Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta

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. Andrés Iniesta Luján (born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish football player. 5.0/5

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Rio Ferdinand on Lionel Messi's pass to Andres Iniesta: "That pass was something from FIFA. You don't see passes like that…
Mario Götze on the Best Player he's played against: "Lionel Messi is not that bad, Andres Iniesta isn't either."
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Reigning World footballer of the year Lionel Messi and his teammate Andres Iniesta have cancelled their flights...
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Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta have withdrawn from Samuel Eto'o's charity game in Turkey after last night's violence.
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Just forget(MSN) Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar BUT Sergio Busquets,Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are the men behind the trigger.
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Lionel Messi, Rafinha (both knee) and Andres Iniesta (hamstring) remain unavailable for the visitors.
Just how close did Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta come to playing for Rangers?.
Wanderers midfielder Andreu learnt the Barcelona way alongside Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta
Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are the 3 nominees for the 2012 Ballon d'Or.
An injury-hit Barca team missing stars including Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, hit the woodwork three times at...
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ICYMI: Deco has revealed how Lionel Messi impressed Xavi & Andres Iniesta during his 1st training with the 1st team.
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Lionel Messi © Getty Images Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarterfinal tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup winners at bay until Juanfran fouled Spain teammate Sergio Busquets in the area six minutes from time. Messi's effort from the spot was well saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, but the ball fell kindly for the Argentina captain and he tapped it into the net to give Barca the advantage ahead of next Wednesday's return in Madrid. "It's a good result but the second leg is still to come and they are going to be 90 very intense minutes," Barca captain Andres Iniesta said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster Canal Plus. "We performed extremely well against an opponent which is very tough to overcome," added the Spain international. "Not conceding a go ...
Ronaldo beats Messi, Neuer to Ballon d’Or Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named world footballer of the year after winning the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row. The Portugal captain beat Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the award. Wolfsburg and Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler was named women’s player of the year, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez won goal of the year. The three candidates for the Ballon d’Or were all picked in the team of the year, along with defenders Phillip Lahm, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos, midfielders Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria and forward Arjen Robben. Meanwhile, Germany manager Joachim Low was named FIFA Coach of the Year at the ceremony. A huge favourite for the award, Low led Germany to the World Cup after a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final. Before that came an unforgettable demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals, when Die Mannschaft hit seven past the hosts. Low ...
Fit-again Andres Iniesta returns to the Barcelona squad for Wednesday's Copa del Rey last-32 first leg at Huesca, but Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all been excused the trip.
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Clasico boasted Europe's most expensive lineups, study reveals Real Madrid's meeting with Barcelona at the Bernabeu last month saw the most expensive collection of players on the field of any match in Europe this season, according to a CIES Football Observatory study. The clasico in October saw talent worth 690 million euros take to the field, despite the absence of the injured Gareth Bale, who was reported to have cost Madrid 100 million euros when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Additionally, Barcelona did not pay fees for Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Pedro or Sergi Roberto, who all featured in their side's 3-1 defeat, while Madrid captain Iker Casillas also emerged through his club's academy. REALMadrid, whose side featured big money signings including Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez, contributed 424 million euros to the total, with Luis Suarez and Neymar contributing the bulk of Barca's 267 million euros. Manchester City's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in September was ...
Some players are overrated: (Lionel Messi) Some players are underrated: (Andres Iniesta) But Eden Hazard is over-underrated: That boy is a magician with the ball on his feet .
Iniesta Wins 2014 Golden Foot Award Ahead Of Ronaldo Veteran Spanish and Barcelona star, Andres Iniesta has become the first Barcelona and Spain player to win the Golden Foot award. The Barcelona midfielder was named ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Manuel Neuer, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Silva Franck Ribery, Yaya Toure, Thierry Henry and Brazilian female player Marta as winner of the award on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the ceremony which was held in Monaco, France. The name of Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi was missing from the 2014 Golden Foot award, an international football award given to players who stand out for their athletic achievements both as individuals and team players and for their personality.
Franz Beckenbauer has insisted tiki-taka only works with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
Uefa Best Player shortlist revealed 14 August 2014 Updated 16:24 GMT Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer helped Bayern Munich to the 2013-14 domestic double and was named German footballer of the year for a second time Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben are joined by Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid on the final shortlist for Uefa's Best Player in Europe Award. The three were selected by journalists based on their performances in 2013-14. The winner will be chosen on 28 August. Goalkeeper Neuer helped Germany win the World Cup, while Robben scored 21 goals for Bayern and three for Netherlands on their way to the semi-final in Brazil. Portugal's Ronaldo scored a record 17 goals as Real won the Champions League. Past winners of Uefa's Best Player in Europe Award 2010-11 Lionel Messi, Barcelona 2011-12 Andres Iniesta, Barcelona 2012-13 Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich The winner will be voted for by journalists at the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco. The remaining players in the top 10 based o ...
Players I respect on and off the pitch, Ricardo Kaka, Daniel Alves, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Carl…
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Brazil 2014...!!! The fever is still On.., The Black Stars of Ghana still preparing to make the Continent of Africa Proud..! The Pride of Africa we are Solidly behind you and all the African Teams. On the other side of the coin, just to mention few of my favorites foreign players I hope to see flying collars for their respective countries in this Tournament. Uruguay.- Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez...! -lol..:) Netherlands- Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder.! Spain - Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Segio Ramos...! France -- Florent Maluoda.! Italy- Mario Balotelli.!!! Brazil -- Oscar and Dani-Alves.! Germany- Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller...! Portugal--- Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo...!( I miss Legend Luis Figo.!!!,;France 98..) Argentina. Angel Di-maria and Lionel Messi...! USA - Clint Dempsey.! Mexico.. Herrera and Dos Santos...! England- Danny Welbeck and Wayne Ronney ...! Not forgetting my proud African Players..! John Mikel Obi ..!-- Nigeria.. Samuel Eto'o...! Cameroon..! .. ...
Lionel Messi, who's the most valuable player in the world as well as the highest-paid player in the world, is nearly twice as expensive as the 2nd-most valuable player, Cristiano Ronaldo. That's because Messi is just 26 years old while Ronaldo is 29. Nearly every player in the top-13 could be described as an attacking player (23 out of 25, with Sergio Busquets and probably Paul Pogba as the lone exceptions). Eleven of the top-13 players play in the English Premier League, eight play in Spain, two play in France, two play in Germany, and two play in Italy. The youngest player (Raheem Sterling) is 19 years old. The oldest (Andres Iniesta) is 30. Here's the top 25 (club and national team in parenthesis): 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) — $272-317 million 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) — $144-167 million 3. Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay) — $134-156 million 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium) — $103-120 million 5. Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil) — $86-99 million 6. Paul Pogba (Juventu ...
'World Stars': The complete collection As the entire globe awaits the latest edition of the football festival that is the World Cup, LFCTV has been generating added excitement with its 'World Stars' series – with the complete collection now available on LFCTV GO. During the past four weeks, 18 fascinating vignettes have delved into the career story of one individual tipped to shine on the highest stage once the tournament in Brazil gets underway on June 12. Three of Liverpool's best have featured - Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez - as have superstars of the sport, including Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and many more. Each episode blends exclusive interviews with match highlights of the player in focus, plus the analysis and tributes of teammates, coaches and peers from around the world. The perfect accompaniment for the build-up to Brazil, the whole series can now be enjoyed at the leisure of LFCTV GO subscribers, with every programme available on demand. Browse through the ...
Messi eager to win World Cup 30 May 2014 10:00 Barcelona star Lionel Messi envies his FIFA World Cup-winning Spanish team-mates and is desperate to add the trophy to his collection. The Argentina captain's standing in the game has been questioned, with suggestions that he needs to win the showpiece event to be considered among the greats. Messi, who has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times, aspires to lift the World Cup, just like club team-mates Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets, among others. "I want to win the World Cup, but not just so that I can change people's opinion of me. I want to add the World Cup to the list of trophies I have won," he told ESPN. "I envy my Spanish friends, I wish I were in their place having already won the tournament." Messi, whose Argentina side face Bosnia- Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F, confessed that all he wanted was to enjoy playing the game. "The only important thing for me is to play football," he said ...
Pep Guardiola quote: It was the heaviest defeat in the Catalan's coaching career, At Barcelona, Guardiola knew the club inside out and implemented a style of play already familiar to the entire squad. The Catalans' one touch passing plan is instilled in footballers from a young age at La Masia. Pep had lived and breathed that football as a player, just like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi et al. When Guardiola took over as coach and inherited that golden generation of players, the diamond was there. It just needed to be polished. After winning the treble last season under Jupp Heynckes, Bayern's diamond was already polished, just not quite how Pep liked it. Instead of adapting to his new players, however, Guardiola wants those footballers to get used to the methods that made his Barca side so brilliant between 2008 and 2012. But there's one problem: there's no Messi. Meanwhile, Messi won all four Ballons d'Or during his time under Guardiola. He also made the difference on nights like Tuesday. I miss Li ...
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol attend memorial for Tito Vilanova as Barcelona players say farewell...
Manchester United are rumoured to be prepared to delve into the transfer market to sign none other than Lionel Messi this summer. The Argentinean magician has not had the best of seasons with his club out of the Champions League in the quarter final stage and losing the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid. They now only have the La Liga title to fight for and they are currently sitting in second four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and many are claiming that Messi’s best form is behind him. With Barcelona’s transfer ban being suspended for the summer, they will be free to buy and sell players. Andres Iniesta has called on the club to keep Messi as he believes he is integral to the club’s future success. "I have no doubts about Messi," Iniesta told El Mundo Deportivo. He continued by saying, "He could not be better anywhere else other than here and Barca will not find another player like him." Even though United don’t yet have a permanent manager, it seems as though the Glazer family who owns t ...
Andres Iniesta does not think that Lionel Messi can be replaced by anyone else despite his recent dip in form.
