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UFC star, Conor McGregor Beats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be Named World’s Richest Athlete
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UFC star, Conor McGregor Beats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be Named World’s Richest Athlete

Conor McGregor has been ranked as Forbes' highest-paid athlete, beating out competition from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton to claim the number one spot. The majority of his revenue has come from ventures which include an array of endorsement deals. According to Forbes, the Irish UFC star made a total of $180 million over the last 12 months. Most of the money came from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for $150 million McGregors also made money from product endorsements after adding DraftKings, the video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes and the lifestyle brand Roots of Fight to his portfolio that has included campaigns with Burger King in the past, and a lucrative deal to wear Monster En...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona Drew 3-3 With Levante – Koeman
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona Drew 3-3 With Levante – Koeman

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has claimed their intensity dropped and his team switched off defensively in the second half of their 3-3 draw with Levante on Tuesday night. Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead, before Pedri doubled their advantage before the break. However, quick-fire goals from Gonzalo Melero and Jose Luis Morales in the second half, saw Levante level for the first time in the game. The Catalans went in front again through Ousmane Dembele and looked to have gone provisionally top of the table. But they conceded again with seven minutes left. “Analysing the game, in the first half we were good, there was a good rhythm with the ball, good intensity. We created chances to score and we went in 2-0 up. “At the start of the second half, we lost the b...
Neymar Opens up on Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo
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Neymar Opens up on Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has revealed his plans to play Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the future. Neymar, having spent a considerable portion at PSG trying to orchestrate a way to play with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi again, now wants to play alongside Ronaldo at the French Ligue 1 champions. Ronaldo’s future at Juventus is currently unclear, and his stay in Turin could end this summer, particularly if the Old Lady failed to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. “I want to play with Cristiano Ronaldo,” Neymar told GQ France. “I have already played with great players like Messi and [Kylian] Mbappe, but I haven’t played with Cristiano Ronaldo yet.” Neymar added, “I want to win the World Cup. “This has always been my biggest dream,...
La Liga: Messi Scores as Barca, Levante Draw
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La Liga: Messi Scores as Barca, Levante Draw

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant volley but Barcelona’s title hopes could be over, with a 3-3 draw away at Levante on Tuesday giving Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid the chance to pull away at the top of La Liga. Another slip could prove decisive given Atletico will move four points clear of Barca with two games left if they can win away at Real Sociedad on Wednesday. Real Madrid will edge two points ahead of Ronald Koeman’s side if they win away on Thursday at Granada. There are certainly no guarantees in what has been a frenetic and thrilling title race in recent weeks, with all of Spain’s four contenders stumbling down the final stretch. But with only two games left now and potentially two teams to catch, Barcelona’s chances of taking the title off Real Madrid this season wou...
Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit
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Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit

The youngster reflects on taking to the pitch against Barcelona in La Liga last month Ghanaian and Getafe midfielder Abdulai Sabit reveals playing on the same pitch with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was nothing but surreal. On his second-ever appearance in La Liga, Sabit was a 46th-minute substitute as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against the Blaugrana last month. "Before the Barcelona match, I had the feeling that I was going to get maybe five to 10 minutes playing time but when the coach made the selection, he kept one or two best midfielders on the bench," Sabit told BBC Sport Africa.
‘Guardiola has never wanted to hurt Barcelona by taking Messi’ – Father of Man City Boss
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‘Guardiola has never wanted to hurt Barcelona by taking Messi’ – Father of Man City Boss

  Valenti Guardiola admits that his son would welcome an iconic figure to the Etihad Stadium, but he is not expecting a move to be made Pep Guardiola's father, Valenti, admits that the Manchester City manager would welcome Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium, but doubts a move will be made as his son has never wanted to "hurt" those at Barcelona. A decorated Catalan coach has seen an approach for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner mooted as an all-time great continues to run his current contract down towards free agency. City are one of the few clubs in world football that could offer Messi the financial and sporting ambition he craves, but Guardiola has always maintained that he wants to see the iconic Argentine remain at Barca and see out the most remarkable of careers as a ...
LaLiga Investigating Barcelona Players over Meeting at Messi’s house
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LaLiga Investigating Barcelona Players over Meeting at Messi’s house

