LIONEL MESSI

  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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' 3 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan January 14, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday. After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry with Messi useful: Portuguese coach January 14, 2015

    Lisbon: Portugal's national football team coach Fernando Santos has said that Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry with Argentina's Lionel Messi over the Ballon d'Or award has proved to be "useful". Ronaldo left Barcelona forward Messi in the shade after he won the Ballon d'Or award for the second successive time at the FIFA...
  • Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves the glory he earned January 14, 2015

    It was a gala night in Zurich on Monday. The traditional FIFA Ballon d'Or awards were handed out to all the standout achievers over the past year. The world, however, was interested in only one contest - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? The two superstars have created a divide among fans...
  • FIFA announces World XI 2014 January 13, 2015

    Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi all included in the team of the year announced by FIFA while David Luiz, rather surprisingly, made it to the team. ...
  • I want to match Lionel Messi in Ballon d'Or race: Cristiano Ronaldo January 13, 2015

    Zurich: After winning his second consecutive Ballon d'Or football award and third overall, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on Argentine striker Lionel Messi's achievement of winning the coveted prize a record four times. "This is an unforgettable moment. I'm not going to stop here. I want to catch...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Factbox on 2014 Ballon D'Or winner January 13, 2015

    Factbox on Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the FIFA Ballon D'Or award on Monday. EARLY DAYS * Born: Feb. 5 1985 in Funchal, Madeira. * Played youth football at Nacional before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2002, arch-rivals to his boyhood favourites Benfica. MANCHESTER UNITED * United manager Alex Ferguson signs an...
  • Lionel Messi might leave Barcelona next year January 13, 2015

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi raised eyebrows when he said in passing on Monday that he did not know where he would be next year. Messi was asked during a press conference ahead of the Ballon D'Or Player of the Year ceremony if he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona or...
  • Lionel Messi denies rumours of rift with club January 12, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has denied trying to destabilise the club or ask for coach Luis Enrique to be sacked. The striker spoke to the club' s TV channel after Barcelona's 3-1 win against reigning champions Atletico de Madrid. He played a major role, scoring one goal and helping set...
  • Manuel Neuer aims to end Ronaldo, Messi grip on FIFA player award January 12, 2015

    World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stands as the only barrier to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi extending their six-year domination of FIFA's player of the year award on Monday. Germany's Neuer is the latest third man on the shortlist trying to break the free-scoring superstars' grip on football's highest individual...
  • Luis Enrique finds Lionel Messi is 'more than a club' January 10, 2015

    As a key part of Catalan culture, Barcelona's proud motto is "more than a club" but it could easily be applied to star player Lionel Messi given the level of control the Argentina forward exerts. A product of Barca's youth academy, Messi is worshipped by the fans for underpinning the club's...
  • In-form Atletico Madrid seek to pile pressure on Barcelona January 10, 2015

    Barcelona: In-form Atletico Madrid will aim to pile pressure on a Barcelona side reeling from a rift between coach Luis Enrique and star player Lionel Messi in a crunch La Liga clash on Sunday. It was an all-or-nothing match last time, the two sides met at the Camp Nou in the...
  • Chelsea assistant rules out Lionel Messi swoop January 9, 2015

    A Chelsea deal for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi would be impossible under financial fair play rules, assistant coach Steve Holland said on Friday. The Argentine's future at Barca has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks amid media reports of a bust up with coach Luis Enrique and talk of a...
  • Neymar, Messi help Barcelona rout Elche 5-0 in Copa del Rey January 9, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona set aside their off-field troubles and put on a show in which Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored in a 5-0 route of Elche in a Copa del Rey last-16, first-leg match on Thursday. Neymar opened the scoring from a Suarez cross in the 35th minute. Suarez scored...
  • Luis Enrique slams reports of bust-up with Lionel Messi January 7, 2015

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has described reports of a bust-up with Lionel Messi as "inaccurate and ill-intentioned" and said he has the backing of all the players in his squad. Talk has been rife of disagreements and heated exchanges between the pair while rumours of a move to Chelsea have grown...
  • Barcelona in crisis: 'Messi' affair could cost coach his job January 7, 2015

    Lucho is mucho groucho. Barcelona's coach is in the midst of a full blown crisis. His loss to David Moyes-led Real Sociedad seems to have broken the camel's back. Leaving Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench has turned the dressing room against him. Tactically, he has been all over...