Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Messi back to old self under new Barcelona coach 25-08-2014 06:55 PM

    Barcelona: Bad World Cup memories be gone. Lionel Messi is back to his match-winning self. Not even a black cat - regarded as unlucky in Spain and other cultures - zigzagging across his path on Sunday could stop Messi from sending the message that the four-time world player of the...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 3-0 25-08-2014 02:38 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble...
  • La Liga: New season of hope for big teams Barcelona, Real Madrid 24-08-2014 08:41 AM

    Barcelona: The Spanish league opens this weekend with the three main title contenders - Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona - all facing smaller clubs they will be expected to beat. Defending champion Atletico Madrid have the most challenging matchup, playing at Rayo Vallecano, while the two traditional powerhouses start...
  • Lionel Messi's Facebook post on Israel-Gaza conflict stirs controversy 23-08-2014 08:26 PM

    Jerusalem: Soccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to...
  • Mascherano backs Messi after World Cup disappointment 21-08-2014 06:25 PM

    Barcelona: Javier Mascherano hasbacked his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season. Messi was named the best player at the World Cup after Argentina lost the final to Germany, a decision that was widely questioned after...
  • Spanish league keeps growing star power 20-08-2014 10:57 AM

    Two months after Spain's national team flopped at the World Cup, the country's domestic league is ready to shine with even more star power. Already boasting the sport's two biggest names in Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the Spanish league got even richer in individual talent with...
  • Risks and rewards for Barcelona in Spanish league 20-08-2014 10:37 AM

    Aligning Luis Suarez with Lionel Messi and Neymar to spear Barcelona's attack looks like a winning formula, if the three can set aside their problems and possible distractions. The club has turned to former midfielder Luis Enrique, known for his forthright approach, to lead the rebuilding project that will likely...
  • Luis Suarez trains for first time with Barcelona 15-08-2014 03:07 PM

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez has begun training with Barcelona a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport softened his suspension for biting an opponent in the World Cup. The CAS upheld FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from playing for four months but lessened its restriction on other football-related activities, including...
  • Gerardo Martino vows to keep Argentina in their high position 15-08-2014 10:07 AM

    Buenos Aires: New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed on Wednesday to keep the World Cup runners-up "where they are and deserve to be". Martino also said Lionel Messi's role is that of the world's best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a very long time. Martino,...
  • 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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  • 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...