Lionel Messi & Atletico Madrid

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. Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D., commonly known as Atlético de Madrid, is a Spanish football club based in Madrid who play in La Liga. 5.0/5

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Lionel Messi reportedly wants Barcelona to make a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez (22) in the summer. [don…
Late Messi goal beats Atletico: Lionel Messi scored a late winner for the second week in a…
Lionel Messi: Has now scored 27 goals against Atlético Madrid, he has not scored more against any other team he has faced.
Lionel Messi has now scored 27 goals against Atletico Madrid across all competitions. Lives for the big games.
Lionel Messi scored in the 86th minute to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Rafinha...
Lionel Messi seals win for Barcelona with late goal against Atlético Madrid | Guardian
La Liga: Barcelona go atop standings after beating Atletico Madrid thanks to late Lionel Messi goal
Lionel Messi struck the winner four minutes from time as Barcelona provisionally moved to the top of La Liga
FOOTBALL: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up as Barcelona finishes off Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi doubles the lead with a brilliant strike! . Atletico Madrid 0-2 Barcelona
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La Liga round-up: Lionel Messi scores on Barcelona return while Atletico Madrid hit Granada for seven - The Sun
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Lionel Messi's out for three weeks. He was substituted after 59 minutes against Atletico Madrid. Read more:
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Atletico Madrid have done the impossible: shut down Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar -
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann third only to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Diego Simeone - The Sun
One of my favorite goals of the year Lionel Messi against Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez (left) Neymar (centre) and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Atletico Madrid in January
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 ...
Lionel Messi scored his 22nd goal against Atletico Madrid last night. Other main victims are Real Madrid and Sevila. He scored 21 times against them each
Ronaldo’s 54 goals, Messi’s 21 assists, Neuer’s 28 clean sheets – The Ballon d’Or trio's remarkable records Ballon d'Or 2014: LIVE! The 2014 Ballon d'Or will be decided in Zurich on Monday, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer all battling for the top prize. Ronaldo, who is the current Ballon d'Or holder, scored 17 goals as Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League title, overcoming Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time in the final in Lisbon. Messi meanwhile scored four times as Argentina reached the World Cup final, only to be defeated by Germany and a Mario Gotze goal in the Maracana in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the right side of that result, his stellar performances for Germany guiding his nation to their fourth World Cup crown. Other awards handed out at the ceremony include the Coach of the Year, where the three candidates are Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, and Germany boss Joachim Low. The Goal of the Year award will also be decided, w ...
UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: The 2014 Fifa Ballon d'Or is on today. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Manuel Neuer will be winner at a ceremony in Zurich. Ireland's Stephanie Roche will find out if her stunning strike for Peamount United will beat Robin Van Persie and James Rodriguez to be goal of the year.However, ManUnited striker, Robin Van Persie will have a scan today on a damaged ankle and will miss the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Germany's Nadine Kessler, Brazil's Marta and Abby Wambach of the United States are up for the women's player of the year award. While, Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti, Germany's Joachim Low and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone are nominated for coach of the year. IN OTHER NEWS: Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy dislocated a shoulder during the 3-0 Premier League win against Stoke. The Frenchman, 29, landed heavily after colliding with Stoke's Marko Arnautovic and was replaced by Hector Bellerin in the 13th minute at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "It's dislocated so ...
Lionel Messi has finally addressed rumours that he is set for a dramatic Barcelona exit after falling out with manager Luis Enrique, with the Ballon d’Or candidate reported to be considering a £200m move to Chelsea, Manchester City or Paris St-Germain. Following the 3-1 victory over Spanish champions Atletico Madrid last night, Messi acknowledged the recent transfer talk, but disregarded them as “false”.
Lionel Messi celebrated the win that moved Barcelona to within one point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga by saying he would not leave the club for the Premier League. Messi said after the 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid: 'I have not laid down any conditions for me to stay at this club and neither do I have any intention of leaving. [ 290 more words. ]
Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid: Lionel Messi + Luis Suarez + Neymar = no crisis in Catalonia PETE JENSON AT THE Nou Camp: Barcelona's Holy Trinity of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were each on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.
OG.NR Barcelona were 3-1 winners over Spanish league champions Atletico Madrid to move within one point of current league leaders Real Madrid. Atletico sought an early advantage at the Nou Camp but Barcelona weathered the storm, and Lionel Messi evaded the challenge of three defenders and his cross into the box bounced off Luis Suarez and found its way Neymar who fired the ball into the net after 12 minutes. The second goal came after 35 minutes when Messi appeared to use his hand to control a ball and his mazy run into the box, saw him provide the pass to Suarez who scored his second league goal in 10 games. Jesus Gamez earned a penalty for Atletico, after he fell under a challenge in the box from Messi, and Mario Mandzukic put the ball straight down the middle of the goal in the 57th minute to reduce their deficit. Messi settled the game as a contest when he pounced on a ball in the box to score Barcelona's third with three minutes left in normal time.
Tonight my cousin Gareth Gray was at the Nou Camp for Barcelona v Atletico Madrid. Weather permitting next Saturday he'll be at Whitchurch Utd v Fareham Town. Who needs Lionel Messi when we have. Ehm yeah. Talk about going from the ridiculous to the sublime!
Luis Enrique has threatened to quit Barcelona if he doesn't have the 100% backing of the club's players, following reports of a meeting between president Josep Bartomeu and Lionel Messi. The pair met following the 5-0 victory over Elche on Thursday night, with a Spanish television station claiming the Barca chief had promised to axe the coach following Sunday's clash with Atletico Madrid. Luis Enrique has now reacted to the latest round of rumours by revealing he will walk away if all of his players are not in support of his leadership. "I work everyday 100 per cent but I assure you that I'll quit if my players don't follow me," he said. "That hasn't happened during my career as coach. The players and technical team, we are not involved in these aspects. A tumultuous week off the pitch at Barcelona saw sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta sacked, his assistant and club legend Carles Puyol quit and presidential elections brought forward a year in the aftermath. This latest episode followed on from the news ...
Ronaldo Voted Europe’s Top Footballer Portuguese football phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo was voted by European sports reporters Europe’s best football player for the second year in a row. The results of the survey, carried out by Uruguay’s El Pais daily and released Tuesday, showed 89 of the 144 reporters queried named the Real Madrid forward as the region’s top player, reports Xinhua. German goalie Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) and Argentina’s Lionel Messi (Barcelona) came in distant second and third places, with 19 and 16 votes, respectively. Ronaldo “was again the grand star (of Real Madrid), winning the coveted Champions League title for the tenth time,” the daily said. Real Madrid also lead the Spanish League’s 2014—2015 season with a total of 25 goals, the daily added. In other categories, the title of Europe’s best coach went to Argentina’s Diego Simeone, who coached Atletico Madrid to victory in the Spanish 2013—2014 season and the final of the UEFA Champions League. Simeone, ...
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TRANSFER GOSSIP Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 27, wants to move to Arsenal in January. (Metro) Manchester City are lining up a move for 21- year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the ex-Manchester United player and France international seen as a replacement for 31- year-old Yaya Toure. (Sun - subscription required) Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 27, has admitted he faces an uncertain future at the club. (Daily Mail) Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, with the Spanish champions insisting the 28-year-old is not for sale. (Daily Star) Alternatively, Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal that he must meet Godin's £28.5m buyout clause if he wants to land the defender in January. (Daily Express) West Ham's 26-year-old defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer, is demanding a huge wage rise to remain with the Hammers and could be sold in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool among h ...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have between them won the past six world player of the year awards, face opposition from Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the short list announced by FIFA on Monday. Ronaldo, who is the present holder of the title having also won it in 2008, scored a record 17 goals in a Champions League campaign as Real Madrid went on to win their 10th European Cup last term. Messi, the only player to have won the award four times, failed to win a title this year either with Barcelona or Argentina, although he was integral in his country reaching the World Cup final where they lost 1-0 in extra-time to Germany. The 27-year-old did pick up the consolation of player of the tournament. Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring. AFP PHOTO Neuer, who was outstanding in goal for Germany and for Bayern Munich as they won the domestic double, would be only the second goalkeeper to win the award, which is announced on January 12 in Zurich, after t ...
The star trio will hope to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in this year's team, having been shortlisted for a place in the illustrious side The shortlist for the forwards in Fifa's FIFPro World XI has been announced, with Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Diego Costa all nominated from the Premier League. The Manchester City striker leads the way, having helped his side win the Premier League in 2013-14, though injury curtailed his World Cup. Aguero has also hit the ground running this term, scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances. Rooney, meanwhile, was a rare bright spot under David Moyes, and has impressed under Louis Van Gaal, having scored his first ever World Cup goal for England at the World Cup. Costa will also fancy his chances of inclusion, with his goals last season propelling Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, and his start under Jose Mourinho cementing his position as one of the finest strikers in world football. The Brazil-born Spain international has hit ...
