Lionel Messi & Jose Mourinho

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. José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix (born 26 January 1963) is a Portuguese football manager, currently the Head Coach of Real Madrid. 5.0/5

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Jose Mourinho on Lionel Messi: "Every season is the same. He is going to leave and he never does. He belongs to Barcelo…
2010: Steven Gerrard claims Joe Cole is as good as Lionel Messi. 2015: Phillipe Coutinho claims Brendan Rodgers is as good as Jose Mourinho
Man Utd slap £50m price tag on De Gea Manchester United have slapped a world-record £50 million valuation on David De Gea in an effort to ward off interest from Real Madrid. The Red Devils are braced to sell the Spanish goalkeeper, though, if he rejects a new, bumper contract. Source: Daily Express Tuesday, January 20, 2015 00:28 Adidas want Messi at Bayern Munich Adidas pay Lionel Messi €18m per year but an internal report says 70% of fans identify the Argentine with Nike. The German brand want Messi to move to Bayern Munich ahead of their other affiliated clubs, like Real Madrid or Manchester United. Source: El Economista Monday, January 19, 2015 13:50 Chelsea keeping tabs on Cuadrado Chelsea could make a shock January swoop for Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian has a £26.8m release clause and Jose Mourinho is mulling over a bid, having been a fan of the attacker since he was in charge of Real Madrid. Source: gianlucadimarzio.com Tuesday, January 20, 2015 00:33 Arsenal to offer Coquelin new ...
Jose Mourinho admits he has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi for Chelsea because of UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions. The Blues last month announce...
At La Masia, his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher here. Lionel Messi     In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.Xavi   My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester United. He is the complete midfielder.Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation. He is simply in a CLASS of his own. Zinedine Zidane   Everywhere I go the coaches all tell me that Scholsey is the player they admire. But if they think they’ll get him they’re wasting their time! Paul is a Manc lad pure and simple. He loves the club and there’s no chance of him leaving here. If ever he decided to go there would be a stampede, but he won’t be ...
Manchester City explore £200m Lionel Messi options and Roberto Martinez on borrowed time at Goodison Park By Rob Shepherd for MailOnline 22:03 27 Dec 2014, updated 00:54 28 Dec 2014 Manchester City still exploring possibility of signing Lionel Messi Roberto Martinez under pressure at Everton after poor start to the season Derby manager Steve McClaren being lined up to replace Martinez Tony Popovic a leading contender for Crystal Palace manager's job Marco Reus likely to join Real Madrid from Dortmund in the summer Manchester City continue to look in to the viability of signing Lionel Messi. Last week Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said the Blues could not sign the Argentine because of the Financial Fair Play restraints. A £200m transfer fee plus a gross package nearing £500,000 a week is obviously a massive obstacle. But City’s money men are still looking into how a deal could be calibrated, especially in the knowledge that tax implications could yet force Messi to leave Spain. Manchester City are still ...
INTO THE CHRISTMAS BREAK... D I D. Y O U. K N O W? * Real Madrid are going into the Christmas break with one-point lead, & a game in hand, at the top of La Liga. * A Spanish record run of 22 successive wins. Two trophies already in the bag (European Super Cup and Club World Cup). * Barcelona have bagged 41 goals in 16 matches - at an average of almost three per game. * Ronaldo has scored only two fewer La Liga goals than Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar combined this season. * Real Madrid had a100% record in the Champions League group stage. * Cristiano Ronaldo have scored 25 league goals in 14 matches this season. * The key to Madrid's excellent start is Carlo Ancelotti managing to do something that neither of his Bernabeu predecessors Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini could do. That's knitting together a dressing room packed with the world's most expensive players and, possibly, the world's most inflated egos. * Bayern Munich have taken 45 points from their 17 matches (a Bundesliga record), and only con ...
• Ronaldinho has praised Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he is a "complete" player, but says "magic" Lionel Messi is better. • Arsenal are considering a £20m move for German midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23, if they fail to land Sami Khedira, 27, from Real Madrid. • Roma are weighing up a January move for £7m-rated Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32. • PSG Head Coach Laurent Blanc has. played down talk that the Ligue 1 giants will approach striker Thierry Henry, 37, who left New York Red Bulls this week, with an offer of a short-term deal. However, Galatasaray are interested in signing the Frenchman. • Liverpool have offered Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, 25, a £125,000-a-week contract to join them in January as Simon Mignolet's replacement. • Forward Lukas Podolski, 29, has opened the door to a move away from Arsenal, with a return to his boyhood team FC Koln a possibility. • Arsenal are weighing up a move for Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches, 24, in January. • Inter Milan have joined Leicester C ...
December 2 Tuesday 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his skipper Steven Gerrard may be "the best player to have ever played in the Premier League" and suggested he can still play at the highest level of the game for another two years. The Football Association is likely to look into an anti-Semitic social media post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is the first Chelsea player to go on record and suggest Jose Mourinho's side are capable of progressing through this entire Premier League season without losing a game. Yacine Brahimi has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014. The 24-year-old midfielder becomes the first Algerian to win the award, which is decided by football fans. Porto winger Brahimi told BBC Sport: "It's a big honour for me to receive this wonderful trophy. I owe it to my country, Alg . ...
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 ...
"Obviously it's not true." - Jose Mourinho responds to the Lionel Messi to Chelsea question.
Jose Mourinho has rubbished recent reports linking Lionel Messi with a move to Chelsea
The Portuguese insists that the Blues will not be signing the Barcelona superstar, despite his recent revelation that he may not finish his career at the Camp Nou, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims rumours linking Barcelona's Lionel Messi with a move to Stamford Bridge are "obviously" false. Messi sparked the rumour mill into overdrive recently when he appeared to suggest that he might not finish his career at Camp Nou. CHELSEA LATEST 8/1 Chelsea are 8/1 with Paddy Power to be Lionel Messi's next permanent clubPremier League leaders Chelsea were subsequently identified as a possible destination for the Argentine superstar - who has broken the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in the last week - while Manchester City are also monitoring his situation. But Mourinho, who went up against Messi several times during his time as Real Madrid coach, is adamant that such stories are untrue. Mourinho said on Friday: "My reaction is that the media world changed so much that the ...
Messi to move to Chelsea in summer Lionel Messi will reject bids from Arsenal and Manchester United in favour of a move to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea this summer. The Barcelona superstar will move to West London for £200 million. Source: Daily Express Gud bye... Bercelona is pinis...hohoho... so long...:p
Chelsea News: Hazard compared to Messi, Mourinho backed by star, Khedira BLOW, Reus hope: Eden Hazard Former Belgium captain Eric Gerets believes Eden Hazard can become as good as Lionel Messi. Hazard has faced criticism for his lacklustre showings on the international stage but Gerets has pleaded for patience. He said: "Disappointment is too strong. Even Messi needed a lot of time before he was the saviour of the national team. "It didn't happen for several years. You have to give Hazard more time. It will come. He has too much talent." Jose Mourinho Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has laughed off claims Jose Mourinho puts pressure on his players to skip international duty . The Blues boss has been involved in a lengthy club v country row with Vicente Del Bosque over Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. However, the Spanish defender has given his backing to Mourinho. Asked if Mournho had ever put him under pressure to miss an international, he said: "No. He knows that I am excited about being in the Spain s ...
* Manchester United are planning to sell Angel Di Maria, 26, to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer to create funds for a sensational move for either Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 25, or Cristiano Ronaldo, 29. * Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who is currently playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. * Lionel Messi's father Jorge says the prospect of his son leaving Barcelona is "not even on the table", after an interview the 27-year-old gave earlier this week prompted speculation about a move away. * Bayern Munich winger and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, could be forced to stay with the German champions until the end of the season as he is cup tied in the Champions League. * Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to keep tabs on Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21, as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry at Chelsea. * Manchester United are preparing a move for AC Milan defender Adil Rami, 28. * Manchester City are willing t ...
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Chelsea show similarities with Jose Mourinho's last title winners Whether it concerns star players, groundbreaking managers or all-conquering teams, there is a continual desire among football observers to draw comparisons with those of yesteryear. The debate as to where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stand in the pantheon of greats has constantly raised its head over the past few years, while there have been frequent arguments of where Pep Guardiola's Barcelona (2008-12) should be ranked among other great sides in history such as Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan (1987-91), Rinus Michels' Ajax (1970-73) and the 1970 incarnation of the Brazil national team. While not quite at those heights yet, Chelsea's unbeaten run in all competitions and their position at the summit of the Premier League has already seen them named in the same breath as a couple of magnificent English sides from a decade ago. The comparisons with Arsenal's "Invincibles" of 2003-04 have come about because Chelsea have yet to emerge on the wro ...
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard prepares to face Manchester United with the world at his feet By Henry Winter Hazard strides into Old Trafford on Sunday as Chelsea’s Player of the Year, as PFA Young Player of the Year and hailed as a great entertainer who will eventually rival Lionel Messi, according to his many disciples. As he prepares to take on Manchester United, the new, improved Hazard is testament to his heightened powers of dedication and the wisdom of listening to a great manager in Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard has arrived. In a season illuminated by the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea, by West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho, Graziano Pellè at Southampton and West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino, Hazard has been one of the most eye-catching stars. The Belgian’s bravura display in last the 6-0 thumping of Maribor last Tuesday raised questions again in certain sceptical minds over whether he delivers only against lesser sides, an old canard in urgent need of neck-wringing. For t ...