  LaLiga is investigating Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates after they held a lunch meeting at the club captain’s house earlier this week, Goal reports. Spanish top-flight officials are trying to establish if the Barca squad breached current COVID-19 rules in place. The rule states that only groups of up to six people can converge in an indoor or outdoor setting at any time. Messi hosted a team meeting at his Castelldefels residence on Monday, ahead of this weekend’s crunch fixture against Atletico Madrid. But the players are now facing sanctions if they are found guilty of flouting social distancing protocols. However, many of the players who attended Messi’s get-together with their partners sat on separate tables in the garden area.
Messi Close to Breaking Diego Maradona’s Record
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Messi Close to Breaking Diego Maradona’s Record

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is closing in on the late Argentina legend, Diego Maradona’s record of 59 career freekicks after scoring in a brace in his side’s LaLiga 3-2 win over Valencia on Sunday. Messi’s freekick against Valencia over the weekend was his 50th in a Barcelona shirt. The Argentina captain found the net against Jasper Cillessen in the second half at Mestalla. In doing so, Messi brought his total freekick tally to 56, with club and country. That’s only three off Maradona’s Argentina record of 59 career freekicks. Messi has already overtaken Manuel Pelegrina’s 45 and Daniel Passarella’s 43 in terms of countrymen’s freekick totals. Messi will now hope to continue his impressive display when Barcelona tackle Atletico Madrid on May 8....
LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race
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LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race

Lionel Messi netted twice for Barcelona as they beat Valencia 2-1 in LaLiga on Sunday. The win kept the title hopes alive for Ronald Koeman’s team. Valencia took the lead through Gabriel in the 50th minute. But Messi’s brace either side of an Antoine Griezmann goal earned Barca all three points. Carlos Soler scored a brilliant goal for Valencia from outside the area as full-time approached, but Barcelona were able to see out the victory. The result took the Catalans up to 74 points, good enough for second place in La Liga ahead of Real on goal difference and two behind first-placed Atleti. Barcelona play Atleti in a potential title-decider on May 8.
Serie A: Nigerian Striker Laments after Ronaldo Refuses to Swap Shirt with him
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Serie A: Nigerian Striker Laments after Ronaldo Refuses to Swap Shirt with him

  Nigeria International, Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo has lamented Cristiano Ronaldo’s refusal to exchange shirts with him after Crotone’s Serie A game with Juventus. Simeon, simply called Simy, who plays for Crotone, said he was disappointed after the Portuguese super star turned down his offer to swap shirts. The Super Eagles star wanted to have Ronaldo’s shirt but the former Real Madrid star gave the jersey to his compatriot Pedro Pereira. Simy said he is now looking forward to having the shirts of Argentinian superstar, Lionel Messi and that of Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski. “I tried to exchange the shirt with Cristiano Ronaldo, but he gave it to Pedro Pereira who is Portuguese like him,” the Nigerian was quoted by Tribuna. “I would like those of Messi...
Valencia vs Barcelona: Final Score 2-3, Barça Come from Behind, Win Thriller on the Road
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Valencia vs Barcelona: Final Score 2-3, Barça Come from Behind, Win Thriller on the Road

Barcelona remain alive in the race for the La Liga title thanks to a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Valencia at the Mestalla, with a brace from Lionel Messi proving the difference in what was a brilliant game of football. All the goals came in the second half, and Barça needed to come from behind and hold on to the lead to pick up three crucial points against a tough Valencia side. FIRST HALF Barça made a fast start and had a great chance right away, with Pedri just missing the target after a great team move in the opening two minutes. Barça came out with intensity and high pressing, and Valencia struggled to get hold of the ball. The Blaugrana were quick and smart with their passing and movement, and had success moving the ball in and around the box, but the final ball was lac...
Messi’s record-breaking boots auctioned for £125,000
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Messi’s record-breaking boots auctioned for £125,000

