Lionel Messi & Diego Maradona

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. Diego Armando Maradona (born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine football player, and current manager of Al Wasl FC in Dubai. 5.0/5

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9 years ago today, Lionel Messi channeled his inner Diego Maradona against Getafe.
Diego Maradona: "I would have punched Lionel Messi for this." Jealous much?
MESSI SHOULD'VE BEEN PUNCHED: Diego Maradona admits he might have punched Lionel Messi over his trickshot pena...
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has sensationally upstaged Lionel Messi's orange juggling exploits on stage as he showed he…
Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Diego Maradona, Pele, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. wait what kind of football we talkin' bout here.?
Cryuff and Platini had the Euro to show..Diego Maradona questions Lionel Messi's commitment to Argentina - Telegraph
The open-and-shut case for Lionel Messi being greater than Diego Maradona - Yahoo Sports (blog)
Great player of all time... Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world in 2014. His third Ballon d’Or victory on Monday was 100 per cent deserved, and he now sits among a group of only five players to rack up such a hat-trick. But until he can place a World Cup or European Championship winner’s medal alongside his three golden trophies, he will never be spoken of in the realms of the greatest players in history, such as Diego Maradona and Pele. His incredible 2014 included a Champions League record goals haul, the surpassing of 200 Spanish league goals in record time and a new Portugal scoring milestone. He predictably collected the award which confirms him as the Best Player of the year. Another such 12 months in 2015, and he and Lionel Messi will stand together as the Ballon d’Or's two most successful players of all time. But what will that matter to future generations if neither Ronaldo nor Messi taste glory with their national teams? Both captain their countries, but both have only c ...
Some Intro for the MAN. "When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour De France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will. "
Lionel Messi only respects Diego Maradona, And the rest get his stoic silence – Franz Beckenbauer,
Argentina legend Diego Maradona argued that Rodríguez should have won the tournament's Golden Ball award instead of Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi was not the Best Player at the World Cup and the Argentine won Fifa's Golden Ball award for marketing reasons, says Diego Maradona. A dejected Messi picked up the gong for outstanding player of the tournament minutes after Mario Gotze's extra-time winner condemned Argentina to defeat in the World Cup Final. "I would give heaven and earth to Leo, but when marketing people want him to win something he didn't (deserve to) win, it is unfair," said Maradona, the winner of the Golden Ball when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986. "I could see that he didn't want to go up and collect it (the award)." Messi scored four goals in Brazil, all of them coming in the group stages of the competition. The Barcelona man missed a glorious chance to put Argentina ahead at the Maracana in the second-half, capping off a disappointing run of matches in the late stages of the competition.
The Legendary Battle between the two greatest argentine players ever. Diego Maradona vs Lionel Messi. Same Skills,Same Goals. If you like the video , give a ...
Lionel Messi is extraordinary... but you can't compare him to Diego Maradona says former Chelsea... [Daily Mail]
Former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo thinks comparing Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona is ridiculous as the latter was indescribably good.
Diego Maradona appears to slap Argentine reporter on video: One man is bigger than Lionel Messi in Argentina.
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Diego Maradona claims Lionel Messi played 'five times' better under him than ... - Metro
Hater"Diego Maradona has said FIFA wrongly gave the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi as part of a 'marketing plan'."
'Lionel Messi played FIVE times better with me than with Sabella!' Diego Maradona takes swipe ...
Argentina icon Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the Golden Ball following his performances at the World Cup. The Barcelona star beat the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez to the prestigious individual award after scoring four goals in seven performances at this summer's tournament and guiding his team to the final, yet Maradona feels the 27-year-old only won it for commercial reasons. "I would give him heaven if possible," Maradona said during his show on Telesur. "But it's not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan."
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named Best Player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia's James Rodriguez. "I'd give Lio the sky, but when it's not deserved and it's just marketers who want to make him win something he didn't win, it's unfair," Maradona said. robbin n Rodriguez wer more superior
Long but worth the read guys With Argentina trailing Germany in the 120th minute of the World Cup Final, Lionel Messi drew a foul on the edge of the penalty area. He had a chance to score the latest goal in the tournament's history, send the match to penalties and end any debate about whether or not he's on Pele and Diego Maradona's level once and for all. He shanked his shot. As Messi accepted the Golden Ball award that he neither wanted, nor had anything to do with handing out, he was roundly criticized, as if he had conspired with FIFA to steal it from James Rodriguez and complete a master marketing plan. Nothing short of smacking Sepp Blatter over the head with the trophy would have drawn praise in that moment. Messi set up the game-winning goal in the Round of 16 and wasn't needed to produce a victory in the quarterfinals, but when his team needed him the most in the semifinals and final, he disappointed. He wasn't terrible, but he wasn't the Messi anyone expected to see either. Everyone was waiting ...
Was habe ich Euch gesagt... ab gestern!!! Jetzt brauche ich noch ein Stern :) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- "With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup Final that came down to one piece of individual skill.Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder's fresh legs made the difference."
With the Football World Cup coming to an end yesterday night, the frenzy to resurface after another 4 years.its time to take a small look back at the last month 1) Ex Cup holders Spain were decimated by holland and then ousted by chile. 2) Italy and england, expected to advance from their group, were both ousted. 3) Small nations, strictly in terms of football folklore, taught some heavyweights a lesson using their own brand of fearless football. 4) Cristiano Ronaldo's commitment needs to be saluted. He played 270 mins of football even after having an injury that didnt permit him to train properly. 5) Germany reduced Brazil to a team of school boys within a span of 6 mins. 6) Lionel Messi, a legend in his own right with his own share of critics, finally stepped out of the shadows of Diego Maradona. 7) Highest scorer of all times in World Cup - case klosed. In the end its football that won. So till 2018, adios WC frenzy. See ya in Russia :-)
Sergio Aguero's son, Benjamin, has Diego Maradona as his grandfather and Lionel Messi is his godfather.
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LIVE FIFA World Cup 2014 Final Argentina v/s Germany: Germany favourites to lift trophy, but Lionel Messi awaits destiny: Welcome to the live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Final, featuring Germany playing against Argentina. The final begins at 12:30 am IST at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. The final will bring to an end an amazing World Cup full of excitement, with 169 goals scored so far, and the underdog teams doing really well against fancied opponents throughout the Group Stages and Round of 16. This edition of the Cup will also be known for the shock exits of reigning (and soon to be former) World Champions Spain, England, Portugal, Italy and Uruguay. Argentina and Germany face each other in a World Cup Final for the third time at the Maracana on Sunday, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi on the brink of joining the pantheon of all time greats. Read the Argentina v/s Germany Match Preview In Sunday's final, Germany start favourites, having destroyed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal in Belo Horizonte. ...
Mattias Karen Rio De Janeiro, July 12, 2014 | UPDATED 15:07 IST The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's Best Player against the tournament's best team. FULL COVERAGE: FIFA World Cup Final Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a game that will define careers, cement legacies and be watched by a global audience of about a billion viewers. FILE - In this June 21, 2014 file photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, scores during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Argentina forward used the outside of his foot to scoop the ball to the left, took three quick steps and shot just before Iran forward Reza Ghoochannejad could stretch his leg out to block it. AP Photo And it's a matchup that means more to both sides than just a chance to lift one of the most hallowed trophies in sports. For Messi, it's a chance to firmly make his ca ...
