Lionel Messi All Set To Lead Barcelona This Season

FC Barcelona, despite all odds tried to clinch both the Copa Del Rey trophy and the LaLiga title last season. They were on the verge to claim a treble before an exit from the UEFA Champions League which crushed all their missions then. Well, the good news is that the Catalans are once again hopeful to achieve their mission under the guidance of a new caption none other than Lionel Messi. The team is aiming to achieve all 3 trophies under the leadership of the Argentine this season.

Messi was given the captaincy after the exit of Andres Iniesta and he recently spoke of his wish to help the club to keep their home dominance intact and at the same time bring the trophy of the Champions League to Camp Nou this time. It’s needless to say that Lionel Messi has played best of roles during winning seasons of Barcelona in 2008 and 2014. He scored fantastic numbers of goals and also produced greatest displays during the tenure.
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Argentina Need Lionel Messi To Play For Financial Reasons, Says AFA President

Until Lionel Messi decides to call time for his international career, he would surely be considered of major importance for the fortunes of the teams. But according to the Claudio Tapia it was important that Messi turnout for the Albiceleste as that would be beneficial for the federation financially.

Although Argentina’s captain is yet to take a decision on his future after Argentina were considered to be knocked down out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the round of 16 stage by France. Just before the tournament could begin, Messi had confirmed that his team needs to win it whether “now or never”. Considering emotionally, this blow would have been too hard on them, but Argentina would need this, as informed by Tapia to Radio Mitre. Considering from a financial standpoint, Lionel Messi is indeed very important to the AFA. According to him Messi will continue as he loves the Argentina national team a lot and that they have a lot confidence in him.
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International Legends To Feature In Exhibition Match In Iraq

Next month, September will see some international legends come together over at Iraq to feature in an exhibition match. The aim of the match will be to help people living in the country torn by war forget the hardships.

The game is expected to be played on September 9 in the southern city of Basra. Those to feature in the match would be former stars of top European clubs. No less than 65,000 fans are likely to be in attendance for the game. Continue reading International Legends To Feature In Exhibition Match In Iraq

Lionel Messi proud of results

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said that he is happy with the performance of his team after their victory against Juventus.


Indeed Barcelona managed to beat Juventus 3-0 to avenge for their quarter-final defeat last season in the same competition.

Lionel Messi was phenomenal during the whole match and scored two goals to help his team beat an Italian side with a stubborn defence. The other goal was scored by Rakitic in an exciting match at the Nou Camp.

It was also the first appearance of former Borussia Dortmund winger OusmaneDembele for Barcelona in the Champions League.

His performance in the match was average, and there was even a feeling of frustration in the crowd as some of his dribblings were ineffective. However, this is perfectly understandable given the fact that he just joined the club and the Barcelona coach has stated that he will be given time in order to adapt. Continue reading Lionel Messi proud of results

MESSI COULD HAVE MOVED TO MAN CITY

There are reports that Argentine football star Lionel Messi would have moved to the Etihad to reunite with Pep Guardiola following his sentencing to 21 months for tax fraud.


A new documentary shows claims the player reached out to Guardiola last term after feeling “trapped” at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola met the superstar in Spain about the move even though it never happened eventually. The documentary hinted that Messi’s father and his agent spoke with a City director over the purported move. All these were reported to have happened around early to mid-July 2016.

Messi was about to buckle under stress at the Catalan side so he met with the 46-year old. Messi’s father also reached out to the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu but he was told that Barcelona would not allow the player leave. Agreements were made and Messi signed a new deal to remain with the club – one that would take his career to a very advanced stage. Continue reading MESSI COULD HAVE MOVED TO MAN CITY

MESSI CLAIMS 2017 PICHICHI TROPHY

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has added another feather to his cap after claiming his fourth Pichichi trophy of his career.


The Argentina international toppedthe La Liga’s goal scoring charts this term, scoring 37 goals to lead the pack.

