Posts Tagged ‘Lionel Messi’

Incredible ovation as Inesta bows down as Barca player

Barcelona Send Iniesta Off With Win Over SociedadSpanish LaLiga champions Barcelona ended the 2017/2018 season on a winning note as they pipped Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

January signing Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute.

The win was legend Andres Iniesta’s 675th and final game for Barcelona. He went off to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Lionel Messi on 67 minutes.

 Champions Barcelona ended the season on 93 points after 38 league games played.

They won 28 league games, drew eight and lost just one game which was a surprise 5-4 away loss to Levante.

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Why Messi must not play at the World Cup -Coach of the Iranian national team, Carlos Queiroz 

Image result for Lionel MessiCoach of the Iranian national team, Carlos Queiroz wants Lionel Messi banned from football because he’s too good at it.

Queiroz insists the Argentine magician should be suspended by FIFA until he can prove he is not an extra-terrestrial!  The former Real Madrid coach remembers all too well how Messi broke Iranian hearts with a stunning stoppage time winner for Argentina during the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And ahead of the 2018 World Cup where Iran have been drawn alongside heavyweights Spain and Portugal, Queiroz told Fifa.com:  “I’ve always said that Messi is an extraordinary player. He’s out of this world. If he were human, he wouldn’t have had that magical moment in that match. I don’t usually like losing, but I didn’t come away from that defeat with a negative feeling.  It’s when something magical like that happens that you know that football is alive and kicking. And that’s why it’s one of the best sports in the world to watch.  “And it’s even more of a special moment when it comes from a player who shouldn’t be allowed to play by FIFA until it’s proven that he’s actually human!”

Lionel Messi magnificent hat-trick leads Argentina to Russia World Cup against Ecuador

Lionel Messi sends Argentina to World Cup 2018 with magnificent hat-trick against EcuadorLionel Messi was the hero for Argentina as the striker scored a hat-trick against Ecuador on Tuesday to seal their spot in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Argentina, who won the World Cup twice in 1978 and 1986, was close to missing out of the 2018 World Cup after starting the match in sixth place in the South American qualifying group.

The match which held at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito, saw the host stun Argentina by scoring after just 38 seconds to the match as midfielder Romario Iborra hit on target.

But thanks to Argentina captain, Messi, who did his magic with an equaliser in the 12th minute and then scored another in the 20th minute, his 20th goal for his country in World Cup qualifying which is also a South American record.

The Barcelona striker completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute. It was Messi’s 21st career goal in 45 World Cup qualifiers.

Argentina who clinched 28 points from their qualifying games, will join fellow South American country Brazil who finished top with 41 points, followed by Uruguay (31) and Colombia (27). Peru finished fifth (26) and will face New Zealand in November.Lionel Messi sends Argentina to World Cup 2018 with magnificent hat-trick against Ecuador

Lionel Messi weds Antonella Roccuzzo June 30

Related imageArgentina and Barcelona football superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30th.

“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.

The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at Rosario cathedral and many of Messi’s Barcelona teammates are expected, chief amongst them the couple’s closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi.

Messi turns 30 on June 24 and Roccuzzo is 29 and the pair have been living together for nine years and have two children, four-year-old Thiago and baby Mateo.

Fifa lift Messi’s 4 Argentina match ban

Messi's four-game Argentina ban and fine rescinded after FIFA appeal

The Barcelona forward sat out a damaging World Cup qualifying defeat to Bolivia, but is free to rejoin his country’s quest to reach Russia 2018

Lionel Messi’s four-match ban for allegedly insulting an official in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile has been rescinded by FIFA following an appeal.

The Barcelona forward had been banned from playing in their subsequent qualifier against Bolivia, which the World Cup 2014 finalists lost.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

“Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on March 28 2017, which, in application of art. 77 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), had found Lionel Messi guilty of infringing art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

 

Barca will continue to fight for La Liga title -Messi

Image result for Lionel MessiFormer World footballer of the year, Lionel Messi on Monday hailed Barcelona’s dramatic 3-2 Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid as an “important step” in the race for the La Liga title, AFP reports.

Messi’s last-gasp goal marked his 500th for Barcelona and blew the La Liga title race wide open at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Victory takes Barca top of the table thanks to their better head-to-head record with both sides locked on 75 points, but Madrid have a game in hand.

“We went to the Bernabeu to win and to continue to fight for La Liga,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said on his Facebook page.

“There is still a long way to go, but we left with the joy of having taken an important step,” added Messi, the top scorer in La Liga with 31 goals, alongside a photo of himself celebrating one of his goals.

Barcelona are bidding for a third straight La Liga and Spanish Cup double. They play Alaves in the Cup final on May 27.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s La Liga title credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday as a tough week continues with a tricky trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

This season the Galician side’s Riazor Stadium has proven an unhappy hunting ground for top clubs.

Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia have all been held to draws there, while Barcelona succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat last month as the battle by Pepe Mel’s side to avoid the drop gathered pace.

After losing a dramatic Clasico  with the last kick of the game – a result that sees the Catalans move ahead at the top of the table because of their superior head-to-head record – Madrid know they cannot afford defeat as they bid to lift their first La Liga title for five years.

Coach Zinedine Zidane insisted that, while they might currently sit second, the fact that Madrid have played one game fewer means they still control their own destiny.

“Nothing changes, we still have things in our own hands and we are only thinking about Wednesday’s game,” Zidane said.

“It (the Clasico) was not about deciding who wins La Liga. A win, loss or draw means that nothing changes. We are disappointed as overall we did not deserve to lose, but football is like that. We do not have too much time to wallow and have to get over it.”

ULC: Barcelona makes history, becomes first team in history to up turn 4 goals

Barcelona complete greatest comeback in Champions League history

Barca are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, after defeating PSG 6-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona made Champions League history on Wednesday, overcoming a four-goal first-leg deficit against PSG to advance to the quarter-finals.

Luis Enrique’s side were the first in Champions League and European Cup history to rally back from four down after the opening match.

Sergi Roberto was the hero for Barca, scoring in the 94th minute to complete what many viewed as an unrealistic feat before the match began.

Neymar had a double, while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez also found the net for Barcelona. PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa was credited with an own goal.

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