to host CA quarters

Porto Alegre (Brazil): Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre is ready to host the upcoming Copa America quarterfinals match between host Brazil and Paraguay, with management working to address the criticism of the facility leveled by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. The field was in bad shape on Sunday, when Argentina defeated Qatar 2-0, with dry […]

Messi should take a break from internationals: Kempes

Buenos Aires: Argentine football great Mario Kempes said on Saturday that Lionel Messi should take a break from international football in his and his team’s interests. “As things stand I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing,” the 1978 World Cup winner told TyC Sports. “Or maybe he should take […]

Messi named FC Barcelona captain for new season

Barcelona: Spanish football giants FC Barcelona on Friday named Argentine superstar Lionel Messi as their captain, replacing Andres Iniesta, for the new season. Iniesta, who had led the Catalan giants since 2015, moved to Japanese side Vissel Kobe earlier this summer. Messi, 31, has previously led Barca in Iniesta’s absence but will now begin the […]

Ronaldo-Messi dominance in Best FIFA Players faces huge challenge

Paris: The decade-long dominance of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi is set to face tough challenges from other contenders like French sensational teenager Kylian Mbappe and Croatia’s key figure Luka Modric as 10 nominees for the Best FIFA Men’s Player were unveiled on Tuesday. Ronaldo and Messi combined to win all the Best […]

FIFA 2018: Youngsters ready to seize limelight after Messi, Ronaldo ouster

Moscow: As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit FIFA World Cup 2018 after Argentina and Portugal’s defeats in their respective games yesterday, there is a new group of kids on the block ready to seize the limelight and form the next generation of global megastars. French teenager Kylian Mbappe announced himself in dramatic fashion on […]

Missing Messi fan's body found in Kerala river

Kottayam (Kerala): Two days after he went missing after Croatia whipped Argentina, the body of a 30-year-old Lionel Messi fan was found floating in Meenachil river near Kottayam town in Kerala. According to police, a group of people who had come to take a bath in the river on Sunday found the body of Dinu […]

Playing for Spain was never something I considered: Messi

Buenos Aires: Argentina skipper Lionel Messi said not for a minute did he ever think of playing for the Spanish national football team, despite having been tempted at times, and added that to be champion of the 2018 Russia World Cup playing for his native country would be a unique experience. “The other day I […]

Messi deserves to win World Cup, says Crespo

St Petersburg (Russia): Star forward Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo said. “We all want Messi to win the World Cup. He deserves it. But, to be realistic, Argentina team level is lower than Germany or Spain. Those two teams will be favourites of the tournament […]

This World Cup is last chance at glory: Messi

Barcelona: Argentina star forward Lionel Messi believes this is his generation’s last chance to win a World Cup after failing in the final against Germany four years ago. Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over when the World Cup in Russia kicks off. […]

Messi credits coach for Barcelona's success

Barcelona: New manager Ernesto Valverde deserves credit for FC Barcelona’s improved performance, Lionel Messi has said. Under Valverde, who joined the club last summer, Barça have built a 11-point lead at the top of La Liga, reached the Champions League round of 16 and qualified for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, Efe news […]

Messi eyes 600th Barcelona appearance

Madrid: Lionel Messi will become the third most capped player for European football giant FC Barcelona when he makes his 600th official appearance for the club at the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday against Sevilla. Only Xavi Hernandez (767) and Andres Iniesta (642) have played more games for Barca than the 30-year-old who made his […]

Messi clinches World Cup spot for Argentina

Quito (Equador): Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has bagged a hat-trick and with it Argentina has secured a direct berth at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador. In a dramatic final round on Tuesday in the South American zone qualifiers, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and Colombia booked their tickets to […]

Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe among 2017 Ballon d'Or nominees

Paris: France Football magazine has announced a list of 30 nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or that includes Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain. Also among the final 10 nominees were PSG’s Edinson Cavani, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bayern Munich […]

Barcelona coach upbeat on winning streak

Barcelona: FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said his squad will face Girona this weekend determined to maintain its perfect record. At the pre-match press conference on Friday, Valverde said he wanted his charges to “extend the winning streak” for as long as possible, Efe news reported. “Tomorrow’s match is very important to us, and […]

Ronaldo, Messi lead 2017 FIFA World XI nominations

Amsterdam: Star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi led the 55-man list of FIFA World XI nominations announced by FIFPro here on Wednesday. A total of 25,000 professional footballers took part in a poll to nominate the best players. The footballers who received most votes in their line are on the list of 55. Ronaldo (4) […]

Messi scores 4 in Barca's 6-1 win against Eibar

Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s four goals led FC Barcelona to a 6-1 victory here over Eibar to leave the Catalan club in sole possession of first place in La Liga, with 15 points from five matches. Barca, with plenty of substitutes in the line-up, were not quite themselves in the opening minutes during the match on […]

Messi bids farewell to Neymar

Barcelona: FC Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi on Wednesday bid farewell to teammate and “friend” Neymar after the Catalan giants confirmed that the Brazil star is set to leave. “It was an enormous pleasure to have shared these years with you Neymar, friend. I wish you a lot of luck in the next stage of […]

Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart

Buenos Aires: Argentine football star Lionel Messi has married his childhood sweetheart in his hometown Rosario. A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario on Friday, reports the BBC. Messi met Roccuzzo when he was just five years old. She is the […]

'Messi will not join Manchester City'

London: Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has said that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not join the English Premier League side. “No. I don’t think so,” the former Barcelona vice president told Xinhua. “I know Messi very well. He and his family are my good friends. I think he has settled in Barcelona. He […]

Cristiano better than Messi this season, says Ronaldo

Rio de Janeiro: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Best FIFA footballer of the year award in 2017, despite the fine performances of his rival Lionel Messi, according to Brazilian legend Ronaldo. “This year I would choose Cristiano Ronaldo to win it,” Ronaldo, a three-time recipient of football’s highest individual honour, was quoted as saying […]

Messi, Neymar win Copa del Rey final for Barcelona

Madrid: Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar, with one goal each against Alaves, were responsible for winning FC Barcelona’s third straight Copa del Rey tourney 3-1. The two unstoppable players wrapped up the match just before halftime. After failing to win the La Liga championship and eliminated in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, the Barcelona squad […]

Lionel Messi
Messi's four-match ban reduced to one by FIFA

Zurich: World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday lifted its four match international suspension of Barcelona star Lionel Messi after an appeal by the Argentine Football Association. Messi, who has already served one match of that suspension, was banned for insulting an assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match with Chile on March 23. […]

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique
FC Barcelona's Pique lets rip at Madrid after Spain win

Madrid: FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique again made comments criticising Real Madrid and the capital football club’s apparently close ties with key institutions following Spain’s 2-0 win away to France. Speaking on Spanish radio, the Catalan defender, who is well known for speaking his mind, first of all spoke about his irritation at what he […]

Champions League final is a special game: Messi

Barcelona: Barcelona Argentine star Leo Messi underlined that his teammates “have suffered a lot” to finally reach to the UEFA Champions League final on last Sunday against Juventus in Berlin, and so he is thinking only about this clash. “It is a Champions League final and we have suffered a lot to get here. We […]

Messi's 2nd WC goal scripts Argentina's 2-1 win over Bosnia

Star striker Lionel Messi conjured up his second World Cup goal after a sedate start to inspire Argentina to a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina even as the first timers made a strong impression on their debut in the finals, here Sunday