Lionel Messi’s boots which scored him his one-club record-breaking goal have been bought for £125,000 at an auction. The Barcelona captain scored his 644th goal for the club in last year’s December 3-0 win over Real Valladolid. The goal broke past record by Pele, who had netted 643 times for Santos, and set Messi as the player to have scored the most goals for a single club. According to reports by ESPN, the pair of boots were donated to a charity for children’s health by the player, and sportswear company Adidas. They were thereafter exhibited in Cataluña’s Museum of Art (MNAC) in Barcelona for the auction which began on April 19 with a starting price of £40,000. While the auction house, Christies, estimated the boots to sell for a maximum of £70,000, bids swamped in for the online...
Messi calls for end to online abuse in impassioned message to mark 200m Instagram followers
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Messi calls for end to online abuse in impassioned message to mark 200m Instagram followers

The Argentine was in no mood to celebrate reaching 200 million followers on Instagram amid football's social media boycott to fight discrimination Barcelona star Lionel Messi has urged his social media followers to help put an end to online abuse. Discrimination on social networks remains a prominent issue and football clubs in England have taken a stand by boycotting Twitter, Facebook and Instagram this weekend in an attempt to convince the companies to do more to combat the problem. After reaching 200 million followers on Instagram, Messi has issued a plea to his followers, urging them to help fight racism and abuse.
Messi to Take Pay Cut to Support Barcelona’s Move for Haaland
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Messi to Take Pay Cut to Support Barcelona’s Move for Haaland

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, would be willing to accept a salary cut, if that means the club can pursue Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to Eurosport. Messi has been informed by new president, Joan Laporta, that he may have to accept a slash in his wages, in order to renew beyond 2021. The Argentine is however more concerned about Barca’s plans in the summer transfer market. But Messi’s main priority is ensuring Barca are ambitious in the upcoming transfer window. Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, is on Barcelona’s radar as they continue their search for a new striker. Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez was previously their top target and there is still rumour of Sergio Aguero joining on a free transfer from Manchester City this summ...
Messi ‘Offered 10-year Barcelona Contract’ for half Salary
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Messi ‘Offered 10-year Barcelona Contract’ for half Salary

Barcelona have offered Lionel Messi a new 10-year contract on half of his current salary, according to Deportes Cuatro. The club’s president, Joan Laporta, is desperate to keep the 33-year-old whose deal runs out at the end of this season. Messi is believed to be attracting interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. However, with Laporta back at the helm of the Spanish giants, the chances of Messi staying in Spain have increased significantly. But Messi will have to halve his current wages if he agrees and Barcelona are prepared to extend his terms by 10 years in a bid to cover his losses. That does not necessarily mean that the Argentine will stay at Barcelona, with the agreement also stating that the player wants a spell in the MLS after two years, when his...
LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves
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LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves

  Barcelona great, Andres Iniesta, has said “Barca without Leo is no longer Barca”, as he expressed his eagerness for Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Messi is out of contract at the Nou Camp in June and his future remains in doubt. However, there is cause for optimism, as the 33-year-old has a good relationship with new president Joan Laporta. Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Vissel Kobe, has admitted he wants to see Messi stay. He said, “My desire and I believe that of all Barca fans is that Leo can stay at Barcelona until he retires. “Barça without Leo is no longer Barça.”
Barca Blow Chance to go Top after Granada Loss
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Barca Blow Chance to go Top after Granada Loss

Barcelona blew the chance of going top of La Liga after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Granada. Lionel Messi had struck his 26th goal of the season with 23 minutes gone to put the Catalans on course for the summit in a compelling title race. But Darwin Machis equalised on 63 minutes and Granada completed an unexpected comeback 11 minutes from time when substitute Jorge Molina headed in from close range. Barca, whose coach Ronald Koeman was sent off in the aftermath of the Granada leveller, could have nudged one point ahead of Atletico Madrid but sit two points behind the league leaders Atletico Madrid and behind Real Madrid due to their inferior head-to-head record.  
LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada
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LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has bemoaned his team’s lack of efficiency at both ends of the pitch, as they lost 2-1 to Granada at Camp Nou on Thursday. The result means the Catalans blew the chance to go top of LaLiga with five matches left. Lionel Messi opened the scoring, before missing a big chance to make it 2-0. Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina were left in acres of space to turn the game on its head in the second half. Barca’s second loss in 23 matches, means they are no longer in charge of their own destiny in the title race. “We lost our focus in the second half and made errors at the back,” Koeman told Movistar. “We need to accept the fact we’ve lost, that’s the reality of things. “We had chances to win the game, but that’s that. We’ve got fiv...
Lionel Messi Makes Decision On His Future At Barcelona
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Lionel Messi Makes Decision On His Future At Barcelona