Chelsea ready to make Messi bid The Blues set to offer monster amount to sign Argentine Chelsea will reportedly make an offer to sign Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi at the end of the season. It emerged yesterday that the Blues had failed to lure Messi to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, but have not given up on striking a deal with Barcelona. It is understood that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will offer an astonishing £130 million pounds to Barcelona to sign their superstar after failing with a £118 million pound bid previously. Growing reports suggest that Messi has said to the club that he is currently 'unhappy', fueling speculation that one of the world's best could finally seek a move elsewhere.
After a short hiatus, here is the preview of Match Day 10 of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014: v : Argentina faced a tough challenge against an inspired and solid at the back Bosnia-Herzegovina side in the last round, and managed to grind out a laborious win thanks to a solo effort from Lionel Messi. Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain who have had such stellar seasons with their club sides need to step up if they are to have any chance of beating an Iran side who idolize Jose Mourinho's park the bus system of sitting deep and defending. Iran have showed that they are no push overs by grinding out a goal-less draw against Nigeria who are the current winners of the African cup of nations. Argentina should dominate possession and if their top 4 are in their best of form, they should be able to pull this off. Prediction: Not going for a prediction on this as this is the side I support and dont wanna jinx them. v : It would not be unfair to say that the Germans have been the best side of the first ...
World Cup GOSSIP Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has warned England manager Roy Hodgson that Wayne Rooney, 28, is less effective when he plays out wide. Wayne Rooney of England Wayne Rooney accepts he could be dropped for England's game against Uruguay Rooney has conceded that he is facing a battle to keep his place in England's starting line-up for Thursday's vital World Cup clash with Uruguay. Lionel Messi says Argentina must improve despite beating Bosnia-Hercegovina 2-1 - a performance for which coach Alejandro Sabella awarded just six out 10. Nigeria's national team coach Stephen Keshi, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles, feels African sides are close to winning a World Cup. Italy striker Mario Balotelli says the Azzurri, who beat England 2-1 in their opening match, can win the World Cup and should be feared by other teams. Striker Daniel Sturridge says he is gutted after "letting everyone in England down" following the 2-1 defeat to Italy in their opening game of the World Cup. ...
All attention is now on Brazil for the world biggest single sporting event, the World Cup. To be hosted by the samba nation The Super Eagles of Nigeria is among the 32 nations that will strive for glory. I give my full support to our national team as they don't just fly our national colours but go for honours in Brazil. We might not have a fecund goalscorer like C. Ronaldo, a midfield maestro like Lionel Messi, an off and on the pitch midfield general like Frank Lampard, rugged midfielder like Yaya Toure, versatile wingers like Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, no nonsense defenders like Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Luiz or Garry Cahill not to mention best safe hands like Iker Casilas, Gianluigi Buffon, Petr Cech, Victor Valdes and Thibaut Courtois. Neither do we have world class coach like Felipe Scolari, Vincent Del Bosque, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Louis Van Gaal, Rafael Benitez or Jose Mourinho. But we have one thing called the Nigerian Team Spirit.
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES • The 2014 World Cup is made for Wayne Rooney, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who thinks England could win the trophy if they survive a difficult group. • Wayne Rooney has scored one goal in eight World Cup appearances England manager Roy Hodgson could deploy Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in a number 10 role when his side face Italy in Manaus in their World Cup Opener on Saturday. • New Aston Villa and ex-England midfielder Joe Cole says Wayne Rooney will deliver match winning performances for the Three Lions at the World Cup. • England would be wise to move for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers or Everton's Roberto Martinez as successor to manager Roy Hodgson, according to Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp. • Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has identified Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez as a £20m transfer target. • Inter Milan are ready to test Manchester City's resolve to keep striker Stevan Jovetic, just a year after th ...
Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi and. Ronaldinho are the star names. confirmed for Deco's testimonial in. July.
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Ray Parlour believes Arsenal will be better equipped to mount a Premier League title challenge next season if they finish this campaign by winning the FA Cup. The former England midfielder insists the players will benefit psychologically from ending the club’s nine-year wait for a trophy. Nobody in the squad has lifted silverware in England before. Parlour won three League titles, four FA Cups, and one League Cup during his 12-year career at Arsenal and knows how success breeds success. Thorgan Hazard is assessing his options for next season amid claims Liverpool, Everton and Schalke are interested in the Chelsea youngster. Hazard said in March that he did not plan to return to his homeland next season and could seek to prove himself at Chelsea, whom he joined from Lens in 2012, and Jose Mourinho was present to check on the 21-year-old's progress in a 2-1 defeat to Anderlecht in the Pro League playoffs. Cristiano Ronaldo said the pressure Real Madrid feel to win "La Decim ...
WHO WINS La Liga? Believe me, I had routed for Athletico Madrid for more than half the season, willing them to finally break the duopoly called the Spanish League. I had stood behind Diego Simeone all the while, wishing the Argentine to announce the arrival of the fresh and younger managers that will rattle the modern day coaching arena dominated by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Martinez and others, who are threatening to force out the older guard in Arsene Wenger, Louis Van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and the likes. But I hadn’t counted with Barcelona not winning any other trophy. Now, I’m faced with the dilemma of seeing Athletico win deservedly and seeing Lionel Messi go trophyless in a World Cup season! Messi is just too big a player to go trophyless in any season. So, if I am given the opportunity, I’d give Barca the La Liga trophy, for Messi’s sake, then give the Champions League to Athletico, for Simeone’s sake. However, may the best side get their reward.
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 ...
WE WILL REMEMBER: Eric Abidal, Jose Mourinho and Lionel Messi all pay tribute to Tito Vilanova
Copied! What if footballers gave an exam ?? Let’s see what they have to say- Lionel Messi - I came first, again. But I must confess that I cheated from Xavi and Iniesta. Cristiano Ronaldo - I came second, again. I might have done well if I had not wasted my time in the bathroom fixing my hairstyle. Fernando Torres - Sadly, I missed the test. Carles Puyol - I wasn’t able to attend the exambecause I got injured a day before. John Terry - I passed, but wasn’t that invigilator hot? Ryan Giggs - I was too old to give the exam. Neymar - I was too young to give the exam. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Zlatan doesn’t give exams. Sheikh Mansour Ali - I bought the school. Roman Abramovich - I did ok, but could have done better if I hadn’t changed my tuition teacher 10 times. Sir Alex Ferguson – I was busy chewing gum. Jose Mourinho - I don’t give exams because I am the Special One. Xavi -I was busy showing my answers to Messi. Sergio Ramos - I think my talent was ‘too high’ to give an exam. Robin Van Persie ...
Yestrday i had ths strange dream ! I was assisting Lionel Messi but suddenly Jose Mourinho came from no where and kickd me out of the field ! :'(
Messi hat-trick as Barca win at Real 23 Mar 2014 23:59:49 Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the unstoppable Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced 'Clasico' on Sunday. Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real's Bernabeu stadium would have all-but killed off their challenge and they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead when playmaker Andres Iniesta burst clear on the left and lashed the ball into the roof of the net. It was fitting start to a game featuring some of the world's most expensive and best-paid talent and watched by millions around the world that also set the stage for one of the most entertaining encounters between the game's two richest clubs of recent times. Real, looking to restore their three-point lead at the top and undefeated in 31 matches in all competitions, were reeling but hit back with a Karim Benzema double before Messi's first, a close-range snap sho ...
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WHAT I LEARNED WEEKEND.. *Olympiakos were crowned Greek champions for the 16th time in 18 seasons..while Bayern Munich opened up a 23-point lead at the Bundesliga summit. *Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna..while Cristiano Ronaldo's solitary strike was enough to see off Malaga. *Liverpool ended their run of six games without a win at Old Trafford with a rampant 3-0 thrashing of Man United..thou 2 of the 3 goals were penalties..there was also a red card for Nemanja Vidic. *Arsenal ended there poor recordhat lane with a hard fought 1-0 win..Tomas Rosicky with a stunning strike in just 2 minutes from the start..the Czech rep.captain was also among the scorers the last time the sides metEmirates. *Aston Villa handed Chelsea their first defeat of 2014 with a late Fabian Delph strike..the match saw 3 red cards all against the visitors,Willian,Ramires and Jose Mourinho. *Man City put aside their Champions League and FA CUP elimination with a 2-0 win away to Hull city..this match also saw . ...
Jose Mourinho says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not need to become World Champions to earn their place as all-time greats
Random football news today: -Manchester City owner, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayhan is preparing 200 million euros to pay the release clause of Lionel Messi. (El Confidencial) -Eager to get back in contention for the Serie A title, AC Milan is looking at summer reinforcements, with Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez reportedly high on the wishlist. -Manchester United is keeping tabs on Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann with David Moyes watching the youngster make his France debut on Wednesday. -Juventus are monitoring Morata, Coentrao and Di Maria positions with Real interested in Pogba and Vidal. (La Gazzetta dello Sport) -David Moyes was in attendance for France’s 2-0 friendly win against Netherlands in Paris on Wednesday to scout Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba as he considers how to rebuild his Manchester United squad. [Espn] -Nicklas Bendtner hopes there is still time to make a telling impact at Arsenal before a probable summer exit from the Emirates. -Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is desperate to exp ...
