Lionel Messi

  • World Cup 2014: Germany's secret plan to stop Lionel Messi 12-07-2014 11:32 AM

    Santo Andre, (Brazil): Germany have a secret plan to shut Argentina superstar Lionel Messi out of Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium. Assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Thursday there is a "special plan" to cope with the four-time Ballon d'Or winner but refused to...
  • World Cup 2014: Modest Messi prepares to shine on the biggest stage 12-07-2014 10:44 AM

    Rio de Janerio: Argentina's Lionel Messi, the most unassuming and also one of the most admired talents in world sport, can join the elite of soccer greats by winning the World Cup in Sunday's final against Germany. There are two categories of truly great players - those like Pele and...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi, Mueller, Rodriguez among contenders for 'Golden Ball' 12-07-2014 10:08 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Four Germans, three Argentines, and one player each from Brazil, Colombia and the Netherlands were short-listed on Friday for the "Golden Ball" award to the World Cup's best player. The top ten list included World Cup finalists Germany's defender Mats Hummels, right back Philipp Lahm, midfielder Toni...
  • World Cup 2014: Defences set to dominate in tight cagey final 12-07-2014 09:56 AM

    Rio de Janerio: It might not be the way Brazilians wanted the World Cup to end but Sunday's final between Argentina and Germany will provide a nerve-jangling climax to the best tournament in history - even though the goals that have lit it up may not flow. While the the...
  • Word Cup 2014: Messi crucial in attack and defence for Argentina 12-07-2014 09:49 AM

    Rio de Janerio: Lionel Messi is not only Argentina's key attacking threat but he is also instrumental in helping the defence. Long suspected as being their weak point, Argentina's defence have gone through three knockout matches, including two periods of extra-time, without conceding a goal. Messi's very presence inhibits Argentina's...
  • World Cup 2014: We are one small step away from glory, says Messi 11-07-2014 03:56 PM

    Buenos Aires: Argentine star Lionel Messi said the national team was just "one small step away" from becoming the champions of the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup. Messi also dedicated the team's 4-2 penalty shootout win over the Netherlands in Wednesday's semi-final match to sports journalist Jorge "Topo" Lopez, who...
  • World Cup 2014: Neymar wants Messi to beat Germans in the final 11-07-2014 11:14 AM

    Teresopolis: Brazilian superstar Neymar said Thursday he wants Argentina and Lionel Messi to win the World Cup final against Germany. At an emotional press conference, Neymar broke down in tears as he relived the challenge which broke a vertebrae in his back and left him fearing he would be paralysed....
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina and Germany start final preparations 11-07-2014 09:28 AM

    Rio De Janeiro: Argentina and Germany were both back at work on Thursday, secretly hatching their plans for Sunday's World Cup final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. While their contrasting styles promise a classic battle between Europe and South America, they have left both teams with plenty to...
  • World Cup 2014: Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of Argentina and Germany 11-07-2014 08:57 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage. When Lionel Messi's Argentina take on Germany in Sunday's World Cup final, it looks at first glance like a meeting between brilliant individual scoring talent and the tight discipline...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina in the final, Brazil's nightmare worsens 10-07-2014 05:27 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilians might have thought that their World Cup nightmare couldn't possibly get any worse - and then bitter rivals Argentina reached the final in their own backyard Wednesday. Still agonizing over their traumatic 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany just 24 hours earlier, Brazilians will now have to...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties 10-07-2014 10:56 AM

    Argentina set up a FIFA World Cup final clash against Germany after overcoming the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi has the stage to secure his place among the greats 10-07-2014 09:01 AM

    Sao Paulo: Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final. On Sunday at the Maracana stadium in Rio, Messi will come up against a Germany team that has ended his...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach final 10-07-2014 03:43 AM

    Sao Paulo: Argentina set up a FIFA World Cup final clash against Germany after overcoming the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Both teams failed to score at the end of regular and extra time at the Arena Corinthians here on Wednesday. For the first time in 26 years, a...
  • World Cup semis, Argentina v Netherlands: as it happened 10-07-2014 12:13 AM

    Catch all the live updates from the semifinal match between Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The match, starting in Sao Paulo will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's 7-1 evisceration...
  • The Beautiful Game: Who will face Germany in the World Cup final? 09-07-2014 08:32 PM

