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Messi, Neymar to play for Gaza peace

Messi, Neymar to play for Gaza peace

Combining his love of world peace with his love of soccer, Pope Francis plans to host a celebrity soccer match this September to promote a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip. The exhibition game will take place on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome with "all-star players" like...

Messi meets a fan with name, number tattooed on back

Messi meets a fan with name, number tattooed on back

Lionel Messi has an army of fans across the world, but one Argentina supporter who wanted to show his love of Leo went a step beyond, reports UK’s Bleacher Report. In a remarkable three-minute video entitled, "The passion for Messi has no limits," we see the moment a fan by the name of Hernan Baigorria got Messi's name and iconic "10" shirt number tattooed onto his back.

Argentine president no soccer fan

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament  including the final. A day after soccer-mad Argentina lost the World Cup final to Germany by a score of 1-0, Fernandez received the national team in the capital, giving each of the downbeat players, dressed in black suits and ties, a consolatory hug. Fernandez had earlier declined an invitation from Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff to attend the...

Messi remains Club King

Messi remains Club King

Too near, yet too far. Lionel Messi came so close to what was required to surpass Diego Maradona, the football god of his country. But the World Cup, tragically for the Albiceleste, remains elusive for a player considered one of the greatest of all time. Little Leo could have done it this time in...

Lionel Messi Golden Ball surprised Sepp Blatter

Lionel Messi Golden Ball surprised Sepp Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he was "a little bit surprised" Lionel Messi was named the World Cup's best player. Messi was awarded the Golden Ball after Argentina's 1-0 loss to Germany in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro. Blatter believes Messi was given the award on the strength of his four goals during the group stage. Argentina legend Diego Maradona also felt Messi was a surprise choice, claiming Colombia's James Rodriguez performed better in Brazil. Maradona, who was named the best player when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986, said "marketing people" had chosen the wrong man and called the decision "unfair". The Golden Ball and other individual prizes, such as the...

Leo one goal away from Diego

Leo one goal away from Diego

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are great Argentine footballers with very different personalities but "Leo" became "Diego" for a brief moment when he scored in the World Cup group game against Bosnia. The normally introverted Messi celebrated the goal, his first at a World Cup for eight years, with a primeval scream reminiscent of...

Glory for Germany

Glory for Germany

Mario Gotze's 113th-minute volley fired Germany to World Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Argentina at the Maracana, Goal.com reports. The tournament's outstanding team failed to repeat the fluency and brilliance of their 7-1 semi-final romp against Brazil but Joachim Low's team found one more sumptuous moment during the second half of extra...

Messi wins Golden Ball

Messi wins Golden Ball

Lionel Messi, who lost out on the World Cup title after Argentina's 1-0 loss to Germany in Sunday's final, was named the Golden Ball winner of the tournament. The Barcelona legend and four-time Player of the Year was a key part in Argentina's march to the Maracana stadium, picking up four man-of-the-match performances. He scored...

Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball: Maradona

Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball: Maradona

Argentina icon Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the Golden Ball following his performances at the World Cup, reports goal.com. The Barcelona star beat the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez to the prestigious individual award after scoring four goals in seven performances at this summer's tournament and guiding his team to the final, yet Maradona feels the 27-year-old only won it for commercial reasons. "Messi? I would give him heaven if possible," Maradona said during his show on Telesur. "But it's not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan." Maradona then went on to voice his...

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Messi remains Club King

Messi remains Club King

Too near, yet too far. Lionel Messi came so close to what was required to surpass Diego Maradona, the football god of his country. But the World Cup, tragically for the Albiceleste, remains elusive for a player considered one of the greatest of all time. Little Leo could have done it this time in...

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