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Lionel Messi continues Covid-19 recovery, misses Lyon trip

The Argentine forward is back in Paris from his home country after testing negative but has not been cleared to play.
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 06:52 PM IST
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No Ronaldo as Salah joins Messi, Lewandowski for FIFA award

Ronaldo, a five-time winner, failed to make the cut for only the second time since he was first nominated at the 2007 FIFA awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi(Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 09:59 PM IST
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Lionel Messi returns to Paris after negative Covid test

  • Messi was among the four PSG players who returned positive results on Sunday. The 34-year-old had been in Argentina at the time of his result.
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 08:49 AM IST
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Lionel Messi, three other PSG players test positive for Covid-19

  • Argentina international Messi joined PSG from boyhood club Barcelona in August and the 34-year-old has scored six goals in 16 games in all competitions for the Parisian side.
PSG's Lionel Messi during the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France.(AP)
PSG's Lionel Messi during the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France.(AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 05:36 PM IST
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'Eriksen's collapse during Euros impacted me most': Ex-Liverpool footballer

  • Calling it a 'dark day', Seagraves spoke about the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland, when a completely fit Christian Eriksen collapsed midway during the match and as confirmed by the doctors later, the midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Denmark's Christian Eriksen stretchered off the pitch after collapsing during the Euro 2020 match. (REUTERS)
Denmark's Christian Eriksen stretchered off the pitch after collapsing during the Euro 2020 match. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 07:23 AM IST
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Messi wage bill forces PSG to sell 7 players in January window - Reports

But behind the scenes they are planning ahead to the January transfer window and offloading as many as 7 players to balance the books.
PSG's Lionel Messi in action during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021(AP)
PSG's Lionel Messi in action during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021(AP)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 10:25 PM IST
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Ibrahimovic joins Ronaldo and Messi in ''300 club''

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the '300 club' in style scoring a bicycle kick in stoppage-time to rescue a point for Serie A leaders AC Milan against Udinese.
Ibrahimovic joins Ronaldo and Messi in ''300 club''
Ibrahimovic joins Ronaldo and Messi in ''300 club''
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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'I've never tried to be the best', says Messi after seventh Ballon d'Or win

Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or award for a record-stretching seventh time on Monday, beating Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to be named the world's best player.
'I've never tried to be the best', says Messi after seventh Ballon d'Or win(REUTERS)
'I've never tried to be the best', says Messi after seventh Ballon d'Or win(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 08:44 PM IST
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‘Facts’: Cristiano Ronaldo on fan post denouncing Messi and Ballon d'Or award

  • Considered one of the best players of all time, PSG's number 30 has set a new record by being crowned Ballon d'Or on 7 occasions, including four consecutive times between 2009 and 2012 and in 2015 and 2019.
The 65th France Football Ballon d'Or was awarded to Lionel Messi on Monday, winning the prestigious award for a record-extending seventh time.(Reuters)
The 65th France Football Ballon d'Or was awarded to Lionel Messi on Monday, winning the prestigious award for a record-extending seventh time.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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ANI | , Manchester

Lewandowski deserves Ballon d'Or, real honour to compete with him: Lionel Messi

After winning the Ballon d'Or for the seventh time, Argentine and Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi said that Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski really deserved the accolade.
Soccer Football - The Ballon d'Or Awards - Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France - November 29, 2021 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski with the Striker of the Year Trophy REUTERS/Benoit Tessier(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - The Ballon d'Or Awards - Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France - November 29, 2021 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski with the Striker of the Year Trophy REUTERS/Benoit Tessier(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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ANI | , Paris [france]

Lionel Messi and Alexia Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards

  • Ballon d’Or 2021: While Argentina's Lionel Messi bagged the award for the seventh time, Alexia Putellas became the third winner of the women's award for an outstanding season with Barcelona and Spain.
Lionel Messi and Alexia Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards(REUTERS)
Lionel Messi and Alexia Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 07:02 AM IST
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AP | , Paris

Lionel Messi assists help Paris Saint-Germain top Saint-Etienne in French league

The victory was marred by a Neymar injury, who was stretchered off in the 87th after twisting his ankle under an awkward challenge from Yvann Macon.
PSG's Lionel Messi, right, challenges for the ball with Saint-Etienne's Timothee Kolodziejczak during the French League One soccer between Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint Germain, in Saint-Etienne, central France, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP)
PSG's Lionel Messi, right, challenges for the ball with Saint-Etienne's Timothee Kolodziejczak during the French League One soccer between Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint Germain, in Saint-Etienne, central France, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 10:01 PM IST
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Lionel Messi to play against Brazil in World Cup qualifying

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said Monday that Messi, who has been bothered by a knee injury, will play in San Juan in a match that could earn the team a spot in next year's World Cup.
Argentina's Lionel Messi attends a team training session ahead of a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier match against Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.(AP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi attends a team training session ahead of a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier match against Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 11:03 PM IST
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Early Di Maria strike hands Argentina 1-0 win vs Uruguay, Messi plays 15 minutes

Uruguay surrendered meekly to Argentina in a 3-0 defeat last month but this time they took the game to their opponents and will feel aggrieved at emerging pointless after having more of the chances in front of their home fans.
Argentina's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal(REUTERS)
Argentina's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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Reuters | , Montevideo

