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Lionel Messi Sent-off For The First Time In His Barcelona Career
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Lionel Messi Sent-off For The First Time In His Barcelona Career

Barcelona suffered a shock 3-2 Supercopa de Espana final defeat to Athletic Bilbao in a match that saw Lionel Messi sent off late on. Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in his Barcelona career after Inaki Williams scored a sublime goal that gave Athletic Bilbao a shock 3-2 win in the Supercopa de Espana final. The Catalan giants were on the brink of a record-extending 13th triumph in the competition after Antoine Griezmann scored twice, either side of Oscar De Marcos' equaliser, to put Barcelona 2-1 up late on in normal time. But Athletic, who knocked out holders Real Madrid in the semi-finals, equalised through substitute Asier Villalibre in the 90th minute and Williams scored early on in the additional period to turn the tie on its head. Messi was then sent off in the d...
Forbes: Messi Becomes Football’s Second Billionaire, Tops List Of Earners
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Forbes: Messi Becomes Football’s Second Billionaire, Tops List Of Earners

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire. After Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat, Messi has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes. Messi is the highest earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98million) - split between his salary of $92million (£72million) plus $34million (£26million) in endorsements. Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign. In addition to his boot deal with Adidas, Messi also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI-vision company OrCam Techno...
Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez
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Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez

The Argentine seems set to leave Camp Nou at the end of 2020-21, with his future a hot topic for all of the club's presidential hopefuls Lionel Messi is the only player who can ensure Barcelona's value, according to presidential candidate Lluis Fernandez. Messi wanted to leave Barca last year, due to frustration with the club's board and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner ultimately elected to stay and see out his contract, which runs out at the end of the season, before Bartomeu and the entire Barca board resigned in October. There has been talk that Messi may choose to remain at the club he has been at since 2001, having helped them to 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues. However, Messi, who marked his 500th LaLiga appear...
PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea
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PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea

The Brazilian has made his desire for a reunion clear, but it seems the Ligue 1 giants are not pursuing a deal for now Sporting director Leonardo has played down speculation linking Paris Saint-Germain with a sensational move for Lionel Messi. The 32-year-old’s future is the subject of intense scrutiny as it looks increasingly likely he will move on from Barcelona in the summer. Messi is into the final year of his contract at Camp Nou and, having expressed his desire to leave earlier this year, it seems a new deal is unlikely, meaning he would be able to leave on a free transfer.
Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Blaugrana’s away woes continue with Negredo winner
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Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Blaugrana’s away woes continue with Negredo winner

Cadiz beat Real Madrid in October and delivered another upset on Saturday as Lionel Messi and Barcelona lost in Andalusia. Barcelona's miserable away run continued as Cadiz claimed another big scalp with a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Blaugrana are now winless in four on the road in LaLiga - their worst such run since May 2008 - and a dismal defensive mix-up gifted all three points to surprise package Cadiz. Alvaro Gimenez struck a scrappy, contentious opener with just eight minutes played, but the promoted side, who enjoyed a stunning win away at Real Madrid earlier this season, were pegged back by Pedro Alcala's own goal before the hour mark.
Neymar Says He Wants To Play With Messi At PSG Next Season
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Neymar Says He Wants To Play With Messi At PSG Next Season

PSG star Neymar Jr, has started a new wave of talks and rumors, after he stated that he wants to play on the same side with former teammates Lionel Messi, who’s future is currently uncertain, after he tried to end his contract with Barça this summer. Neymar made this surprising statement after he fired Paris St-Germain to a 3-1 Champions League victory over Manchester United. Fans who follow Neymar’s career, would remember that one of the reasons the Brazillian departed Barça (where he was part of a dangerous attack team made up of Himself, Suarez and Messi), was to get out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. However, Neymar seems to have changed his mind, as he said in an interview with ESPN that “What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able to enjoy him once again o...
Messi Should Have Been Sold, Says Barca Boss Tusquets
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Messi Should Have Been Sold, Says Barca Boss Tusquets

Interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets said Thursday that the club should have sold Argentine star Lionel Messi in the summer. Messi made an attempt to leave Barcelona this summer before backing down. He can talk to other clubs in January and leave for free when his contract expires in June, with Manchester City expected to make a renewed attempt to lure the 33-year-old away from Camp Nou. “From an economic point of view, I would have sold Messi this summer. Economically, that would have been desirable,” Tusquets told Catalan radio Rac1. “La Liga imposes salary caps and that would have helped us,” Tusquets said when asked what a potential transfer would have offered. Tusquets, who took over as interim president after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu in Octo...
Neymar Drops Lionel Messi Bombshell After PSG’s 3-1 Win Over Manchester United
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Neymar Drops Lionel Messi Bombshell After PSG’s 3-1 Win Over Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has revealed that he is keen for a sensational reunion with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. The 28-year-old Brazilian winger scored a brace on Wednesday as PSG sealed an important 3-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League. Speaking after the match, Neymar made a bombshell claim to Brazilian reporters that he wants to share the pitch with Messi again. "What I want most is to play with [Messi] again, to be able to enjoy being on the pitch with him again," the Brazil international said. "He could play in my place. He won't have any problems, I'm sure. I want to play with him again and I'm sure that, next season, we have to do it." Neymar played alongside Messi for four years at the Camp Nou before he completed ...
“Cristiano Has A Bit Of Maradona’s Passion, But Messi Has None” – Jorge Jesus
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“Cristiano Has A Bit Of Maradona’s Passion, But Messi Has None” – Jorge Jesus

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is more like Diego Maradona because Lionel Messi has no passion. The Portuguese manager waded into the modern-day GOAT debate by saying Ronaldo played more like the late great Maradona. Argentine icon Maradona passed away aged 60 last week and tributes poured in from around the world. Jesus said: "Maradona was the best player ever, along with Pele. "Pele's still here, he's alive. Maradona was greater, not just because he was a genius, but because of how he showed it. That makes the difference for me. "He was absolutely world-class, but he had a passion for the game, he was born to be a footballer, he was born with everything. "It was not a product of work, he was born like that. But he still loved having the ball."...
Barcelona Fined €3,000 for Messi Tribute To Diego Maradona
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Barcelona Fined €3,000 for Messi Tribute To Diego Maradona

Barcelona should pay a €3,000 (£2,700) fine after Lionel Messi honored Diego Maradona by celebrating in a Newell’s Old Boys shirt on Sunday. Messi commended his ground-breaking strike from outside of the case against Osasuna by removing Barcelona’s blue-and-burgundy strip to uncover the red-and-dark of Newell’s. Maradona, who passed on a week ago at 60 years old, played for Newell’s toward the finish of his sparkling vocation and Messi wore similar shirt toward the beginning of his, making it a fitting recognition. Messi likewise pantomimed blowing a kiss with two hands to the sky as he looked upward. In any case, the contacting recognition was contrary to the principles of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, who are presently ready to fine the club for Messi’s festival....
Messi Buys Penthouse Apartment In Milan
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Messi Buys Penthouse Apartment In Milan

Lionel Messi, reportedly bought a luxury apartment in the city of Milan, Italy. Based on reports SportMediaset, quoted from Football Italia On Tuesday (11/8/2020), Messi bought an apartment in Milan, which is located close to the residence of his father, Jorge. It is known, Jorge has indeed received a residence permit in Milan. The news about Messi buying a luxury apartment in Milan sounds reasonable, given his status as a football star with abundant wealth. But on the other hand, Messi’s decision to buy an apartment in Milan again raises hot news regarding his opportunity to join Inter Milan. Because, apart from being close to his father’s residence, the apartment that Messi bought was also not far from Inter Milan’s head office, which is located in the Porta Nuova area...
Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches
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Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches

Messi is able to talk with other clubs from January with City plotting to make their move, but Barcelona are not prepared to give their captain up without a fight. Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a job for life to stop him signing for Manchester City . Presidential candidate Victor Font has revealed he has a plan to keep the Argentine legend at the Nou Camp by giving him a “winning project” and a role “beyond the days he is on the pitch.” Messi is wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola next summer, and his future is a battleground in club elections deciding who takes charge. Messi has won ten La Liga titles and four Champions' Leagues in his 16 years at Barca and scored 640 goals, but is unsettled, and wanted to leave last summer. City could also offer him a long term role in t...
Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev
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Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev

Barcelona have left Lionel Messi out of their 19-man squad to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine played the full 90 minutes of Barca's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but was not included in the list of players who will travel to the Ukraine for the Group G match. Manager Ronald Koeman advised he has decided to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in La Liga. The club cannot afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list. The superstar forward is due a rest after missing just 45 minutes of action in total for Barca this season and played all of bo...
Fati blow for Barcelona after teenage sensation suffers knee injury
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Fati blow for Barcelona after teenage sensation suffers knee injury

