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#Lionel Messi

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

Zlatan settles the Messi/Ronaldo debate with two simple words

No doubting whose side he’s on.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 25 July, 2015

5 classic Manchester United v Barcelona encounters

The teams meet tonight in California at 9pm Irish time.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Messi was lazy in the Copa America, says grandfather

Antonio Cuccitini believes his grandson could have done much more to help his side’s cause.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo selfish and doesn’t influence play’

Lionel Messi and the Real Madrid star’s rivalry continues, and Dani Alves labelled the latter selfish.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Argentina frets over Lionel Messi’s future Woe

Argentina frets over Lionel Messi’s future

The 28-year-old football genius left the pitch ashen-faced after Argentina lost the Copa America.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

Father defends Lionel Messi following Argentina backlash

The Barcelona ace’s international record is under attack again.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 5 July, 2015

Messi’s family attacked as Argentina lose the Copa America final

Members of the Barcelona star’s family were set upon by Chile fans as the hosts claimed victory after a penalty shootout.

Incredible scenes as hosts Chile stun Argentina to win first-ever Copa America title

Lionel Messi endured more disappointment with his country, losing a third major international final of his career.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 4 July, 2015

The 5 key factors that could decide the Copa America final

Chile take on Argentina at the Estadio Nacional on Saturday night.

Can Messi end Argentina’s 22-year wait for silverware in tonight’s Copa America final?

The 2014 World Cup runners-up face hosts Chile in Santiago tonight.

A team of legends who’ve never won an international trophy

Lionel Messi has a chance to make history tonight in the Copa América final, but these players never tasted international success.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

Lionel Messi’s glorious piece of skill was the highlight of last night’s Copa semi

The Barcelona superstar was at his influential best against Paraguay.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

‘Money-hungry Madrid want everything Barcelona have’

The head of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has slammed the Spanish club over the issue of broadcasting rights.

# lionel-messi - Monday 29 June, 2015

Milan legend says Zlatan Ibrahimovic may ‘even be superior to Messi’

The Milan legend has mixed feelings over the potential return of Ibrahimovic to the San Siro.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 27 June, 2015

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

‘It makes me feel a little bit uneasy’ – Kilbane rejects claims of Messi payment

The ex-Ireland international has responded to reports in an Argentine newspaper today.

FAI consider legal action after claims Ireland players were paid $10k each to go easy on Messi

Newspaper La Nacion alleges that the former president of the Argentine Football Association sanctioned the payments for the 2010 friendly in Dublin.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 21 June, 2015

Elimination didn’t stop a Jamaican player from taking a selfie with Lionel Messi last night

“Today was the best day of my life because I was able to take a photo with Lionel Messi.”

# lionel-messi - Saturday 13 June, 2015

‘He who doesn’t love Messi knows nothing about football’

Tevez has launched a passionate defence of team-mate Lionel Messi ahead of their Copa American opener.

Lionel Messi hails ‘exceptional’ Wayne Rooney

The Argentine has praised the England captain’s technical ability.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

After a dream season, Messi has received some bad news about his tax evasion charges

The Barcelona forward is now due to stand trial on accusations he defrauded authorities

‘Lionel Messi’s resurgence down to change of diet’

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired Barcelona to a historic treble after giving up processed food last July

‘Eden Hazard worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo’

A CIES Football Observatory study into the transfer values of the world’s leading footballers sees Lionel Messi top the charts.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 6 June, 2015

Messi already looks a shoo-in for Ballon d’Or and more Champions League talking points

Barcelona secured their fifth European Cup in thrilling fashion this evening.

Suarez, Neymar strike to seal Barca’s treble

Luis Enrique capped his first season as the Catalan side’s head coach by matching Pep Guardiola’s feat

6 talking points ahead of the Champions League final

Juventus take on firm favourites Barcelona in the Estádio da Luz on Saturday night in search of the ultimate prize.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 4 June, 2015

Slimline Lionel Messi back on top of the world

For the first time in six years he went trophyless at club level with Barcelona last season.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

Gigi Buffon has given Lionel Messi one of the strangest compliments we’ve ever heard

It beats just saying ‘he’s good a football’ mind.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 31 May, 2015

Leo Messi’s cup final goal was from another galaxy, shrugs Luis Enrique

Leo Messi’s cup final goal was from another galaxy, shrugs Luis Enrique

The Spanish boss has suggested that he was not pleased by Neymar’s showboating at the end of the fixture as Barcelona moved close to the treble.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

# lionel-messi - Sunday 17 May, 2015

Ronaldo might have scored another hat-trick … but Messi won the league for Barcelona

Ronaldo took his La Liga tally to 45 for the season but the most important goal of the night belonged to Leo Messi.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 10 May, 2015

Obsessed with a fictional Football Manager striker: The week’s best sportswriting

There’s also the story behind an iconic sports pic and how Bill Simmons fell out with ESPN.

Is it possible for an athlete to have a bad diet and still be world class?

Professor Asker Jeukendrup chats to The42 about optimal recovery, nutrition and Lionel Messi.

# lionel-messi - Friday 8 May, 2015

‘I’ll never forget Messi for giving me Cordoba penalty’

The Brazilian was astounded by the Argentine, who is battling Ronaldo for the title of La Liga’s top scorer.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 7 May, 2015

15 reasons why Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer ever

Even Eamon Dunphy, who believes football is ‘dying’ and that Michel Platini was overrated, thinks he’s a genius.

Messi reminiscent of Pele in 1970 and more Champions League talking points

Also, why it’s harsh to single out Gareth Bale and how Neuer justified his world-class tag.

‘No comparison between Messi and Ronaldo’ – Dunphy

The Argentine superstar was labelled a “genius” after his performance last night.

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