Suarez, Messi give Barca win as Atletico keep up chase

Monday, 11 December 2017

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi fired Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over 10-man Villarreal as the leaders won for the first time in three La Liga games to stay five points clear on Sunday while Atletico Madrid edged Real Betis 1-0.Barca looked set for a third consecutive league draw as they created scant opportunities but were presented with the advantage of an extra man when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was given a straight red card for a wild, studs-up challenge on Sergio Busquets on the hour ...

Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes they need to improve if they are to stand a chance of winning next year’s World Cup in Russia. Argentina, who reached the final in 2014, struggled during qualification for Russia, going through three coaches before securing their place at the tournament thanks to a Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win away to Ecuador in the final qualifier. Messi’s side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and ...

Messi signs new contract in big win for Barcelona

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Barcelona enjoyed a big win Saturday without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentina forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.“I’m happy to continue with the club, which is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”With his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers ...

Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer

Friday, 24 November 2017

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe's leagues in scoring last season. It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders. Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league. The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 ...

Messi, Ter Stegen shine in unconvincing Barca win in Bilbao

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Lionel Messi scored his 12th league goal of the season but Barcelona had to rely on some exceptional saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen as they rode their luck to win 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and stay four points clear at the top of La Liga. Barca withstood an early onslaught from coach Ernesto Valverde’s former side and German international Ter Stegen made two big saves to thwart veteran striker Aritz Aduriz. With the game still goalless, Messi missed a ...

Ronaldo and Messi lead the way on Ballon d’Or shortlist

Monday, 9 October 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to retain the Ballon d’Or trophy as his Real Madrid side dominated the 30-man shortlist announced by France Football on Monday. The 32-year-old, who helped Real win the Champions League and La Liga last season, is one of seven Real players on the list - the most from any team. Should the Portugal forward triumph, he will equal the record of his great rival and five-times winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who is also nominated. The only other Barca ...

Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar on FIFA player of the year shortlist

Friday, 22 September 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the sport’s governing body said on Friday. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year. Messi and Neymar claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season. Juventus captain ...

Paulinho saves Barca against plucky Getafe

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Barcelona snatched a late 2-1 win at Getafe with Paulinho’s strike sending them seven points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Saturday. The Brazilian midfielder’s signing was widely criticized by supporters but he ran on to Lionel Messi’s pass, drove into the area and fired home with six minutes remaining to preserve Barcelona’s 100 percent record in the league. Later Atletico Madrid celebrated the inauguration of their ...

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.An emotional ...

Messi to remain at Barcelona until 2021 after agreeing to new deal

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will sign a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him with the Spanish giants until 2021, the side said on Wednesday. Five times a Ballon d’Or winner, the Argentinean forward was entering the final 12 months of his current deal before the new one was agreed. Messi, who scored 37 times in La Liga last season, has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, rising through their youth system to become one of the most successful and recognizable footballers in ...

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