Oct 20, 2014 12:29:41 The creative midfielder has defended the Vicente Calderon side's aggressive style of play and has nothing but praise for head coach Diego Simeone Arda Turan has admitted that Atletico Madrid do not always play "pretty football", but has stressed that they have no other option if they want to be successful as they don't have any players with the individual quality of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. The reigning Spanish champions have been criticised for their aggressive style of play, but Turan is not impressed and has made it clear that winning is all that matters for Diego Simeone's men. "Our football might not be pretty, but it’s winning football. Sometimes, the teams playing the nicest football don’t win games or titles," Arda told Fifa's official website. "Certainly there are times when we’d like to have more of the ball, but we don’t have Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in our side, so we have to be a real team and work hard. "We need to defend more than Madrid or B ...
Atletico Madrid's Koke says Ronaldo is an athlete, but Lionel Messi is a god...do u agree with Koke?
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes that while Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenal “athlete”, Lionel Messi is a footba…
Facts you don't know about Radamel Falcao 1) Stating the obvious, he's really good - Falcao has been linked with some of the world's biggest clubs this summer, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus all thought to have been chasing him at some point. 2) Falcao currently has a record of precisely 200 career goals in club football, which have come in just 305 appearances for River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. 3) The 28-year-old is a Colombian international and has 20 goals in 51 games, but was one of the more high-profile absentees from this summer's World Cup through injury. 4) Falcao scored 52 La Liga goals in just two seasons with Atletico Madrid - only Barcelona and Real Madrid stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more in that time. 5) During this time, the South American joined an elite list of players to score five goals in a single game in the Spanish top flight, in a superb performance against Deportivo. 6) Falcao does not have great pedigree in the Champions ...
[Sports update] -Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Marco Reus will miss the start of the Bundesliga season after tests revealed his ankle was more serious than first thought. -Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda looks set to leave the club after admitting he has recieved offers from the Premier League and La Liga. The Brazilian, who was left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad, earned plaudits across the continent after helping Diego Simeone's Atleti side to their first Liga title since 1996. -Former Netherlands international Johan Cruyff believes Argentina are the team to beat at the World Cup. Brazil remain favourites to emerge victorious on home soil following their Confederations Cup triumph in 2013, but Argentina - led by captain Lionel Messi - have been tipped by the likes of former forward Diego Maradona to challenge for glory this month. -England manager Roy Hodgson insists Steven Gerrard has no injury issues despite the midfielder leaving midway through an open training session on Mo ...
Del Bosque: Brazil under great pressure Spain are ready for a fiery reception in Brazil where they face an uphill struggle to defend their FIFA World Cup™, coach Vicente Del Bosque said in an interview published Monday. Del Bosque, 63, said Spain will be entering hostile territory in Brazil, where they lost 3-0 to the hosts in the final of last year's FIFA Confederations Cup. "In the Confederations Cup it is true that they whistled at us in the games," he told leading Spanish sports daily Marca in the Brazilian city of Curitiba. "I think there was a lot of respect in that, in that they saw a potential enemy for Brazil," the coach said, stressing that outside of the games Brazilians had been friendly to the squad. With Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa controversially in the Spain squad, Brazil's stadiums risk being even less welcoming than last year. And as Spain gear up for their opening game Friday against the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, Del Bosque said the c ...
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the most valuable player in world football and worth almost twice as much as Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory. The ninth edition of the annual football review has estimated the Argentina international's value at £161.5million ahead of second-placed Ronaldo on £85.2m and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, whose worth is put at £79.4m. Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Messi's Barcelona team-mate Neymar complete the top five, valued at £61.2m and £50.6m respectively. Meanwhile, Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale comes in at seventh, valued at £50.9m, almost £30m less than the world-record £80.6m fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for the Wales international's services last year. Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and Argentina winger Erik Lamela have seen their values fall by more than 50 per cent since completing transfers 12 months ago. Falcao joined Monaco for £48.4m from Porto last season and is now worth £22.7m, according to the study, ...
With a squad packed full of talent from Europe’s top clubs, Argentina is certainly one of the title contenders at this year’s World Cup. Here are the 5 Argentine players to watch from the very squad : *LIONEL MESSI: Though immensely gifted, Lionel Messi was too young to make an impact at the 2006 World Cup. Four years later, he failed, like Argentina overall, to fulfill expectations in South Africa. This year’s World Cup in Brazil is Messi’s chance to make a mark on football’s greatest stage and prove to those who still have doubts about his ability. At 26, the Barcelona maestro will be at a peak age for a footballer and he’ll be surrounded by talent in an Argentine team that won its qualifying group and is considered one of the title favorites. Even if Argentina doesn’t make it all the way, watching Messi weave through opponents promises to be one of the highlights of the World Cup. *Gonzalo Higuain: Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer from Real Madrid to Napoli appears to have done him good. Even ...
Demichelis in Argentina squad as trio miss out Nicolas Otamendi, Ever Banega and Jose Sosa were the three players to miss out as Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella cut his FIFA World Cup™ squad to the final 23 names. Martin Demichelis joined fellow Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta and striker Sergio Aguero in the squad as Atletico Mineiro's Otamendi was the defender to make way. Boca Juniors' Fernando Gago was selected despite fitness concerns as Banega, of Newell's Old Boys, and Atletico Madrid's Sosa were left out of a midfield selection which also features Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Biglia, Maxi Rodriguez, Ricardo Alvarez, Enzo Perez and Augusto Fernandez. Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio of Inter Milan join Aguero in a fearsome strikeforce. Argentina squad: Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors). Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernande ...
Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has become a better player since joining Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 and has thrived on the obsession the La Liga club have with winning a 10th European title. Real play city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 24 and are one step away from the record-extending continental crown that has eluded them since they last won Europe's elite club competition exactly 12 years ago, on May 15, 2002. Ronaldo, 29, is the top scorer in this season's competition with a record 16 goals, two more than the previous best set by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and former AC Milan striker Jose Altafini. "I've changed for the better, of course," Ronaldo said on Real's website on Thursday (www.realmadrid.com). "I won the Champions League with Manchester United and now this is my fifth season with Real Madrid," added the Portugal captain, a European champion with the English Premier League club in 2008. "I've always dreamed of winning this competition with this ...
MESSI & BARÇA AGREE FOR NEW CONTRACT! Just as we reported late April,Fc Barcelona have announced that the club have reached an agreement with Lionel Messi over his new contract. The club stated on its website: “Fc Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first team player. “The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days." The new contract will reportedly not change the length of his previous agreement until 2018, neither will it erade his €250m (R 3.6 billion) buyout-clause, but massively upgrade the players salary. With a new basic salary of between 20 to 22 million Euro (up to R 318 million), Messi is likely to be the highest paid footballer in the world. The contract will also include a bonus structure that could see the total payment raise up to €30m (R 434 million) per year. The contract negotiations had been ongoing for a long while, with Messi reportedly giving away a share of his image ri ...
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BREAKING: Eden Hazard SET FOR BARCELONA MOVE! Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is set to join Barcelona in the summer Transfer Window. The Belgian was publicly criticized by boss Jose Mourinho following the Champion League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid and it appears his long-term future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt. And with the Blues reportedly looking to cash in on their star player, Barcelona are prepared to offer him an escape route from London. The Catalans desperately need high-profile signings following a very disappointing season and they are ready to pull all the stops to lure Hazard to Camp Nou. Barcelona are planning to send scouts to England to finalise the deal. The player himself is reportedly interested in a switch to Barcelona, where his attacking qualities would be properly utilized. Hazard, who has compared himself to Barca LEGEND Lionel Messi in the past, is reportedly one of their number one targets - with Barca seeing him play ...
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has backed France forward Franck Ribery to inspire a comeback from the five-time European champions, who are aiming to become the first side to retain the Champions League. Ribery, who was named as the world's third Best Player behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in January, was criticised for his performance in Spain last week. But he shone against Bremen and Guardiola is expecting him to play another starring role on Tuesday. "Franck played like he was possessed at the weekend," said Guardiola. "He fights and fights and for this reason the people love him here at the Allianz Arena. "He is one of the Best Players in the history of Bayern Munich and we need his help." The winner of Bayern and Real will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid, who meet again on Wednesday, in the final on 24 May in Portugal's capital city Lisbon.
