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#Lionel Messi

# 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.

‘Lionel Messi isn’t Barcelona’s only piece of art’

Luis Enrique also credited Pep Guardiola for sticking to his philosophy.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Guardiola: ‘No defence can stop Messi, he’s too good’

Mind games from Pep ahead of his return to Camp Nou?

# lionel-messi - Sunday 26 April, 2015

Lionel Messi dedicated Barcelona’s win last night to his late coach RIP

Lionel Messi dedicated Barcelona’s win last night to his late coach

Meanwhile, Real Madrid decreased their rivals’ lead at the top to two points.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 25 April, 2015

Fergie: Ronaldo would score a hat-trick at Millwall or Doncaster, I’m not sure Messi could

The ex-Man United manager discussed the best two players in the world over a couple of games of snooker with John Parrott.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Here’s why Horacio Agulla is better at rugby than you

Here’s why Horacio Agulla is better at rugby than you

Well at pointless rugby trick shots at least.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 19 April, 2015

8 years ago, a floppy-haired Argentine teenager announced himself on the world stage

Lionel Messi tore Getafe apart with a goal that drew instant comparisons with Diego Maradona.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Do you agree with our Champions League team of the week?

Luke Modric is among the stars to feature in our lineup.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 15 April, 2015

Nutmeg king Suarez makes a show of Luiz and hands Barca commanding first leg lead

Luis Enrique’s men were 3-1 winners in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final in Paris.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 11 April, 2015

The La Liga title race was blown wide open this evening

Barcelona blew at two-goal lead at Sevilla to leave the door open for rivals Real.

‘Ronaldo and Messi don’t save lives!’ – Mourinho baffled by footballers’ influence

The Portuguese coach continues to be amazed at how well-respected and loved players are in the world.

# lionel-messi - Friday 10 April, 2015

Robbie Keane is one of the world’s ‘most important’ footballers

The Ireland striker is named alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and erm, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Soccer millionaire Angel Di Maria sold for 20 footballs

Poor clubs across South America are getting ready to celebrate stars like the Argentina international.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Messi’s cracking curler and 2 from Suarez put Barcelona 4 points clear

The Catalan giants took another step towards La Liga glory with a routine 4-0 win over Almeria.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 22 March, 2015

As it happened: Barcelona v Real Madrid, La Liga

We were at Camp Nou for what promised to be a mouth-watering El Clasico.

Is it premature to call Lionel Messi the greatest ever?

Ahead of tonight’s Clasico, we assess the footballer everyone’s talking about at the moment.

Do you agree with our best Barcelona and Real Madrid combined XI?

We pick the top current players from the two sides ahead of tonight’s Clasico.

# lionel-messi - Friday 20 March, 2015

Ahead of this weekend’s Clasico, here are all 21 of Messi’s goals against Real Madrid

Ahead of this weekend’s El Clasico, we relive some of the great one’s great moments.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Messi provides masterclass but finds Hart at his best as Barca send Man City out

Ivan Rakitic scored to hand the Catalan giants a 1-0 win with Sergio Aguero missing a penalty for the visitors.

Messi’s assist tonight was so perfect it turned Pep Guardiola into a Barca fan again

Ivan Rakitic put the home side in front but it was created by a bit of Messi magic.

Manuel Pellegrini: ‘I don’t think my job is in danger’

Manchester City have a mountain to climb against Barcelona in the Champions League later tonight.

‘Messi-obsessed Ronaldo should be sold by Real Madrid*’

*If they need the money.

# lionel-messi - Friday 13 March, 2015

Pele says Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi

The Brazil legend believes another Barcelona star will soon be number one in the world

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

‘I do what makes me happy’ – Fabregas plays down casino visit with Messi

The Spaniard was pictured at an exclusive Mayfair venue along with the Argentina superstar and their partners.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 8 March, 2015

Lionel Messi has now scored 342 goals in his last 340 Barca games

Rivals Real Madrid slipped up last night, as they were beaten 1-0 by Athletic Bilbao.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 4 March, 2015

Neymar opened the scoring for Barca tonight – but it’s all about the assist by Messi Delicious This post contains videos

Neymar opened the scoring for Barca tonight – but it’s all about the assist by Messi

Barca beat Villarreal 6-2 on aggregate to book their place in the Copa del Rey final.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 28 February, 2015

‘Messi ate too many pizzas,’ says former Barcelona star

Carles Rexach says the Argentine put on too much weight last season and believes Luis Enrique is too strict with his players

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Lionel Messi tried and failed to ‘do a Robbie Keane’ against City last night

It was a mixed evening in general in the Champions League for the Barcelona superstar.

Neymar confronts Man City fan after verbal exchange

The Barcelona star was the subject of taunts from one Portuguese-speaking home supporter.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 24 February, 2015

Tommy Martin column: It was once the people’s club but has Barcelona now lost its soul?

As Barca prepare to take on Man City, Tommy Martin asks whether the Catalan giants are still ‘more than a club’ off the field.

# lionel-messi - Monday 23 February, 2015

Luis Enrique ‘not interested’ in Messi and Pique’s night at the casino

The Barca boss claims he has no desire to engage in “gossip” ahead of his side’s clash at Manchester City.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 19 February, 2015

Messi: I went through a lot of problems in 2014

The Barcelona star has admitted to having struggled on and off the field last year.

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