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Top 5 Most Handsome Footballers ( No. 2 is very handsome )

Many football players are handsome but here are our list of 5 most handsome and cute footballers.


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1· Robin Van Persie

This great footballer from the Netherlands is not only good at scoring goals but must definitely score some major points amongst guys because of his Fine appearance which also makes him famous. Popularly called the Flying Dutchman

2· Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese footballer is one of the most handsome and wealthy men on the world with a lot of influence over the general public, when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus he is still famous with lot of fans.

3· Gerrard Pique


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The Spanish giant Barcelona’s is probably one of the best looking footballers in Spain and perhaps the world as a whole, also He has won a lot of trophies during his time in football.

4· Lionel Messi


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One of the most Popular and talented players on the planet is also one of the most handsome proving the theory that Successful men are always attractive. When you hear the Argentine Captains name you know who he is even if you don’t watch football, He is so charming.

5· Cesc Fabregas


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The Spanish footballer has this calm, natural swag which definitely makes him one of the best looking players out there.

Wow!!! 8 Things Lionel Messi Has Done No Other Player Can Do ( Including Ronaldo )

Argentina legend Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world at the moment. Messi is someone whose influence will continue to be felt for years and years to come.

Here are 8 interesting things he had done no player could do.

Lionel Messi Feats

1) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Destroying 3 Players with just 3 simple touches.

2) Only Lionel Messi is capable of Dribbling 5 Players without touching the ball.

3) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Escaping Any kind of Situations of Rough most often ( HE HAS STAMINA ).


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4) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Scoring his 500th Career Goal on the Bernabeu and Winning the Clasico.

5) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Scoring 40+ Goals in a Season while playing in Midfield.

6) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Scoring Hat-Trick in EL Clasico at the age of 19

7) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Scoring 91 Goals in a Calendar year.

8) Lionel Messi is the only player capable of Winning 4 Consecutive Balon D’ors

5 Interesting Facts About Lionel Messi You Don’t Know

Argentina legend Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world at the moment. Messi is someone whose influence will continue to be felt for years and years to come.


Here are 5 interesting facts about the legend named Lionel Messi.

5. He was a legends at a young age.

The Argentinian was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at a young age. He signed with FC Barcelona and moved to Spain at the age of 13 and the football club agreed to pay for his treatment, according to his contract.

4. He has collected some of the Best Awards.

He has won the European Golden Shoe award in four seasons. He also won the Golden Ball award for the best player of the 2014 World Cup.

3. He was the Youngest La liga star

The 17 year old Lionel Messi was the third youngest football player who played for Barcelona.
He was also the youngest club player to have played in La Liga.

2. He is a Philanthropist

He is the ambassador for UNICEF and works towards child development. The Argentine star is the founder of the Leo Messi Foundation, which aims to improve healthcare and education for children.

1. Unbelievable and Super famous

Everybody loves to watch Leo Messi but the Barcelona legends once said that he never watch highlights of himself. (This is Amazing).

Lionel Messi is also one of the most famous footballer and the highest paid footballer in the planet, he is also one of the most influential athlete with so much talents.

Who is the Greatest Messi Or Ronaldo?

After winning the Ballon d’Or the 6th time and recent hat-trick goals, Messi is trending as he brings more of himself day by day.

Messi and Ronaldo are two different person and this two are really compare by many, fans, experts, celebrities etc.

Now Who is The Greatest Messi Or Ronaldo?

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Lionel Messi Scores Regular Hat-Trick As Barcelona Beats Mallorca

Barcelona Vs Mallorca 7/12/2019

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the week he was crowned the world’s best player as Barcelona eased to a 5-2 home win over Real Mallorca and reclaimed top spot in LaLiga.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann gave Barca a seventh-minute lead and Messi then took over with a couple of goals, either side of Ante Budimir’s strike against the run of play.

Luis Suarez added a fourth before the end of the first half with a sublime back-heel to round off a fluid passing move.

Budimir pulled another back for Mallorca 26 minutes from time, but Messi rounded off his hat-trick late on as Barca maintained their good form and overtook Real Madrid at the summit.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen gave a second assist of the season with a quick goal-kick that Griezmann collected and lifted over Manolo Reina after racing through on goal.
Reina produced an impressive save to keep out the returning Sergio Busquets’ header, but Messi found a way past the visiting keeper 95 seconds later with a 25-yard curler.

