Messi Who

21 hours ago
BARCELONA, Spain -- Jordi Alba branded the Ballon d'Or a "lie" and claimed that a Madrid media campaign is the reason Lionel Messi did not win the coveted individual prize this year. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or earlier this week, with Barcelona forward Messi, a five-time winner of the award, finishing fifth in the voting. Messi, who also finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, responded with a stunning individual performance against Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday. The Argentine scored two brilliant free kicks as Barca won 4-0 to move three points clear at the top of La Liga, providing the backdrop for Alba's rant about the
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3 days ago
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/1206/r473783_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />It's the usual suspects leading the world's best forwards in 2018, but did Lionel Messi really have a better 2018 than Cristiano Ronaldo? Real Madrid's Luka Modric insists that although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are exceptional talents, his Ballon d'Or win was for those players like Xavi who missed out because of their domination of the trophy. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Messi is too good to not deem Barcelona's trio of strikers the fiercest in all of Europe. Former Brazil forward Pele has stated that Diego Maradona was a "much better player" than Lionel Messi -- adding that Barcelona No. 10 "only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn't head the ball well." No one has won the Ballon d&...
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5 days ago
Lionel Messi may have missed out on a sixth Ballon d’Or, but the Barcelona superstar is looking to “win everything” at club level this season. There are still many prestigious prizes up for grabs in 2018-19, and Messi is determined to get his hands on as many as possible. Messi, who has helped Barca back to the top of the Liga standings and through to the last 16 of the Champions League , added: “Whenever we start a new season, I always try to improve on an individual level as well as collectively.
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5 days ago
Luka Modric said he wants to retire at Real Madrid after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or. Modric claimed the coveted individual honour at a ceremony in Paris on Monday – ending the domination of Juventus superstar Ronaldo and Barcelona sensation Messi, who had split the past 10 awards. After becoming the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, Modric quickly pledged his future to three-time reigning Champions League holders Madrid amid links with Serie A side Inter.
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5 days ago
Luka Modric said he wants to retire at Real Madrid after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or. Modric claimed the coveted individual honour at a ceremony in Paris on Monday – ending the domination of Juventus superstar Ronaldo and Barcelona sensation Messi, who had split the past 10 awards. After becoming the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, Modric quickly pledged his future to three-time reigning Champions League holders Madrid amid links with Serie A side Inter.
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6 days ago
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/1203/r472384_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup. The ESPN FC crew assess Luka Modric's credentials after he claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has ended the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or. Modric, who led Real to their third consecutive Champions League and reached the World Cup final with Croatia this summer, capped off a memorable 2018 by winning European football's oldest individual prize in a ceremony on Monday. Modric, 33, finished ahead of Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann for the prize, leaving Messi, who was fifth, outside the top...
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3 weeks ago
The legend of Lionel Messi became known to the world outside of Rosario and Barcelona 15 years ago today. In a friendly match on November 16, 2003 inaugurating Porto’s Estadio do Dragao – built for the upcoming Euro 2004 tournament – Frank Rijkaard and Barcelona traveled west with many reserve and youth players, as most of the first team stars were away on international duty. Messi, who was just 16-years old at the time and began the season five levels below the first team in Juveniles B, had impressed in a rare chance to play against the first team players and was brought along in the traveling squad.
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3 weeks ago
Call it the start of the Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti farewell tour if you must, the first of two friendlies between Mexico and Argentina will be played this Friday at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Cordoba, Argentina. While all signs point to Gerardo “Tata” Martino being named Mexico’s new manager in a few weeks. Mexico still have two more games to play under interim coach Ricardo Ferretti. Currently, El Tri arrive on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Chile and come into this game missing several key players, including the injured Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. Like Mexico, Argentina are also suffering from a number of key absences, most noticeably Lionel Messi, who has decided to take some time off from
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3 weeks ago
Call it the start of the Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti farewell tour if you must, the first of two friendlies between Mexico and Argentina will be played this Friday at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Cordoba, Argentina. While all signs point to Gerardo “Tata” Martino being named Mexico’s new manager in a few weeks. Mexico still have two more games to play under interim coach Ricardo Ferretti. Currently, El Tri arrive on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Chile and come into this game missing several key players, including the injured Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. Like Mexico, Argentina are also suffering from a number of key absences, most noticeably Lionel Messi, who has decided to take some time off from
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November 6th, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/1106/r459868_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Internazionale Barcelona 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now&nbsp;&raquo; Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Barcelona drew at Inter Milan 1-1 to remain atop their Champions League group on Tuesday. The La Liga champions were again without superstar forward Lionel Messi, who did not make the 18-man squad for the match as he recovers from a broken arm. And Ernesto Valverde's men missed his scoring touch early on when a bevvy of chances went begging in an otherwise dominant first half. Howev...
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November 3rd, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/1024/r452276_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Rayo Vallecano gave Barcelona all they could handle at a packed Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, however a late push from Luis Suarez sealed their fate. Barcelona star Lionel Messi could return to action as soon as Tuesday, coach Ernesto Valverde said after the Blaugrana's 3-2 victory at Rayo Vallecano.&nbsp; The win was Barca's third straight without Messi, who is currently out with a broken bone in his right arm. However, Valverde told reporters after the match that Messi could be back for the La Liga leaders' midweek trip to Milan, where Barca will face Inter in the Champions League. "I think we all play better with Messi in the side," Valverde...
