Lionel Messi

  • Luis Suarez brings more than just goals to Barcelona attack 03-05-2015 05:00 PM

    Barcelona: After a slow start at Barcelona, Luis Suarez now has a strike rate comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while his selfless style has also helped instill a spirit of camaraderie within their deadly attack. In recent seasons, Barca's play was emphasised by their short-passing football but now...
  • Luis Suarez grabs a hat-trick as Barcelona rout Cordoba 8-0 in La Liga 02-05-2015 11:05 PM

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged a brace as Barcelona thrashed bottom side Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday to move a step closer to their fifth La Liga title in seven years. Barca have a five-point lead over Real Madrid, who face a tough away match against...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez on target as Barcelona rout Getafe 6-0 29-04-2015 09:24 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Getafe 6-0 on Tuesday to stay on course to reclaim the Spanish league title. Barcelona's ninth win in 10 rounds provisionally lifted it five points clear of Real Madrid before the second-place side hosts Almeria on Wednesday. There...
  • Barcelona, Man United, Chelsea to play exhibitions in US 28-04-2015 11:04 PM

    New York: Barcelona will play Manchester United in an exhibition game at Santa Clara, California, on July 25 and will meet Chelsea three days later at Landover, Maryland. The matches were among 17 announced Tuesday by organizers of the International Champions Cup North America, a preseason tournament that despite its...
  • Lionel Messi is God-like: Franz Beckenbauer 28-04-2015 03:51 PM

    Barcelona: German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Tuesday labelled Barcelona star Lionel Messi as "God-like" and believes the Spanish team's hope of success this season rests on his shoulders. The 27-year-old has recovered from a disappointing end to 2014 to inspire his side to a fine run of form domestically...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid battling hard to thwart Barcelona treble charge 28-04-2015 08:51 AM

    Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time. Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo would be great anywhere, Lionel Messi wouldn't: Alex Ferguson 26-04-2015 06:24 PM

    London: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Sunday said Lionel Messi is purely a Barcelona player but believes Cristiano Ronaldo would be a success anywhere in the world. The Barcelona and Real Madrid forwards have won the last seven Ballon d'Or awards between them, marking the pair as the...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Messi help Barcelona win, Atletico Madrid beat Elche 26-04-2015 09:03 AM

    Neymar scored the opener to continue his rich vein of form as 10-man Barcelona won a one-sided La Liga derby against Espanyol 2-0 on Saturday while Antoine Griezmann's double helped Atletico Madrid beat Elche 3-0. Brazil's Neymar followed his two goals against Paris St Germain in the Champions League on...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Messi score in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Espanyol 25-04-2015 10:10 PM

    Lionel Messi helped to set up Neymar's opener before scoring one himself to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Espanyol, provisionally increasing its lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Luis Suarez, the third member of Barcelona's star-studded attack, played a part in both goals against Barcelona's cross-town...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez among other Barcelona players to undergo dope tests 24-04-2015 07:29 PM

    Sant Joan Despi: A list of 10 players from Spanish football club FC Barcelona including Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez underwent drug tests on Friday conducted by European football's governing body, the UEFA, the club said. On the eve of their La Liga game against Espanyol,...
  • Neymar nets twice as Barcelona beat PSG 2-0 to reach Champions League semi-finals 22-04-2015 02:40 AM

    Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal their return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe's elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons. Neymar had already netted Barcelona's first goal in their 3-1 first-leg win, and the Brazil striker struck...
  • Lionel Messi can play for Barcelona till his retirement, says club President 21-04-2015 03:51 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday said he would like star player Lionel Messi to play for the club until his retirement. The Argentine has been at the club since he was 13, making his way through the youth system to win six Liga titles, three Champions Leagues...
  • Champions League: Barcelona keen to show PSG no mercy in 2nd leg 21-04-2015 08:06 AM

    Barcelona: Luis Enrique will celebrate his 50th match in charge of Barcelona as the club welcome Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. In that time, the relatively undemonstrative Spaniard has steered his team to 41 wins, three draws and five losses, with 141 goals scored...
  • I was nervous about playing for Barcelona, says Luis Suarez 20-04-2015 07:40 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he was nervous at the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar when he joined the club. The Uruguayan, who arrived under a cloud following his ban for biting at last year's World Cup, has made a rapid adjustment to life at...
  • La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid grab big wins 19-04-2015 10:18 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez's first-minute opener then notched his 400th goal for Barcelona in stoppage time to give the Spanish league leaders a hard-fought 2-0 win over Valencia on Saturday. The 27-year-old Argentine is the all-time leading scorer for both Barcelona and the Spanish league. His 400th...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score as Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 18-04-2015 10:41 PM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez's first-minute opener before adding a goal of his own in stoppage time to give Spanish league leader Barcelona a hard-fought 2-0 win over Valencia on Saturday. Suarez netted his 12th goal in his last 12 appearances to give Barcelona the lead 55 seconds...
  • Champions League: Barcelona beat PSG 3-1 in quarters 16-04-2015 02:33 AM