Mallorca, now winless in seven away league outings this season, gave themselves hope when Budimir’s shot deflected off Clement Lenglet and looped over Ter Stegen.

But Messi took matters into his own hands with a nice goal from range, before Suarez capped a fine piece of team play by back-heeling in from eight yards.

Lionel Messi Wins The Sixth Ballon d’Or Award.

Lionel Messi Wins Sixth Ballon d’Or Award.

10 years after winning his first Ballon d’Or, the Barcelona and Argentina star was awarded the coveted trophy for a record sixth time in Paris. 10 years after winning his first and a day after scoring a magnificent winner against Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga, Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2019

As a result, he now surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo to become all-time winner of the coveted award.

Read also: Winner of women ballon d’or

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, who won the Champions League last season, which included a remarkable comeback against Barcelona, came second. From a team perspective, it was a rollercoaster 2018/2019 for Messi as the Argentine failed to win the Champions League and Copa America, but he did win the league and was top scorer both in Spain and Europe his sixth Golden Shoe with 36 goals.

Messi reveals the player who will take over as the world “best” when he retires

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has revealed Ousmane Dembele could be the best player in the world if he gets his attitude right. Messi said it’s up to 21-year-old Dembele how far he wants to go in the game.

On the pitch (Dembele) is a phenomenon and it depends on him (how good he becomes). He has all the opportunity in the world to do what he wants. He can be one of the best. “On the other hand, he’s a young guy who is adapting to the city and the club. The less you speak about it, the better. It’s necessary to leave him so he can be calm. “He has already realised his mistakes and has rectified them. We are going to help him focus on football.”

Messi’s reference to possible distractions away from the pitch is a timely one for Dembele. Former France international and Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram recently offered Dembele advice along similar lines. Speaking to Marca‘s Luis F. Rojo, World Cup-winner Thuram cautioned Dembele about the need to follow the examples of more experienced players around him.

Thuram has also spoken of Dembele’s need to stay focused both on and off the pitch.
However, Thuram also said Dembele’s off-pitch antics shouldn’t be blown out of proportion: “Nor should we make a drama out of this subject. If I started talking about the players I saw in my career who didn’t do everything right, I wouldn’t be able to stop talking for a month.” Dembele and Barcelona return to action when the La Liga resume again on January 3rd.

5 Reasons Why Cristiano Ronaldo is a Better Player Than Lionel Messi

5 Reasons Why Cristiano Ronaldo is a Better Player Than Lionel Messi
It cannot be denied that in the world of football, the two biggest names are none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

They are simply two of the greatest players of this generation. But determining the best between the two is an ongoing debate. While there are those who will go for the Messi, there is no doubt whatsoever that many will also go for Ronaldo. They just think that the latter is a much better athlete than the former and vice versa. Hence, it is no surprise why fans continue to argue continuously as to who is a better player. After all, both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have managed to provide some absolute moments of magic for the sports fans across the globe.

But before you consider going for some free bets, it is interesting to see why the former Real Madrid superstar is better than Messi. Take for example the Ballon d’Or, which is an award every football player in the world wants to have. Interestingly, all odds and predictions are pointing to Ronaldo and Messi. Meaning, they are two favorite players expected to win the said award. However, Messi’s odds of winning it are at 15/1, while Ronaldo is around 9/20. Judging by the numbers, it is safe to say that the latter is likely to win, giving him a lead at the race to become a GOAT (greatest of all-time).

In order to make this argument valid and worth checking, the article enlists reasons why Ronaldo is a top choice. So, without further ado, here are the 5 reasons why.

1. Sir Alex Ferguson Said It

It is no secret that Ronaldo decided to leave Manchester United in 2009. While it definitely hurt his teammates and particularly the fans, it was Sir Alex Ferguson who really felt the significance of having a superstar calibre in the form of Ronaldo. According to Business Insider, Ferguson described the football player as “a massive loss” after leaving the team. In his own words, he easily sees Ronaldo as “the best player in the world.”