Fabregas tells Mourinho & Barca detractors to 'shut up' The midfielder has lashed out at those who have suggested the Catalans are no longer destructive and says the team will put their all into the second leg too By Jon Fisher 18 Feb 2014 22:26:00 Cesc Fabregas hit back at Jose Mourinho and the rest of Barcelona's detractors, telling them to "shut up" after the Catalans claimed the initiative in their Champions League knockout clash with Manchester City. The first leg of the last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium was finely poised until the 54th minute when City defender Martin Demichelis hauled down Lionel Messi with the Argentine through on goal. Although initial contact may have been outside the area, referee Jonas Eriksson awarded a penalty and issued Demichelis with a red card. Man City LATEST 66/1Man City are 66/1 with Bet365 to win the Champions League Messi dispatched the spot kick with ease and Dani Alves doubled the visitors' advantage in the final minute to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s men with an u ...
Jose Mourinho's recruitment of the Serbian midfielder may appear to spell bad news for the Nigerian star, but it might not all need to be doom and gloom. Feb 18, 2014 2:00:00 PM ANALYSIS By Solace Chukwu With a brace this weekend, Argentine ace Lionel Messi became the third-highest goal-scorer in the history of Spanish League football. Before his career is done, he will almost certainly eclipse the record.La Pulgais adored in Catalonia, and in all of Spain, idolized. Many observers across the globe believe him to be, already, the greatest player of all time. In his homeland of Argentina, the perception is not quite the same, however. He remains in the shadow of Diego Maradona,El Pibe de Oro, the enigmatic wizard who almost single-handedly dragged his team-mates and a football crazy nation to World Cup glory in 1986. Having grown up and developed as a footballer at the famed La Masia, Messi is often regarded as more Catalan than Argentine by his own countrymen, a view buttressed by the allegation that he d ...
SPORTS UPDATE: Manuel Pellegrini prepared for the biggest night in Manchester City's recent history by vowing to go toe-to-toe with Barcelona in the Champions League.City face Lionel Messi and his Collegues in their first Champions League knockout tie at the Etihad Stadium Tonight at 10:45pm. Pellegrini's comments came before Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho re-opened his long-standing dispute with Barcelona by labeling the current side the 'worst for many years'. Midfielder, Fernandinho is set to return to the Manchester City squad for the Champions League last-16 tie against Spanish champions Barcelona.He has missed City's last three matches with a muscle problem but took part in training yesterday. However, striker Sergio Aguero remains out with a hamstring injury. Jose Mourinho has raised doubts over Ashley Cole's Chelsea and England future by refusing to confirm if he will be given playing time. The left-back, 33, also faces a battle to make the England World Cup squad. Cole has not started a Premier Le ...
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas but Man City face 'worst Barcelona team in years', says Jose Mourinho. can Man City
SUN ON SUNDAY Wayne Rooney has pledged the rest of his top-class career to Manchester United after signing a £70m four-and-a-half year deal. David Beckham wants Cristiano Ronaldo as his first glamour signing for his new soccer team when they kick off in Miami. Manchester City are set to sell Micah Richards in the summer for £8m. SUNDAY MIRROR Alan Pardew is on the brink of losing backing of his Newcastle players, while rumours are growing that Mike Ashley is preparing to sell the club, having failed to watch a match at St James' Park for almost six months. New Fulham manager Felix Magath is paranoid and a control freak, says Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness. Franco Baldini's Tottenham future in doubt after top-level behind-the-scenes clashes. Jose Mourinho expects Chelsea transfers for Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani before the World Cup. Pablo Zabaleta desperate for friend Lionel Messi to join him at City and claims Barcelona star has asked about Manchester life. Manchester United transfer boost as Borussi ...
News I Was Close To Arsenal: All-Conquering Barca Star Reveals Shocking Talks Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that he was close to joining Arsenal before he joined Manchester United, but was persuaded to join United by the personal intervention with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The move was ultimately unsuccessful, with Pique moving back to Spain with Barcelona in 2008, but the defender returns to Manchester this week to face Manchester City. Pique praised City’s season so far, and was dismissive of the mind games employed against the side by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, but warned the Citizens that Barcelona have evolved from the side that largely relied upon Lionel Messi. Pique started his career at Barca, but left in 2004 to move to England due to a lack of possible progression at the club. “It was really difficult to break through to the first team and I think the best option was to leave Barcelona and go to England,” he said to The Telegraph of his decision. “I remember t ...
Eden Hazard has thanked Jose Mourinho for his praise but is determined to keep working hard and reach the level of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle: Hazard Hat-Trick sends delighted Blues Top of the League It was the Electric Eden Hazard show at Stamford Bridge as his Brilliant Hat-Trick sent Jose Mourinho and Chelsea Top of the League. Following his man-of-the-match performance at Manchester City on Monday night, the 23-year-old Belgian was unstoppable once again. Hazard has acknowledged he needs to score a bucketload of goals to be compared properly to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, this was a good start as he took his season’s tally to 14 and underlined why Chelsea now value him at three times the £32million they paid for him. Hazard has the X-factor that lifts fans from their seats every time he gets the ball. His first two goals were pure class; the first an instant finish from Branislav Ivanovic’s pass, the second the culmination of some wonderful Chelsea team play. Even his hat-trick goal, delivered from the penalty spot, had a unique swagger and style to it, leaving Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul frozen on ...
Eden Hazard has taken his football to a new level this season under Jose Mourinho and he is being compared to the likes of Cristano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Although some way off those two, Hazard believes he is right up there with the best of them right now. Speaking to BBC's Football Focus in...
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard believes that he is capable of matching Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after challenging himself to become the world's best player. The Belgian has taken his fledgling career to new heights this year under the management of Jose Mourinho, scoring 11 goals in 30 games across four competitions. While he acknowledges that he has some way to go yet, Hazard feels that he has the ability to reach the same level as Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi, who have won the last six Ballon d'Or awards between them, if he continues to develop as he has under Mourinho's guidance. "Of course I want to be the best in the world," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. "Previously I was more worried about the game itself: football was just a game for me, I wanted to amuse myself and didn't bother what the people thought about me. "But since I'm here at Chelsea, I've become more aware of my qualities, I guess. Before I knew I was a good player, but not one of the better players in the world. I've ...
TRANSFER NEWS UPDATE MESSI TO BE SOLD! According to One World Sports, Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona in 2015. The club president Sandro Rosell wants to ensure Barca have a healthy bank balance and the Argentine could be sold to Manchester City, PSG or Monaco. NOT A LAUGHING MATA CaughtOffside reports that, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing Xabi Alonso who will be out of contract next summer, he will tempt Real Madridwith winger Juan Mata and some money. Daily Mail reports: Arsene Wenger has stepped up his efforts to sign striker Alvaro Morata on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season. Porto's Jackson Martinezalso remains high on the Gunners' shopping list. RONALDINHO'S 10 COMMANDMENTS Seven plane tickets a year to Brazil; a car with a personal chauffeur at his service; individual sponsors; both a fixed and a mobile telephone; six million a year... These are some of the demands made by Ronaldinho to Besiktas in return for joining Turkish club. (Source: Marca) Manchester United boss Davi ...
.FOOTBALL HEADLINES. * Arsène Wenger failed for the 10th time to get the better of Jose Mourinho as Arsenal was held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea, missing a chance to return to the top of the Premier League. * Manchester City duo Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero want Lionel Messi to swap the sunny climes of Catalonia for the north of England. * Swansea City forward, Michu is facing at least six weeks of the sidelines after scans on Monday revealed he is likely to need surgery on his ankle. * Galatasary No. 10 Wesley Sneijder has revealed he has no reason to leave the Turk Telekom Areana amid ongoing speculation linking him with a January move to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports. * Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he could bolster his current squad by recalling Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnicliffe from Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town respectively and also insisting he will get the best out of Marouane Fellaini. * West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reportedly wants ...
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Though long with 18 points, a pure Madridista will enjoy reading every lines. Well almost, 2013 has come to a complete end. Personally,these are some of the moments that mocked ,surpised , took away my breathe, and this has all been done either by one individual, my idol Cristiano Ronaldo ,and some moments to remember of Real Madrid, sad but true. 1. Ronaldo still smiled to regain 2nd in the Ballon Dor Award ceremony behind Lionel Messi, who grabbed up the award for 4 times in a row. 2. Iker Casillas injury during trainning took away tears of all the fans, and every one was eagerly waiting for whom, Jose Mourinho will overtake his place to berth against Manchester United in CL. 3. Ronaldo scored his first own goal of the carrier against Granada, I could never forget that match. 4.Ronaldo scored the awesome header against Manchester United in Saintiago Bernabeu,to tie up the score 1-1,before winning away on Old Trafford 2-1, scoring the winner to eliminate his former club out of Champions League. 5. Cristi ...
Messi & Ronaldo share spoils in La Liga awards The Argentine took home two awards from the annual LFP gala, while Diego Simeone was named as the best coach for his side's Copa del Rey victory By Miles Chambers Dec 3, 2013 8:46:00 AM Lionel Messi was named ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in La Liga's 2012-13 season at the annual LFP awards, but the Real Madrid forward was voted the most valuable player of the campaign. The Barcelona attacker won the award for the fifth successive year and also took home the prize for top forward, while team-mate Andres Iniesta was voted as the greatest attacking midfielder in the division for the fourth time in five seasons. Confusingly, though Ballon d'Or favourite Ronaldo missed out on the best player tag, he was given the MVP trophy at the fifth edition of the awards, which are held by the Primera Division's governing body. "It is an honour and a privilege to receive this award," the 28-year-old said upon receiving the award. "I have to thank my team-mates ...
