BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague in the Champions League group phase on Tuesday, increasing the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde after another lackluster performance by his star-studded team.The closest the five-time ...
Nov 6, 2019
ROME - Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the ...
Oct 24, 2019
PARIS - Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award. But not Neymar.When the long list of 30 candidates was announced on Monday - in the city where Neymar has played ...
Oct 22, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Antoine Griezmann has started clicking in Barcelona's attack.The France forward had struggled to get in sync with new star teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez before everything fell into place in a 3-0 victory at ...
Oct 20, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s.Messi said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) that he felt he wasn't treated well ...
Oct 10, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi has ended his mini-scoring drought as Barcelona finds its winning stride.Messi curled a left-footed free kick over the wall and into the net for his first goal of the season to wrap up Barcelona' ...
Oct 7, 2019
MADRID - Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave a glimpse of what the duo can achieve for Barcelona, but the partnership didn't last long because of another injury to Messi.The Argentina star set up Griezmann's opening goal in ...
Sep 25, 2019
MILAN - Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday.Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading ...
Sep 24, 2019
DORTMUND, Germany - The only thing missing for Borussia Dortmund was a goal.The German team did everything but score as Barcelona barely held on for a 0-0 draw in their Champions League opening game on Tuesday.The home side hit the ...
Sep 18, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Injuries to Lionel Messi and Barcelona's other top attacking players gave an unknown 16-year-old teenager from Guinea-Bissau the rarest of chances to bring a stunned Camp Nou crowd to its feet on Saturday.Ansu Fati ...
Sep 15, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract.Spanish newspaper El País reported on Thursday that Messi' ...
Sep 8, 2019
MADRID - The absence of Lionel Messi and other injured players took its toll on Barcelona again.Barcelona's depleted squad stumbled in the Spanish league for the second time in three rounds on Saturday, drawing, 2-2, at promoted Osasuna to ...
Sep 1, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason. ...
Aug 22, 2019
MADRID - Barcelona lost its opening Spanish league match for the first time in a decade on Friday, falling at Athletic Bilbao, 1-0, as Antoine Griezmann couldn't make up for Lionel Messi's absence.Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz scored ...
Aug 17, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's exhibition games in the United States against Napoli after leaving his first preseason training session with the club because of a strained right calf.The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday' ...
Aug 6, 2019
ASUNCION, Paraguay - Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches with Argentina for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa América.The South American body also said on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) that it ...
Aug 3, 2019
GENEVA - Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced on Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award.Ronaldo and Messi were joined ...
Aug 1, 2019
SÃO PAULO - For a match that didn't mean much, there was a lot going on as Argentina defeated Chile, 2-1, to finish third in the Copa América on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).Lionel Messi was sent off ...
Jul 7, 2019
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Argentina's soccer federation has made a formal complaint to CONMEBOL criticizing the refereeing decisions in its loss to Brazil in the Copa América semifinals.The federation says Argentina was "clearly harmed" by the decisions of Ecuadorean ...
Jul 4, 2019
RIO DE JANEIRO - Five years after losing in the World Cup final at the Maracanã Stadium, Lionel Messi is getting ready to play at the iconic soccer venue again.Argentina, more dependent on Messi than ever, will face Venezuela in the Copa ...
Jun 28, 2019
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