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Category: Lionel Messi

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What did Messi do in 2019? He made the ‘extraterrestrial’ seem ordinary | Sid Lowe

Our 2019 chart-topper is to other footballers like ‘Batman to an average cop’, according to one of the many opponents he tormented even in a relatively lean yearWhen Lionel Messi set off so did Diego Simeone, accompanying the run from the touchline. Dr…

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Lionel Messi’s enduring brilliance enthrals Guardian voting panel again

The Argentinian finished first by some distance despite missing out on the two biggest trophies of the yearThe 100 best male footballers in the world 2019Lionel Messi returns to the top of the Guardian’s top 100 male footballers list after losing out t…

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Is James Harden the NBA’s Cristiano Ronaldo?

The Rockets superstar has a kindred spirit in the Juventus frontman, bound by a robotic ruthlessness that will never win over the masses beyond the confines of their home arenasNot even his most ardent critics – and there are plenty of them – dispute J…

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Is James Harden the NBA’s Cristiano Ronaldo?

The Rockets superstar has a kindred spirit in the Juventus frontman, bound by a robotic ruthlessness that will never win over the masses beyond the confines of their home arenasNot even his most ardent critics – and there are plenty of them – dispute J…

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‘Do they fear losing?’: Rapinoe urges Messi and Ronaldo to speak out on injustice

USA star won Ballon d’Or alongside Messi this weekRapinoe has been a powerful voice for change in societyMegan Rapinoe has called on a collection of the most famous male footballers in the world to join her in the fight against injustice.Rapinoe won th…

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Virgil van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi, insists Jürgen Klopp

• Liverpool manager says ‘it would have been right if Virg won it’ • Klopp says club might make January moves if players availableJürgen Klopp has said Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the men’s Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi for his outstanding contribu…

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Platitudes, interviews and sport’s biggest stars: the strange tale of Diego Jokas

Joe Marler’s horse impression made quite a splash – and no wonder given we’re so used to tired cliches that it’s hard to spot when quotes are fakeThree years on, I still find myself thinking about the strange story of Diego Jokas. It came back to me ju…

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Ballon d’Or 2019: Messi and Rapinoe win from Van Dijk and Bronze – live!

Ballon d’Or 2019: Messi and Rapinoe win awardsEmail John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ with your thoughts 9.00pm GMT Here’s a bit of what Messi had to say on stage. He spoke for quite a while. “I know it isn’t easy,” said Didier Drogba by words of encouragemen…

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Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe win awards

• Barcelona’s Messi picks up sixth Ballon d’Or• Rapinoe takes award, with England’s Lucy Bronze secondArgentina’s Barcelona forward Lionel Messi claimed the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record sixth time on Monday, with Megan Rapinoe winning the women…

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Atlético Madrid get on the wrong side of Lionel Messi’s genius once again

When Messi picked up the ball in the 86th minute on Sunday, what would follow for Diego Simeone’s team became inevitable“It smelt of danger,” Diego Simeone said. Late on Sunday night, all drenched in black, Atlético Madrid’s manager could see it coming…

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‘Our art and his art’: inside Cirque du Soleil’s show dedicated to Messi | Sid Lowe

Show’s female Chilean freestyler and captain of Barcelona Women on the project expressing Messi’s career through performance and their hopes for women’s sport‘The email said: ‘You’ve been chosen for Messi10’ and I started to cry,” Catalina Vega says. “…

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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…