Bayern Munich & Lionel Messi

FC Bayern Munich , is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. Lionel Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays in La Liga for Fc Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. 5.0/5

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Exactly 1 month ago, Lionel Messi happened against FC Bayern Munich in 3-0 win.. Let's see what magic does Leo do today..
It's that man again! Lionel Messi slots a beauty, beating Manuel Neuer. Barcelona leads Bayern Munich, 1-0.
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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has vowed to show Barcelona star Lionel Messi "who's boss" when they meet in the semi-finals
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By Christoph Kockeis Former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft feels it would be wrong to compare new Real Madrid signing Martin Odegaard to Barcelona star Lionel Messi and has warned that the 16-year-old should be given time to develop. The youngster is regarded as one of the most exciting talents around and Madrid beat off stiff competition from clubs such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Ajax for Odegaard's signature. The attacking midfielder has even been compared to Messi by some due to his style of play, but Fjortoft has moved to downplay expectations following his compatriot's transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu this January. "Comparing Odegaard to Messi is nonsense from the media. Messi is a player who can make the difference and Martin can do the same, but any comparisons should not be taken seriously," Fjortoft told Goal at the Snow Football World Cup in Arosa. "Martin is only 16 years old and he should be allowed to behave like someone of his age. He shou ...
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Did Real Madrid just sign the next Lionel Messi in Martin Odegaard? Real Madrid completed the signing of Norwegian wunderkind Martin Odegaard on Thursday for a figure reported to be in the range of $3.4 million. The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has been one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe and in signing him, Real beat out a host of top clubs including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. The precocious talent scored five goals and made seven assists in just 15 starts for Norwegian side Stromsgodset and last year became the youngest player ever to play in a European Championship qualifier at the age of just 15 years and 253 days. So it's not difficult to see why Odegaard has generated such excitement.
Martin Odegaard: The lowdown on Europe's next wonderkid. Martin Odegaard only turned 16 last month but is being coveted by some of the biggest clubs in the world. Likened to Lionel Messi and a left-footed attacker like the Barcelona superstar, the 5ft 9.5in Norwegian has been wooed by the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich in recent weeks. While we wait to learn who has won the race for the talented teenager, here are 10 things you may not know about him: 1. A sensation from the start Odegaard was just 15 years and 117 days when he was given his league debut against Aaelsund in April. Odegaard marked his debut beating a handful of defenders before passing to team-mate Thomas Sorum to score. 2. The first goal Odegaard eventually scored his first senior goal a month after his debut. It was a cultured finish from just outside the penalty area against Sarpsborg. 3. Fifa 15 mad Liverpool fan Born in the Norwegian city of Drammen, Odegaard is a massive Liverpool fan. 4. Labelled the next ...
Man Utd slap £50m price tag on De Gea Manchester United have slapped a world-record £50 million valuation on David De Gea in an effort to ward off interest from Real Madrid. The Red Devils are braced to sell the Spanish goalkeeper, though, if he rejects a new, bumper contract. Source: Daily Express Tuesday, January 20, 2015 00:28 Adidas want Messi at Bayern Munich Adidas pay Lionel Messi €18m per year but an internal report says 70% of fans identify the Argentine with Nike. The German brand want Messi to move to Bayern Munich ahead of their other affiliated clubs, like Real Madrid or Manchester United. Source: El Economista Monday, January 19, 2015 13:50 Chelsea keeping tabs on Cuadrado Chelsea could make a shock January swoop for Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian has a £26.8m release clause and Jose Mourinho is mulling over a bid, having been a fan of the attacker since he was in charge of Real Madrid. Source: gianlucadimarzio.com Tuesday, January 20, 2015 00:33 Arsenal to offer Coquelin new ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, has alerted Manchester United to his potential availability by saying he does not know where he will be playing next year. (Guardian) United are also on red alert over a move for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 25, who is keen on a move away from the Allianz Arena. (Daily Star) Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, 24, on a loan deal this month, with an option for a £14m permanent deal in the summer. (The Times) Arsenal are prepared to increase their bid to land Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik, 17, but face competition from German club Hamburg. (The Times) The Sun's back page on Tuesday The Gunners have also been sounded out over a move for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29. (Daily Mail) West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, is on the verge of a move to Italian club Lazio after falling out of favour at Upton Park. (Mirror) Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is holding talks over a move to Parma, but the ...
Who Will Win the Ballon d'Or Today? Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo the current holder of the Ballon d'Or and the first Portuguese player to win a second FIFA Ballon d’Or. The top scorer in La Liga 2013/14 with 31 goals in 30 games, Ronaldo played a huge part in Real Madrid’s 10th (La Decima) Champions League triumph, scoring 17 times in the course of their CL campaign, a new record for the competition. Manuel Neuer (Germany & Bayern Munich) Manuel Neuer has been the undisputed No1 in goal both for reigning world champions Germany and record German title holders Bayern Munich for several years now. He made numerous magnificent saves at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil playing a key role in his side’s title success and was deservedly awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Neuer also added two further medals to his collection in 2014 after winning the league and DFB Cup double with Bayern. Lionel MESSI (Argentina & Fc Barcelona) The record four-time FI ...
INTO THE CHRISTMAS BREAK... D I D. Y O U. K N O W? * Real Madrid are going into the Christmas break with one-point lead, & a game in hand, at the top of La Liga. * A Spanish record run of 22 successive wins. Two trophies already in the bag (European Super Cup and Club World Cup). * Barcelona have bagged 41 goals in 16 matches - at an average of almost three per game. * Ronaldo has scored only two fewer La Liga goals than Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar combined this season. * Real Madrid had a100% record in the Champions League group stage. * Cristiano Ronaldo have scored 25 league goals in 14 matches this season. * The key to Madrid's excellent start is Carlo Ancelotti managing to do something that neither of his Bernabeu predecessors Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini could do. That's knitting together a dressing room packed with the world's most expensive players and, possibly, the world's most inflated egos. * Bayern Munich have taken 45 points from their 17 matches (a Bundesliga record), and only con ...
Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Messi, Neymar & Suarez seal top spot for Blaugrana Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French titleholders ahead but the Blaugrana's all-star attack turned the game on its head to ensure that the Catalans will be seeded in the last 16 Dec 10, 2014 21:35:00 Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Champions League Group F by coming storming back from a goal down to triumph 3-1 at Camp Nou. The Catalans came into the Camp Nou clash a point adrift of the French champions, but first-half goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar – Barca's scorers in a 3-2 defeat in Paris in September - negated Zlatan Ibrahimovic's earlier effort. Luis Suarez rounded off the scoring after the interval to subject PSG to their first defeat of the season in all competitions. Ibrahimovic stunned the home crowd on his return to the club where he spent the 2009-10 campaign - driving home a left-footed effort from 12 yards after 15 minutes. Barca hit back when Messi met a Suarez cross in the six-yard box ...
Messi, Ronaldo, Neuer nominated for Ballon d’Or nominations for Ballon d’Or are out, with Bayern Munich and Germany goal-keeper Manuel Neuer making the final three candidates along with former winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. from
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Ronaldo, Messi and Neuer up for Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo will be challenging Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to retain the Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo won the 2013 honour to end Messi's three-year run as the world's Best Player since FIFA and France Football merged their awards. While Messi has broken the Champions League and Spanish league scoring records this month after winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup, the Argentina forward will end 2014 without a team honor. Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final. Neuer kept a clean sheet as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper followed up winning the German league and cup by lifting football's biggest prize. Ronaldo's World Cup campaign with Portugal ended in the group stage, but he won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid. who you think Will be winning it?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. The three were chosen from an initial 23-man list, which included Gareth Bale, and the world player of the year award will be announced on 12 January. Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil) and Abby Wambach (USA) were shortlisted for the women's award. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or in 2013. Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, Germany's World Cup winning boss Joachim Low and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone are on the shortlist for the Fifa coach of the year. Portugal international Ronaldo 29, scored 51 goals in the 2013-14 season while helping Real Madrid win the Champions League. He beat Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Barcelona's Messi to the 2013 award. Four-time winner Messi, 27, won the honour in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Ballon d'Or winners 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 2011: Lionel ...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have between them won the past six world player of the year awards, face opposition from Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the short list announced by FIFA on Monday. Ronaldo, who is the present holder of the title having also won it in 2008, scored a record 17 goals in a Champions League campaign as Real Madrid went on to win their 10th European Cup last term. Messi, the only player to have won the award four times, failed to win a title this year either with Barcelona or Argentina, although he was integral in his country reaching the World Cup final where they lost 1-0 in extra-time to Germany. The 27-year-old did pick up the consolation of player of the tournament. Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring. AFP PHOTO Neuer, who was outstanding in goal for Germany and for Bayern Munich as they won the domestic double, would be only the second goalkeeper to win the award, which is announced on January 12 in Zurich, after t ...
GBAM!!! Messi’s record will last 600 years’ Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on former player Lionel Messi after his heroic feat last weekend, insisting the forward’s record will stand for “600 years”. The Barcelona ace’s hat-trick against Sevilla took him to 253 La Liga goals in 289 matches, breaking Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 as he became the new highest goal- scorer in the Spanish League. Guardiola, under whom Messi thrived in the Spanish coach’s four-year tenure at the Camp Nou, was full of praise for his former starlet, and believes his record will stand for years to come. "He is only 27 years old and he has already beaten the record,” said the Bayern boss. “His record will not last for 60 years, but 600 years." Speculation of unrest with the Catalans has fuelled reports of a possible move away from Spain, yet Guardiola said he hopes the new record-holder will finish his career at the club he joined when he was just 13 years old. "I hope that Messi will end his ...
* Manchester United are planning to sell Angel Di Maria, 26, to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer to create funds for a sensational move for either Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 25, or Cristiano Ronaldo, 29. * Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who is currently playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. * Lionel Messi's father Jorge says the prospect of his son leaving Barcelona is "not even on the table", after an interview the 27-year-old gave earlier this week prompted speculation about a move away. * Bayern Munich winger and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, could be forced to stay with the German champions until the end of the season as he is cup tied in the Champions League. * Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to keep tabs on Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21, as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry at Chelsea. * Manchester United are preparing a move for AC Milan defender Adil Rami, 28. * Manchester City are willing t ...
