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Messi and Suarez punish Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Manuel Pellegrini was heavily scrutinized for Manchester City’s conservative performance against Barcelona in last year’s first leg Champions League round of 16 clash.

Riots in Buenos Aires following Argentina's World Cup heartache

Buenos Aires - All day on Sunday, excitement had been building up to a fever pitch in Buenos Aires. It seemed that every fan who had not made the journey north into Brazil and onto Rio had gathered on the Plaza San Martin in the heart of the Argentine capital.

Germany edges the battle in wide areas to sink Argentina

Germany defeated Argentina to claim their fourth World Cup, in what was expected to be a tight affair between two sides that adopt contrasting styles of football.

World Cup 2014 Final Preview: Germany - Argentina

Over the past 30 years, Germany and Argentina have developed into familiar foes at the World Cup. The international powerhouses split triumphs in 1986 and 1990, but the Germans have proved their superiority over the Argentines in the last two World Cups.

Sabella's Argentina wins the battle of caution against Holland

In a tight, slow-burning affair, that offered very few legitimate goal-scoring chances, Argentina snuck past Holland and secured a berth in their first World Cup final in 24 years.

Argentina's Messi and Di Maria unravel Hitzfeld's master plan

One of the main themes to emerge at this year’s World Cup is the over-reliance on world-class players. Oddly, majority of the remaining contenders fall under this category in what’s shaping to be an unpredictable road to Rio.

Op-Ed: Lionel Messi and Argentina face pressure to deliver in Brazil

Lifting the World Cup in the Maracana would exceed Argentina’s previous triumphs on the international stage. It would surpass Diego Maradona’s world-renowned display in 1986, and Mario Kempes’ goals in 1978 would be a distant afterthought.

Op-Ed: Time for Barcelona's Lionel Messi to consider a move abroad?

Lionel Messi stood inconsolable at the half-way line, as he was forced to watch Cosmin Contra’s Getafe celebrate Angel Lafita’s injury-time equalizer at the Camp Nou.

Ancelotti outwits Martino's Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

Following Real Madrid’s Clasico defeat at the Bernabeu, many questioned whether Carlo Ancelotti's side could compete against the best sides in Spain and Europe.

Messi will be world's best paid footballer, Barca president says

Barcelona - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi will become the world's highest paid footballer once negotiations over his new contract are finalised.The four-time World Player of the Year has a contract with the Catalan giants ...

Messi targeting Madrid after gunning down Osasuna

Barcelona - Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has set his sights on beating Real Madrid next weekend after leading Barcelona to a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna on Sunday.Messi overtook Paulino Alcantara to become Barca's all-time leading scorer in all for...

Messi becomes Barca's all-time record scorer

Madrid - Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi became Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer, including friendlies and unofficial matches, with a double against Osasuna on Sunday.The Argentine already held the club record for goals in official matche...

Magical Messi mesmerizes Manchester City at the Camp Nou

Poor refereeing decisions denied Barcelona a potential two-goal lead in the first half, but Lionel Messi's second half goal ensured the Catalan side advanced to the last eight of the Champions League.

Messi does not need World Cup for greatness: Maradona

Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said on Tuesday.

Barca boss plays down Neymar injury fears

Madrid - Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino insisted he doesn't believe Neymar will be out for a signficant period of time after the Brazilian forward sprained his right ankle in the Catalans' 2-0 win away to Getafe in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Messi nets double, Neymar injured in Barca win

Madrid - Lionel Messi scored twice, including one brilliant individual effort, in his first start of the year as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie to progress 6-0 on aggregate.

Poll: Bill Gates the most admired person in the world

The Microsoft founder, philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates is the most admired person in the world, according to a new poll.

Can't get Messi? Sign his cousins instead

Rio De Janeiro - World footballer of the year Lionel Messi may be out of reach for Bahia, but the Brazilian top-flight side have signed two of his cousins instead.

Football star Lionel Messi named as suspect in tax fraud probe

According to a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Barcelona, football star Lionel Messi has been named as a suspect in a tax fraud probe and summoned to appear in court.

Wembley here come the Germans — Bayern wins 3-0 in Barcelona

Barcelona - FC Bayern Muenchen had a repeat performance of its 4-0 home victory last week, defeating FC Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou in Barcelona. Robben (49) and Mueller (76) scored on either side of Piquet (72) to ensure an all German final in north London on May 25.

Op-Ed: Champions League — FC Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona preview

Munich - The top two German clubs face off against the top Spanish sides in the Champions League semi final, setting the stage for an all German or Spanish final or a final with one Spanish and German club. Bayern hosts Barca in the first semi final on Tuesday.

Soccer: Messi makes history, scoring 19 games in a row for Barca

Superlatives and Lionel Messi are no strangers but the Argentine internationalist’s latest exploits for FC Barcelona may have earned him a place in football history for eternity.

Champions League: Barca and Messi perform magic, dump Milan 4-0

Barcelona - Barcelona was determined to turn its fortunes, Messi's two goals, followed by Villa and Alba ensured that the miracle was complete, as Barca waltzed over AC Milan and qualified for the quarter finals. What seemed impossible 90 minutes earlier was reality.

Champions League: FC Barcelona vs AC Milan Preview

Barcelona - FC Barcelona host AC Milan in the second leg of the Group of 16, starting the 90 minutes with a 2-0 deficit. Can the arguably best team in the world overcome this deficit? Messi and company have faced difficulties before and can do it again,

Footballer Messi now immortalized in the Spanish language

Barcelona - It is well-known that Spaniards are a little football crazy. Now it has been proven in print, as Lionel Messi's name becomes immortalized in the Santillana dictionary as a brand new adjective, ‘inmessionante’

El Clásico : 5-star Barca put the 'Special One' back in his box

Barcelona - The 161st derby clash between the two giants of Spanish football locked horns last night in an exciting, controversial encounter that saw Jose "the Special One" Mourinho, humbled by a five-star display from Barcelona at the Nou Camp stadium.

Germany defeats Argentina in World Cup 2010 Special

Berlin - In the World Cup quarterfinals, Germany defeated Argentina 4-0. The Germans' crushing counterattacking destroyed Diego Maradona's dreams and secured Germany into the semi-finals.

Op-Ed: Maradona's Argentina Remains a Potent Force

As the qualifying for the FIFA 2010 World Cup slated for South Africa was winding down in the COMNEBOL, South American zone, Argentina's near peril of missing an automatic qualifying spot dominated soccer headlines from across the world.

Marta, Messi win FIFA 'World Player of the Year' awards

Brazilian soccer superstar Marta has become the first player to win four FIFA Women's World Player of the Year awards. Marta has now surpassed Zidane and Ronaldo with the most number of wins for this award.

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Argentinian playmaker, Lionel Messi, is blocked by a Uruguayan defender during their quarterfinal match in Copa America 2011. Uruguay went on to beat Argentina 5-4 on penalties.
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Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been immortalized in the Spanish Santillana dictionary with the adjective "Inmessionante."
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Germany Vs. Argentina 4-0 from Berlin Kulturbrauerei, Prenzlauer Berg - Fifa World Cup 2010.