Lionel Messi

  • Tax-fraud allegations against Lionel Messi, may have to appear in court for questioning 30-07-2014 01:47 PM

    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...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance 26-07-2014 11:55 AM

    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...
  • Messi considered move to Arsenal: Spanish media 23-07-2014 02:52 PM

    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...
  • Jasoos Narayanan Kutty cracks the mystery of Maracana: Why Messi lost the World Cup

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    Parankimala is in mourning. Half the city switched off the neons, brought down the flexboards, tore apart the festoons the day the yellow brigade was...

  • Messi, Ronaldo top online searches during World Cup 18-07-2014 12:44 PM

    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...
  • Argentina president tells dejected team: 'I'm no soccer fan' 15-07-2014 09:05 AM

    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...
  • The Beautiful Game: Fourth World Cup title for Die Mannschaft 14-07-2014 08:20 PM

    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 14-07-2014 05:17 PM

    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...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi did not deserve the 'Golden Ball', says Diego Maradona 14-07-2014 03:04 PM

    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 14-07-2014 01:09 PM

    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 14-07-2014 12:54 PM

    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 14-07-2014 12:39 PM

    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...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi already a great, says Alejandro Sabella 14-07-2014 12:28 PM

    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,...
  • The Beautiful Game: Goetze helps Germany to World Cup victory 14-07-2014 10:30 AM

    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 14-07-2014 04:19 AM

    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 14-07-2014 04:09 AM

    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...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball 14-07-2014 03:41 AM

    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...
  • Germany ride on Mario Goetze goal to beat Argentina, win FIFA World Cup 14-07-2014 03:09 AM

    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...
  • As it happened: Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final 13-07-2014 09:51 PM

    (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...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina aim for third World Cup title 13-07-2014 08:30 PM

    Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil, but for that they will have to deal with the magical Lionel Messi. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi ready for 'most important match' 13-07-2014 05:22 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentina captain Lionel Messi declared on Saturday that he and his team-mates are ready for "the most important match of their lives" against Germany in Sunday's World Cup final. "Tomorrow, we will play the most important match of our lives for our country," the Barcelona superstar wrote...
  • World Cup 2014: Four reasons why Argentina can upset Germany 13-07-2014 05:20 PM

    The 2014 World Cup final on Sunday sees the South America giants Argentina take on European powerhouse Germany. Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 on penalties in the second semi-final a day after hosts Brazil were humiliated 7-1 by the Germans. For the first time in 24 years, Argentina find themselves among...
  • World Cup 2014: Five 'Final' warnings for rampant Germany 13-07-2014 02:47 PM

    Germany coach Joachim Loew in the wake of the extraordinary 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil has moved to calm expectations ahead of Sunday's World Cup final and urged his players to show humility. Have a look at five previous occasions impressive wins did not lead to further glory but instead...
  • World Cup 2014 Final: Indian fans rooting for Germany 13-07-2014 02:02 PM

    While Germany and Argentina battle it out to win football's most coveted Cup in Brazil, fans in India are not lagging behind to show support for their favourite team. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina prays for Lionel Messi goals 13-07-2014 12:58 PM

    Buenos Aires: Everyone in Rosario has a tale to tell about Lionel Messi, the Argentinian city's most famous son who rivals Pope Francis as a national icon. Messi's link to the city has made the people of the port city doubly nervous about Sunday's World Cup final when their country...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany's history boys prepare to wreck Lionel Messi's dream 13-07-2014 12:43 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: A Germany side chasing a place in history will attempt to wreck Lionel Messi's dream of a World Cup coronation with Argentina on Sunday as the month-long football carnival hits a climax at the Maracana Stadium. The 64th game of one of the best World Cups of...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina, Germany set for an enthralling finale 13-07-2014 12:34 PM

    Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona. Germany are favourites after their ruthlessly efficient 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final. Yet...
  • World Cup 2014 Final: Germany or Argentina, who deserves the Cup? 13-07-2014 12:20 PM

    After Germany annihilated Brazil 7-1 in the first semi-final to book their place in their record eighth World Cup final, they were seen as the favourites to win their fourth title. But past will be past and what they do against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina in the final on Sunday...