Alonso: Hard for a German to beat Messi & Ronaldo to Ballon d'Or 19-Nov-2014 The midfielder feels a German player has a chance if the award is decided on team success, but the Madrid and Barca stars have it wrapped up based on individual displays Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso believes that it would be tough for a German player to beat Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or. The veteran Spaniard made a surprise summer move to the Allianz Arena from Real Madrid, where he played alongside Ronaldo and enjoyed many battles with Messi's Barcelona. A number of Bayern's contingent of German World Cup winners are nominated for the prestigious award, including the likes of Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, but Alonso feels the Liga pairing are still ahead of the competition in terms of individual performances. He told Sport Bild: "It's a very general question: is the award about individual, personal performances? "In this case, it would be tough against Messi and Ronaldo. Or is it about t ...
Messi, Costa, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Muller all Ballon d'Or favorites OCTOBER 7, 2014 4:33:11 PM PDT By ESPN staff Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria and Thomas Muller are all early contenders for the football's biggest individual award, the Ballon d'Or. We asked ESPN FC's team of experts to tell us which of these five is most deserving, and why. Nicholas Rigg: Is it Ronaldo's to lose? Sure, he was forgettable on the biggest stage in football last summer, but that shouldn't detract from one of the greatest calendar years in recent memory. As if his footing wasn't strong enough, he's been averaging 1.42 goals scored per appearance for Real Madrid since their season kicked off. 1. So, Ronaldo -- there's no way he can lose the Ballon d'Or is there? It is certainly his to lose given the scintillating start he has enjoyed this season. The 29-year-old is the man of the moment and although the award runs over the calendar year, current form plays a crucial part in swaying the floating voter ...
Kroos exposed: Real Madrid will suffer without midfield protection – By Carlo Garganese COMMENT: The German has been exposed in a number of games for club and country this season and needs the right conditions if he is to demonstrate his class When Real Madrid paid Bayern Munich an undisclosed fee in the region of €25-30 million for the services of Toni Kroos, the transfer was almost unanimously hailed as one of the best deals of the summer. And understandably so. After all, in an inflated market which saw unproven upstarts like Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Eliaquim Mangala move for much bigger prices, Kroos represented outstanding value – regardless of the fact he had just 12 months to run on his Bayern contract. This is a player who was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup success and by the age of 24 has already won over 50 caps, as well as 12 club trophies with Bayern – including three Bundesliga crowns and the Champions League. "Congratulations, you have signed the Best Player from the Worl ...
BEST XI OF THE TOP 5 LEAGUES IN EUROPE Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer: One of the easier decisions to make.Neuer is, in my opinion, the best ‘keeper in world football, and that’s that. He has everything a ‘keeper wants and needs to be the best. Neuer is quite sensational, playing as a sweeper-keeper at times. The big German is head and shoulders above any ‘keeper these days, with Thibaut Courtois the next in line. Amazing! Right-back: Philipp Lahm (C): Lahm is a full-back by trade, and a right-back in particular. However,he’s recently been operated as a holding midfield player for Bayern Munich, where he’s just as good.Nonetheless, I’m going to stick him in at right-back, because I still see the German as the best full-back in world football. Centre-back: Thiago Silva: The best defender in world football in my opinion. Silva is an animal and is just the complete centre-back. The Brazilian is great in the air, he knows how to tackle, he can pass the ball and he gets you the odd goal. A brilliant de ...
Lionel Messi misses out as Bayern dominate European Player of the Year voting The shift in power within European football was underlined yesterday when two Bayern Munich players were among the nominees to be named the continent's top-three players, with Lionel Messi left out for the first time in eight years. Manuel Neuer, the Bayern goalkeeper, and his team-mate, winger Arjen Robben, were yesterday named by Uefa on the shortlist for European Footballer of the Year, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. Four-time winner Messi - who was second last year behind Bayern's Frank Ribery - did not make the cut from the final 10. The omission of the Argentine reflected the fact that Barcelona did not win either a Spanish or European honour last season, although the forward did lead his national side to the World Cup final. However, the fact that Neuer was one of three German players listed in the top five - Bayern team-mates Thomas Mueller and Philipp Lahm were the others - underlines the scale of the task ...
Ronaldo leads Uefa Best Player in Europe nominees as Messi is snubbed The 10-man shortlist has been reduced to three, with the Ballon d'Or holder set to battle it out with Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer for the prize Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named as the final three nominees for the Uefa Best Player in Europe award. The trio were named as part of an initial 10-man shortlist announced in July, which included Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller. Current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo has now been voted into the final three, along with Bayern Munich's star winger Robben and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who added the World Cup to his Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal successes last season, but Barcelona's Argentine star could only finish fifth in the voting. The winner will be announced on August 28 in Monaco during the group-stage draw for the Champions League. The Uefa Best Player prize began in 2011 under ...
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is one of 10 players who have been nominated for the Best Player in Europe award after guiding Argentina to the final of the World Cup. The prolific attacker was controversially handed the World Cup Golden Ball earlier this month ahead of Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller (Germany) and Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and is now in the frame to bag yet another prestigious individual award. The 10-man shortlist for the prize is dominated by Bayern Munich players, with Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer accompanying the aforementioned Muller and Robben. Real Madrid have two representatives on the list in Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Angel Di Maria, while Colombia star James Rodriguez is the only candidate from Ligue 1. Luis Suarez and Diego Costa, who both switched clubs this summer, complete the shortlist. Sergio Ramos, Thibaut Courtois, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Yaya Toure all narrowly missed out and occupy places 11 to 15. A jury of journalists from each o ...
Real, Barcelona top Forbes rich list Spain may have been embarrassingly dethroned as World Cup holders, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are still champions at making money after they were named as the world's two richest sports franchises. For the second successive year, Forbes business magazine tagged European champions Real Madrid, where Cristiano Ronaldo plays, as the No 1 sports team with a value of $3.44 billion. Barcelona, the home of Lionel Messi, Neymar and now the notorious Luis Suarez, are second in the chart with a current value of $3.2 billion, while English giants Manchester United are ranked at three at $2.81 billion despite their miserable season. The only other Football Club in the top 10 are German champions Bayern Munich whose current value of $1.85 billion is good enough for seventh spot. The rest of the top 10 is from Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The New York Yankees are No 4, valued at $2.5 billion with the Dallas Cowboys, worth $2.3 billion, holding the fifth ...
Latest transfers: 2014/2015 Robert Lewandowski had been common knowledge for some time, but his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, for whom he had starred since 2010, to German rivals Bayern Munich was officially completed at the beginning of July. David Luiz, is also on the move, joining up with his Brazilian compatriot Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain. David Villa committed himself to newly-established New York City FC, set for an MLS debut in March 2015, and will keep in shape by turning out for Australian side Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart) in the meantime Diego Costa, who will try to put his World Cup woes behind him at Chelsea, where he will rub shoulders with international team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who returns to London three years after leaving Arsenal for Barcelona. Luis Suarez from Liverpool, as it provides fans with the enticing prospect of a Barça frontline made up of the Uruguayan striker, Lionel Messi and Neymar Alexis Sanchez, persuaded to leave Barcelona by Arsenal. Ander Herre ...
Joachim Low says Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze, 22, proved he is better than Lionel Messi after coming off the bench to score Germany's extra-time winner against Argentina. ESPN
Gotze told to outshine Messi Germany coach Joachim Low hailed Mario Gotze as the "miracle boy" after his extra-time strike sealed victory over Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final. Low also revealed he told Gotze to show the world he was better than Lionel Messi minutes before the substitute came on to score the game's only goal. It gave Germany their fourth success in the tournament and first for 24 years. Gotze, 22, said: "It is an unbelievable feeling. You score that goal and you don't really know what's happening." Gotze, who began the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Germany's starting line-up, came on as an 88th-minute substitute for Miroslav Klose in Sunday's final. With seven minutes of extra time remaining, the Bayern Munich midfielder volleyed home with his left foot after controlling Andre Schurrle's left-wing cross on his chest. "He is the wonder who can play in numerous positions, he is the decider who can come on and make a difference," said Low. "That is what he did." Gotze, who joined Bayern in a ...
Sport gist •Manchester City are set to complete their summer spending with a £32million deal for Porto and France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in the next few days. •France international Remy Cabella has arrived on Tyneside as Newcastle attempt to push home their long-standing interest in the player. •Stewart Downing believes the imminent £12million signing of Enner Valencia at West Ham will help take the pressure off Andy Carroll. •Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has personally visited Alberto Moreno's representatives in Spain to thrash out an £18m deal. •Arjen Robben will not be joining Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United after assuring Bayern Munich fans his future lies with the German side. •Juventus will offer £25m for Tottenham star Paulinho if Arturo Vidal makes his Manchester United switch. •Colombia star James Rodriguez has ended any lingering hopes of a move to Manchester United or Liverpool. •Louis Van Gaal will officially take over as Manchester United on Wednesday insis ...
==ARGENTINA vs. SWITZERLAND== Argentina has seemed like a one-man team at this tournament, with Lionel Messi almost single-handedly helping his teammates into the second round. Now that striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out with a thigh strain, coach Alejandro Sabella is expected to turn to Ezequiel Lavezzi to sharpen the attack and hopefully ease some of the pressure on Messi. "Everybody said we would score loads of goals in the group stage and it's clear that didn't happen," midfielder Maxi Rodriguez said. Switzerland knows what to expect, and that it will have to produce its best defensive performance of the tournament. "I think any defense will face problems when facing Messi, and problems are there to be solved," the team's German coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Monday. "How to stop Messi? We will show you tomorrow how we do it." Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri, who has earned the nickname "the Alpine Messi", will be driving the Swiss forward. A win would equal Switzerland's biggest football achieve ...