    Paris: Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday as a goal from Neymar and a Luis Suarez double ended Paris St Germain's 33-game unbeaten home run in Europe with a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes. PSG, who were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suspended for...
  • PSG minus Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the defensive for Barcelona clash 15-04-2015 08:42 AM

    Paris St Germain are counting on a solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, even though they are doing battle on their own turf, said coach Laurent Blanc. "The paradox for tomorrow is we're going to have to defend well...
  • Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo may play for UEFA All-Star team 14-04-2015 07:42 PM

    Madrid: Two of the most popular footballers in the world Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could play alongside each other in a All-Star match showcasing the best of European-based talent for European football's world governing body UEFA, according to media reports in Spain and England. Ronaldo and Messi would feature...
  • It's a privilege to see Messi play every week, says Ruud Gullit 14-04-2015 03:37 PM

    Shanghai: Legendary Ruud Gullit does not endorse the criticism that Lionel Messi faces for not being able to guide his team to World Cup triumph as Dutch legend feels privileged to be able to watch the Argentine artist at work week after week. "If you need to find something (fault),...
  • La Liga: Barcelona squander two-goal lead to draw at Sevilla 12-04-2015 02:04 AM

    Barcelona stumble to a 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday, letting Real Madrid pull within two points of the Spanish league leader. Messi and Neymar both scored stunning strikes to give Barcelona a commanding lead just after the half-hour mark at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. But Ever Banega pulled one back...
  • Real Madrid, Barcelona win as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo score 09-04-2015 08:34 AM

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez netted two goals after Lionel Messi opened the scoring to guide Spanish league leader Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Almeria on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo later made sure that Real Madrid stayed in contention for the league title by scoring his competition-leading 37th goal of the season...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Almeria 09-04-2015 01:38 AM

    Luis Suarez netted two goals after Lionel Messi opened the scoring to guide Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Almeria on Wednesday, keeping the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league title race. Barcelona's 20th win in 21 games in 2015 lifted them seven points clear at the top...
  • Barcelona edge past Celta Vigo 1-0 in La Liga 06-04-2015 02:42 AM

    Jeremy Mathieu scored a brilliant header to lead Barcelona to a narrow 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo at the Balaidos stadium on Sunday. Barcelona had to work much harder at Celta Vigo, but Mathieu scored in the 73rd minute to eke out a 1-0 victory that maintained their advantage with...
  • Neymar's potential still to be fulfilled: Alex Ferguson 03-04-2015 07:25 PM

    Madrid: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Brazilian forward Neymar is still a cut below strikers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, widely recognised as the two best players in the world, but that the Brazilian could one day match the duo. The legendary Scottish coach said Messi and Ronaldo...
  • Lionel Messi's injured foot has improved, say Barcelona 02-04-2015 04:34 PM

    Lionel Messi's injured foot has improved, his club Barcelona said on Thursday, suggesting the Argentina forward will be fit for Sunday's La Liga trip to Celta Vigo. The top scorer in Spain's top flight with 32 goals did not feature in either of Argentina's friendlies during the international break after...
  • Lionel Messi out of Argentina friendly due to injury 31-03-2015 11:22 PM

    Lionel Messi looks set to miss a second consecutive match because of a foot problem when Argentina meet Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday. The Barcelona forward has been with Gerardo Martino's squad since the start of last week after tests showed he had no damage to...
  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly 29-03-2015 10:05 AM

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took...
  • Lionel Messi gets all-clear after tests on bruising from "Clasico" 25-03-2015 12:34 PM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi can continue training with Argentina's national squad in the United States after tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday. The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi wenmet for a...
  • Suarez is a scorer and someone that can set up chances, says Luis Enrique 23-03-2015 09:40 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that few players would be capable of scoring the Luis Suarez goal that gave them a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico'. Suarez was slow to get into his stride at Barca following a four-month biting ban but his winner...