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Messi leads Barca past Slavia Prague 2-1 in Champions League

10 October, 2019 9:07 am 9:07 am

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A quick-fire strike from Lionel Messi and a second half own goal gave Barcelona a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague in a thrilling Champions League Group F encounter on Wednesday where both sides spurned multiple chances. Barcelona swarmed forward from the kick off, keeping Slavia bottled up in their own end and … Read More


Barca’s Messi receives record sixth European Golden Shoe

10 October, 2019 4:30 pm 4:30 pm

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record-extending sixth – and third consecutive – European Golden Shoe award on Wednesday following his outstanding individual 2018-19 domestic campaign. The award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across Europe, with the Argentine finding the net 36 times last season as Barca … Read More


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Messi wins best FIFA player of the year for record sixth time

09 September, 2019 11:37 am 11:37 am

MILAN (Reuters) – Argentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time on Monday. Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot having scored … Read More


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Messi working hard despite lack of sparkle: Scaloni

07 July, 2019 8:40 am 8:40 am

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has agreed to sacrifice his usual buccaneering style of play for the greater good of his team, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Copa America semi-final against Brazil. Messi has not been able to conjure up the same attacking flair at the Copa America that … Read More


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Messi finishes Europe’s top scorer for third straight year

05 May, 2019 10:34 am 10:34 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has become the first player to win Europe’s Golden Shoe award for three straight years after his nearest challenger Kylian Mbappe failed to score the four goals he needed in Paris St Germain’s final league match of the season. Messi earned the honour, which goes to the leading scorer in … Read More


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After Messi mauling Liverpool face reunion with Benitez

05 May, 2019 11:58 pm 11:58 pm

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Shaken by the brilliance of Lionel Messi and a 3-0 Champions League defeat in Barcelona, Liverpool know that anything but a Premier League win at Newcastle United on Saturday would leave their dreams of honours this season in tatters. The second-leg of their semi-final with Barcelona awaits at Anfield on Tuesday … Read More


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Messi seals another La Liga title for Barcelona

04 April, 2019 9:30 am 9:30 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi fittingly sealed Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title by coming off the bench to score the goal in a 1-0 win over Levante in front of a jubilant Nou Camp crowd, who celebrated a remarkable eighth league crown in 11 years. Barca’s captain decided the game and the title in the … Read More


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Barca reach semis with Messi exhibition against Man United in Champions Lea...

04 April, 2019 10:34 am 10:34 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday. Barca, who toyed with United for the majority of the encounter, sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory and … Read More


Messi and Suarez late show rescues Barca in 4-4 draw at Villarreal

04 April, 2019 10:04 am 10:04 am

VILA-REAL, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi came off the bench in his side’s hour of need to inspire the Liga leaders to battle back from 4-2 down in stoppage time to snatch a remarkable 4-4 draw at struggling Villarreal on Tuesday. The Catalans avoided a first league loss since November with a thumping left-foot … Read More


Marvellous Messi hits hat-trick as Barca torment Betis

03 March, 2019 1:36 pm 1:36 pm

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) – Lionel Messi was lauded by opposition supporters on Sunday after he scored an outstanding hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 win at Real Betis, which put the Catalans 10 points clear at the top of La Liga with 10 games remaining. With Barca’s nearest challengers Atletico Madrid falling to a 2-0 defeat at … Read More


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Messi leads demolition of Lyon to take Barca through

03 March, 2019 4:14 pm 4:14 pm

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate. Barca captain  Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a “Panenka” penalty chipped straight down the … Read More


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‘Decisive’ Messi downs Sevilla with 50th career hat-trick

02 February, 2019 10:09 am 10:09 am

SEVILLE (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Sevilla after the champions had twice fallen behind, giving the Catalans a 10-point lead at the top of La Liga. Sevilla, who have only won once in the league in 2019, took the lead midway through the … Read More


Messi ruled out for three weeks with fractured arm

10 October, 2018 9:13 am 9:13 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will be out of action for three weeks after he fractured his right arm during 4-2 La Liga win over Sevilla, a club statement said. The injury ruled him out of the ‘Clasico’ against arch rivals Real Madrid on Oct. 28. Ousmane Dembele replaced Messi in the 25th … Read More


Clever Messi free kick helps Barca to opening win

08 August, 2018 9:36 am 9:36 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – La Liga champions Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday with the help of a spectacular under-the-wall free kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from substitute Philippe Coutinho. Barca had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Nou Camp but again … Read More


With Messi and Ronaldo gone, Hazard can now shine

07 July, 2018 10:53 pm 10:53 pm

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the leading attractions at the World Cup, but now that they have been sent packing, Belgian Eden Hazard believes it might be his time to shine on the biggest stage. Both players have won the Ballon d’Or, football’s biggest individual prize, every year between themselves … Read More