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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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Lionel Messi’s brace gives the Catalans 2-0 win

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Lionel Messi’s brace gives the Catalans 2-0 win

– Barcelona vs Espanyol’s La Liga game ended 2-0 in favor of the Spanish champions

– Lionel Messi was in superb form for Barcelona scoring the two goals in this match Spanish champions Barcelona on Saturday, March 30, extended their lead on the La Liga standings after beating Espanyol 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona were made to go through lots of trouble by their visitors before scoring the winning goals thanks to Lionel Messi.

Espanyol had the first chance to score in the 4th minute when Naldo sent a long ball to Victor Sanchez, but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Marc Stegen. And five minutes later, Ivan Rakitic brilliantly set up Lionel Messi, but his shot was blocked by defender Mario Hermoso.

Victor Sanchez of Espanyol was presented with a shooting opportunity in the 20th minute only for his strike to be blocked by Gerard Pique as the first half ended goalless.

Barcelona changed their style of play in the second half, but they had to wait till the 71st minute before Lionel Messi scored the opener via a superb free kick.

Espanyol were trying to restore parity towards the end of the match before Malcom provided a stunning assist for Lionel Messi to score another goal in the 89th minute as Barcelona won 2-0.

Know More About Lionel Messi

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.