Messi

  • Champions League draw: Real Madrid get Liverpool; Bayern, City in same group 2 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Argentina president tells dejected team: 'I'm no soccer fan' July 15, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament, including the final, a blunder that some observers said exposed her as out of touch with the national mood. A day after soccer-mad Argentina lost...
  • The Beautiful Game: Fourth World Cup title for Die Mannschaft July 14, 2014

    In one of the most engrossing World Cup finals in recent times, Germany beat off a spirited challenge from Argentina to secure a 1-0 victory. ...
  • World Cup triumph could spark era of German dominance in football July 14, 2014

    Germany has a thing about denying Argentina glory. They did it to Maradona in 1990, and they have now done it to Messi. The Mannschaft won their fourth world cup - only the third country to do so - and stamped its authority over the world of football. When Spain won the...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi did not deserve the 'Golden Ball', says Diego Maradona July 14, 2014

    Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi didn't impress in this World Cup and didn't deserved to be awarded the Golden Ball. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time at the Maracana as Messi missed out on an easy scoring chance in the second half. Messi played a key...
  • World Cup 2014: The best goals in Brazil July 14, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. Sunday's final saw only one goal when...
  • Photo: Someone in Kerala Photoshopped Lionel Messi wearing a dhoti. We won't lie to you, he's looking....interesting July 14, 2014

    Lionel Messi may not have been able to lead his team Argentina to victory in the final against Germany in Rio de Janeiro on the footsteps of his predecessor Diego Maradona, but he was was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's outstanding player anyway.But for Indians who love the...
  • World Cup 2014: IBNLive's Dream XI July 14, 2014

    As the month-long football carnival drew to a close on Sunday, IBNLive takes a look at some of the standout performers in Brazil who find a place in the Best 2014 World Cup XI. STRIKERS: Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben Before the world cup started Argentina were picked by many as favourites....
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi already a great, says Alejandro Sabella July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi's failure to win the World Cup with Argentina on Sunday does not affect his status as an all-time great, according to coach Alejandro Sabella. Messi was bidding to emulate his compatriot Diego Maradona by inspiring Argentina to victory in the final in Rio de Janeiro, but...
  • The Beautiful Game: Goetze helps Germany to World Cup victory July 14, 2014

    Mario Goetze scored in the extra time to help Germany lift the World Cup by beating Argentina 1-0. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi squanders chance to join the greats July 14, 2014

    Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in Sunday's World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great. While the 27-year-old has won everything there is to win -- and broken every record there is to break --...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina's Sabella sad but proud of team July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella said his team's 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday was a moment of sadness but he was also proud of their performance. Sabella, speaking to television cameras on the sideline of the pitch, said he felt "the sadness of...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball July 14, 2014

    Lionel Messi has been chosen as the Golden Ball winner for the 2014 World Cup. The award is handed out to the player voted as the tournament's best, however, it came after a losing effort against Germany in the final. The Argentine attacker was on the losing side in Sunday's tournament...
  • Germany ride on Mario Goetze goal to beat Argentina, win FIFA World Cup July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of...
  • As it happened: Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final July 14, 2014

    (Scroll down for the Blog) Goetze scored a stunning goal in the extra-time as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final to win their fourth World Cup title. Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose...