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Barcelona's Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Granada and FC Barcelona at the Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP)

Messi, Griezmann net 4 for Barça; Madrid held at Osasuna 0-0

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:14 AM IST
Griezmann scored a brace and set up Lionel Messi for one of the Argentine’s two goals on Saturday to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 win at Granada.
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File photo of Lionel Messi(Getty Images)
File photo of Lionel Messi(Getty Images)

Led by reborn Messi, Barca aim for three wins in a row

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:13 PM IST
With Lionel Messi back to his best and linking superbly with teenage sensation Pedri, the Catalans were at times unplayable and recorded their most significant away victory of the season in the league with their first win in Bilbao in four games.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - January 6, 2021 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - January 6, 2021 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)

Messi nets 2 in Barcelona win at Bilbao; Atlético upset in Copa

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:10 AM IST
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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.(AFP)
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.(AFP)

Messi plays 750th game for Barça, Suárez leads Atlético win

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:30 AM IST
Messi’s latest milestone came less than two weeks after he surpassed Pelé’s all-time club scoring record for Santos by netting his 644th goal for Barcelona.
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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele in action with Huesca's Alvaro Fernandez and Pablo Insua.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele in action with Huesca's Alvaro Fernandez and Pablo Insua.(REUTERS)

Barca earn narrow win over Huesca

By Reuters | HUESCA, Spain
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:16 AM IST
Dutch midfielder De Jong arrived at the far post to meet a Messi cross and score on the volley in the 27th minute to give the visitors a deserved lead after a rampant start.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Messi floats future US move, immediate Barcelona plans unclear

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:14 AM IST
“I am going to wait until the end of the season (to decide),” the 33-year-old Messi told private Spanish station La Sexta. About fifth-place Barcelona’s future prospects, Messi said “there is no money” and “it is not going to be easy to turn this around.”
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Lionel Messi(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi(Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to miss Eibar game with ankle injury

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Lionel Messi is undergoing treatment on his right ankle and will return to training before their visit to Huesca on January 3.
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Lionel Messi counts himself “lucky” to have worked under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona(Twitter)
Lionel Messi counts himself “lucky” to have worked under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona(Twitter)

Messi says ‘lucky’ to have worked under Guardiola

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 01:32 PM IST
Messi was a mainstay of Guardiola’s Barca side that won 14 major titles and has been linked with a switch to City since the manager signed a new deal that will keep him at the Premier League club until the end of the 2022-23 season.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, takes a shot at goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, takes a shot at goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match.(AP)

It has taken sacrifice and hard work to score every one of the 644 goals, says Messi

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:24 PM IST
Messi scored his 644th goal in his 749th match for Barcelona. He has enjoyed a great spell at the club, guiding them to multiple La Liga and Copa Del Rey trophies and also winning the UEFA Champions League four times.
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Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona - Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain - December 22, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Real Valladolid's Hervias(REUTERS)
Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona - Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain - December 22, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Real Valladolid's Hervias(REUTERS)

Messi surpasses Pele milestone with help from Barcelona teenager

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 07:11 AM IST
Messi, who helped Barcelona win 3-0 at Valladolid, had equaled Pelé’s all-time scoring tally on Saturday. His 643rd career goal for Barcelona since his 2004 debut matched Pelé’s tally for Santos from 1957-74.
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FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.(Reuters)
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.(Reuters)

Messi dragged ill feeling from failed Barca exit into this season

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Lionel Messi has admitted the ill feeling between him and Barcelona over his attempt to leave the club in the close season has affected his form this season.
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Barcelona:Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, takes a shot at goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. AP/PTI Photo(AP20-12-2020_000008B)(AP)
Barcelona:Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, takes a shot at goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. AP/PTI Photo(AP20-12-2020_000008B)(AP)

Pele congratulates Messi for equalling goal record

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:18 PM IST
Messi, 33, hit the milestone goal with a diving header just before halftime immediately after his penalty was saved by Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)

Messi equals Pele’s 643 club goals, Barcelona held by Valencia

By Associated Press | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Messi is Barcelona’s and the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer. In January 2018, he became the most prolific scorer among Europe’s top leagues when he reached 366 league goals, surpassing Gerd Mueller’s Bundesliga mark of 365.
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Lionel Messi in action.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi in action.(Getty Images)

Messi equals Pele’s record of 643 goals for a single club but Barcelona held by Valencia

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:14 PM IST
Lionel Messi hit the milestone goal with a diving header just before half time.
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Hosts Reshmin Chowdhury, right, former Dutch soccer player Ruud Gullit, left, announce the best player award to Poland's Robert Lewandowski during the Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.(AP)
Hosts Reshmin Chowdhury, right, former Dutch soccer player Ruud Gullit, left, announce the best player award to Poland's Robert Lewandowski during the Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.(AP)

Lewandowski beats Messi, Ronaldo to win FIFA best men’s player award, Klopp voted best coach for 2nd year in a row

By Associated Press | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:04 AM IST
Lewandowski topped a three-player shortlist that included Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Voting was by a global jury of national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists and fans. Lewandowski received 52 voting points, with Ronaldo second on 38 Messi third with 35.
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Lionel Messi in action against Levante.(Reuters)
Lionel Messi in action against Levante.(Reuters)

