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CONMEBOL bans Messi for three months after Copa outburst

Asunci - Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticized the South American football governing body during the Copa America.

Israeli bid to host Messi in Jerusalem thrust politics to fore

Jerusalem - Israel's bid to stage a high-profile football match against Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem inevitably thrust politics and the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the fore.

Mastercard ends meals-for-goals campaign with Neymar, Messi

S - Mastercard on Monday said it was changing a campaign in which thousands of free meals were to be given to the needy every time football superstars Neymar and Messi scored goals.

Football star Messi weds childhood sweetheart

Rosario - Lionel Messi said "I do" to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the "wedding of the century.

Football, showbiz stars set for Messi's wedding

Rosario - Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Messi's star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

Rosario - Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Messi's gritty hometown braces for a glam wedding

Rosario - Security is at the top of everyone's minds in Rosario, Argentina these days.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi's 21-month jail sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Things get Messi for Iranian lookalike

Tehran - Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week.

Tough love: Psychology of Argentina's Messi relationship

Buenos Aires - Like neurotic parents, Argentines swung from criticism to unconditional love for their star footballer Lionel Messi this week, providing the soccer-mad nation's many therapists with rich material for psychoanalysis.

Spain prosecutors ask Messi be absolved in fraud trial

Barcelona - Spanish prosecutors called on Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved and his father found guilty on the final day of the pair's high-profile tax fraud trial in Barcelona.

Messi says 'knew nothing' at tax fraud trial in Spain

Barcelona - Argentina football star Lionel Messi said Thursday he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial."I was playing football.

Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'

Quetta - The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan.

Simeone's Atletico stun Barcelona with varied defensive pressing

Barcelona’s first leg victory over Atletico Madrid may have been scrappy and controversial, but stylistically, it presented issues for managers, Luis Enrique, and Diego Simeone ahead of kickoff.

Messi or Ronaldo? Indian argument ends in murder charge

Mumbai - Indian police said Monday a man has been charged with murdering his friend after a heated argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best footballer.

Barcelona's patience ignites counter-attacking lesson to Arsenal

Since the pattern of the match and personnel were fairly predictable prior to kickoff, this was solely about Arsenal's defensive set-up.

Battling Barcelona's knack of winning may be enough at Arsenal

No team has ever retained the UEFA Champions League since its transformation in 1992, but Luis Enrique’s Barcelona are determined to be the first.

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

Dubai - A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison on Monday for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.

Lionel Messi trial for tax fraud to start May 31: court

Barcelona - The trial of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said WednesdayMessi and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.

Real Madrid succumb to Barcelona's pressing in Clasico drubbing

Rafa Benitez has been heavily scrutinized over a defensive-minded Real Madrid in recent weeks, but his attempt to play an expansive game backfired against Barcelona.

Copa America loss shouldn't tarnish Lionel Messi's legacy

Some things aren’t meant to be. When Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega’s terrible penalty attempts failed to beat Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from the penalty spot in last week’s Copa America final, Lionel Messi may have finally accepted this n

Opportunistic Barcelona sinks Juventus to claim historic treble

Barcelona and Juventus’ Champions League final showdown offered a breath of fresh air to world football’s most prestigious tournament prior to kickoff.

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.
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Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been immortalized in the Spanish Santillana dictionary with the adjective "Inmessionante."
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