Cristiano Ronaldo has been chosen as the Spanish top flight’s ‘Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, but Lionel Messi has won the more prestigious awards for La Liga’s best player and best attacker after having guided Barcelona to the title despite recurring injury issues. Diego Simeone, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Asier Illarramendi and Gerard Deulofeu were among those also honoured at a ceremony in Madrid on Monday night, which took place almost six months after the 2012-13 campaign ended. Messi won the official ‘Player of the Season’ award, and also beat off competition from former Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Ronaldo to take the prize for Best Liga BBVA Forward. The Real Madrid attacker suggested in his speech while accepting the MVP prize that he would have preferred to have taken the overall best player award. “It is an honour and privilege to receive this great award for the Most Valuable Player -- it motivates me to keep working harder, ...
MORNING UPDATE -Jose Mourinho: 'No price for Ramires' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has swiftly dismissed reports that Brazilian midfielder Ramires will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge. -Lionel Messi: 'Dimitar Berbatov at Barcelona would be impossible' Lionel Messi has said that he thinks it would be "impossible" for Dimitar Berbatov to join Barcelona. -Coutinho: 'I didn't think twice about Liverpool move' Midfielder Coutinho has admitted that he jumped at the opportunity to join Liverpool at the start of 2013. -Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club have opened contract talks with German centre-back Per Mertesacker. -Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has declared that he is desperate to end the Azzurri's quest for silverware, as a reward for their faith following a surprise summer switch from Real Madrid. -Juventus coach Antonio Conte has insisted that Serie A veteran Andrea Pirlo deserves his place on this season's Ballon d'Or shortlist, ranking him alongside rivals for world football ...
what paper say The Star - Sport . Carl Froch: I am ready to punish George Groves . New boss Gus Poyet threatens to walk out on Sunderland . Friday Transfer Zone: Arsenal want Benzema and Varane, as Ronaldo remains on Man Utd radar . Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini looking for quick exit for Argentina return . Man Utd boss David Moyes still hopeful of bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford . Prince William sends good luck message to England ahead of semi-final clash . Barcelona star Lionel Messi speaks out over proposed move for Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov . VIDEO: Jose Mourinho frustrated at Mike Riley's apology to West Brom . VIDEO: Jol: Ex-Man Utd assistant Meulensteen already lifting Fulham ahead of Swansea game . Arsenal 'will go for' Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane in January .
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez is in line to make his England debut after Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick were ruled out of friendlies against Chile and Germany. (Sky Sports) ***Ajax have been fined €25,000(£21,000) by UEFA after fans displayed an offensive banner at their Champions League home game against Celtic. (ESPN) ***Neymar has claimed that Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has been working on alternative attacking options in case Lionel Messi got injured. (ESPN) ***Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has upset the entire West Brom dressing room by calling them a “Mickey Mouse” club. The Baggies were seconds away from becoming the first ever side to win a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge against Mourinho’s Chelsea. (Daily Mirror) ***Barcelona attacker Neymar can fill the huge void left by the injured Lionel Messi, according to team-mate Dani Alves. ***Lazio and Germany striker Miroslav Klose has been ruled out for at least three weeks due to a dislocate ...
World football: Top five crazy transfer rumours top.jpg 5. Mario Balotelli to Chelsea In recent weeks, it has been reported that the Italian striker wants to be reunited with Jose Mourinho. And while this move may well be crazy, according to Balotelli’s agent, it could actually happen.Chelsea are in need of a striker and if Balotelli was to move to Stamford Bridge, it would come as a surprise to the Premier League 4. Fernando Torres swap with Emmanuel Adebayor According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham failed with an approach to Chelsea to swap their outcast striker for the Blues’ £50 million hit man. Torres may have struggled to fulfill his expected potential at Stamford Bridge, but surely a swap deal for Adebayor can’t be taken seriously. 3. Gareth Bale to Manchester United as reported by The Metro, Manchester United are ready to pounce on the Welsh wizard next summer. Apparently Real Madrid will be willing to cut their losses on the winger. Give him a chance! 2. Lionel Messi to Chelsea Reports in ...
How Messi almost ended up at Chelsea London - Lionel Messi could have signed for Chelsea earlier in the year after adidas offered to pay half of his £210 million (R3.28bn) buy-out clause, according to Barcelona sports paper Mundo Deportivo. Messi, who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old after the club paid for expensive hormone therapy treatment without which he would never have made the grade as a professional, has always had a strong emotional bond with the club. But, reports Mundo Deportivo, adidas saw the opportunity to prise him away from Barcelona - and effectively from Nike who sponsor Barça - and move him to one of their three main European clubs: Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Messi’s representatives were made aware of adidas’ proposal and they informed the club, who were also told Messi had no intention of leaving. Even if adidas had stumped up the £105m suggested, Chelsea would still have had to find the other £105m and coach Jose Mourinho would have had to convince a player with ...
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes it is Cristiano Ronaldo's time to win the Ballon d'Or this year, ahead of Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. The Portuguese star has played second fiddle to Barcelona ace Messi since winning the prize for the first time back in 2008, with the Argentine claiming the last four titles in a row, but Ancelotti believes he deserves to win the latest crown for the all-round impact he has on the Spanish giants. "It's Cristiano's moment to win it ahead of Messi and Ribery," Ancelotti told TV programme El Larguero. "He has surprised me the most with his professionalism. He's very serious, he has amazing attention to detail. It's that which helps us the most - he doesn't just score." Ancelotti went on to explain his decision to allow Mesut Ozil to join Arsenal this summer, claiming he prefers Angel Di Maria for the balance he brings to the team alongside €100 million signing Gareth Bale. "It was a technical decision [to sell Ozil]," he continued. "I prefer Di Maria for the ba ...
Top Clasico clashes Thefootballnews picks out a selection of classic on and off-pitch battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona. 10 - Barca 3-2 Madrid (Spanish Supercopa second-leg, 2011) In his book Morbo, Spanish football expert Phil Ball describes Clasicos as less football matches, more re-enactments of the Civil War. History does not tell us whether Franco's key weapons against Catalan revolutionaries included eye-gouging, but if Jose Mourinho was one of his generals, it might have done. The ‘Gouge-gate’ game itself --a Supercopa second-leg in which Lionel Messi scored the winner in a 5-4 aggregate win for Barcelona -- was as fiery as most Clasicos were around that time. Six months earlier, Barca substitute keeper Pinto had managed to get himself sent off from the bench after wading into a touchline fight and, in a similar scuffle in the Supercopa, Mourinho crept up behind then-Barca assistant Tito Vilanova and... well, you know what he did. At least he was magnanimous afterwards, mind -- he desc ...
Chelsea made sensational £210 million move to land superstar There has been some reports which have claimed Chelsea made a sensational £210 million bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi. It is unclear whether Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich would really have been willing to shell out such an amount to add Messi, even given Chelsea’s problems up front so far this season. However, Bayern Munich, where Messi’s former manager at Barca Pep Guardiola is now in charge, have a long-standing relationship with Adidas and the German’s have also been mentioned as the club that may have made the bid. The sportswear giants were thought to be willing to pay half of the fee involved to have Messi wearing an Adidas shirt at club level as well as at international level with Argentina. Messi reportedly rejected all three offers out of hand as he is happy with life in Barcelona. (Daily Express)
Ronaldo: Messi better than Cristiano Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo has said he believes Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, told AS it was difficult to choose but that, on balance, the Argentine was the more influential and better all-round player. "I would stick with Messi," he said. "It is difficult. It is like when you are looking to buy a house and they offer you many nice ones, but you need to pick one. "Messi seems more complete to me, or at least more decisive. In the important moments, he appears and scores goals." Asked about Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho's comments about there being only one "real" Ronaldo -- "the Brazilian Ronaldo" -- the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year said: "This is Mourinho up to his tricks … I prefer not to get into polemics. "You must respect everyone's opinion. Each player writes his own history, and the history of another player does not erase it. I am happy to have finish ...
BdST Lionel Messi stole Cristiano Ronaldo's thunder again by plundering yet another hat-trick for Barcelona and Basel ruined Jose Mourinho's Champions League return with a shock win at Chelsea on Wednesday. Former champions Milan and Porto began the group phase with victories but last year's runners-up Borussia Dortmund suffered a jarring defeat at Napoli after being reduced to 10 men and having manager Juergen Klopp exiled to the stands. A day after Ronaldo threw down the gauntlet with a hat-trick for Real Madrid in a 6-1 thrashing of Galatasaray, prolific Argentine Messi responded with three goals in Barcelona's 4-0 Group H romp at home to Ajax Amsterdam. Whatever magic Ronaldo conjures, Messi always seems to have a riposte, soaring to ever greater heights in the ongoing duel between Europe's two most deadly marksmen. Messi went through his repertoire, breaking the deadlock with a curling free kick after 22 minutes, running in his second 10 minutes into the second half and, after Gerard Pique had also g ...