La Liga: Messi fires anxious Barca to victory over Levante

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 08:47 AM IST
Barca had dominated the game but failed to keep their composure in front of goal until Messi latched on to a through ball from Frenkie de Jong and thumped it in off the far post in the 76th minute.
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - FC Barcelona v Juventus - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 8, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo with FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi before the match(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - FC Barcelona v Juventus - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 8, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo with FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi before the match(REUTERS)

Never saw Messi as a rival, says Ronaldo

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 04:51 PM IST
It was the first meeting between Ronaldo and Messi since the Portuguese forward left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018. Between them the pair have won the Ballon d’Or in 11 of the past 12 years.
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File photo of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi(Getty Images)
File photo of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi(Getty Images)

Madrid on the brink in CL group stage; Messi vs Ronaldo

By Press Trust of India | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 09:49 AM IST
Lionel Messi’s latest meeting with old rival Cristiano Ronaldo features as the other main attraction in the last of the group games. Messi’s Barcelona hosts Ronaldo’s Juventus on Tuesday with both already qualified.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)

Koeman frustrated at Barca president’s Messi comments

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Barca’s all-time top scorer Messi attempted to leave the Camp Nou in the close season, and is expected to walk away on a free transfer when his current contract expires in June.
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s tributes to Maradona after scoring was moving and beautiful: La Liga India MD Jose Antonio Cachaza

By Karan Prashant Saxena | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In an exclusive conversation with Hindustan Times, La Liga India Managing Director Jose Antonio Cachaza opened up on the influence Maradona had on Spanish football.
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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi goes for his team’s jersey after paying tribute for late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey.(Getty Images)
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi goes for his team’s jersey after paying tribute for late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey.(Getty Images)

Lionel Messi fined 600 euros for tribute to Maradona

By Reuters | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 05:22 PM IST
Messi, who was fined 600 euros while his club were fined 180, paid homage to his late compatriot by taking off his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys shirt belonging to Maradona, a gesture that was praised around the world.
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Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)
Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)

Barcelona rests Lionel Messi again in Champions League

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Messi had already been rested for the match against Dynamo Kyiv in the previous round. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong also had been left out of that match in Kyiv
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)

Messi pays tribute to Maradona after scoring Barcelona’s final goal against Osasuna - WATCH

By Associated Press | BARCELONA, Spain
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Messi celebrated his powerful strike from outside the box to cap the comfortable victory by taking off Barcelona’s blue-and-burgundy to bare the red-and-black of Maradona’s shirt from his stint at Newell’s Old Boys.
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10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)
10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)

10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to begin your day with and boost self-esteem

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:54 AM IST
While football world’s OG GOAT might have passed away, Diego Maradona is an ‘unparalleled magician’ like Cristiano Ronaldo called him or as Lionel Messi said ‘the eternal’ and here are 10 inspiring quotes by the Argentina legend that will continue to motivate fans for a million years
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Cristiano Ronaldo wins The best Fifa men’s player as Diego Maradona, Gianni Infantino and Ronaldo look on.(Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo wins The best Fifa men’s player as Diego Maradona, Gianni Infantino and Ronaldo look on.(Getty Images)

‘Unparralled Magician’: Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to Diego Maradona

By Press Trust of India | Turin
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:02 AM IST
Cristiano Ronaldo hailed an “unparalleled magician” whom he could call “friend” while arch rival Lionel Messi remembered an icon with an “eternal appeal” as the two modern day geniuses joined the world in mourning Diego Maradona’s untimely death on Wednesday.
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Leo Messi with late Argentina football legend Diego Maradona(Instagram)
Leo Messi with late Argentina football legend Diego Maradona(Instagram)

‘Diego is eternal’: Messi pays tribute to late football legend Maradona

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:20 AM IST
Messi, who played under Maradona managership in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, termed his illustrious predecessor’s death as ‘sad for the beautiful game.’
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File photo of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo with late Argentine legend Diego Maradona.(Twitter/Cristiano Ronaldo)
File photo of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo with late Argentine legend Diego Maradona.(Twitter/Cristiano Ronaldo)

Maradona leaves legacy without limits, his void won’t be filled: Ronaldo

By Asian News International | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 12:08 AM IST
“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten,” Ronaldo tweeted.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.(AP)

Atlético in pole position after beating Barça, Madrid slip

By Associated Press | BARCELONA, Spain
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 09:40 AM IST
Under coach Diego Simeone, Atlético knew what it was like to beat Barcelona in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, but it had been denied a victory over Lionel Messi’s side in the domestic league in 20 consecutive attempts.
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File photo of Guardiola and Messi.(Getty Images)
File photo of Guardiola and Messi.(Getty Images)

Manchester City boss Guardiola hopes Messi ends career at Barcelona

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 10:04 PM IST
“Messi’s a player for Barcelona. If you ask me my opinion I have huge gratitude for what Barcelona have done for me. I want him to finish his career there,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)

Barcelona coach Koeman defends Lionel Messi’s angry outburst

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Koeman said he understood why Messi was visibly angry when journalists asked him about the criticism directed at him by a former agent of teammate Antoine Griezmann when Messi arrived in Spain on Wednesday after a long flight.
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