Fastest Players At 2014 Fifa World Cup In Brazil! See the rating of fastest ever professional football players. Seven out of eight men are present at the Munduial: 1. Arjen Robben (Netherlands; Bayern Munich) – 37km/h 2. Theo Walcott (England; Arsenal) – 35.7km/h 3. Antonio Valencia (Ecuador; Manchester United) – 35.2km/h 4. Aaron Lennon (England; Tottenham Hotspurs) – 33.8km/h 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal; Real Madrid) – 33.6km/h 6. Lionel Messi (Argentina; Barcelona FC) – 32.5km/h 7. Wayne Rooney (England; Manchester United) – 32.1km/h Welsh footballer and Real Madrid star player Gareth Bale is not at the World Cup. However, the Welshman is also one of the fastest football sprinters in the world with the result of 34.7km/h, which puts him on 4th position in the world. In your opinion, why do you think African players are absent in the rating?
# Top quotes about . What's your opinion??? please comment. # Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) - “Messi is the Best Player in the world, no doubts. But we hope that in the games against us, he won’t be the Best Player.” # Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - “It feels good to be in the same generation as him. I believe he’s the Best Player in the history of the sport.” # Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) – “I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi because he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be.” # Terry McDermot (Ex Liverpool) - “Messi is the best ever. I played in a great LFC team of the late 70s and early 80s which ruled Europe but imust say i think this Barcelona team would batter us.” # Donovan (USA) - “Lionel Messi, you know what right now? Just call him the best.” # Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) -”I think Messi is the best forward in the world. It is very difficult to play against him. But he is not only a forward, he is moving everywhere. He is a very good pl ...
Cristiano Ronaldo On Winning The Ballon D'Or The Portuguese star scooped up the 2013 award for the world's greatest footballer and admitted it was a more emotional experience than his previous win in 2008 Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is the worthy winner of the Fifa Ballon d'Or after being crowned as the world's Best Player for 2013 in Zurich on Monday. The Real Madrid star edged out Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to collect the award for the second time, five years after his first win when playing for Manchester United. And he was quick to state that the best man won when speaking to the press afterwards. "If people gave the award to me, it is probably true that I deserve it. Messi or Ribery deserved the Ballon d'Or too, but I won it. I feel really happy to win the Ballon d'Or and I share this award with Real Madrid," he said. The 28-year-old went on to explain why he burst into tears upon receiving the award at the Kongresshaus in front of a star-studded audience. "I saw ...
Amazing stats of CR7 goals in UCL. Don't miss this post. * No Else One Has Stopped Him: Ronaldo scored in all but one of 10 Champions League matches, setting a European Cup record with 16 goals. He reminded fans when he passed the old mark of 14, jointly held by Lionel Messi and Jose Altafini, in the semifinal against Bayern Munich, by counting them out on his fingers. He has scored in all but one of Real’s 10 Champions League matches. * On The Ground: Ronaldo scored on a free kick from 20 yards in the semifinals when a wall of Bayern players jumped, anticipating that he would loft the ball over them. He calmly rolled the ball under the airborne defenders and past a hapless goalkeeper. * In The Air: The 6-foot-1 Portuguese netted three of his Champions League goals this season with his forehead. Biomechanical tests at England’s University of Chichester in 2011 Found that he has a vertical leap of 78 centimeters (31 inches) from a standing start. That’s seven centimeters higher than the average NBA p ...
Arsenal and Manchester City are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez, Lionel Messi want his Argentine compatriot Sergio Aguero at the Nou Camp, and Liverpool could move for Barca's Cristian Tello.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record jointly held by Lionel Messi for the most goals in a Champions League season as Real Madrid thrashed Bayern Munich to book their place in the final. Bayern blown ...
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has backed France forward Franck Ribery to inspire a comeback from the five-time European champions, who are aiming to become the first side to retain the Champions League. Ribery, who was named as the world's third Best Player behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in January, was criticised for his performance in Spain last week. But he shone against Bremen and Guardiola is expecting him to play another starring role on Tuesday. "Franck played like he was possessed at the weekend," said Guardiola. "He fights and fights and for this reason the people love him here at the Allianz Arena. "He is one of the Best Players in the history of Bayern Munich and we need his help." The winner of Bayern and Real will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid, who meet again on Wednesday, in the final on 24 May in Portugal's capital city Lisbon.
Bayern Munich's sporting director Matthias Sammer has lauded Arjen Robben ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final encounter with Real Madrid and insisted that the Dutch is on equal levels with Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and CristianRead More
Best Player's of the respective clubs: Fc Barcelona - Though having poor season, Lionel Messi. Real Madrid - The player that comes to my mind is Di Maria. Atletico Madrid - All the team is playing well but especially Diego Costa. Athletic Bilbao - Played good football the best one is Aduriz. Manchester United - Nobody is playing well but credits goes to De Gea for his brilliant goalkeeping . Liverpool - Same like Atl. Madrid but the player behind their glory is Luis Suarez. Arsenal - Played good football in the first half the player is Per Mertesacker for his good defending. Chelsea - Eden Hazard, Im not a Chelsea fan but this guy is wonderful. Manchester City - We all know its , Yaya Toure Tottenham - Certainly Cristian Eriksen Everton - They played real good football the Best Player in my mind is Mirallas. Juventus - Class football the Best Player Gigi Buffon. AC Milan - After leaving madrid KAKA reestablished himself in Milan. As Roma - The man behing succes is Gerviniho. Bayern Munich - Hard to tell . ...
BARCELONA, Spain -- The day before Tuesday's match, Dani Alves joked that Luis Figo kept selecting the "hot" capsule from the hat when the draw was made, because having paired Barcelona with Bayern Munich last season, here was another of what Alves reckoned was an "ugly" tie. In the press room of Barcelona's Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, I can testify that there were instant moans and groans when the draw was made -- "not Atletico," "not them ... AGAIN!" was the timbre of the media reaction. Right now, in the glowing embers of an utterly volcanic 90 minutes, anyone who loves football would vote for more than the two remaining matches this season between Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra & Co. and the Rojiblancos of Gabi, Thibaut Courtois, Diego and Diego Godin. For my taste this was the best match between two Spanish sides this season. Intense, clever, committed, speckled with genius, streetwise and played to a backdrop of cacophonous noise. Mixing with the players backstage, it was evident that ...
The Champions League quarter-finals start up tomorrow with two mouth-watering contests. Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the first match. Barcelona will look too take early advantage of a home comest against the surprise La Liga leaders. Second in league scoring and hot commodity Diego Costa has announced himself too the world with 25 goals this season to go along with his 20 goals from last season. Costa though was injured in training and his status for the game is up in the air. 21-year-old Thibaut Courtois is considered one of the best up-and-coming goaltenders in the world and will have a tough task against the star powered attack of Barcelona. Defending Champions and European juggernaut Bayern Munich will take on the domestic struggling Manchester United. Bayern Munich has already won the Bundesliga title and rested their main stars over the weekend, but lost a key player to injury last weekend in Thiago Alcantara. Manchester United come into the match ...
BAYERN MUNICH PATH TO THE QUARTERS Last opponents: Arsenal Next opponents: Man Utd There has seldom been a more dominant football team in recent years than this current Bayern Munich outfit. Pep Guardiola has seemingly built upon perfection since replacing the all-conquering Jupp Heynckes last summer, leaving many suggesting a back-to-back Champions League triumph is something of an inevitability. They remain a united machine of a team, with no stand-out stars taking the attention away from what is a model outfit. If anything, they have become only more impressive as a squad, with Guardiola regularly rotating his panel and Bavarians' fortunes improving as a result. They are now 50 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga and on course for another magnificent treble. Bayern were the one team nobody wanted in Friday's draw and their pairing with an under-achieving Manchester United side means that their status as favourites has only strengthened. Real Madrid PATH TO THE QUARTERS Last opponents: Schalke Next opponen ...
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Mar 17, 2014 12:22:00 PM The Portugal international and the Premier League star both enjoyed a fruitful weekend, while Lionel Messi got his name in the mix with a history making hat-trick Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Luis Suarez continue to lead the way in the race for the European Golden Shoe, but Lionel Messi 's fine form for Barcelona in recent weeks has seen last year's winner storm into the top 10. Ronaldo netted once at the weekend to help Madrid to a vital 1-0 win over Malaga, while Suarez also took his tally to 25 following his goal in Liverpool's victory against Manchester United. Meanwhile, third-placed Diego Costa got the winner in Atletico Madrid's win over Espanyol to keep up his fine goalscoring run as well. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Red Bull Salzburg hitman Jonatan Soriano both netted a double, but the winner of the week was Messi following his hat-trick in Barca's 7-0 win over Osasuna. Finally, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona forward Alexis ...
Good morning footballers. Your weekend round up is as follows: Manchester United manager David Moyes conceded that he was finding his job harder than he thought it would initially be after losing 3-0 to Liverpool at Old Trafford. Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat at Aston Villa as title rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City all won to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Real Madrid stayed three points clear at the head of La Liga with victory over Malaga and Lionel Messi broke yet another record by becoming the record goalscorer for third-placed Barcelona in an emphatic 7-0 win against Osasuna ahead of the El Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend. Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 50 games. Italian leaders Juventus went 17 points clear in Serie A by winning 1-0 at Genoa with a 89th minute free kick from Andrea Pirlo. This is the final week to register your team into the 5 a side league divisions. Please contact your site manager Matthew on ...
WHAT I LEARNED WEEKEND.. *Olympiakos were crowned Greek champions for the 16th time in 18 seasons..while Bayern Munich opened up a 23-point lead at the Bundesliga summit. *Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna..while Cristiano Ronaldo's solitary strike was enough to see off Malaga. *Liverpool ended their run of six games without a win at Old Trafford with a rampant 3-0 thrashing of Man United..thou 2 of the 3 goals were penalties..there was also a red card for Nemanja Vidic. *Arsenal ended there poor recordhat lane with a hard fought 1-0 win..Tomas Rosicky with a stunning strike in just 2 minutes from the start..the Czech rep.captain was also among the scorers the last time the sides metEmirates. *Aston Villa handed Chelsea their first defeat of 2014 with a late Fabian Delph strike..the match saw 3 red cards all against the visitors,Willian,Ramires and Jose Mourinho. *Man City put aside their Champions League and FA CUP elimination with a 2-0 win away to Hull city..this match also saw . ...
Champions League Barca, Bayern cast huge shadow over English opponents Arsenal and Manchester City face monumental tasks when they visit European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Barcelona looking to overturn 2-0 deficits in the second legs of their Champions League last-16 ties. Arsenal must overcome Pep Guardiola and his red-hot Bayern side at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday after goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller condemned them to defeat in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last month. City, meanwhile, travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday with their own mountain to climb after goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves gave Barcelona a commanding advantage midway through the tie. In the week's other last-16 ties, Atletico Madrid face AC Milan at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 lead on Tuesday before Paris St Germain host Bayer Leverkusen at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday with a 4-0 advantage after the first leg. Arsenal, third in the Premier League, have the unenviable task of trying to become only ...
David Moyes and Manchester United remain bullish for Olympiakos tie • Manager believes United can win Champions LeagueWayne Rooney says strikeforce is working hard in training From David Moyes and his Manchester United players the message is clear: no one is giving up on the Champions League. Wayne Rooney, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic all echo the manager's bullishness that a fourth European Cup is not beyond United despite the side standing sixth in the Premier League, 11 points from qualifying for next season's contest. To tout themselves as able to win a tournament that includes the holders, Bayern Munich, who are more formidable this year, and the gilded Barcelona team of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Neymar, sounds fantastical. Yet this is a cup competition and Moyes spoke at the weekend of "doing a Liverpool", who triumphed nine years ago as underdogs, while Chelsea in 2012 also somehow pulled off the trick of lifting the trophy when deeply unfancied. United's quest continues in the last 16 at ...
Champions League last 16 news: Manchester City trail 2-0 going into their second leg match against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, thanks to goals by Lionel Messi (penalty) and Dani Alves. Bayer Leverkusen face a seemingly impossible task in their second leg match against Paris Saint Germain as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home. Goals from Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double completed the rout. Arsenal face a tough task at the Allianz Arena after a 2-0 first leg home defeat to Bayern Munich (Kroos 54', Muller 88'), Wojciech Szczesny was sent off early on in the first half, but David Alaba failed to convert his penalty. And .. AC Milan slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa with the goal.
My thoughts! The excuses came thick and fast from Manuel Pellegrini and yet there are 100 reasons or more why Barcelona tore Manchester City apart. Five Barcelona players - on City’s own ground, for goodness sake - had more than 100 touches on the ball. They were: Xavi (144), Cesc Fabregas (123), Andres Iniesta (110), Sergio Busquets (108) and Lionel Messi (103). Compare that, like for like with the £200m super team that is Manchester City and it is embarrassing. Yaya Toure (72), David Silva (62), Fernandinho (40), Alvaro Negredo (32) and Jesus Navas (28). When will we ever learn? Not now. Maybe never. Until English football learns that Barcelona and Bayern Munich have turned passing into an art form, their teams will find it tough to succeed in the Champions League. Yes, it is possible to nick the occasional result and stiff a team of Barcelona’s class on the break from time to time. But it's not possible every time to pull the plan off perfectly. At this time three weeks ago, it was easy to get car ...
::: SOCCER NEWS::: Gerardo Martino insists Barcelona will not relax after their 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory at Manchester City on Tuesday. Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot shortly after half-time of the first leg of the last-16 tie after Martin Demichelis was sent off for bringing him down just inside the penalty area. Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc praised his side's mentality after their 4-0 UEFA Champions League demolition of Bayer Leverkusen. Blanc's team eased to an emphatic win in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Germany on Tuesday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a double after Blaise Matuidi's early opener, before Yohan Cabaye capped off a fine performance with his first goal since joining from Newcastle United last month. Pep Guardiola believes that it would be "impossible" to face Bayern Munich's clash against Arsenal without Philipp Lahm in his squad. The UEFA Champions League holders visit the Emirates Stadium for a first-leg last-16 fixture on Wednesday, hoping t ...
UCL: Barcelona down Man City, PSG hammer Leverkusen Two goals courtesy of Lionel Messi and Dani Alves were all Bracelona needed to emerge victorious at the Etihad stadium against a Manchester City team that was reduced to ten men. In Germany, two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a goal each from Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye ensured Paris Saint German humbles Bayer Levrkusen at the Bay Arena. It was a brave effort from ten-man Manchester City but in the end, the numerical difference told and Barcelona took full advantage. A Lionel Messi penalty after the No10 had been brought down by Martín Demichelis and a sublime team goal finished by Daniel Alves has given City a lot to do in the second leg. For PSG, it was a perfect away performance as they overcame Leverkusen by four goals to nil. Blaise Matuidi started things early on and after two Zlatan Ibrahimović strikes; Yohan Cabaye’s first goal for the club put the game to bed. On Wednesday, Arsenal will host holders, Bayern Munich while Athletico Mad ...
Pellegrini's folly A red card, a tie transformed and for Manchester City, that wretched feeling of what might have been. On a night to make history for Manuel Pellegrini's side, there was instead a painful sense of deja-vu. Three years ago, outside the Etihad changing rooms after City's last European knockout tie at this ground, Nigel de Jong puffed his cheeks out, looked down at the floor and told us what we already knew. Mario Balotelli's sending off against Dynamo Kiev, the red card that changed the game, had cost his side and sent City crashing out of Europe. And so it goes again. This time Martin Demichelis, the Argentine whose selection drew furrowed brows before kick off and shakes of the head come full-time. The 33-year-old, whose 53rd minute hack on compatriot Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the penalty they needed to open to scoring, had cost his side. Sympathy may be in short supply for Demichelis but his wasn't a moment of madness or petty frustration. The challenge, trying to stop the unstoppable ...
Lionel Messi made history last night buy scoring the FIRST goal in EPL ground. He didn't do it at Emirates, Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge but he did it at the Etihad during their 2-1 win against Manchester City. Arsenal take on Bayern Munich tonight. Haters don't be too fast to think that Arsenal will lose!
City headed into the first leg of their last-16 encounter full of optimism, but now have a mountain to climb in Catalunya if they are to prolong their European adventure. The Premier League title hopefuls matched Barca for long periods at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, creating the better opportunities despite seeing the visitors dominate possession. The tie was taken away from them, though, early in the second half as Lionel Messi sprung clear and was tripped by the backtracking Martin Demichelis. Eriksson pointed to the spot and Messi duly converted, but Pellegrini believes Jesus Navas was felled in the build-up to the move which led to the awarding of a penalty and that Demichelis' challenge - which led to him being shown a straight red card - initially took place outside the box. "Of course I have a complaint, not only for the penalty and the red card. I think in the whole match we didn't have a referee with impartiality to both teams." Manuel Pellegrini The City boss, who saw Dani Alves add a second ...
A furious Manuel Pellegrini accused the referee, Jonas Eriksson, of deciding Barcelona's 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League by rectifying mistakes made when officiating a previous tie involving the Catalan club. The match Pellegrini referred to was a quarter-final two years ago at San Siro between Barcelona and Milan that ended goalless, with the former coach, Pep Guardiola, complaining about two penalties Eriksson failed to award his side. After Barça won Tuesday's last-16 opening leg at the Etihad, Pellegrini claimed that Martín Demichelis's second-half challenge on Lionel Messi was not a penalty and the central defender should not have been sent off. After Messi scored from the spot after 54 minutes a valiant 10-Man City held out until Daniel Alves secured a late second for Barcelona that makes them firm favourites to progress to the quarter-finals when the return leg is played on 12 March. Eriksson awarded the penalty when Demichelis tried to tackle Messi in a challenge that may ha ...
SUN ON SUNDAY Wayne Rooney has pledged the rest of his top-class career to Manchester United after signing a £70m four-and-a-half year deal. David Beckham wants Cristiano Ronaldo as his first glamour signing for his new soccer team when they kick off in Miami. Manchester City are set to sell Micah Richards in the summer for £8m. SUNDAY MIRROR Alan Pardew is on the brink of losing backing of his Newcastle players, while rumours are growing that Mike Ashley is preparing to sell the club, having failed to watch a match at St James' Park for almost six months. New Fulham manager Felix Magath is paranoid and a control freak, says Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness. Franco Baldini's Tottenham future in doubt after top-level behind-the-scenes clashes. Jose Mourinho expects Chelsea transfers for Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani before the World Cup. Pablo Zabaleta desperate for friend Lionel Messi to join him at City and claims Barcelona star has asked about Manchester life. Manchester United transfer boost as Borussi ...
Cristiano Ronaldo Is Not The Best; I Am’ Says France’s Franck Ribery Cristiano Ronaldo, despite scoring a staggering total of 69 goals in only 59 games in 2013, did not deserve the Ballon D’or award as the year’s Best Player. At least, that’s what one of his competitors, Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery now says. Cristiano Ronaldo won the coveted trophy for the first time last Monday, at an awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, home base of the world football (aka soccer) governing body, FIFA. The final three nominees were Ronaldo, Ribery and Barcelona’s brilliant Lionel Messi, who had a grip on the trophy for the previous four years. Messi hasn’t said anything, but Ribery has not exactly extended his congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar who leads Spain’s Real Madrid side. In fact, he feels that Europe’s Best Player last year was not Cristiano Ronaldo. It was Franck Ribery. “I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing,” Ribery ...
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Is the Premier League slipping? Is the Premier League slipping? Just as Arsenal were arriving at Villa Park on Monday night, at the Ballon d'Or ceremony, Ruud Gullit and Fernanda Lima welcomed the final three members of the FIFA FIFPro World XI - Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo - onto the stage in Zurich's Kongresshaus. Their arrival confirmed what we had known all along: Though some 14 Premier League players had made the 55-strong list of nominees, for the third time in four years, not one of them would be elected to the final XI. Looking at the players selected ahead of them, it is hard to argue. The 50,000-plus professional players who voted had constructed quite a side. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich; Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Daniel Alves and Messi of Barcelona; two players from Real Madrid - Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo - and two from Paris Saint-Germain in the form of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic. True, the midfield looked a little imbalanced. Perhaps ...
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid, Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona and Franck Ribery of France and Bayern Munich.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner... The Portuguese beat Four times winner, Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich midfielder, Franck Ribery to the award. any objection(s)??? Give us your reaction(s)...
HAVE YOUR SAY: Franck Ribery helped Bayern Munich to win 5 cups, Lionel Messi led Barcelona to La Liga title while Ronaldo didnt win anything with Real Madrid all last season! Who do you think deserve to win FIFA Ballon D’Or tonight?
Cristiano Ronaldo was the world’s most in-form player by the end of 2013, while Franck Ribery was the poster boy of the globe’s greatest team over the calendar year. But above and beyond those achievements, Barcelona icon Lionel Messi proved once more that he remains the best there is and that he deserves a fifth straight Ballon d’Or title. It was by no means a vintage year for the Argentine, with his attempts to back up a phenomenal record of 91 goals in 2012 being frustrated by constant injury problems from April onwards. But one should not immediately overlook the magnificent achievements he was still able to rack up in a truncated 12 months. While Ronaldo spent most of 2013 flattering in the bigger games of Real Madrid and Portugal before his big moment in Stockholm in November, Ribery was part of a magnificent Bayern Munich side which would more than likely have swept all before them even had the Frenchman not been available to weave his own brand of magic. Messi, though, still shone enough to ...
-Robert Lewandowski will sign a 5-year deal with Bayern Munich,after undergoing a successful medical at the club. -Lehlohonolo Majoro is a Supersport United player,he was at KC Village to keep fit. -Orlando Pirates to resume training on tuesday,ahead of their League clash against Supersport United on the 18th of January. -Lionel Messi has fully recovered but is not in the squad to face Elche,at 15:00 today.
With this piece I say happy birthday to the legendary sir Alex Chapman Ferguson...From Sir Alex Ferguson to Bayern Munich, Top Ten Moments of 2013  What many may have considered an unlucky year, turned out to be one of the most memorable for world football. For one reason or another, everyone had an achievement to celebrate, whether it was a title, lives dedicated to playing and coaching, or simply the chance to play the best of the best no matter what the odds. So here’s Inside Futbol’s look back at the year 2013 and the top 10 footballing moments it threw up. 1) Lionel Messi’s Fourth Ballon d’Or (7th January) Breaking records has never been a problem for Lionel Messi and the Argentine began world football's 2013 by becoming the first-ever player to win four Ballon d'Or awards, picking up his accolade for 2012. He was never going to rest, though, and led Barcelona to yet another La Liga title. Only a hamstring injury this season has prevented him from adding more goals to his staggering tal ...
Lionel Messi ranked number 1 in World Top 100 Footballers 2013 chart Angela Asante, December 24 2013, Experts have voted. The world’s best footballer of the year is Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, according to English media The Guardian. “Even in an off year, [La Liga champion] Messi is still undeniably on,” wrote The Guardian senior sports writer and columnist, Barney Ronay. La Pulga edges Ronaldo who comes second, despite performing at his personal best. Fc Barcelona dominate the top 10 with four players while Ribery is the only Bayern Munich player in there. Luis Suarez and Kun Aguero are also the only current Premier League stars to feature among the world’s 10 Best Players as per The Guardian’s released chart. Top 10 list 1- Lionel Messi (Barcelona; Argentina) 2- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid; Portugal) 3- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG; Sweden) 4- Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich; France) 5- Andres Iniesta (Barcelona; Spain) 6- Neymar (Barcelona; Brazil) 7- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid; Wales ...
Thiago Alcantara claims Franck Ribery should win the 2013 Ballon d'Or over Lionel Messi after Bayern Munich's quadruple wi…
Manuel Pellegrini paid the price for getting his maths wrong in Munich, seeing his side finish second in a tricky group after failing to grab a fourth goal against the European champions Bayern. The German giants qualified as group winners and as a result of Monday's round of 16 draw, City were dealt perhaps the toughest of opponents: Lionel Messi's Barcelona. In the meantime, Arsenal equally finished second and got the Defending Champions for their troubles. Arsenal versus Bayern Munich is perhaps having the best team in England (judging by the table) against the best team in the world. This will be a passing festival with Pep Guardiola against Arsene Wenger, two coaches who like to play the same way. QUESTION Looking at (Arsenal versus Bayern Munich and Man City versus Barcelona) which pairing will you consider tougher?
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he would never take Lionel Messi away from Barcelona as the Catalan club...
IN THE NEWS THIS MORNING..! -Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini reportedly wants to sign Chelsea defender John Terry in the January transfer window. -Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has rallied around under-fire Joe Hart by claiming that he is one of the finest stoppers in world football. -The Achilles problem that forced Michael Carrick to withdraw from the England squad may keep the Manchester United midfielder out until the New Year. -Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed that he will be working "full time" to regain fitness after he was ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury. -Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is reportedly a doubt for Germany's clash against England on Tuesday. -Barcelona defender Dani Alves has revealed that he and teammate Neymar sometimes disguise themselves to avoid being spotted in and around the city. -Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has put the 'favourites' tag on Portugal ahead of their World Cup qualifying playoff due to Cristiano Ronaldo. -Bayern Munich winge ...
Lionel Messi might want to leave in January or end of season! Real Madrid bayern Munich and chelsea want him wow he would make them teams next level
Outspoken agent Francois Gallardo has revealed Real Madrid made an attempt to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi last summer. Speaking on Punto Pelota, Gallardo, who has connections with Karim Benzema's management team, says Real and kit sponsors adidas came together to bid for Messi in the offseason. The approach was turned down by Barca, but Real will try again for Messi at the end of this season. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are also interested and like Real, will attempt to prise the Argentine away from the Nou Camp next summer. Gallardo, who was involved in the negotiations, is adamant that "Messi is seriously thinking about leaving Barca in the near future".
How Messi almost ended up at Chelsea London - Lionel Messi could have signed for Chelsea earlier in the year after adidas offered to pay half of his £210 million (R3.28bn) buy-out clause, according to Barcelona sports paper Mundo Deportivo. Messi, who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old after the club paid for expensive hormone therapy treatment without which he would never have made the grade as a professional, has always had a strong emotional bond with the club. But, reports Mundo Deportivo, adidas saw the opportunity to prise him away from Barcelona - and effectively from Nike who sponsor Barça - and move him to one of their three main European clubs: Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Messi’s representatives were made aware of adidas’ proposal and they informed the club, who were also told Messi had no intention of leaving. Even if adidas had stumped up the £105m suggested, Chelsea would still have had to find the other £105m and coach Jose Mourinho would have had to convince a player with ...
Top Football Updates: *Lionel Messi Overtaken By Liverpool Starlet In La Liga Assists. *Lionel Messi could have left Barcelona in the summer transfer window, or so reports claim, as adidas hatched a plan to lure the Argentina international to either Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. *Robin van Persie Misses Penalty Against Real Sociedad. VIDEO-Should linked with AC Milan's El Shaarawy. *Porto have confirmed that no approach has been made from any club regarding the availability of Nicolas Otamendi and Jackson Martinez, according to Sky Sports. *Real Madrid almost clinched the signature of Paul Pogba while the Juventus midfielder was still a Manchester United player, reports in the Spanish press have claimed. *Mathieu Flamini could be set for a return against Manchester United this weekend, reports The Daily Star. For more details on these stories and so much more, please visit:
Lionel Messi rejected the chance to join Chelsea, Real Madrid & Bayern Munich this summer. (Source: Mundo Deportivo) h…
Transfer news: Lionel Messi could have joined Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real ... - The Independen...
Bayern made €250m Messi bid Bayern Munich attempted to lure Lionel Messi away from Barcelona during the summer transfer window as they tabled a €250 million offer for the attacker, with kit sponsor Adidas coughing up €125m. Source: Punto Pelot Bayern tried to sign Messi Adidas offered to his sponsored clubs 125 M€, the half of the transfer, to sign Lionel Messi last summer. Bayern Munchen was one of those clubs and wanted to try it Source: Punto Pelot Wolfsburg interested in Spartak's Movsisyan VfL Wolfsburg is interested in buying Spartak Moscow's Yura Movsisyan as the attack currently is not strong enough. His current market value is about EUR eight million. Borussia Dortmund interested in Mitroglu Borussia Dortmund is interested in Konstantinos Mitroglu from Olympiakos Piräus. The 25-year-old striker should substitute the leaving Robert Lewandowski. His contracted runs out in 2016. Spanish FA asks FIFA for Spanish nationality for Diego Costa If Diego Costa wants to play for Spain, he should pu ...
"Bayern Munich wanted to have Lionel Messi this transfer window"
Can this Arsenal team right a wrong? By Neil Ashton London – The great Champions League winners are easy to remember. No-one tires of talking about them and they left you wanting more.It felt as though Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini were re-inventing the game when their breathtaking Milan team were tearing Barcelona apart in 1994 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. More than a decade later it was Barca who took the game to another level when Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi lifted the European Cup on three occasions. They are footballing gods. In May, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were added to the list of great names when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Which brings us to Arsenal, where praise is being lavished on Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil like never before. They can do no wrong. Arsene Wenger’s side are a joy to watch, setting the pace in the Barclays Premier League and opening their Champions League group wit ...
