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Ronaldo to beat Messi and equal Raul with Ludogorets hat-trick?

Will Cristiano Ronaldo be the first to equal or smash Raul’s 71-goal record in the UEFA Champions League? A hat-trick or a four-goal feat against Ludogorets would see CR7 achieve that before Barcelona's Messi.
On Tuesday, the public saw Lionel Messi equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s 68-goal feat in the UEFA Champions League. Today, the latter could go clear of his closest rival as Raul remains the man to beat with his 71 goals.

The ex-Spanish captain, Real Madrid and Schalke striker netted his 71 goals in 142 appearances. Messi has a better ratio with 68 goals in 88 appearances only. Meanwhile, Ronaldo...

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IT'S ALL ON ME: Luis Enrique shoulders blame for Barca's 3-2 loss to PSG

The 44-year-old boss took responsibility for the Catalan giants' Tuesday defeat to the Ligue 1 holders in the Champions League, their first loss of the season
Catalan giants Barcelona entered Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain undefeated.

And despite the fixture being an away tie for the Blaugrana, many favored the Liga BBVA side to clinch a victory, with Les Parisien' stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, and Ezequiel Lavezzi all missing out on the game due to injuries. 

However, Luis Enrique men...

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Barcelona caught between toothless attack and great defending against Malaga

Thursday September 25 2014,

Tags: La Liga, Barcelona, Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi

Luis Enrique's team ended the match against Malaga with no shots on goal, but managed to get a clean sheet against one of La Liga's worst attacks.
It seems Barcelona left its high scoring power at home, not being able to damage Malaga's well guarded net. Today, the almighty La Liga leaders weren't able to shoot on Carlos Kameni's goal once, earning their first draw of the season. This was the first time in almost ten years that Barcelona's players weren't able to shoot on goal.

One of Barcelona's greatest, Andres Iniesta, gave credit to...

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"NO PROBLEMS": Barcelona's Suarez denies issues between Messi and Neymar

Tuesday September 23 2014,

Tags: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Barcelona, La Liga

Despite rumors of tension last season, all appears to have been resolved between the South American star duo.
Given the wealth of talent between Barcelona's talismanic attacker Lionel Messi and rising star Neymar, it's inevitable that many would assume that there would be tension between the duo.

After all, it was recently revealed that Liverpool's highly prolific pair Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez didn't always see eye to eye, but that does not appear to be the case with the Blaugrana's two star...

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Tata Martino talks about his time at Barcelona and Tevez's return to La Albiceleste

Wednesday September 17 2014,

Tags: Argentina, Gerardo Martino, FC Barcelona, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi

Coach Martino may reconsider Tevez's return with the National Team, and spoke about how his days with Barcelona were harder on him.
Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino spoke at a press conference about his time as Barcelona's head coach, while talking about a possible call up for Carlos Tevez, absent from Argentina's National Team for the past two years.

Alejandro Sabella's replacement remembered how hard it was to get his players performing the way he wanted:

"I was amazed they had never heard about me or what...

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"Messi won't return this year to play for Argentina" -- Julio Grondona

Thursday September 11 2014,

Tags: Argentina, Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

The Argentinian star will take a leave of absence and focus on playing with Barcelona after enduring severe criticism for his performance during the World Cup
After missing last week's friendly match against Germany, Julio Grondona Jr confirmed the former Golden Ball winner will be taking a leave of absence from his duties as a player for Argentina. Arsenal de Sarandi's owner shared in an interview he spoke with Messi, who told him the reasons why he wants to take some time off Argentina's National Team:

"His absence is understandable. He was...

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Brazil legend Pele tips Argentine superstar Lionel Messi for World Cup success

The Selecao legend believes La Albiceleste's finals loss to Germany at the Maracana won't be the Barca ace's last shot at clinching football's greatest prize
Brazil legend Pele believes Argentine superstar Lionel Messi still has a shot at winning a World Cup title, despite the fact that the Blaugrana ace might be 31 years old when Russia host the tournament in 2018.

The Albiceleste captain, believed by many to be the greatest player to have graced the world of football, has seen the World Cup crown stand in the way of him completing his legendary...

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Lionel Messi's hometown forbids newborns to be named after Argentinian superstar

Wednesday September 10 2014,

Tags: La Liga, FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi

Officers were concerned after a parent named his newborn Messi Daniel Varela, passing a bill that forbids any similar action from now on.
If you're about to become a father, hail from Rosario, and have Lionel Messi as your favorite player, it may be a risky proposition to name your kid after the Argentinian superstar. Government officers in Messi's hometown passed a bill forbidding any parent to name his newborn Messi, after a man named Hector Varela did so two weeks ago.

Officials from the city of Rosario, Argentina, felt it...

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Messi, CR7, Suarez. Who's ranked highest in FIFA 15?

Sunday September 7 2014,

Tags: Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, FIFA 15

With the popular game set to come out soon, EA Sports have released their rankings of the top 10 players in this year's edition.
Despite losing out on the Ballon d'Or to perpetual rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi nonetheless has been named top player by FIFA.

Except of course, this time, it's for the annual video game produced by EA Sports that has fans all around the globe excitedly awaiting the latest edition, and with the release just around the corner, the company has released its list of the top ten players...

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Back in business: Good news for Barcelona and Lionel Messi

Thursday September 4 2014,

Tags: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, La Liga, Argentina

Barcelona fans might not have to be so worried about Lionel Messi's availability after all.
Good news for Barcelona fans, but not so good for La Liga defenders.

After suffering a groin injury in the Blaugrana's slim win over Villarreal, Lionel Messi was unable to feature with Argentina during their friendlies this week as he looks to recover as quickly as possible.

The Catalan giants endured a miserable time last term by their lofty standards, which saw them fail to win any...

