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Messi smashes Spanish league record

Messi smashes Spanish league record

Barcelona's Lionel Messi became the Spanish league's all-time top scorer with a hat-trick against Sevilla. Messi finally matched Telmo Zarra's 251 goals with a fantastic free-kick, having failed to score in his last three La Liga matches. Sevilla levelled through a Jordi Alba own goal, but Neymar made it 2-1. Ivan Rakitic scored a header before...

Messi two goals away from La Liga goal record

Messi two goals away from La Liga goal record

Lionel Messi moved to within two goals of becoming the all-time La Liga record goalscorer after he netted in Barcelona's victory over Eibar. After a goalless first half, Messi's through-ball found Xavi, who chipped keeper Xabi Iruretagoiena to put the league leaders ahead after an hour. Brazil striker Neymar volleyed in Dani Alves's chip to...

Argentina destroy Hong Kong 7-0

Argentina destroy Hong Kong 7-0

Lionel Messi scored twice after coming off the bench as an experimental Argentina side destroyed Hong Kong 7-0 in an international friendly mismatch on Tuesday. Argentina fielded a completely different line-up from the one which lost to Brazil last week but the World Cup finalists still waltzed to a facile triumph. The home crowd, some...

Brazil clinch Super Classico

Brazil clinch Super Classico

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals for Brazil, as former skipper Dunga made it three wins...

Messi to face tax evasion trial

Messi to face tax evasion trial

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi is to face trial for alleged tax evasion, a Spanish judge has ruled. The judge rejected a prosecution recommendation to drop the charges on the grounds the player's father was responsible for his finances. Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding the authorities of more than 4m...

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...

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