Ronaldo scores twice to overtake Messi as top scorer

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Lionel Messi as the Spanish season's leading scorer over all competitions after his brace led Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at Eibar on Saturday.Ronaldo's 32nd and 33rd goals moved him one ahead of his Barcelona rival.And Ronaldo knows he'll stay top for now. Messi will miss Barcelona's match at Malaga later Saturday after earlier announcing the birth of Ciro, his third son.After struggling early in the season to find the net in La Liga, Ronaldo has 14 goals in his last ...

Barcelona’s Messi announces birth of his third son, misses Malaga game

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Lionel Messi announced the birth of his third child - and third son - on Saturday. The Argentina forward wrote on his Instagram account in Spanish: “Welcome Ciro! Thank God everything went perfect. Mom and he are very well. We are super happy!!!!!” Messi is married to Antonella Roccuzzo, the mother of their three children. Barcelona said early Saturday that Messi would miss a match at Malaga later in the day for “personal reasons.” “A last minute change to the FC ...

Messi’s contract with FC Barcelona to exceed 100 mln euros per year

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday, November 25, after five months of waiting, Lionel Messi signed his contract binding him until 2021 at FC Barcelona. Lionel Messi, could comfortably earn more than 100 million euros every year, according to a report released by France-based Mediapart. Journalists from European Investigation Collaborations (EIC) claimed to have seen the details of the updated contract signed by Messi on November 25. According to the report, Messi is guaranteed around 70 million euros a year in salary and ...

Barcelona takes 14-point lead over Real Madrid after 3-0 win

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored as Barcelona beat 10-man Real Madrid 3-0 Saturday in the Spanish league, dealing a huge blow to its fiercest rival’s title defense. Suarez struck in the 54th minute of the politically charged game and Messi added a penalty 10 minutes later after Madrid’s Dani Carvajal received a direct red for stopping a goal-bound header by Paulinho. Messi also set up substitute Aleix Vidal to round off the commanding win in stoppage time. The victory by Ernesto ...

Syrian refugee’s dream comes true with Messi meeting

Saturday, 16 December 2017

A young Syrian refugee's dreams came true when she met Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates after the club invited her to attend a La Liga match earlier this month.Nujeen Mustafa, 18, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, fled her hometown of Aleppo two years ago with her sister Nasrin.The two girls made a 5,600km (3,479 mile) journey to Cologne where they were sheltered as refugees. After discovering that Nujeen was a fan of Barca, the club surprised her by ...

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 ...

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