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Lionel Messi has not won over Argentines the way Diego Maradona did, but that may change Sunday in the World Cup Final against Germany.
Lionel Messi must create his own history in this World Cup for the sake of his country like their legend star Diego Maradona.
This could be Lionel Messi's last chance to become a legend like Diego Maradona.
I'm confident tonight history will repeat itself, In 1986 a football legend Diego Maradona aged 27 led Argentina to World Cup glory against Germany in the final, 28 yrs later a football star Lionel Messi aged 27 following in the footstep of Diego Maradona will lead Argentina to World Cup glory again against Germany! Join me in cheering MessiArgentina as they truimph against Germany in the fifa World Cup 2014 final!
Did you find the article interesting? Yes No "PLAY LEO, MASCHERANO AND NINE OTHERS", SAYS LEGEND Maradona tells Messi: "You'll score two" Diego Armando Maradona sent out a very special message to Lionel Messi via the television programme 'Mundo Leo' ahead of the World Cup Final. "Smash it. Sunday's is going to be your game. You're going to lead the team, score two goals and we're going to leave the Maracana with the World Cup. It'll be a historic moment that you'll never forget". That was Diego Maradona's message to Messi just two hours before the World Cup Final kicked off between Germany and Argentina, which could see the South Americans win their third title. "If I said the other day that we had to field Mascherano and ten others against Germany, today I'm saying that we have to play Messi, Mascherano and nine others", he added. On his programme 'De Zurda', which airs on Telesur, Maradona also made it clear that his ego is in no way injured by his former pupil's excellent run of form. "If Messi wants t ...
Argentina Or Germany...!!! Both are deserving teams to win the Fifa edition 2014.. Lets see.. I want Argentina to win this Time..! It should be a tribute to the Real Legend Diego Maradona..! Come on Lionel Messi...!!! Show your class at the Germans..!!! :) :)
1986 every one talked about Diego Maradona but in 2014, no more one &only Lionel Messi. It is time for blue rainy .
Watchin the World Cup tonite to see Lionel Messi rip Germany apart and make Diego Maradona taunt Brazil's Pele for the rest of his life! Argentina winning this one...
Jul 12, 2014 08:40:00 The Argentina great insists he would be glad to see the Barcelona forward take up his mantle if he emulates his 1986 World Cup win, urging him to put his tiredness to one side Diego Maradona hopes Lionel Messi can deliver a performance that betters his 1986 displays to lead Argentina past Germany in Sunday's final. The Albiceleste, who progressed to the showpiece at the Maracana after a 4-2 penalty shootout win over the Netherlands, are aiming to lift their third World Cup and their first since Mexico in 1986 where they defeated die Mannschaft 3-2 in the final. Maradona inspired the Argentines to the trophy with his displays in 1986, winning the Golden Ball en route to the triumph, and says he would be delighted if Messi does the same. "If on Sunday Messi has to overcome Maradona to lift the cup, I'll give him the red carpet," the 53-year-old told the De Zurda TV programme. "He will be the player who will define the game. The only fear I have is that he is tired, but in the end you c ...
Kenny Dalglish (Sunday Mirror): "Lionel Messi is on par with Diego Maradona - and winning or losing a World Cup won't cha…
ARGENTINA TAKE ON BELGIUM IN QOUTERFINALS Twice champions Argentina take on in-form Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals before the Netherlands face surprise packages Costa Rica later on Saturday. The South Americans, who have yet to hit top form in Brazil, will need to improve against the Europeans, who have confirmed their status as the tournament's dark horses with four successive wins. The Argentines are bidding to reach the last four for the first time since 1990 and their supporters are wondering whether four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi can take them all the way, just as Diego Maradona did in 1986. The Netherlands are firm favourites against Costa Rica but the 2010 World Cup Finalists have been warned after the Central Americans saw off three former champions in the group stage and kept their cool in a penalty shootout against Greece. After finishing above England, Italy and Uruguay in Group D, Costa Rica want to become the first team from the CONCACAF region to reach the semifinals ...
World Cup GOSSIP Michael Essien could face punishment from the Ghana Football Association after coach Kwesi Appiah claimed the midfielder, 31, refused to warm up before his side's last group game against Portugal. Ghana FA Independent Independent World Cup section Argentina legend Diego Maradona has suggested that forward Lionel Messi, 27, is under too much pressure to turn his nation into World Cup winners. Daily Mirror Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, believes his side can stop Lionel Messi and beat Argentina when the two teams meet in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday. Daily Telegraph Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has rejected suggestions his side are a one-man team - but claims the players have been told to give the ball to influential striker Lionel Messi as much as possible. Independent Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky has said coach Fabio Capello should appear before parliament and explain why his side performed so badly at the World Cup, going out in the group phase. Guardian Brazil c ...
SEEING RED A preview of Argentina vs Belgium — When Ramadan last coincided with the World Cup, the year was 1986. Diego Maradona led his nation to the ultimate prize by defeating the Germans in the final. Before that, though, Argentina faced Belgium in the semi final. It was a Belgian side that had never before come so close to winning football’s greatest accolade. To this day, it remains their best performance on the world stage. Fast forward 28 years later and there is an undeniable feeling of de ja vu all around. For the first time since 1986, Belgium has reached the last eight of the competition and revealed itself as a major contender. A final between Argentina and Germany remains a big possibility. Then you have Lionel Messi, whose brilliant performance in Brazil can hardly be distinguished from that of the legendary Maradona himself back in Mexico ’86. Much like his idol, the Argentine captain has almost single-handedly dragged his team to this stage of the tournament. Coming from a nation th ...
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Belgium off to the Quarterfinals and will face Argentina. Last time Belgium & Argentina face off was in the semi finals 1986 where Argentina beaten Belgium with a score of 2-0 both goals from Diego Maradona. Now we'll see if Lionel Messi can survive and repeat it's history.. Quarterfinals qualifiers are.. France vs Germany, Brazil vs Colombia, Argentina vs Belgium, Netherlands vs Costa Rica..
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FACT: Lionel Messi has made his 90th apperance in an Argentine shirt. Diego Maradona appeared 91 times in the Blue and white strips."
Lionel Messi is the Diego Maradona of this age
I may not have been alive in 1986 when Diego Maradona carried Argentina to the World Cup, but I think Lionel Messi is doing the same in 2014
Lionel Messi is to this side, what Diego Maradona was to the 1986 winning side. Others around him must step it up.
"The Argentine public love Diego Maradona in a way that they don't love Lionel Messi because he delivered them the World Cup. "Messi has to do that. It's even harder now to run through a team like he does. Maradona and Messi both dribble through teams, Messi is the best dribbler we've ever seen. I expect Argentina to beat the Swiss, they've not played brilliantly well but they should still win. They should go on and reach the final stages."
The little genius has, for his country, remained in the shadow of El Diego but not any more. Not according to Alejandro Sabella, the Argentina coach, who declared that Lionel Messi's contribution during a World Cup can now legitimately be compared to that of Diego Maradona.
Sabella compares Messi's leadership to Maradona Sao Paulo, July 01: Lionel Messi' s fantastic form in 2014 FIFA World Cup proves that he is as important as legend Diego Maradona for Argentina, national coach Alejandro Sabella said here Monday. Messi, the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, has scored four of the team's six goals to take Argentina into the last 16 with a three-match winning streak, reports Xinhua.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella hailed Lionel Messi's "amazing" World Cup form and compared him to Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona has said that although Lionel Messi is a 'great lad', he does not come close to his World Cup-winning compatriot when it comes to playing the beautiful game.
Lionel Messi's leadership compared to Diego Maradona by coach Alejandro ... - Cricket Country
Diego Maradona He had complete mastery of the ball. When Maradona ran with the ball or dribbled through the defence, he seemed to have the ball tied to his boots. I remember our early training sessions with him: the rest of the team were so amazed that they just stood and watched him. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius. —Barcelona teammate Lobo Carrasco.[26] Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been. — Lionel Messi, current Argentina captain What Zidane could do with a ball, Maradona could do with an orange. — Michel Platini, former French midfielder and current UEFA President.[62]
Lionel Messi became this World Cup the player who scored most goals (25) ever as captain, surpassing Diego Maradona (22) [via md]"
Colombia forward James Rodriguez is in the class of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, according to Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.
Getting to know… Argentina: Heading into this tournament Argentina are one of the favorites as the South American side aim to win their third World Cup. With Lionel Messi leading the way and the tournament being played in Brazil, their fierce rivals, Argentina will be hoping to upset the host nation. Argentina have two previous World Cups to their name as they won on home soil in 1978, then were inspired by Diego Maradona at the height of his power to win the 1986 tournament in Mexico. When you look at the incredible attacking talents they possess, Argentina will be a real threat this summer. However the last two tournaments they were also one of the favorites but fell at the quarterfinal stage on both occasions. They must do better this time around. Record in qualifying: The South American powerhouse breezed through qualification from CONMEBOL as they finished top of the standings. Nine wins from 16 games and only two defeats saw La Albiceleste brush off Colombia and Chile to take the top seed. Messi b ...
Many a time, the choices of the head and the heart differ on account of who will prevail after the 31-day footballing extravaganza that is the World Cup. This time too, my heart will make me stick to the side I have been gunning for since I was 13, England, though my head disagrees. So if I have to list a favourite for the Cup, it would be Argentina. Albiceleste has class and personnel to go the distance in Brazil. There are quite a few reasons to pick Argentina as the favourites. First would be the conditions in Brazil. Argentina being from the same continent would be accustomed to the requirements the weather has to throw up. Second would be the amount of riches at their disposal, particularly in attack. Boasting of arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game, they have in Lionel Messi, a player who can replicate Diego Maradona's single-handed heroics of 1986 in Mexico. Together with Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina possess the kind of talent t ...
The Super Eagles tipped to scale through group stage at Fifa World Cup Brazil? "Bosnia-Hercegovina qualified well. Their Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko might be an outside bet for the Golden Boot. Then there's Nigeria, who won the Africa Cup of Nations - they probably have to be favourites with regards to the African team that will go the furthest. You can't give much hope for Iran. I think it'll be Argentina to win the group and Nigeria to go through too," thus predicted Gary Lineker. Continuing, he said, "This group features one of the favourites - Argentina, who will take some stopping. History tells us that South American teams win the World Cup when it's staged on their continent. Argentina have the greatest player I think we've seen in many a year - Barcelona's Lionel Messi. "He'll be massively keen to win a World Cup. Former player Diego Maradona did it at a similar age and I think Messi's been saving himself during the Spanish season. Now, the big question is: Can the floppy Super Eagles outwi ...
17-JUNE-2014 WC Preview: Argentina laugh off criticism, play for Messi Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany. -Football World Cup coverage Having waltzed through the early rounds of the South Africa World Cup, then manager Diego Maradona's team were humiliated 4-0 by the Germans in a game that exposed what many see as the frailty behind arguably the world's greatest forward line. "We know what happened, it's in the past. We won't repeat that," centre back Ezequiel Garay said after a lively training session in front of hundreds of reporters in Belo Horizonte, where Argentina are based for the tournament. "Obviously, we have a very offensive team, but we know our rivals are strong, so we will be defending well also and doing the dirty work," added Garay, who plays for Benfica and hails from national team captain Lionel Messi's home town of Rosario.
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Messi at the Maracana, Deschamps returns MATCHDAY PREVIEW – The FIFA World Cup™ returns to the Maracana on day four at Brazil 2014, when Argentina star Lionel Messi will make his tournament entrance at the same legendary venue. After a low-key season by his own stratospheric standards, the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner is certain to come under close scrutiny. Will he cope with the pressure? Can he make the same instant impact as his rival and Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who racked up a pair of goals on opening day? Despite the late kick-off time for European audiences, the whole planet will be fascinated to watch the first impressions left by the man hoping to follow in Diego Maradona's footsteps. Elsewhere, two ambitious European sides are set to begin their respective bids. A World Cup winner in 1998, Didier Deschamps will be keen for his charges to start with a win against Honduras, though the former France captain is too experienced to underestimate a team still chasing a first finals win afte ...
Maradona: Messi should take things easy Lionel Messi takes centre stage in the FIFA World Cup™ on Sunday, facing Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Maracanã with dreams of returning to the stadium for the Final in four weeks' time. Argentina arrive in Rio de Janeiro with expectations running high, not least that Messi will produce the kind of displays that were absent in South Africa four years ago. Diego Maradona is among those who believes that his injury-enforced break for three months last season should benefit Argentina, who are playing in the heartland of Brazil, their neighbours and most bitter rivals. "I see Messi doing well. I think it was good for him to have a proper rest because he had gone four years hardly missing a match," Maradona said in Buenos Aires newspaper Ole. "I'd really like to speak to him now, and tell him to take things easy, not to listen to the *** There are a lot of them, unfortunately." Argentina have a wonderfully-talented attack, so much so that coach Alejandro Sabella c ...
Argentina are the team to beat, says Cruyff. - The 67-year-old has tipped Lionel Messi to lead his side to glory in Brazil, though he has also backed Germany, Italy and holders Spain to do well 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. And 67-year-old Cruyff believes Alejandro Sabella's men could capitalise should Brazil succumb to the pressure of winning a home World Cup, while he has also tipped Spain, Italy and Germany to pose a threat. "The pressure on the squad is huge," Cruyff wrote in his De Telegraaf column. "They have to watch out for Argentina. I think Spain will also be a good contender and we know that Germany and Italy can grow into the tournament." Cruyff has also rued the loss of ...
Lionel Messi is no Diego Maradona as Argentinians fail to identify with star man.