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Former Barcelona coach Radomir Antic believes that Blaugrana superstar Lionel Messi deliberately stayed away from the action during the 1-0 Champions League defeat against Atletico Madrid due to his frustration at being played as a winger. The Argentina international was heavily criticised after running just 6.8 kilometres as Barca crashed out of Europe and Antic has likened Messi's situation under Gerardo Martino to that of Rivaldo under Louis Van Gaal during the 1999-2000 campaign. Van Gaal insisted on playing the Brazilian on the left wing against his will - despite his preference to be deployed centrally - leading to a strained relationship between the two. "Messi did not do much running because the coach told him to play as a winger. This was Messi's way of saying 'If you want me to play on the wing, I will do just that'," Antic told Goal. It is clear that Barcelona have a major problem. How are they going to accommodate Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta in one team? "I don't think Messi will accept p ...
Rio de Janeiro – Football World Cup is just two months away and the fans enthusiasm is growing , so a new list has been compiled of 10 great footballers, who probably will be the highlight of the event. Argentina’s star Lionel Messi is holding the number one position in the list. Every opponent will have to devise special defensive tactics for him and all the focus will be on him. Messi ‘s recent good form has also given a hope to Argentina to become third time World Champion. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is at number 2 as no one can ignore Ronaldo’s great skills and goal scoring ability. On third, there is Brazilian star Neymar, who has home ground advantage. Spain’s Andres Iniesta is at fourth, who is much determined to again hold World Cup. Italy’s Andrea Pirlo is on 5th, Englishman Wayne Rooney on 6th, Netherlands Arjen Robben on 7th , French Frank Ribery on 8th, Colombia ‘s James Rodriguez on 9th and German mid-fielder Ozel is on 10th spo
Reality Cech: Why it's now time for Chelsea to bring back Courtois Contrasting performances this week from the Blues' current No.1 and his heir apparent show that Mourinho would be crazy not to start the Atletico Madrid loanee next season If Jose Mourinho was looking for evidence that now is the time to dispense with Petr Cech and recall Thibaut Courtois from his Atletico Madrid loan exile, then the Champions League quarter-finals will have provided plenty. "We had clear chances to make it 2-1, but because of Courtois we’re leaving with a draw," Barcelona defender Marc Bartra told reporters following their quarter-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid. Bartra had just witnessed one of the finest goalkeeping performances in Champions League history as Courtois made save after save to deny Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and others. He nearly got a hand to Neymar's equaliser for good measure. Meanwhile, Cech was being beaten at his near post in injury-time as Chelsea fell to a 3-1 defeat . ...
Messi hat-trick as Barca win at Real 23 Mar 2014 23:59:49 Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the unstoppable Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced 'Clasico' on Sunday. Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real's Bernabeu stadium would have all-but killed off their challenge and they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead when playmaker Andres Iniesta burst clear on the left and lashed the ball into the roof of the net. It was fitting start to a game featuring some of the world's most expensive and best-paid talent and watched by millions around the world that also set the stage for one of the most entertaining encounters between the game's two richest clubs of recent times. Real, looking to restore their three-point lead at the top and undefeated in 31 matches in all competitions, were reeling but hit back with a Karim Benzema double before Messi's first, a close-range snap sho ...
A Lionel Messi hat-trick dragged Barcelona back into the La Liga title race, with Tata Matino’s men emerging 4-3 winners from a thrilling Clasico encounter. Referee Undiano Mallecano was a central figure, awarding three penalties and sending off Sergio Ramos during the game, with Barca making the most of their man advantage to claim a crucial win. The result puts Barca just a point behind Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the league table, with just nine games left to be played. Barca opened the scoring after just seven minutes, when Andres Iniesta drifted out to the left side to exploit space left free by Dani Carvajal. The Spanish midfielder took a touch to control a fine Messi pass before smashing into the top corner. However, the response from Real Madrid was impressive, with Karim Benzema restoring parity on 20 minutes, rising highest to meet Angel Di Maria’s cross and power a header into the net. The Catalans were struggling to deal with Di Maria, and the Argentine put on the second goal for Be ...
Tht would be Barcelona.Lionel Messi with the hatrick and of course Andres Iniesta
BBC sports.com. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become the all-time top scorer in Clasicos, and the second-top scorer in La Liga history, as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 4-3. The victory took Barcelona to within a point of leaders Atletico and Real Madrid. But what did we learn from the game? Barca could win everything… because of Messi Don't be fooled by the result: this was not an especially good team (emphasis on 'team') performance from Barcelona. They were defensively suspect, they didn't dominate possession until Real were reduced to 10 men and their attacking play came in sporadic bursts, largely relying on individual inspiration rather than carefully crafted teamwork. However, they do possess an intense will to win and one player whose game-changing abilities are unrivalled. Lionel Messi was magnificent, not just for his goals and his assist to Andres Iniesta, but for his uncanny ability to create space by drifting between the opposition's defence and midfield. Despite their erratic season, Bar ...
Real Madrid have no defence as they surrender title supremacy Barcelona and Atletico are back in the race after a sensational Clasico which saw the Catalans claim victory in a seven-goal thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu Mar 23, 2014 11:09:00 PM COMMENT By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer Everything had appeared in Real Madrid's favour. With Barcelona faltering in recent weeks and Atletico also in their slipstream, Carlo Ancelotti's side approached the Clasico with confidence and the comfortable cushion of a four-point advantage over their fierce foes. All they had to do was defend it. But they couldn't. Defending, in fact, was far from the strong point of either side on Sunday. Andres Iniesta was allowed time and space to escape alone on the left and blast Barca into an early lead. Then, Karim Benzema twice took advantage of poor marking from the Catalans to turn it around before Lionel Messi negotiated his way through a crowd of Madrid defenders to make it 2-2 at half-time. The second half was a ta ...
Real Madrid -vs- Barcelona :: El Classico :: My match analysis From the very first minute FCB made the people understood that they are gonna win the match by their mentality of play style. They will be throwing every weapon they have to their opponent and will be not going home disappointed. Lionel Messi was outstanding by the way he created chances and the way he glide passed the central defensive and defensive mid-fielders... Andres Iniesta was often left unmarked by Carvajal which was a serious mistake committed by the RM leftback as Iniesta is capable of devastating outcomes both inside and outside the penalty box. This fault led to the first goal by Iniesta was Carvajal was busy marking the progress of Messi even though he was already marked by Pepe and Ramos. Benzema missed few glorious opportunities. Much more is expected of a player of his standards.. He should have scored at least 2 more goals. According to me, BBC was a flop show. Bale had no control over his speed and body and ball control. a . ...
It's almost a given that Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets start. The question is, will Cesc Fabregas start as well? And if so, who will be the other forward besides Lionel Messi - Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, or Pedro?
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. After a slow start, the hosts were sparked into life by Messi's opening goal as he flicked home at the near post from Alexis Sanchez's cross. Sanchez was next on the scoresheet as he finished off a similar move involving Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba before Iniesta's wonderful strike from 25 yards made it 3-0. Messi then broke another record by registering his 370th Barca goal to overtake Paulinho Alcantara as the club's record marksman before rounding off his hat-trick in between further strikes from Cristian Tello and Pedro Rodriguez. Barca boss Gerardo Martino had left Cesc Fabregas and Neymar on the bench after their exertions in the 2-1 win over Manchester City in midweek with Sanchez and Pedro recalled to the starting line-up. Amazingly, the Catalans had to withstand a bright opening fro ...
NEWS: Record-Breaker, Messi Stars in Barca Victory Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 7-0 demolition of Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday. Gerardo Martino's men had bounced back from last weekend's shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a Uefa Champions League win over Manchester City on Wednesday. And the reigning Spanish champions also put their league assault back on track with Lionel Messi the central figure in a comprehensive win. The Argentinian's hat-trick saw him move ahead of Paulino Alcantara to become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer, with the latter's record of 369 having included goals in friendlies. Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta, Cristian Tello and Pedro were also on target as Barca moved back to within four points of leaders Real Madrid ahead of next weekend's Clasico at the Bernabeu.
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted his side deserved to lose to Real Sociedad but refused to concede defeat in the title race. The Catalan giants slumped to a third league defeat of the season at Anoeta on Saturday, suffering a 3-1 reverse. Lionel Messi cancelled out Alex Song's own goal in the first half, but goals from Antoine Griezmann and David Zurutuza in the second half secured a superb win for Sociedad. Do you agree with Iniesta?
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 ...
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Messi's pride restored, says Martino (AFP) Monday 10 February 2014 Share Messi's pride restored, says Martino © Getty Images Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said Lionel Messi had answered his critics in the best way possible as the Argentine scored his first two goals from open play in 10 league games as the Catalan giants won 4-1 at Sevilla on Sunday. Sevilla had gone ahead early on under the torrential rain at the Sanchez Pizjuan, but Messi led his side's revival as he firstly crossed for Alexis Sanchez to bundle home the equaliser before finishing off a fine counter-attack with a stunning half-volley just before half-time. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year doubled his tally for the evening with another sweet finish from Andres Iniesta's pass 11 minutes after the break and Cesc Fabregas rounded off the scoring three minutes from time. Messi had been questioned for his poor goalscoring form since returning from a hamstring injury at the start of the year, but Martino insisted it was only a mat ...
Rosell's resignation - LIVE! Hosted by Ben Hayward Barcelona have called a press conference to explain their president's decision to quit and how the club will be run over the coming months. Follow the story live as it develops here... Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:10:00 PM Africa/Lagos Refresh 7:45 PM WAT Barcelona's last game under Rosell took place on Wednesday night: a 4-1 win at Levante in which Cristian Tello scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi claimed three asists for the first time in his career. The Argentine was playing his 400th game for the Catalan club, but now the Copa del Rey clash in Valencia will also be remembered for being the final fixture in Rosell's tenure. 7:40 PM WAT Barcelona's four captains, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes, are all present for the press conference, which is about to get underway. 7:35 PM WAT In Ocotober 2012, Rosell said: "Barcelona are the most transparent club in the world." Ultimately, however, it is the lack of transparency which has led t ...
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 ...