UCL REVIEW: Expectedly most of the top teams with the exception of Dortmund and Chelsea won their matches. The highlights were the hat tricks by the two best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. What about the partnership between RVP and Wayne Rooney? I once wrote about that on my fb wall! Arsenal, PSG Napoli,Man City were able to grind out wins too...these teams were a joy to watch! On a night Chelsea players were caught in the web of complacency, FC Basel defeated them right inside their so called bridge! A very rare tactical blunder by Jose Mourinho gave the game away. I hope to explore some of this shortly. However, what can we expect in the next round of UCL matches? Time will tell!
FUNNY STUFFS IN FOOTBALL THIS SEASON * Aaron Ramsey keeps scoring for fun both in the league&UCL * Lionel Messi putting every of Ronaldo's effort to shame by been the 1st player to have 4-hattricks in the UCL * Victor Valdes making a penalty save against all odds * Manchester City winning their 1st group game in the UCL * Jose Mourinho getting his 1st- home loss at the bridge against a Basel team the much-maligned Benitez defeated * Liverpool topping the EPL league table with a former chelsea reject netting in all games so far * Chelsea's player of the season Mata sitting on the bench&Eto'o swearing never to play for Chelsea with his words coming to hunt him as has struggled to score a goal.
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Messi sparkles, Chelsea shocked Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho's Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat. Messi took his tally to 62 Champions League goals and became the first player to score more than four Champions League hat-tricks, while also netting his 24th such treble for Barca. A day after Cristiano Ronaldo hit three in Real Madrid's 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray, Messi reminded everyone who is still the four-time reigning Ballon d'Or winner. Despite boasting eight European Cup and Champions League crowns between them, Barcelona and Ajax had never met before their Group H encounter at the Nou Camp. And typically it was a dazzling display from Messi that got the 2009 and 2011 winners off to the ideal start. And the diminutive wizard dedicated the victory to Barca coach Gerard Martino, who will fly home to Argentina to attend his father's funeral. "It was a special game. It is a shame what has happen ...
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Uruguay goal gives glimpse of the man Mikel might have been but for Mourinho The Chelsea midfielder’s stunning finish against the Celeste reminded the world of his once-stunning talent before Jose Mourinho stifled his ability By Ed Dove | Nigeria Expert A goal down against Uruguay in their Confederations Cup clash, Nigeria needed a hero. Despite enjoying a period of dominance, the Super Eagles were unable to make the most of their chances and struggling to find cohesion among the strikers. Step forward John Obi Mikel. On 37 minutes the midfielder received the ball just outside the opposition box; he shimmied, shifted his weight to escape the prowling defender, and curled a delectable finish past Fernando Muslera. It was a sublime moment, and a delicious glimpse into the player Mikel might once have been. The goal was reminiscent of Lionel Messi, a man with whom the Nigerian once shared a great deal in common. Back in 2005, the two were the outstanding players in the Under-20 World Cup. Argentina beat Ni ...
Manchester City hope to complete a £21m deal for Malaga midfielder Isco in the next 48 hours. There were fears Real Madrid could hijack City's move for the 21-year-old, who indicated on Thursday that a deal with City could be tied up over the weekend. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will speak to Juan Mata in an attempt to reassure the 25-year-old Spain midfielder that he wants to keep him at Stamford Bridge. Reports had claimed that Mourinho was keen to sell Mata, with Barcelona said to be interested. The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 28, has down played his client's chances of a move to Napoli and a reunion with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Arsenal are putting the finishing touches on a £50m bid for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, and the club's billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov has also urged manager Arsene Wenger to make a move for 27-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi's father has vented his anger on radio over accusations t ...
Iniesta: Mourinho has damaged Spanish football The Blaugrana midfielder has criticised the recently-departed Real Madrid coach, accusing him of tarnishing the reputation of La Liga By Andrew Wychrij Jun 9, 2013 11:52:00 AM Clos Gómez & José Mourinho, Real Madrid Andres Iniesta is the latest Barcelona star to launch a scathing attack on Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho , accusing him of harming the image of Spanish football. Mourinho left Los Blancos three years before his contract was due to expire after a trophyless season beset by infighting and controversy before returning to his former club Chelsea. Speaking in an interview in Sunday's edition of El Pais , Iniesta heavily criticised the Portuguese coach and the legacy he left at Real Madrid. "You just have to look at the facts," the 29-year-old midfielder said. "Yes he damaged Spanish football, in general more harm than good. "But I don't like talking about that person at all. So if you don't mind we'll leave it at that." Mourinho and Iniesta . ...
C.RONALD still can't make it. La Liga season review: Barca stayed united as Madrid fell to pieces Jun 05, 2013 READ TO THE VERY END. Barcelona claimed their fourth league title in the last five years. There will be two abiding memories of the 2012/13 La Liga season: Barcelona’s march to a record-equalling 100 points, and Real Madrid’s painful implosion under Jose Mourinho. The tone was set from the very opening day of the campaign, when Barca waltzed past Real Sociedad with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a 5-1 thrashing while Madrid laboured to a lacklustre home draw against Valencia. Within weeks, Madrid had lost against Getafe and Sevilla while Barca kept on piling up the wins. By the time the Catalan club suffered the worrying news that new manager Tito Vilanova required a second operation for throat cancer shortly before Christmas, the league title was already effectively sealed and Vilanova was able to head to New York for a three-month recovery programme safe in the knowledge that his team was in ...
ATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1. BREAKING: Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached an agreement to extend his contract until 2018 [Cadena Cope] 2. Neymar's former investors has called on FIFA to investigate his transfer to Barcelona, saying Barca broke FIFA rules. 3. The French Sports Ministry has given its backing to the decision that would end Monaco's tax-free status in French football. 4. Jose Mourinho insists he had a good relationship with Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo although they did sometimes disagree on tactics. 5. Andy Carroll is reportedly requesting a 25% pay rise to £100,000-a- week if he is to complete a £15.5 million move from Liverpool to West Ham. 6. Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes new team-mate Neymar will push Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or in the coming years. 7. Tottenham Hotspur are being tipped to make a bid for Club America striker Christian Benitez. 8. Zlatan has hit back at the ref who was barged into by Leonardo, saying the hefty suspension should have been give ...
C is for the Camp Nou car park: Furious at several decisions by referee Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes in Madrid's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash at Camp Nou in January 2012, Mourinho waited for the official in the car park following his side's elimination and directed abuse at the Cantabrian. "Now you will go and have a cigar and you will laugh, artist!" he is reported to have told the official. The Portuguese had earlier appealed for three penalties, believed Lionel Messi should have been dismissed for a second bookable offence and was unhappy at Sergio Ramos' red card. In the press room he said: "I won't speak about the referee, but what I have heard in the dressing room is that it is impossible to win here."
Champions Barcelona can reach 100 points for the season by beating Malaga in the last round of La Liga matches on Saturday. Barcelona have been in phenomenal form throughout the league campaign and are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming at Real Madrid in March. They have lost just twice all season, and lead second-placed Real by 15 points. Lionel Messi will again be missing for the champions due to a hamstring injury but the Argentine has again been instrumental to his side’s success, scoring 46 goals in just 32 La Liga appearances. Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho will take charge of Real for the last time when they face Osasuna. Mourinho’s tenure has finished in disappointing fashion, with the club drawing their last two La Liga fixtures and losing in the Copa del Rey final to rivals Atletico Madrid on May 17. Real fans are hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo – who has scored 34 La Liga goals in 2012-13 – does not follow his fellow Portuguese through the exit door, as the ex- ...
Jose Mourinho has fired back at Andres Iniesta, stating that Barcelona’s humiliation in the hands of Bayern Munich, proves that the Catalans are weaker without Lionel Messi.
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Jose Mourinho picks the best player of all time - find out if he chooses Lionel Messi: [from GMF]
The game's best rivalry By: Prince Wayne For many, El Clasico will be a referendum on which player is better, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. BARCELONA -- When Barcelona hosts Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Monday there will be 98,000 frenzied fans in the massive stadium and millions more watching around the globe. But basically, you can divide those who watch the game into two camps: The football fanatics, who are fascinated by the head-on clash oftwo legendary clubs with contrasting styles of play, and the football rubberneckers, who will stop what they're doing to see whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo emerges victorious from the wreckage. Even though football is a team sport, many fans and pundits will use this match -- Spain's Clasico -- as a straightforward referendum to determine who is the superior player. It's easy to understand why: Messi and Ronaldo, each of whom scored a hat trick last weekend, are racking up goals as if it were as simple and necessary as breathing. In Messi versus R ...
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La Liga:Sergio Ramos EARNS Real Madrid CLASSICO WIN OVER BARCA; Real Madrid cut the gap between them and Barcelona to 13 points with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over the Catalans at the Santiago Bernabeu. Karim Benzema gave Los Blancos an early lead but Lionel Messi levelled just over 10 minutes later to become the joint-top scorer of all time in the Clasico. Sergio Ramos headed in a corner to restore Madrid's lead with nine minutes remaining, and Victor Valdes was sent off on the final whistle for a second yellow card after arguing with referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, presumably with an eye on his side's Champions League last 16 second leg match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in three days time, put out a very different team to the one that beat Barcelona last Tuesday in the semi-final second leg of the Copa del Rey. Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Arbeloa all started on the bench, with Kaka, Benzema, Luka Modric, Alvaro Morata ...
