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Category: Lionel Messi

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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…

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‘Leo knows we’re on the right path’: Barça coach Koeman says Messi must decide his future – video

Barcelona’s head coach Ronald Koeman says the team has a ‘great future’ but that Lionel Messi will be the one to decide if he stays at the club following their Champions League exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain. A 1-1 draw in the second leg brou…

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are costly albatrosses weighing their clubs down | Jonathan Wilson

Willingness to believe in the cult of the winner is worsening the plight of Barcelona and Juventus On Tuesday, Juventus might overcome a 2-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League. On Wednesday, Barcelona almost certainly won’t come back from 4…

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are costly albatrosses weighing their clubs down | Jonathan Wilson

Willingness to believe in the cult of the winner is worsening the plight of Barcelona and Juventus On Tuesday, Juventus might overcome a 2-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League. On Wednesday, Barcelona almost certainly won’t come back from 4…

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Lionel Messi may be heading towards his Vegas stage but the fire still burns | Barney Ronay

The 33-year-old showed again this week exactly why Man City or PSG might just consider him worth the investmentOf all the many Elvis Presley incarnations – Vegas Elvis, Leather Elvis, Super-Handsome Young Elvis – my favourite is probably Karate Elvis.E…

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Lionel Messi double helps Barcelona ease past Elche and cut gap to Atlético

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona overcame an uninspiring first half to beat struggling Elche 3-0 at home in La Liga on Wednesday and keep the leaders Atlético Madrid in their sights.The home side created little in one of their worst first-half di…

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Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League round of 16, first leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick offRB Leipzig v Liverpool: Champions League – live! Join our MBMThoughts on the game? Send Rob an email! 9.25pm GMT 68 min: Mbappe denied a hat-trick! He has been unplayable tonight. He picked up the bal o…

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‘The pain is immense’: Neymar to miss reunion with Barcelona and Messi

Injury looks like ruling PSG’s Brazilian forward out for a month and both legs of the Champions League tie with his former club‘The sadness is huge, the pain is immense, and the weeping is constant.” Neymar had already been hit once and Mauricio Pochet…

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‘The pain is immense’: Neymar to miss reunion with Barcelona and Messi

Injury looks like ruling PSG’s Brazilian forward out for a month and both legs of the Champions League tie with his former club‘The sadness is huge, the pain is immense, and the weeping is constant.” Neymar had already been hit once and Mauricio Pochet…

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‘The pain is immense’: Neymar to miss reunion with Barcelona and Messi

Injury looks like ruling PSG’s Brazilian forward out for a month and both legs of the Champions League tie with his former club‘The sadness is huge, the pain is immense, and the weeping is constant.” Neymar had already been hit once and Mauricio Pochet…

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Barcelona deny leaking Lionel Messi’s contract details to Spanish newspaper

El Mundo claims player’s four-year deal is worth €555m Club promises to take ‘appropriate legal action’Barcelona have denied responsibility for the publication of Lionel Messi’s current contract. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo published the astonishing…

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Lionel Messi’s red mist shows player lauded as deity is only human after all | Jonathan Liew

The first red card in his Barcelona career is the culmination of his club’s decline and the kicking he has endured for yearsExactly 90 seconds before the act of violence that will earn Lionel Messi his first red card for Barcelona, he’s standing just i…

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Messi sent off as Athletic Bilbao sink Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Bilbao (aet)Iñaki Williams hits superb extra-time winnerThe moment that ultimately won this match, if it could be reduced to just one among so many, was like the last frame of a comic strip.It’s 2-2 in extra time in the Super Cup…

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Mauricio Pochettino leaves open chance of Lionel Messi joining PSG

‘Any big player in the world is welcome,’ says PochettinoBarcelona attacker is out of contract in summerMauricio Pochettino has left open the possibility of Lionel Messi joining him at Paris Saint-Germain by saying “any big player in the world is welco…

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Pelé’s revolutionary status must survive numbers game against Lionel Messi | Barney Ronay

After Messi was said to have broken the Brazilian’s record for goals at a single club, Santos updated their statisticsIt seems odd looking back now, but Pelé’s 50th birthday was marked with a star-studded Pelé exhibition match televised live around the…