Lionel Messi

  • La Liga: Time for Real Madrid to keep the momentum rolling 2 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid finally got their act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start. Madrid won their 10th European title last season and routed FC Basel 5-1 on Tuesday, but started this year's Spanish league with...
  • Champions League: Messi-Neymar connection clicking for Barca before APOEL game 4 days ago

    One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the...
  • Neymar nets double as Barcelona win against Athletic Bilbao 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Neymar came on as a substitute to score twice from passes by Lionel Messi and give Barcelona a 2-0 win at home over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday. Neymar again started on Barcelona's bench and had to watch Munir El Haddadi create Barcelona's best chances until he...
  • Lionel Messi fit from muscle injury, to play against Athletic Bilbao September 13, 2014

    Barcelona say Lionel Messi has recovered from a leg injury and has been included in their squad for Saturday's Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao. Messi had been sidelined since Aug. 31 when he hurt a right leg muscle during Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal. He played the entire game but...
  • Argentine family given permission to name son Messi September 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi may be one of the highest-profile figures in Argentina but due to a 1969 statute...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao September 12, 2014

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win at...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti September 13, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and...
  • Madrid derby on the menu in La Liga, Barcelona host Bilbao September 13, 2014

    Madrid: The Madrid derby are coming, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone is going to miss it. Simeone is still serving an eight-match touchline ban after being sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup for a vehement protest that included tapping an assistant referee on the head. Atletico beat...
  • Lionel Messi described as 'a little tired' of critics September 11, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has told at least one football official in Argentina that he's "a little tired of" the criticism he's received since the World Cup. Julio Ricardo Grondona, the president of the Arsenal club, described Mess's mood in an interview on Radio Guemes on Thursday. Messi did not play in...
  • Barcelona defender Mathieu sidelined by ankle injury September 10, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury, the La Liga club said. Barca did not specify whether France international Mathieu, who joined Barca from Valencia in the close season and...
  • Messi, Iniesta, Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona September 9, 2014

    Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen returned to training with their team-mates on Monday as they continued their recuperation from minor injuries. "The session, still missing many of the players on international duty, included Messi, Iniesta and Vermaelen, who completed part of the training with the group," Barca...
  • Lionel Messi recovering well from hamstring strain, say Barcelona September 5, 2014

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi is recovering well from a hamstring strain that ruled him out of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, his club Barcelona said on Thursday. Messi had been examined by Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez and Barca medical staff and "both parties agreed that there have been considerable improvements", the...
  • Barcelona say new goalie Ter Stegen fit to play September 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been cleared to make his debut for the club after recovering from a back injury. Ter Stegen, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach in the offseason, yet to play an official match for the Catalan side after suffering the injuring his back in...
  • Injured Lionel Messi ruled out of friendly against Germany September 1, 2014

    Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Wednesday's international friendly against World Cup winners Germany with a right-leg injury. The Argentine Football Association said Monday that Messi will be held out of the game as a "precaution." The match in Dusseldorf is a chance for Argentina to avenge a 1-0 loss to...
  • Lionel Messi injured in Barcelona win September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi picked up a hamstring strain in Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday, the club said. "He has pulled the hamstring of his right leg, it is a minor injury," Barca said in statement. Forward Munir El Haddadi has a bruised calf and tests on both...
  • Lionel Messi sets up Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 1-0 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar's through-pass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the...
  • Champions League draw: Real Madrid get Liverpool; Bayern, City in same group August 28, 2014

    Monaco: Real Madrid will start their Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. Barcelona and Ajax, both former clubs of Zlatan Ibrahimovic,...
  • Lionel Messi back to old self under new Barcelona coach August 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Bad World Cup memories be gone. Lionel Messi is back to his match-winning self. Not even a black cat - regarded as unlucky in Spain and other cultures - zigzagging across his path on Sunday could stop Messi from sending the message that the four-time world player of the year...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 3-0 August 25, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free...
  • La Liga: New season of hope for big teams Barcelona, Real Madrid August 24, 2014

    Barcelona: The Spanish league opens this weekend with the three main title contenders - Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona - all facing smaller clubs they will be expected to beat. Defending champion Atletico Madrid have the most challenging matchup, playing at Rayo Vallecano, while the two traditional powerhouses start the...
  • Lionel Messi's Facebook post on Israel-Gaza conflict stirs controversy August 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Soccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to acknowledge...
  • Mascherano backs Messi after World Cup disappointment August 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Javier Mascherano hasbacked his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season. Messi was named the best player at the World Cup after Argentina lost the final to Germany, a decision that was widely questioned after the...
  • Spanish league keeps growing star power August 20, 2014

    Two months after Spain's national team flopped at the World Cup, the country's domestic league is ready to shine with even more star power. Already boasting the sport's two biggest names in Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the Spanish league got even richer in individual talent with the...
  • Risks and rewards for Barcelona in Spanish league August 20, 2014

    Aligning Luis Suarez with Lionel Messi and Neymar to spear Barcelona's attack looks like a winning formula, if the three can set aside their problems and possible distractions. The club has turned to former midfielder Luis Enrique, known for his forthright approach, to lead the rebuilding project that will likely have...
  • Luis Suarez trains for first time with Barcelona August 15, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez has begun training with Barcelona a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport softened his suspension for biting an opponent in the World Cup. The CAS upheld FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from playing for four months but lessened its restriction on other football-related activities, including practicing...
  • Gerardo Martino vows to keep Argentina in their high position August 15, 2014

    Buenos Aires: New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed on Wednesday to keep the World Cup runners-up "where they are and deserve to be". Martino also said Lionel Messi's role is that of the world's best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a very long time. Martino, who worked...
  • Tax-fraud allegations against Lionel Messi, may have to appear in court for questioning July 30, 2014

    A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement said there was "sufficient evidence" to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star "could have known and consented"...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance July 26, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • Messi considered move to Arsenal: Spanish media July 23, 2014

    Madrid: A leading Spanish website has claimed that Lionel Messi was interested in a transfer to English Premier League club Arsenal before the Argentine star signed an extension with Barcelona in May. The 27-year-old was locked in contract extension talks with the Catalan giants and reportedly bonus payments was a cause...
  • Messi, Ronaldo top online searches during World Cup July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: He may not have been able to deliver the World Cup to Argentina but Lionel Messi topped the google search results for forwards during the just-concluded event in Brazil along with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. "Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi may have not performed to the...