Football - Liga Barca complete remarkable comeback to keep slim title hopes alive La Liga, El Madrigal - Villarreal 2 (Cani 45, Trigueros 55) Barcelona 3 (Gabriel OG 65 Musacchio OG 78, Messi 83) Barcelona kept their slim title hopes alive in dramatic fashion, coming from two down to claim a thrilling 3-2 win over Villarreal. Goals from Cani and Manuel Trigueros gave Villarreal a 2-0 lead with just 25 minutes left to play, but two own goals and a strike from Lionel Messi kept the Catalans within four points of Atletico Madrid in their first game since the passing of former coach Tito Vilanova. However, the victory was marred after a banana was thrown at Barca full-back Dani Alves - the Brazilian responding brilliantly by picking it up off the turf and eating it. Villarreal grew in confidence as the first half progressed and came close to opening the scoring before the break, with Marc Bartra clearing Javier Ignacio Aquino’s strike off the line with keeper Pinto stranded. However, the hosts did take the ...
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 ...
Dear Barca fan ra plz.kichu mone korben na apnader niye post korlam ble... 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 . "This situation is pretty similar to what happened between Van Gaal and Rivaldo. Van Ga ...
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi following sharp criticism of the four-times World Player of the Year's limp performance in Wednesday's Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid. Read more details here:
In Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter at the Vicente Del Calderon, Lionel Messi ran only 6.8 km (4.2 miles) in the match which lasted for around 95 minutes, just over 1.4 km more than Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto who ran just about 5.4 km, and almost half that of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke who ran just around 12.2 km. :3
When the dust has settled on Wednesday’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, one question that will be on the lips of many Barcelona fans is: where was Lionel Messi?
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Madrid keep on Atletico, Barça's tails Gareth Bale deputised ably for the injured Cristiano Ronaldo with a wonder strike from 35 yards as Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with a 4-0 win away to Real Sociedad. Atletico stay top, three points clear of third-placed Real, as they squeezed out a tense 1-0 win over Villarreal, whilst Barça remain in second after overcoming Real Betis 3-1 thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi. Real were leading 1-0 thanks to Asier Illarramendi's opener when Bale pounced on an error from Sociedad keeper Claudio Bravo to register his 18th goal of the season with a sweet left-footed striker 25 minutes from time before Pepe and Alvaro Morata rounded off the scoring. Without FIFA Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo due to a knee problem, Madrid took their time to get going in San Sebastian and could have been behind when Antoine Griezmann's header flashed just over the bar midway through the first-half. However, Carlo Ancelotti's men went in front the first ...
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 . ...
PREVIEW Barcelona v Atletico Madrid; Champions League | Camp Nou | Tue 1 Apr | 7:45pm The lowdown These two sides have already played each other three times this season and there hasn't been a winner. Luckily for us, they were all exciting and entertaining matches. They weren't blessed with goals or lots of chances, but they were intriguing in a tactical way. BARCELONA FORM Espanyol 0-1 Barca (Lge) Barca 3-0 Celta Vigo (Lge) Real Madrid 3-4 Barca (Lge) Barca 7-0 Osasuna (Lge) Barca 2-1 Man City (Cup) ATLETICO MADRID FORM Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico (Lge) Atletico 1-0 Granada (Lge) Real Betis 0-2 Atletico (Lge) Atletico 1-0 Espanyol (Lge) Atletico 4-1 Milan (Cup) Confidence is high at Camp Nou, after they were just two Lionel Messi kicks from being out of the title race. The win in the Clásico wasn't all about the referee, despite what the Real Madrid dressing room are proclaiming. Atlético Madrid are very much in the reckoning for major trophies; the team is hard-working and fun to watch, just like the ...
The Champions League quarter-finals start up tomorrow with two mouth-watering contests. Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the first match. Barcelona will look too take early advantage of a home comest against the surprise La Liga leaders. Second in league scoring and hot commodity Diego Costa has announced himself too the world with 25 goals this season to go along with his 20 goals from last season. Costa though was injured in training and his status for the game is up in the air. 21-year-old Thibaut Courtois is considered one of the best up-and-coming goaltenders in the world and will have a tough task against the star powered attack of Barcelona. Defending Champions and European juggernaut Bayern Munich will take on the domestic struggling Manchester United. Bayern Munich has already won the Bundesliga title and rested their main stars over the weekend, but lost a key player to injury last weekend in Thiago Alcantara. Manchester United come into the match ...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Diego Costa sparked Atletico Madrid's exhilarating 2-1 comeback at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, while Lionel Messi converted a late penalty to keep Barcelona one point behind the Spanish league leaders with a contentious 1-0 win at Espanyol. A tireless Diego Costa's 25th goal in the league this season canceled out Iker Muniain's opener, and Koke "Jorge" Resurreccion followed with a 55th-minute header to keep Atletico on course in its search for its first league title since 1996. Messi made sure Barcelona stayed right behind Atletico with seven games left by slotting in a spot kick for his 23rd league goal in the 77th when Espanyol defender Javi Lopez handled in the area. Real Madrid plays Rayo Vallecano later trailing Atletico by six points. Barcelona hosts Atletico on Tuesday in the Champions League quarterfinals, a preview of their meeting in the last round of the Spanish league season. Diego Costa was a nightmare for Bilbao's defense all night, and could have had at least one ...
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NEWS AT THIS HOUR !!! Chelsea are keen to sign Atletico Madrid's Spain international striker Diego Costa, 25, in a £40m summer deal. Christian Benteke's Aston Villa future won't be certain until after the World Cup, the 23-year-old Belgium international's agent has claimed. Tottenham Hotspur hope to beat Liverpool to the signing of Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, 21. Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw, 18, is a target for Real Madrid, who are confident of beating Chelsea and Manchester United to sign him. Borussia Dortmund are pondering a move for Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches, 24, who is valued at £8m. Spurs and Arsenal are vying for the services of Nuremberg's Switzerland international striker Josip Drmic, 21, who has scored 11 times for the Bundesliga outfit this season. Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal would be an ideal manager for Manchester United if David Moyes is sacked, according to Ajax youth coach and former Dutch international Ronald de Boer. But United are sticking by Moyes despite f ...
REAL SHAME MARK II! SEVILLA SORT OUT Real Madrid! There could have been referee Undiano Malenko controversies when Barcelona beat sorry Real Madrid on Sunday at Santiago Bernabeu but no such excuses last night as Carlos Bacca scored twice to propel Sevilla to a sweet 2-1 victory over Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo had given Real a false start before Bacca condemned the illustrious visitors to a bitter second defeat in three days. No such difficulties for on form big town rivals Atletico Madrid who made short work of Granada with red hot Diego Costa securing a 1-0 win. Diego Simeone's side are a point clear of second placed Barcelona who battered Celta Vigo 3-0 with magical Lionel Messi among the goals. Real Madrid drop clear third on 70 points; three points off the pace setters. I hope some of their fans-my beloved personal friends-won't go into hiding (AGAIN) after this messi-less butchering! Lo Renzo and Fidelis Silungwe lads can we please continue the conversation?
*Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield. Steven Gerrard & Daniel Sturridge goals gave the Reds the most important win they needed to move 2nd above Man City on the EPL table. *West Ham Beat Hull City 2-1 at Upton Park. *Neymar double & a goal from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo to move top of the La Liga table though the table standing could change later as Real Madrid takes on Sevilla while Atletico Madrid play Granada. *Hasan Sas beat 7 dogs in a 800m Olympic ''head over heels escaping'' competition while heading home after watching Liverpool's game, leaving the dogs tongues down, panting & barking. Wuh.! May i have my tax free Gold Medal please?
All the Real Madrid and Christiano Ronaldo fans, don't miss the chance, let's do lungi dance and Let's have a look how El Clasico players are rated and where your Ronaldo stands. Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clasico player ratings By Andy West Spanish football writer El Clasico served up a football feast with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick in Barcelona's thrilling 4-3 win over Real Madrid. As is often the case when the Spanish giants meet, the game was littered with controversy as Sergio Ramos was sent off and the three penalties awarded were all disputed. But Messi's precision from two of the spot-kicks won the game, meaning he outshone Cristiano Ronaldo, as Barcelona closed to within a point of title rivals Real and Atletico Madrid. Here's how Spanish football writer Andy West rated the players: Real Madrid Diego Lopez (goalkeeper) - 6 Despite conceding four goals, he was in the paradoxical situation of having relatively little to do and certainly stood no chance with any of Barcelona's strikes. Even s ...
A Lionel Messi hat-trick earned Barcelona a hard fought 4-3 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and keep their title challenge alive, moving them to just one point behind Real and Atletico Madrid.
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 ...