Mind you, Ferguson’s description goes beyond just that. To him, Ronaldo is not only better than Kaka but also triumphs over Messi. “He is streets ahead of them all,” the Scottish former football manager and player of Manchester United said. Ferguson’s reasoning circles around the fact that Ronaldo, contrary to popular belief, has the ability to score goals in every way possible. In addition, he defines Ronaldo’s playability as someone who possesses all different types of attacking. If you combine free-kick specialists, goal poachers, speedy wingers, and so forth, you will get nothing but Ronaldo.

2. A More Complete Player

Anyone can agree that when it comes to doing spectacular things on the ball, either Messi or Ronaldo can get the job done. They are both blessed with the incredible qualities, such as excellent agility and top-notched dribbling skills. But what makes Ronaldo really different from Messi is his completeness. He is simply a more complete player than the latter, thanks to his unmatched heading ability.

Time and again, the Portuguese football superstar has delivered at some of the most important situations in teeth-wrenching matches. This is his due to his incredible headers, allowing him to tilt the balance of the game towards his team. Messi, on the other hand, is all about agility, ball control, and dribbling. Sure, Ronaldo can easily come close – if not be better – with Messi in all of the said areas. However, one cannot deny the fact that Ronaldo is just miles ahead in terms of athletic and physical abilities. These qualities easily make him a more complete when compared to the Argentine superstar.

3. International Success

The Barcelona superstar managed to grab and win each club trophy. The only catch, though, is that he has yet to acquire a trophy with Argentina. Messi has come heartbreakingly close with his team on various occasions, but, unfortunately for him, he fails to hand a trophy while working with the Albiceleste.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s career, on the other hand, is somewhat similar to Messi’s career but not until the summer Euro 2016. It was during that time that Portugal famously beat the host country France, securing a historic and memorable victory. It is sad that Ronaldo injured himself in the final, but everyone knows that he was successful in guiding his team to the title bout. More importantly, he emerged as an inspirational leader throughout the said tournament.

Keep in mind that the greatest players always have the ability to raise their game and, at the same time, propel a mediocre team to success. Ronaldo’s display of this incredibleness during the Euro 2016 triumph is proof that he is among the game’s all-time greats. This success, in particular, has firmly cemented his legacy. Until Messi becomes successful in grabbing a trophy with his talented Argentinian team, Ronaldo will always have a steady margin over him in any football debate there is.

4. Ronaldo Has Proven Himself in Various Leagues

Anyone will easily agree that if there a league that is the most competitive, it is none other than The Premier League. With that said, it was Ronaldo who became a standout player during his run at the Manchester United. To perfectly back up this argument, let’s bring back the Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the conversation. He added yet another explanation why he would always choose Ronaldo over Messi. He said that when the ball is at the latter’s feet, it seems he is wearing slippers. He added this: “I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick. He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet.” Again, this does not mean that Messi is nothing close to being a great player. Of course, he is. But if he wants to compete with Ronaldo and beat him, he has to accomplish what the latter has achieved. Otherwise, comparing him and Ronaldo is only a waste of time.

5. A More Prolific Scorer

Football’s ultimate aim is to simply score. When it comes to acknowledging who the ultimate goal scorer is, it is easily Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, he is the only player in the history of football to win the golden shoe at least 4 times. And if you have been following Real Madrid, you will see just how great of a goal scorer he is. He is just mindboggling! Another interesting addition to his resume is his achievement of scoring 50+ goals in about 6 different seasons, a record only himself has achieved in the history of the game.

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Jose Mourinho gives Messi new name

Barcelona vs Liverpool: Mourinho gives Messi new name

Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has given Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi a new name, describing the Argentine as ‘the God of Football.’

This follows Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday.

Messi struck twice in the second half of the Champions League semi-final first leg at Camp Nou as Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0.

It was the same scoreline they used in defeating Manchester United in the quarter-final second leg.

Manchester Evening News quoted the former Real Madrid boss as saying that, “God of Football made it completely different,” when he talked about Messi’s performance during the game.

Fabinho and even [Roberto] Firmino looks small [for the Messi’s free-kick] but is not small.

Firmino is the last one but this side, the goalkeeper gave one metre to the diagonal to cover that situation and it’s impossible to stop.

