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Category: Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi agrees new five-year contract to stay with Barcelona

Deal structured to help club with financial fair playMessi may not see out contract that ends when he is 39Barcelona are close to announcing that Lionel Messi has signed a contract to continue with the club. The 34-year-old has agreed a five-year deal …

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Lionel Messi happy to swap his golden boots for trophy for Argentina

A big win in his national strip has eluded him and Brazil at the Maracanã in Copa América final will be pressure like no otherWhat does it mean to be Argentinian? Several World Cups ago the author and publisher Hernán Casciari wrote about trying to co…

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Brazil v Argentina is a final that could redeem a disappointing Copa América

The tournament has been let down by its odd format and lack of fans, but the final at the Maracanã could be one for the agesBy Tom Sanderson for Yellow and Green FootballThe Copa América has been beset by organisational problems and played in empty sta…

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La Liga chief claims Man City could not sign Messi without ‘financial doping’

Argentinian is now a free agent after Barcelona contract expiredTebas claims Barça need to save four euros for one spentLa Liga chief Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City could not sign Lionel Messi on his previous Barcelona terms without the aid o…

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Argentina face Colombia in Copa América semis after Messi magic

Argentina 3-0 Ecuador Uruguay 0-0 Colombia (Colombia win 4-2 on penalties)Lionel Messi scored a free kick and served up two assists as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday to set themselves up for a Copa América semi-final against Colombia.Messi mis…

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Cristiano Ronaldo shoots to top of Instagram rich list

Portugal footballer can command as much as $1.6m to endorse a product on social mediaCristiano Ronaldo has shot to the top of Instagram’s annual rich list of celebrities who can charge the most for a sponsored post, with the footballer able to command …

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Lionel Messi scores twice as Argentina overrun Bolivia at Copa América

Captain sets new all-time appearance record for ArgentinaConvincing win sets up quarter-final against EcuadorLionel Messi passed Javier Mascherano as Argentina’s most capped international on Monday and scored twice as they beat Bolivia 4-1 to set up a …

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Lionel Messi remains Argentina’s best hope of glory even in his twilight | Jonathan Liew

The Barcelona maestro has been in top form in the Copa América, but his country’s pool of young talent is drying upThe ball comes to Lionel Messi in midfield. He returns it with a disdainful flick of the foot that says: I can’t do anything with this. I…

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Copa América: Lionel Messi free-kick cancelled out as Chile hold Argentina

Lionel Messi scored one of his trademark free kicks in the first half but Eduardo Vargas equalised for Chile as their Copa América Group A opener in Rio de Janeiro ended in a 1-1 draw.With 33 minutes played at Estádio Nilton Santos, Messi stepped up to…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Barcelona president Laporta ‘moderately optimistic’ Messi will stay

Club aiming to reach deal with weeks left on contract Laporta in talks with Koeman over manager’s futureWith a month left on Lionel Messi’s contract, Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta is “moderately optimistic” that the club’s greatest player will sta…

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Busy doing nothing: Mastering the art of masterly inactivity | Jonathan Howcroft

Lionel Messi has refined the skill, the VAR has not, and A-League officials lie somewhere in between“Doing nothing with a deal of skill,” that is how the 18th-century poet, William Cowper, expressed the concept of masterly inactivity. It is an idea com…

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Dani Alves: ‘Messi told me Barça is the best place. I’ve reminded him of that’

The Brazilian on his fight to rejoin Barça, his regret at not signing for Manchester City, and the awful inequality in his countryDani Alves left Brazil in 2002 at the age of 19. He returned 16 years later and came back to a very different country. It …

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Dani Alves: ‘Messi told me Barça is the best place. I’ve reminded him of that’

The Brazilian on his fight to rejoin Barça, his regret at not signing for Manchester City, and the awful inequality in his countryDani Alves left Brazil in 2002 at the age of 19. He returned 16 years later and came back to a very different country. It …

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Lionel Messi helps obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines for South American players

Messi sent three autographed tops to SinovacControversial plan to inoculate players before Copa AméricaLionel Messi has helped to obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines from China for an ambitious but controversial plan to inoculate all of South America’s footba…

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Lionel Messi equals Xavi’s Barcelona appearance record in win over Huesca

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman hailed Lionel Messi as the most important player in the club’s illustrious history after he struck twice on his record-equalling 767th club appearance. Related: Ronaldo embraces perfection as he declares himself ahead of…

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Lionel Messi equals Xavi’s Barcelona appearance record in win over Huesca

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman hailed Lionel Messi as the most important player in the club’s illustrious history after he struck twice on his record-equalling 767th club appearance. Related: Ronaldo embraces perfection as he declares himself ahead of…