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Category: Lionel Messi

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No sign of peace at Barcelona as Messi simmers and Suárez says goodbye | Sid Lowe

As their La Liga season starts on Sunday, the Camp Nou club are still in turmoil. Can playing matches lift the mood?“It’s been a mad month; lots of things you would never have imagined happened,” Luis Suárez said and it wasn’t over yet – at least not f…

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Lionel Messi takes fresh aim at Barcelona for ‘throwing out’ Luis Suárez

Messi says Suárez did not deserve such treatment‘Nothing surprises me any more,’ Argentinian addsLionel Messi has launched his latest attack on Barcelona’s hierarchy by criticising the way the club treated Luis Suárez, who left for Atlético Madrid this…

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For Lionel Messi and Barcelona things will never be the same again | Sid Lowe

There are no winners after the Argentinian superstar was bluntly honest in saying he is only staying to avoid courtNo smile, no handshake and no reconciliation. Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona but this was no happy ending. It is over, for now, yet…

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Lionel Messi’s father: La Liga has made ‘clear error’ over €700m buyout clause

League insisted Barcelona forward’s contract still validJorge Messi: ‘We don’t know what contract you analysed’Lionel Messi’s father and representative Jorge has written to the Spanish league to reiterate that he is not obliged to pay his €700m buyout …

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Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona remains unclear after meeting

Club maintain Argentinian is still under contractMessi’s camp reiterate desire to leave on a free transferLionel Messi’s future remains uncertain after a meeting between the club and the player’s representatives failed to find a solution to the stand-o…

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Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona remains unclear after meeting

Club maintain Argentinian is still under contractMessi’s camp reiterate desire to leave on a free transferLionel Messi’s future remains uncertain after a meeting between the club and the player’s representatives failed to find a solution to the stand-o…

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona future ‘difficult’, admits player’s father and agent

Jorge Messi arrives in Barcelona and will have talks with clubManchester City wait for outcome before deciding next moveManchester City will wait for negotiations between Jorge Messi and Barcelona to end before deciding on their next move in pursuit of…

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David Squires on … Lionel Messi going full George Costanza

Our cartoonist takes a look at Lionel Messi’s current predicament and suggests an alternative way out of his Barcelona stalemateLook through David’s Guardian cartoon archive Continue reading…

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Lionel Messi skips Barcelona medical as La Liga confirms €700m clause must be paid

Argentina forward absent from training ground on SundayLeague statement clarifies Messi’s release clauseLa Liga has confirmed Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract is still valid – hours after he failed to attend a pre-season medical at the club.Having inf…

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Forget the romance, a Messi-Guardiola reunion would not make City better | Jonathan Wilson

A possible Pep and Leo show at the Etihad is a mouthwatering prospect but a defensive rejig is more pressing for the club’s title ambitions than the addition of a strolling goalscoring geniusA fortnight ago, two key storylines emerged from Lisbon. Ther…

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‘No chance’ of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi, says Jürgen Klopp

‘The numbers are not for us,’ jokes the Liverpool managerKlopp would like to see Messi in the Premier LeagueJürgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions that Liverpool could sign Lionel Messi but would like to see him in the Premier League. Messi has rocke…

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‘No chance’ of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi, says Jürgen Klopp

‘The numbers are not for us,’ jokes the Liverpool managerKlopp would like to see Messi in the Premier LeagueJürgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions that Liverpool could sign Lionel Messi but would like to see him in the Premier League. Messi has rocke…

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Messi to Manchester City would be cash benefit to entire Premier League | Eni Aluko

Barcelona should accept the Argentinian’s wishes and let him leave with Pep Guardiola the manager best placed to sign himSuddenly and unexpectedly there is the very real prospect Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest player in the world now or ever, will …

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The end of the affair: after Messi, Barcelona will never be the same | Sid Lowe

While he may one day regret it if he leaves, the club certainly will. How did they let it come to this, is the question all Barcelona fans will be askingThe end is getting nearer, Lionel Messi said the night he collected his sixth Ballon d’Or. It was h…

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The Fiver | Barcelona continue to be the soap-opera skip fire that keeps on blazing

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Here’s the Fiver’s bold and brave prediction: Lionel Messi will still be a Barcelona player come the start of the new season. He’s quit Argentina a hundred times before, so we don’t see why this should…

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Messi at Manchester City would bring fantasy football to England | Jamie Jackson

Reuniting the Argentinian with Pep Guardiola would set the Premier League alight, and make City a global powerhouseLionel Messi lining up for Manchester City. Flying down the wing in the club’s famous sky-blue livery. Taking a Kevin De Bruyne pass on t…

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Manchester City believe they have a chance of signing Barça’s Lionel Messi

Pep Guardiola would love to link up again with forwardLegal battle with Barcelona may determine Messi’s futureManchester City believe they have a chance of signing Lionel Messi after the forward told Barcelona he wants to leave. Related: Where next for…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez to Everton?

Today’s fluff is easy like Sunday morningIt’s finally happening: Lionel Messi is going to up sleeves and leave Barcelona. After years of quiet glowering and reserved control, captaining a succession of coaches undeserving of their proximity to his geni…

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Where next for Lionel Messi after his decision to leave Barcelona?

Europe’s elite are queuing up to sign arguably the world’s best player, but Messi may still surprise everyone with his next moveAs the minutes ticked by after the bombshell news that Messi wanted out of Barcelona, it was little surprise to see City eme…

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Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave but faces legal battle over clause

Argentina forward sent fax to Barça informing them of decisionClub insists free transfer clause in Messi’s contract has expired Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club immediately – and on a free transfer. The Argentinian, who a…