    Argentina and Netherlands clash in the second semifinal in Sao Paulo for a place in the final against Germany on Sunday. ...
  • World Cup 2014: We're playing Argentina, not Messi, says van Gaal 09-07-2014 06:17 PM

    The Netherlands will need to do more than simply muzzle Argentina's Lionel Messi if they are to prevail in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, according to coach Louis van Gaal. With four goals and some show-stopping displays to his name, Messi is emerging as the player of the tournament, but van...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Dutch Messi' Arjen Robben ready for Argentina 09-07-2014 09:08 AM

    Sao Paulo: Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk is betting on Arjen Robben to outshine Lionel Messi as the Netherlands prepare to take on Argentina for a place in the World Cup final on Wednesday. The diving controversies which have shrouded Robben's campaign in Brazil cannot mask the fact that...
  • World Cup 2014: Wounded Netherlands, Argentina eye Germany showdown 09-07-2014 08:47 AM

    Sao Paulo: With a rampant Germany awaiting in the final, Argentina and the Netherlands face selection dilemmas going into their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The match, starting in Sao Paulo at 1.30 am IST, will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's...
  • World Cup 2014: Javier Mascherano, Argentina's captain without an armband 08-07-2014 09:53 PM

    Belo Horizonte: Copa America, 2011 - Argentina's Javier Mascherano hands the captain's armband to Lionel Messi after being sent off late in regulation time in the quarterfinal against Uruguay. Argentina lose the ensuing penalty shootout as the host nation is eliminated from the tournament. Since that bitter moment, Messi has...
  • World Cup 2014: Five of the best goals from the tournament 08-07-2014 08:43 PM

    The 2014 World Cup has produced several goals of outstanding quality. The following are five of the best so far according to Reuters. James Rodriguez (Colombia 2 Uruguay 0) Rodriguez had already caught the eye with his performances in the first round but his opener against Uruguay in the Round...
  • World Cup 2014: Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semi-finals 08-07-2014 08:27 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: The World Cup's best dribblers - Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben - face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semi-finals. In Brazil, Robben has been quick, Messi has been quicksilver. On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semi-final with a dazzling turn...
  • The Beautiful Game: Focus now moves to the last four 07-07-2014 10:38 PM

    With Neymar out of the World Cup, Brazil have a tough challenge in the semifinal against Germany. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi like water in the desert for Argentina, says Sabella 06-07-2014 12:02 PM

    Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi failed to score and even squandered a clear scoring chance in stoppage time as the South...
  • As it happened: Argentina vs Belgium, World Cup 2014 quarterfinals 05-07-2014 08:19 PM

    Catch all the live updates from the third quarterfinal match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional stadium in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) So far none of Argentina's opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium have what it takes. But even if doesn't,...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch in the last two quarter-finals 05-07-2014 12:21 PM

    Rio de Janerio: The world's best player goes up against perhaps the world's best goalkeeper. The highest-scoring line-up in the World Cup takes on the tournament's most surprising team. There are two remaining quarter-finals to be played on Saturday at the World Cup and both create intriguing matchups as Argentina...
  • World Cup 2014: Facing Belgium, Argentina may need more than Messi 05-07-2014 08:42 AM

    So far none of Argentina's opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium have what it takes. But even if doesn't, the Red Devils present a fresh challenge for Argentina at this World Cup. For the first time in Brazil, Argentina face an opponent with attacking potential that...
  • World Cup 2014: Higuain yet to fire in Argentina's 'Fab Four' 04-07-2014 11:56 PM

    Brasilia: When guitarist George Harrison briefly walked out on The Beatles in early 1969, John Lennon reportedly threatened to replace him with Eric Clapton. Sadly for Argentina, coach Alejandro Sabella does not have the luxury of inviting a talented outsider into his "Fab Four" to replace misfiring striker Gonzalo Higuain...
  • World Cup 2014: Any team would depend on Messi, says coach Sabella 04-07-2014 11:55 PM

    When you have a player like Lionel Messi in your team why would you not lean on him to lead you to World Cup glory? Pundits and fans have been quick to lambaste Argentina's dependence on the inspirational forward to carry them to a third World Cup but coach Alejandro...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium unveil Messi plan with a Hazard of their own 04-07-2014 12:09 PM

    Salvador: Belgium pointed to Eden Hazard as a potential match winner as they laid out a strategy to combat Lionel Messi and Argentina when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. "Hey, we've got Eden," teammate Kevin Mirallas said on Thursday as reporters sought answers to...