He finished as the highest goal scorer in the La Liga to depose his teammate Luis Suarez from the throne. Suarez broke the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly last year when he won the award. He finishes in second place this term with 29 goals. The third attacking member of the MSN Neymar placed tenth on the scorers’ log. Continue reading MESSI CLAIMS 2017 PICHICHI TROPHY

Messi’s suspension arrives at a crucial time for Argentina

The Argentine national football side has consistently been able to qualify for the FIFA World Cup since the 1978 edition and have made impressive performances in almost every single year when the competition was held as they have either reached the quarter-finals or been the runner-up in many of the World Cups.


Argentina are currently at risk of losing this string of consecutive qualifications as they are positioned at the 5th spot of the CONMEBOL group stages for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The latest 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match of Argentina saw them losing 0-2 against Bolivia and taking into consideration the fact that there are only 4 more qualification matches left as well as the recent suspension of Lionel Messi, Argentina might not be able to qualify for the worldwide football competition if they continue to drop points.

On March 23 of 2017, Argentina faced off with Chile and came out on top with a 1-0 triumph but it came at a hefty price as Lionel Messi received a 4 match suspension after being accused of insulting the assistant referee of that game. Continue reading Messi’s suspension arrives at a crucial time for Argentina

LUIS SUAREZ ASKS BARCA TO GIVE MESSI A NEW DEAL

Barcelona lead striker Luis Suarez has asked that the club offer superstar Lionel Messi a new deal, hitting back at comments that the CEO Oscar Grau made recently which has led to lots of serious speculations that the Argentine forward might consider a move away from the Nou Camp.


Grau asked that the club applied “common sense” when negotiating an agreement with Messi, hinting that the club not overspend. The executive officer also said he has asked that defender Gerard Pique stop complaining about referees, hinting that the turmoil at the Catalan side might be far reaching particularly with Barca not being in excellent form of late.

“With Messi what you have to do is give him a new contract, not have common sense,” Suarez said aver the victory over Athletic Bilbao. Spanish source Diario Sport reports that the CEO’s comments have angered the players who are even under a lot of pressure. The reports claimed the comments have expanded the rift between the dressing and board rooms. Continue reading LUIS SUAREZ ASKS BARCA TO GIVE MESSI A NEW DEAL

Messi and Ronaldo at the top

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to dominate world football in the next couple of years and that it will not be easy for any other players to win the Ballon d’Or.


He said that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is far above all the others and that younger players such as Gareth Bale, Neymar and Pogba will have to wait for the pairs to retire before having a chance to win the trophy.

Carlo Ancelotti believes that the only way for another player to win the trophy at the moment is for their team to win the Champions League but it will be difficult to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.

Ancelotti believes that the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is a motivation for both players and that both of them want to become the best. This ensures that the both players remain at the top of their game and does not provide any opening for another player.

He believes that Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still have a few years at the top level and that it will be hard to dislodge them from where they are.

The Barcelona forward has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the Ballon d’Or and said that Portuguese manager deserves to win the award. Lionel Messi said that he wants to focus on his own game and make sure that he helps his team win the trophy. Although he has not said anything, it is clear that he wants to win the trophy next year and that he will do anything to can in order to beat Ronaldo this time.

However, it could be difficult this time as Barcelona is currently trailing Real Madrid in La Liga and they will have some catching up to do.

MESSI TO ESCAPE PUNISHMENT DESPITE BUST-UPS

Five-time World Player of the Year Award winner, Lionel Messi is set to avoid any punishment from the European governing body, UEFA, despite being involved in two separate bust-ups during the clash with Manchester City this week.


At Tuesday’s Champions League game at the Etihad, Barcelona were served a sweet revenge by Manchester City, having suffered defeat from the Catalan giants a fortnight ago. Barca players were fuming and City players and lower management staff provoked their guests into a bust-up.

UEFA has confirmed that since the incident were not put in the referee or match delegate report, there would be no repercussions. During the 15 minutes recess, Messi confronted the referee, Viktor Kassai in the tunnel. He was involved in the bust-up after the game, and his compatriot Sergio Aguero had to calm him down.

“Nothing was mentioned in the official reports. Therefore no disciplinary action has been taken,” UEFA said.
Many remain surprised at Messi’s reactions after the game, particularly as Barcelona were sill topping the group despite the loss. Aguero explained that the player was just not happy with the loss. Continue reading MESSI TO ESCAPE PUNISHMENT DESPITE BUST-UPS