Who voted for whom at the Ballon d'Or? 14 January 2014 Updated 12:03 Cristiano Ronaldo didn't vote for Lionel Messi, and Messi didn't vote for Ronaldo. The captain of Cameroon voted for Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was the choice of the coach of China and the Granadan media voted for Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. The official voting statistics from Monday's 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich make fascinating reading. (external) Nominations were submitted by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media, but are the the voting patterns more akin to a controversial Eurovision Song Contest? You decide. The world's best Spain (ranked 1st in the world) Iker Casillas (captain) - Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben. Vicente Del Bosque (coach) - Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Ribery. Germany (2nd) Philipp Lahm (captain) - Ribery, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi. Argentina (3rd) Messi (captain) - Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar. Alejandro Sabella (coach) - Mess ...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other for Ballon d'Or Perhaps more interesting than the actual Ballon d’Or award itself is the release of the full list of who voted for who, which more often than not makes for some interesting reading – and usually a few laughable decisions. Somewhat unsurprisingly, neither winner Cristiano Ronaldo nor his arch-rival Lionel Messi voted for each other, in an attempt to give themselves the best chance of winning the sought-after award. Argentina captain Messi decided that the best approach was to keep things sweet at his club, Barcelona. All three of his nominations were teammates of his at the Spanish league champions, with Messi opting to vote Andres Iniesta as his winner, followed by Xavi and summer signing Neymar. Ronaldo on the other hand included just one of his club colleagues, although he also nominated a Former Real Madrid player in Arsenal’s Mesut Özil as his third choice. However, Ronaldo’s first choice was AS Monaco striker Rada ...
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the Ballon d'Or. And also congratulations to those players who made it into the FIFA World XI Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo Do you agree? Who should have made it into the World XI? We are disappointed that Luis Suarez didn't make the XI. In fact no Premiership players made the World XI. :(
It emerged after Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo had won the coveted Ballon d’Or, that neither Ronaldo nor runner-up and winner since 2010, Lionel Messi, voted for the other in their top three. The Portuguese selected Radamel Falcao for first place, followed by Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, while the Argentine opted for Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar. England manager Roy Hodgson chose Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Robin Van Persie as his top three, while captain Steven Gerrard picked Ronaldo, Messi and Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ stand-in captain Vincent Enyeama voted Messi, Ronaldo, Ribery as first, second, and third respectively, while Coach Stephen Keshi voted Yaya Toure, Ribery, and Luiz Suarez as his best three.
Lionel Messi voted for Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar. All Barcelona players.
Lionel Messi top three for l: Andres Iniesta; 2. Xavi 3. Neymar. Fairly biased, could think of at least 5 better players...
Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2013 Ballon d'Or award AFP | Jan 14, 2014, 12.37 AM IST Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded the prize for the FIFA Men's player of the year 2013 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala. (AP Photo) ZURICH: Cristiano Ronaldo ended the four-year dominance of Lionel Messi when he was awarded the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich on Monday. The tearful 28-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star, who won the award in 2008, had been the overwhelming favourite to pip Barcelona and Argentina wonder Messi, winner the previous four years, and France's Franck Ribery, who claimed the treble with Bayern Munich in 2013. Ronaldo won with 27.99% of the votes ahead of Messi (24.72%) while Ribery was third (23.36%) according to France Football, co-organisers of the award with FIFA. "There are no words to describe how I feel," said Ronaldo. I'm delighted, I want to thank all my team-mates, all my family in the room. "Those who know me know how many sacrifices I made to win this reward. "I want to thank all those who h ...
January 13, 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or after a stunning year that saw him net an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games. The Real Madrid talisman's achievements saw him surpass Hugo Sanchez in his club's scoring charts and equal Portugal legend Pauleta at the top of his country's list with 47 in 109 games. Fourteen of his goals came in the Champions League as Madrid reached the semifinals before being beaten by Borussia Dortmund -- and that total eclipsed the record of 13 achieved in the season before by the shortlisted Lionel Messi. His 2013 goal tally has overshadowed those of his two Ballon d'Or rivals, Messi and Franck Ribery, and he is the top scorer in all of Europe's biggest leagues. Ronaldo, accompanied by Florentino Perez, Zinedine Zidane, Emilio Butragueno and Sergio Ramos, flew to the Zurich ceremony from Madrid after training on Monday morning. Speaking as he received the award, a tearful Ronaldo said: "I have to say a great thanks to all my teammates, I'm very happy." Meanwhile, ...
FC Barcelona soccer , often known simply as Barcelona or as he calls Mhdjaoh Parsa , is a sports club, a Spanish professional , from the city of Barcelona , playing in the Spanish league , is one of three clubs never drops its level ever , next to each of Athletic Bilbao and arch-rivals Real . .. Wikipedia Founded: November 29, 1899 Hall / Venue: Camp Nou Director : Gerardo Martino League : Spanish League Location: Barcelona Founder: Joan Gamper Players No player playing center Lionel Messi 10 FW (soccer ) Neymar 11 FW (soccer ) Andres Iniesta 8 Midfielder Xavi Hernandez 6 Midfielder Alexis Sanchez 9 FW (soccer ) Cesc Fabregas
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has today announced the extension of Andres Iniesta's contract with Barcelona untill 30th June 2018, this makes Iniesta the 5th Barca player to have a contract with Barcelona untill 2018 after Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Sergio Busquets and Christian Tello. By the end of his contract Iniesta will be 34 meaning that he would have spent an incredible 22 years with the club after joining Barcelona in September 1996 as a 12 year old from Albachete. Iniesta has made 479 official appearances for Barcelona scoring 48 goals and winning 21 trophies with the Catalan giants, Iniesta made his debut for the Barcelona first team in October 2002 and ever since then he has been a key member of this Barcelona side
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STARS TO WATCH AT THE World Cup Although the World Cup go dey without stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, and Robert Lewandowski, there will still be plenty of stellar names. All three favourites for the Fifa Ballon d'Or - Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Franck Ribery (France) - go dey gidigba. Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie will be there for Netherlands, Italy have Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli in their squad, Germany boast Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil, Spain will take Andres Iniesta and Xavi, while players such as Neymar, Thiago Silva (Brazil), Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez (Uruguay) Radamel Falcao (Colombia) will all be there, too. Not convinced just yet? How about our own John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Emenike? which player you want see for World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo has been chosen as the Spanish top flight’s ‘Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, but Lionel Messi has won the more prestigious awards for La Liga’s Best Player and best attacker after having guided Barcelona to the title despite recurring injury issues. Diego Simeone, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Asier Illarramendi and Gerard Deulofeu were among those also honoured at a ceremony in Madrid on Monday night, which took place almost six months after the 2012-13 campaign ended. Messi won the official ‘Player of the Season’ award, and also beat off competition from former Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Ronaldo to take the prize for Best Liga BBVA Forward. The Real Madrid attacker suggested in his speech while accepting the MVP prize that he would have preferred to have taken the overall Best Player award. “It is an honour and privilege to receive this great award for the Most Valuable Player -- it motivates me to keep working harder, ...
Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois labelled 'best in world' by Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld Barcelona confident of agreeing a new contract with Andres Iniesta after Manchester United link Barcelona's Lionel Messi will only resume playing after hamstring injury when he feels ready Axel Witsel admits he wants to move to England, but is not in a hurry Oscar has revealed that he came close to signing for Real Madrid before completing a switch to Chelsea in 2012. Germany boss Joachim Low means no disrespect to England by fielding fringe players at Wembley Steven Gerrard honoured to be winning 108 caps, the same as Bobby Moore Nicklas Bendtner has told the Danish media he will consider leaving Arsenal in January in search of regular first-team football.
TAIF (Thanks Allah It's Friday)!! HERE ARE TODAY'S FOOTBALL HEADLINES: Barcelona are ready to rekindle their interest in Manchester City's Sergio Aguero after being encouraged to pursue the 25-year-old striker by Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi. Hull will make a fresh £6.5m bid for West Brom striker Shane Long, 26, in January after they failed to sign him in the summer. Liverpool are lining up an approach for Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo, 26, after learning that the Germany international could be available for as little as £2.5m. Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28, is hoping to quit English football and move to a Turkish club in January after failing to make an impact since his £7.5m move from Newcastle. Manchester United are scouting 19-year-old Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane, who has a £1m buy-out clause in his contract. Barcelona are close to offering midfielder Andres Iniesta, 29, a bumper new contract at the club in order to ward off interest from Manchester United. Manchester United plan to offer ...
Reports in the Daily Mail are suggesting that Andres Iniesta's row with Barcelona over a new contract may tempt Manchester United to make an audacious bid for the exceptional midfielder. Since his arrival at Old Trafford, David Moyes has attempted several big name moves, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas linked to the reigning Premier League champions. Today, it is being thought that the Red Devils may do the unthinkable and approach Barcelona over the availability of their talismanic midfielder. Iniesta, alongside midfield partner, Xavi, and the world's Best Player, Lionel Messi, has brought unprecedented success to the Catalan club over the past decade, becoming one of the best footballers.The 29-year old is part of an elite group of Barcelona players who look intent on spending their whole careers at the Nou Camp, however, contract negotiations between club and player have turned sour. The Spanish international, whose goal in the 2010 final ensured World Cup success for his home nat ...
Lionel Messi has likely played his last game of 2013 after tests carried out on Monday found that the Barcelona forward tore a muscle in his left thigh during the previous night’s 4-1 Primera Division win at Real Betis. Messi was forced to come off against Real Betis. END# • Ledwith: Barcelona can cope • Tomas: Barca show superiority Messi, 26, appeared to suffer an injury during a sprint while challenging for the ball with Betis defender Jose Caro in the 18th minute. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner immediately approached the Barca dugout to tell them he was hurt, and Andres Iniesta replaced him in the 21st minute. At the time it looked like the Argentina captain had suffered another muscle problem, and confirmation of a tear came via a club statement released on Monday. “The club’s medical services confirmed after tests this Monday morning that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks,” the statement read. “The first phase ...
