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  • La Liga: Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona win 3-1 at Granada 7 hours 2 minutes ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • La Liga: Messi nets three in Barcelona's 5-0 rout of Levante February 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi kept up his scoring streak by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside an outclassed Levante 5-0 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi netted his 12th, 13th and 14th goals in Barcelona's 11-game winning run after Neymar had put the hosts ahead. Substitute Luis Suarez finished off...
  • 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...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Messi seal Barcelona's 6-0 win over Elche January 25, 2015

    Barcelona forwards Neymar and Lionel Messi scored doubles as Barcelona romped home to a massive 6-0 win over Elche on Saturday. Spanish defender Gerard Pique opened the scoring in the 35th minute to give Barcelona an early lead. Thereafter, the club's Argentine star Lionel Messi doubled their lead on a penalty...
  • Franck Ribery blasts FIFA Ballon d'Or as 'political' January 24, 2015

    Munich: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has blasted the Ballon d'Or process, saying FIFA's top individual award is "purely political". Ribery watched his team-mate Manuel Neuer finish third in the ceremony earlier this month, the same spot the Frenchman himself finished a year earlier, reports espnfc.com. In both cases, the Bayern player...
  • Copa Del Rey: Messi strikes to give Barcelona edge over Atletico January 22, 2015

    Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup...
  • Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-finals January 21, 2015

    Barcelona: A matchup worthy of the final will knock out Barcelona or Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona host Atletico on Wednesday in the opening leg, less than two weeks after Lionel Messi ended a scoring drought for a 3-1 win in the league. That broke...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Messi to win more Ballon d'Or: Zidane January 20, 2015

    Paris: Zinedine Zidane insists that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has more to give in the future and will end up winning more Ballon d'Or titles than rival Barcelona star Lionel Messi. "Ronaldo will win more Ballons d'Or," he told Goal.com on Monday. A week ago in Zurich, the 29-year-old Portuguese striker...
  • La Liga: Lionel Messi nets 30th hat-trick as Barcelona crush Deportivo 4-0 January 19, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored his 30th career hat-trick in all competitions as Barcelona tore Deportivo apart 4-0 at the Riazor. Messi hit twice in the first half to end the game as a contest in short order before a brilliantly-hit third silenced all recent concerns that he was unhappy and wants to...
  • Barcelona looking to improve away form on Coruna trip January 17, 2015

    Barcelona: If Barcelona are to overhaul leaders Real Madrid and wrest the La Liga title back from Atletico Madrid for a fifth Spanish top-flight triumph in seven years they will have to improve their form away from home. Barca have won eight out of nine games at their Nou Camp stadium,...
  • Big guns ready to fire as La Liga reaches halfway mark January 17, 2015

    The Spanish football season reaches its halfway point this weekend with a crucial set of matches that could prove to be important tests for the top three teams in the La Liga points table. Due to their King's Cup commitments on Thursday, the top three teams - Real Madrid, FC Barcelona...
  • Barcelona president says Lionel Messi committed to staying at club January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona's president says Lionel Messi wants to stay at the Spanish club amid speculation about his future. Josep Bartomeu tells Catalunya Radio that Messi "told me that he wants to finish his career at Barca and his commitment and willingness are maximum. There is no debate about this future." The president...
  • Lionel Messi, Neymar rested for Barca's Cup game at Elche January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King's Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday. Barca have a 5-0 lead from last week's first leg at the Nou Camp and Luis Enrique has called up...
  • Barcelona can't even contemplate selling Lionel Messi: Luis Enrique January 15, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said that the thought of having a team without Lionel Messi is "not even something we contemplate". The future of the Argentina forward has been the subject of much speculation recently, following reports that he had fallen out with Enrique, reported Xinhua. Messi has been linked...