Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to clash in CL group stage

Soccer Oct 2, 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to clash in CL group stage

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other in the Champions League group stage for the first time — and fans could be allowed back in to watch. Messi’s Barcelona was drawn from the pot of second-seeded teams Thursday into the group where Ronaldo’s ...

Barcelona holds breath as Lionel Messi weighs preseason return

Soccer Aug 30, 2020

Barcelona holds breath as Lionel Messi weighs preseason return

The first indication of how determined Lionel Messi is to leave Barcelona and how ugly this dispute could become will be gauged at the club's training ground on Sunday. Barca's greatest ever player is due at the Ciutat Esportiva on Sunday morning for coronavirus tests, ...

Koeman to take dream job at Barca, reveals Bartomeu

Soccer Aug 19, 2020

Koeman to take dream job at Barca, reveals Bartomeu

Ronald Koeman is set to take his dream job at Barcelona after the Catalan giants' president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed on Tuesday the Dutchman will be their next coach. Former Barca star Koeman, who has been in charge of the Netherlands since 2018, will replace ...

Barcelona president says Lionel Messi will end career with club

Soccer Jul 6, 2020

Barcelona president says Lionel Messi will end career with club

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year. "Messi has said he will end his ...

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Soccer Aug 11, 2018

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona's captain on Friday following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice captains. Messi, Barca's all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club's armband ...

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Soccer Jul 13, 2017

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he is pinning his hopes on a good start to the season under new manager Ernesto Valverde. The Spanish powerhouse in May confirmed Valverde, who stepped down from his role in charge of Athletic Bilbao, as their new manager ...

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Soccer Sep 3, 2016

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Lionel Messi's triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a groin injury that has forced his withdrawal from Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela. Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following its Copa America final defeat in June, scored ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Soccer May 31, 2016

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Barcelona's five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros. Argentine-born striker Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, were ...