August 8: Paris Saint-Germain and Lionel Messi are in negotiations on a contract after financially troubled Barcelona was unable to keep the superstar, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.
MADRID, Aug 6: Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona despite both parties having reached an agreement over a new contract, the La Liga club said on Thursday, citing economic and structural obstacles to the renewal of the deal.
CUIABA, BRAZIL, June 29: Lionel Messi became Argentina’s most capped international player on Monday, marking the occasion with two goals as he led his national team to a 4-1 win over Bolivia at the Copa America.
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15: Argentina's Lionel Messi scored one of his trademark free kicks in the first half but Eduardo Vargas equalised for Chile in the second to leave honours even at 1-1 in their Copa America opener in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
BARCELONA, Dec 20: Lionel Messi equalled Pele’s haul of 643 goals for Santos after scoring for Barcelona against Valencia in La Liga on Saturday, matching the Brazilian great’s scoring record for a single club.
VILA-REAL, July 6: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year.
BARCELONA, Nov 28: Lionel Messi scored in his 700th match for Barcelona and also set up goals for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann as the Catalans beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday to seal a spot in the Champions League knockout stages as Group F winners.
BARCELONA, Nov 10: Lionel Messi scored two exquisite free kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Saturday which took Barcelona back to the top of La Liga after a difficult week.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.