Chelsea made sensational £210 million move to land superstar There has been some reports which have claimed Chelsea made a sensational £210 million bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi. It is unclear whether Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich would really have been willing to shell out such an amount to add Messi, even given Chelsea’s problems up front so far this season. However, Bayern Munich, where Messi’s former manager at Barca Pep Guardiola is now in charge, have a long-standing relationship with Adidas and the German’s have also been mentioned as the club that may have made the bid. The sportswear giants were thought to be willing to pay half of the fee involved to have Messi wearing an Adidas shirt at club level as well as at international level with Argentina. Messi reportedly rejected all three offers out of hand as he is happy with life in Barcelona. (Daily Express)
Spain - 4:53 PM 'Facing Barcelona is like racing Bolt' Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez believes Neymar will make up for the absence of Lionel Messi on Saturday when the sides meet at Camp Nou Italy - 4:29 PM Kovacic wary of Roma quality The midfield starlet identifies Francesco Totti, Miralem Pjanic and Daniele De Rossi as the Giallorossi dangermen, while Jonathan claims he is relieved not to be facing Maicon England - 4:12 PM Dawson signs new three-year Tottenham deal Despite coming close to leaving White Hart Lane in 2012, the central defender ties himself to Spurs until 2016 as he closes in on 300 career appearances for the club England - 3:46 PM Pellegrini: Hart not guaranteed to start for Manchester City against Everton The England goalkeeper's poor display against Bayern Munich prompted talk that Costel Pantilimon could be given a chance, which the Chilean did not deny Italy - 3:23 PM Rossi sets sights on Italy return The 26-year-old is eager to force his way back into Cesare Prandelli's ...
Gerd Müller: “Lionel Messi is fantastic. He only has one defect, and that is that he doesn't play for Bayern Munich!”
For the second straight year, Real Madrid and Barcelona arrived in the Champions League semi finals with illusions of an all Spanish Clásico final, only to find themselves disappointed. Real Madrid almost completed the unlikeliest of comebacks in the final minutes against Borussia Dortmund as the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was raging. Los Blancos will rue their early missed chances, coming up just short against a Dortmund side that was ultimately the betterteam for most of the two legged tie. Barcelona, on the other hand, were without a fully fit Lionel Messi and were absolutely steamrolled by Bayern Munich, who are the likely favorites to lift the big-eared trophy at Wembley on May 25th. Dortmund’s meteoric rise and Bayern’s emphatic victory are clear signs that the balance of power in Europe’s premier competition has shifted away from La Liga and towards the Bundesliga. Having led the pack ininfrastructure, attendance, and low ticket prices for quite some time, the German first division ...
Bale: "Ronaldo more complete than Messi" Tottenham forward Gareth Bale says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more ‘complete footballer’ than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The in-form Spurs attacker, who is rumoured to be a transfer target for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this summer, has scored 13 Premier League goals so far this season. Asked the question “Messi or Ronaldo?” by Life’s a Pitch, Bale revealed his admiration for Los Blancos’ star. “For me, personally, I’d say Ronaldo,” the 23-year-old Welshman responded. “He’s got the whole package. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s pacey, can head the ball, strike the ball. Obviously, you can’t say anything bad about Messi, but for the all-round complete footballer, I’d say Cristiano Ronaldo.” The comments are likely to be taken as a welcome sign by Real Madrid that the Wales international would relish the chance to link up with Ronaldo. According to reports, Los Merengues are expected to challenge Bayern for his signature at the ...
Man Utd may sell Wayne Rooney to Barca to pull of a shock transfer request of £900million + Rooney for Lionel Messi. Source : DL's uncle.-kk
Barcelona's transfer plans this summer Barcelona enjoyed a successful season in 2012-13. Tito Vilanova's team ran away with La Liga as they racked up 100 points to equal Real Madrid's record from the previous campaign and also reached the semi-finals of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Anyone unhappy with that, the Catalan coach claimed last week, has a very short memory. However, the nature of the team's defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals left a bitter taste in the mouth for Barca as the realisation hit home that this is perhaps no longer the era they had been dominating. Seven goals shipped over two legs told a torrid tale for the Catalan club and served to highlight many problems which had been lingering behind Lionel Messi's incredible goalscoring stats. The Argentine's absence in key matches revealed Barca's unsatisfactory attacking alternatives, while problems in defence were not suitably addressed last summer and that cost Tito's team against the very best si ...
Andres Iniesta is the latest Barcelona star to launch a scathing attack on Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, accusing him of harming the image of Spanish football. Mourinho left Los Blancos three years before his contract was due to expire after a trophyless season beset by infighting and controversy before returning to his former club Chelsea. Speaking in an interview in Sunday's edition of El Pais, Iniesta heavily criticised the Portuguese coach and the legacy he left at Real Madrid. "You just have to look at the facts," the 29- year-old midfielder said. "Yes he damaged Spanish football, in general more harm than good. "But I don't like talking about that person at all. So if you don't mind we'll leave it at that." Mourinho and Iniesta have previously feuded in the media earlier this season when the Spain international criticised the former's decision to continuously overlook goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Mourinho responded with a jibe at Barcelona's reliance on Lionel Messi: "[Iniesta] can think what ...
I learnt Barcelona has filled a petition at the Hague. The petitioners are Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andrés Iniesta. The Respondents wherein are Philip Lahm, UEFA and Bayern Munich. The following are their pleadings: 1. There was over-scoring. 2. The feet of the players were not verified Biometrically 3. There was duplication of goals scored on part of the scoreboard. 4. The centre referee did not see or sign some of the goals. 5. Part of the pitch did not exist. 6. At a point in time the supporters of the Petitioners stopped watching the match since they didn't want to endorse any irregularity, malpractice and violation. Please do not cross examine our star witness(Gerrard Pique) because we used the own-goal only ones in our analysis! All the evidence are on the face of the scoreboard!!!
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Arsenal’s squad was put together by Arsene Wenger for £168 million but is worth £269 million, indicating Arsenal have improved the players collectively to the tune of £101 million. Manchester United’s squad (at the cut-off date of May 31, 2013) was worth the most in England at £359 million — £67 million more than Sir Alex Ferguson spent to assemble it. The squads at Chelsea (£344 million) and Manchester City (£333 million) are worth less than their owners paid. The most valuable squads belong to Barcelona (£560 million, or a remarkable £365 million more than it cost to assemble) and Real Madrid (£425 million, worth just less than Real paid). The most valuable player in the world is Lionel Messi at an astonishing £185 million. Value of Europe's most Expensive XI David De Gea - Manchester United - £22.19 million Philipp Lahm - Bayern Munich - £17.68 million Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid - £35.19 million Gerard Pique - Barcelona - £29.07 million Jordi Alba - Barcelona - £21.59 million Eden ...
Outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes has said he expects a Bayern Munich star to break Lionel Messi's stranglehold on the player of the year award after the Champions League winners' historic treble.
2012-13 Landmark No.1 Lionel Messi scores the most goals in a calendar year ever beating the ever lasting record held by Gerd Muller after 40 years. Landmark No.2 The UEFA Champions League Final was an all German final. Landmark No.3 Manchester United win their 20th top flight title. Landmark No.4 Fc Barcelona get their biggest overall defeat in the Champions League after losing in the semis 7-0 on aggregate to Bayern Munich. Landmark No.5 Chelsea win both European Cups in consecutive seasons.
Jose Mourinho has fired back at Andres Iniesta, stating that Barcelona’s humiliation in the hands of Bayern Munich, proves that the Catalans are weaker without Lionel Messi.
Tito Vilanova defended playing Lionel Messi on Saturday after he sat out Barcelona's loss to Bayern Munich.
Tito Vilanova defended the decision to field Lionel Messi at the weekend after the Argentine was forced to sit out Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal
VIDEO: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes feels that Barcelona are a different team without Lionel Messi
Shaun Maloney has been better as the false 9 today than Lionel Messi was against Bayern Munich.
Ricardo Gardner and Kevin Davies scored against Bayern Munich, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Villa and Lionel Messi, did not.
Am eff'ing proud of Bayern Munich, I wish Lionel Messi was like this in every match then Christiano Ronaldo woulda been
Lionel Messi has been confirmed as fit to face Bayern Munich
Messi rubbishes crisis talk Barcelona star Lionel Messi has dismissed suggestions that the club are in crisis. Vorm: We must be more physical Michel Vorm has warned his Swansea team-mates that they need to adopt a more physical approach if they are not to be bullied by opponents. Gervinho: We still believe Gervinho has warned Bayern Munich that 'miracles can happen' as Arsenal prepare for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League clash. Lloris calls for Spurs focus Hugo Lloris has urged Tottenham Hotspur to stay focused in the pursuit of UEFA Champions League qualification and learn from the defeat at Liverpool. Koeman in dark over City link Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman says he knows nothing about links with a role at Manchester City. Wilshere doubtful for Munich Jack Wilshere is a doubt for Wednesday night's Champions League trip to Bayern Munich after picking up an ankle injury in Arsenal's defeat at Spurs. Lescott: Tevez is unplayable Joleon Lescott believes Manchester City team-mate Carlos Tevez i ...
Read this :) Real Madrid will face Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League last-16 clash that sends Cristiano Ronaldo back to where he made his reputation, and Jose Mourinho to the club many believe he wants to coach one day. "It is going to be thrilling for everybody,'' Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. In another blockbuster pairing in Thursday's draw, Champions League favorite Barcelona and Lionel Messi will play seven-time winner AC Milan. Arsenal will face Bayern Munich, last season's beaten finalist, and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain was paired with Valencia. Also, it was: Celtic vs. Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto vs. Malaga, and Galatasaray vs. Schalke. First-leg matches are to be played from Feb. 12-20. Return matches are from March 5-13. The storied history of nine-time European champion Madrid and three-time winner United would be enough to ensure the tie top billing, with the first leg in Spain on Feb. 13. The friendly rivalries of Mourin ...
Lionel Messi to follow Pep Guardiola to German giants Bayern Munich in the summer for a fee of £50m
Weekly transfer gossip round up: United, City, Chelsea and Messi Manchester United have one hand on the Premier League trophy and an unsuccessful season for Manchester City could see their Abu Dhabi owners open their cheque book once again, with a raid on Athletic Bibao lined up. United, on the other hand, are targeting a move for Benfica’s deadly duo - and Chelsea are plotting a summer re-vamp. There's some Bad News for the Premier League though, as Lionel Messi drops an unfortunate bombshell. Total Football’s Marcus Banks rounds up the weeks transfer rumours and gossip... Messi: 'I will never play in the Premier League' Barcelona star Lionel Messi has ruled out playing in England. “I could never see myself moving to the Premier League.” Bayern Munich are planning a move for City’s Edin Dzeko after the Bosnian failed to impress since his £27 million move from Wolfsburg. West Brom and West Ham are competing for Bolton’s veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who is available on a free transfer ...
