Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Tag Archives: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi wins Best FIFA Men’s Player award

BARCELONA’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi received The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award. During a ceremony at Teatro alla Scala, an opera house in Milan, Messi was deemed the number one footballer of the season, defeating Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. Messi also won the ...

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Figo, Kaka seek ‘promise’ of football in cricket-mad Pakistan

KARACHI: Portuguese great Luis Figo and Brazilian star Kaka Thursday vowed to help develop the “great promise” of football in Pakistan, a country obsessed with cricket and twice banned from international soccer. The two legends – who both played for Spanish club Real Madrid – are in Pakistan for a ...

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Messi receives record fifth Golden Shoe award

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi has received his record fifth Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top scorer in all leagues last season. The win also breaks the tie he had with Juventus’ striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi also won the award in 2009-2010 (34 goals), 2011-2012 (50), 2012-13 (46) and 2016-17 (37). The ...

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Messi surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Madrid

LONDON: Lionel Messi has admitted he was surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid and join Juventus. Messi also believes the transfer will leave Madrid worse off and says Juve are now among the clear favourites to win this season’s Champions League. Ronaldo swapped Spain for Italy in ...

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Messi left out of Argentina squad for friendlies

BUENOS AIRES: Barcelona star Lionel Messi was left out of the first post-World Cup Argentina squad announced ahead of four upcoming friendlies. The move was widely expected following media reports earlier in the week claiming the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had asked to be excused from the country’s four remaining ...

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Rojo and Messi rescue Argentina from humiliating early exit

SAINT PETERSBURG: Diego Maradona crossed his arms over his chest and pointed to the sky. Lionel Messi had needed just three touches to score but Argentina still took 86 minutes to defeat Nigeria. Marcos was the unlikely match-winner, an emphatic finish of which even his captain would have been proud, to ...

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‘Don’t blame Messi’, pleads Argentina boss Sampaoli

Lionel Messi – AFP MOSCOW: Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli again defended star player Lionel Messi on Wednesday and said his side’s World Cup match against Croatia was effectively a must-win. The beaten 2014 finalists go into Thursday’s crucial Group D clash desperate for three points after a disappointing 1-1 draw ...

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Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina for famous draw

MOSCOW: Argentina were held to a draw by World Cup debutants Iceland Saturday, with Lionel Messi blowing a gilt-edged opportunity for victory when he missed a penalty. Sergio Aguero scored an eye-catching opener for the two-time world champions in the 19th minute but it was almost immediately cancelled out by ...

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‘Monstrous’ Messi to enter Barca’s 600 club

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi will celebrate his 600th start for Barcelona in what his manager Ernesto Valverde hails as “a monstrous” achievement. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner becomes only the third player to reach the milestone for the Catalan club after ex-playmaker Xavi Hernandez (767 appearances) and the current captain Andres ...

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Kohli overtakes Messi in Forbes list of most valuable athletes

LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli has shot past Barcelona star Lionel Messi in Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable athletes. According to Forbes, the 28-year-old cricketer is ranked seventh in the list with a brand value of $14.5 million, which puts him ahead of Messi who is at ninth ...

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