The 18-year-old forward was replaced at half-time against Betis by Lionel Messi and looks set to miss Spain's next international fixtures Barcelona sensation Ansu Fati suffered a muscle tear during his side's 5-2 victory over Real Betis, the club confirmed on Saturday. Fati, 18, started for Barca in the absence of Lionel Messi from the first XI as the Catalans looked to bounce back from a run of poor form in La Liga. But he was only able to complete the first 45 minutes, during which Barca struggled to overcome the Seville side as they entered the break tied at 1-1.
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning
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Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning

Josep Maria Bartomeu makes Lionel Messi confession after resigning. The distress at Barcelona took a new turn when president Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered recently. Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has asserted he remained on after their mortifying 8-2 annihilation to Bayern Munich since it was the best way to keep Lionel Messi. In a dazzling new development on Tuesday night, Bartomeu reported he and the directorate had all ventured down. Bartomeu was set to leave his part in March 2021 however a demonstration of general disapproval had quickened the cycle and he has picked to leave early. The emergency at the Nou Camp comes as they keep on managing the aftermath from August’s thrashing to Bayern. Club chief Lionel Messi delivered an exchange demand i...
Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach
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Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach

Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola to return as head coach in Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Textual style accepts the most ideal approach to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure previous manager Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered his administration not long ago, following quite a while of analysis on Barcelona’s debilitated funds and battles on the pitch. Bartomeu never recouped from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-last lowering because of possible competition victors Bayern Munich. Yet, presently Font has asserted he realizes how to reestablish the magnificence days at the Catalan goliaths – beginning with a transition to bait old supervisor Guardiol...
‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus
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‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus

The Blaugrana made it back-to-back wins in Europe, much to the delight of their head coach Ronald Koeman described Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League triumph away at Juventus as their "best game of the season". Barca bounced back in style from their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, with Ousmane Dembele and a stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty making it back-to-back Group G wins. Juve failed to register a shot on target against the Catalan giants and, while impressed with how his side went about their business, Koeman did feel they should have wrapped up the game earlier than they ultimately did.
Messi is the Harry Potter of football’ – Vieri says he will throw his TV away when Barcelona star retires
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Messi is the Harry Potter of football’ – Vieri says he will throw his TV away when Barcelona star retires

The Italian legend described the Blaugrana icon as a magician after Barca's win against the Old Lady Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the Harry Potter of football, according to Christian Vieri. Messi assisted Ousmane Dembele's deflected opener and converted a late penalty as Barcelona recorded a 2-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner made a game-high five key passes and 65 passes in the opposition half as Barca improved to six points in Group G.
Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down
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Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down

The Blaugrana supremo has left his post amid ongoing criticism and a looming vote of no confidence Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts. Bartomeu's decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona's 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi's shock request to leave the club shortly after. Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu's position has been under scrutiny for months.
Pele Ranked The Greatest Footballer Of All Time By BBC Poll, Messi 2nd
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Pele Ranked The Greatest Footballer Of All Time By BBC Poll, Messi 2nd

As Pele turned 80, BBC Sport asked it's thousands of readers to rate his achievements among some of the other GOATs The results have now been counted and Pele was ranked as the greatest, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi in second and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in third. We have put the players in order of the results below. Note: The Ballon d'Or could only be won by a European player until 1995 1: Pele (Santos, NY Cosmos & Brazil) World Cup wins: 1958, 1962, 1970 European Cup/Champions League wins: 0 Ballons d'Or: 0 League titles: 7 International caps/goals: 92/77 A teenage dream who was the highest-paid and highest-profile sports star in the world in his pomp, Pele was a phenomenon. Breaking on to the global scene aged 17 with a hat-trick in the World Cup semi-...
Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive To COVID-19 Again, Will Miss His Reunion With Old Foe Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive To COVID-19 Again, Will Miss His Reunion With Old Foe Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus' Champions League game against Barcelona next week after returning another positive coronavirus test. The Portuguese superstar picked up the virus last week - ruling him out of action for Portugal in the Nations League and forcing him into a period of quarantine and ramping up fears that he would miss the club's huge clash against the La Liga side. But the 35-year-old has tested positive yet again, according to Spanish outlet Marca, ruling out a mouthwatering reunion with his old rival Lionel Messi. *A report from Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claims Ronaldo's test gave a very low viral load despite returning positive, with Juventus not giving up hope completely of their talisman featuring in the game. It claims that the club wil...
Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman
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Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman

Lionel Messi's performances "could be better" but the Barcelona captain is "happy", says new manager Ronald Koeman. Argentina forward Messi, 33, tried to leave the club this summer and called the transfer saga "a brutal drama". He has scored once so far this season. "I don't have any complaints or doubts about his effort," said Koeman, whose side open their Champions League campaign against Ferencvaros on Tuesday (20:00 BST kick-off). "Right now his performances could be better. On a day-to-day basis, he's happy and wants to play and be the team's captain." Messi is in the final year of his contract and will come up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo in Group G of this season's Champions League, a competition they have not won since 2015. Italian champions Juve wi...
Wonderkid Moukoko Should Be Messi’s Successor At Barcelona, Claims Eto’o
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Wonderkid Moukoko Should Be Messi’s Successor At Barcelona, Claims Eto’o

The Cameroon superstar has urged his former employers to sign the Borussia Dortmund sensation Barcelona should target Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko as the long-term successor to Lionel Messi, according to Samuel Eto’o. The 15-year-old has been included in BVB’s Champions League squad this season, even though he isn’t eligible to feature in Europe’s premier club competition until he turns 16 on November 20. Despite not yet making his senior debut for Dortmund, Moukoko is the player Barca should be targeting as they look for a long-term successor to 33-year-old Messi according to the Argentine's former teammate Eto’o, who was twice a Champions League winner during five years at Camp Nou. “[There’s] a young player who plays for Dortmund called Youss...
Messi And I Are Like An Old Married Couple – Aguero
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Messi And I Are Like An Old Married Couple – Aguero

The Manchester City striker says that he and the Barcelona star have conflicting habits that leads to a bit of bickering Sergio Aguero joked that he and Lionel Messi are like "an old married couple" whenever they room together while on international duty with Argentina. The Manchester City star has been a member of Argentina's senior setup since 2006, having earned 97 total caps while scoring 41 goals. Aguero is Argentina's third-leading goalscorer, trailing only Gabriel Batistuta and, of course, Messi, who sits atop the country's scoring list with 71 goals. With Messi having made his Argentina debut in 2005, the Barcelona star and Aguero have become close throughout their careers as they've featured together at three World Cups, four Copas America and during the gold...
Barcelona coach Koeman: Of course Messi is angry about Suarez
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Barcelona coach Koeman: Of course Messi is angry about Suarez

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insists there shouldn't be surprise with Lionel Messi's outburst last week. Messi has voiced his outrage over the way Luis Suarez has been treated by Barca this summer. Koeman said: "I think it's normal that a player is a little sad when a friend of his leaves the club after so many years together. It's part of football. "But the most important thing for me is how Leo's been in training and games. In training, he's been an example for everyone. I have not seen a day when he's seemed affected. He returned after a day off really motivated. "He has shown it in training and he will show it in games. There are no doubts about Leo in that sense." Suarez signed for Atletico Madrid on Friday and could make his debut for Diego Simeone's side against Gr...
Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations
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Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been omitted from the nominations for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year awards. For the first time in 10 years, the two greatest players of the modern game do not appear on the shortlist for the awards, for which Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski are considered favourites to win. Despite their confirmed places in the pantheon of the greats, few could argue with the decision not to nominate Messi and Ronaldo after the 2019/20 season. While Ronaldo did help Juventus to win yet another Serie A title, both Juve and Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League before the latter stages. While both Ronaldo and Messi bagged a rather disappointing three goals apiece in eight Champions League matches, Lewandowski scored 15 on his way t...
Messi and Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time
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Messi and Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time

Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA's positional awards next month. The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign. It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position. Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories. Bayern's star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG's Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list whi...
Messi Celebrates 20 Years In Barcelona
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Messi Celebrates 20 Years In Barcelona

On the September 17, 2000, Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona. Accompanied by his father, the young Argentine's dream was to sign for Barcelona. It wasn't an easy process, but eventually the two sides came to an agreement and Messi joined the club's junior ranks. From there he became the best player in the world and arguably one of the greatest to have ever played the game. In those 20 years, he has won everything with Barcelona, on a collective as well as an individual level. Messi has been a great champion and far exceeded the dreams he had when flying over from Rosario that day. And there have been some incredible moments that no one will forget. Messi's debut for the club came under Frank Rijkaard in 2004 at just 17, with his first goal coming against Albacete t...
‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman
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‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman

The club legend reversed his decision to seek an exit this summer, citing his unwillingness to get involved in a legal battle Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that there is no conflict between himself and Lionel Messi, following the club legend's decision to reverse course and stay with the Catalan side. Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave the club following the 2019-20 season, a frustrating campaign that saw Barca fail to win any trophies and finish with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, the 33-year old reversed course earlier this month, telling Goal that he would stay at the club rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle.
Argentina Can End Wait For Title With Copa America 2021 – Messi
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Argentina Can End Wait For Title With Copa America 2021 – Messi

Lionel Messi is convinced that the 2021 Copa America can bring his wait for major honours with Argentina to a close, with Goal learning that the Barcelona superstar is excited by another shot at international glory. Despite boasting the most distinguished of CVs at club level – one that includes 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns – senior silverware with his country has eluded a six-time Ballon d’Or winner. A gold medal was secured at the 2008 Olympics, to go with an U20 World Cup win in 2005, but that is as good as it has got for Messi when turning out for the Albiceleste. Argentina and Colombia will be joint hosts of the next Copa, with a tournament set to be played out between June 11 and Jul 10 presenting Messi with an opportunity to deliver on home s...
Forbes: Messi Becomes Football’s Second Billionaire, Tops List Of Earners
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Forbes: Messi Becomes Football’s Second Billionaire, Tops List Of Earners

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire. After Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat, Messi has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes. Messi is the highest earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98million) - split between his salary of $92million (£72million) plus $34million (£26million) in endorsements. Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign. In addition to his boot deal with Adidas, Messi also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI-vision company OrCam Technolo...
Messi Surprises A Blind Boy With Life-changing Glasses
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Messi Surprises A Blind Boy With Life-changing Glasses

Lionel Messi has given a young fan a moment he'll never forget. The forward worked with OrCam technology company to help them promote some life-changing glasses that can assist sufferers of blindness. He was there in person as one young boy tried on the new technology. "OrCam MyEye is incredible, it's magic," Messi said.
“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona
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“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona

Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o, has stated that he is happy Lionel Messi has agreed to remain at Barcelona, but warned the club to sign more players so the club won't be reliant on Messi. Messi wanted to leave Camp Nou recently, but changed his mind after his father and agent, was warned by the club that he could face legal issues if he doesn't obey his contract. Eto’o who played for Barcelona between 2004 and 2009, scoring 130 goals and winning eight titles there, says he is happy that Messi is now settled for the season “I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house, but at Barca, we need other players with Blaugrana DNA. Messi alone is not enough,” Eto’o said at a La Liga event as reported by TuttoMercato. “You need to look for players on t...
Lionel Messi arrives in His Benz To Barcelona Training Ground
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Lionel Messi arrives in His Benz To Barcelona Training Ground

Lionel Messi arrived at Barcelona's training ground as he begins to reintegrate with the team following his failed attempt to leave the club this summer. Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi at just after 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) today, where he is expected to take part in training for the first time under new coach Ronald Koeman
Messi Misses Training Again After Decision To Stay At Barcelona
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Messi Misses Training Again After Decision To Stay At Barcelona

Lionel Messi was a no-show at training with Barcelona despite his decision to stay at the club under sufferance, journalists at the training ground said on Saturday morning. The Argentine superstar announced on Friday he had been forced to remain at Barcelona, claiming after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. It came after 10 days of tension since his bombshell fax telling Barcelona he wanted out. But while other players including Jordi Alba and Philippe Coutinho arrived for the session, Messi failed to appear at the Joan Gamper training complex for the session which began at 0730 GMT. Last Sunday Messi deliberately skipped the mandatory coronavirus test for Barcelona players. According to local media, Messi must first pass the Covid-19 test...
Majority of fans say it is better if Messi had left Barcelona – AS survey
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Majority of fans say it is better if Messi had left Barcelona – AS survey