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FRANK RIJKAARD was sacked by Saudi Arabia on the same day his successor at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, was appointed at Bayern Munich. Rijkaard is football’s forgotten man. Yet seven years ago he was hailed as the greatest coach on the planet. There are striking similarities in the Barca careers of Rijkaard and Pep, so the timing last Wednesday was symbolic. Particularly as the main difference between the two is exactly this — their sense of timing. Pep left Barcelona at just the right time, Rijkaard left a season too late. Both were managerial gambles. Rijkaard, who took over at the Nou Camp in June 2003, had just led Sparta Rotterdam to relegation. The Dutch boss put Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes and a 17-year-old Lionel Messi in the starting line-up as Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o arrived. They mesmerised the world for years BEFORE Guardiola. Rijkaard re-established the tiki-taka, won the championship in his second season and completed the Liga and Champions League double in his third. B ...
Reus: Dortmund look to Messi Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has hailed Barcelona star Lionel Messi for putting in quality performances on a regular basis. The Bundesliga champions slipped 12 points behind Bayern Munich this season, and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man says his side must emulate the Argentine's consistency.
08 January 2013 Current Affairs Indian-origin politician to be Singapore’s first woman speaker Indian-origin politician Halimah Yacob elected as the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament on 08 Janauary 2013.She take charges from 14 January 2013.Halimah, a former labour lawyer, is a member of Parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda resigned Political uncertainty deepened in Jharkhand on 08 January 2013, with Chief Minister Arjun Munda submitted his resignation to Governor Syed Ahmed. On 07 January 2013, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) announced the withdrawal of its support to the BJP-led government. Lionel Messi, the man of the four Golden Balls Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year(2012) for Barcelona and Argentina.His 91 goals topped Gerd Mueller’s mark of 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972. ’17 billion’ Earth-sized planets in Milky W ...
1. Blackburn Rovers have rubbished rumors that Judan Ali, a former footballer on whose life the movie Dhan Dhana Goal was based, will take over at Ewood Park. (Various) 2. Arsene Wenger has ruled out a bid for Demba Ba in the January transfer window, but might consider resigning Thierry Henry on loan. (Various) 3. Anzhi Makhachkala have refuted reports that they made a £250 million bid for Lionel Messi. (Various) 4. Leighton Baines is targeted by PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United. (Express) 5. Carlo Ancelotti dismisses rumors that Cristiano Ronaldo will move to PSG in the summer. (Various) 6. Manchester United have won the race to sign Hamburg wonder kid Jonathan Tah, beating Bayern Munich and Arsenal. (Metro) 7. Arsene Wenger will be targeting Man United winger Nani in January. (Telegraph) 8. David Moyes is keen to bring Man City’s Joleon Lescott back to Everton in January, either on loan or permanently. (Various) 9. Mario Balotelli is ready to leave Man City for AC Milan. (Goal) 10. Reading’s bil ...
Transfer News/Rumors: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger said he will not be signing Demba Ba, but he didn't deny anything about Thierry Henry. Wenger is said to loan Henry for the rest of the season but NY Red Bulls will probably just loan the Frenchman for 2 months. Liverpool seem interested in Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland. Everton and Southampton are also interested in the young English keeper. Birmingham are looking to get around $9,679,200 and $24,198,000. Inter Milan coach, Andrea Stramaccioni, has hinted Wesley Sneijder could start playing for Inter again. Inter wants Sneijder to take a $2,644,000 salary cut or he isn't going to play. Sneijder refuses to any cut and is looking to leave Inter. Lewis Holtby is going to leave FC Schalke in the summer on a free transfer. Holtby is the German U-21 captain and is an exciting young prospect with a lot of time to grow. Liverpool, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich seem interested in picking up the young German. Lionel Messi's contract has a release clause of $331,198 . ...
World Football News Update 1. Real Madrid defender Pepe believes Portuguese players are under a lot of pressure in La Liga. 2. Diego Milito has hailed Wesley Sneijder's legacy at Inter but accepted that the player himself must now choose his own path. 3. Lionel Messi has insisted his own goal-scoring exploits mean nothing unless Barcelona are able to win matches. 4. Arsene Wenger has stated that he will only enter the January transfer market if he can find an "exceptional" player for Arsenal, suggesting the French boss will be cautious with his budget once again. 5. Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has warned the club's players not to rest on their laurels ahead of a crucial opening few months in 2013. 6. Jose Luis Caminero has revealed the "titanic efforts" that Atletico Madrid were forced to make in order to keep Radamel Falcao at the Vicente Calderon this season. 7. Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stressed he did not intend to injure Saint Etienne goalkeeper Stephane R ...
Highest wages at Barca, Madrid Barcelona pay more money on average to each athlete every year than any sports club in the world, with Real Madrid close behind in second. A report by Sporting Intelligence has complied salary data from the 278 clubs that make up the four major European Leagues - Spain, Italy, England and Germany. That was then compared with figures in North American competitions baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey, as well as information from other major sports across the globe. The report lists Barca as top for paying the best wages and closely followed by League rivalsMadrid. Barca are listed as paying an average of €6.46m per player, ahead of Los Merengues’ €5.8m average annual payout to their playing staff. Manchester City, Chelsea, LA Lakers, New York Yankees, Milan, Bayern Munich, Philadelphia Phillies and Inter complete the top 10. Football is also listed as the sport that overall continues to pay its athletes the best wages in the world. Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez ...
Weekend ramblings: - Does anyone want to contest what I've been saying for the past few weeks about La Liga being over? Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Espanyol and Barcelona finished 2nd place Atletico Madrid. The Catalans are top and clear by 9 points. - Lionel Messi, another double, another record. Just a regular weekend for the Argentine. - Inter Milan lost 1-0 to Lazio, allowing Juventus to steer clear at the top by 6 points following their 3-0 win over Atalanta. - Drobga isn't joining Juventus. That rumor's got to stop. Though it would be bloody awesome if he did. - AC Milan will end the season well. They're just slowly climbing their way into the top 5. It'll happen. (Yes, I said top 3 last time, but I'm being fair...) - Robinho to go back to Brazil in January? Good move? Bad move? Who cares? - Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw against MochenGladbach, but still hold a 9 point lead over Leverkusen and Dortmund who both won. Open title race? I don't think so. - Liverpool lose at home to Aston Villa - a ...
Gerd Mueller has paid tribute to Lionel Messi for breaking his record of most goals in a calendar year. Mueller scored 85 times for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972 but Messi has eclipsed that with 86 goals for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012. Go go Messi.
E be like say Gerd Mueller, wey dey play for Germany and Bayern Munich before before, record of 85 goals in one calender year go remain de record for now. Barcelona talk say Lionel Messi no go play in the King’s cup against Alaves. Everybody dey yan say Messi na Argentina’s best forward of all time and na him go secure World Player of the year again for the fourth time dis coming January. De guy go gats score three goals to equal de Mueller guy wey set record in 1972. Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova on Tuesday talk say, “Messi no dey focus on him own personal record but na de team’s success wey dey matter to am most.” “If na himself him dey tink about, he suppose don tell me say him won play in de Cup.” Barcelona go play Alaves in last-32 second leg at Nou Camp on today but dem dey carry 3 goals enter the match so confido go dey. Vilanova no go play de regulars like Messi, Victor Vlades, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Gerard Pickey abi na Pique. “We go gats give regular boys some time to cool body ...
On 26th November 1972,Gerd Muller had scored 79 goals for Bayern Munich and Germany,total of 1972=85...Lionel Messi today has scored 82 alredy...
1.Eden Hazard- A young and upcoming player currently plying his trade in the French League forLille. Has been likened to Lionel Messi for his breathtaking runs and mesmerising skills in regards to ball control. Has been mooted with a move to the lavish English Premier League in the not so distant future. 2.Mesut Ozil- a German of Turkish descent captured the imagination of the football world with his influential displays for the German national team during the World Cup. This young Muslim then managed to earn himself a move to the crème de Monte of the football world in the form of Real Madrid. 3.Franck Ribery- Burst onto the scene in Euro 2008 for the French national side and has steadily grown into the role of team leader forFrance. Ribery now plays in the German league for the elite side Bayern Munich. Is a regular attendee of Muslim festivals and has performed Hajj, illustrating his religious dedication. 4.Samir Nasri- Often flouted as the “pretty-boy” of football, he has remained as humble as ev ...
Drogba & Di Matteo on WSM shortlist - RSI © Chelsea's Champions League heroes Didier Drogba and Roberto Di Matteo have been shortlisted by World Soccer magazine for their end-of-year World Soccer Awards. The Chelsea duo played an integral role as the Stamford Bridge side defied the skeptics to beat Napoli, Barcelona and Benfica on route to the final, before a rear guard action against Bayern Munich resulted in a stunning penalty shootout victory. Drogba, who now plays for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, has been shortlisted for World Player of the Year for scoring the equalising goal in the final, before dispatching the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout. The Ivorian has fierce competition for the award - Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have all been nominated as well as Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure. Di Matteo takes his place in the World Coach of the Year category after an incredible end to the season at Stamford Bridge. The Italian took over from A ...
* Francescoli: Lionel Messi is better than Maradona [AGREE?] * Abidal: The pain and suffering has been worth it to play for Barcelona again * Guardiola has not rejected AC Milan, says agent * Juventus' Angelo Alessio has match-fixing ban reduced * Borussia Dortmund's Zorc: Don't compare us to Bayern Munich
Lionel Messi holds the distinction of scoring the most goals in one season thanks to his 73 strikes for Barcelona and Argentina, usurping Bayern Munich's Gerd Muller. Messi also holds the record for most goals scored in a single European Cup/Champions League campaign.