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has reportedly taken a decision regarding his future at Barcelona. The Argentine has reportedly stated that he'd like to extend his stay at the Catalonian club beyond the current season. At the final months of his current contract with the Blaugranas, Messi has not yet penned down his signature for a new contract. The Argentine according to reports will sign a new deal that's worth half of his current Barcelona deal. Which will be evened out by the length of the current contract. Before now, Messi leaving the Blaugranas has been the subject of discussion as he seemed to be linked with a move out of the club. Clubs like Manchester City and French side Paris Saint-Germain had shown interest in the Argentine striker. The striker seemed ...
Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month
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Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month

The Nigeria international has been shortlisted for the Spanish top-flight’s monthly prize alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid stars. Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for the La Liga Player of the Month award for April. The Nigeria international will compete with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa for the individual accolade. Chukwueze was in terrific form for the Yellow Submarine during the month in question, scoring three goals in five Spanish elite division matches, while the 33-year-old Argentine superstar found the net on four occasions from the same number of outings.
Lionel Messi Reportedly Buys £5m luxury Miami apartment with 1,000-bottle Wine Cellar
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Lionel Messi Reportedly Buys £5m luxury Miami apartment with 1,000-bottle Wine Cellar

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has reportedly splashed out £5million on his second apartment in Miami, fuelling speculation he might head to MLS this summer. The Argentine playmaker previously said he would like to play in the United States one day and his contract at Barcelona expires this summer. It’s believed the 33-year-old already has a £7.25m apartment in Miami’s Porsche Design Tower but has purchased the entire ninth floor of another luxury apartment in Florida that boasts all the facilities for £5m. According to The Real Deal, the remarkable property sits on Sunny Isles Beach with beautiful views of the ocean. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 360-degree views, and even a 1,000-bottle wine cellar in 511 square metres of indoor space. As well as hi...
50 Greatest Footballers of all Time Ranked, Messi 3rd, Ronaldo 6th
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50 Greatest Footballers of all Time Ranked, Messi 3rd, Ronaldo 6th

  A popular football site, 90min.com has released its ranking for the greatest players of all time (G.O.A.T). The website named Diego Maradona as the greatest player of all time, with Brazilian legend, Pele in second spot, while Barcelona King, Lionel Messi completes the top three. Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario, Johan Cruyff Franz Beckenbauer all came before Juventus’ super star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are widely seen as the greatest individuals to have ever played the round leather game having shattered record-after-record in the past 15 years. But 90min.com gave its own opinion on the 50 greatest players of all-time: 50. Luka Modric 49. John Charles 48. Robert Lewandowski 47. Jairzinho 46. Omar Sivori 45. Paulo Rossi ...
Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona
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Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona

  Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, on Sunday arrived in Barcelona from Argentina, ESPN reports. It is understood that Messi Sr. plans to fly to Italy this week to handle some “personal issues” and that no talks have yet been scheduled with Barca. A meeting with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not yet been ruled out, but no date has been agreed on to begin negotiations over a potential new deal for Messi. Messi’s current contract expires in June and the 33-year-old has said that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision. Laporta, speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao, said he was “convinced” the Argentine would remain at Camp Nou. The Barca president is putting the finishing touches to the...
Messi Hopeful of Winning LaLiga title After Copa del Rey Success
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Messi Hopeful of Winning LaLiga title After Copa del Rey Success

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is optimistic of his side’s chances of winning the LaLiga title this season. The Catalans won their first trophy of this season, beating Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Messi is now eyeing the league crown, with only two points separating Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barca at the top of the table with eight games to go. “It was a difficult year for us so to be able to celebrate this trophy and now to go for La Liga is really important. “More than anything, it’s been a different year for us, a transition year, with a lot of young players coming in. “[Now] the team’s getting stronger. We’ve won this trophy and there’s still a long way to go in La Liga. A lot’s going to happen between now and the end ...
Copa del Rey: Messi Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Athletic Bilbao in final
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Copa del Rey: Messi Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Athletic Bilbao in final