Mar 17, 2014 12:22:00 PM The Portugal international and the Premier League star both enjoyed a fruitful weekend, while Lionel Messi got his name in the mix with a history making hat-trick Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Luis Suarez continue to lead the way in the race for the European Golden Shoe, but Lionel Messi 's fine form for Barcelona in recent weeks has seen last year's winner storm into the top 10. Ronaldo netted once at the weekend to help Madrid to a vital 1-0 win over Malaga, while Suarez also took his tally to 25 following his goal in Liverpool's victory against Manchester United. Meanwhile, third-placed Diego Costa got the winner in Atletico Madrid's win over Espanyol to keep up his fine goalscoring run as well. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Red Bull Salzburg hitman Jonatan Soriano both netted a double, but the winner of the week was Messi following his hat-trick in Barca's 7-0 win over Osasuna. Finally, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona forward Alexis ...
Real looking to snuff out Barca bid 20 Mar 2014 14:05:23 The 168th La Liga "Clasico" between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years. Leaders Real host their arch rivals at the Bernabeu on Sunday (2000 GMT) in one of soccer's most emotive occasions, featuring a clash of the world's two richest clubs, the two Best Players - Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's Lionel Messi - and watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Real, on 70 points with 10 games left, are in much the better shape going into the match and have put together an unbeaten run of 31 matches in all competitions since they lost 2-1 at Barca in La Liga at the end of October. Barca, four points behind Real in third and a point adrift of surprise packages Atletico Madrid in second, slipped to surprise recent defeats at Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad and badly need a win to reigni ...
Match Feature: El Clasico 21 Mar 2014 16:05:24 Expect drama both on and off the pitch when one of the world’s epic derbies, the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, takes place on Sunday. Catch the action live on SS3 HD and live streaming on supersport.com . The two Spanish giants clash in what could be a title decider and, judging by the previous encounters where there were red cards, fighting, diving and spats, this one promises to be a *** Real are three points clear at the summit of the La Liga table on 70 points, ahead of the weekend’s El Clasico, with Atletico Madrid (67) and Barcelona (66) still in the hunt. This match will see both coaches, Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, on their respective benches for the second time in a Clasico. Record signing Gareth Bale is set to make his derby debut for Real while Neymar will take to the pitch for his second Clasico. Barcelona may still be the top scorers in the league but Lionel Messi's injury and wavering form have affected them. The A ...
Lionel Messi, aged 26, is one goal away from equalling Hugo Sanchez (Atletico, Real Madrid, Rayo) as foreigner with most Li…
Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona sweep aside Osasuna to close the gap on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish title race. Argentina star Messi glanced in at the near post, before Alexis Sanchez tucked in Jordi Alba's low centre. Andres Iniesta's stinging 25-yarder put Barca in complete command at the break. Two more Messi goals, along with late strikes from Cristian Tello and Pedro, saw Barca warm up for next Sunday's El Clasico against Real with an easy win.
Four-time Champions League winners Barcelona and French champions Paris Saint Germain suffered few problems in reaching the quarterfinals of this season's competition on Wednesday. Barcelona – who had come into their game on the back of some poor league form – beat Manchester City, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off, 2-1 for a 4-1 aggregate victory. While Barcelona's win saw them join domestic rivals Atletico Madrid in the last eight, City became the second English side in two nights to bow out, Arsenal having exited on Tuesday. Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barca with his eighth Champions League goal of the campaign before Vincent Kompany levelled just before the final whistle. But there was still time for Dani Alves to strike the winner as Barcelona qualified for the quarterfinals for the seventh successive season.
Champions League Barca, Bayern cast huge shadow over English opponents Arsenal and Manchester City face monumental tasks when they visit European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Barcelona looking to overturn 2-0 deficits in the second legs of their Champions League last-16 ties. Arsenal must overcome Pep Guardiola and his red-hot Bayern side at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday after goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller condemned them to defeat in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last month. City, meanwhile, travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday with their own mountain to climb after goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves gave Barcelona a commanding advantage midway through the tie. In the week's other last-16 ties, Atletico Madrid face AC Milan at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 lead on Tuesday before Paris St Germain host Bayer Leverkusen at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday with a 4-0 advantage after the first leg. Arsenal, third in the Premier League, have the unenviable task of trying to become only ...
Real Madrid moved three points clear of their title rivals after a 3-0 home win against Elche on Saturday. Assier Illaramendi gave the Los Blancos the lead 11 minutes to the break when his shot deflected off Elche’s Manu del Moral past Herrera Real’s £85m signing from Tottenham Gareth Bale doubled the hosts’ lead with a spectacular 30-yard strike before midfielder Isco slotted in the third goal nine minutes from time. Bale Celebrates His 12th Real Madrid Goal Against Elche Barcelona, who started the weekend top of the La Liga standings on goal difference crashed at Real Sociedad later on Saturday. The Catalans needed a win to keep the pressure on Real and Atletico Madrid but Cameroon international Alex Song headed into his own goal few minutes after the half-hour. Although the visitors leveled within four minutes as Lionel Messi fired a precise 18-yard shot into the bottom corner, goals from Antoine Griezmann and David Zurutuza’s clever chip helped Sociedad move up to fifth on the log Atletico fa ...
Champions League last 16 news: Manchester City trail 2-0 going into their second leg match against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, thanks to goals by Lionel Messi (penalty) and Dani Alves. Bayer Leverkusen face a seemingly impossible task in their second leg match against Paris Saint Germain as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home. Goals from Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double completed the rout. Arsenal face a tough task at the Allianz Arena after a 2-0 first leg home defeat to Bayern Munich (Kroos 54', Muller 88'), Wojciech Szczesny was sent off early on in the first half, but David Alaba failed to convert his penalty. And .. AC Milan slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa with the goal.
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Martino: Barça ready for City test (AFP) Sunday 16 February 2014 Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino believes the first leg of his side's UEFA Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City on Tuesday comes at the right time as he has a fully-fit squad to choose from. The Catalans maintained their place atop the Spanish La Liga on goal difference with a 6-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Lionel Messi continued his fine form with a double to move past Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano as La Liga's third highest goalscorer of all time on 228. There was a further bonus for Martino's men as Neymar made his return after three weeks out with a sprained ankle and the Brazilian forward made an instant impact as he smashed home his side's sixth goal of the evening from 25 yards. "We come into the match in very good form," said Martino. "It is probably the best moment we could have hoped for to face the challenge of the last 16 of the Champions League, independent of the opponent we ...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored twice, passing Alfredo Di Stefano on the La Liga career scoring list and tying Raul Gonzalez for third as he led Barcelona over Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on Saturday night. Messi's 228 league goals are one more than di Stefano, and the 26-year-old trails only Telmo Zarra (251) and Hugo Sanchez (234). His sixth two-goal game this season raised his goals total to 24, including 13 in the league. Adriano put Barcelona ahead in the second minute, Messi scored on a chip in the 36th and assisted Alexis Sanchez's goal in the 53rd. Pedro Rodriguez scored three minutes later and Messi got his second goal in the 68th. Neymar entered in the 62nd in his first appearance since an ankle injury on Jan. 12 and scored in the 89th. Barcelona (19-2-3) leads the league on goal difference over Atletico Madrid (19-2-3), which ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Valladolid. Raul Garcia scored and set up Diego Costa's 21st league goal of the season. Real Madrid (18-2-3) ...
Valencia stun Barcelona at Camp Nou !!! Valencia snatched a shock 3-2 win at 10-man Barcelona, dealing a huge title blow to Tata Martino’s side. Barcelona seemed to be cruising after Alexis Sanchez’s sublime 7th-minute chip, dominating possession until Dani Parejo exploited terrible defending to equalise just before half-time. Pablo Piatti added a second early in the second half as Valencia again hit Barca on the counter, but the hosts were given a lifeline whenRicardo Costa was incorrectly penalised for handball in the box. The ball clearly struck the Valencia captain’s shoulder, and with his arm by his side it was a dreadful decision. Lionel Messi equalised from the spot, his first Liga goal since September. But Valencia would not be denied as Paco Alcacer converted the excellent Sofiane Feghouli’s low cross, with Jordi Alba’s dismissal for a second yellow card forcing Barca to play the final 13 minutes with 10 men. The result means both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid can overtake Barcelona a ...
Sergio Busquets admitted that Barcelona's 3-2 defeat against Valencia could hand the initiative to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on Sunday. The Catalans took the lead through Alexis Sanchez but goals from Dani Parejo, Pablo Piatti and Paco Alcacer ended a run of 25 straight league wins at Camp Nou for Barca, who earned a consolation through a Lionel Messi penalty shortly before Jordi Alba was sent off.