“Luis Suarez’s movement [for the first goal] is phenomenal. One metre here, and I bring the defender with me, at least mentally because the defender thinks I’m going in that direction and now I’m going to attack the space in front. And goodbye

Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca defeats Liverpool in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona vs Liverpool: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca thrash Reds in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.

In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.

However, in the 20th minute, Liverpool suffered a setback after Naby Keita was forced injured after picking up what looks like a groin injury.
In the 24th minute, the midfielder was replaced by Jordan Henderson, with scores still at 0-0.

Two minute later, Jordi Alba delivered a fabulous low ball into Liverpool box for Luis Suarez to slide in beyond Alisson’ reach.

Despite other scoring chances, none of the teams were able to scores, with scores remaining at Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool at the end of the first half.

However, in the second half, Barca upped their games as Liverpool struggled to get into the game.
With 15 minutes of play left.

Lionel Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead with his second goal of the match.
And with eight minutes left on the clock, Messi completed his brace, to see Barcelona claim a resounding 3-0 win over Liverpool on the night.

The Reds will play host to the Spanish champions in the reverse fixture of the semi-final clash, on Tuesday, May 7 at Anfield.

Lionel Messi’s goal seals Barcelona for La Liga title 1-0 Levante

Breaking: Barcelona seals La Liga title

FC Barcelona have won the Spanish La Liga title for the second year running.

Captain Lionel Messi’s second half goal at 62 minutes was the difference between the team and Levante.

Messi did it again tonight, to keep his team back to back La Liga wins and making it the 10th of Messi era.
Over 91,000 fans in Camp Nou roared excitedly when the referee blew the final whistle.

With the win, Barcelona confirmed its dominance of the La Liga title having won eight out of the last 11.

Barcelona will be facing Liverpool on 1st May, Wednesday in the Champions League Semifinals.

Hazard isn’t Messi, he will never get 40 goals a season says ex-Chelsea star

‘Hazard isn’t Messi, he’ll never get 40 goals!’ – Chelsea expect too much from Belgian, says ex-Blues star
Chris Burton

Maurizio Sarri has been accused by Craig Burley of having made a talismanic forward too big a part of his plans, with there no alternative plan

Eden Hazard is “not Lionel Messi” and Chelsea are expecting too much from a man who will never hit the heights of a Barcelona icon, claims Craig Burley.

A Belgium international at Stamford Bridge is similar to a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in as much as he has become a talismanic presence for his club.

If Hazard plays well, then Chelsea tend to fare better.

There is, however, expectation that the 28-year-old will put in a match-winning performance every time he takes to the field.

As a result, Maurizio Sarri stands accused of having made Hazard too prominent a figure in his plans, with others needing to help share the load currently being carried by a man who may not be sticking around.

Former Blues midfielder Burley told ESPN FC: “The trouble with Chelsea is the Plan A, B and C is get the ball to Eden Hazard.

When A fails it’s get the ball to Eden Hazard, when that fails it’s still the same – get the ball to Eden Hazard.

Everybody’s sort of waiting on this guy who has had a good season, but is carrying so much weight on his shoulders of quite a few that haven’t performed consistently.

He’s not Messi. He’s a great player, a very good player, but you can’t rely on him to get the 40 goals a season.

So others have to take control and take responsibility and I just think too often it’s like ‘he’ll dig us out the hole, he’ll dig us out a result’.”

Hazard has contributed 16 goals and 13 assists to Chelsea’s Premier League cause this season.

Those efforts have the Blues sat inside the top four and on course to secure Champions League qualification for 2019-20.

Questions are, however, being asked of his future in west London.

Hazard is among those said to be registering on the transfer radar of La Liga giants Real Madrid, with a player who fits the ‘Galactico’ mould having made no secret of his fondness for the Blancos.

It could be that a move is made this summer, with Chelsea having been unable to agree fresh terms with a prized asset who will see his current contract expire in 2020.

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Messi scores brace as Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-0 to move to the UCL semi finals

Barcelona vs Manchester United: Lionel Messi’s brace sinks Red Devils at Camp Nou

– Barcelona vs Manchester United Champions League encounter favoured the Spanish League side after regulation period

– Two first half goals from Lionel Messi and one from Philippe Coutinho sealed the win for the hosts

– Barce have now reached their first semifinal since the 2014-15 season and they will hope to win the title Barcelona are through to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014-15 season after beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Catalans came into the fixture with a goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford barely one week ago with Luke Shaw scoring an own goal.