The FIFA Ballon d'Or – What does everyone think? 2 weeks ago, the list of the 23 finalists for the prestigious Ballon d'Or was released. Though the favourites are clearly known, this award is the root of much debate throughout the world. 23 players from all over the globe make up the list of finalists for the Ballon d'Or 2013: Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Phillip Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Neymar Jr, Mesut Ozil, Franck Ribery, Andrea Pirlo, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luis Suarez, Thiago Silva, Yaya Toure, Robin Van Persie and Xavi. Will Lionel Messi win a fifth award in a row? Is Cristiano Ronaldo capable of defeating his eternal rival? Will Franck Ribery take advantage of Bayern's legendary season? Or will a surprise contender invite himself to the race and possibly beat the three to the title? The French public seem sure that Kaiser Franck will claim the prize. After ...
Andres Iniesta has revealed he will sign a new contract with Barcelona in the near future after helping his side to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday. The midfielder was influential as the Blaugrana ensured Gerardo Martino's first Clasico ended in victory, thanks to Neymar's first half strike and a stunning second half chip from Alexis Sanchez. Speculation prior to the game had suggested Iniesta could follow goalkeeper Victor Valdes out of Camp Nou at the end of the campaign, with his current deal set to expire in 2015, but the 29-year-old has no interest in a departure. He told reporters after the game: “I’m very happy here, and I want to stay. I’ll renew my contract soon.” Recent clashes between Madrid and Barca have been dominated by the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But with Neymar and Gareth Bale making their first Clasico bows, the stage was set for two new stars to make their mark on arguably the biggest game in club football. In the end, while Bale was withdrawn on ...
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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 ...
The ex-Portugal star has nothing but praise for his former team-mate but concedes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to pip him to the prize Former Barcelona midfielder Deco has taken the time to praise Andres Iniesta and feels the Spain international deserves to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or. The 29-year-old finished second in the election in 2010 after helping Spain to World Cup glory, while he came in third last year to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and Deco believes the Portugal and Argentina sensations are the only reasons why the Barcelona midfielder has failed to win the prize. "Iniesta would definitely deserve a Ballon d'Or," Deco was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo. "What's happening is that all the attention in the media goes to Messi due to his great performances. However, the players all realise that Iniesta is absolutely amazing. "If I had to compare him to someone, I would say Zinedine Zidane. Andres is phenomenal. "The problem is that he hass two animals ahead of him in M ...
BARCELONA COULD ONLY SQUEAK OUT A 1-0 WIN VERSUS 10-MEN CELTIC Fàbregas rescues Barça with late header Celtic failed to hold on after Scott Brown was sent off, Fábregas hitting the winning goal A late Cesc Fàbregas goal helped Barcelona gut out a hard-fought 0-1 victory over Celtic in matchday two of the Uefa Champions League at Celtic Park in Glasgow. With Celtic reduced to ten men after a 59th minute Scott Brown red card, Fàbregas scored in the 77th minute to avenge Barcelona's shock 2-1 loss at Parkhead in last year's Champions League. With Lionel Messi out due to injury, Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino started a front three of Neymar, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro in his 4-3-3. Behind them in midfield was the usual triumvirate of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Serio Busquets while Adriano, Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra and Dani Alves were the back four tasked with protecting goalkeeper Victor Valdés. It was another spectacular environment at Celtic Park as Celtic looked to spring another upset like they ...
JOIN US LATER 4-5PM ON KBS FM 95 .4 FOR NEWS MAGOGO, currently the FUFA vice president for administration, emerged as the front runner in the federation’s presidential nomination process Barcelona have dropped a big hint they're selling Thiago Alcantara to Manchester United. The Daily Star says the Catalan giants included Thiago and a host of other stars in their recent kit launch for next season. Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol were also snapped wearing the famous Barca shirt. But now Thiago has DISAPPEARED from the shot. Barca have advertised their new kit in magazines across Spain - and on their official Instagram. Messi and co are all still there - but Thiago isn't. All you can see is his left elbow. Barcelona intend to return to the transfer market should they lose Thiago Alcantara to Manchester United. rather than dip into their La Masia academy, Barca will seek to buy a replacement if Thiago agrees to sign with United. Top of their shopping list is Borussia Dor . ...
Like with most of the cases in which Barcelona look to offload their youngsters, the potential departure of Gerard Deulofeu this summer will see him return to Catalonia in the near future, likely as near as next summer. It’s for that reason that Dortmund opted out of signing the talented winger. What use would they have for the player, no matter how good he was, if he couldn’t really be considered as a replacement for the departed Mario Goetze? The story on Deulofeu should be well known by now. He’s up there in the class of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi as one of La Masia’s most talented graduates. Under no circumstances would the club – for all the criticism that can be said of their transfer policy – allow Deulofeu to escape their grasp permanently. Liverpool and Tottenham however, are said to be looking to take the youngster on loan for the coming season. The player himself wants to play at the top level of European football. A move to Dortmund suited him due to the German side’s partic ...
LONDON -- Humbled by Celtic in the latest shock result in the Champions League, Barcelona travels to Russia this week as the competition favourites attempt for the second time to seal a place in the knockout stage. Patrice Bergeron Jersey . The Champions League has thrown up a string of unpredictable scorelines this season and none bigger than Barcas 2-1 loss in Glasgow two weeks ago, preventing the Spanish giants joining FC Porto, Malaga and Manchester United in the last 16 with two games to spare. Lionel Messi and his team still need one more victory to advance in Group G but achieving that at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday is far from guaranteed, given that Barcelona has only won once in six trips to Russia. "We must not drop our guard or relax," Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta. "Up to this point, our start to the season has been sustained and sensational. But we must continue as weve begun." While Barcelona is still a big favourite to progress, the same cant be said of a number of Europes big guns. Ma ...
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La Liga outfit Sevilla are reportedly willing to negotiate with Liverpool over the transfer of Ivan Rakitic, it has emerged. The Spanish side had a poor season this year, finishing 9th in La Liga, and are expecting to face the departures of some key players, having already sold winger Jesus Navas to Manchester City for £14.9million. They could also receive a number of offers for top scorer Alvaro Negredo, who is a target for Atletico Madrid. Rakitic is another of Sevilla’s more impressive players, and has found himself on Liverpool’s radar after scoring 8 goals and providing 10 assists this season. Only big names from the top two, such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Mesut Ozil, Cesc Fabregas, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, have created more goals for their team-mates in Spain this year. Brendan Rodgers was reportedly ready to open with a £12million bid for the Croatian, who has been compared with Luka Modric, and although Sevilla are willing to sell, they may hold out for closer to £16milli ...
Ribery in Bloomberg top three Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were joined by Franck Ribery in the top three of a new list of Europe's top 50 players. The Bloomberg Sports list says it uses scientifically based analysis to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position. Barcelona's Messi is ranked top ahead of Real Madrid's Ronaldo, echoing the top two in the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the last two years. But, while Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi are the only players to have joined the pair on that podium in the last three years, Bayern Munich's France winger Ribery took third place in the new list. Bill Squadron, president of Bloomberg Sports, said: "We continue to look at new ways to use analytics that will be interesting to fans, and are pleased today to unveil what we believe will be a game-changer in the way professional football is looked at in the future. "Analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in both the minds of the fans and in the decision making power of the clubs, a ...
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 ...
Backpass, June 4 Part 1 Andres Iniesta is already predicting a bright future for Neymar da Silva and FC Barcelona. Iniesta said that Neymar is coming "to the best place to grow". Iniesta expects the 21-year-old forward to become even better when paired in attack with four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi. Neymar travelled to Barcelona and signed a five-year contract on Monday after choosing Barca over Real Madrid. According to him, great players always understand one another. He insisted Leo will make Neymar better, and Neymar will make Leo better. QUESTION Do you see Neymar and Messi truly complementing each other at Barca?
Incoming manager David Moyes hopes to persuade the Spaniard to reunite with his old Arsenal teammate Robin Van Persie at Manchester United in a sensational summer transfer thought to be worth around £30million. It is thought that Fabregas is unsettled at Barcelona just less than two years after rejoining his boyhood club from Arsenal. The 26-year-old has had to settle for limited playing time at the Camp Nou this season after Barcelona’s star midfield duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi being the preferred choices. This has left the player frustrated and tempted by a possible return to the Premier League. However, is the Spaniard the ideal candidate to revitalise Manchester United’s ageing midfield? This was most evident this season at Barcelona where he’s played as a second striker combining with Lionel Messi playing short passes, making off-the-ball movements and becoming another goal scoring option. In the wake of Paul Scholes' retirement, manager Moyes is looking for stability in the centre of the park ...
Sao Paulo (AP) — Brazilian striker Neymar says he is officially a Barcelona player. Neymar said he signed a five-year contract agreement with the Spanish powerhouse on Monday, two days after announcing that he decided to pick the Catalan club instead of Real Madrid. "I'm sad to be leaving Santos, but it's a great honor to be signing with a club like Barcelona and to be able to play with some of the Best Players in the world," Neymar said. BARCELONA: Team gloats after acquisition FAREWELL TO BRAZIL: A tearful exit The 21-year-old Brazilian will be joining a star-filled roster that already includes four-time FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. Neither Neymar nor Barcelona released financial details of the transfer, but Brazilian media said the Spanish club will pay about €30 million ($38.7 million) for the youngster. Santos had fielded offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid and said it was up to Neymar to decide where he wanted to play. Neymar posted a message on Twit ...
Barcelona Prepare £17m Plus Player Swap Bid For Chelsea Playmaker Juan Mata Catalan giants plotting ambitious move for Chelsea attacker. La Liga champions Barcelona could make a shock move to try and sign Juan Mata from Chelsea, according to El Economista. Mata, formerly of Spanish side Valencia, has been a superb signing for Chelsea since he joined the club for £23.5million in 2011, and has shown he would fit Barcelona’s style of play perfectly. The 25-year-old can operate either as a winger, or as a deep-lying central midfield playmaker, and is very much in the Xavi and Andres Iniesta mould, though arguably with more of an end product, scoring 20 goals and providing a phenomenal 35 assists for the Blues this season. With Barcelona undergoing a summer clear-out this year, a number of under-performer­s such as Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas could leave, making space in the team for Mata, whom the Catalans feel would combine perfectly with Lionel Messi. To take Mata they must give us _. BROWN
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.
