Milan, ITALY, Sept 24: Argentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time on Monday.

BARCELONA, Sept 16: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will be part of the squad to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday as he prepares to make his comeback from injury.

CAMP NOU, May 1: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged his players not to become obsessed with Lionel Messi ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League showdown at the Camp Nou against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player in world football according to figures collated by France Football.

Lionel Messi is struck by "emotional fatigue" combining playing for Argentina and Barcelona, says technical director Cesar Luis Menotti.

Lionel Messi is already a Barcelona legend and is often referred to as the greatest player of all time.

BARCELONA, Feb 3: Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back from two goals down by scoring twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia in a thrilling encounter on Saturday which interrupted the La Liga leaders’ streak of eight consecutive league wins.

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Messi-less Barcelona messy: Jordi Cruyff

December 26, 2018 16:50 pm

Former Barcelona player Jordi Cruyff has warned his former club to learn from what happened at Real Madrid after the departure of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

VALENCIA, Dec 17: Lionel Messi netted his first hat-trick of the La Liga season and provided two assists in yet another sensational individual display as a rampant Barcelona won 5-0 at Levante to strengthen their lead at the top of the table on Sunday.

BARCELONA, Oct 21: Barcelona snapped a four-match winless run in La Liga with a 4-2 home victory over title rivals Sevilla on Saturday to reclaim top spot but the triumph was marred by talisman Lionel Messi fracturing his arm and being ruled out for three weeks.

BARCELONA, Sept 30: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says the La Liga champions are “angry” about dropping seven points in their last three league games after he came off the bench to help his side scrape a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

TURIN, Aug 22: Juventus newcomer Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in his Serie A debut on Sunday, reigniting an online debate as his eternal rival Lionel Messi produced a blistering performance in La Liga the same day.

"I would tell him to play in Europe, not to travel more and not to let himself be used any more," soccer star Diego Maradona said of Lionel Messi.

Rome, July 27: Roma president James Pallotta has criticized Barcelona for their behavior following Malcom’s transfer to the Spanish club, after terms had apparently already been agreed for the Brazilian to move to the Italian capital.

July 25: France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

For two reasons, Jorge Sampaoli was a strange choice to take over as Argentina coach a year ago.

KAZAN, June 30: Argentina and Lionel Messi need to find form fast if they are to go any further in the World Cup on Saturday when they meet a France team who have yet to live up to their billing.

RUSSIA, June 28: The name of Lionel Messi is on everyone’s lips in the French camp as Les Bleus gear up for a seismic clash with Argentina in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says his team love Lionel Messi but will have no qualms about knocking his Argentina team out of the World Cup on Tuesday.

The world will be watching Lionel Messi on Tuesday as he and his Argentina team-mates attempt to rescue their Russia 2018 campaign against Nigeria.

RUSSIA, June 24: "Today Messi turns 31 years old, and we cannot help but congratulate the outstanding football player on his birthday," the director of the museum said wishing the Argentine victories, scores and added that Saransk is looking forward to him visiting the city.

When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup, they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness.

Lionel Messi is set to lead a mass exodus of Argentina stars who will retire from international football after the World Cup.

MOSCOW, June 16: Tiny Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match where Lionel Messi blew his chance to win it when he had a penalty saved by Hannes Por Halldorsson.

Jose Mourinho has predicted a stunning World Cup final cliffhanger between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and an Argentina team led by his great rival Lionel Messi.

KATHMANDU, June 4: Argentina starts 2018 FIFA World Cup which is set to kick off from June 14 to July 15, to get one better of the last finals when it lost to Germany 1-0 in the final in 2014. The 'Group of Death' of has Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria also fighting for their bids.

Argentina continue their FIFA 2018 World Cup preparations with a friendly against Haiti at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he would swap a Barcelona title for a trophy with the national team ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

GENEVA, May 26: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers — in life and on the field — going into a fourth World Cup.

ENGLAND, May 24: Former Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi are railing against their Barcelona team-mates when it comes to the Reds chances in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have all been included in Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

RUSSIA, May 17: ISIS threatened to behead Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the World Cup in chilling mocked-up photos.

MOHAMED SALAH is on a par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and he’ll prove it over the next 10 years, says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde defended his decision to rotate the team against Celta Vigo, where the La Liga leaders saw their title charge held up by a 2-2 draw and had Sergi Roberto sent off.

Along with the unabated popularity of football, growing still, fans across the world have kept the debate about their favorite players and teams alive through the past several decades. As a global sport, football has united millions of fans across the world in many ways.

BARCELONA, April 1: Lionel Messi’s late heroics against Sevilla to snatch a 2-2 draw for Barcelona on Saturday showed it is not just Argentina who have an unhealthy over-reliance on the brilliance of the five-times world player of the year.

Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi is the one debate which everyone in football, from fans to players to pundits, seems to have an opinion on.

BARCELONA, March 15: Lionel Messi scored two brilliant goals and created another for Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 3-0 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.

Barcelona’s financial and strategy director Pancho Schroder says Lionel Messi’s €700 million release clause may not be big enough to prevent rivals clubs from matching it.

FEB 21: Argentina icon Lionel Messi denied Chelsea a famous victory with his first goal in nine matches against the Blues to hand Barcelona the edge in this engrossing UEFA Champions League round-of-16 opener.

Christiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid to derail Barcelona’s interest in Alvaro Odriozola. The Real Sociedad star has been touted as a potential new arrival at the Nou Camp.

MADRID, Jan 22: Barcelona rode further away from their crumbling title rivals on Sunday as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each in a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis which opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the La Liga standings.

The three-time World Cup winner and all-time great has added his voice to the most heated of debates - Barcelona talisman or Real Madrid superstar?

BARCELONA, Jan 18:  Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as triple King’s Cup holders Barcelona suffered a surprise 1-0 loss at city rivals Espanyol in a quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, ending an unbeaten run of 29 games in all competitions.

BARCELONA, Jan 12: Lionel Messi scored twice as King’s Cup holders Barcelona moved comfortably into the quarter-finals by thrashing Celta Vigo 5-0 at the Nou Camp in their last 16 second leg game on Thursday.

BARCELONA, Nov 3: Barcelona plays Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Saturday, in a bid to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions, which will take them 11 points above their fierce rivals Real Madrid, who faces Las Palmas on Sunday. Second placed Valencia, who is four points behind Barcelona takes on Leganes in an early kick-off on Saturday as well.

BARCELONA, Nov 1: Neymar only signed for Paris Saint-Germain back in August, leaving Barcelona in a controversial summer deal.

Magical Messi leads Barca rout of Juventus

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BARCELONA, September 13: A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on Tuesday avenging last season’s quarter-final elimination by the Italian champions.