Barcelona claims domestic double

May 23, 2016

Barcelona claims domestic double

Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish League trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a ...

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Apr 14, 2016

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to deliver as holder Barcelona was dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday after a stunning 2-0 defeat by Spanish rival Atletico Madrid. Barcelona’s star trio was kept in check by some tough defending ...

Apr 5, 2016

Spanish authorities probing Messi over offshore accounts

Spanish tax authorities said Monday they are investigating allegations of tax irregularities involving soccer player Lionel Messi after documents released by an international probe of offshore accounts. Messi’s family released a statement denying wrongdoing and threatened to sue media outlets that released the information ...

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Mar 17, 2016

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarterfinals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate. Leading the tie after Messi scored ...

Messi's hat trick helps Barcelona set new unbeaten mark

Mar 4, 2016

Messi's hat trick helps Barcelona set new unbeaten mark

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona defeated nine-man Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to become the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, breaking Real Madrid’s record of nearly three decades ago. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi added ...

Barca leaves Arsenal reeling

Feb 24, 2016

Barca leaves Arsenal reeling

Barcelona’s strike force proved too hot for Arsenal to handle as Lionel Messi scored both goals for the titleholders in a convincing 2-0 victory in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi provided a clinical finish to a breakaway move that ...

Feb 9, 2016

Messi receiving treatment for kidney stones

Lionel Messi is undergoing treatment on kidney stones which floored the Argentine superstar at the Club World Cup in December, Barcelona announced on Monday. The five-time world Player of the Year “will be submitted to various tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the ...

Feb 2, 2016

Afghan Soccer Federation to arrange meeting between Messi, young boy

The Afghan Football Federation plans to set up a meeting between Lionel Messi and 5-year-old Afghan fan Martaza Ahmadi who became an Internet sensation when photos circulated of him wearing an improvised Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali ...

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Jan 12, 2016

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy on Monday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor. “It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona ...

Dec 22, 2015

River Plate fan spat at Messi: reports

A River Plate fan spat at Barcelona star Lionel Messi during an ugly airport altercation following his side’s 3-0 victory in the Club World Cup final in Yokohama, Spanish media reported on Monday. Messi, who scored the opening goal in Sunday’s final, reportedly retaliated ...