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said they deserved some happiness, after they crushed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Messi grabbed a brace as Ronald Koeman’s men clinched their first trophy of the season. Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong were also on target at Seville. It was the 35th trophy Messi has won as a Barca player, but his first Copa del Rey as the club’s captain. “I am really happy for this group of players because they deserved some happiness,” he told Barca TV. “It’s really special to be the captain of this club, where I have spent my whole life, and it’s a really special Copa for me, to be able to lift [the trophy].” Last season was Barca’s first without a trophy since 2007/2008.
Barcelona Are 2021 Copa Del Rey Champions
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Barcelona Are 2021 Copa Del Rey Champions

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, giving Ronald Koeman his first title as coach of the Catalan club. Messi’s two goals came after Antoine Griezmann finally beat Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simón with the opener on the hour-mark. Messi’s performance will raise hopes of the soccer great staying at Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong headed in a second goal in the 63rd before Messi dealt a double blow to put the result beyond any doubt by the 72nd. It is Barcelona’s first title since winning the Spanish league in 2019. Koeman, a former Barcelona defender, returned to coach the club last summer after Barcelona finished last season without a title for the first time since 2008. Barcelona has won the Spanish cup a record...
Messi Drops In European Golden Boot Race Behind Ronaldo And Lewandowski
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Messi Drops In European Golden Boot Race Behind Ronaldo And Lewandowski

Lionel Messi has dropped to fourth in the European Golden Boot race following last weekend’s matches. In fact, the Barcelona captain is level on league goals with Andre Silva – 23 but it has taken the Eintracht Frankfurt striker two games less to reach the number. Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, meanwhile, sit in second and first in the rankings with 25 and 35 goals this season respectively. European Golden Boot race, as of April 13: Robert Lewandowski – 35 goals (coefficient: 2) – 70 points Cristiano Ronaldo – 25 goals (coefficient: 2) – 50 points Andre Silva – 23 goals (coefficient: 2) – 46 points Lionel Messi – 23 goals (coefficient: 2) – 46 points Erling Haaland – 21 goals (coefficient: 2) – 42 points Kylian Mbappe – 21 goals (coefficient: 2) – ...
Messi vs Mbappe: Neymar Speaks on Comparison, Names Best Player
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Messi vs Mbappe: Neymar Speaks on Comparison, Names Best Player

Neymar has said that there is no comparison between his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona King, Lionel Messi. Even though Neymar enjoys playing with Mbappe, he noted that the France international is still a long way from reaching Messi’s level. The Frenchman has impressed in the Champions League this season, single-handedly shooting down Barcelona at the Camp Nou. “There’s no comparison,” Neymar told France Football when asked to compare the two. “They have two very different styles of play. “Messi is the best player I’ve seen, and Kylian is on his way to becoming one of the best.” Neymar and Mbappe made it to the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday despite losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich in Paris. The first leg of the quarter-final ties ended...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Speak to me with Respect – Messi tells Referee Manzano at El Clasico
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Speak to me with Respect – Messi tells Referee Manzano at El Clasico

  There was a heated conversation between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, and referee Gil Manzano during the El Clasico on Saturday. During the argument, the Argentina international, who was on the losing side had asked the referee to speak to him with respect, according to Tribuna. This led the referee to ask the Argentine captain if he (Messi) really understand the rule of football and offered to tutor later. Real Madrid defeated Barcelona and climbed above Atletico Madrid on the La Liga table on goal difference and a point ahead of the Catalans. The Barca captain was heard telling Manzano: “Speak well, referee, with respect!” Manzano replied: “Do you know the rules of football or not? If you don’t, then I’ll explain them to you later.”
Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo
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Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo

  Former Bulgaria striker, Dimitar Berbatov has named three players that will dominate world football in the coming years. They are Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). Rashford has scored 20 times this season and provided 10 assists. Haaland, 20, has become the hottest property in Europe and is expected to leave Germany this summer. He has netted 32 goals this season. Mbappe, 22, scored a brace against Bayern Munich in midweek to match Haaland’s tally. Berbatov told Betfair: “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football. “He has been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just ...
LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos
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LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has said they would have won more titles if Lionel Messi was not playing for Barcelona. The Spanish defender claims Messi made Los Blancos suffer over the years. Ramos has won four Champions League crowns and five league titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi has helped Barca to 10 title triumphs and made a habit of dashing the dreams of their little rivals down the years. Ramos told his documentary series, ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’: “We’ve suffered against Messi during these years. “Perhaps if Barcelona didn’t have him, we would have won more titles. “There was a time when we faced the best Barcelona in history. We had a great coach like [Jose] Mourinho, but it was hard for us to beat them. “We didn’t...
Usain Bolt Chooses Better Player Between Ronaldo, Messi
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Usain Bolt Chooses Better Player Between Ronaldo, Messi

  Former sprint king, Usain Bolt, has said he prefers Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi. Bolt stated this in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Ronaldo’s rivalry with Messi became intense during his time at Real Madrid, when he came up against the Barcelona captain. Between both superstars, they have won the Ballon d’Or 11 times. “It is hard to choose for me because I support Argentina. But I’m also a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan. “I have admired Ronaldo since he played at Manchester United, as I support the Red Devils. I think he has something more than Messi. He has proved himself in so many leagues. “However, there are many interesting young players out there. Mbappé, for example. I am looking forward to knowing what the future has in store for these y...
Aguero Ready to Join Man City’s Premier League Rivals
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Aguero Ready to Join Man City’s Premier League Rivals

  Sergio Aguero is willing to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, the UK Telegraph reports. The Argentina striker’s exit from the Etihad this summer has already been confirmed. And Aguero is keen to remain in the Premier League, rather than move abroad. It is believed the 33-year-old would be willing to join Spurs this summer, even if they miss out on the Champions League next season. Aguero arrived in England in 2011 and is enjoying his football in the country. Barcelona are also keen on the player, in a bid to reunite him with compatriot Lionel Messi.
Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG
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Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG

  Brazilian star, Neymar told the new Barcelona board about his desire to return to Camp Nou in the summer, according to ARA. Sports journalist, Gerard Romero, also confirmed the report, adding that the Brazilian International has stopped the negotiations over his new contract with PSG. According to the report, the PSG star is well aware of Lionel Messi’s desire to remain in Barcelona. For this reason, Neymar, who left Barcelona a few years in a world-record transfer, wants to return to Camp Nou. The 29-year-old forward has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists for PSG in 19 appearances this season. Recall that Neymar’s former agent, Andrea Cury, had hinted that the Brazilian forward will play with Messi again at Barcelona. There are rumours about Messi movin...
Solskjaer Speaks on Bringing Sergio Aguero to Manchester United
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Solskjaer Speaks on Bringing Sergio Aguero to Manchester United

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has ruled out any possibility of bringing Sergio Aguero to Old Trafford at the end of the season. Aguero, 32, is set to leave Manchester City this summer when his contract at Etihad expires. The Argentina international is believed to be considering a move to Barcelona, where he could link up with compatriot Lionel Messi. But he has also been linked with Man United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain recently. However, speaking about Aguero during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Sunday night, Solskjaer opposed any player moving across the city. “I would not expect any player who has played for a club for ten years to want to go to their local rivals,” Solskjaer said. “...
Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland
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Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland

  Manchester City have abandoned their quest to land Lionel Messi from Barcelona. Pep Guardiola now favours a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to the UK Mirror. Messi had long been linked with a reunion with his former manager since last year, when he tried to engineer a move away from Spain. City were one of Messi’s two feasible destinations alongside Paris Saint-Germain. Now however, with talk that Messi may yet remain at Camp Nou, City have moved to make Haaland their first choice. Haaland’s representatives are expected to fly into England to hold talks with up to four clubs, as Haaland looks set to depart Borussia Dortmund imminently.
I’m Better Than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe
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I’m Better Than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has said he tells himself he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe has widely been hailed as the player to take over when Messi and Ronaldo finally hang up their boots. The 22-year-old, however, admits he already ranks himself above the two football superstars. “Every time I go on a pitch, I always tell myself that I’m the best, and yet I have played on grounds where there was Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “They are better players than me, they have done a billion more things than me. “But, in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best because that way, you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give your best,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold
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Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold

  Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, has tackled the national team coach, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s latest squad. Klopp said he, “doesn’t understand,” why the Liverpool star was dropped from the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. Southgate’s decision suggested that the 22-year-old had fallen short of standard this season. The coach had already been criticised by former internationals such as Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Peter Crouch and Ian Wright for his reluctance to find a place for the Liverpool star. Alexander-Arnold is the current PFA Young Player of the Year and one of the stand-out full-backs in world football over the past three seasons. He played significan...
Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract
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Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has given newly-elected president, Joan Laporta, a list of demands he expects to be met before signing a new contract, according to Eurosport. Messi tried to force a move away from Spain last summer but ended up staying at Camp Nou. However, the 33-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Barca has grown increasingly confident of keeping Messi beyond this summer, following an upturn in results and Laporta’s return last month. However, Messi will not put pen to paper until he can see clear progress is still being made on and off the field. He also expects Barca to make astute signings, such as Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City, plus one marquee signing – possibly Borussia Dortmund star E...
What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona
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What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona

  It has been revealed that Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was so worried about losing his spot when Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the club in 2008/09. Messi, according to the report, had to message manager Pep Guardiola about his position. Guardiola, then Barca manager, signed Ibrahimovic from Inter, with Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o moving in the opposite direction. However, Ibrahimovic lasted just one season in Catalunya before moving back to Italy to join AC Milan. The Swede’s arrival at Camp Nou worried Messi, who complained to the manager that his spot for Barca was no longer secure. A book, ‘The Messi Mystery’ written by Sebastian Fest and Alex Juillard, explains that the arrival of Ibrahimovic forced Messi into messaging manager Guardiola. According to...
Messi thought I elbowed him, refused to give me his shirt – Man United star, McTominay
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Messi thought I elbowed him, refused to give me his shirt – Man United star, McTominay

  Manchester United midfielder, Scott McTominay has revealed his encounter with Lionel Messi when he asked the Barcelona king for his shirt after a Champions League game between the two clubs in 2019. McTominay said his request to Messi, who he believes is the best in the world, was met by a frosty response from the Argentina captain. He said Messi blamed him for a little injury he sustained on his face during the game at Old Trafford and so turned down his request. McTominay, who pleaded with Messi’s national team-mate and United goalkeeper, Romero to get the shirt for him, said he had to let Messi understand that he was not the one that injured him but Chris Smalling. Messi was visibly hurt from a challenge with Chris Smalling and made his frustrations clear to th...
Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal
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Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is uncertain about Sergio Aguero’s future with the club. Arteta who did not directly respond to questions about Aguero’s future said the player has the talent to seek out opportunities. “we will see what happens with him in the future”, Arteta said when asked about Sergio Aguero. Aguero is set to leave Manchester City this summer when his contract expires. The 32-year-old is believed to be considering a move to Barcelona, where he could link up with compatriot Lionel Messi. But he has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG. Arsenal could also be a potential destination for Aguero, with Arteta, who coached the forward at City, adamant he is still an elite striker. When asked if he believes Aguero can still pe...
‘They Called me Crazy’ – Dani Alves Opens up on Why he Left Barcelona
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‘They Called me Crazy’ – Dani Alves Opens up on Why he Left Barcelona

Barcelona hero, Dani Alves, has opened up on why he left the club in 2016 to join Juventus. Alves said he left Barcelona because he had a lack of faith in the club’s hierarchy, adding that ‘they called him crazy’. The 37-year-old, who currently plays for Sao Paulo, said soon after joining Juventus in 2016 that he felt Barcelona’s chiefs had not been open about the fact they wanted to sell him after spending eight years at Nou Camp. The Brazilian right-back won six LaLiga titles and three Champions League in almost 400 appearances during his time at Barcelona. In a Question and Answer with his 31.7million followers on Instagram, Alves explained the reason for his departure, with his comments reported by Marca. “I did not believe in the leaders who were in charge in that m...
Messi Always Wants to Assassinate Goalkeepers – Caballero
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Messi Always Wants to Assassinate Goalkeepers – Caballero