The twins have grown up To claim that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are somehow lacking something as footballers seems almost perverse. These are the twin tornados of today's football landscape, chasing each other in a statistical arms race, tearing up records, making the impossible mundane. But as their third World Cups come around, there remains a sense of incompleteness, of a final summit still to climb. What separates Argentina's Messi and Portugal's Ronaldo from footballing immortality? Certainly not goals, whether in quantity or style, or club honours, or individual accolades won. By those measures both match Pele and Maradona, arguably surpass Zinedine Zidane and Johan Cruyff. What it is missing is a World Cup: not a brilliant solo goal, nor a single great win, but a tournament that they have dominated and defined. Diego Maradona achieved that grail in 1986, dancing and driving Argentina to the title. Pele perhaps did it twice, as spearhead in 1958 and embodiment of his team's brilliance 12 yea ...
FIFA's all-time dream team: GK: Lev Yeshin (Soviet Union) RB: Carlos Alberto (Brazil) CB: Bobby Moore (England) CB: Paolo Maldini (Italy) LB: Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) RMF: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) CMF: Zinedine Zidane (France) LMF: Garrincha (Brazil) AMF: Diego Maradona (Argentina) CF: Pele (Brazil) CF: Lionel Messi (Argentina) Who do you think deserve to be in the squad and who doesn't?
Exclusive: Lionel Messi talks to Sport360 about his dream of leading Argentina to World Cup glory, being compared to Diego Maradona and dealing with the pressure of carrying the hopes of a nation.
Check out our new website and you could win a Samsung Galaxy tab 3 in our Brazil 2014 competition. Just guess the player and the country, then write your answers on our website. Puzzle 27 I scored the goal that won my team the title for the first time in over 40 years. 2. I have won two Premier League titles with my current club. 3. I will be playing alongside Lionel Messi during the World Cup. 4. My country is famous for the Iguazu Falls and Diego Maradona.
The Argentinian's club resume needs no further padding, but in order to rival Diego Maradona or Pele in the history books, Lionel Messi needs a World Cup.
World Cup UPDATE PROFILE HISTORY Albiceleste have contested four FIFA World Cup Finals in all. Respective contributions from Mario Kempes and Diego Maradona inspired them to the biggest prize in football on home soil in 1978 and again at Mexico 1986. KEY PLAYERS With the landmark achievement of claiming four consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Ors (2009-2012), Lionel Messi in the undisputed leader of the Argentina national team and a multiple-trophy winner with Barcelona. Breaking all kind of goal-records, La Pulga is now looking to achieve greatness with his country after failing, somewhat surprisingly, to find the back of the net at South Africa 2010. Supporting him will be an all-star cast featuring Kun Aguero and Angel Di Maria, all of them on top of their game with some of Europe’s leading clubs. COACH: Alejandro Sabella FORMER STARS: Daniel Passarella, Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Kempes
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Many believe Lionel Messi of Argentina is the greatest in the world, but he has yet to translate his club success to the World Cup like Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi: I’m jealous of Diego Maradona, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer
Every footballing era is defined by its best attacking talent. In the early 1980s it was Zico, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Michel Platini. In the second half of the decade, it was all about Diego Maradona, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. At the start of the 90s, Roberto Baggio and Romario were the biggest superstars, before being replaced by first Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, and then Ronaldinho and Kaka. Since 2008, football has been symbolised almost entirely by two men - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They have shared the last six Ballons d'Or between them and this term was the seventh in a row that one of the pair finished top-scorer in a Champions League season. The top end of the game has never been dominated by two men for so long. This fact is as much a damning indictment of a low-quality footballing era that lacks depth, competition and in particular top-class defenders as it is an acknowledgment of the brilliance of the Clasico duo. But what is undeniable is that the time has come where the ...
Lionel Messi: a global icon but Argentina remains immune to his charms Lionel Messi endures a complicated relationship with his homeland, and even if he were to lead Argentina to World Cup glory, he is unlikely to receive the adulation bestowed on compatriot Diego Maradona. In 2012, U.S. sportswriter Wright Thompson travelled to Rosario, Lionel Messi’s hometown, to learn more about the city’s most famous son since Che Guevara. The best footballer in the world is an intriguing enigma: painfully shy and seemingly taciturn in interviews, he only comes to life in public on the football pitch, where he sparkles like no player in history has before and perhaps like no player will again. Thompson hoped that seeing where Messi grew up and what he came from would allow him to gain a better understanding of Messi the man, a celebrity whose face and name are recognised all over the world but one who, caught between the demands of his Argentine past and his Catalan present, cannot be said to have a singular ident ...
Famous quotes on Lionel Messi: Arsene Wenger (Coach, Arsenal) - “Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi!” Diego Maradona (Ex Argentina) – “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.” Wayne Rooney (ManUnited) – “Messi is a Joke, for me the Best Ever!” Pele (Ex Brazil) - “At the moment, Messi is the Best!” Juan Sebastian Veron (Ex Argentina) - “I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball and accelerates. We must protect him. I’d personally put him in a drawer of my bedside table.” Ferrer (ex-Barcelona, Chelsea): “I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I’ve seen” McDermott (Assistant Newcastle) – “For those asking i do think Messi is the best ever yes. Kenny was the Best Player i ever played with” Eidur Gudjohnsen (ex-Chelsea, Barcelona) – “Messi’s control is the b ...
Lionel Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he's in a shampoo commercial." - Die…
Though the work is done by Photoshop. . . but it would enjoyable if we could watch the football of them together in the field ! Legend & his successor (Diego Maradona & Lionel Messi)
Below is an article I wrote in defence of Messi a couple of years back. It appeared on the Sunday Indipendent. Enjoy: - I do not know what greatness is. I will never bother to try to explain what it is or what one has to do to achieve it. Many a critic, points out that the Fifa World Cup official film says, “In the cauldron of the Fifa World Cup, the GREAT are separated from the GOOD”. This is the stereotype that Romario de Souza Faria, Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele), Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima and some critics suffer from. This is the line that is thrown at Lionel Messi every time he makes a case for himself. Every time he exhibits one of the greatest individual talents ever seen, they say, “He is not good enough until he does it with Argentina in the World Cup.” Every time he beats himself, every time he expands the boundaries of limitation, every time he finds something he hasn't done and do it; they spit on his face. Are these people suffering from collective memory loss? They say Messi ...
I am very, very disappointed with Lionel Messi this season, he has proven all the underlying fears I had about him. He has to be a part of a team that plays for him and he has to be a part of a very good team. He cannot carry a team himself, and he cannot produce the magic needed to be the difference between a win and a defeat that all truly great players are able to do. As a matter of fact, I think it was an insult to compare him to the Great Diego Maradona, right now even CR7 is proving to have more of the qualities to be a true great than Messi has.
WHAT SAY YOU? "ME AN MESSI ARE BETTER THAN RONALDO AND PELE," Says 'Greatest Of All Time' Maradona!!! Maradona versus Pele? Messi versus Ronaldo? It is the Argentines who come out on top. That the vanguard of such view happens to be Diego Maradona himself matters not, for it is a judgement which the majority would pass. The 52-year-old is unwavering in his assertion that he was better than Pele and compatriot Lionel Messi is superior to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the World Cup winner was quick to remind everyone of his FIFA Footballer of the Century prize when pressed on the issue of ‘greatest ever’. ‘I came out on top in terms of votes and the opinions of the fans. Pelé came second,’ said Maradona, ‘Even in Brazil (Pele came second), where Ayrton Senna was voted the most popular Brazilian sportsperson of all time. ‘As I’ve already won so much in my career Pelé’s friends needed to give him some sort of recognition (the award of ‘Second Best Footba ...
