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Mr. Indispensable, from Lionel Messi to Virgil Van Dijk: Which player can your team not live without?  ESPN

Every big team has that one player who makes them tick, without whom they're lost or losing games. We run through every club from Man City to PSG.


Lionel Messi Scores Twice as Barcelona Draw La Liga Finale vs. Eibar  Bleacher Report

Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw away to Eibar on Sunday in their final La Liga game of the season, despite Lionel Messi bagging a brilliant first-half brace...


Lionel Messi news: Barcelona star is not finished yet and still has four years left in him, says Xavi  Goal

Lionel Messi is “not finished yet”, says Xavi, with rivals of the Barcelona superstar warned that the mercurial Argentine still has “three or four good years left”.


Lionel Messi labelled as a “betrayer” by Barcelona regular  Everything Barca

Things in the dressing room at Barcelona are not too upbeat after claims that Ivan Rakitic has labelled Lionel Messi as a "betrayer".


Lionel Messi: How do you stop Barcelona superstar?  CNN

How do you stop one of the greatest players of all time and a striker that has scored more goals than anyone else in Europe this season?


Dani Alves Defends 'Untouchable' Lionel Messi After Barcelona's UCL Exit  Bleacher Report

Lionel Messi was not to blame for Barcelona's collapse against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semi-final, according to his former Barcelona ...


Study Reveals Who Is Most Similar To Lionel Messi Out Of 71,600  SPORTbible

He has a 92.70 percent level of similarity to the great one.


Lionel Messi news: Barcelona star awarded Creu de Sant Jordi for service to Catalonia  Goal.com

Lionel Messi has added another award to his impressive list, and in doing so has followed in the footsteps of a footballing legend.


Messi and Suárez: The best strike pairing in Europe  FC Barcelona

Leo Messi and Luis Suárez are synonymous with scoring goals. The pair have not only headed the list of top scorers for Barça in the league, but also for the ...


Video emerges of Leo Messi 'destroying' great players this season  GIVEMESPORT

Messi has embarrassed countless players this season.


Barcelona keep or dump: Who should play alongside Lionel Messi next season?  ESPN

Barcelona face a massive summer and some big decisions: Should they go for Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann? If so, who gets sold?


Leo Messi & Sergio Aguero: Argentina's predicted Copa America XI  101 Great Goals

Lionel Scaloni named his 23-man Argentina squad for this summer's Copa America on Tuesday, as follows: Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin ...


Lionel Messi is Barcelona's diva in the best possible sense of the word  ESPN

Barcelona's superstar gets better as games go on. His last goal of a game is always better than his first. He thrives when the spotlight is biggest.


Barcelona Ace Lionel Messi Takes Five Getafe Players Out Of The Game  SPORTbible

Lionel Messi might have played an instrumental part in Barcelona's second, but he had no intention of being part of the celebrations.


Barcelona President Says Lionel Messi Will Never Leave Club, Might Play Until 45  Bleacher Report

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Lionel Messi will retire at the Camp Nou a one-club player and added that the forward might not hang up ...


Barcelona clinch La Liga title after Lionel Messi winner  CNN

Barcelona successfully defended its Spanish La Liga crown after beating Levante 1-0 Saturday, courtesy of the magical Lionel Messi.


Barcelona: Liverpool defeat left a bad taste in Lionel Messi's mouth, admits Ernesto Valverde  Goal.com

Ernesto Valverde admitted Barcelona's defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League left a bad taste in Lionel Messi's mouth, but he felt the Blaugrana's 2-0 win ...


FC Barcelona’s youth academy searches for soccer’s next Messi  Los Angeles Times

La Masia is one of the world's top soccer academies, a finishing school that has produced FC Barcelona stars such as Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol.


Messi heading for sixth Ballon d'Or  MARCA.com

Leo Messi has been staking his claim for the Ballon d'Or prize week after week this year but his masterclass against Liverpool appears to have...


Lionel Messi news: 'His shadow is too much for some players' - Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni sees downside to Barcelona superstar  Goal.com

Lionel Messi's shadow “hangs over the pitch and might be too much for some of the youngsters”, says Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.


Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona target dropped Lionel Messi confession on Atletico Madrid  Express

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN told Atletico Madrid he wants to play with Barcelona star Lionel Messi, it has been claimed.


What Lionel Messi Said To Fans Who Confronted Him At Airport  SPORTbible

Lionel Messi was involved in an altercation with some fans at John Lennon Airport after the 4-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool and it's since emerged what ...


Soccer world loses it after Lionel Messi’s perfect free kick  Sportsnet.ca

Twitter is showering Lionel Messi with praise after the Barcelona legend scored his 600th league goal on Wednesday, a perfect free kick from long range.


University study comes up with three new ways to describe Messi  MARCA.com

April 23 is Saint George's Day and it is a major holiday in Catalonia where a passion for literature is celebrated and the Universidad...


Ernesto Valverde talks Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi & new signings  Barca Blaugranes

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has faced the press ahead of his team's final La Liga game of the season on Sunday against Eibar. The 55-year-old talked ...


Lionel Messi's otherworldly talent has Barcelona on edge of third European treble  Yahoo Sports

In his first year as Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has carried his side and plowed his way into the club's first Champions League semifinal since 2015.


Lionel Messi inconsolable in dressing room after loss to Liverpool  The Irish Times

Captain then missed bus to the airport as he was selected for a drugs test.


Ernesto Valverde Talks Golden Shoe, Lionel Messi Substitution Against Alaves  Bleacher Report

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has explained his thought process behind bringing Lionel Messi off the bench in the team's 2-0 win over Alaves on ...


Virgil van Dijk has no fear of annulling Lionel Messi threat at the Camp Nou  The Guardian

The Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has no fear of annulling the threat of Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Barcelona.


Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Diego Simeone verdict after once picking Juventus star  Express

CRISTIANO RONALDO is a 'better fit' for teams with fewer attacking options than Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.


Why Lionel Messi used to wear No.19 and not No.10 - Barcelona star's squad number history  Express

LIONEL MESSI is the greatest No.10 in football history - but the Barcelona star has not always donned the famous shirt number at the Nou Camp.


Golden Shoe: Kylian Mbappe is within striking distance of Leo Messi  101 Great Goals

For the past two seasons in a row, Barcelona's Leo Messi has won the Golden Shoe award. The Golden Shoe is an award handed to the top scorer in league ...


It's Been Two Years Since Lionel Messi's 500th Barcelona Goal  SPORTbible

On April 23rd 2017 Lionel Messi scored a brilliant injury time winner against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to put Barcelona top of the table but most importantly it ...


Lionel Messi Was Left Alone Inside Anfield After Barça’s Humiliation  The18

After the Lionel Messi vs Liverpool first leg legend, we thought the second leg was a formality. It was the opposite and Messi was left behind.


Barcelona 2018-19: How majestic Messi compares to his previous title-winning seasons  Sportstar

LaLiga champion again, Barcelona owes much to Lionel Messi, who was once more the undisputed star of its title-winning season.


Former LaLiga Star: Why I Will Always Respect Lionel Messi  Soccer Laduma

A former international footballer has recalled a touching gesture from FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi years ago that earned him his respect forever.


How Tito Vilanova Convinced Lionel Messi to Stay at Barcelona Just 6 Days Before His Death in 2014  90min

Late Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova convinced Lionel Messi to stay at Camp Nou just six days before he died from cancer in 2014, Jordi Roura has said.


Lionel Messi's Free Kick Record Compared To Cristiano Ronaldo  SPORTbible

Messi has scored more free-kick goals in 2019 than Ronaldo has in almost 1000 days.


'Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn't Compare To Lionel Messi'  Soccer Laduma

After FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi secured his 10th LaLiga title win on Saturday night, it has now been claimed that nobody, not even Cristiano Ronaldo ...


Liverpool Fan Makes Petition For Lionel Messi To Receive Ban  SPORTbible

"So basically Messi gets a freekick for punching Fabinho in the head and scores it, I feel like this needs to be looked at by UEFA."


