LIONEL MESSI

  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took a...
  • Lionel Messi gets all-clear after tests on bruising from "Clasico" 4 days ago

    Madrid: Lionel Messi can continue training with Argentina's national squad in the United States after tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday. The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi wenmet for a check-up...
  • Suarez is a scorer and someone that can set up chances, says Luis Enrique 6 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that few players would be capable of scoring the Luis Suarez goal that gave them a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico'. Suarez was slow to get into his stride at Barca following a four-month biting ban but his winner in...
  • La Liga: Luis Suarez scores as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 to extend lead 6 days ago

    Luis Suarez scored the winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over title rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday and extend their Spanish league lead to four points. Lionel Messi curled in a perfect free kick for Jeremy Mathieu to head in Barcelona's opener in the 19th minute...
  • El Clasico: Barcelona aim for decisive blow against Real Madrid 1 week ago

    Barcelona: A surging Barcelona have overhauled Real Madrid in the Spanish league standings, and the team now has the chance to open up a significant gap in the second "clasico" of the season on Sunday. Barcelona are on a run of 17 wins in their last 18 games and lead the...
  • Lionel Messi would be in my team ahead of Ronaldo, says Pele March 21, 2015

    Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of this weekend's Clasico, saying he would rather have Barcelona's Lionel Messi as a team mate than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals, mostly for Santos, has watched the two phenomenal goal hunters jousting for the...
  • Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 to enter Champions League quarters March 19, 2015

    Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a convincing 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that only goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented from becoming a rout, as the Spanish hosts reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel...
  • Champions League: Inconsistent Manchester City take on in-form Barcelona March 18, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona are on another winning run, and that is bad news for Manchester City. The Spanish team has overtaken Real Madrid at the top of the league standings, advanced to the Copa del Rey final and lead Man City 2-1 in the Champions League heading into the second leg...
  • Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona beat Eibar 2-0 March 15, 2015

    Lionel Messi moved ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo with his 31st and 32nd Spanish league goals of the season as Barcelona won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday to stay atop the standings. Messi earned and converted a penalty in the 31st minute before netting with a header in the 55th, giving...
  • Barcelona's 'MNS' is better than Real Madrid's 'BBC', says Neymar March 11, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona's Neymar reckons the club's forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid's attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best. On recent form, Barca's South Americans, known in Spain as 'MNS', have the edge over Real's European strike-force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim...
  • Messi, Aguero, Higuain in Argentina squad for matches in US March 11, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has named Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain in a squad to face El Salvador and Ecuador in international friendlies later this month in the United States. Martino announced the 22-player squad on Tuesday, and included a first-time call up for Real Sociedad goalkeeper...
  • Barcelona can't assure Lionel Messi's future at club March 10, 2015

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona director of sport Ariedo Braida said that the club could have problems retaining star striker Lionel Messi. The 27-year-old Messi has spent his entire career at the club and has a contract until June 2019 with a massive buy out clause of around $320 million. But according to...
  • La Liga: Lionel Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona rout Rayo 6-1 March 8, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona rout Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at home and take the lead of the Spanish league on Sunday. Barcelona capitalized on Real Madrid's latest slip to move one point ahead with the fierce rivals set to meet at Camp Nou in two weeks. Luis...
  • La Liga: Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona win 3-1 at Granada February 28, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona closed within a point of leaders Real Madrid after in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada in La Liga on Saturday. Barca took the lead at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium when Ivan Rakitic smashed the...
  • Failed Messi penalty could be Barcelona's 'what if' moment February 25, 2015

    If Barcelona fail to secure their eighth consecutive Champions League quarter-final appearance, Lionel Messi's failed penalty at Manchester City on Tuesday could well prove their "what if" moment. Barca were leading 2-1 in the last 16, first leg at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to a Luis Suarez brace when Messi stepped...
  • Joe Hart says penalty save will give Manchester City belief February 25, 2015

    Manchester City were outplayed by Barcelona for most of their Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday but will still go to the Nou Camp hopeful of reaching the last eight for the first time thanks to Joe Hart. The England goalkeeper, beaten twice by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in a...
  • Barcelona's Luis Suarez bursts from shadow of Lionel Messi and Neymar February 25, 2015