Benjamin del Castillo, son of Sergio Aguero, grandson of Diego Maradona and god-son of Lionel Messi...
From my childhood, I had noticed that left-handed and left-footed people seemed to be more intelligent, more successful and more precise when shooting. I watched with excitement in 1992 as two left-handed people; Bill Clinton and George Bush contested the United States presidency. I learnt that the third top contender, Ross Perot, is also left-handed. In 1997, I watched again as a left-handed Clinton was challenged by a left-handed Bob Dole. I also watched when left-handed Barack Obama and a left-handed John Mccain contested the 2008 presidency. Today, UK is governed by a left-handed PM: David Cameron. In 2007, a left-handed Babatunde Fashola became the governor of Lagos State. And, in 2010, a left-handed Namadi Sambo emerged as Nigerian Vice President. I cannot forget Emmanuel Amunike at the 1994 African Nations Cup, 1994 World Cup and Atlanta Olympics. What about Mexico '86, and the magic Diego Maradona performed with his left foot. Why not forgetting the magic left foot of Lionel Messi, let us remember ...
Lionel Messi - Rare and Funny Incidents The usual stats of The Flea about the number of goals scored, number of assists and the Balon D’or count are by itself very rare for the human race. However, we shall get into something rarer than that to read. I happened find many interesting and funny incidents in Messi’s life and thought of compiling them for the fans to see another side of this little magician. Here they are: Ø In 1993, a 6-year-old Messi went to the Newell’s stadium and watched one the greatest ever legends, Diego Maradona, debuting in Newell’s colors against Emelec and cheered for him. During 1994 on many occasions the club would ask Messi to do some keepy-uppies and he would do it with a smile as the crowd sang out “Maradoo, Maradoo.” Ø The first meeting between Kun Aguero and Messi was during the Under 20 World Cup. Except for Kun, everyone in the squad had known about Messi’s prowess at Barca. As the two of them were the youngest in the squad, they were put together in the s ...
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Just Imagine it though, having, Sergio Aguero as your father, Diego Maradona as your grandfather and Lionel Messi as your godfather 👌
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Diego Maradona says Christiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or and not Lionel Messi .. =D
Name : Benjamin . Father : Sergio Aguero . Grandfather : Diego Maradona . Godfather : Lionel Messi . Sorry, you will always be underwhelming kid
Benjamin Aguero's father is Sergio Aguero, his grandfather is Diego Maradona and his godfather is Lionel Messi what a family tree!
The cult of the individual looks likely to rival the spirit of the collective at Brazil 2014, with four formidable footballers standing out in their sides' hopes of glory COMMENT By Ben Hayward It will be a quiz question for years to come. Who won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup? Spain's success owed more to their passing philosophy and Tiki Taka, while beaten finalists Netherlands were more mechanical than mercurial: a robust clockwork Oranje. In fact, the tournament's best individual player represented neither of those two teams. Instead, it went to Uruguay's Diego Forlan. Forlan was fantastic as the South American side reached the semi-finals in South Africa, but if his choice for the Golden Ball was surprising, it was because no other candidate stood out from the crowd. Lionel Messi made several goals for his team-mates but failed to convert himself and was unable to inspire Diego Maradona's men when it mattered most; Cristiano Ronaldo scored against only North Korea and was isolated as a meek P ...
World Cup draw – group-by-group analysis GROUP F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria - The leading team in South American qualifying, Argentina will hope that Barcelona megastar Lionel Messi, the world's outstanding player, is ready to leave his mark on a World Cup after a fitful tournament in 2006 and disappointment under Diego Maradona's slightly chaotic stewardship in 2010. They will be expected to win the group, but face difficult opponents in the form of tournament debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina and African champions Nigeria. Led by forwards Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, Bosnia netted an impressive 30 goals in qualifying, while Nigeria won this year's Africa Cup of Nations and impressed in a recent 2-2 friendly draw with Italy. Iran went into the draw as Asia's top-ranked team, but their hopes of progressing appear meagre. GROUP G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States - A pool without a glaring weak spot, Group G sees title contenders Germany drawn alongside familiar foes in the form of ...
Lionel Messi wins 2010 Ballon d'Or: what they're saying about Barcelona forward Lionel Messi failed to score at the World Cup 2010 but still managed to beat off two tournament winners to retain his Ballon d'Or title. Is he as good as Diego Maradona? Even better? Or, as Hristo Stoichkov would have it, stoppable only with a machine gun? Image 1 of 2 Unstoppable? Lionel Messi has caused no end of problems for defenders around the world in the last 12 months Photo: REUTERS 7:05AM GMT 11 Jan 2011Comment Xavi "He (Messi) is one step above us all. He's the Best Player and there can be no argument." - Arsène Wenger “Messi’s like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make. He made the impossible possible. He has something exceptional. He has six or seven years in front of him, touchwood that nothing happens to him, and he can reach unbelievable levels. Related Articles More on Lionel Messi 07 Apr 2010 Debate: Is Lionel Messi the greatest ever? 06 Apr 2010 Messi's four-goal haul 07 Apr 2010 ...
Sachin Tendulkar right up there with the likes of Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Roger Federer, Jahangir Khan,...
Lionel Messi has a gene that makes him more creative and inventive out on the pitch than Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the conclusion reached in a study conducted by the universities of Oxford, St Andrews and Bristol, in conjunction with several Australian institutions. The research shows that left-footed footballers have the edge over their right-footed counterparts. Players who favour their left foot have inverted brain hemisphere functions, which gives them an extra dose of unpredictability. The wizardry of the likes of David Silva, Leo Messi, Gareth Bale, Diego Maradona and Ryan Giggs, amongst many others, would appear to back up this theory.
Benjamin Aguero. His father is Sergio Aguero. His grandfather is Diego Maradona. His godfather is Lionel Messi. Mother of God!..
Croatian legend Davor Suker has said that Diego Maradona is better than Lionel Messi.
Cap collectors, goal blitzes & pass masters Lionel Messi outranking Diego Maradona, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon reaching appearance milestones, goal blitzes in Fortaleza and Tashkent, and the Spanish youngsters’ exceptional ball retention feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review. 100 caps is what Andrea Pirlo, who only made his international debut as a 23-year-old, became only the fifth Italian to reach on Sunday after Dino Zoff, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon. The 34-year-old midfielder capped the occasion in style, delivering an immaculate performance and scoring a trademark free-kick – his 13th for Gli Azzurri – in the 2-1 defeat of Mexico in their FIFA Confederations Cup opener. Incredibly, ten of Italy’s starting line-up came from either Juventus (6) or AC Milan (4) – Roma’s Daniele De Rossi was the odd man out – while Mexico’s XI came from nine different clubs. 91 per cent was the exceptional pass-completion rate with which Spain finished their triumphan ...