Lionel Messi wages: The STAGGERING salary Barcelona superstar earns exposed  Express

LIONEL MESSI is one of the most recognisable names in football but how much is the Barcelona superstar paid and what is his net worth?


Kylian Mbappe's ban could hand Lionel Messi European Golden Shoe  Sport English

The PSG striker got a straight red in the French Cup, Messi has 34 goals as things stand.


Josep Bartomeu Claims Lionel Messi's Retirement Is 'a Long Way Off' Ahead of Barcelona's UCL Clash  90min

​Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi is nowhere near retirement, adding he could play on until he is 45 years old. Currently 31 ...


Lionel Messi: Man City ace drops HARSH Cristiano Ronaldo verdict before Liverpool vs Barca  Express

LIONEL MESSI is on a 'different level' to Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.


Sergio Aguero clarifies statement on whether Messi deserves Ballon d'Or  JOE.co.uk

It was reported that Aguero said that winner of the award should come from one of the two Champions League finalists - Tottenham or Liverpool.


Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Lionel Messi double stuns Reds in Champions League semi-final  BBC Sport

Lionel Messi's second-half double, including a stunning free-kick, earns Barcelona a handsome advantage against Liverpool in their Champions League ...


Lionel Messi hands Barcelona La Liga title but Cristiano Ronaldo steals his thunder  Express

LIONEL MESSI handed Barcelona yet another La Liga title tonight with a win over Levante - but his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to steal the ...


Lionel Messi’s desire shows up Spurs’ display against Ajax, Pochettino says  The Guardian

Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino saluted 'one of the gods of football' after his performance against Liverpool, while a neurologist has confirmed Jan ...


Lionel Messi news: 'He's above all others by a huge margin' - Jordi Alba says Barcelona star is 'better than before'  Goal.com

Lionel Messi sits “above all other footballers by a huge margin”, according to Barcelona team-mate Jordi Alba, with the Argentine superstar “even better than ...


Barcelona can thank Messi for latest title but Valverde also a hero. PLUS: Breaking down Man United-Chelsea  ESPN

Messi will get all the plaudits as Barca claimed an eighth league title in 11 seasons, but the manager, Valverde, deserves as much praise.


Is Lionel Messi Europe’s best free-kick taker? We ranked the 10 highest set-piece scorers  Squawka

Leo Messi is hammering free-kicks this season, but where does he rank amongst Europe's best set-piece scorers? We investigated to find out!


Lionel Messi did not live up to his GOAT accolade at Anfield  Daily Mail

JEFF POWELL: Amid all the magical euphoria of those Houdini escapes by Liverpool and Spurs from three-goal deficits to their dream Champions League Final, ...


Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Champions League semi-final as it happened  South China Morning Post

Relive all the action as La Liga giants Barcelona thrash English Premier League title contenders Liverpool in the first leg of their huge Champions League ...


Lionel Messi news: 'His shadow hangs over the pitch and is too much for some players', claims Argentina boss  Sportskeeda

Scaloni has opened up about the difficulties of having Lionel Messi in the national team.


Griezmann rejection 'hurt' Barcelona, says Xavi  The World Game

Antoine Griezmann's decision to turn down a move to Barcelona last year "hurt" the club, according to Xavi.


Cappa compares Messi's Argentina career to LeBron James in the NBA  MARCA.com

Lionel Messi has been continuously criticised for his performances with Argentina, but former Real Madrid assistant coach Angel Cappa has backed the...


A Genius in Full Bloom, Lionel Messi Lifts Barcelona  The New York Times

He has remained soccer's great, enduring constant, but Messi has subtly morphed himself on the field, perhaps now reaching the most complete version of ...


Why Lionel Messi is the world's best player  CNN

Leading sports scientist Simon Brundish believes Lionel Messi is the best player in the world -- and that he has the stats to prove it.


Lionel Messi applauded by rival fans after 'extraordinary' hattrick  CNN

Sometimes, a football great has to be applauded -- even if he has helped put your team to the sword.