    Manchester: Luis Suarez has played third fiddle in Barcelona's attacking trio since his big money move from Liverpool but he returned to England on Tuesday with a reminder of the predatory instincts that haunted Premier League defences. The Uruguayan, so often in the headlines during his spell on Merseyside, mostly for...
  • Champions League: Man City aim to break new ground by beating Barca February 24, 2015

    Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday's last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders. Last season's exit at the identical stage also against Barca, 4-1 on aggregate, revealed City's shortcomings in...
  • Barcelona stunned by Malaga at home in Spanish league February 21, 2015

    Malaga stunned Barcelona with a 1-0 victory at Camp Nou on Saturday to end the host's 11-game winning streak and prevent them from taking an overnight lead in the Spanish league. Malaga struck early and hung on after Juanmi Jimenez took advantage of a shared defensive error by Dani Alves and...
  • La Liga: Barcelona look to pile pressure on Real Madrid by beating Malaga February 21, 2015

    Luis Suarez's stunning goal last weekend was outshone by the exploits of hat-trick man Lionel Messi but the bicycle kick strike could be just what the Uruguay forward needed after a stuttering start in Spain. Messi netted a record-equalling 23rd La Liga treble in the 5-0 victory at home to Levante...
  • Lionel Messi motivated to get back to his best February 20, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has admitted that last season saw him well below his best form, but added that had been one of the motivations he had found to return to his top level in 2015. Messi has been on fire since the start of the New Year, something...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Enrique truce on shaky foundations February 19, 2015

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique appear to have agreed an uneasy truce but hostilities could break out again if the Argentina forward's form dips and the club stumbles as the season reaches a crucial stage. A series of inspirational Messi performances have helped Barca put together a streak...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo slump not a concern, says Carlo Ancelotti February 15, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried by Cristiano Ronaldo's recent sharp drop in form as the holders prepare to play at Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ronaldo made a blistering start to the season and looked well on the way to breaking the...
  • Messi leads Barcelona to 3-1 win over Villarreal in Copa del Rey semi-finals February 12, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up another to help Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. It was Messi's 11th goal in Barcelona's 10-game winning streak and his 34th in 32 games this season as Luis Enrique's Barcelona put one...
  • Messi nets one, plays part in four more as Barcelona beat Bilbao 5-2 February 9, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a decisive 5-2 away victory over Athletic Bilbao Sunday, bringing his team to within just a point of Real Madrid, which is at the top of the La Liga standings. It took the four-time World Player of the year just 15 minutes to get Barca...
  • Lionel Messi hits winner as Barcelona keep up pressure February 2, 2015

    Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona who twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday. Barca dominated possession and Luis Suarez had several early chances but it was Villarreal who took the lead with Denis...
  • La Liga: Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona to a 3-2 comeback win over Villarreal February 2, 2015

    Lionel Messi and Neymar both scored to help Barcelona come from behind twice to beat Villarreal 3-2 and stay in the hunt for the Spanish league title on Sunday. Villarreal's Denis Cheryshev struck on the half-hour mark to start the free-scoring match at Camp Nou. Neymar made it 1-1 just before halftime,...
  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs January 28, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have to overturn a one-goal deficit at home against FC Barcelona Wednesday night as both sides look to book their places in the semi-finals of the Spanish King's Cup. With Real Madrid apparently unstoppable in the La Liga, the Cup perhaps offers the best chance for domestic honours for...
  • Neymar attributes good form to friend Lionel Messi January 27, 2015

    Barcelona: Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva has attributed a part of his good form this season to a strong relationship with Argentine star player and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi. "When you are good friends and have a good relationship off the pitch, everything flows. My friendship with Leo is very strong...
  • La Liga: Ronaldo sees red in Madrid win; Messi nets 2 as Barca rolls January 25, 2015

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for kicking an opponent in Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Cordoba, and Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for a seventh straight season in the Spanish league on Saturday. Madrid completed its comeback when Gareth Bale converted an 89th-minute penalty, after Ronaldo was given a...