It apparently takes more than a hamstring injury and accusations of tax fraud to keep Lionel Messi from scoring goals as he completed a hat trick before the 50th minute of Argentina's 4-0 win friendly win against Guatemala. With that trio of goals (the one shown above being the standout), Messi has now surpassed Diego Maradona's 34 goals on Argentina's all-time top scorer's list and matched Hernan Crespo for second with 35 goals. Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta tops the list with 56 goals, which Messi will probably reach in his next match.
Lionel Messi's 25th senior career hat-trick brought him on 35 goals for Argentina, one more than Diego Maradona. Messi is now equal second on Argentina's top scorer list with Hernan Crespo. Only Gabriel Batistuta has more goals for the Albiceleste - 56.
International friendly: Guatemala 0 Argentina 4 Lionel Messi has struck a hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Guatemala 4-0 in an international friendly on Friday. The Barcelona superstar took his tally of international goals to 35, equal with Hernan Crespo as Argentina's equal second-highest goalscorer. Messi moved above Diego Maradona thanks to his treble but remains well behind Gabriel Batistuta, who scored an incredible 56 goals in 78 internationals.
Lionel Messi made a triumphant return to the Argentina first team on Friday evening, smashing three goals for the away team as they destroyed Guatemala 4-0. 'La Pulga's' triple saw him overcome Diego Maradona in the Albiceleste top scorer rankings, tying with Hernan Crespo on 35, while Augusto Fernandez also found the net in a routine win.
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At the age of 25, Lionel Messi has now scored more goals for ARG (35) than Diego Maradona did in his whole career (34) -OgLoC-
Hat trick for Lionel Messi. He now surpasses Diego Maradona with 35 goals for Argentina and equals Hernan Crespo for 2…
Diego Maradona: "The only player for whom it is worth to pay to see playing football is Aimar." and/or Lionel Messi: "My idol was, is and will always be Aima...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are simply on a different level than any other current, or indeed recent, player. They have both dominated an era of football drawing comparisons to the very greats of the game such as Pelé and Diego Maradona - but which one is a better player? Messi had a golden year in 2012, breaking all sorts of records and is widely considered the Best Player in the world and perhaps ever. However, Ronaldo, for me, seems to be the more complete and superior player. He is more complete than Messi and possesses a vastly wider array of skills: he has the pace of Bale, the flair and skills of Neymar and better shots than those of Falcao. It is common knowledge that he is able to dance around players and he is not the only player in this category but only Ronaldo can completely take to pieces the ability and confidence of a player. He is almost unstoppable as witnessed by the lamentations of many a manager throughout the world as they describe what I call the 'Ronaldo paradox'. Essential ...
Emile Heskey appeared on the Rod Hull & Emu Show more times than Diego Maradona, Pele and Lionel Messi combined.
Maradona: Messi better thanRonaldo despite Barcelona defeats The Argentina legend's stance remains the same regarding the two players, even though the Portuguesehas come out on top in theirrecent encounters By Chris Kvesa Mar 4, 2013 5:38:00 PM Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi remains thebest footballer in the world, despite Barcelona losing to Real Madrid twice last week. Ronaldo scored twice in los Blancos ' 3-1 success over the Blaugrana on February 12, and though Messi fired home an equaliser at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, the Portuguese's emergence from the bench ensured a 2-1 victory. "Messi cannot save every game for Barcelona," the former Al Wasl trainer told Marca . "Ronaldo is a wonderful player. He is in a fantastic shape, but Messi is still better, even after the defeat of his club. " The 52-year-old also revealed that he misses mentoring the Argentina star since he lost hisposition as Albiceleste coach following their World Cup 2010 exit. He added: "I love Messi, I would like to be his ...
Benjamin Aguero isn’t just fathered by Sergio Aguero ... His grandfather is Diego Maradona & godfather is Lionel Messi. What a lucky kid!!
Manchester United are working on a stunning £55m deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford _ Everton defender Leighton Baines has called for his side to put results first to keep up their chase for Champions League qualification. _ Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has defended coach Jose Mourinho, but admits he is unhappy with his side's form this season. _ Argentina icon Diego Maradona says he always knew Barcelona star Lionel Messi would captain his country _ Arsenal are watching Lyon's Maxime Gonalons _ Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled Phil Jones out of Saturday’s clash with QPR _ PSV midfielder Mark van Bommel has revealed that he and his former AC Milan colleagues believed Lionel Messi would struggle in Serie A _ Agger yesterday played his 200th game for Liverpool _ Manchester United are set to be without Wayne Rooney for Saturday's trip to QPR with the 27-year-old missing training sessions this week _ Barcelona trio Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Dani Alves have all spoken of their disap ...
Pele tops Messi as football's greatest big-game scorer Lionel Messi's exploits with Barcelona have elevated him into the discussion of greatest player ever, alongside Pele and Diego Maradona. Messi, has won the last four Ballon d'Or trophies as the world's best footballer, and at 25 is arguably only just entering his prime. The most amazing thing about him though, is the number of goals he scores. In 2012, Messi scored 86 goals to break Gerd Mueller's 40- year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year. Mueller, nicknamed 'Der Bomber', was one of international football's greatest goal scorers, averaging more than a goal a game in his career for Germany (68 goals from 62 games). That Messi had toppled Mueller not only added to the chorus of voices singing his praises, but also lent weight to the argument that he is one of the best goal scorers in football history.
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Former Argentina ace Diego Maradona believes Lionel Messi is an exceptional player, who should be taking every free kick for Barcelona.
Gary Neville [Former Manchester United right-back]: "Cristiano Ronaldo is in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and you can put them both up there with Pele and Diego Maradona. Cristiano is so good and comparisons with Messi are pointless."
World Football News Update 1. Barcelona have announced on their official website that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the Catalans until the summer of 2018 on Thursday. 2. Real Sociedad have published an official statement on their website to deny involvement in doping practices. 3. Diego Maradona has denied claims from the Italian tax authorities that he owes the government money from his time at Napoli. 4. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen insists Gareth Bale "could play for every team in the world". 5. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has hailed Barcelona star Lionel Messi as "more than a player" as his side prepare to take on Sweden on Wednesday. 6. Chelsea striker Demba Ba withdraws from international duty through injury & could be a doubt for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan 7. Spurs did agree deal to sign Leandro Damiao on transfer deadline day, but it collapsed when Internacional changed the terms at the last min. 8. Former Spanish national team captain, Raúl González visit ...
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal after dashing his way to scoring from a narrow angle in the 29th minute at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Messi has drawn further comparisons with Diego Maradona by scoring a near replica of one of the former Argentina captain's most...
Here's my Best XI of all time. GK: Lev Yashin. LB: Paolo Maldini. CB: Franz Beckenbauer. CB: Bobby Moore. RB: Cafu. LM: Johan Cruyff. CM: Zinedine Zidane. CAM: Diego Maradona. RM: George Best. ST: Lionel Messi. ST: Pele. It's so hard to narrow down all the footballing legends into a single side! How about you? - Rolo
Messi's full interview with FIFA.com. FIFA.com: You’ve come to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala for six years in a row now. Does coming to this kind of event become something of a habit or does it always feel exciting? Lionel Messi: To be honest, it hasn’t become a habit for me. Even though these events are similar or practically the same, every year is special. Just being here is always different: it’s always a lovely feeling knowing what days like this mean. And, what’s more, it’s a sign that you’re doing a good job. When you first came back in 2007 you were a shy, long-haired youngster, but you’ve changed an awful lot since then, right? Leo :So much! It’s true yes, a lot of things have happened to me and obviously I’ve grown up both as a player and a person. That was a lot of years ago, the first time I came I would’ve been 18 or 19. I’ve become more mature, my personality has developed and my career has taken shape. Loads of things have changed. Diego Maradona often says that after th ...
