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Category: Lionel Messi

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European football roundup: Barcelona and Inter climb back to top

• Lionel Messi at the double in Barça’s 5-1 win over Real Valladolid• Romelu Lukaku gives Inter a 2-1 win at BresciaLionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona thrashed Real Valladolid 5-1 to move top of La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s si…

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Lionel Messi’s enduring luminous talent marks him out as The Best

It is easy to become a little inured but his achievements are astonishing – 54 goals, the European golden boot and Champions League top-scorerWas it ever really in doubt? Lionel Messi is The Best: it’s official. On a night of pomp, power?play and delic…

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Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe named Fifa footballers of the year

• Jürgen Klopp won The Best men’s coach award• Jill Ellis takes the women’s coach of the year awardBarcelona’s Lionel Messi and the USA World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe have been crowned players of the year at Fifa’s The Best awards, held at the stunning…

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Barcelona trapped in a recurring nightmare that began at Anfield | Sid Lowe

Last season’s calamitous Champions League exit against Liverpool did not cause Barcelona’s crisis – it exposed structural failures which were ignored for too longBarcelona’s crisis? Pretty much the first thing Junior Firpo did as a Barça player was mis…

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Lionel Messi admits he ‘would have loved’ Neymar to return to Barcelona

‘For me, Neymar is one of the best players in the world’Messi has contract clause that allows him to leave Barça for freeLionel Messi says he wanted Neymar to return to Barcelona this year, adding that his former teammate had been looking forward to re…

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Fifa Puskás Award 2019: breakdown of the 10-strong shortlist

Fifa has released a 10-goal shortlist, featuring Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, Lionel Messi and Andros TownsendThe Puskás Award, named after the Hungary legend, is given to the best goal scored in the last 12 months. Notable winners include Cr…

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Lionel Messi gets controversial red card but Argentina beat Chile

Lionel Messi was sent off before half-time as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 to win a scrappy and bad-tempered Copa América third-place play-off in São Paulo.The match was 34 minutes old when Chile’s captain, Gary Medel, shepherded out a ball near his own go…

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What is a foul? Lionel Messi’s anger highlights controversy surrounding VAR | Jonathan Wilson

The thought that VAR may end dispute over decisions has proved laughably misguided, if anything football is more controversial than everThere was a time before VAR. There may be a time after VAR. But this is the age of VAR and nothing can ever happen b…

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Lionel Messi accuses referee of Brazil bias after Copa América defeat

• Argentina captain complained of ‘crazy officiating’ after 2-0 loss• Player stated ‘referee was on their side in every dispute’Lionel Messi accused the referee of bias after Argentina crashed out of the Copa América with a 2-0 semi-final loss to Brazi…

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Argentina are floundering and the Messi problem is not the biggest one

Copa América struggles demonstrate that more important are a lack of leadership and shrinking pool of high-class talentThe only positive for Argentina, and it is a dubious one, is that it could have been worse. A draw against Paraguay means they will p…

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Argentina’s chaotic Copa América planning puts Brazil in driving seat | Jonathan Wilson

The hosts are tipped to win the tournament but, as we saw in 2014, the pressure of the home crowd can cause them problemsThe good news for Argentina is that Conmebol have handily arranged another Copa América for next year, one they will co-host with C…

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Argentina’s chaotic Copa América planning puts Brazil in driving seat | Jonathan Wilson

The hosts are tipped to win the tournament but, as we saw in 2014, the pressure of the home crowd can cause them problemsThe good news for Argentina is that Conmebol have handily arranged another Copa América for next year, one they will co-host with C…

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Lionel Messi broke down in tears in Barcelona’s Anfield dressing room

• Argentinian inconsolable after semi-final defeat to Liverpool• Messi then missed team bus to airport due to drug testingLionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against…

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It really is Lionel’s world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From U9s in parks to Pep Guardiola’s champions, no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sport’s footprint as Barcelona’s superstarThere was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilli…

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Barcelona president relishes treating Lionel Messi’s genius as normal

Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Barcelona president, says the club have got so accustomed to seeing Messi perform extraordinary feats on the pitch that they are no longer surprisedLionel Messi placed the ball and all around the ground they watched, 98,299 pa…

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Lionel Messi’s desire shows up Spurs’ display against Ajax, Pochettino says

• ‘If we play like him we have a chance to reach the final’• Vertonghen did not suffer a concussion, neurologist confirmsMauricio Pochettino has admitted he found Lionel Messi’s Champions League masterclass against Liverpool painful to watch because it…

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Klopp took a risk with his tactics at Barcelona – and Messi made him pay | Jonathan Wilson

Attacking Barcelona is not wrong given it can unsettle them but it leaves teams exposed and Liverpool found that can be fatalContemplating his side’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jürgen Klopp said that to sit back…

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Klopp took a risk with his tactics at Barcelona – and Messi made him pay | Jonathan Wilson

Attacking Barcelona is not wrong given it can unsettle them but it leaves teams exposed and Liverpool found that can be fatalContemplating his side’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jürgen Klopp said that to sit back…

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Jürgen Klopp happy with Liverpool’s performance but rues Messi’s brilliance

• ‘In these moments he is unstoppable. What a strike’• Manager accepts three-goal deficit will be difficult to overturnJürgen Klopp described Lionel Messi as unstoppable after the brilliant Barcelona captain orchestrated Liverpool’s heaviest defeat of …

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Incomparable Messi reminds Salah who is master of left-footed arts

The Liverpool forward played well but Barcelona’s magician wrote his name all over another Champions League semi-finalThere was a moment at the end of this game – like so many other Lionel Messi moments – that you felt like pulling out of the air, taki…