BARCELONA, Spain - A friendly chat with Kylian Mbappe. A quick hug with Mauricio Pochettino. A kiss on the forehead from Ángel Di María.The signs were all there at Parc des Princes for paranoid Barcelona fans who fear Lionel Messi will ...
Mar 12, 2021
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi unlocked Sevilla's defense with a goal and an assist to finally give Barcelona a much-needed victory over a first-class opponent on Saturday.Messi's quick feet and vision, Ousmane Dembele's speed ...
Feb 28, 2021
MADRID - Lionel Messi's most recent contract with Barcelona is worth up to 555 million euros (P32.4 billion) over four seasons, the El Mundo newspaper reported.The Spanish daily said it had access to the document Messi signed with the Catalan ...
Jan 31, 2021
MADRID - Lionel Messi avoided a tougher sanction and was suspended for only two matches on Tuesday after hitting an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up ...
Jan 20, 2021
LIONEL Messi lost his cool after another Barcelona collapse on Sunday, hitting an opponent away from the ball and being sent off for the first time while playing with the Catalan club in the team's 3-2 loss to Athletic ...
Jan 18, 2021
BARCELONA, Spain - First it was Pedro "Pedri" González shining with his assists. Then the injury-prone Dembele Ousmane earned a spot in the attack. Now the oft-maligned Antoine Griezmann is back to scoring goals.All in all, Barcelona is slowly ...
Jan 10, 2021
BARCELONA, Spain - When Lionel Messi links up with teenage teammate Pedro "Pedri" González, good things happen for Barcelona.Twice in just over three weeks, Pedri has given Messi reason to smile after setting him up with spectacular assists. The versatile midfielder ...
Jan 8, 2021
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi broke Pelé's all-time scoring milestone for their clubs by netting his 644th career goal for Barcelona on Tuesday, while Atlético Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-0 to increase its lead of the Spanish league. ...
Dec 23, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi has another individual scoring milestone, but he sure doesn't have a team that looks like a champion.Messi equaled Pelé's all-time club scoring tally on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) in a 2-2 ...
Dec 20, 2020
GENEVA - Robert Lewandowski won the biggest individual prize of his career Thursday (Friday, Manila time), showing that a forward not named Messi or Ronaldo can be voted the world's best soccer player.The Poland captain was named the FIFA Best ...
Dec 18, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Not once, but twice Cristiano Ronaldo leapt, twisted, and landed with both arms thrust downward as if he were driving a flag into conquered terrain at the Camp Nou.Ronaldo celebrated after scoring two penalties to lead Juventus to a ...
Dec 9, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - With his country and the world of soccer in mourning for Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi found his own way to mark the passing of the only Argentine player to rival his own greatness on the field.Messi paid tribute on ...
Nov 30, 2020
MADRID - Yannick Carrasco scored after defensive blunders as Atlético Madrid ended a decade-long winless streak against Barcelona in the Spanish league with a 1-0 victory on Saturday."We are very happy to have won, it had been a long ...
Nov 22, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - After Ansu Fati went down injured and Antoine Griezmann sunk deeper into his scoring rut, Barcelona called on Lionel Messi to save it from another setback.Messi was up to the task.He came off the bench at halftime and ...
Nov 8, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - With a goal from Lionel Messi and several key saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona put aside its domestic struggles to maintain a perfect record in the Champions League.Gerard Pique also scored as Barcelona beat Dynamo Kyiv 2- ...
Nov 5, 2020
THERE was no Cristiano Ronaldo on the field and no fans in the stands to see Barcelona and Lionel Messi beat Juventus 2-0 away in the Champions League on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).Ronaldo's lingering COVID-19 case prevented ...
Oct 29, 2020
MADRID - Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu resigned Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) amid the fallout of his feud with star Lionel Messi, and on his way out revealed the Spanish club wants to join a potential new super league of elite European teams.After ...
Oct 28, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona began erasing some of the bad memories from last season's embarrassing Champions League elimination with a comfortable opening group win against Hungarian club Ferencváros on Tuesday.Lionel Messi opened the scoring and two teenage teammates also ...
Oct 21, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona and Real Madrid lost for the first time this season on Saturday against modest Spanish league opposition, increasing the doubts over their stalled attacks ahead of Champions League openers and their own "clásico" clash.Barcelona had its first ...
Oct 18, 2020
GENEVA - As a second wave of coronavirus cases hits Europe, the Champions League is going to again send elite players criss-crossing the continent.But football biggest club competition has a back-up plan to ensure the group stage can be completed, ...
Oct 17, 2020
SAO PAULO - Argentina beat Bolivia, 2-1, on Tuesday in South American World Cup qualifiers (Wednesday, Manila time) - the second consecutive victory for Lionel Messi's team and its first in the altitude of La Paz since 2005.Uruguay wasn' ...
Oct 14, 2020
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