Real Madrid-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana out to avenge Copa exit The Catalan giants will be itching for payback at Santiago Bernabeu after getting dismantled by Jose Mourinho's side in Tuesday's cup semi-final second leg at Camp Nou By Karthick Arvinth Mar 1, 2013 9:00:00 AM Real Madrid are set to make several changes for Saturday's Clasico against Barcelona to conserve energy for the midweek Champions League trip to Manchester United. Marcelo, Luka Modric, Kaka and Karim Benzema could all feature after missing out in the 3-1 Copa del Rey win at Camp Nou on Tuesday. Defender Sergio Ramos returns after serving a one-match ban, but winger Angel Di Maria is ineligible after his red card against Deportivo La Coruna. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to start despite missing training with a fever on Wednesday. Defender Adriano (hamstring) is available while midfielder Alex Song (knee) is a minor doubt. DID YOU KNOW? Real Madrid have won 10 of their last 11 home matches in La Liga and are unbeaten in t ...
Yesterday's El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona has once again refreshed the question who the best player be between Messi and Ronaldo; and the best club between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Lionel Messi is the current world best player but his performances over the part days are questionable as he fired blank when he was needed most against AC Milan and Real Madrid. Real Madrid humbled Barcelona 3-1 at their backyard just days after Dani Alves had claimed that he would not sign any Madrid player were he were he was a coach. Cristiano Ronaldo has shown the world the stuff he is made of from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United to now in Real Madrid. Lionel Messi have not tested another league or club in his career, staying in one club breaking goal-scoring records. In the Premier League, which payer has scored 70 goals a season? Ronaldo held a record 42 in all competition before he left for Madrid. That show you how competitive the EPL is. The history of El Classico is one that have favoured Real ...
Andres Iniesta admits that Barcelona are struggling in the absence of coach Tito Vilanova and defends Lionel Messi after Real Madrid loss
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid Awesome display by Jose Mourinho's men. Cristiano Ronaldo hit TWO GOALS while Lionel Messi "went in flames". Milan are watching Barca while Sir Alex Ferguson was at Nou Camp to see Real Madrid. Hm, Different thoughts. ALOHA!
Read this :) Real Madrid will face Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League last-16 clash that sends Cristiano Ronaldo back to where he made his reputation, and Jose Mourinho to the club many believe he wants to coach one day. "It is going to be thrilling for everybody,'' Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. In another blockbuster pairing in Thursday's draw, Champions League favorite Barcelona and Lionel Messi will play seven-time winner AC Milan. Arsenal will face Bayern Munich, last season's beaten finalist, and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain was paired with Valencia. Also, it was: Celtic vs. Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto vs. Malaga, and Galatasaray vs. Schalke. First-leg matches are to be played from Feb. 12-20. Return matches are from March 5-13. The storied history of nine-time European champion Madrid and three-time winner United would be enough to ensure the tie top billing, with the first leg in Spain on Feb. 13. The friendly rivalries of Mourin ...
=Xavi defends Messi from Real attack Xavi Hernandez says the criticism by some in Madrid of the behaviour of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi after the recent Copa Clasico was just a nonsensical attempt to cast the Argentina international as a "bad guy". Last month's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu finished 1-1,leaving the tie nicely balanced ahead of the return game at Barca's Camp Nou on February 26. Blancos winger Jose Callejon told reporters the day after the first leg that Messi had accused Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka of being a "puppet" of Jose Mourinho's, and also of confronting Alvaro Arbeloa in the Bernabeu car park an hour after the game. Xavi said certain things can be said in the heat of the moment after a match, but the whole episode was just a senseless attempt from Madrid to depict Messi as a villain. "This is just nonsense," Xavi said. "Why do we not talk about football? Let's talk about football. How did Barca play? What did Real Madrid do ...
I wish i had the ability to dictate where my life is goin like how Xavi dictates the game for Barca , I wish i had feet like Lionel Messi so i could dribble over every obstacle in my way , wish i had power like C.Ronaldo and i could shoot my way to reach my goals. I wish i had the tactics to change the outcome of things like Jose Mourinho ...RogerThat.
Lionel Messi courts more controversy in Spain - directs spit at Real Madrid bench during 'El Clasico'! Watch the video here: [from GMF]
HONOURS EVEN AT THE BERNABEU Real Madrid and Barcelona have it all to play for in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final after an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night. Both sides had plenty of chances during an enthralling first half but the opener did not arrive until five minutes into the second period when Cesc Fabregas latched onto Lionel Messi's through ball to fire past Diego Lopez. Madrid got the equaliser their performance merited nine minutes from time when the game's outstanding performer, Raphael Varane, rose to head home Mesut Ozil's cross. The big news before the match was the decision of Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to hand a debut to goalkeeper Lopez after he rejoined the club from Sevilla last week as cover for the injured Iker Casillas. But it was Barca's second-choice goalkeeper, Jose Manuel Pinto, who was first into the action, clawing away Cristiano Ronaldo's dipping free-kick from under his crossbar. Barca began to take control after that early scare and the ...
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World Sports News Madrid, Sevilla into Spanish Cup quarters Cristiano Ronaldo responded to missing out on the Ballon d'Or by hitting a stunning hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 defeat of Celta Vigo on Wednesday to reach the Spanish Cup soccer quarter-finals. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg of their last-16 tie, Portuguese star Ronaldo struck twice early before settling the outcome with three minutes remaining to calm his team's nerves after Sergio Ramos had been sent off with 17 minutes to go. Sami Khedira added the fourth in the final minute and Jose Mourinho's men will meet Valencia in the next round before a potential semi-final tie with eternal rivals Barcelona who knocked Madrid out last season at the quarter-final stage. Mourinho recalled goalkeeper Iker Casillas for the clash after he had controversially dropped the club captain to the bench for the past two La Liga games. Ronaldo, beaten to the Ballon d'Or by Lionel Messi on Monday, hit a sensational opener after only two minutes. Receiving the ball ...
ARGENTINA’S national team captain, Lionel Messi, Monday proved that he remains the hottest propertyin world soccer as he was crowned the 2012 FIFA Ballond’Or ahead of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain’s Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona Football Club attacker becomes the first player in history to win the Ballon d’Or four times in succession. He previously shared the record of three consecutive victories with France’s Michel Platini, while Dutch duo Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten also won the prize three times. The Argentine star is the game’s greatest talent right now and2012 was his greatest year yet. Messi was unable to help Barcelona to the Liga title in 2011-12, as Real Madrid emerged victorious, with Ronaldo’s help, while they were eliminated in the semi-finals of the ChampionsLeague, yet the Argentine’s brilliance was enough to helphim to individual glory. The recognition comes after a year in which the 25-year-old broke numerous records,including the most goals scored in a ca ...
The best of La Liga news Messi extends thanks to Tito, Abidal Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi used a TV interview after winning the prize to correct his mistake in forgetting to mention Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal in his acceptance speech. Ballon d'Or: Messi lands fourth prize in a row Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has claimed the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award after he netted 91 goals to break the record for goals scored in a calendar year. Cristiano Ronaldo questions Boateng walk-off Cristiano Ronaldo said it is not necessarily right to walk off the field in response to racist chants from the stands. Guardiola: I will return to coaching next season Former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola says he plans to return to the game next season, but he has not yet decided who his next club will be. Barcelona star Messi rues missed trophies in 2012 Barcelona star Lionel Messi says that, even if he wins a record fourth successive Ballon d'Or award, 2012 will not have been the best year of this career. Ball ...
Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s amazing striker has won a record fourth Ballon d’Or, beating team mate Iniesta and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The announcement was made at a FIFA gala dinner in Zurich Monday evening. The 25-year-old, who scored an all-time record 91 goals last year, saw off Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta as he captured the award for the fourth straight year. Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque was named coach of the year for 2012, seeing off competition from Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola. And yet despite this latest accolade the 25-year-old from Rosario, indicated even before picking
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.
La Liga * Barca maintain lead; Real falter again * Barcelona gave stand-in coach Jordi Roura a winning start as they downed Real Valladolid 3-1 to re-establish a nine-point lead at the La Liga summit. Roura is deputising for Tito Vilanova, who was discharged from hospital on Saturday after undergoing an operation on his parotid gland on Thursday, and saw his side take a 1-0 interval lead when Xavi Hernandez tapped in Jordi Alba's cross. The Spain midfielder then set up Lionel Messi for his 91st and last goal of an extraordinary 2012 and, after Javi Guerra pulled one back, Cristian Tello rounded off the win in injury time. Real Madrid's fading title hopes were hit with another blow after slumping to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga to fall 16 points behind Barcelona. Roque Santa Cruz struck twice in three second-half minutes to help fourth-placed Malaga heap the pressure on Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who omitted captain Iker Casillas from his starting line-up. Isco put Malaga ahead in the 48th minute before an own ...