Lionel Messi fit to face Uruguay in World Cup qualifier

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said staff had worked separately with the 34-year-old Messi to prepare him for match against Uruguay and next Tuesday’s game at home to Brazil.
Argentina's Lionel Messi attends a team training session ahead of a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier match against Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.(AP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi attends a team training session ahead of a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier match against Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 10:38 PM IST
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Di Maria shines, Messi injured as PSG beat Lille to go 10 points clear

In the absence of Kylian Mbappe, who is suffering from an infection, Di Maria shone throughout the game, providing captain Marquinhos with the equaliser after Jonathan David's opener before finding the back of the net two minutes from time.
PSG's Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (AP)
PSG's Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (AP)
Published on Oct 30, 2021 08:43 AM IST
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‘Was a mistake to let Lionel Messi go’: Ex- Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu  

  • Josep Bartomeu, whose demise as president was in part due to his public falling out with Lionel Messi, fought to keep the club’s greatest player when he wanted to leave in 2020.
File photo of Lionel Messi.(AP)
File photo of Lionel Messi.(AP)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 07:24 PM IST
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Messi scores unusual goal as Argentina beat Uruguay 3-0

  • Two goals in the minutes before half time, one of them an unusually fortunate counter from Lionel Messi, helped Argentina on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier.
Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team. (Getty)
Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team. (Getty)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:25 AM IST
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How have Messi and Ronaldo impacted their new clubs

  • Their other-worldly prowess is intact but that alone may not be enough for trophy-hunters PSG and Manchester United.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Published on Oct 08, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Messi scores maiden goal for PSG in 2-0 win over Manchester City

Messi, who joined PSG on a two-year contract after leaving Barcelona, found the top corner superbly in the second half to add to Idrissa Gueye's early first-half opener and put the capital club top of Group A on four points.
Champions League - Group A - Paris St Germain v Manchester City - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - September 28, 2021 Paris St Germain's Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring their first goal with Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes (REUTERS)
Champions League - Group A - Paris St Germain v Manchester City - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - September 28, 2021 Paris St Germain's Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring their first goal with Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes (REUTERS)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 07:33 AM IST
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Messi may return for PSG against Manchester City in UCL

Up front, Pochettino hopes to have Lionel Messi back in attack as the Argentine shakes off a minor knee injury that sidelined him for two games.
 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 10:14 AM IST
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Messi's Paris St Germain disappoint in Brugge draw

The result left PSG and Brugge trailing Group A leaders Manchester City by two points after the Premier League champions crushed RB Leipzig 6-3.
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action with Club Brugge's Eder Balanta and Stanley N'Soki(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action with Club Brugge's Eder Balanta and Stanley N'Soki(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 16, 2021 07:59 AM IST
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Messi hat-trick gives Argentina 3-0 win over Bolivia

  • Messi's 77th, 78th and 79th goals marked his seventh hat-trick for the national side and took him two above Pele in the South American scoring charts.
Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0(Pool via REUTERS)
Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0(Pool via REUTERS)
Published on Sep 10, 2021 08:22 AM IST
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Reuters | , Buenos Aires

'He brought calmness to PSG' - Pochettino on Messi's debut

The Argentina international's arrival was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from the 6,000 travelling fans and while he was unable make an impression on the scoreboard, Pochettino said Messi's presence had an impact.
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 04:32 PM IST
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PTI | , Paris

Messi included in PSG squad for Reims Ligue 1 trip

The 34-year-old, who signed a two-year deal with PSG with an option for a third year after his contract with Barcelona expired, had yet to feature in the squad since joining on Aug. 10.
Messi included in PSG squad for Reims Ligue 1 trip(REUTERS)
Messi included in PSG squad for Reims Ligue 1 trip(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 03:41 PM IST
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Messi prepares for first appearance for French giants

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner did not feature in the first three games of the Ligue 1 campaign after being given time to settle in the French capital and build up his fitness, but he is expected to play against Reims on Sunday.
Messi prepares for first appearance for French giants(REUTERS)
Messi prepares for first appearance for French giants(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 28, 2021 09:49 PM IST
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UCL Draw: Messi's PSG draw Guardiola's Man City in Champions League group stage

  • Messi joined Qatar-owned PSG, who will also face Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and Belgium's Brugge, from Barcelona this month after the Spanish side were unable to afford a new contract.
UCL Draw: Lionel Messi's PSG draw Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in Champions League group stage(Agencies/ HT Collage)
UCL Draw: Lionel Messi's PSG draw Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in Champions League group stage(Agencies/ HT Collage)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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PSG forward Icardi's injury could impact Messi debut

The Argentina international was substituted late in PSG's 4-2 victory on Friday night after landing on his shoulder. He was grimacing as he left the field for the locker room.
Paris St Germain's Mauro Icardi after sustaining an injury(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Mauro Icardi after sustaining an injury(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 21, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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PTI | , Paris

Messi gone but not forgotten as Barcelona wins league opener

  • Barcelona’s first La Liga season without Messi in 17 years started with a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday
La Liga: Lionel Messi gone but not forgotten as Barcelona wins league opener(REUTERS)
La Liga: Lionel Messi gone but not forgotten as Barcelona wins league opener(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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Messi watches on as PSG make hard work of beating Strasbourg

Not yet fully fit, Lionel Messi, along with Neymar and fellow new recruits Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, did not make the match squad, but saw his new club take an early lead through Mauro Icardi at Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi watches on as PSG make hard work of beating Strasbourg(AP)
Lionel Messi watches on as PSG make hard work of beating Strasbourg(AP)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 08:45 AM IST
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