Lionel Messi

  • Goal hungry Messi targets El Clasico 22-10-2014 04:02 PM

    Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time LaLiga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he...
  • Messi closes on Raul as Barcelona beat Ajax 3-1 in Champions League 22-10-2014 01:41 AM

    Barcelona: Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giants returned to winning ways in Europe. Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in...
  • Champions League: Barcelona need focus on Ajax ahead of El Clasico 21-10-2014 08:26 AM

    Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. All eyes in Spain are on leaders Barca's visit to Real Madrid next Saturday which could see the possible debut of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after...
  • Lionel Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal 19-10-2014 10:36 AM

    Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend's Clasico with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his blistering scoring form with two goals as Real swept Levante aside 5-0....
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 19-10-2014 02:30 AM

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio...
  • Lionel Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record 18-10-2014 08:27 AM

    Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra's six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday. The Argentina captain and four-times World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his...
  • Lionel Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barcelona seek Clasico boost 17-10-2014 11:00 AM

    Madrid: In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga. The Argentine made his bow as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 win at city rivals Espanyol on October 16, 2004....
  • Lionel Messi had nothing to do with tax affairs, father insists 16-10-2014 12:13 PM

    Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted. Messi and his father, who have denied wrongdoing, have been accused of defrauding the Spanish state of more...
  • Diego Tardelli nets twice as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 11-10-2014 09:30 PM

    Beijing: Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals for Brazil, as former skipper...
  • Free-scoring Ronaldo has Messi's record in his sights 06-10-2014 03:38 PM

    Madrid: Not content with setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of the Champions League last season, Cristiano Ronaldo is already well on the way towards breaking Lionel Messi's La Liga best haul of 50 goals in one campaign. Ronaldo netted his third hat-trick this term in Sunday's...
  • La Liga: Easy win for Barcelona, Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia 05-10-2014 08:58 AM

    Barcelona: Record-chasing Lionel Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th league goal, leaving him two behind the all-time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra...
  • Lionel Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona to 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano 04-10-2014 11:33 PM

    Record-chasing Lionel Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th league goal, leaving him two behind the all-time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra since...
  • Judge refuses to drop Messi tax fraud charges 04-10-2014 10:36 AM

    Barcelona: A Spanish judge rejected an appeal filed by Lionel Messi's lawyers on Friday to drop tax fraud charges against the Barcelona star. The judge rebutted the counter demand that Messi be excluded from the case against him and his father, who are accused of withholding 4 million euros ($5.3...
  • Lionel Messi ordered to appear in court on fraud charges 03-10-2014 11:34 PM

    Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on corruption charges after a judge in the Catalan town of Gava rejected the footballer's appeal against having to appear, it was confirmed Friday. Messi had alleged and had been backed up by the Spanish anti-corruption judge that he...
  • Messi 'not thinking' about looming La Liga scoring record 02-10-2014 11:39 PM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi is not thinking about breaking Telmo Zarra's La Liga scoring record of 251 goals despite having closed to within three of the former Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward. Four-times World Player of the Year, Messi has scored five times in Spain's top flight this season, including two...
  • Messi continues to develop in Barcelona's attack 30-09-2014 11:08 AM

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain have even more reason to fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi when the teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi finds himself in an unusual position of being out-scored by a Barcelona team-mate. But although he is getting fewer goals than Neymar, Messi's overall game continues...
  • Champions League: Messi, Neymar pose big challenge for PSG 30-09-2014 09:41 AM

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain have two problems ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Barcelona: figuring out how to find their own form again and how to unlock an opposing defense that has yet to concede a goal this season. Despite a glut of stars at their disposal, PSG have drawn...
  • Lionel Messi reaches 400th goal, Barcelona rout Granada 6-0 27-09-2014 11:40 PM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored his 400th and 401st goals for club and country and Neymar hit a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Granada 6-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Defending champion Atletico Madrid routed Sevilla 4-0 in the return of coach Diego Simeone, and Cristiano Ronaldo also found the net...
  • La Liga: Malaga hold Barcelona to a goalless draw 25-09-2014 05:28 AM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi failed to take his chances as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by a disciplined and defensive Malaga side in the Spanish league on Wednesday. Messi missed two opportunities in the first half and never looked comfortable on the ball after the break. Barcelona lead the...
  • Goals galore as Barcelona blank Levante 50 22-09-2014 05:27 AM

    Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 rout at 10-man Levante on Sunday as they stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34th-minute opener before...
  • La Liga: Time for Real Madrid to keep the momentum rolling 19-09-2014 09:36 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid finally got their act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start. Madrid won their 10th European title last season and routed FC Basel 5-1 on Tuesday, but started this year's Spanish league...
  • Champions League: MessiNeymar connection clicking for Barca before APOEL game 17-09-2014 11:38 AM

    One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting...
  • Neymar nets double as Barcelona win against Athletic Bilbao 13-09-2014 09:44 PM

    Barcelona: Neymar came on as a substitute to score twice from passes by Lionel Messi and give Barcelona a 2-0 win at home over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday. Neymar again started on Barcelona's bench and had to watch Munir El Haddadi create Barcelona's best chances until...
  • Lionel Messi fit from muscle injury, to play against Athletic Bilbao 13-09-2014 03:25 PM

    Barcelona say Lionel Messi has recovered from a leg injury and has been included in their squad for Saturday's Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao. Messi had been sidelined since Aug. 31 when he hurt a right leg muscle during Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal. He played the entire game...
  • Argentine family given permission to name son Messi 13-09-2014 12:20 PM

    Buenos Aires: A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi may be one of the highest-profile figures in Argentina but due to a 1969...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao 12-09-2014 07:56 PM

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti 12-09-2014 05:39 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and...
  • Madrid derby on the menu in La Liga, Barcelona host Bilbao 12-09-2014 02:34 PM

    Madrid: The Madrid derby are coming, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone is going to miss it. Simeone is still serving an eight-match touchline ban after being sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup for a vehement protest that included tapping an assistant referee on the head....
  • Lionel Messi described as 'a little tired' of critics 11-09-2014 11:06 PM

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has told at least one football official in Argentina that he's "a little tired of" the criticism he's received since the World Cup. Julio Ricardo Grondona, the president of the Arsenal club, described Mess's mood in an interview on Radio Guemes on Thursday. Messi did not...