How good would Barcelona be if they didn't have Leo Messi?  Yahoo Sports

Just when you think he can't possibly get any better, Lionel Messi transcends expectations and sets another milestone. But what would Barcelona be like without ...


Leo Messi at 13 - an interview with the future Barcelona star  AS English

Those who saw Lionel Messi play when he was a young lad predicted great things for the left-footed Newell's academy player - predictions which he would later, ...


Lionel Messi Is More Important Than Ever  The Wall Street Journal

At the age of 31, Lionel Messi is somehow more important to Barça than at any point since his debut in 2004.


Lionel Messi: A Once in a Lifetime Football Genius That Even the Biggest Sceptics Should Idolise  90min

​Genius – true genius – is a fleeting thing. It comes to most people once or twice in a lifetime, usually in the kind of mundane setting that means it's not even ...


'Messi is God': Can Manchester United stop Barcelona's divine talent?  CNN

(CNN) "Bring it on" was the rallying cry from Chris Smalling as the Manchester United defender was confronted with the reality of facing Lionel Messi in ...


Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona win at Sevilla, Bayern Munich catches Dortmund  CNN

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona began a busy week by rallying to defeat Sevilla 4-2 away in La Liga. Up next are two Clasicos against Real Madrid.


Josep Maria Bartomeu Wants 'One-Club' Lionel Messi at Barcelona 'Forever'  Bleacher Report

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu said he wants the club's relationship with Lionel Messi to "last forever" amid talk of handing him a new contract...


Lionel Messi Has 'Different Attitude' with Argentina, Says Daniel Passarella  Bleacher Report

Lionel Messi plays better for Barcelona than Argentina because he has a "different attitude" when with his club, according to former Argentina captain Daniel ...


Lionel Messi scores 400th La Liga goal for Barcelona  CNN

Lionel Messi notched his 400th Spanish league goal against Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as La Liga's all-time top scorer. Those 400 goals have come ...


Playing alongside Lionel Messi has filled a hunger in Luis Suarez  Los Angeles Times

Used to be the best way to control Luis Suarez was with a well-organized defense and a tetanus shot. Because on his way to devouring opponents, becoming ...


Messi: What Cristiano Ronaldo did was impressive  MARCA.com

Lionel Messi was the star man with two goals and two assists as Barcelona dismantled Lyon on Wednesday evening, matching what he himself described as...


What Is Lionel Messi Worth To Argentina?  Deadspin

There is a simple, financial answer to the question posed in the headline of this article: Lionel Messi is reportedly worth €450000 per contractually-arranged ...


Lionel Messi injury: Would Barcelona fall apart if their key man was ruled out for a long time?  Goal.com

Ernesto Valverde should continue resting the Argentine attacker at every opportunity, given Barca's 'Messidependencia' is greater than ever before.


Despite the superlatives, hype and awards, Lionel Messi is underrated  The Guardian

He may have won five Ballons d'Or since he made his debut 15 years ago this week but the Argentinian is underappreciated.


How to Stop Leo Messi: From the Men Who've Actually Managed to Do It  Bleacher Report

Osasuna coach Petar Vasiljevic squirmed a little in his seat. A Spanish journalist had just asked how his struggling team, 18 th in La Liga, planned to deal with ...


Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo dumped out of Champions League by Ajax  CNN

Ajax produced yet another stirring Champions League comeback on Tuesday, this time coming from a goal behind to beat Juventus in Turin.


Leo Messi, chosen as best player in La Liga for March  FC Barcelona

His quality and desire to win never fades, and Lionel Messi had a March to remember. The performances of the No.10 have earned him the best player in the ...


How much would you pay to watch Lionel Messi?  CNN

For many football fans, the opportunity to watch their team take on Barcelona at Camp Nou is a bucket list dream.


Why Lionel Messi And Not Luka Modric Should Have Won The 2018 Ballon d'Or  Forbes

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric kisses the trophy after receiving the 2018 Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during ...


Fabio Capello Says Lionel Messi Is 'The Only Genius in World Football'  Bleacher Report

Former Real Madrid and Juventus boss Fabio Capello has hailed Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as being a class apart from his rivals in the football world...