However, it was the Red Devils who got the game off to a flying start in Spain with Marcus Rashford firing the first shot, but his effort was denied by the wood works after just forty seconds into the match.

The visitors continued to make advances at the weak back line of their hosts, and once again the Premier League team failed to bury the chance they created.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men narrowly escape being punished through a penalty kick after Fred threw a careless tackle on Ivan Rakitic in the 11th minute.

But the referee had to consult the VAR before overturning the earlier penalty call he made earlier in the game. Meanwhile, it took Lionel Messi 16 minutes to find the back of the net after his weak shot slipped under David De Gea’s arms.

After their opening goal, Barca seem settled and confident as they continued their attacking football but it was not long before they broke through for the second time in the match.

Chris Smalling says ‘bring it on’ as he wishes to face Messi

Chris Smalling says ‘bring it on’ as he wishes to face Messi

– Chris Smalling has insisted that Man United match against Barcelona is not all about Messi

– The European heavyweights are set to clash in the Champions League first leg quarter final – Smalling added that Man United have faced other top European sides who have the best players Chris Smalling has insisted that Manchester United are confident going into their Champions League quarterfinal tie with prospect of facing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Barcelona will be looking to reach the semi-final for the first time since the 2014-15 season when they went on the win the competition. Messi has managed 43 goals and 21 assists in all competitions and is playing one of his finest football in his illustrious career.

The Argentine captain scored an exquisite goal in Barca’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid as they moved 11 points clear in La Liga, and they have not lost a tie in Europe, winning five games and drawing three. But despite Messi’s form this campaign, United defender Smalling said “bring it on” ahead of their titanic clash with the Catalans.

It’s something to relish I think,” said the United centre-back. “This season, we have been lucky enough to face [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Kylian] Mbappe and they are all challenges that I definitely relish and I think players at this club relish. “I say bring it on.” Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer echoed Smalling’s sentiment, saying: “What kind of plan can you have to stop one of the best players in the world? “As Chris says, we are looking forward to it, we relish the opportunity but this season, we have played against Juventus with Ronaldo, PSG with Mbappe, we’ve had Chelsea and [Eden] Hazard.

“[Messi] is a fantastic player. And he will go down in history as one of the best individual players ever. I have to say – he will be difficult to stop but it’s never impossible.

“It’s not like it is Messi against Manchester United. [Luis] Suarez, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Ivan] Rakitic, [Arturo] Vidal, there are so many players we cannot just focus on one player. We know we have to play against 11 of them.”

Ferguson name player that can stop Messi in Man u vs Barcelona crash tonight

Ferguson confident Smalling can stop Messi from shining

Man United vs Barcelona Champions League clash will see Lionel Messi return to Old Trafford one more time

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The 31-year-old was a thorn in the flesh of the Red Devils when Barca won the European title in 2011

Messi and Smalling| source: UGC | Image by Getty Images

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chris Smalling, has the quality to stop Messi from punishing his former side this evening Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Chris Smalling can stop Lionel Messi from punishing the Premier League side in their Champions League quarterfinal clash.

The Red Devils welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 10, for the first leg of their UCL last eight fixtures, with the concluding part set for the Camp Nou next week in Spain.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will have the Blaugrana’s captain to deal with, having punished them in their last two competitive encounters in 2009 and 2011.

Messi scored on both occasions that saw the Spanish League giants lift the European title twice within three years.

Ferguson, according to SunSport, has identified Smalling as the only player who can frustrate the 31-year-old from putting up an impressive performance in the game. Fergie wrote in his 2013 autobiography: “You need centre-backs who are prepared to drop right on top of Messi and not worry about what is happening behind them. “He will drift away to the side. That’s fine. He’s less of a threat on the side than he is through the centre. “After the inquest I told myself: ‘When we play Barcelona next time in a Champions League final, I would have Jones and Smalling, or Smalling and Evans, right on top of Messi. I wasn’t going to let him torture us again.”

Messi comes into this game on the back of his 43 goals in 40 matches in all competitions so far this campaign, and he could increase the tally in this meeting.