News of the day Daniele De Rossi will not be sold in January despite the 29-year-old being linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed his desire to bring David Beckham, 37, to the Ligue 2 club. England striker Daniel Sturridge, 23, will choose Liverpool over Tottenham when he quits Chelsea next month. Chelsea are considering Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 22, of Roma as a possible replacement for Frank Lampard. Tottenham and Arsenal have joined the list of British clubs watching disillusioned Barcelona striker David Villa, 31. Barcelona's record-breaking goalscorer Lionel Messi, 25, would now cost around £312m to sign after he agreed a new deal at the Nou Camp. Biggest news! Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, for £75m - and recruiting the club's manager Jose Mourinho. What do you guys think of this? Please like too! Cheers ~Beckham
Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo feature in the best statistics from the Champions League group stages! See more: [Gallery From GMF]
Jose Mourinho has claimed the Ballon D'Or award has been fixed by FIFA to ensure that it is won by Lionel Messi. "The Ballon d'Or has already been given. When the heads of football speak and make the campaign, there is nothing you can do" Mourinho Do you agree with him?
Jose Mourinho: "The Ballon d'Or is fixed by FIFA for Lionel Messi to win." Your comment? [ksn]
Jose Mourinho has suggested that it's already been decided to award the Ballon d'Or to Lionel Messi:
Jose Mourinho has claimed that Lionel Messi has been given deliberate publicity to be crowned the recipient of the award, and also laughed off speculation over his future
Jose Mourinho says there is a conspiracy to help Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d'Or! Read more: [from GMF]
Here are some amazing quotes from players, managers and even celebrities on Heskey... Lionel Messi - "I don't like to be known as the best player in the world, because for me, it has to be Emile Heskey, no doubt" Cristiano Ronaldo - "He was the player I looked up to early in my career, I like to think my style of play replicates his" "When I played against him for Manchester United a few seasons ago, I was just in awe, my idol" Jose Mourinho - "I tried to sign him for Real Madrid when I first joined, but he wasn't interested, I was ready to break the bank" Roy Hodgson - "My biggest regret as England manager was not taking Emile Heskey to the euro's, If i would have picked him, we would have won it, i'm sure of that" Sir Alex Ferguson - "Whenever my team played against Emile Heskey, I would put 2 defenders on him, maybe even 3 sometimes, he was that good" Cheryl Cole - "I don't like football much, but I like Emile Heskey in them shorts, why ayeee man" Hugh Hefner - "I've slept with a lot of women and I am ...
SOCCER NEWS IN BRIEF Rumour: Arsenal are reportedly considering making a shock move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard during the January transfer window. Sir Alex Ferguson on Jose Mourinho : "He can manage anywhere, absolutely. I'm not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club. I won't last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that." 70 years old Sir Alex Ferguson believes Jose Mourinho is the one to replace him at Old Trafford.* Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has given Andre Villas-Boas a boost by making himself unavailable for the African Nations Cup in January. [ESPN]* Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Cristiano Ronaldo he'll replace him with Lionel Messi if he pushes to leave. AS says Florentino made the claim to Ronaldo during their infamous summit in September. Since that meeting, the pair has barely said two words to each other, with Ronaldo angry over the president's reluctance to discuss new terms and a shake-up of his im ...
if Chritiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid can not do better than Lionel Messi and Barcelona then Jose Mourinho and Christiano Ronaldo will be willing to quit Madrid.
Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has picked Manchester United star Robin Van Persie in his FIFA/FIFPro World XI. The Anzhi sporting director was asked by FIFA.com to name his World XI, and the former-fullback opted for an attacking lineup, with five forwards.he ex-Real Madrid star also revealed he's vote for Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Ballon d'Or, but only because Lionel Messi has won enough trophies already! As for his Coach of the Year, Carlos picked another Real Madrid employee, Jose Mourinho, a manager he feels has what it takes to deal with any situation he faces. The Anzhi director swapped his playing career for an administrative role at the big-spending Russian club, but the Brazilian harbours coaching ambitions, and judging by his World XI, his teams will be exciting to watch. In goal, Carlos selected Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, playing in front of a back three including Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva and Marcelo. In midfield, the Brazil legend picked Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona, with Franck R ...
Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) VS Lionel Messi (LM10) wrote: 'One (Messi) plays as a (No) 9 and roams around in those 50 square metres where the distance to goal is smaller and defence less intense.' 'The other (Ronaldo) plays as a winger. How does a winger score as many goals as a No 9? Besides, Ronaldo is a player who is not protected by anyone.' - Jose Mourinho
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This is Real Madrid during the 2011/2012 season: 1- Real Madrid are the first team to achieve 100 points out of all the european major leagues, breaking Barcelona's record of 99. 2- The most wins in a league season with 32 out of 38, breaking Barcelona's record of 31. 3- Most goals away from home with 51 goals, breaking Barcelon's record of 49. 4- Most wins away from home 16, breaking Barcelona's record of 14. 5- Most goals in a single La Liga season 121. 6- Cristiano is the only player to ever score against all La Liga teams in one season (19 teams) 7- Cristiano has scored 23 goals away from home. Another historical record. 8- The trident Cristiano Benzema and Higuan have scored 118 goals in all competitions beating Barcelona's record of 100 goals (Henry, Messi, Eto'o) Despite this record breaking season, the LFP decides that Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi are all better than Jose Mourinho, Mesut Ozil, and Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore, NASA send 'ME' to Ma ...
Ronaldo backs Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho for FIFA awards - The Times of India
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Lionel Messi is the clear favourite for the 2012 Ballon d'Or award and - in comments clearly aimed at Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - says he does not need to mount a campaign to convince anyone.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho declared Cristiano Ronaldo the ‘best player in the universe’ but conceded Barcelona’s Lionel Messi would probably win the Ballon D’Or.
Jose Mourinho claims Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player that Lionel Messi.
Jose Mourinho feels Cristiano Ronaldo is on another level from Lionel Messi!
Jose Mourinho: 'If Lionel Messi is the best on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the universe': Crist...
Casillas: I would pick Cristiano Ronaldo over Messi Iker Casillas has made it clear that he would pick Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo over Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi if he had to make a choice between the duo. Jose Mourinho stated after this weekend's 2-2 Clasico draw that people shouldn't compare the two as they're both from another planet, but Casillas has insisted that he prefers the Portugal star over the Argentine forward. "I'd choose Cristiano over Messi because he's a player who gives us so much every season and he's a player I spend time with every day," Casillas told Cadena Cope. "I know him, know who he is, know how he trains, know what he wants and where he wants to get to." The shot-stopper also had his say on the difficult relationship between Sergio Ramos and Jose Mourinho, but refused to side with either of the two parties. "Whose side was I on? On Sergio's, supporting a team-mate who was going through a hard time. And the boss' because he's looking out for the team. "It's not ...
"Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi are from another planet, saying that one is better than the other ought to be forbidden." - Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi after yesterday's 2-2 draw. Mourinho was asked who should win the Ballon d'Or between the two.
celona superstar striker Lionel Messi warned on Monday of Real Madrid's rapid counter-attacking threat as the archrivals prepare for a Sunday showdown. While praising Real Madrid's game, the 25-year-old Argentine refused, however, to comment on their coach Jose Mourinho, explaining that he had never spoken to him. "Madrid kill you in the counter-attack," Messi said in an interview with daily El Pais. "They have very fast forwards and the connection between defence and attack takes five seconds and then it's a goal. They don't need to play well to score three goals. They have a lot of positions for their players who are very good." Messi said he was friends with two fellow Argentines on the Real Madrid squad, Gonzalo "El Pipita" Higuain and Angel Di Maria. "You don't see El Pipita and then he has two kicks and scores twice," he added. The triple Ballon d'Or winner declined to give his opinion of Mourinho, however. "I can't say anything. I don't know him, I have never spoken to him," Messi said. "I can only ...
Real Madrid came away with a deserved point but failed to secure the victory they needed to trim the gap to leadBarcelona when the outstanding Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each struck twice in an attritional 2-2 draw in La Liga on Sunday. A stuttering start by Jose Mourinho's Real side had left them eight points behind their great rivals after six matches, threatening to derail their title defence before it had even got off the ground. While they will take comfort from preventing Barca making it seven wins out of seven this term, they may feel they let slip an opportunity in the opening league 'Clasico' of the campaign after Ronaldo gave them a 23rd-minute lead in front of almost 100 000 fans packed into an electric Nou Camp arena. With millions more around the world watching the heavyweight clash, Messi levelled eight minutes later after a defensive lapse by Pepe and the Argentine World Player of the Year curled in a stunning free kick just after the hour to make it 2-1. Real were level within five ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in a politically-charged Clasico on Sunday which kept the Catalan giants eight points ahead of their bitter rivals. Ronaldo put Madrid ahead after 23 minutes but Messi responded just after the half hour mark. The 98,000 crowd of vociferous Catalans glimpsed the possibility of going 11 points clear after Messi struck a free-kick to put them ahead after the break but Ronaldo responded five minutes later. In the dying stages, Barca had the chance to win it with substitute Martin Montoya hitting the woodwork. On a tense night at Camp Nou, fans had created a mosaic of the Catalan flag, "The Senyera", in a clear demonstration of the nationalist fervour in the region where many want independence from Spain. After the match, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he was confident that his side could still haul back Barca. "The league is in the same situation as it was before and we can still win it. I didn't like the game very muc ...
Jose Mourinho said Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were "from another planet" after the pair scored twice in an enthralling Clasico
This are the of messi concerning today match barca agaist madrid. Lionel Messi has granted an interview to a Barcelona-based media outfit, in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, his team mate David Villa and the current Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova. “He’s [Mourinho] a good coach who does his job. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, [who is] a great player,” Messi told todo-barcelona.net. “Villa is also a great guy that nobody can be wrong about.” The 25-year-old forward also praised Vilanova for continuing with the methods Pep Guardiola employed at the Camp Nou, before he departed in the summer. “[With Tito], you will see the sameBarcelona from past seasons,” he added. “Our style of play will not change because Tito thinks like Pep in this regard. There is no change. “Pep left a mark on the history of football. He gave me the bonus of playing in different positions on the field and that’s something he did with the team. “He changed and reinforced t ...
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists it is too early to start thinking about bringing on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin to Anfield on a permanent basis. The Turkey international, who arrived on Merseyside late in August, has taken a while to settle in but has scored three goals in his last two starts. Sahin's improvement in form has come at the perfect time, with Lucas Leiva still out injured and Jonjo Shelvey suspended. But Rodgers says he is not yet considering whether he wants to keep the 24-year-old or even whether Real boss Jose Mourinho would let him go. "I don't look beyond the loan period because there are lots of things which will determine whether he ever came here (permanently)," said the manager. "One has to be availability. Jose (Mourinho) may decide after one year playing he is really the type of player he wants around his squad. "Two: He might not be affordable. Affordability is important as well. "We'd all love Lionel Messi but whether you can afford him or he's available is a ...
Jose Mourinho, the manager of Real Madrid, recently insulted FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Mourinho stated that Messi's goals count for nothing since Barca did not win La Liga BBVA and the Uefa Champions League. The Special One, as Mourinho loves to call himself, added salt to an already festering wound with another comment. He said that Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Ballon D'Or for the year 2012 since he is the top scorer. The declarations were published in an article in Goal magazine. Mourinho added cynically that while Ronaldo is a top scorer on Real Madrid, Portugal is another issue. The Special One declared that he doubts Ronaldo can inspire glory for the Portuguese national football team. Mourinho said that Ronaldo did not have the support in Portugal as in Real Madrid. Whether the comment was true or not, it may count as an insult to Ronaldo. Before looking at others, The Special One should examine himself as Real Madrid manager. Mourinho is the same person who poked Tito Vilanova (Bar ...
Didier Drogba shared the following link and had this to say about it: Breaking news featuring Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Gareth Barry, Jonjo Shelvey, Nemanja Vidic, and more. Watch the video here: [via GMF]
Its finally said by Jose Mourinho to all the morons As mighty as Cristiano Ronaldo maybe, he is not as good as Lionel Messi, even if he has won his first La Liga title. Winning the league does not mean you’re the best in the world especially when your team has a better defence, and you have two fantastic strikers in Higuain and Benzema to chip in with over 20 goals. The statistics show that if you take away Ronaldo’s goals from Real Madrid, the Blancos would still win La Liga. If you were to do the same with Lionel Messi, Real’s greatest rivals Barcelona would have finished in 6th place, out of a Champions League spot Christiano Ronaldo Leo Messi
In de world of futbol, only three personalities make it interestin.. Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho and Mario Bawuah me bu ade3 Balotelli.. Finish.. Any comment abt dat...???
WHO CAN DIS B? He passes like Xavi, he keeps like Manuel Neuer, he defends like Vincent Kompany, he dribbles like Arjen Robben, he mesmerises like Lionel Messi, he attacks like Cristiano Ronaldo, he gingers like Jose Mourinho, he runs like Theo Walcott, he scores like Robin Van Persie, he heads like Didier Drogba, he falls like Luis Suarez but rises again & forge ahead like Samuel Etoo, he calculates like & chews like Sir Alex Ferguson, he can b so philosophical like Arsene Wenger yet he wins with any style either jambodi or mechanical like Roberto Di Mateo, he also can b gentle like Pep Guadiola but complicated like Mario Balotelli. He is d walking dictionary, d humbleluv, d me. I rumbo wen u jumbo cfos I AM D GREATEST.
Jose Mourinho steals the Clasico headlines with crazy eye gouge of Barcelona assistant August 18th, 2011 A thrilling SuperCoppa second leg may have seen Barcelona win 3-2, yet another masterclass from Lionel Messi who scored twice and assisted the opener for Andres Iniesta, as well as three late sen...
Cristiano Ronaldo Interview With CNN,talking about the past season,Jose Mourinho and about comparing him with Lionel Messi. Presented by inc0gnito4 :
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has rubbished Jose Mourinho's claim that Lionel Messi's record-breaking 50-goal haul in the Primera Division this season counts for nothing because the Blaugrana did not win La Liga, claiming that it is the Real Madrid's boss words which are without value.
" 'I was raped @ age 9' - Oprah; 'I didnt even complete my University education' - Bill Gates; 'In my childhood days, I stitched shoes' - Abraham Lincoln; 'I struggled academically throughout my elementary school' - Ben Carson; 'I used 2 serve tea @ a shop 2 support my football training' - Lionel Messi; 'My teachers call me a failure' - Tony Blair; 'I used 2 sleep in friend's room returning coke bottles for food money, getting weekly free meals local temple' - Steve Job; 'My teacher cursed me dat I wont amount 2 anytin in Life' - Albert Einstein; 'I started wit d club as a fan, den bcom a ball boy before bcomin a player @ La Masia and den graduatin to Camp Nou, coachin d second team now I am d first team coach' - Pep. Guardiola; "I was never a successful palyer but now am 1 of the most successful coach in football in the world- jose mourinho 'I was once a Prisoner b4 bcomin d President' - Nelson Mandela" Why wl u nt be succesfu? give up not, He is able t do all tins! " 'I studied everything but never topp ...
Complimenting Barcelona makes you a traitor at Real Madrid, says Valdano Jorge Valdano has claimed that speaking highly of Barcelona while being associated to Real Madrid is considered an act of treason at the club. The former Argentina international formerly held the position of trainer and director of the Spanish champions as he was president Florentino Perez's right-hand man in two separate stints, before current coach Jose Mourinho forced him out of the picture. Now unemployed, he reflected on his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and compared the footballing philosophies of both Madrid and Barca, before adding that even the slight mention of his former employers' arch-rivals in a positive light was frowned upon. "Complimenting Barcelona makes you a traitor in Madrid," Valdano told TV show Despertate de Una Vez. "Real Madrid are a team who are tremendously competitive. They do not develop in the same way as Barcelona because their players must entertain the fans. "Since I started watching football, I have ...
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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday he felt far too emotional to face the media glare at coach Pep Guardiola's farewell announcement.
Jose Mourinho "Cristiano Ronaldo is fantastic. I will not compare him with [Lionel] Messi, we're talking about two great players"
Jose Mourinho insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better season than Lionel Messi.
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Cristiano Ronaldo finally stood up to be counted in a Clasico as record-breaking Real Madrid took a giant step towards wrestling the Primera Division title from Barcelona's grasp. The debate over who is better out of Ronaldo or Barca counterpart Lionel Messi has raged for some time now, but unlike the former, the latter has always been able to call on an impeccable record in this fixture. Tonight, though, Ronaldo stepped up, scoring a 73rd-minute winner that puts Jose Mourinho's men seven points clear of their old foes at the top of the table with four games remaining. He struck just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had bundled in an equaliser to cancel out Sami Khedira's equally scrappy first-half opener - a goal that set a new record for goals in a league season. It was the Portugal forward's standout contribution on a night when Madrid, humiliated 5-1 on this ground last season, strangled their normally free-passing hosts. Messi was barely allowed a kick and his playmaking team-mates - Xavi and Andres ...
ANOTHER RECORD QUASHED? Lionel Messi became the first player in almost 40 years to score 60 goals in a single European top-flight season after a brace helped Barcelona come from behind to beat 10-man Zaragoza 4-1. Messi's 23 goals from the last 12 games has helped him arrive at the landmark 60 figure, the first time since Gerd Muller scored 67 goals in the 1972-73 season for Bayern Munich. With a minimum of nine games still to play in the league and cup, 24-year-old Messi has the German's record well within his sights. Barca's victory yesterday also helped the champions slash Real Madrid's lead to three points with Jose Mourinho's side facing a tough April schedule, starting against third-placed Valencia today. After that comes the Madrid derby against Atletico and the El Clasico showdown with Barca also to feature. Relegation-haunted Zaragoza took advantage of a slow start from Barca with Carlos Aranda heading them in front in the 30th minute after earlier missing a penalty. Carles Puyol brought Barca ba ...
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is not just the best player on the player. He is also the richest. The dimunitive forward came tops in the latest rich list after earning £27.4million from wages, bonuses, sponsorships and endorsements. Apart from his £13m annual salary from the La Liga powerhouse, he raked in extra cash from sponsorship deals from the likes of Adidas and Pepsi. In the survey conducted by the France Football Magazine, Messi beat superstars like Beckham, Ronaldo, Rooney to emerge top earner. £27.5m Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £26.2m David Beckham (LA Galaxy) £24.3m Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £19.4m Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi) £17.2m Wayne Rooney (Man United) £15.7m Sergio Aguero (Man City) £14.7m Yaya Toure (Man City) £13.9m Fernando Torres (Chelsea) £12.9m Kaka (Real Madrid) £11.9m Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) The battle within the coaches was well won by Jose Mourinho who earned £12.3m. The Real Madrid boss is followed by Paris St Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti(£11m) and Barca’s Pep G ...
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