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and the rest of the FCB squad.
Ricardo Gardner and Kevin Davies scored against Bayern Munich, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Villa and Lionel Messi, did not.
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta left out of squad to face Real Zaragoza tonight - [Sports Mole]
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta left out squad to face Real Zaragoza - Sports Mole
Lionel Messi has been left out Barcelona's squad to face Zaragoza on Sunday evening, as have Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Barcelona rest Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergi Busquets and Jordi Alba for tomorrow's trip to Real Zaragoza.
Is it Cristiano Ronaldo,Zlatan Ibrahimovich,Lionel Messi or Andres Iniesta ,vote pliz,one vote not jubilee way
Vilanova, Neymar and where it's all going wrong... Barca president Rosell holds crunch board meeting By Charlie Skillen PUBLISHED: 09:52 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 GMT, 4 March 2013 Barcelona president Sandro Rosell faces a meeting with his board today over the future of the Catalan giants. Despite running away with La Liga, sitting 11 points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, recent results have seen this meeting take on extra importance. Barca face an uphill battle to continue their progress in the Champions League when they host AC Milan next week, 2-0 down from the first leg at the San Siro. Crisis? Barcelona players, including Lionel Messi (left), Andres Iniesta (centre) and Alexis Sanchez look dejected at Saturday's 2-1 loss to El Clasico rivals Real Madrid Two defeats in El Clasico matches against Real Madrid in their last two outings have not helped matters. Saturday’s 2-1 league defeat by Madrid came just four days after the 3-1 loss, Jose Mourinho’s side putting them out o ...
top 5 players in the world.. 1. Lionel Messi.. 2. Christiano Ronaldo.. 3. Andres Iniesta.. 4. Gareth Bale.. 5. Luis Suarez/Edinson Cavani
Andres Iniesta admits that Barcelona are struggling in the absence of coach Tito Vilanova and defends Lionel Messi after Real Madrid loss
Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi, Robin Van Persie, Christiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, the most exciting players in my life time so far. Forget Rooney or any other pretenders, those 5 are my top five. Gareth Bale, the best Free Kick taker ever!! Beckham misses out by a whisker!!
Former French international Robert Pires believes Andres Iniesta is Barcelona's Best Player, putting him ahead of Lionel Messi. Iniesta, a World Cup and European champion with Spain, has twice fallen to the Argentinian in the Ballon d'Or, finishing second and third respectively in 2010 and 2013. But Pires weighed into the argument by insisting the diminutive Spaniard is the driving force behind Barcelona's sustained success. "For me, Iniesta is the Best Player at Barca," Pires told La Xarxa Radio. "We always talk about Messi, but without Iniesta Barcelona are a different team. "He is the master of the team. He is the one who sets the pace for the whole team. He plays very easy." However, Pires also believes Former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas is staring to exert his influence on the Barcelona dynamic. "For me, the success of Cesc has been no surprise. He is doing very well and is a fixture in the side, and has been scoring a few goals," he said.
Robert Pires believes Andres Iniesta - not Lionel Messi - is Barcelona's Best Player! AGREE OR DISAGREE?? ADMIN ANDREW
Top five: Europe’s ‘key’ playmakers Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata – these are all players considered, rightly, to be at the top of the European game, yet certain statistics suggest there are some unsung heroes in the game. One statistic highlights those players that are a constant danger in matches and create chance after chance for their teammates but don’t get the same recognition as some of the more established stars. In the statistics world assists and goals are the glamour numbers; they are the figures that show Juan Mata of Chelsea, Lukas Podolski of Arsenal and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard are the kings of the Premier League assists on nine each. While in La Liga Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is the man for laying it on for his teammates with a whopping 13 assists – Napoli’s Marek Hamsik leads the way in Serie A with 11. However, these stellar names are nowhere near the top when it comes to regularly setting up teammates for chances – the masters of th ...
In the minds of many in the game, Andres Iniesta is nothing short of the perfect player. Cerebral, elegant and decisive, not only does the versatile midfielder make both Barcelona and Spain tick, he also scored the most important goal in the latter’s history – the firmly struck right-foot shot that sank the Netherlands in the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Ten years on from breaking through on the international stage when Spain finished second at the UAE 2003 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, this native of Fuentealbilla in Albacete is showing no signs of letting up. Indeed, one of the stars of La Selección’s triumph at UEFA EURO 2012 could easily have been the recipient, on the 7 January’s FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala, of the actual award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo... He fell short of the Honour but he surely deserved it. Yet without the prize in his trophy cabinet, he remains arguably the most productive player in the world... 3D Lifestyle
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has nailed his colours to the mast regarding the Messi/Ronaldo debate. Wenger says that Lionel Messi was lucky to win the 2012 Ballon d’Or, and that if it were up to him, he would have given football’s highest individual award to someone like Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo or Andres Iniesta, who had starred in title winning teams. But Wenger also says he thinks that Messi is “from another planet”, and that Ronaldo was simply unlucky to be born in the same era as the little Argentine, “the best in the world.” Asked if he would have picked Messi for the Ballon d’or, Wenger told the Arsenal website: "No, not this year. "Messi is from a different planet. He's certainly the Best Player in the world, the best I've ever seen, but I believe that this year he has really been rewarded for what he did individually, rather than what he won for his team. "For once he has not been in a team that won absolutely everything. He did not win the Champions League, he did not win th ...
RADIO JAMBO NEWS... 1...LALIGA.BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league record by scoring in his 13th straight match, and Barcelona routed visiting Getafe 6-1. Andres Iniesta passed for Alexis Sanchez for the opening goal in the sixth minute, and Messi scored in the 13th off another move started by Iniesta. Messi's goal was his league-leading 35th this season and 46th in all competitions. It was the 299th of his Barcelona career in all competitions. David Villa, Cristian Tello, Iniesta and Gerard Pique scored second-galf goals for Barcelona (20-1-2), which was missing Xavi Hernandez because of a muscle injury in his right leg that is expected to sideline him for two weeks. Barcelona opened a 12-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (16-4-2), which lost 2-1 at Rayo Vallecano in a Spanish capital derby. Defending champion Real Madrid (14-5-4) is in third place, 16 points back. 2.MILAN (AP) - Mario Balotelli converted an 82nd-minute penalty kick for his third goal in two games, ...
Barcelona shared the workload around as six different scorers helped them to a stunning 6-1 win over Getafe at Camp Nou. Alexis Sanchez got the scoring underway only six minutes into the encounter before Lionel Messi grabbed a second not long afterward. The hosts did not score again until after the interval as David Villa netted a first goal in three months. Substitute Christian Tello put the result beyond any doubt with just over ten minutes to go and although Alvaro Vasquez there was more pain to come for Getafe. Andres Iniesta got the fifth for the league leaders before Gerard Pique completed the rout. It was a first league goal in ten months for Sanchez when he clipped the ball into the net following Iniesta’s sublime through ball. After taking a sixth minute lead Barca pressed for a further goal and found it through Messi in the 13th minute as the Argentine slid home Thiago Alcantara's assist. It was not until minutes before the hour mark that the net was rattled again, this time Villa finishing ne ...
Players who are on the agenda of the club to renew contracts with the club of Barcelona. 1. Lionel Messi. 2. Adriano Correia. 3. Andres Iniesta. 4. David Villa. 5. Gerard Deulofeu. 6. Barcelona club will offer a times renovation keeper Victor Valdes.
Barcelona FC and Real Madrid battle it out tomorrow in the first leg of the Kings Cup...The King of Football of our generation and century Lionel Messi is set to show more of his football talents. While the critics of Barca like Emmanuel and Patience will say Real will defeat Barca, let me let them know in advance that Barca are in top form and will do everything to clinch a win in both legs. Lionel Messi will score two goals or more, Andres Iniesta one and Cesc Fàbregas one. But if you think like Real Madrid, then please make ur comments by predicting your score. It is Barca all the way for ever and ever Amen.
BARCELONA TO FACE Real Madrid IN THE SEMI FINALS OF COPA DEL REY barcelona achieved an intriguing 2-4 win (4-6 in aggregate) against Malaga at La Rosaleda in the return leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Pedro Rodriguez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who attempted 15 shots, nine of them on target and one that hit the post. Despite having the better chances and a higher possession percentage (70%), the Catalans never really looked fully comfortable due to the high pressure Malaga applied across the whole pitch, working as a unit when dispossessed. Barcelona did score early, but it was disappointing to see the team dropping the momentary advantage once again, proving how vulnerable the defence can be when players are not fully committed to closing spaces as tightly and quickly as possible. Despite that fact, the Blaugrana players fought tirelessly to achieve a valuable win which keeps the Catalans’ hope of retaining the title alive. The players were ...
Barcelona belatedly broke Malaga's game resistance in the closing stages of an epic Copa del Rey clash at the Rosaleda, triumphing 4-2 on the night, and 6-4 on aggregate, to set up a mouthwatering last-four encounter with great rivals Real Madrid. DIS IS HOW IT BEGINS the Blaugrana went ahead, through Pedro and Gerard Pique, and twice they were pegged back, first by Joaquin, and then by Roque Santa Cruz. However, the Catalans reclaimed the lead through Andres Iniesta before Lionel Messi sealed their progression to the semi-finals with a late header. Barcelona’s disappointment at having drawn the first leg at home had been compounded by the shock of losing in La Liga for the first time this season, Tito Vilanova’s men suffering a dramatic defeat against Real Sociedad. However, they looked in fine fettle early on at the Rosaleda, taking the lead with the kind of wonderful passing move which has become their trademark in recent years. Dani Alves advanced down the right wing before slipping a pass inside ...
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 ...