Barcelona suffered a first home defeat of the season when they lost 3-2 against Valencia after finishing with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday, leaving the door open for Madrid rivals Atletico and Real to move above them. Barca remain top with 54 points, but Atletico Madrid, who trail on goal difference, can leapfrog them with at least a draw at home to Real Sociedad, as can Real Madrid, who are a point behind, with a victory at Athletic Bilbao. It appeared to be service as normal when Alexis Sanchez put Barcelona ahead early on but strikes either side of halftime by Daniel Parejo and Pablo Piatti put Valencia in the driving seat. Lionel Messi equalised with a penalty after 54 minutes but the hosts were caught out again on the counter and Francisco Alcacer put the visitors back in front. Barcelona continued to struggle at the back and Jordi Alba was dismissed for a second yellow card with 12 minutes left. The result left the Catalans with one win from their last four league matches. La Liga: Barcelona v Vale ...
Shock Januzaj bid, Diego Costa and Draxler latest, £30m battle for... 1) Reports in Spain have claimed Chelsea have a 'verbal agreement' with Atletico Madrid to sign Diego Costa at the end of the season. The Metro cite Spanish broadcaster comments made by agent Francois Gallardo to programme La Sexta that Chelsea will meet his £32 million release clause in the summer. There are however many reasons to be doubtful on this. Gallardo does not represent Diego Costa, and is known for his wild claims with regard to transfers. Earlier this season he claimed it was certain Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona this coming summer. It also flies against reports Atletico Madrid will attempt to re-negotiate Diego Costa's contract over the coming weeks, and increase the value of his release clause. 2) Arsenal's attempted signing of Julian Draxler is no further forward after Schalke general manager Horst Heldt told Sky Deutschland on Sunday evening there had been no bid for the in-demand German. This goes against a repor ...
Diego Costa is confident that Atletico Madrid have the players to stop Lionel Messi ahead of this weekend's La Liga clash against Barcelona
Dec 23, 2013 11:14:00 PM The Colombia international has described the pair as 'the two most important players in the world' but feels that the Portuguese ace has the edge Monaco striker Radamel Falcao believes that Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. The Colombia international is a huge admirer of both players, having played alongside them in La Liga for two years before leaving Atletico Madrid for Monaco during the summer. However, as far as Falcao is concerned, the Portugal international is the slightly superior talent. "Messi and Cristiano are the two most important players in the world today but, for me, Ronaldo is the best," the 27-year-old striker told El Tiempo. Falcao only returned to the Monaco line-up just before the winter break after a spell on the sidelines with an injury that some reports suggested was merely a convenient way of covering up an alleged falling-out with coach Claudio Ranieri. However, the former Porto forward insists tha ...
Messi Wants Barcelona to Sign Aguero, Express Says: Roundup By Christopher Elser - Nov 15, 2013 4:50 AM GMT-0600 The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links. Aguero Interest Barcelona’s Lionel Messi told his club that it should sign Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, the Daily Express said. While Barcelona’s interest in signing Messi’s fellow Argentine dimmed when it brought in Neymar from Brazil before this season, Messi’s intervention may renew interest in the former Atletico Madrid striker, the newspaper said. City doesn’t want to sell Aguero, and Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino may be more interested in shoring up his defensive options, the newspaper said. Dzeko Departure? Arsenal may move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who is looking to increase his playing time after backing up City’s attackers, the Daily Mirror said. The Gunners are looking to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud, who has been the North London’s club main ...
Lionel Messi will surely miss the following matches: Granda, Celtic, Bilbao, Ajax, Villarreal, Getafe, Elche, Atletico Madrid. Minimum 10 likes for Messi if you want him to come back faster~ the manager
Xavi: Barcelona will miss Messi magic The midfielder says the Catalans will struggle to replace the Argentine ace, who has been sidelined for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury By John Baines 12 Nov 2013 12:30:00 Xavi Hernandez has admitted that being without Lionel Messi is a massive blow for Barcelona's Liga title chances. The Argentina international suffered a hamstring injury in the Blaugrana 's 4-1 defeat of Real Betis on Sunday and could be out of action until after the winter break. The reigning champions still head the Primera Division table by three points from Atletico Madrid, but Xavi suspects that they will need their star man back as soon as possible. "Everybody knows the importance of Leo to this team," the 33-year-old told Mundo Deportivo. "Leo makes the difference and there is no player in the world capable of doing what he does. "But he will be ok: he will be back and it will be great to have him playing again." Gerardo Martino's side have eight games to play in three different com ...
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal's boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund. Barca met seven-times winners AC Milan at the Nou Camp but the stock of the faltering Italians has fallen so much that even an average display from the hosts sealed a 3-1 success in Group H, Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and a cheeky third. La Liga rivals Atletico put on a better display in their 4-0 cruise past Group G whipping boys Austria Vienna to glide into the knockout stages after four wins from four with two matches to spare. Miranda grabbed Atletico's opener after 11 minutes before Raul Garcia rose athletically to head home the second, with Filipe Luis making it three for this term's potential surprise packages on halftime. Diego Costa missed a penalty but added a fourth goal on 82 minutes as Diego Simeone's men made sure of top spot and equalled their biggest Champions League win in ...
Lionel Messi marked his first start after injury with a goal in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday while Fernando Torres got two as Chelsea thumped Schalke and Atletico Madrid's charge continued. Robert Lewandowski got the 82nd-minute winner as Borussia Dortmund put the brakes on Arsenal's campaign with a 2-1 win in London that, along with Napoli's 2-1 victory at Olympique Marseille, put three teams on six points in Group F.
La Liga XI: Team of the decade The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and most recently Lionel Messi have all plied their trade in Spain's top tier, leading us to look at the best La Liga XI from the past decade. But do you agree? Leave a comment and have your say! Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) The Spain and Real Madrid number one is now something of a legend in world football and fits into the same category as Dino Zoff, Walter Zenga, Gianluigi Buffon, Rustu Recber and Oliver Kahn as one of the best goalkeepers the world has ever seen. Right-back: Sergio Ramos (Sevilla & Real Madrid) Although he is now often deployed as a centre-back, he made his name as a wing-back with his adventurous runs and crossing ability. Many believe he should once again be played as Madrid’s right-back, as it was his performances out wide for Sevilla that commanded Los Blancos to shell out £30 million for his signature back in 2005. Centre-back: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) The Blaugrana captain has been an ever-pres ...
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 ...
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Lionel Messi could miss the remainder of Barcelona's league campaign after suffering a relapse of his left hamstring injury during the team's 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Barcelona marked their crowning as La Liga champions with a come from behind 2-1 win at third-placed Atletico Madrid on Sunday despite finishing the game with 10 men. Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Espanyol on Saturday meant that the Catalans, who now have four titles in five years and 22 in all, could no longer be caught. But in keeping with a number of their recent performances Barca started lethargically and were behind just after half-time when Radamel Falcao took advantage of slips by Gerard Pique and Alex Song to slot home his 28th league goal of the season. Lionel Messi then had to leave the field as his injury problems continued after Barca had made all three substitutions.
Portuguese nets twice in 2-1 success * Real climb above Atletico into second (Recasts with Real Madrid result, adds byline) MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) - Real Madrid followed up Tuesday's Champions League success at Manchester United with a victory in La Liga when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a laboured 2-1 win at second-from-bottom Celta Vigo on Sunday. Ronaldo netted the goal that sent Real through to the last eight of Europe's elite club competition at the expense of his former club and his latest double took his league tally for the season to 26, 14 behind top scorer Lionel Messi of Barcelona. The victory lifted champions Real above city rivals Atletico Madrid into second on 58 points, 13 behind leaders Barca, who won 2-0 at basement side Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, with 11 games left. Atletico, who have 57 points, host Real Sociedad in the late kickoff (2000 GMT). Celta are fighting to avoid an immediate return to the second division after winning promotion last term and started brightly at ...
Cristiano Ronaldo is a vital player – Real Madrid Posted: Newslego BARCELONA (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo continued his fine goal scoring record at the Nou Camp with a brace as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 to go through to the final of the King’s Cup 4-2 on aggregate. The Portuguese hit a first half penalty and then knocked in a rebound after the break as Real took full advantage of their counter-attacks. Raphael Varane headed the third after 68 minutes while Jordi Alba got a late consolation. Real Madrid will now take on the winners of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid who play on Wednesday, the capital side enjoying a 2-1 lead from their first leg. Ronaldo has now scored in his last six visits to the Catalan capital and came out on top in his personal battle with Lionel Messi, who was largely anonymous in the game. The Argentine, however, has the chance to respond when the pair meet again in the league at the weekend. This was the vital game though for Real who trail leaders Barcelona by 16 points in La ...
