Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

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 wedding held in hometown

Jul 1, 2017

Messi wedding held in hometown

Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart married Friday night at a ceremony in his hometown attended by some of the biggest names in soccer. About 250 guests attended the marriage of Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo at a luxury hotel. They included Messi's Barcelona teammates Neymar, ...

Maradona weighs in on Messi, Ronaldo

Jun 20, 2017

Maradona weighs in on Messi, Ronaldo

Soccer legend Diego Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an "incredible" player. "I can't remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly," Maradona told TyCSports. "I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but I acknowledge ...

Ronaldo remains atop Forbes list of richest athletes

Jun 8, 2017

Ronaldo remains atop Forbes list of richest athletes

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine's list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players. The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million ...

Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Feb 8, 2017

Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off. Suarez fired in a rebound from Messi's shot to put ...

Dec 22, 2016

Argentina finishes year atop FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi's beaten Copa America finalist Argentina ends the year at the top of FIFA's world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, was named "mover of the year." Argentina finishes 2016 out in front of archrival Brazil to inherit the "team of ...

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Nov 24, 2016

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-0 win at Celtic, and the Spaniards were joined in the knockout rounds by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. The Argentine star returned from illness to score both goals at ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

/ Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina's Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi's return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who ...

Nov 5, 2016

Nominees named for FIFA award

Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA player of the year award. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante were named Friday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante ...