Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Messi set to bag new Barcelona contract 22-04-2014 10:54 AM

    Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed that club's top Argentine star Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract very soon, while terming the criticism of the club's long-serving star as "harsh". "Messi is under contract until 2018," Bartomeu told TV3. "But we want to improve it to adapt to...
  • Lionel Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1 21-04-2014 08:00 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi ended Barcelona's run of three straight losses and kept them in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete their 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi's 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the club's all-time leading scorer had...
  • Gerardo Martino defends Lionel Messi, takes blame for Barca fall 19-04-2014 11:51 PM

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he wasn't "satisfied" with his own coaching performance. In the past two weeks, Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, lost the Copa del Rey...
  • Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey 17-04-2014 02:45 AM

    Valencia: Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in...
  • Real Madrid vs Barcelona - the 'Clasico' in numbers 15-04-2014 05:48 PM

    Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in Wednesday's King's Cup final in Valencia in the latest edition of the 'Clasico' between the world's two richest clubs by income. Here are some numbers behind one of soccer's most glamorous fixtures: 0...
  • Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad 14-04-2014 11:32 PM

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of...
  • It must be hard to be Messi, says Barcelona coach 11-04-2014 06:42 PM

    Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi following sharp criticism of the four-times World Player of the Year's limp performance in Wednesday's Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid. Messi, who has excelled in so many past appearances in Europe's elite club competition, was strangely subdued during the 1-0 reverse...
  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season 10-04-2014 02:02 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King's Cup. Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions...
  • Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 06-04-2014 01:03 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over a spirited Betis side at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty and followed up a second spot kick that was blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal the lackluster victory in the 86th. Messi recorded...
  • FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban 05-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Madrid: FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow the rules when signing international youth players. The governing body of world soccer banned the Spanish champions from any activity in the next two transfer windows for breaching international regulations...
  • Neymar rescues Barcelona from defeat against Atletico Madrid in Champions League 02-04-2014 03:09 AM

    Spain: An equaliser from Neymar saw Barcelona salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after a stunning opener by substitute Diego Ribas in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Atletico's chances were dealt a major blow half an hour in when striker Diego Costa...
  • Lionel Messi gives Barcelona 1-0 win at Espanyol 29-03-2014 11:47 PM

    Spain: Lionel Messi converted a late penalty to give Barcelona a contentious 1-0 win at Espanyol on Saturday, provisionally lifting the defending champions to the top of the Spanish league standings. Espanyol's physical style had kept Messi and the visitors in check until defender Javi Lopez handled in the area,...
  • Barcelona win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale 24-03-2014 04:29 PM

    Madrid: La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny. Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76...
  • Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard 24-03-2014 03:01 PM

    Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid. Messi, World Player four times in a row before...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid 24-03-2014 03:28 AM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...
  • El Clasico: Relentless Real Madrid looking to snuff out Barcelona bid 23-03-2014 10:20 AM

    Madrid: The 168th La Liga "Clasico" between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years. Leaders Real host their arch rivals at the...
  • Barcelona must continue making history, says Lionel Messi 18-03-2014 12:04 AM

    Lionel Messi has played down the importance of individual achievements and said the key thing is for Barcelona to continue making history as a team after he became the La Liga club's record scorer on Sunday. A product of Barca's academy and still only 26, Messi netted a hat-trick in...
  • Record-breaking Messi bags hat-trick as Barcelona rout Osasuna 7-0 17-03-2014 12:06 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat-trick to pace Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions stayed in striking distance of leader Real Madrid before their critical "clasico" match next week. The three goals bring Messi's career tally...
  • India left a lasting impression on me: Lionel Messi 14-03-2014 10:41 PM

    Bangalore: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said that India left a "lasting impression" on him when he set foot on the country nearly three years ago, in a visit that was marked by a never-seen-before hysteria among football fans. "The last time I stepped into India, I was overwhelmed with the...
  • Barcelona end Manchester City's Champions League hopes, enter quarters 13-03-2014 10:08 PM

    Lionel Messi scored as Barcelona ended Manchester City's Champions League hopes after a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp sealed a 4-1 aggregate win. ...
  • Messi motoring, Neymar frustrating for Barcelona 13-03-2014 03:29 PM

    Madrid: With Lionel Messi firing on all cylinders again, Barcelona's Champions League challenge is very much alive but coach Gerardo Martino would be much happier if marquee signing Neymar was not on such patchy form. Messi scored his eighth goal in five appearances in the latest edition of Europe's elite...
  • City win shows Barca's strength, says Martino 13-03-2014 09:54 AM

    Barcelona showed their true quality by eliminating Manchester City from the Champions League, their coach Gerardo Martino said in response to questions about a poor run of form by his team. While it was not a vintage performance from the Catalan side, they showed the right intensity and flashes of...
  • Lionel Messi guides Barcelona past City into Champions League quarters 13-03-2014 02:38 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi struck to end Manchester City's dreams of a famous comeback as Barcelona beat the English club 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate. Barca looked far from the classic team who lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2011...
  • Barcelona coach Tata Martino worried after away losses 09-03-2014 01:09 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona football coach Tata Martino said "lack of mobility" was behind his side's stunning loss to Valladolid in the Spanish La Liga Saturday. Fausto Rossi's strike in the 17th minute was enough to decide the game. Te Catalans now need Real Madrid to drop points even if they are...
  • Barcelona fall to shock defeat against Valladolid 08-03-2014 10:57 PM

    Spain: Barcelona's title defense took a blow on Saturday when they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move to the top of the Spanish standings ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi was the only Barcelona player who...
  • Barcelona coach says something is wrong with Lionel Messi 08-03-2014 08:27 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says "something is not right" with Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward vomited during an exhibition. The 26-year-old Messi was doubled over and appeared to be sick during Argentina's 0-0 tie against Romania on Wednesday. Messi is on the roster for Saturday's match at Valladolid....
  • Messi does not need World Cup for greatness: Maradona 05-03-2014 08:31 AM

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said on Tuesday. "Messi doesn't need to win the World Cup to be the best player in the world," Maradona, who inspired Argentina to the title in...
  • Ronaldo rescues Madrid at Atletico, Barcelona hammer Almeria 03-03-2014 08:55 AM

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equaliser as Real Madrid avoided a bruising derby defeat at Spanish title rival Atletico Madrid with a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Ronaldo pounced on a loose ball inside the area to net the 82nd-minute equaliser - his 23rd goal of the season for the...
  • 'Balkan Messi' Halilovic set to join Barcelona 01-03-2014 06:37 PM

    Croatia teenager Alen Halilovic is poised to join Barcelona from Dynamo Zagreb and will initially play for the club's B team, coach Gerardo Martino said on Saturday. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, dubbed the 'Balkan Messi' after Barca's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, has made three appearances for Croatia and is seen...