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Tag Archives: Messi

Valverde says Messi the best despite Modric award

Real’s Lopetegui backs VAR MADRID, Sept 25, (RTRS): Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes his player Lionel Messi should have won FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award and not Real Madrid’s Luka Modric. Modric was named the best player of 2018 at a glitzy ceremony on Monday night which Messi did not attend …

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‘From Palestine, thank you Messi’

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-WC friendly snub JERUSALEM, June 6, (AP): The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina’s abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country’s leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. …

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Messi scores again, Barca go 11 points clear – Sevilla defeated by Leganes

BARCELONA, March 18, (RTRS): Barcelona moved 11 points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at home with a goal from Paco Alcacer and a thumping strike from Lionel Messi in the first half. Alcacer took the place of suspended striker Luis Suarez …

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No fans, no problem for Barca

BARCELONA, Oct 1, (AFP): Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused Barca’s plea to postpone the game on the day of the highly-charged Catalonia referendum. At least 91 people were injured as Spanish riot police …

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Messi ‘lifts’ Barca mood – Catalans dominate Juve

BARCELONA, Sept 13, (RTRS): When Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta was serenaded off the pitch on Tuesday following a vintage display in a 3-0 win over Juventus that was only rivalled by Lionel Messi, it was easy to forget the gloom that had gripped the Nou Camp two weeks ago. The club …

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Barcelona star Messi seeks fresh start under Valverde – FIFA lifts suspension on Sudan

TOKYO, July 13, (Agencies): Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Thursday expressed hope for improved fortunes under new coach Ernesto Valverde after a disappointing year for the Catalan club. “Whenever I start a new season there is a very clear-cut goal, which is that Barcelona would do its best,” said the …

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Afghan bag shirt boy meets his idol Messi

DOHA, Dec 13, (AFP): An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral finally got to meet his superstar idol on Tuesday. Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions are due to …

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Messi to miss WC ‘qualifier’

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 3, (RTRS): 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 their Copa America final defeat in June, scored …

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Messi will stay, says Barcelona

MADRID, July 12, (RTRS): Lionel Messi is not interested in leaving Barcelona in the wake of his sentencing for tax fraud, according to club spokesman Josep Vives. A Barcelona court last week handed Messi and his father 21-month prison sentences and fined the former 2.0 million euros ($2.2 million) and …

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Messi grabs hat-trick, Argentina cruise into quarters – Chile keep Copa campaign alive

CHICAGO, June 11, (AFP): Lionel Messi scored a magical hat-trick in 19 minutes as Argentina cruised into the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower back injury, …

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