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Manchester City were drawn into the UEFA Champions League group of death, Thursday, joining Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in intimidating Group D. In addition to the reigning Premier League champions, the bracket also includes the winners of La Liga, the Eredivisie and the Bundesliga. City are the only one of the quartet to have never won the European Cup; Madrid, Ajax and Dortmund have combined to win the continent’s most prestigious club competition a total of 14 times. The 1970 Cup Winners Cup is the only European trophy in City’s cabinet, and when all continental prizes are considered the four sides in group D have 20 pieces of silverware between them. Cristiano Ronaldo, who along with Lionel Messi finished behind Andres Iniesta in the Best Footballer in Europe voting, bagged 60 goals for Madrid last season—10 of which came in the Champions League. He’ll once again be central to his side’s European ambitions as Madrid look to go one step further from their semifinal exit of 2011-13 ...
Messi: I'll retire from football when I stop having fun Three-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi told The Times on Saturday that he will retire from football the day he feels he is no longer having fun. The 24-year-old Argentinian - who scored 73 goals in 60 games for Barcelona last season, breaking the European club record of 67 goals set by Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller in 1972-73 - hinted that for him the fun was going out of the game in general. Messi said that he was trying to be the epitome of a 'pibe' - a man boy who is fearless in running at older players with the ball at his feet and a magical dribbler shorn of all inhibitions. "A pibe! That's what I am trying to do," he said. "Football is a game. I'm trying to have fun on the pitch, always just to play. That's why I do it. The day I stop having fun is the day I retire. "I never want to lose that spark, that passion. "Today teams are playing more statically, more for the final score than producing good football. "For them its more impo ...
TOP 10 HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLERS 22nd March 2012 in: Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Football Boots, Football News, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney The past year or so has been a massive one in the world of football sponsorships. As brands from both inside and outside the world of football bankroll top stars in the run up to Euro 2012 and the London Olympics, MegaBucks clubs like Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala are doling out deals with millions in persuit of glory. It’s no surprise, then, to see some serious landscape changes in our latest list of the World’s Highest Paid Footballers! 10. Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich / Germany) £11.9m The New Germany Shirt from adidas, which will be worn by Ozil, Lahm, Schweinsteiger & Co. at the 2012 European Championships in Poland & Ukraine Captain of the new-look Germany side, Philip Lham rockets into the top ten following a successful season with Bayern Munich. As well as a deal to wear adidas football boots, Lahm’s renewed Deal wi ...
peminat atau para kaki bola tentu sukakan ini. Gomez: No need to change style Jun 11, 2012 Gomez has questioned why he should change his game, seeing as only Lionel Messi scored more Champions League goals than him last season. The Bayern Munich forward headed the winner, moments before he was due to be replaced by Miroslav Klose, in the 1-0 victory in Lviv on Saturday night. His all-round display was heavily criticised by former Germany midfielder Scholl, though. Scholl, who was working as a pundit for broadcaster ARD, said: "I have seen him run more (than against Portugal), but seldom less. If he did much, much more work, he would get even more chances and score more goals." When asked about the comments at Monday's press conference, Gomez said: "With Mehmet and me, there is a story there. "Mehmet spoke to me before at the Oktoberfest. He told me: 'I know what you think about me. Since I have been an expert (pundit), you think I am a...' "He has already said to me that I am not fulfilling my potential a ...
Looking back into the knock out stages of this season UCL. Against Napoli that edged out Manchester City, nobody gave Chelsea the chance against Marek Hamsik, Ezequel Lavessi, Edinson Cavanni & co in the second round, but Chelsea went through. When Benfica came calling in the quarter final, Chelsea dispached them both home & away to book a nervous semi final date with Almighty Uefalona. The whole world said Chelsea have met their waterloo with the Tormentor-in-chief Lionel Messi, but a spirited & coordinated Chelsea ensured Barcelona will not defend the Champions League. Now, against all odds, in an electrifying atmosphere in Allianz Arena(home ground of Bayern Munich) in the finals, Chelsea silenced their critics & lift the ever elusive Champions League trophy. Really think it's destiny. Blues for life.
Extra time first periodIt was a bright start by the Blues but then with three minutes gone, Drogba unnecessarily caught the heel of Ribery and gave away a penalty. It fell to Robben to try to beat his friend Cech but the pressure told, as it had done on Lionel Messi in the semi-final, and the Chelsea keeper was able to save low down to his left as Robben couldn't find the corner. Penalty shoot-outAt the Bayern Munich end of the stadium, Cech faced the first one from Lahm and got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out. Mata then shot too centrally and had his saved by Neuer. Gomez found the bottom corner to make it 2-0 to Bayern but David Luiz scored his powerfully and it was 2-1. The Bayern keeper took the next one, and beat Cech low to the left so it was 3-1 to the Germans. Lampard roofed his to bring the score back to 3-2 before Olic had his saved by the outstretched arm of Cech and Cole drew the scores level at 3-3 with a crisp strike. Schweinsteiger was next up and the pressure told as he hit the post. ...
Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich is no second-rate final The dream Champions League final, in pure football terms, would have been Barcelona versus Real Madrid. But the world’s two Best Players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both fluffed penalties in the semi-finals, leaving us with the thinking fan’s final, instead. Which isn’t to say that Bayern Munich against Chelsea is a dull second-best. European club football’s most coveted trophy and, in some ways, its soul and UEFA boss Michel Platini’s ambitions for the future will all be in play when the sober Bavarian and glitzy west London teams meet at the Allianz Arena in Munich. A final with the Spanish giants might have produced a better show and a bigger global television audience. But Bayern vs. Chelsea could be more significant, philosophically. Bayern touts itself as a model for the type of club Platini wants to see and is pushing for: Financially sound and adroitly managed, profitable for the past 19 years, living within its means, not behold ...
Barcelona to play Pep's farewell game in Kolkata? WATCH OUT THIS LINK :- fans in India, who are still mourning their favourite club's exit from the Champions League, have reasons to get excited. Talks are on at the highest level to hold a farewell exhibition match for Barca coach Pep Guardiola against Italian giants Inter Milan in Kolkata. Organizers are looking to host the match at theSalt Lake stadium on May 19, the same night Chelsea clash with Bayern Munich in theChampions League final in Munich. "We have already got the go-ahead from both the clubs. Several top players, including Lionel Messi, are more or less confirmed though players on national duty for Euro 2012 may not make it. If everything goes according to plan it will be a treat for football fans," Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports Management told TOI. Prashant's company, a part of UK-based firm Indian Football Evolution, was already in talks with several clubs to come to India during the pre-season when top clubs visit new frontiers ...
Congratulations to Lionel Messi for setting a new single season record (68 goals and counting) for a player playing for a European top-flight club, breaking the previous record of 67 set by former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller in 1972-73. This is a fantastic achievement and is yet another milestone in what is already a stellar career. He continues to amaze the millions of Barcelona fans who have been privileged to be able to watch Messi play for our team.
Lionel Messi returned to goal-scoring form on Sunday, grabbing a brace in Barcelona's 7-0 win against Rayo Vallecano to go level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 43 league goals this season as the duo looks set for a straight battle to claim the European Golden Shoe. The Portuguese superstar also got on the scoresheet at the weekend when he bagged the opening goal in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu. Trailing 30 points behind Ronaldo and Messi is Robin van Persie, who neared the magical 30-goal mark after he scored the equaliser in Arsenal's 1-1 draw away to Stoke on Saturday. Meanwhile in the Bundesliga, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar registered two in Schalke's 4-0 home win against Hertha Berlin to move a goal clear of domestic rival Mario Gomez, who scored just once in Bayern Munich's 2-0 triumph over Stuttgart. Wayne Rooney has the opportunity to leapfrog the pair of them when his Manchester United side take on local rivals Manchester City on Monday. In Serie A, Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued h ...
Uefa Champions League Top Goal Scorers 2012Its a great year of the Uefa Champions League . In Uefa Champions League this year there are large number of goals scored . The Strikers were looking to make their mark in the Uefa Champions League top scorers. Lionel Messi is leading goal scorer of the Uef...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better season than Lionel Messi, despite the forward's penalty miss in the Champions League semi-final shootout with Bayern Munich.
Chelsea stun Barca to reach final An heroic Chelsea survived the dismissal of captain John Terry to eliminate holders Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and clinch a place in the Champions League final after an action-packed last-four clash on Tuesday in which Lionel Messi missed a penalty. The dramatic semifinal second leg at the Nou Camp ended 2-2 and meant Chelsea, chasing a first European title, will play Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the May 19 final with the Germans holding a 2-1 lead ahead of Wednesday's Bernabeu game. A victory for Real would pit coach Jose Mourinho against former club Chelsea, who were in disarray just a few weeks ago. Tuesday's match first swung Barca's way when they opened a two-goal lead through Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta and Terry was sent off for lifting a knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez off the ball. The home side appeared in total control but Chelsea hit back unexpectedly when Frank Lampard sent Ramires clear in first-half added time and he lifted the ball brilliant ...
What a first half that was!! Barcelona had the possession, they dominated in every area but an absolute stunner from drogba put Chelsea ahead on the break. Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona. Drogba has been on the ground most part of the evening but when he got up he scored. Lionel Messi has 63 goals this season for Barcelona, so is nearing the record of 67 that Gerd Mueller scored for Bayern Munich in 1972-73. Yet Messi has not scored in six Champions League matches against Chelsea. Will Barca unleash TEAM MESSI. Keep it locked.
Bayern Munich did well on d nite applying experience & tradition to daint Real Madrid whose defence has been impervious to many teams.Bayern needs an away goal & a tight defence at d Bernabeau to go through. As for Chelsea tonight,they need to avoid panic-induced cards when Lionel Messi comes selling dummies.But then I don't see Barcelona leaving Stamford Bridge without an away goal at least.Expect d Barca flair on display tonite.Its more enticing than d mechanical attribute of Chelsea.Goals from Alexis Sanchez & Ibrahim Affelay
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