The majority of 26,000-plus fans surveyed in an AS poll have said that they disagree with Lionel Messi's decision to stay at Barcelona. Lionel Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona has not gone down well with fans. Of the more than 26,000 participants surveyed in an AS poll who were asked: ‘Do you agree with Messi staying at Barcelona?’, 61.6% have said ‘No’, while 38.4% have stated ‘Yes’. These results indicate the significant loss of support for the Argentine superstar. The soap opera involving Messi and Barcelona – which began early last week after the player sent a burofax demanding to leave the club – ended on Friday when Messi himself confirmed he would stay at Camp Nou in an interview with Goal. As Barça insisted the only way Messi could leave was through the payment of his...
Messi Confirms He Will Stay At Barcelona
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Messi Confirms He Will Stay At Barcelona

'It was a brutal drama... now I am going to continue in the club': Lionel Messi confirms he will begrudgingly STAY at Barcelona for now with superstar finally giving up on his fight for move to Manchester City in stunning U-turn The superstar's bombshell U-turn was officially announced on Friday evening, although Messi has once again doubled down on his criticism of the board and suggested his desire to avoid a legal battle forced his hand. The 33-year-old club captain announced he is finally abandoning attempts at a move to Manchester City this summer in a recorded interview despite having initially demanded to leave. Lionel Messi has confirmed he will remain at Barcelona due to his desire to avoid a legal battle Jorge Messi had refuted claims from Barca that his son has a...
Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle
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Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle

Lionel Messi has reportedly resigned himself to the fact that he will have to see out his Barcelona contract and stay at the club for another year. The Barca captain had been hoping to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, with Manchester City leading the chase for his services as they sought to reunite him with his former manager Pep Guardiola. Messi has become disillusioned with life in Catalonia after Barca's shambolic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League left them looking as far away from returning to the top level of European football as they have been since last winning Europe's biggest prize in 2015. Manager Quique Setien left shortly after that loss, and has been replaced by Ronald Koeman. Messi's father Jorge has been holding talks with Barca ...
Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo
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Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo

Lionel Messi will not be booed by Barcelona supporters if he stays at Camp Nou and can still bow out of the club on a high, according to the club’s iconic former player Rivaldo. Talks between Barca and Messi’s agent and father Jorge are ongoing after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner last week informed the LaLiga giants of his desire to leave. Messi reportedly hoped to trigger a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free, but Barca are of the opinion his €700million release clause still stands. Manchester City and Inter have been strongly linked, but Jorge Messi indicated on Thursday the forward is considering staying in Catalonia for another year. Should that prove to be the case, Rivaldo does not believe the Argentina international will be given a tough time b...
Sergio Ramos Urges Lionel Messi To Stay At Barcelona Amid Man City Speculation
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Sergio Ramos Urges Lionel Messi To Stay At Barcelona Amid Man City Speculation

Sergio Ramos has urged Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona for the sake of Spanish football. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has asked to leave the La Liga giants this summer. Manchester City are the bookmakers' favourites to sign Messi, although it remains unclear what fee any potential suitors would have to pay for the Argentine superstar. Barcelona, with the support of La Liga, insist that a club would have to trigger the 33-year-old's £630million release clause, whilst Messi wants to leave for free.
“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board
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“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has expressed a desire to leave Camp Nou, but discussions have been held with the Blaugrana board. Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has hinted at a compromise being reached at Barcelona which allows his son to remain at Camp Nou until the summer of 2021. The Argentine forward’s representatives arrived in Catalunya on Wednesday for showdown talks with the Blaugrana board. Jorge Messi told reporters upon touching down that he did not “know anything” when it comes to his son’s future. He was, however, to discuss the matter with under-fire Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu amid mounting speculation suggesting that a stunning separation could be on the cards. Barca's dismissal of Suarez shows Messi is not their only problem. Messi has spent his...
Messi Considering A Dramatic U-Turn On His Decision To Leave Barcelona
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Messi Considering A Dramatic U-Turn On His Decision To Leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi faces a defining day in his career amid reports he is considering a U-turn over his decision to leave Barcelona. A crunch meeting between Messi's dad Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reportedly ended in a stalemate on Wednesday, with no agreement reached over the wantaway forward's future. Messi's camp have claimed the six-time Ballon d'Or winner can leave the Nou Camp for free this summer, while Barca have insisted that is not the case - and have been backed in their stance by La Liga. And now Messi is considering a dramatic U-turn, according to the same source in Argentina which first broke news of the 33-year-old's transfer request. The man regarded by many as the game's greatest ever player is now considering seeing out the remaining year of h...
TB Joshua Warns Messi Against Leaving Barcelona
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TB Joshua Warns Messi Against Leaving Barcelona

The founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, commonly referred to as TB Joshua, has warned Barcelona Football Club captain, Lionel Messi, against leaving the club. Joshua said this in a post on his official Instagram page on Wednesday. He wrote, “It is not good advice for Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona bitter and offended. It is impossible to establish a healthy relationship with a person who left a previous relationship bitter and offended. This is my candid advice to Messi. History is our boss.” Messi, a six-time Ballon D’Or winner, recently handed the club a transfer request following a humiliating 8-2 defeat the club suffered against the German side, Bayern Munich, during the last UEFA Champions League clash. The Barcelona icon is reported to be in...
Messi Has Reached A Final Agreement With City Football Group, To Join Man City
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Messi Has Reached A Final Agreement With City Football Group, To Join Man City

Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a €700m deal with City Football Group, to move to Manchester City. Lionel Messi's decision to quit Barcelona for Manchester City is to be rewarded with a contract that will cement the multiple Ballon d'Or winner's status as the highest-paid individual in the history of the sport. Record Sport understands that Messi has agreed financial terms worth €700million (currently £623m) over the course of five years in the employ of City Football Group, the Premier League club's holding company. Messi - who on Sunday underlined last week's unilateral recision of the final year of his Barcelona contract by failing to report for mandatory COVID testing at the club – is expected to spend three seasons at Manchester City before moving to CFG's Major League S...
Neuer Would Have Deserved Ballon D’or Over Lewandowski – Joachim Low
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Neuer Would Have Deserved Ballon D’or Over Lewandowski – Joachim Low

There will be a Ballon d’Or winner this year, but Joachim Low would have voted for Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer. Joachim Low believes Manuel Neuer’s Champions League final performance shows he would have deserved the 2020 Ballon d’Or ahead of Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski. France Football announced it would not present its annual award for the world’s best player this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which halted some domestic competitions in 2019-20, including Ligue 1. The decision has prompted suggestions Lewandowski has been harshly treated, having appeared the standout candidate to succeed Lionel Messi after his 55 goals fired Bayern to a stunning treble. The striker, who was named Germany’s Footballer of the Year, last week agreed he deserved the...
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“It Would Be So Disrespectful” – Braithwaite Denies Messi Claim

Lionel Messi's Barcelona future is in doubt, but Martin Braithwaite insists he has not sought to capitalise and seize his number 10 shirt. Martin Braithwaite refuted claims he has already asked for the Barcelona number 10 shirt worn by Lionel Messi. A report in Spain claimed Braithwaite had brought up the prospect of taking on the iconic jersey in negotiations with the Blaugrana. Messi has informed Barca of his desire to leave Camp Nou, with Manchester City widely linked with a stunning move for the Catalan club's greatest ever player. But Braithwaite insisted he made no such demand and called the mere suggestion "so disrespectful". "What do people think themselves? Of course I did not go to the club and ask for Messi's number," he told Danish newspaper BT. "It would...
Stuttgart Fan Starts €900m Fundraiser In Bid To Help Club Sign Lionel Messi
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Stuttgart Fan Starts €900m Fundraiser In Bid To Help Club Sign Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi's future is dominating football and one Stuttgart fan has taken matters into his own hands to try to help his club sign the Barcelona star. Tim Artmann has set up a fundraising page with a target of €900million (£805m) to try to stump up the cash for the Bundesliga side to acquire the Argentine international. After five days since its creation only €262 (£234) has been donated to the cause, but Artmann has revealed that if the target is not met or Messi departs to another club the donated amount will be given to a water charity. The description on the GoFundMe page reads: 'We VfB fans are collecting money to pay for Lionel Messi's transfer. 'In the event that the planned amount is not reached on time or Lionel Messi joins another club, 100 per cent of the money rai...
Argentina President Fernandez Urges Messi To Return Home
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Argentina President Fernandez Urges Messi To Return Home

Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez has advised Lionel Messi to return to his homeland and finish his career at his former youth team club Newell’s Old Boys. Messi,33, shocked the world of football last week by informing Barcelona of his intentions to move on this summer following a turbulent season at the Nou Camp. He has been most strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, where he would link up with his previous manager Pep Guardiola again. He has been most strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, where he would link up with his previous manager Pep Guardiola again. But some believe he could be tempted with going back to Newell’s, who he represented at youth level between 1994-2000 before making the move to Spain at the age of just 13. And speaking on Ar...