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October 23rd, 2018
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde insists there is no issue with his team being so reliant on Lionel Messi, who is currently sidelined with an arm injury.
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October 16th, 2018
Return to training with Rakitic | FC Barcelona First training session of the week for the players who didn’t join their national teams during the international break, with the exception of Rakitic, who returned on Tuesday morning. Chumi, O. Busquets and Riqui Puig from Barça B made up the numbers on pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The 14-year anniversary of Leo Messi’s official Barça debut | FC Barcelona It came in the 2004 season, when Barça beat cross-town rivals RCD Espanyol, 1–0, at the Estadi Lluís Companys on Montjuic in Barcelona. In the 82nd minute, Messi, who wore the number 30 early on in his Barça career, came on for Deco, the game’s lone goal scorer. Messi was 17 years,
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October 13th, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/0827/r420684_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Argentina's manager Lionel Scaloni insists he hasn't spoken to Lionel Messi on whether he wants to play in the 2018 Copa America after the Barcelona forward was left out of the squad for upcoming friendlies. Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side. Argentina great Diego Maradona has told Fox Sports that Lionel Messi, who he coached at the 2010 World Cup, is not a leader and should not be considered a footballing god. Maradona, who along with Pele is widely considered to be one of the best players of all time, said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side. "We shouldn't deify Messi any longer," he told...
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October 11th, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/1011/r445621_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Iraq Argentina 0 4 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now&nbsp;&raquo; GameCast Lineups and Stats Argentina easily overcame Iraq 4-0 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with four players scoring their first senior international goals for the twice world champions while German Pezzella also found the net. Argentina were without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from international football, and fielded a new-look side that included one player making his debut and two others their first-ever starts. The new boys were rarely troubled by an Iraq side...
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October 9th, 2018
Lionel Messi can still win the World Cup if Argentina do not abandon their "process", according to former head coach Jorge Sampaoli. Messi's fourth World Cup in Russia ended in a last-16 defeat to France – a result that led to Sampaoli's dismissal – and the Barcelona superstar will be 35 when Qatar 2022 comes around. Speaking publicly for the first time since he was sacked, Sampaoli remains confident that Messi – who has not yet confirmed whether he will keep playing international football – has what it takes to triumph on the biggest stage of all, should he receive the support of the Argentina Football Association.
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October 9th, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/0326/r346519_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Argentina's manager Lionel Scaloni insists he hasn't spoken to Lionel Messi on whether he wants to play in the 2018 Copa America after the Barcelona forward was left out of the squad for upcoming friendlies. Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side. Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli believes Lionel Messi can still realise his dream of lifting the World Cup in 2022 if the country doesn't veer from "the process." Sampaoli has spoken for the first time since being dismissed&nbsp;by the Argentina Football Association (AFA) after leading the Albiceleste to the Round of 16 at the tournament in Russia where eventual champions France beat...
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October 3rd, 2018
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde hailed Arthur's display after his side ended a run of three games without a win by beating Tottenham in the Champions League. Ivan Rakitic's superb volley and a masterclass from Lionel Messi, who hit a second-half brace in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Wembley, will grab the headlines. "Man, that's what it's about," Valverde told beIN SPORTS of the 22-year-old's performance after a win that left Barca level on points with Inter at the top of Group B.
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October 1st, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i/?img=/photo/2018/0816/r415393_1296x729_16-9.jpg&amp;w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />Argentina interim head coach Lionel Scaloni quashes claims of a rift with Paulo Dybala after the Juve star started on the bench against Colombia. Argentina's interim head coach Lionel Scaloni says the number 10 shirt will not be given to another player until Lionel Messi announces his plans. Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side. Diego Maradona has said Lionel Messi should quit the Argentina team and send everyone "to hell." Messi, who&nbsp;has scored 65 goals in 128 appearances since making his debut with Argentina in August 2005, has taken an indefinite leave of absence&nbsp;from international football since captaining Argenti...
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September 30th, 2018
Tottenham full-back Danny Rose insists his team cannot just focus on Lionel Messi as they prepare for a crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona. The Premier League outfit host Barca at Wembley on Wednesday, needing a win after losing their Group B opener to Inter. Rose believes Spurs can get a strong result against the LaLiga giants and Messi, who already has five league goals this term and opened his European campaign with a hat-trick.
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September 25th, 2018
KweséESPN Staff Lionel Messi may have been overlooked for the three-man shortlist for FIFA's The Best award ahead of Monday's awards ceremony in London, but former teamate Samuel Eto'o believes the Barcelona superstar's standing as the greatest player ever isn't in doubt. Messi was included in the FIFPro World XI, but it was Real Madrid's Luka Modric who won the main prize to end the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly of the award. The Croatia midfielder won with 29 percent of the votes, coming in ahead of Ronaldo (19 percent), Mohamed Salah (11.2 percent) and Kylian Mbappe (10 percent). Messi, who skipped the ceremony, received only nine percent of the votes, but Eto'o doesn't believe the award
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