While reacting to his side facing Lionel Messi, Smalling said: “Facing Lionel Messi is something to relish. “But we have faced Ronaldo and Mbappe and these are all challenges that this club relish and I say ‘bring it on

Lionel Messi of Barcelona buys new hotel described as dirty and smelly

Lionel Messi of Barcelona buys new hotel in Majorca

– Lionel Messi’s new hotel in Majorca has been described as dirty and smelly

– Messi bought the hotel in February and he is planning a major renovation work

– Barcelona will face Manchester United on Wednesday night, April 10, with Messi leading the attack Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly bought an hotel in Majorca but the environment of the four-star adults-only Seasun Fona is not encouraging.

According to former owner of the hotel Vicente Miralles, Lionel Messi bought the place in February 2019 and he is planning a major renovation work. UK Sun reports that the hotel will be reopened on May 2 after proper renovation must have been concluded at the premises.

Lionel Messi is said to have purchased the 98-room hotel through Spanish firm Explotaciones Rosotel.

Messi and his Barcelona teammates are expected to arrive in England on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, for their Champions League game against Manchester United

Messi set new record as Barcelona beats Atletico Madrid in La Liga

Barcelona increase La Liga lead to 11 points as Messi set new record

Lionel Messi set a new La Liga wins mark while Barcelona increased their commanding lead to 11 points with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Diego Costa was given a straight red card in the opening half-hour for something he said to referee Jesus Gil Manzano, putting Diego Simeone’s men a man down in what was a must-win game to keep any realistic title hopes alive.

Atletico produced a gutsy second-half display, expertly shackling Barca but the Catalans finally found a way past the visitors’ outstanding goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a superb curling shot from Suarez in the 85th minute.

Moments later Messi sealed victory and quite probably the league title with an irresistibly cool finish into the net and Barca’s fans jubilantly chanted “champions”, crowing at their surely unassailable lead at the top with seven games remaining.
Atletico realistically needed to win at the Nou Camp for the first time since 2006 to stay in the title race and they played with ambition and intelligence in the opening stages, keeping the ball for long periods and depriving Barca of space.

But they were rocked by Costa’s moment of madness which killed their early momentum and left them with little choice but to defend for the remaining hour of the game.
Striker Costa reacted angrily to not being awarded a foul after being tackled by Jordi Alba and gave a long verbal response to the referee, who to his disbelief pulled out a red card.

Costa had to be shepherded off the pitch by Barca’s Gerard Pique as he struggled to control his temper while his teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez earned bookings for venting their anger over the decision.
Atletico coped superbly with the setback and numerical disadvantage, controlling the space for the majority of the game.
Messi still carved his way through the middle of the pitch on two occasions, creating openings for Suarez and himself but both South American forwards were thwarted by the titanic presence of Oblak.
Atletico naturally had limited opportunities down the other end but were not far from finding a goal when Antoine Griezmann picked out Rodrigo from a free kick but the midfielder headed over the bar when Gimenez was stood behind him, in a better position.
Diego Simeone’s side could not last the distance, however, and as their legs inevitably tired, Barca’s attacking quality made the difference.
The win marked the 335th in La Liga for the Argentina international, passing former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the all-time list.
The defending La Liga champions now have 73 points from 31 matches, while second-placed Atletico remain on 62.
Lionel Messi set a new La Liga wins mark while Barcelona increased their commanding lead to 11 points with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Diego Costa was given a straight red card in the opening half-hour for something he said to referee Jesus Gil Manzano, putting Diego Simeone’s men a man down in what was a must-win game to keep any realistic title hopes alive.
Atletico produced a gutsy second-half display, expertly shackling Barca but the Catalans finally found a way past the visitors’ outstanding goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a superb curling shot from Suarez in the 85th minute.

Moments later Messi sealed victory and quite probably the league title with an irresistibly cool finish into the net and Barca’s fans jubilantly chanted “champions”, crowing at their surely unassailable lead at the top with seven games remaining.
Atletico realistically needed to win at the Nou Camp for the first time since 2006 to stay in the title race and they played with ambition and intelligence in the opening stages, keeping the ball for long periods and depriving Barca of space.