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, “goes out to assassinate the goalkeeper” when he is on the pitch, according to Willy Caballero, who says his compatriot is forever on a “mission” to find the target. Messi has netted a remarkable 663 goals for Barca, breaking several records along the way. Chelsea keeper Caballero has lined up against and alongside Messi down the years. He told 90min: “Facing Messi, I had to suffer. “He goes out to assassinate the goalkeeper. “The goalkeepers, the defenders – he’s going to kill [them]. And killing means scoring as many goals as possible. “He doesn’t care if you know him, if you’re Argentine or if you’re a friend. He’ll talk to you afterwards, greet you and everything else, but in those 90 minutes he’s on a mission to hit you with goals...
World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi
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World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Ben Foster, has chosen Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi of Barcelona in the debate on who is the world’s best football player. Appearing on the Happy Hour Podcast, Foster opened up on Ronaldo’s work ethics, describing him as the greatest of all time. Ben Foster spent time at United the same time Ronaldo was breaking records at Old Trafford “Animal! What a guy, seriously, and a lovely bloke as well. I’m not even joking. For example, he was the first one in every single day and he would be the last one out on the training pitch, and the last one to leave the building every day. “And when I was at United, it was the days before Instagram and Twitter, and ‘doing it for the ‘gram’, but he was doing it for hims...
Messi Overtakes Xavi To Break Barcelona Record And Top All-time Appearance List
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Messi Overtakes Xavi To Break Barcelona Record And Top All-time Appearance List

The Argentine moved clear of his fellow Blaugrana legend in the history books after notching up his 768th game for the club against Real Sociedad Lionel Messi has written himself into the history books once more after moving clear at the top of the list of Barcelona's all-time appearance makers. Just under a week after drawing level with fellow Blaugrana legend Xavi against Huesca, the Argentine has now taken the outright record for the Catalans with his start against Real Sociedad marking his 768th for the club. If Messi does not sign a new deal in the summer, his Barcelona career will come a close - but he would depart with a series of records that may never be challenged. Messi’s haul of records The 33-year-old Argentine surpassed Xavi earlier in the season on Barca’s...
Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent
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Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent

  Neymar’s former agent has hinted that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona again. There are rumours about Messi moving over to PSG having refused to sign a new contract with Ronald Koeman’s side but Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Barcelona instead. Cury, Neymar’s former agent, is backing Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou. Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of the Brazilian star returning to the Catalan outfit than Messi leaving for PSG. “Neymar has an open door at Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later,” Cury told Argentine publication El Litoral. “Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return to Barcelona,” adding that re-elected p...
‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi
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‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi

New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at the club, barely hours after he was sworn into office on Wednesday, March 17. He won club elections last week and has returned to the helm of the club 11 years after leaving the post in 2010. With Lionel Messi nearing the end of his contract and rumors of him leaving the club due to his unhappiness at the club, Laporta has now appealed to the Barca star in a speech he made to members. Prior to his speech, Laporta and Messi, were pictured embracing prior to the new president's speech. Speaking to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Laporta said. "In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability," Laporta explained. "...
Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri
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Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri

Barcelona youngster, Pedri, has said that he always tries to pass the ball to captain Lionel Messi when he gets it because every time the Argentine touches the ball, something happens. Pedri, who was called up to the Spain national team for the first time on Monday, said this following Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Huesca in the LaLiga at Camp Nou last night. The 18-year-old also praised Messi for the records he achieved against Huesca. “To play alongside Leo [Messi] is an absolute joy,” Pedri said at a post-match press conference after the game. “I enjoy going to training every day. “Whenever I get it [ball], I try to pass to him because every time he touches the ball, something happens. “It’s absolutely crazy what he’s achieving. He’s the best player in the world.” Barce...
It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record
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It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has reacted to equaling the club’s legend, Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for the Blaugrana. The Argentine captain said it’s a “great honour” for him to hit the landmark. Messi made his 767th outing for Barcelona in Monday’s 4-1 victory over Huesca in the LaLiga at the Camp Nou to match Xavi’s record for appearances. The 33-year-old’s brace and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s side all three points against Huesca. Reacting, Messi wrote on Instagram after the game, “it is a great honour to reach this number of matches played with FC Barcelona. “Thanks to all the colleagues who accompanied me over the years and to my family and friends for always being by my side.” Barcelona’s...

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