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
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
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
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
New Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has stated that he will try to convince Lionel Messi to come back on his decision to stop playing for the international team.
He said that Argentina still needs Lionel Messi and that it will be a great loss for the national team if Messi retires from international football.
Edgardo Bauza who has just replaced Martino at the head of the Argentina team said that he wants to have a conversation with Lionel Messi. He wants to see whether the player is still available for selection and whether he can count on him for the upcoming matches.
Argentina will be facing Uruguay and Venezuela in their next games that will count for the World Cup qualifiers. Argentina are currently third in the qualifying table and will want to get maximum points from these forthcoming matches. Edgardo Bauza will want to have his best players for this game as they do not have a lot of room for mistakes.
He said that as a former player he has also been through the disappointment of losing a final and wanting to quit everything. He believes that this decision can be reversed, but it will be up to Lionel Messi to decide. This is why he wants to have a chat with the player first to see what he thinks of the new project for the national team. Continue reading Argentina coach to convince Messi
World’s best footballer, Lionel Messi missed the curtain-raiser against Chile in the ongoing Copa America Centenario.
The star player took a hit in the friendly game against Honduras and has not been able to rest well as his recovery has been interrupted by court proceedings. The Argentine forward had to return to Barcelona to answer tax fraud charges last week.
The Captain was replaced by Nicolas Gaitan in Santa Clara. The Blaugrana star is reported to still be in pain due to the blow to his back, and decided he was not fit to start against Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side. The Argentine coach Gerardo Martino on Sunday told the press that Messi would be given the chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Chile match but that there was a replacement [Gaitan] to avoid risking the player.
The injury forced Argentina to play Gaitan in a three man attack. The Benfica winger joined Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria, making his first appearance in a major international tournament. Ahead of the much anticipated game, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said in a press conference on Sunday that he wanted Messi to play:
Continue reading LIONEL MESSI MISSES CHILE REUNION AT COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO AS THEY WIN 2-1
Former Atletico Madrid forward David Villa believes that Antoine Griezmann is fast becoming one of the best players in the world.
He would classify the Frenchman is being on par with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – widely judged as the best players in the world. Griezmann has been linked with Chelsea in the last two transfer windows, but it is now looking highly unlikely that he will move away from the Vicente Calderon
after having just experienced his best season till date. The French international has come up with 29 goals so far in all competitions.
Still just 25, Griezmann has the ability to develop his game even more. Villa was one of the renowned goalscorers during his peak. Even though he did not play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona at the peak, there was always an interest surrounding the Spanish striker. Villa recently brought an end to his spell in European football by joining New York City FC. He has been a revelation in the MLS after being in fine goalscoring form at the start of the campaign. Villa did not have the chance to play with Griezmann as the French international came from Real Sociedad just as Villa was leaving. Continue reading David Villa confident on Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Arsenal and was now pitted against Athletic Madrid. Even though Athletic Madrid are arguably one of the best teams that is still performing in the European competition, this does not seem to concern the head coach of Barcelona, Luis Enrique as he jokingly said that the only team he did not want to face was his own.
“The only team that I don’t want to draw is Barcelona. Luckily I don’t think we’ll get them, so I’m relaxed,” he said in his post-match press conference.
The other remaining clubs that are competing in the Champions League are: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Athletic Madrid, Wolfsburg, Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica and Manchester City.
This is the 9th consecutive time that Barcelona have managed to get into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and this is evidence of the dominance that the Spanish club has been displaying for the past few years.
It’s safe to assume that Barcelona are the favorites on winning the Champions League of this current season as Luis Enrique has at his disposal the attacking combination of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, this partnership is widely considered to be the best in the world if they get too overconfident it could finish with unexpected results and it’s what happened a few years ago during the quarterfinal stages of the 2013-14 Champions League season. Continue reading Luis Enrique is optimistic about the Champions League
Lionel Messi is a huge player to miss for any team and this even applies to Barcelona, who have an array of talent that includes Luis Suarez, Neymar, and Andres Iniesta. The Catalan club have been able to tide over the absence of the Argentine with quality provided by these players. Manager Luis Enrique has especially singled out Neymar for his brilliant performances since joining the club in 2013. Enrique, who created a new record by winning the Champions League and several other trophies last season, claims that Neymar is still not the finished article and fans can expect more from the Brazilian in the near future.
Neymar is not considered as the biggest star in Barcelona due to the availability of Messi, but there have been rumours that the club would now be prepared to sell Messi. At 28 years of age, the Argentine superstar is at the peak of his career and would fetch double the world record transfer fee, which stands at £ 86 million. Due to the confidence that Neymar has provided in the last two years, Barcelona may just be prepared to take this risk. Neymar recently scored four goals against Rayo Vallecano before going on to create two assists against BATE in the Champions League. Continue reading Lionel Messi is a huge player to miss for any team