But they were rocked by Costa’s moment of madness which killed their early momentum and left them with little choice but to defend for the remaining hour of the game.
Striker Costa reacted angrily to not being awarded a foul after being tackled by Jordi Alba and gave a long verbal response to the referee, who to his disbelief pulled out a red card.
Costa had to be shepherded off the pitch by Barca’s Gerard Pique as he struggled to control his temper while his teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez earned bookings for venting their anger over the decision.
Atletico coped superbly with the setback and numerical disadvantage, controlling the space for the majority of the game.
Messi still carved his way through the middle of the pitch on two occasions, creating openings for Suarez and himself but both South American forwards were thwarted by the titanic presence of Oblak.

Atletico naturally had limited opportunities down the other end but were not far from finding a goal when Antoine Griezmann picked out Rodrigo from a free kick but the midfielder headed over the bar when Gimenez was stood behind him, in a better position.
Diego Simeone’s side could not last the distance, however, and as their legs inevitably tired, Barca’s attacking quality made the difference.
The win marked the 335th in La Liga for the Argentina international, passing former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the all-time list.

The defending La Liga champions now have 73 points from 31 matches, while second-placed Atletico remain on 62.

Lionel Messi emerges world’s highest paid footballer

Lionel Messi emerges world’s highest paid footballer, earning €130m yearly

– Lionel Messi has ranked Lionel Messi world’s best paid footballer

– The Barcelona ace currently earns a massive €130 million a year

– Ronaldo and Neymar are ranked second and third respectively Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and decorated football player in the world, Football France reports. His heroics on the pitch has seen him win various individual awards, including the prestigious Ballon d’Or award which he has won a record five times. In 2017, the star forward penned a new lucrative deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the Catalan side until 2021.

The new deal also translated to an increment in his wages at the club that places him among the best paid footballers globally.

According to figures collated by France Football, Messi was ranked the highest paid player in the world, with the 31-year-old currently earning a staggering €130 million per year.

Cristiano Ronaldo emerged second in the list, earning €17 million less than his arch-rival despite signing an improved deal with Juventus last summer.

Neymar, who is currently the most expensive player following his £198 million move to PSG was placed third, with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale completing the top five.

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez was the only Premier League player who made the top 10 list, ranking seventh globally.

Here is the full list:

  1. Messi €130M
  2. Ronaldo €113M
  3. Neymar €91.5M
  4. Griezmann €44M
  5. Gareth Bale €40.2M
  6. Iniesta €33M
  7. Alexis Sánchez €30.7M
  8. Coutinho €30M
  9. Lavezzi €28.3M
  10. Luis Suárez €28M
  11. Piqué €27M
  12. Toni Kroos €26.3M
  13. Özil €25.8M
  14. Mbappé €25M
  15. Oscar (Shanghai) €24.3M
  16. Agüero €24.3M
  17. De Bruyne €23.5M
  18. Hulk (Shanghai) €23.4M
  19. Paul Pogba €23.3M
  20. Sergio Ramos €23M

Lionel Messi overtakes Ronaldo to become Europe’s top scorer with 415 goals

Lionel Messi overtakes Ronaldo to become Europe’s top scorer with 415 goals

– Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo to become the top scorer in Europe with 415 goals

– The 31-year-old started the game on the bench but had a major impact on the game when he was introduced into the game

– Messi also increased his goal tally in the La Liga to 32 after 30 matches while assisting 12 other goals Barcelona star Lionel Messi has broken yet another record in top five European Leagues after scoring one of his side’s goals against Villarreal on Tuesday, April 2.

The 31-year-old came on in the 61st minute and scored a stunner from a free-kick in the 90th minute, before Luis Suarez finally rescued a point for the visitors through his 93rd minute long range shot.

His goal tally is now 42 goals this campaign, with 14 assists after 38 matches in all competitions this campaign.

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Messi didn’t just stop at increasing his goal tally after the game, he has also became the highest goals scorer in top five European Leagues with 415 goals according to OptaJose This is one better than his arch rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays for Italian League champions Juventus.

The Portuguese forward made his debut in the top five league after joining Manchester United in 2013, while Messi made his La Liga debut one year later.

