Barcelona makes CL quarters again

Mar 19, 2015

Barcelona makes CL quarters again

Lionel Messi set up Ivan Rakitic to score the winner as Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 on Wednesday night to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel Pellegrini’s ...

Messi scores three in win

Feb 16, 2015

Messi scores three in win

Lionel Messi kept up his scoring streak by netting a hat trick as Barcelona swept aside an outclassed Levante 5-0 in the Spanish League on Sunday. Messi scored his 12th, 13th and 14th goals in Barcelona’s 11-game winning run after Neymar had put the ...

Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Jan 13, 2015

Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his third FIFA Player of the Year award brought him closer to being remembered as one of soccer’s all-time greats. The Portuguese forward, who led Real Madrid to its record 10th European title, received 37.66 percent of votes of national team ...

Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Dec 11, 2014

Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Manchester City and Schalke grabbed the final spots on offer in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Lionel Messi helped Barcelona secure first place in its group with a record-extending 75th goal in the competition. City started the final round ...

Nov 23, 2014

Messi sets new record with hat trick in victory

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to emphatically break the Spanish League’s all-time scoring mark in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday. Messi, already Barcelona’s all-time scorer, surpassed Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s milestone of 251 goals that had stood untouched since 1955. ...

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Nov 6, 2014

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Lionel Messi’s brace gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory Wednesday over 10-man Ajax and moved him level with Raul Gonzalez’s all-time Champions League scoring record of 71 goals. Messi scored his 70th Champions League goal in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax ...

Tardelli scores pair as Brazil blanks Argentina

Oct 12, 2014

Tardelli scores pair as Brazil blanks Argentina

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued its defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversary Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals ...

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Jul 15, 2014

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia’s James Rodriguez. “I would give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just ...

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Jul 14, 2014

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany. It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year. ...

Di Maria strikes late winner as Argentina advances

Jul 2, 2014

Di Maria strikes late winner as Argentina advances

Argentina’s theme at this World Cup seems to be scrappy wins with Lionel Messi pulling through at the last minute to save the day. Messi didn’t score on his own this time, but he set the stage for Angel Di Maria to score an ...

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Jun 26, 2014

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first ...