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Category: Lionel Messi

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Messi: Barcelona not in shape to win Champions League but I want to stay

Messi says team must ‘not make so many stupid mistakes’ Forward felt ‘attacked’ and ‘hurt’ by Eric AbidalLionel Messi says he has no intention of leaving Barcelona but has warned that they need to act after a month in which there has been “one problem …

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Lionel Messi admits he sees ‘weird things happening’ at Barcelona

President denies claims of unethical social media practicesMessie says: ‘Frankly, the subject seems strange to me’Lionel Messi admits he sees “weird things happening” at Barcelona after the club president was forced to deny accusations of unethical soc…

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Simone Biles, Messi and Hamilton named athletes of year at Laureus Awards

US gymnast wins sportswoman of year for third timeLionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton share men’s awardGymnastics star Simone Biles was named the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the third time on Monday, while Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton shared the…

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Lionel Messi and money are keeping rudderless Barcelona afloat | Jonathan Wilson

Sacking of Ernesto Valverde and Messi’s fallout with sporting director Eric Abidal are symptoms of long-term stagnation and disjointed structure at the Camp NouL ast Tuesday, as Lionel Messi lashed out at the club’s sporting director, Eric Abidal, the …

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Pep Guardiola keen for Lionel Messi to finish career at Barcelona

• Manchester City manager: ‘He is from Barcelona and will stay’• Raheem Sterling out for weeks with ‘problem’ injuryPep Guardiola has said he hopes Lionel Messi will finish his career at Barcelona amid suggestions Manchester City want to sign the Argen…

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Football transfer rumours: Lionel Messi to join Manchester City?

Today’s fluff is peachyCutting an increasingly grumpy figure at Barcelona, where he has made headlines after very publicly criticising the club’s sporting director (and his former team-mate) Eric Abidal, Lionel Messi has a clause in his contract that a…

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Football transfer rumours: Lionel Messi to join Manchester City?

Today’s fluff is peachyCutting an increasingly grumpy figure at Barcelona, where he has made headlines after very publicly criticising the club’s sporting director (and his former team-mate) Eric Abidal, Lionel Messi has a clause in his contract that a…

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The blame game: how Lionel Messi’s patience finally snapped at Barcelona

Barcelona are in a mess and Eric Abidal’s comments that the players were to blame was simply too much for the ArgentinianQuique Setién scoffed and then started laughing. “No way,” he said. He had been talking for 12 minutes and he was only halfway thro…

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Barcelona’s Quique Setién on Lionel Messi, Eric Abidal fallout – video

‘In any club like this there are problems,’ were the words from Barcelona manager Quique Setién as he weighed in on the fallout between Lionel Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal. The former Barcelona defender has sparked fury after he blamed the p…

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Barcelona in crisis: Lionel Messi hits back at Eric Abidal’s comments – video report

Barcelona were plunged into crisis when Lionel Messi publicly called out the sporting director Eric Abidal, challenging him to name names and accusing him of tarnishing the players’ reputation. Abidal claimed Barcelona’s players had not been …

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Barcelona in meltdown after Lionel Messi hits back at Eric Abidal

• Sporting director had blamed players for Valverde sacking• Messi can leave club in summer thanks to contract clauseBarcelona were plunged into crisis on Tuesday night when the captain Lionel Messi publicly called out the sporting director Eric Abidal…

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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…