Messi, who is currently Barca’s captain is expected to keep hold on the record over the former Real Madrid forward. Read more:

Lionel Messi names himself and Ronaldo as best players in the world

Lionel Messi names himself and Ronaldo as best players in the world

Lionel Messi believes up to four players including Mbappe and Neymar have the capacity to reach the greatest heights of football

– He, however, named himself and Ronaldo as the world’s best players

– The duo won five Ballon d’Or awards each in the last decade before Luka Modric breaking the dominance in 2018 Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has named himself and rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the best players in the world. Football fans, pundits and players have for a longtime been embroiled in the debate on who is the best footballer between Ronaldo and Messi, with opinion often divided on who is better.

However, speaking during a recent interview, Messi admitted they both rank as world’s best footballers. He further named Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as the other players who have the potential to reach greater heights in the round-leather game.

Today, Neymar, Mbappe, Suarez, Aguero can be the best in the world. Cristiano, I take him out and put him with me, a part. I swear to you, I am being honest,” the Barcelona captain was quoted saying. Both Messi and Ronaldo had a longstanding rivalry in the La Liga, with each often trying to outshine the other in record breaking.

But the animosity has slowed down in recent months after Ronaldo sealed a sensational move to Juventus last summer. “I miss Cristiano in Spain. It was nice to have him although it was difficult to see him win titles. It would have been nice to still have him here,” Messi admitted.

Be that as it may, the two players could have a chance to face off once again during this season’s UEFA Champions League finals should their respective teams beat their opponents in the quarter final and semi final.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has since bagged 19 league goals in the Series A this season and steered Juventus to the Champions League quarter finals after scoring a sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi: My son asked why I’m always crucified in Argentina

Lionel Messi: My son asked why I’m always crucified in Argentina

Lionel Messi staged a return to the Argentine national team for the first time after nine months in their 3-1 defeat to Venezuela this month.

Before the friendly game against their fellow South American, the 31-year-old last featured for his country in their 4-3 defeat to World Cup winners France in Russia last year.

The five time Ballon d’Or winner, while speaking to Buenos Aires based sports outlet FM Club 947 offered his thoughts on the ‘Albiceleste’.

Messi also revealed his desire to win silverware with Argentina, as his career continues to wind down.

He will clock 32 this summer and will hope he can lead his side to lift the next edition of Copa America title – having led his side to the final of the last two. “I dearly want to win something with the national side, I wanted to come back and want to participate in all the big games. He further revealed that: “When I made the decision to return, there were many who criticised the decision.

My 6-year-old son asked me: ‘Dad, why do they crucify you Argentina”. “I tell him that it’s just a handful of people. I’ve shown my desire to play for Argentina and don’t need to prove this to anyone,” Messi said.

Messi also added that: “I left the World Cup squad and then didn’t speak with anyone at the federation. Later, Scaloni called me and told me to take some time off and that he’d be keen for me to come back as he was preparing a solid project.”

The Barcelona star admits he would start Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero if he had the opportunity. “Kun has told me on many occasions: I’m Leo’s friend and am a substitute. If it was up to me Kun would always be a starter.

“I turn up to games and always endeavour to do my best irrespective of the comments that are made behind my back. “At times it can be difficult to enjoy all that goes on with the national team set-up. I just try and focus on playing well.” When asked about young players coming through into the team, he said. “A transitional phase is totally normal and it’s something that should have happened years ago. The young guys have come through and need to be given time, we can’t crucify these guys.”They are a good bunch of guys and are great players.

Apart from the Venezuela game they’ve played well and I’ve watched them develop with their club sides and I like the way things are developing.” “I’ve been told many things about Menotti and I’d love to meet him someday, it would be great to sit down with him for a chat.” Read more:

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A little biography of Lionel Messi

Captain Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi whose full name is “Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini” is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

He was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina(Central Argentina). Messi has an height of 1.70 m(5ft 7 in) and was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child.

Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.

He established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years despite being injury-prone during his early career, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year.

Messi is often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest player of all time with rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record five European Golden Shoes.

He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 32 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.

His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football.

At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.

Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011–12 season, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in official competitions in March 2012.

The following two seasons, Messi finished twice second for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014 and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble.

An Argentine international, Messi is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona, who declared the teenager his successor.

After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament.

As the squad’s captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copas América.

After announcing his international retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He made so much achievements but couldn’t proof his talent in country like in club.

Fact: Messi is the highest earning football and one of the most famous footballer in history.