BARCA STUNNED; GRANADA WIN Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 3-2 to Real Sociedad in the Primera Liga. Barca had previously dropped just two points all season and looked set to extend their remarkable record to 19 wins out of 20 as they opened up a two-goal lead, only to be stunned by a Sociedad fightback. Lionel Messi opened the scoring when he latched onto Andres Iniesta's pass and cut in to slot a left-footed shot low past Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from the edge of the penalty area. Pedro added a second on 25 minutes with a finish from close range after Xavi dinked the ball over the top for Dani Alves to cross. However, Gonzalo Castro halved Sociedad's deficit before the interval with a brilliant strike and Barca were reduced to ten men in the 56th minute as Gerard Pique was sent off for a second bookable offence. Castro's curling effort was then deflected into his own net by Barca substitute Javier Mascherano to make it 2-2, and Imanol Agirretxe poked Carlos ...
Wasn't watching the game but gatwe wa bo a ne a dira dilo Andres Iniesta. Marca.com had this to say about his performance vs Malaga: - "On a day where the four-time Ballon d'Or winner recorded another goal and two assists, somehow Lionel Messi's performance was overshadowed by Iniesta. That's how delightful everyone's favorite midfielder from Fuentealbilla was against the Andalusians" - "Iniesta may not be recognized officially as the Best Player on Earth, but judging by his match on Sunday at La Rosaleda, you would have a hard time convincing football fans that he is even from this planet." Cc Ras Zi Makonnen. I wasn't just saying when I said this man deserves at least one Ballon d'Or before he retires...
The only player that 'can' beat Lionel Messi is 'perhaps' Andres Iniesta, the best Attacking Midfielder worldwide.
Who were the cameras focused on when Leo was making his acceptance speech? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who was linked with a move to soon-to-be European Powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain after the awards had been dished out? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who immediately had a plethora of internet memes dedicated to his gorgeous face? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who was the one immediately back in action on Wednesday hitting a superb hat-trick against Celta Vigo? Cristiano Ronaldo. Whose team did Messi claim could overhaul Barcelona's huge La Liga lead after the ceremony? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who was hailed as "the complete player" this week by Sir Alex Ferguson? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who has immediately moved on from all this individual award nonsense and is eyeing a Champions League triumph with his side? Cristiano Ronaldo. Who was wearing a suit that made him look like an extra out of a 1980s Peter Gabriel video? Lionel Messi. Who remembered Andres Iniesta? Anyone?
Five questions on why the 2012 FIFA FIFPro XI was dominated by La Liga Samrin Hasib , January 9 2013, When Wesley Sneijder was snubbed in 2010, debates about the FIFPro XI started raging. This time, the controversial selection of 11 La Liga players has raised more questions than ever. First of all, in the line up, Iker Casillas wasthe goalkeeper. The back four consisted of Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo. Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were the midfield trio. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Falcao made up the front three. 1) Do FIFA and the voters focus more on international competitions? The two teams which contested the Uefa Champions League final contain a total of zero players in the team. Both these teams beat the best teams Spain has to offer. One ofthe two dominated the midfield in their pair of clashes in the semi-final. However, the Champions League is of course a club competition. The professionals who vote perhaps give more importance to international comp ...
Lionel Messi has won his fourth Ballon d’Or title, scooping the prestigious individual award over runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo and third-place team-mate Andres Iniesta. DON'T MISS Radamel Falcao finished up in fifth, behind another Barcelona stalwart, Xavi, while Iker Casillas came in at sixth. Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Robin Van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made up a star-studded final top 10 for the Calendar Year of 2012. After the awards ceremony, Fifa has released an intriguing list of the full votes for the award, which is decided based on decisions made by interNational Coaches, captains and a selection of media representatives from each member nation. The voting list reveals some decisions that would raise few eyebrows, but other ones that can be considered as particularly surprising. In England’s votes, both manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard voted for the brilliant Messi as their winner, with Ronaldo in second. They differed with their decisions for third-place, though, as the ...
Andres Iniesta believes that his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will win a fifth Ballon d'Or award if he continues what he is doing
ARGENTINA’S national team captain, Lionel Messi, Monday proved that he remains the hottest propertyin world soccer as he was crowned the 2012 FIFA Ballond’Or ahead of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain’s Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona Football Club attacker becomes the first player in history to win the Ballon d’Or four times in succession. He previously shared the record of three consecutive victories with France’s Michel Platini, while Dutch duo Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten also won the prize three times. The Argentine star is the game’s greatest talent right now and2012 was his greatest year yet. Messi was unable to help Barcelona to the Liga title in 2011-12, as Real Madrid emerged victorious, with Ronaldo’s help, while they were eliminated in the semi-finals of the ChampionsLeague, yet the Argentine’s brilliance was enough to helphim to individual glory. The recognition comes after a year in which the 25-year-old broke numerous records,including the most goals scored in a ca ...
James Lawton: Lionel Messi makes us smile – Luis Suarez shows football's ugly new face On the night Lionel Messi reminded us that uncommon grace can still occasionally walk easily alongside the highest achievement, Luis Suarez was still locked away from the kind of uncomplicated acclaim that once again bathed football’s fabulous Little Big Man in Zurich. While Suarez’s apologists, led by his Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, insisted that he owed the game no more than his most ruthless accomplishment, Messi was suggesting that his unprecedented fourth straight Ballon d’Or should really have been handed to his relatively unheralded Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta. The images of two remarkably gifted footballers were separated by more than a large slice of Europe. Messi’s argument for Iniesta was that he was the heartbeat and creative force of Spain’s historic achievement of winning three straight major international tournaments. For Suarez, as he awoke to another day of fierce controversy, ...
messi was named player of the year no problem with that,but looking at the fifa 11 kidogooo. Fifa's world team of the year was: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona). What do you think of this selection?
LIONEL MESSI IS SIMPLY BEYOND SUPERLATIVES!!! From that point in time when football’s glitterati descended on the Kongresshaus, Zurich on Monday night with spasmodic waffles from emcees Ruud Gullit and Kay Murray and musical interludes to the invitation of 2006 Footballer of the Year, Fabio Cannavaro to the rostrum, it was all about one award – the prestigious Ballon D’Or. The most capped Italian player announced the winner – Lionel Messi, who by virtue of this fact had made an unprecedented quadruple haul of the shiny golden ball. Ever since the conflation by FIFA of its whatnot with that of the venerable European Footballer of the Year three years ago, the Rosario-born Lilliputian forward has seamlessly monopolized the award the way his dainty feet dominate the ball. In an aura of ingenuity of the beautiful game at its acme, one would expect 2008 nonpareil Cristiano Ronaldo and Blaugrana linchpin Andres Iniesta to win the prestigious award in any era. The former accounted for 46 goals in the run ...
Dis queston goes out to those who loves football.what are the criterials used by FIFA to determine the Ballo D;or?i want ur answers because am confused,Lionel Messi won nothing in the year 2012 but he was crowned de Best Player.wereas a certain Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta won laurels with club nd country but nothing to show for it.i want to no if FIFA uses de no of goals a certain player scores to determine de world best footballer.pls i need ur comments.
Argentina's Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the World's Best Player for an unprecedented fourth year running on Monday, earning him the FIFA Ballon d"Or, having scored a record 91 goals in the 2012 Calendar Year. Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo came next with Andres Iniesta following him.
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Lionel Messi paid tribute to Andres Iniesta after beating his Barcelona teammate and Cristiano Ronaldo to a fourth straight Fifa Ballon d'Or.
Lionel Messi golden again By Francesc Tomas | Jan 7, 2013 12:04 PM The Blaugrana machinery never really stops. Just hours after beating struggling neighbours Espanyol thanks to a long-awaited double by Pedro, the media attention had quickly shifted toward the highly-anticipated Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich. - Messi wins fourth Ballon d'Or - Messi sets records with fourth Ballon d'Or After scoring a record 91 combined goals for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012 and lifting the Club World Cup, Copa del Rey and the Spanish and European Supercups, it was the genius, Lionel Messi, who walked away with the prestigious award in front of the eyes of finalists Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and many football legends, past and present. In what was an emotional but brief speech, the consecutive four-time winner made his unselfish nature pretty clear once again: "This is impressive. I want to share this trophy with all Barcelona players, especially with Andres Iniesta today, and my teammates on the Argentinean nationa ...
Good morning everyone, especially to Evertonians everywhere as the FA Cup Third Round concludes with the Toffees trip to Whaddon Road, the home of League Two club Cheltenham Town FC. Kick off is looming quickly, here is the team news: CHELTENHAM TOWN: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan, Pack, Carter, Mohamed, Penn, Goulding. Subs: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Deering, Duffy, Harrad, Taylor. EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy. Looks like David Moyes is taking no chances as he has named a fairly strong line-up, which may be a signal of intent. Kick off in about 10 minutes. And some quick news elsewhere on Planet Football - and almost unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi has won World Football's highest honour, the Ballon D'Or for the fourth time. He beat Andres Iniesta and Christiano Ronaldo for the crown, as the Barcelona and Argentina forward capped off a setellar 201 ...
The great and good of world football are gathering in Zurich to witness the crowning of the world's best footballer on Monday evening. The FIFA Ballon d'Or will be awarded to one of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta or Cristiano Ronaldo, … Continue reading →
Ahead of Lionel Messi's expected victory in Monday night's announcement of the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that "not even God" can please everyone, while Andres Iniesta says he is happy just to be on the three-man shortlist. "People either love me or hate me," the Real Madrid attacker said. "Not even God is capable of pleasing everyone. This is part of my journey, part of my personality. I will try to make it so that the majority of people like me." In an apparent comment on Messi's humble public demeanour, the Portugal captain added: "Too much humility is a defect. This is how I am."
Let's vote! Ballon D'or 2013 Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, C. Ronaldo Who do you think will walk away with the most outstanding award ever???