He's well known for his great goalscoring trends, having scored a remarkable 91 goals during 2012, but it seems Lionel Messi can do no wrong sartorially too. He accepted his FIFA Ballon d'Or award in an eye-catching polka dot tuxedo - a nod to Diego Maradona's fashion sense.
World Sports Another record falls. Lionel Messi finished 2012 on 91 goals in 69 games. He began 2013 by winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or (with 41.6% of the votes), Cristiano Ronaldo (23.7%) came second and Andrés Iniesta (10.9%) third. It is the fourth time Messi has won it and no one else has won it so often. Because the award is a merger of the old European Footballer of the Year and the Fifa World Player of the Year which was inaugurated only in 1991, Diego Maradona never won it and nor did Pelé but it is doubtful if they would have matched Messi's achievement. Marco van Basten won the European award three times in five years, Johan Cruyff three in four and Platini three years in a row. Alfredo Di Stéfano won it twice. Messi has superseded all of them. Months of speculation slowly gave way to a growing realisation, especially as the European Championship was left behind and Messi accelerated towards the end of the year: it was going to be him again. He scored twice in each of eight successive games and ...
De Ballon d'Or should have gone to Ronaldo, instead of Messi, de world best! The Ballon d'Or went to the wrong guy. Lionel Messi most definitely is the world's best footballer. He will, for many fans of football become the best ever, eclipsing Pele and Diego Maradona, if he wins the World Cup with Argentina next year. But Messi shouldn't have picked up an unprecedented fourth consecutive world Player of the Year award at a glitzy FIFA gala on Monday night. The trophy that Barcelona's record-setting goal scorer bashfully lifted should instead have gone to Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi's downcast rival at Real Madrid. The award's electorate — journalistsand the coaches and captains of national teams — should have tamed their Messi addiction this time. Not because Ronaldo is a better footballer than Messi. He isn't. But because he stole away one of Messi's most important crowns in 2012. Winning the Spanish league title was a mammoth achievement, precisely because the towering obstacles Ronaldo and his Madrid ...
Oh what surprise Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award. No offence like and he may take the *** week in week out in La Liga but if he ever came to the Premier League and done the business on a freezing cold and wet winter night up north in Sunderland, or withstood being kicked all over the park by the Stoke City thugs then I think we'd see how good he really is. I don't remember him gracing the last World Cup with his talent too often either. The greatest ever? Not for me I'm afraid. Join a club like say QPR or Fulham for example and lead them single handedly to the Premier League title much akin to what Diego Maradona did with unfashionable Napoli in the late 80s and then we're talking.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been struggling for form at international level for years. The world's Best Player, along with Lionel Messi, seemed frustrated and petulant when playing for Portugal. But after a superb couple of games, Ronaldo started playing - scoring three goals and bringing Portugal to an unexpected semi-final. It is always great to see the best in a superstar. He has shown his countrymen that he deserves a monument in Lisbon.” Diego Maradona during UEFA EURO 2012
Lifted off BBC Sport, but I'm Scouse, so you should've expected it. Andres Iniesta has said that he hasn't seen "the perfect footballer" yet. So what would make up the perfect footballer? I'd say: Lev Yashin's reflexes Bobby Moore's tackling Franz Beckenbauer's leadership Roy Keane's tenacity Zinedine Zidane's control and composure Johan Cruyff's passing and movement Lionel Messi's skill Diego Maradona's dribbling Pele's finishing Dixie Dean's heading And Adebayo Akinfenwa's strength, of course. Any advances on that? What a player. - Ed
Yeah, Aguero's son,, Kun Aguero is your FATHER,Diego Maradona is your GRANDFATHER,,Lionel Messi is your GODFATHER..
Trash, stupidity, insularity, a great perosn is not defined by where (s)he was born. Welcome to the 21st century! This is for my nephews in DC! Global Soccer What Separates Messi and Pelé? The World Cup Alberto Estevez/European Pressphoto Agency Lionel Messi is scoring not just for his club Barcelona, but for his country, Argentina. By ROB HUGHES NYT, Published: November 13, 2012 LONDON — After accomplishing so many things, Lionel Messi is now down to the small numbers that define greatness. Goal The Times's soccer blog has the world's game covered from all angles. Pelé as his career wound down in 1976. He won three World Cups with Brazil. He began this week by eclipsing Pelé’s record of 75 goals in a calendar year, set in 1958. Now just one man, Gerd Müller, who scored 85 times in 1972, stands ahead of Messi as the all-time accumulator of goals in a single year. Messi, Messi, Messi. The records fall to him like drops of sweat off the brow of those who try to keep up with him on the field. The Arg ...
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Benjamin Aguero. Son of Kun Aguero, Grandson of Diego Maradona, & Godson of Lionel Messi...
Ossie Ardiles has admitted that he now believes that Lionel Messi is a better player than Diego Maradona
Even before the dust settles following the visit of one of football’s greatest icons Diego Maradona, it’s now his compatriot and no lesser a football icon himself, Lionel Messi who will be now coming to Kerala. It’s another reputed business group who has begun making arrangements to try and secure the visit of this particular Argentinean magician. Like his idol, he too will be invited for an inauguration and according to reports, this is expected to happen somewhere in the month of November. One of the main reasons for the sudden interest in getting Messi to come to Kerala was the unprecedented mania and subsequent free publicity generated by Maradona’s visit to God’s own country Yet to recover from the pleasant shock of seeing their God Maradona standing right in front of them, football fans in Kerala are finding it hard to believe their luck. A majority of these fans never imagined they could one day meet the modern day football legend of their lifetime. The opportunity of being able to meet o ...
Media Sayings that Lionel Messi is coming to Kerala after the visit of the Food Ball God Mr. Diego Armando Maradona. Is it right?
After Diego Maradona... Lionel Messi also coming to Kannur..?!!! let's wait and watch.
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Cox: Lionel Messi is three world class players in one Posted by Michael Cox on October 12, 2012 I’ve had the pleasure of watching Lionel Messi play just twice. In both matches, he’s failed to score, which, considering bothmatches were after his explosion into the greatest player of his generation (circa2009) is a surely a statistical improbability. Both times, the general reaction to his display was muted; I’m unquestionably yet to witness a Messi masterclass. However, on both occasions he was quite evidently Barcelona’s best and, most important player.If he were any other person on the planet, his performance would be described as exceptional. From Messi, we expect genius every week. When Simon Burnton of the Guardian interviewed BillyBeane and asked who the most underrated footballer was, the Moneyball mastermind had a fine answer. “You know, I’d actually say Lionel Messi,” Beane declared. “He’s so remarkable, watching him play, he’s probably still undervalued. When you’re scoring ...
when I was child father told me about Neil Armstrong and Diego Maradona. well, I will tell my kid about Lionel Messi and Felix Baumgartner
Yeah lol its like Sergio Agueros son, Aguero his dad, Diego Maradona is his Grandad n Lionel Messi is his godfather
Lionel Messi's numbers for Argentina are starting to stack up.