MATCH REPORT FOR BARCELONA VS Real Madrid 26/02/2013 Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3 Real Madrid crushed bitter rivals Barcelona on their own turf in the Camp Nou to reach the Copa del Rey final. Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration with two goals and defender Raphael Varane scored his second of the tie before Jordi Alba netted for Barcelona. Madrid go on to face either Sevilla or Atletico Madrid in the final, with their city rivals taking a 2-1 aggregate lead into tonight’s second leg. Lionel Messi sent an early shot across the face of goal but it was Ronaldo who fired the first meaningful salvo when he won and converted a 13th-minute penalty. The Portugal star was chopped down by Gerard Pique, who was booked, and Ronaldo fired the spot-kick low into the net as Pinto went the wrong way. Barca’s mood was not helped when Cesc Fabregas was almost immediately denied a penalty at the other end, though there appeared to be no contact from either Alvaro Arbeloa or Angel Di Maria. Ronaldo sent a 20-yard effort bo ...
Mon 18 February, 2013 Celta replace Herrera with Resino Celta Vigo have replaced manager Paco Herrera with Abel Resino, the struggling La Liga club have confirmed. Celta Vigo have… [+] Isco bracing himself for Malaga exit; Arnautovic rejects Dynamo offer Spain international midfielder Isco has revealed that he would leave Malaga if the club’s well-documented financial problems forced a sale,… [+] Mascherano cautious ahead of ´tricky´ tie Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano believes Champions League opponents AC Milan should be viewed as one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Barcelona… [+] Berlusconi wants Milan to play tight on Messi AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes that Barcelona star Lionel Messi should be man-marked in their Champions League clash. AC… [+] Falcao: Footballers unaffected by crisis Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao believes that footballers ‘live in a bubble’ when it comes to the problems many people… [+] Kaka keen for more game time at Madrid Kaka has str ...
**News** *Ajax confirm Cuenca loan Ajax have confirmed the signing of Isaac Cuenca on loan from Barcelona for the remainder of the season. Cuenca had yet to play for Barcelona this season after recently returning from a long-term leg injury. However, the Spanish Under-21 international forward signed a new contract with the Catalans at the weekend, committing his future to the Camp Nou until summer 2015. *Messi takes Barcelona goal tally to 301 Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory with a double strike at lowly Granada in La Liga taking his tally for the club to 301 goals. It was Barcelona's first win in three away matches. They stayed on course to reclaim the league title and lead Atletico Madrid by 12 points and Real Madrid by 16. Radamel Falcao scored in a 3-0 win at Valladolid, Atletico's first victory in six away matches. Real Madrid cruised to a 2-0 win over city rival Rayo Vallecano despite Sergio Ramos' early sending off. Malaga earned a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to ensure the ...
man teams: Gareth Bale's two goals for Spurs on Thursday night mean that the Welshman has now scored Tottenham's last six goals in all competitions - no other Spurs player has scored in 392 minutes of action. Manchester United star Robin Van Persie has often been called "the difference" in the Premier League title race this season, and he leads the league with 19 goals. But Manchester United are also the Premier League's highest scorers with 62 - which means Van Persie contributes just 31%. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris St-Germain | 21 goals from 45 | 47% of PSG's goals 2. Lionel Messi - Barcelona | 35 goals from 78 | 45% of Barca's goals 3. Christian Benteke - Aston Villa | 11 goals from 25 | 44% 4. Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid | 19 goals from 44 | 43% 5. Adam Szalai - FSV Mainz | 12 goals from 28 | 43% 6. Vedad Ibisevic - Stuttgart | 10 goals from 23 | 43% 7. Antonio di Natale - Udinese | 14 goals from 35 | 40% 8. Luis Suarez - Liverpool | 17 goals from 44 | 39% 9. Michu - Swansea | 15 goals from 38 ...
Barcelona's Sunday celebrations started early with a 6-1 romp over Getafe, and ended late with a slip- up by second-placed Atletico Madrid which has all but ended the Spanish title race. Atletico's 2-1 defeat at Rayo Vallecano gave Barca a commanding 12-point lead with 15 matches to play, as third-placed champions Real Madrid languish another four points adrift. "It was an unusual time to play but we had a party in the stadium," the Catalan side's assistant coach Jordi Roura said after the midday kickoff at the Camp Nou, where more than 85,000 fans turned up. "The players were at an extraordinary level. They were intense from the first minute," added Roura, who is running the team while Tito Vilanova is receiving cancer treatment in New York Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his first league goal this season before Lionel Messi netted for a record-extending 13th successive La Liga game before quarter of an hour had been played -- his 35th in the competition from 23 appearances. Re ...
Latest EPL News & Transfer Update: - Manchester United target Asmir Begovic claims he expects to be sold by Stoke to a "top club" in the summer. - Fabricio Coloccini has admitted that he came within hours of "walking out" on Newcastle. - Pepe Reina has dismissed talk that he wants to leave Anfield, claiming that he wants to see out the remaining three years of his Liverpool contract. - Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink - now at Anzhi Makhachkala - is ready to end Florent Malouda's Stamford Bridge exile. - Showing a bewildering lack of curiosity about life elsewhere than the Camp Nou, little Lionel Messi will formally sign his new Barcelona contract this week. - Manchester City and Chelsea target Falcao has been told he is free to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, news which will spark a scramble for his services among Europe's top clubs. - Long-term Liverpool target Seydou Keita has revealed he is enjoying life after his summer move to China and will not be following Didier Drogba back to Europe. - talkSP ...
Lionel Messi celebrated his fourth successive Ballon d'Or award by once again inspiring Barcelona to a victory 3-1 at Malaga. Messi won his record-breaking FIFA honour on Monday, taking the honour ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and continued his magnificent scoring run by breaking the deadlock tonight in the 27th minute. Tomas: Record Barca become best ever winter champions The Argentinian then teed up Cesc Fabregas to put Barcelona two goals to the good after the interval before substitute Thiago made the game safe late on - despite Diego Buonanotte grabbing a consolation in the final minute. It was ultimately a comfortable evening for the Primera Division leaders, who are 11 points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid. Malaga upset Real Madrid last month at La Rosaleda and although they were started well tonight, they never recovered from Messi's opener. The 25-year-old had the first opportunity of the match when Weligton failed to cut out Andres Iniesta's pass and a goal appeared ine ...
Barcelona may be 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Atletico Madrid, but Lionel Messi, who this week won his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or, is keeping his feet on the ground regarding the title race.
Where is Pirlo? Barcelona and Real Madrid bias proves that FIFPro World XI has no credibility How can the Fifa-backed award possibly be taken seriously after the shocking exclusion of the Juventus and Italy star, and the admittance of underachievers such as Dani Alves? Jan 8, 2013 9:35:00 AM More On : Chelsea FC, Fc Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid CF, Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi 1613 Comments 157 Awesome 18 Dislike UEFA EURO 2012 - Italy v Croatia, Andrea Pirlo Getty Images COMMENT By Carlo Garganese Footballers are often ridiculed for having more money than sense, and it is little wonder when they are responsible for monstrosities like the 2012 FIFPro World XI. The best team of the last calendar year, as voted for by approximately 45,000 professional footballers around the globe, produced an all-La Liga line-up consisting of just one player – Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao – who is not contracted to either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Don't Miss Rosell hails Messi's Ballon d'Or success Messi: I will . ...
Is it world football awards or La Liga awards where the world World XI does not even have one player from the club which won the Champions League Ballon D'Or 2012: Awards Gala Turns to Farce as La Liga XI Mistaken for World XI By Clark Whitney Is there really no player from the EPL, Bundesliga, Serie A or otherwise who could get into this team? Christof Koepsel/Getty Images Football fans everywhere expected representatives of Spain and La Liga to feature prominently in Monday's Ballon d'Or gala, but FIFA outdid themselves this year, as the awards ceremony descended into farce. It's no surprise that Vicente Del Bosque was named Coach of the Year or that Lionel Messi won his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or . But even the most ardent fan of the Spanish Primera must have cast a skeptical glance at the FIFA /FIFPro World XI, which contained five players each from Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as a token Atletico Madrid man: Iker Casillas ; Dani Alves , Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Marcelo; Xavi , Xabi Alons ...
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FIFA Balon d'Or 2012 [Men] goes to: Lionel Messi. Like we didn't see that one coming Female Balon d'Or winner: Abby Wambach Stoch wins the FIFA Puskas Award 2012 FIFA Fair Play Award goes to the Uzbekistan FA. FIFA Presidential Award 2012 is goes to Franz Beckenbauer. Men's coach of the year award goes to ex Real Madrid coach Vicente Del Bosque. Why was Pep Nominated again? FIFA/FIFPro World XI: Casillas, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Pique, Ramos, Iniesta, Alonso, Xavi, Ronaldo, Falcao, Messi. Every player in the FIFA XI plays in Spain. That includes five Real Madrid players, five Barcelona players and one from Atletico Madrid. Where is Robin Van Persie? But then again, who would you scrape out? Champions League winners Chelsea have no players in the FIFA XI. Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Iker Casillas is currently Real Madrid’s best goalkeeper. FIFA clearly think otherwise. Marcelo at left back. Really? Ashley Cole surely had a case for that slot. S.H.