Ballon Dor D Day ( WHO THE CAP FIT) More Ballon d’Or pain for Spain - Football’s greatest international side will endure another year without a winner While Vicente Del Bosque is likely to claim the coach's vote, his players are yet to be recognised in the annual award and Andres Iniesta will be the latest to miss out on Monday    For the fifth year running, there is a Spaniard shortlisted in the final three candidates to win the Ballon d'Or. But just like in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the prestigious prize, Spain will almost certainly not be celebrating an individual victory for one of their players in Zurich on Monday. Spain's story in the Ballon d'Or is one of near misses in recent years. Fernando Torres came third in 2008, Xavi completed the podium in 2009, he and Andres Iniesta finished behind Lionel Messi in 2010 and Xavi made up the numbers again last year. This time it will be Iniesta who misses out again, leaving perhaps the most dominant international team in ...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Who is your money on for tonight's World and European Player of the Year for 2012 (Ballon dÓr)? Explain why that particular player deserves it more than the other two
The stage is set and the top characters have been selected for the biggest football award show, the FIFA BALLON D’OR. 23 characters were auditioned but 3 of them came through the auditioning process unscathed. I present to you the last men standing: The magical Andres Iniesta, Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi and finally, Real Madrid mega star, Cristiano Ronaldo. On Monday, 7th January 2013, one of these talents will be crowned king of football at the perfect setting; The Royal Palace of football in Zurich, Switzerland. I take a look at their achievements in 2012 and try and make a case for each of them:   ANDRES INIESTA (FC BARCELONA and SPAIN): 2012 has been rather eventful for the greatest brain in modern football. Andres Iniesta’s Barcelona lost the La Liga title to eternal rivals Real Madrid. In June, the creative midfielder headed out to Poland-Ukraine with Spain for Euro 2012 where his football talents was consolidated and patented. In 6 games, Don Andres was credited with an assist and no goal bu ...
Barcelona picked up their 17th win of the season with an emphatic 4-0 victory over their Catalan neighbours Espanyol at Camp Nou. A sublime opening half hour from Barca did all the damage, with Xavi opening the scoring after just 10 minutes. Pedro soon netted a double before Lionel Messi slid home from the spot, after Cesc Fabregas had been brought down in the area. The winter break proved unable to disrupt the Blaugrana's typically flowing football as they took command of the game from the first second, seemingly buoyed by the return of Tito Vilanova to the bench after surgery. Operating from the left, Andres Iniesta was dancing past the Espanyol defence with ease and it only took 10 minutes for him to create the opening goal. Having been picked out in space by Messi, Iniesta drilled a low cross into the area which Xavi coolly slotted home unmarked. The hosts were unrelenting and after Kiko Casilla made a great save to keep out Iniesta in the 13th minute, it took just another couple of minutes for the se ...
on Cristiano Ronaldo... "Portugal have a national team called Cristiano Ronaldo and a group of players who run after him." - former Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz. "He's an unbelievable player. We have a pantheon of great players and Ronaldo definitely compares with any of them. He had a bit of the Eric Cantona about him. He was definitely good value for Madrid." - Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager. on Andres Iniesta... "The press often ask me about whether Messi or Ronaldo is the best, but for me something is very clear: Andres Iniesta is the number one. He is able to do even more difficult things on the pitch. He is magic with the ball and so influential." - David Silva, Manchester City midfielder. "When he has the ball, it's like everything else stops – like the camera is going in slow motion. I've been playing with him since we were 15, and I have never, ever seen him play badly." - Fernando Torres, Chelsea striker. on Lionel Messi... "I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi ...
Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol: Pedro brace gives Barca perfect start to 2013 Four goals in the first half saw Barcelona cruise to a derby win over Espanyol as Tito Vilanova returned to the dugout. The home side welcomed the return of coach Tito Vilanova back to the dugout and his presence inspired a first half performance to be admired. Pedro Rodriguez was in superb form, as was Lionel Messi but it would be midfielder Xavi Hernandez who broke the deadlock. Andres Iniesta clipped the ball in following a through ball from Messi and Xavi was on hand to poke the ball past Espanyol keeper *** Casilla. Five minutes later and Barca got a second, this time Cesc Fabregas crossed low for Messi, whose shot hit the knee of Pedro, who celebrated his first goal in a very long time. On the half hour mark the Spanish winger would be celebrating again when Sergio Busquets played a defence splitting pass for Pedro to chip the ball over the helpless Casilla. Minutes later and it would be four as Fabregas was fouled by Casilla and ...
La Liga, un-arguably the best league in the world. The league that produced the 3 nominees for 2012 Ballon D'Or; Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Christiano Ronaldo
Worldwide Football: Next Monday is the Ballon d'Or. Who will win? Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta or Lionel Messi?
currently trying to calculate Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta's Wins Above Replacement ... it's impossibly complicated.
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What they said about Ronaldo, Iniesta & Messi... Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta or Lionel Messi will lift the...
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Andrés Iniesta - who will win the Ballon d'Or next week? What do you all think?
With just 5 days for fifa to name the Best Player for the year 2012, who do you think will carry the most prestigious award? will it be the 3 times winner and defending champion Lionel Messi, one time winner, Christiano Ronaldo or 2012 European golden ball winner Andres Iniesta?
FCB Escola, the school that taught the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas the basics of football, will kick-start in India in April 2013. Having organised clinics almost all over India under the supervision of Antonio Claveria, Technical Director — FCB Escola India, FC Barcelona and Conscient Football will train a total of 300 kids in the age group of 6-16 years. "We have seen great talent while conducting FCB camps across the country. The Escola will certainly bring the much required impetus to grassroots training in India," Claveria said in Delhi on Wednesday. This is to ensure that aspiring Indian footballers get to train the Barca way within the next few months. The Escola (school) will operate out of two centres, with The Heritage School, Gurgaon as the main centre and IOS Maidan, Centre of Sports Excellence at Shivaji College, Delhi as a satellite centre.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the UEFA Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
One of the greatest players of all time – Holland legend Johan Cruyff – has revealed why Arsenal would be crazy to get rid of Arsene Wenger. Cruyff has given the Gunners boss solid backing and says the Arsenal board would be mad to even consider parting company with the Frenchman. “Wenger will ALWAYS bring the club back to the top,” said Cruyff, who is credited by Pep Guardiola for establishing the La Masia academy at Barcelona, which produced Lionel Messi, Xavi ­Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. -DB
So according to you lot, the world dream team is: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic, Phillip Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Santi Carzola, Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao
Lionel Messi the son of God Xavi Hernandez the Maestro Around The Field... Andres Iniesta the King of Dribble... Three key player FCB!!!
Adriano and Song missing for Barca Barca’s injury problems this season continue to worsen with both Alex Song and Adriano ruled out of the trip to Vallodolid. Jason Pettigrove Barcelona have named a 19 man squad to play against Real Valladolid this evening. Andres Iniesta has travelled with the squad despite having trained apart with them all week, and he has been passed fit to play at the José Zorrilla stadium. However Barca, who go into the match aiming to remain unbeaten in La Liga since the start of the season, will be missing Alex Song and Adriano. Cameroon international Song is out because of knee problems whilst Adriano has a muscle problem in his left leg. Lionel Messi will be looking to become only the second player in La Liga history to score twice in 7 consecutive games (Telmo Zarra the other) and any goal from the Argentine will increase his astonishing tally of 90 goals in the current Calendar Year. The full squad that is available to stand-in coach Jordi Roura is as follows: Valdés, Pint ...
Isco wins Tuttosport's Golden Boy award The 20-year-old attacker succeeds the likes of Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney in being named the best young player in Europe by the Italian newspaper Malaga attacking midfielder Isco has won the prestigious Golden Boy prize, which is awarded to Europe's best under-21 player by Italian newspaper Tuttosport . The 20-year-old was selectedby a panel of 30 journalists working for the most influential publications from 20nations around the Continent. The Spanish midfielder becamethe 10th player to receive theaward after seeing off the 39 other nominees who were initially selected. "I'm overjoyed. It is a wonderful thing. I see the pastwinners and it almost makes me shiver, names of the highest prestige, like Messi," Isco told Tuttosport . "This Golden Boy [award] will be an incentive for me to become a real star of international football, like those who have gone before me." Isco accumulated 137 votes towin the prize, beating off competition from AC Milan's ...
Lifted off BBC Sport, but I'm Scouse, so you should've expected it. Andres Iniesta has said that he hasn't seen "the perfect footballer" yet. So what would make up the perfect footballer? I'd say: Lev Yashin's reflexes Bobby Moore's tackling Franz Beckenbauer's leadership Roy Keane's tenacity Zinedine Zidane's control and composure Johan Cruyff's passing and movement Lionel Messi's skill Diego Maradona's dribbling Pele's finishing Dixie Dean's heading And Adebayo Akinfenwa's strength, of course. Any advances on that? What a player. - Ed
Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in that order.
Lionel Messi, as humble as ever, spoke out last night after his sensational record-breaking night declaring that teammate Andres Iniesta deserves the coveted FIFA Ballon d'Or award. Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of 2012 last night against Real Betis to make him the record scorer in history but Messi was more focused on the achievements of his teammates. Speaking to reporters, Messi said, "I would not mind giving the Ballon d'Or to Andres. He deserves it for how well he and the team are doing." When quizzed of his accomplishment, Messi chose instead to focus on the victory, "As it is often said, it is very nice to beat [Muller's] record, but the important thing is maintaining a gap ahead of our rivals. "It was very hard to come here. Betis are doing well in the league so it was a very important victory."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is backing Andres Iniesta to beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or
Liverpool Persist in Fight for Barcelona Striker - Report By IBTimes Staff Reporte: Subscribe to IBTimes's RSS feed December 14, 2012 9:03 AM GMT Liverpool are considering a transfer for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona, according to the Express. The 23 year old winger joined the Catalan giants in 2011, from Italian club Udinese, but injuries have robbed him of regular first team appearances. And with the form players like Lionel Messi, Pedro and Andres Iniesta are in, it is difficult to see Sanchez as anything more than a squad player at the Nou Camp. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers loaned England international Andy Carroll to West Ham United in the summer and summer signing Fabio Borini of Italy has missed the season so far with an injury. This has left only Uruguayan international Luis Suarez as the club's senior striker. The South American has responded to the challenge, with 10 Premier League goals in 15 games. However, the former Ajax striker does need support and competition to maintai ...
