LIONEL MESSI

  • What's next on Lionel Messi's record-breaking list 14 hours 45 minutes ago

    Following is a selection of targets and achievements that still elude Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. - One glaring absence from...
  • Lionel Messi breaks La Liga's all-time scoring record of 253 goals 17 hours 53 minutes ago

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which...
  • Messi's hat-trick breaks scoring record in Spain as Barcelona thrash Sevilla Yesterday

    Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to emphatically break the Spanish league's all-time scoring mark in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday. Messi, already Barcelona's all-time scorer, surpassed Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that had stood untouched since 1955. Messi equaled Zarra's mark in the 21st minute and...
  • Luis Enrique convinced Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is convinced Lionel Messi is happy at the club despite the Argentine hinting this week that he could be open to a move away from the Nou Camp. Messi said that ideally he would stay at Barca forever before adding that not everything happens in the...
  • Lionel Messi chases record amid stir over Barcelona exit 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi will chase the Spanish league scoring record on Saturday amid a state of near panic at Camp Nou caused by his comments that his future at Barcelona may not be secure. Barcelona host a strong Sevilla side on Saturday while trailing leader Real Madrid by two points. Madrid...
  • Lionel Messi's father plays down son's 'Barca exit' comments 3 days ago

    Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-times World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona. Lionel Messi said in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday if it was up to him he would stay at the...
  • Raphael Guerreiro scores as Portugal beat Argentina 1-0 4 days ago

    'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement...
  • Lionel Messi hints he may one day leave Barcelona 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday "things can change a lot in soccer". The four-times World Player of the Year, who joined Barca's academy at the age of 13, has not...
  • Neymar on track to surpass Messi: Romario 5 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian striker Neymar is on track to surpass Argentine goal-poacher Lionel Messi in football's list of all-time greats, according to former Barcelona and Brazilian star Romario. Now a senator in Brazil, Romario predicted the 22-year-old would remain at the top until at least his mid-30s, reports Xinhua. "He has...
  • Lionel Messi should beat Cristiano Ronaldo to Ballon d'Or: Martino 5 days ago

    Debates about who is world's best player will rage when Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo as Argentina play Portugal at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but for Argentina coach Gerardo Martino there is only ever one choice. Barcelona's Messi and Real Madrid's Ronaldo continually go head-to-head to top the scoring charts in...
  • Lionel Messi penalty gives Argentina 2-1 win over Croatia November 13, 2014

    Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday. Messi scored from the spot in the 57th minute after Aguero had been brought down by...
  • Lionel Messi wide right, Carlos Tevez could be number nine: Gerardo Martino November 12, 2014

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino kept his cards close to his chest on Tuesday over his lineup for Wednesday's friendly against Croatia and whether Lionel Messi and the recalled Carlos Tevez would start together. Martino, who took charge when Alejandro Sabella stepped down after leading Argentina to the World Cup final in...
  • La Liga: Lionel Messi eyes Zarra's record as Barcelona visit Almeria November 8, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi has another scoring record in sight when Barcelona visit Almeria on Saturday looking to bounce back from consecutive losses that have cost it the Spanish league lead. Messi scored his 70th and 71st goals in the Champions League in a 2-0 win at Ajax on Wednesday to equal...
  • Lionel Messi masterclass papers over Barca cracks November 6, 2014

    Lionel Messi enjoyed another landmark European night as he equaled the Champions League scoring record against Ajax but doubts remain over Luis Enrique's Barcelona side after a stuttering start to the season. The coach found himself in the eye of a storm after Barca suffered back-to-back La Liga defeats and although...
  • Messi equals Raul's Champions League scoring record November 6, 2014

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi equalled the Champions League scoring record of 71 goals when he struck for the second time in the 76th minute of Wednesday's Group F match at Ajax Amsterdam. The Argentina four-times world player of the year matched the record set by former Real Madrid and Schalke 04...
  • Champions League: Messi brace equals record as Barcelona beat Ajax 2-0 November 6, 2014

    Lionel Messi's brace gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory Wednesday over 10-man Ajax and moved him level with Raul Gonzalez's all-time Champions League scoring record of 71 goals. Messi scored his 70th Champions League goal in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax failed to clear a free kick and...
  • Joaquin Larrivey scores as Celta Vigo stun Barcelona 1-0 in La Liga November 2, 2014

    Luis Suarez's home debut with Barcelona was spoiled by Celta Vigo as Joaquin Larrivey scored in the second half to deal the hosts a 1-0 loss that let Real Madrid take the overnight lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona's second consecutive loss and first at home in the league...
  • La Liga: Five teams jostle at top of tight Spanish league November 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez will make his Camp Nou debut in official competition on Saturday. The Barcelona striker played in a home friendly to start the season while serving out a four-month biting ban. That ended in time for Suarez to set up Neymar's goal in Barcelona's loss at Real Madrid last...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi did not received pre-match treatment October 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say Lionel Messi did not received treatment before playing a subdued Clasico match against Real Madrid on Saturday. Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received infiltrations - injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort - in a heel. Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward...
  • Lionel Messi aims for record vs Cristiano Ronaldo in clasico October 25, 2014

    Saturday's game between Real Madrid and Barcelona will last 90 minutes like any other, but this clash between the Spanish giants promises to be a classic among clasicos. Barcelona and Madrid almost always offer scintillating contests, and this one is set up to offer so much more. Not only can Lionel Messi...
  • Maestro of clasicos, Lionel Messi leads Barcelona against Real Madrid October 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench. Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting Italy's...
  • Goal hungry Messi targets El Clasico October 22, 2014

    Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time LaLiga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set...
  • Messi closes on Raul as Barcelona beat Ajax 3-1 in Champions League October 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giants returned to winning ways in Europe. Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in the...
  • Champions League: Barcelona need focus on Ajax ahead of El Clasico October 21, 2014

    Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. All eyes in Spain are on leaders Barca's visit to Real Madrid next Saturday which could see the possible debut of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after...
  • Lionel Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal October 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend's Clasico with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his blistering scoring form with two goals as Real swept Levante aside 5-0. They...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 October 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Lionel Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record October 18, 2014

    Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra's six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday. The Argentina captain and four-times World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his first...
  • Lionel Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barcelona seek Clasico boost October 17, 2014

    Madrid: In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga. The Argentine made his bow as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 win at city rivals Espanyol on October 16, 2004. Now...
  • Lionel Messi had nothing to do with tax affairs, father insists October 16, 2014

    Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted. Messi and his father, who have denied wrongdoing, have been accused of defrauding the Spanish state of more than...