Lionel Messi - Stats, Family & Facts - Biography  Biography

Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi (b. June 24, 1987) is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentine national ...


Brighten up your day by watching Leo Messi take the p*ss with free-kicks  PlanetFootball

Lionel Messi is constantly coming up with new ways of astonishing us on the football pitch - not least with his free-kicks for Barcelona this season.


Leo Messi sees his penalty strike rate drop to 77%  AS English

Leo Messi has missed 21 of the 89 penalties he has taken: 23 per cent. In spite of his poor success rate, he remains Barcelona's penalty taker.


Cirque du Soleil Show Inspired By Lionel Messi To Debut In 2019  Forbes

The world of theatrical productions is about to intersect with soccer after an announcement of a Lionel Messi-inspired show to be created by Cirque du Soleil.


How Lionel Messi achieves effortless perfection  Football Bloody Hell

Tactical analysis and statistics of Lionel Messi at Barcelona. This tactical analysis will use statistics to tell you how Lionel Messi is underrated.


Leo Messi joins the challenge for World Down Syndrome Day  MARCA.com

Leo Messi showed his support for World Down Syndrome Day by taking part in an online challenge.Currently in Madrid ahead of Argentina's...


FC Barcelona: The inside story of Messi's debut  MARCA.com

While November 16, 2003, was supposed to be the date that inaugurated Porto's new Estadio Do Dragao, an even greater historic moment occurred as...


Leo Messi hits 40 Clásicos  FC Barcelona

The Argentine star has played 40 official games against Real Madrid scoring 26 goals.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi exits Sevilla match with arm injury  ESPN

Lionel Messi will be out approximately three weeks with a fracture in the radial bone of his right arm, meaning the Barcelona captain will miss a Champions ...


Injured Lionel Messi cannot be replaced by one player - Jordi Alba  ESPN

BARCELONA -- Jordi Alba is confident Barcelona can overcome Lionel Messi's absence against Inter Milan and Real Madrid this week but warned there's no ...


Lionel Messi returns to Argentina squad for first time since World Cup  The Guardian

Lionel Messi has been named in the Argentina squad for the first time since last year's World Cup and will play in at least one of their friendlies against ...


Lionel Messi returns for Argentina but can his dreams finally be realised?  The Guardian

Lionel Messi will play for his country on Friday for the first time since the 2018 World Cup but with only three months to go until the Copa América, he rejoins a ...


Jacob & Co. Extends Leo Messi Epic X Chrono 'Messi' Collection, Adds $150,000 Diamond Watch  Forbes

Jacob & Co. unveils two more Epic X Chrono Messi watches that reflect the soccer superstar's home country and personal tastes.


Leo Messi-Inspired Cirque Du Soleil Show Gets October Premiere  Billboard

Messi 10 by Cirque du Soleil,” the new show from FC Barcelona star Leo Messi, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, Sony Music and Argentina's PopArt ...


Lionel Messi is renting a $15 million customized 16-seat private jet — take a look inside  Business Insider

It even has a 10 on its tail, the iconic number Lionel Messi wears on the back of his FC Barcelona and Argentina national team jerseys.


'His Magnum opus': even for Lionel Messi, this was special  The Guardian

This weekend Messi did something unusual: he did something he hasn't done before, exceeding his own expectations.


Lionel Messi attends Cirque du Soleil performance inspired by his career  ESPN

With Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona teammates in attendance, Cirque du Soleil has presented its production inspired by the Argentina great.


Barcelona to renew Lionel Messi contract 'when he decides'  ESPN

Barcelona have promised Lionel Messi they will extend his contract whenever he feels the moment is right. Messi, only signed a new deal at the end of 2017 but ...


Jose Mourinho Explains Why Manchester United Failed to Control Lionel Messi  Bleacher Report

Jose Mourinho thinks "it's normal" his old club Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, but he's still been critical of the ...


Lionel Messi completely fooled a goalkeeper with a clever penalty kick  Business Insider

Watch as Lionel Messi had Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes guessing with his "Panenka" penalty kick.