Arsenal fans demanding Messi signing. Arsene Wenger admits he is under pressure to sign big-name players, claiming Arsenal supporters will not be happy unless the club brings in someone of Lionel Messi's status in January. Wenger has been linked with a £10 million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, while Crystal Palace's 21-year-old England international Wilfried Zaha and Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby are others understood to be on Wenger's radar. However, while he is keeping one eye on the future, the Gunners manager is aware that fans are demanding to see players who can deliver immediate results. "It is very difficult because the level of expectation is very high - people want to see Lionel Messi come in, they don't want to see a promising guy," said Wenger. "First of all the name gives hope. When a guy has no name people are already sceptical, so it's much more difficult for us." Wenger also revealed he made a straight choice between signing Demba Ba or Olivier Giroud last summer and ins ...
Rueda's two match ban Real Valladolid defender Jesus Rueda has been given a two match ban for insulting referee Carlos Clos Gomez. The RFEF Competition Committee today announced its sanctions for players involved in incidents of indiscipline on matchday 17. Top of the list is Rueda, who approached Clos Gomez at half time during Valladolid’s 3-1 defeat to Barcelona and accused him of favourable treatment towards Barca’s Lionel Messi. The players issued with one match bans for red cards or accumulation of yellow cards are Atletico Madrid trio Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan and Miranda, Levante’s Obafemi Martins, Real Mallorca’s Victor Casadeus, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Pepe, Osasuna’s Alejandro Arribas and Sevilla’s Coke. football espana admin andrew
Martins' 2nd Best La Liga Signing Rejected Super Eagle,Obafemi Martins has been voted by readers of popular and influential Spanish sports paper,Marca as the second best summer signng in the La Liga. The former Newcastle and Birmingham City striker is now at Levante, where he has scored six times in 21 appearances. Barcelona's Jordi Alba won the vote. In the same survey, Lionel Messi unsurprisingly won the player of the year title with a staggering 60 per cent of the vote, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (14.4 per cent) and Radamel Falcao (10.6 per cent). Elsewhere, Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova were all beaten to the coach of the year gong by Atletico Madrid boss, the former Argentina international Diego Simeone. Meanwhile two former Premier League stars have been voted as the worst signings of the season in La Liga. Luka Modric, who left Tottenham for Real Madrid after protracted negotiations, and Alex Song, who signed for Barcelona from Arsenal, were the worst rated, with Modric gaining 32.2 per ...
World Football News Update 1. Real Madrid defender Pepe believes Portuguese players are under a lot of pressure in La Liga. 2. Diego Milito has hailed Wesley Sneijder's legacy at Inter but accepted that the player himself must now choose his own path. 3. Lionel Messi has insisted his own goal-scoring exploits mean nothing unless Barcelona are able to win matches. 4. Arsene Wenger has stated that he will only enter the January transfer market if he can find an "exceptional" player for Arsenal, suggesting the French boss will be cautious with his budget once again. 5. Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has warned the club's players not to rest on their laurels ahead of a crucial opening few months in 2013. 6. Jose Luis Caminero has revealed the "titanic efforts" that Atletico Madrid were forced to make in order to keep Radamel Falcao at the Vicente Calderon this season. 7. Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stressed he did not intend to injure Saint Etienne goalkeeper Stephane R ...
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. ...
Boosted Fc Barcelona location in Alsaddarah beating outside the arena's club Valladolid (3-1) on Saturday night at the "Nuevo Jose Zoriela" within the seventeenth round of the Spanish league football. The win extended Blaugrana difference with Atletico Madrid to 9 points with Real Madrid to 16 points are you waiting for a meeting with Malacca shortly. The first half was Bbsatrh usual for Barcelona and Messi almost to score the first goal but his effort hit existing Artddmt and Xavi Hernandez managed the opening of the score in the 43rd minute after a pass from defender Jordi Alba first curl his right into the net to end the first half, the progress of guests in order to clean. In the second half stepped Barcelona attacks and possession of the ball until the second goal came through striker Lionel Messi on 59 minutes to bring the number of goals to 26 in the top scorers. Enables owners of the land to reduce the difference by Javi Guerra in 89 minutes. In the 93rd minute of stoppage time added alternative C ...
Lionel Messi has scored against Atletico Madrid last week.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has compared Robin Van Persie's impact at Manchester United to that of Lionel Messi at Barcelona. The £24 million summer signing has netted 12 goals in 17 Premier League appearances for his new side, including opening the scoring in 3-1 win over the Black Cats on Saturday. Messi scored his 89th and 90th goals of the calendar year onSunday night against Atletico Madrid to extend his own record, and O’Neill believes Van Persie gives United a similar lift to that of the Argentine at Camp Nou. "[Van Persie] can get goals out of very little. It looks like nothing is happening, you have players in the area, but all ofa sudden he has opened up a gap," O'Neill told reporters. "Would Barcelona have the same effect if Lionel Messi didn't play? They are a very talented team, but without him you don't know, because Messi is their talisman. "United have paid close on £30m for a player [£24m] who had just one year left on his contract, so that might tell you how valuable they perc ...
Barcelona 4-1 Atletico Madrid - Lionel Messi scores 89th and 90th goals of 2012 as Barcelona win at the Camp Nou! Watch the goals here: [video from GMF]
Weekend ramblings: - Does anyone want to contest what I've been saying for the past few weeks about La Liga being over? Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Espanyol and Barcelona finished 2nd place Atletico Madrid. The Catalans are top and clear by 9 points. - Lionel Messi, another double, another record. Just a regular weekend for the Argentine. - Inter Milan lost 1-0 to Lazio, allowing Juventus to steer clear at the top by 6 points following their 3-0 win over Atalanta. - Drobga isn't joining Juventus. That rumor's got to stop. Though it would be bloody awesome if he did. - AC Milan will end the season well. They're just slowly climbing their way into the top 5. It'll happen. (Yes, I said top 3 last time, but I'm being fair...) - Robinho to go back to Brazil in January? Good move? Bad move? Who cares? - Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw against MochenGladbach, but still hold a 9 point lead over Leverkusen and Dortmund who both won. Open title race? I don't think so. - Liverpool lose at home to Aston Villa - a ...
Lionel Messi scores two as Barcelona defeats Atletico Madrid. He's now on 90 in 2012. Falcao with a goal as well.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insisted he does not fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of their La Liga clash on Sunday.
Camp Nou awaits Messi-Falcao clash * Two of the world's best strikers collide this weekend as Barcelona and Lionel Messi meet Atletico Madrid and Radamel Falcao in a top-of-the-table La Liga clash. The South American duo have lit up La Liga this season with a combined 39 goals after just 15 games. Argentina star Messi has weighed in with 23 of those to help his tally for 2012 swell to a record-breaking 88 and counting, while Colombia hitman Falcao has 16 league goals to his credit - five of which came in last weekend's demolition of Deportivo La Coruna. Messi's goals have been crucial to Barca's flying start to the season under Tito Vilanova, with the Catalans still unbeaten ahead of Saturday's encounter with a side who trail them by six points after losing two of their last six matches. Despite Messi's searing form, Atletico head to the Nou Camp in bullish mood with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois boldly telling reporters: "Do I fear Messi? No, no, I am not afraid of anyone. "He is a great player and we resp ...
Atletico Madrid midfielder Gabriel Fernandez believes that Barcelona star Lionel Messi is almost unstoppable when in possession.
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A number of top clubs are in desperate need of a new forward - not least Liverpool and Chelsea - while Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for new strikers. When the New Year rolls around, these clubs are unlikely to be pilfering the bargain buckets in the January sales - they will be at football's top table, shopping for the best and brightest of world football. So, with that in mind, profiles five of the best strikers who could be playing their football in England come January 31… Radamel Falcao | Estimated price: £46m | Reported interest: Chelsea, Manchester City Other than the freakishly good Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, nobody has scored more goals in La Liga than Radamel Falcao since 2011. The Colombian international moved to Atletico Madrid for £36m in 2011 - so he won't come cheap. He's admitted he's keen to try his hand away from La Liga, piquing the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City, and the Premier League looks a good fit for this bull ...
Atletico Madrid player, Diego Godin has said that he thinks, Radamel Falcao & Lionel Messi are "a step ahead" of Cristiano Ronaldo!
Lionel Messi struck twice, taking his calendar total to 82 goals, as Barcelona won 4-0 at Levante, while Radamel Falcao struck a penalty for Atletico Madrid in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.