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Cordoba 0-2 Barcelona: Messi at the double again as Blaugrana battleto victory against Andalusians The Argentine superstar stepped up as the match winnerfor the Blaugrana, grabbing a pair of goals to give his team a commanding advantage to take back to Camp Nou By Keeghann Sinanan Dec 12, 2012 9:51:00 PM Messi, Xavi - Atletico vs Barcelona Barcelona worked hard to secure a 2-0 victory over Cordoba in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 clash at the Nuevo Arcangel on Wednesday. Lionel Messi, fresh from breaking Gerd Muller's recordfor goals in a calender year, was the difference once againfor the defending champions, scoring in either half to take his 2012 tally to 88 goals andput his side in pole position toadvance to the quarter-finalsahead of their Segunda Division opponents. The Argentine opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game with a tap-in from close range and rounded off the win with his second goal 16 minutes from full-time to end the resistance of Cordoba, who will be disappointed ...
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Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona: Barca continue historic run as Messi breaks goal-scoring record FC Barcelona finished their La Liga night with a spectacular 43 points out of 45 possible, and with a player with 86 goals and 29 assists so far this year. By Nayib Moran The possession game played a vital in the first minutes for Tito Villanova and FC Barcelona. Pepe Mel’s team was not waiting to take away the ball and start the ball, Betis wanted the ball; they just couldn’t take away from the Catalan side. Lionel Messi flew across the centre half of the box, he held the ball on his left foot, as four Betis players chased Argentina’s no. 10. He looked like a 15 year old against six year olds in the school’s playground. He took the shot and sent it though the net. He reached the 85th goal mark in minute 16. Andres Iniesta follows Messi, the Argentinian spots Iniesta, who receives the ball on the run, the manchego back heals the ball back to the magician, who from the same spot where he reached 85 goals, he s ...
Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta & Cesc Fabregas are all ranked in the top 10 most expensive players in the worldd!
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Orlando Pirates - Kaizer Chiefs - Mamelodi Sundowns Banter Page wrote: Off Topic:: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta & Cristiano Ronaldo have been nominated for this years Ballon d'Or Who do you think will win it ? Messi - Like Ronaldo - Comment Iniesta - Share *DS*
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Cesc Fàbregas Fan Page wrote: Cesc Fabregas misses out in the goals of the week - but Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta feature! Watch here: [video from GMF]
Shoo Barcelona has no equal! Ya cruiza! Andres Iniesta le Lionel Messi are simply excelent partners. Scoring goals is so easy for these boys.
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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol makes his return from injury this evening as the Catalan side face Real Zaragoza at Camp Nou in the Spanish Primera Division. The Spain international has been out of action since suffering a dislocated shoulder against Benfica in the Champions League, but returns to the starting XI tonight and will partner Gerard Pique in central defence. There is another slightly surprising selection by Barca coach Tito Vilanova as Martin Montoya starts at right-back in favour of Dani Alves, with the Brazilian having to settle for a place on the bench. The integral midfield trio of the hosts features Xavi, Alex Song and Andres Iniesta. David Villa is rewarded for his current form by earning a start this evening. The former Valencia man has been in excellent form in the last few games and netted for Spain against Panama during the week. He will start on the left-hand side with Pedro and Lionel Messi making up the attacking frontline. Zaragoza start the match without Portuguese striker Helder ...
SOME QUOTES ON Paul Scholes FROM THE FOOTBALL WORLD: Zidane: "I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get." Brian Kidd: “Paul Scholes had the best football brain I’d ever seen in a kid. Let’s face it. Paul Scholes is in a class of its own.” Wayne Rooney: “Scholes is the best I’ve played with, no question. His touch, passing, vision, composure is outstanding. I try to copy him.” Alan Shearer: "“If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. He can tackle, and his passing and shooting is of the highest level. He’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time.” Andres Iniesta :“SCHOLES and Ryan Giggs, They are two shining examples for any player” Gerard Pique: “Scholes is of the Best Players I’ve ever seen in my life! Spectacular on training!! Playing with him was a joy!” Samir Nasri: “Sad to hear Paul ...
Guardian Barca sweeps PFL awards WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012 20:03 EDITOR SPORT - ABROAD BARCELONA may have lost their Primera Division title but they had a host of winners in the Professional Football League’s 2011/12 season awards, which were announced on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi named Best Player and Pep Guardiola best coach. Barca, who saw their three-year reign as Spanish champions ended by Real Madrid, also saw Messi named the Primera Division’s best striker, Andres Iniesta best attacking midfielder while Carles Puyol won the Fair Play award. Barcelona B’s Marc Bartra, meanwhile, was voted the best defender in the second division. Madrid also enjoyed success in the fourth edition of the LFP awards, with Iker Casillas named best goalkeeper, Sergio Ramos best defender and Xabi Alonso best central midfielder. The awards are voted for by the players and coaches of the top two divisions in Spain. Messi edged out Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the Best Player award in the top f ...
Lionel Messi has been chosen by La Liga players and coaches as the Best Player of the Spanish league last season. - Congrats Leo! Other award winners are as follows: Best Player: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Best Coach: Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) Best Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (R. Madrid) Best Defense: Sergio Ramos (R. Madrid) Best midfielder Xabi Alonso (R. Madrid) Best midfielder of attack: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Best Forward: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Fair Play: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Revelation Francisco Alarcon Isco (Málaga) Congrats to all the Barca players in the list!
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TEAM NEWS: Villa and Tello partner Messi upfront as Barcelona head to Mallorca The Spain international and Masia graduate start in attack for the Blaugrana, as the club look to put their disappointing midweek Champions League defeat to Celtic behind them By Charlie Scott Nov 11, 2012 4:10:00 PM Tito Vilanova makes five changes to the side that lost during the week for Barcelona's trip to Mallorca, with David Villa and Cristian Tello chosen to play with Lionel Messi in a front three for the Catalan giants. Villa and Tello replace Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, while Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets also return to Barcelona's starting XI as Marc Bartra and Alex Song are dropped to the bench. Pique makes his first start in eight weeks after being injured during the club's Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in September. Cesc Fabregas is included in a midfield three alongside Xavi and Busquets, as Andres Iniesta is named as a substitute for tonight's game. Joaquin Caparros makes one change from his side ...
THE three best footballers in the world - Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez - took time out from training at Celtic Park tonight to pass on their best wishes to Celtic on this, the 125th anniversary of the club´s formation. The three Barcelona players were at the stadium to train with ...
Latest Scores Extra Time: Messi, Iniesta & Xavi pose with Celtic shirt The Ballon d'Or nominees were more than happy to hold the famous hooped jersey, but not as happy as they'll be at the prospect of running riot against a depleted Bhoys side By Ewan Roberts Nov 7, 2012 7:00:00 PM It’s an image Celtic fans could barely even dream about: Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta holding aloft the hooped jersey. Oh, and Xavi there too! Has Henrik Larsson been extolling the virtues of Glasgow to his former team-mates? Does Iniesta long to face clubs as steeped in history as Ross County? Is the Ballon d'Or winner hooked on deep-fried Mars bars? Sadly not Bhoys fans, unfortunately Messi & co. will not be strutting their stuff in green and white on the hallowed turf of Celtic Park. Nor is this a case of preemptive, Andre Santos-style shirt swapping. The trio actually snuck past Tito Vilanova and out of training before stumbling upon Celtic's 125th anniversary celebrations. They posed for a cheeky snap before hitting t ...
Report: Guardiola Favors Chelsea Former Barcelona FC coach Pep Guardiola, who is currently on sabbatical with his family in New York City, “has made it known to his close circle of advisors that Chelsea is his preferred choice” when he decides to return to coaching, the Daily Mail reports. Apparently, the 41-year-old is attracted to the types of players that Chelsea is signing, namely, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Under Guardiola, Barcelona had an astonishing 72 percent winning record in La Liga. He is widely credited with taking Frank Rijkaard’s 2006 Uefa Champions League-winning team to another level, which culminated in the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley in 2011. Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta all rose to prominence during Guardiola's reign.
22 players short listed for Ballon d'Or by FIFA. 7 of them are from Spain (No wonder they are European and World Champions for the last 4 years). The players are Iker Cassillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (All RM), Gerrard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta (All Barcelona). To extend it further, 5 more players are from LaLiga. They are Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema, Christiano Ronaldo (all RM), Ramadel Falcao (Valencia) and obviously the would-be winner Lionel Messi (the greatest of all from Bercelona). I was following the debate between my friends regarding LaLiga and other football leagues like BPL etc. If 12 players out of 22 are from LaLiga, then any sane person should say that there is no comparison between LaLiga and other leagues of the world. If a ranking is given then, I would put LaLiga at the top, keep the rest 9 ranks empty and then put rankings from 11 onwards to Bundesliga, Italian SerieA, BPL, CPL, DPL, EPL and other Blah Blahs next in any order of preference (Obviously no ...
Trashorras: Iniesta, Xavi behind Messi success Rayo Vallecano's Roberto Trashorras feels Lionel Messi should be grateful to spanish team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi for his success. "Without these duo, Messi would not be who he is now," Trashorras said. The 31-year-old is eagerly anticipating tonight''s game against his former team, and is in particular looking forward to seeing Iniesta and Victor Valdes. "It is always special to play against guys with whom you have played with in your younger years," he said. "I still have a good relationship with Victor Valdes and Iniesta." Trashorras left Barcelona for Real Madrid in 2003, and also wore the jerseys of Numancia, Las Palmas and Celta Vigo before eventually joining Rayo in 2011.
According to soccer magazine this are "Player of the Year" - [Soccer Magazine] nominees : 1) Lionel Messi 2) Cristiano Ronaldo 3) Andres Iniesta 4) Xavi Hernandez 5) Radamel Falcao
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That is a shame for Celtic but you have to applaud the Barcelona brilliance. They pick Celtic's stubborn defence apart with a superb move that sees Lionel Messi move the ball to Andres Iniesta, he play a one-two with Xavi before finishing low into the corner of the net. The timing of the goal is significant as well. Celtic have a second-half siege coming.
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