I think I need to change my soccer Zinedine Zidane, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Pele, and Lionel Messi all
My Uncle told me stories about Diego Maradona, Pele, Juan Batistuta, and Delima Ronaldo. I will tell my kids about Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, didier Drogba, and John Mikel Obi.
My dad would always tell me about Diego Maradona, when I have my kid I'm going to tell him about Lionel Messi.
Argentina's Javier Mascherano has lauded the genius of Lionel Messi & compared him to national idol Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi joins Gabriel Batistuta, Hernan Crespo, and Diego Maradona as the four Argentine players with 30+ goals.
A video comparing the amazing skills, dribbling, and goals of Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona's renowned style of football. Diego Maradona is distinguished as...
Everybody say "Diego Maradona is Lionel Messi's idol", it is Pablo Aimar :) Just saying ;) Congrats with Thiago:D
Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, 2 Legends in the same era. They are arguably 2 of the greatest of all time. Especially when you consider the ridiculous amount of goals they score every season. Diego Maradona was the greatest player when i was growing up but he was never as prolific when it came to scoring.
Copa Lagos South American Fan Base On The Rise. The Copa Lagos fan base is set to rise to new heights this year. This comes after the recent announcement that Argentina will compete in this year’s Copa Lagos 2012. The tournament itself is not due to get underway until the 14th December this year, but already it is evident that the 2nd edition of Copa Lagos will be a big hit in South America. Argentina will become the 2nd South American team to compete at Copa Lagos in 2 years. It is no surprise that there is always a strong South American presence at Copa Lagos. South America is the birth place of Beach Soccer, and many well-known players of the traditional game owe some of their skill to Beach Soccer. The likes of Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Ariel Ortega have all experimented with Beach Soccer at some point in their careers. Copa Lagos presence in South America will be unrivalled this year with the tournament being broadcast to 250 million homes. Fox Sports will be broadcasting the tournament to N ...
His father is Sergio Aguero. His Grandfather is Diego Maradona. His Godfather is Lionel Messi. No pressure kid. htt ...
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Javier Mascherano: "There is no point making comparisons between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona".
Javier Mascherano believes there is no point making comparisons between his team-mate Lionel Messi, and Diego Maradona.
Javier Mascherano believes comparing his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and legend Diego Maradona is pointless
Maradona: Messi better than ‘shampoo commercial’ Ronaldo Diego Maradona believes Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
I'll have you know that I am bigger than James Blunt, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Tom Cruise, that's all that matters
Kobe Bryant: "I think Lionel Messi is right there with Diego Maradona. When it’s all said and done he’ll be the best ever."
Diego Maradona hails Lionel Messi as the world’s best footballer – labels Cristiano Ronaldo 'a shampoo commercial.
Argentine legend Diego Maradona says that Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo can never reach the level of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi.
Diego Maradona has voiced his opinion that Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo can never reach an equivalent level as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Diego Maradona has said that Cristiano Ronaldo will never reach the level of Lionel Messi, claiming that, when it comes to the Ballon d'Or, "silver is the best he (Ronaldo) can achieve."Intresting.
Diego Maradona believes that Cristiano Ronaldo will never reach Lionel Messi's level
The Argentinian doctor Fernando Sceniorini expressed that the star Lionel Messi will reach the peak of his succes in the season 2012-2013, and will be "the best ever." The doctor who worked with the star Diego Maradona before the World Cup 1986 and was a member of the team of Argentine beleive that Messi will be starting from next season, in his peak of his success. Although the star of Barcelona won a lot of titles and records and awards, including 3 Golden Boots for three consecutive years, but the doctor said that Messi (25 years) did not begin the ideal phase. The news magazine "Sport" Transferred the doctor as saying: "Leo will reach a peak level this year, starting from this season. Regardless of what he has achieved, will begin now, a personal history. He will start his best." He added: "Until now, all he did was the result of intuition and his desire to play.But next season he will do a big surprise. The doctor continued, "Messi will enter a new phase of his game. Impossible to say where its borde ...
Argentine physio Fernando Signorini believes that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi will be at the peak of his game over the next few years. Signorini worked with Diego Maradona ahead of the 1986 World Cup, and was also part of the Argentina staff when the Napoli legend was in charge of the national team from 2008 until 2010.
Benjamin Aguero - Father : Sergio Aguero - Godfather : Lionel Messi - GrandFather : Diego Maradona ... This guy has some big shoes to fill!
Imagine having Kun Aguero as a Father,Diego Maradona as a Grand Father and Lionel Messi as a God Father.what do you expect from the child? A) Pure Football B) Raw Football C) Absolute Football D) Super Footballl E) Real Football F) All of the above..Give me ur answers.
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Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona!! SCARY how simuilar players they are! *MUST WATCH*
Father's day is tough for this kid.. Father : Kun Aguero, Grandfather: Diego Maradona, Godfather: Lionel Messi
Maradona: He may not have everything, but don't criticise Messi Argentina legend Diego Maradona has defended fellow countryman Lionel Messi in typically colourful fashion, stating that the three-time Ballon D'Or winner may not be perfect but he deserves the support of his nation. Maradona compared the Barcelona ace's attributes with his own, as well as those of Brad Pitt and Argentine model Luciana Salazar, and warned that those ostracising the player back in his homeland risk losing his talent for good. "[Messi does] do not have the leadership that I had, or the face of Brad Pitt or Salazar's *** but he is Argentine and must be defended," he told reporters. "If you keep breaking his balls he is going to stay in Barcelona and will not come again." Maradona and and current club Al Wasl have hit the headlines in Dubai in recent weeks, after the Argentine decided to ban goalkeeper Majed Nasar for the whole of next season. Nasar was sent off after hitting an opponent as his side lost the two-legged GCC Champ ...
Diego Maradona: 'Pele is an *** He should appreciate Lionel Messi's magical performance. He should rather criticise Neymar and should not
Diego Maradona has backed Lionel Messi to continue the impressive start he has made since taking over the national team captaincy.
This article tries to give an answer to the question of whether Lionel Messi will be judged one of the world’s greatest football players, whose reputation will outstrip those of both Diego Maradona and Pelé. The issue is approached in two ways. First, in the...
You are a True Legend if your masterclass brings d Bernabeu to its feet. So,i doff my hat for Diego Maradona, Alex Del Piero, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi for conjuring this magnificent moment.
A GLORIOUS CAREER-Alessandro Del Piero “He is a great player who has given everything to football, to Juventus and to Italy,” said triple Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. “To me, he plays a beautiful, clean type of football, and he is a man to admire.” "He is different to Zinedine Zidane. He likes to play, he feels it in his soul. Between him and the Frenchman, I choose him" - Diego Maradona
Lionel Messi is not the next Diego Maradona, he is the first Lionel Messi.
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