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Messi declines to play in Argentina’s upcoming friendly match and sparks debate

Tuesday September 2 2014,

Tags: La Liga, FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Argentina National Team

Barcelona’s superstar has been ruled out of the game against Germany due to an injury to his right leg, even missing the all-star match organized by Pope Francis.
After Lionel Messi’s performance during the last World Cup, and rumors indicating a bad relationship with new Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino, his decline from the upcoming match against Germany started a heated debate on the real reasons why Messi chose not to play with his National team.

The official version states Messi came down with an injury on Barcelona's latest victory against...

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“If I shared my thoughts on Messi’s World Cup Golden Ball, I’d be in jail”—CR7

Friday August 29 2014,

Tags: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid

During an interview with a TV station, Cristiano Ronaldo stated he wants to give up football when he’s 36 years old, although he can reconsider.
 After receiving the UEFA Player of the Year award, Cristiano Ronaldo shared his thoughts in an interview with a TV Station. Notably, he questioned why FIFA awarded Lionel Messi with the Golden Ball during the tournament in Brazil.

“Everybody saw what happened; you have to analyze all situations and have a say about it. I can’t be honest on the matter, because if I shared my...

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TRANSFER: Barca youngster Munir El-Haddadi on Arsenal's radar

Wenger looks to rob Barca of one of their hottest talents, 18-year-old attacker Munir El-Haddadi, dubbed "the next Messi"
According to reports, young Barcelona starlet Munir El-Hadaddi has caught the eyes of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and has the Frenchman keeping tabs on the 18-year-old.  

The Spanish-born Moroccan attacker has been receiving rave reviews for his performances for the B-squad, and in his senior squad debut, he put in an impressive display, scoring a wonderful goal in a match where he was...

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Barca wonderkid Munir El Haddadi dubbed "the next Messi" after electrifying debut v Elche

Monday August 25 2014,

Tags: Munir El Haddadi, Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Elche, La Liga

Spanish-born 18-year-old Moroccan Munir El Haddadi is poised for a bright future with the Catalan giants after hitting the woodwork, scoring an exquisite goal, and receiving a standing ovation all in his Barcelona debut
For a young, up-and-coming player, scoring in their debut game is something every footballer dreams of, especially when playing for a big club as Barcelona.  

This was something young Blaugrana starlet Munir El Haddadi achieved. In the absence of Brazilian ace Neymar due to injury, El Haddadi was given the thumbs up by coach Luis Enrique, opening his goalscoring account for the Catalan...

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Ice bucket challenge round-up featuring CR7, Messi, Neymar, and more (VIDEOS)

Many of football's biggest stars have all taken part in the trending ice bucket challenge. Which video was your favorite?
With the rise of social media, it seems like every time one turns around there's a new trend that has quickly gone viral as everyone wants to get a piece of what's trending.

The latest fad, called the "Ice Bucket Challenge" initially seems like one of those silly things that attention-seeking teenagers do just to get a bit of fame on the internet. However, it's not--with many of the...

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Cristiano Ronaldo leads 2014 UEFA Best Player shortlist as Messi misses out

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Player of the Tournament, Lionel Messi, is not among Europe’s three best footballers, according to the 2014 UEFA Best Player shortlist.
Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer: these are the three players who have topped UEFA’s 10-man shortlist after journalists from the confederation’s 54 member associations voted. Last season, CR7 opted to miss the event to feature in a charity match for Real Madrid. This month, the Portuguese superstar may get his hands on the prize for the very first time.

He has been...

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Good boy Messi shocks fans with new haircut on his Barcelona return

Tuesday August 5 2014,

Tags: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Club Friendly, Argentina

After guiding Argentina all the way to the World Cup final, Lionel Messi enjoyed extended holidays with partner Antonella Roccuzzo and his son Thiago. La Pulga is now back… with something new!
Having failed to win a single trophy in 2014, there is no UEFA Super Cup or Supercopa de España clash on the Blaugrana’s list of fixtures this summer. What they have lined up are club friendlies as their competitive season starts on August 24th with a home game against Elche.

The Catalans are currently getting used to playing under Luis Enrique who replaced Tata Martino as coach...

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Tata Martino to replace the departing Alejandro Sabella as Argentina coach

Former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has reportedly accepted the job as Argentina coach, replacing Alejandro Sabella
Argentine and former Barcelona manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino is tipped as favorite to replace Alejandro Sabella as La Albiceleste coach, according to Mundo Deportivo (per Football Espana).

Sabella, who is rumored to have left the helms of the two-time World Cup champions, guided the South American nation to the World Cup final, but lost 1-0 in extra-time to eventual winners Germany.

The...

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Spanish court to push ahead with prosecution of Messi over alleged tax evasion

Tuesday July 29 2014,

Tags: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Argentina, La Liga, World Cup 2014

A court in Spain has decided to carry on with the prosecution of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi over an alleged tax evasion
Despite calls from prosecutors to drop the prosecution of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi over alleged tax evasion, a court in Spain has decided to move forward with the case.

The Argentine player and his father, Jorge Messi, are accused of defrauding the Spanish state of £3.1m (€4m) from 2006 to 2009 with false returns, an action both the father and son have publicly denied committing.

Back...

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Best in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo wins Goal.com Top 50 award

Despite a disappointing World Cup campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent season with his club has earned him Goal.com's award as best footballer on the planet.
Each year, football website Goal.com announces its list of the top 50 footballers in the game today, and ever since they began drumming up who would be on their list for this year, the feeling was that a familiar duo would battle it out for top spot.

Last year, Lionel Messi walked away with the prize as well as clinched his fourth Ballon d'Or, but this season has not been as favorable to the...

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