1Levante 0-4 Barcelona: Ingenious Iniesta inspires Blaugrana to victory The Spaniard was at his brilliant best in Valencia, scoring one goal and creating three others, including two for Lionel Messi, as the league leaders ultimately ran riot By Mark Doyle Nov 25, 2012 9:45:00 PM Barcelona maintained their stranglehold on the top spot in La Liga with a resounding 4-0 victory over Levante on Sunday evening. Andres Iniesta was the undoubted star of the show, creating two goals for Lionel Messi and one for Cesc Fabregas, as well as scoring a stunner himself. Levante, who missed a late penalty, had held the leaders scoreless until the interval but they simply had no answer to Iniesta's genius after the interval and the visitors ultimately coasted to a victory that restores their three-point lead over Atletico Madrid, and, perhaps more significantly, moves them 11 points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid. Unsurprisingly, Barcelona dominated possession early on, but it was the hosts who threatened first, w ...
Lionel Messi scored twice to set Barcelona up for a 4-0 demolition of Levante & maintain their 3 point lead over Atletico Madrid
With Lionel Messi in deadly form once again, the Blaugrana made it 11 wins out of 12 in the new campaign with a professional and clinical performance in front of their home fans. Messi opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game with a delightful move and finish, but Montanes pounced on a momentary defensive lapse to steer Zaragoza level 24 minutes in. But four minutes later, Messi was at it again, this time teeing up Alex Song to score his first ever Barca goal since his summer move from Arsenal. Messi added another brilliant effort on the hour mark to put the result beyond any doubt, and rack up his 50th goal in the 33 league games he has played in the calender year 2012, while putting the Blaugrana six points ahead of nearest challenges Atletico Madrid. Zaragoza were utterly floored by the setback, and Barca were able to kill the game off with long spells of leisurely possession in the opposition half, forcing the already tired visitors into even more hard work off the ball
Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has been nominated for FIFA's Puskas Award which recognises the best goal of the year. The shortlist will be reduced to three when a first round of public voting on FIFA's website ends on November 29, and the award will be handed out at the Ballon d'Or gala on January 7, 2013. Ferenc Puskas Award nominees: Agyemang Badu - for Ghana against Guinea, February 1 Hatem Ben Arfa - for Newcastle against Blackburn, January 7 Radamel Falcao - for Atletico Madrid v America de Cali, May 19 Eric Hassli - for Vancouver Whitecaps v Toronto FC, May 16 Olivia Jimenez - for Mexico v Switzerland, August 22 Gaston Mealla - for Nacional Potosi v The Strongest, January 29 Lionel Messi - for Argentina v Brazil, June 9 Neymar - for Santos v Internacional, March 7 Moussa Sow - for Fenerbahce v Galatasaray, March 17 Miroslav Stoch - for Fenerbahce v Genclerbirligi, March 3
Lionel Messi has been voted the best footballer in the world and Barcelona the best team in the world– for a week at least. The Associated Press released the inaugural AP Global Soccer 10 football rankings yesterday, with a panel of 18 football writers from around the world picking their top ten players and top ten teams. AP then combines the results, with the first choice of each journalist receiving ten points, and the last choice receiving one point. That means any one individual or team could score a maximum of 180 points, and Messi wasn’t a million miles away with his score of 140 points for the week ending October 29th. His total was helped by a brace in the5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night, with the second strike his 300th career goal for the Blaugrana. Cristiano Ronaldo came second on the list with 111 points, whilst Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao completed a La Liga sweep of the topthree places on 79. Robin Van Persie, who scored in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Chelsea, ...
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcoa is pleased to have scored an many goals in La Liga as Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo at this point, and is hopeful of being able to keep up with the duo for the remainder of the Season..
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is among 12 La Liga nominees on the 23-man list for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. Among the nominees from La Liga for the world's Best Player are six Real Madrid players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso. Messi's Barcelona teammates, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez are also candidates, along with Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao. Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, all from Manchester City, are nominees, along with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. The other nominees are Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, Shanghai Shenhua's Didier Drogba, PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Santos (Brazil's) Neymar. Seven of the 23 candidates are from the Spanish national team. The final three candidates will be revealed on Nov. 29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Ballon d'Or ceremony will take place in Zurich on Jan. 7, 2013, ...
Falcao fires again but Llorente clashes with Bielsa:How the Premier League's transfer targets fared last week From La Liga to the Bundesliga, English sides are chasing players who featured in matchesacross Europe in the past seven days - but how did they all get on? 8 Oct 2012 12:00:00 Radamel Garcia Falcao - Atletico Madrid By Oliver Platt That the Transfer Window does not open again for nearly three months does not mean that Premier League managers and executives have switched off in their search for new signings this season. Indeed, the presence of Manchester City manager RobertoMancini at the Vicente Calderon for Atletico Madrid's match against Malaga caught the eye - although perhaps not quite as much as the man he was likely there to watch. Goal.com brings you both the best and the worst individual displays from throughout the week as we track those who couldbe moving to the Premier League after Christmas. GOOD WEEK... While all eyes were on the Clasico , Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Atletico ...
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has heaped praise on Atletico Madrid ace Radamel Falcao. Falcao has been in sensational form for Atletico this season.
Goal.com UK wrote:Atletico Madrid striker Falcao is often forced to play on the opposing team to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but with the latest edition of Real Football 2013, now you get the chance to see what the three of them would look like in the same side.
Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid has so far scored 7 goals (4 penalties) and has 1 assist * Lionel Messi of...
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao says he is not competing with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Atletico Madrid ace Falcao: I'm not bothered by Messi, Ronaldo rivalry Atletico Madrid ace Radamel Falcao insists he's not thinking about personal accolades. Falcao is going for the Golden Boot and Ballon d'Or this season. But he declared: "I did not say I wanted to compete with Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi. I want to score goals to help my team. No more. What worries me is meeting our objectives. We are competing against 19 teams, not only against Madrid and Barca." My take A man who knows what's good for him...
Former England boss, Fabio Capello, had added his voice in praise of Atletico Madrid’s prolific striker, Radamel Falcao. The Italian said that it is only the Colombian hitman that has impressed him as much as Lionel Messi.
Russia coach Fabio Capello says Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has left a similar first impression on him than that of Lionel Messi.
The Spanish Primera Division, also known as La Liga, is contested by twenty teams. This year’s title race, however, will once more revolve around just two contenders, namely Defending Champions Real Madrid and Fc Barcelona. The remaining Champions League places will be fought for by Atletico Madrid, FC Sevilla and Valencia. The league sparkles with some of the world’s most outstanding performers, such as Lionel Messi, David Villa, Mesut Özil, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, catering for unmissable highlights round after round. Don’t miss a minute – follow the action live with top odds at Interwetten.com!
Messi and Ronaldo back as La Liga begins The Spanish league season kicks-off this weekend with Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisting it is not just a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo. "With Cristiano I have absolutely no problem. All that is said about us is to do with the press who want us to have our own personal battle but I have never competed with him or fought him," said the 25 year-old current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or. "I just try to do my job in the best way possible to win trophies for my national team and Barcelona", he continued after scoring in Argentina's 3-1 win over Germany on Wednesday night. The two players were neck-and-neck in the goalscoring charts last season, with the Argentinian hitting 50 in the league compared to Ronaldo's 46, with an incredible 73 in all competitions for Messi and 60 for the Madrid star. Madrid finished the season nine points clear of a Barca side that still managed to lift 4 titles in what was to be Pep Guardiola's last season of a hugely succe ...
Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta along with Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2011-2012 Uefa Best Player in Europe Award. Positions 4 to 10 have already been established in the vote, with Italy's Andrea Pirio (Juventus) fourth, followed by Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Ikes Casillas (Real Madrid), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, now Shanghai Shenhua), Peter Cech (Chelsea) tied with Falcao (Atletico Madrid) and Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid) Visit for more info.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona (L) duels fot the ball against Tomas Ujfalusi of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on February 5, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Lionel Messi's four goals helped Barcelona to a big win over Espanyol as Atletico Madrid boosted their Champions League hopes.
Defending Champions Barcelona upped the pressure on leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday as they moved to within a point of their bitter rivals after a 4-0 thumping of Getafe. Two goals from Alexis Sanchez, one from Pedro Rodriguez and Lionel Messi's 39th in the league this season gave Barca a 10th consecutive league victory after another near perfect performance by the Catalans. Real can restore their four point advantage if they beat Atletico Madrid on Wednesday - they have not lost to their city rivals since 1999 .
Lionel Messi has now scored in 100 different La Liga matches. Of the previous 99 Barça have lost only one (v Atlético Madrid, 4-3 in 2009)
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