Lionel Messi & Karim Benzema

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. Karim Benzema (born 19 December 1987) is a French international footballer who plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. 5.0/5

Lionel Messi Karim Benzema Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Andres Iniesta La Liga Mesut Ozil Sergio Aguero Xabi Alonso Radamel Falcao Manchester City Jose Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Iker Casillas Manuel Neuer Sergio Busquets

Euro round-up: Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Fernando Torres all star in Spain - Daily Star: Da...
Lionel Messi has more league goals (15) in 2015 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema combined (13). http…
Lionel Messi leads 9 players who have averaged more than 1.0 non-penalty goals+assists per 90, with Karim Benzema 2nd h…
12 Jan 2015 20:49:00 International skippers from around the world gave their picks for the prestigious award, with the vast majority backing their team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or on Monday, moving one behind the tally of Lionel Messi, who finished second, with Manuel Neuer in Third Place. Voted for by journalists, international captains and coaches, Ronaldo was not everyone's top choice, however, with several of his fellow players plumping for other stars. Cristiano Ronaldo 37.66% LIONEL MESSI 15.76% Manuel Neuer 15.72% Arjen Robben 7.17% Thomas Muller 5.42% Of course, Ronaldo could not vote for himself in his capacity as Portugal captain but rooted for someone close to him, Sergio Ramos, as his first choice, with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema completing a full card of Real Madrid team-mates. Similarly, Messi went for one of his sparring partners - though not one from Barcelona. Angel Di Maria helped Argentina reach the World Cup final and got his fellow Rosario native's vote, with ...
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has outscored Lionel Messi, Neymar, Karim Benzema and everybody else to achieve the highest goal scoring tally for 2014. The Portuguese star has found the net 56 times for Real Madrid and 5 times for Portugal in 2014, to achieve a combined total of 61 goals for the calendar year. Messi, meanwhile has scored 58 times for Barcelona and Argentina, while Karim Benzema, in Third Place, has scored 36 times for club and country this year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (33), Neymar (33), Alexis Sanchez (31), Thomas Muller (31), Mario Mandzukic (31), Alexandre Lacazette (30) and Sergio Aguero (29) make up the rest of the top 10. Ronaldo has also scored the most goals at club level, followed by Messi, Ibrahimovic, Lacazette and Benzema. At international level, Neymar (15) has scored more for his country than anybody else, followed by Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi. The full list for goals scored in 2014 is as follows: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal): 61 goals Lionel Messi (Barcelon ...
Most goals and assists in 2014 for club and country:. 73: Lionel Messi. 71: Cristiano Ronaldo. 52: Karim Benzema. 49: Ale…
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Basel as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B. The Portugal forward netted from close range after Karim Benzema charged down the left and pulled the ball back for him to equal former Real forward Raul's Champions League tally and move three behind Lionel Messi, who broke the record with a hat-trick for Barcelona on Tuesday. Reigning European champions Real, who made sure of top spot in the group with 15 points, chalked up their club-record-equalling 15th successive win in all competitions, although they had to survive a difficult second half against the Swiss champions, who battled hard throughout the game with 17-year-old forward Breel Embolo proving a real handful. Some fans at St Jakob-Park decided to get their own action shots as Basel hosted Real Madrid Despite their defeat, Basel, who have six points from five games, can still qualify for the last 16 if they draw at Liverpool in their final game. ...
I have compiled 18 Top-11 lists from all over the world in order to get to something like the "ultimate" team of the tournament. The result is pretty clear; with the exception of the fourth defender position all players that made the final team secured their spot by a wide margin.   Ultimate Top-11 of FIFA World Cup 2014   G: Manuel Neuer (GER) D: Mats Hummels (GER), Philip Lahm (GER), Ron Vlaar (NED), Ezequiel Garay (ARG) M: James Rodriguez (COL), Arjen Robben (NED), Toni Kroos (GER), Javier Mascherano (ARG) F: Thomas Müller (GER), Lionel Messi (ARG)   Subs: G: Tim Howard (USA) D: Daley Blind (NED), Stefan de Vrij (NED), Thiago Silva (BRA), Marcos Rojo (ARG) M: Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER), Angel Di Maria (ARG), Juan Cuadrado (COL), Oscar (BRA) F: Neymar (BRA), Karim Benzema (FRA)     Some Fun FactsColombia's James Rodriguez appears on all but one (The Independent) Top-11 lists. He got the most votes of all players, followed by Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller.Although Lionel Messi was awarded the G ...
"Because Messi is a good boy" - S. Blatter Sorry James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Robin V.Persie, Clint Dempsey and all the players who were, technically, way better than Lionel Messi, but FIFA thinks this He is a "good boy"
Who is the Player of the Tournament so far? Muller 2.James Rodriguez 3.Arjen Robben 4.Neymar 5.Lionel Messi 6.Karim Benzema
Who do you think will win the World Cup golden boot among these players? -James Rodriguez -Neymar -Lionel Messi -Thomas Muller -Karim Benzema -Arjen Robben -Robin Van Persie
FIFA14 Day 4 Report: Messi's brilliance, Benzema's power and Goal line technology invoked - 1) Argentina vs B&H (2-1): Long after joyous Argentina fans had taken over the Maracana, Lionel Messi finally took hold of this World Cup. Brazil's greatest rivals will be hoping it is a scene that repeats itself on July 13 in the same stadium but, to do that, they will also have to make a significant step-up from this 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The World Cup debutants, by contrast, have shown they are well capable of stepping up to the stage. Their industry really stifled Argentina, to the point that the laboured pace of the South American side's play was greatly at odds with a whirlwind opening and some of Messi's blazing runs. Alex Sabella's side did seem like they wanted to make up for 28 years of waiting straight away, as they were ahead within three minutes; the relentless tempo of their approach forcing Sead Kolasinac into an unfortunate own goal. Messi claimed his team's second of the game -- and ...
Group E Switzerland, France, Honduras, Ecuador The French have been given a really good draw. But it's about whether they can score enough goals. They've got Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema - he's clearly a lovely, gifted footballer who scores brilliant goals, no doubt he's started well with a brace against Honduras. Les Blues French should go through as group winners. You can't fancy Honduras as the other qualifier, while Ecuador do well when they play at altitude at home, but they won't have that advantage in Brazil. Switzerland is another side hungry for success. My Verdict France will win the group while Switzerland go through as second best. Group F Argentina, Bosnia, Nigeria, Iran This group features one of the favourites - Argentina, who will take some stopping. History tells us that South American teams win the World Cup when it's staged on their continent. Argentina have the greatest player I think we've seen in many a year - Barcelona's Lionel Messi. He'll be massively keen to win a World Cup ...
Riskiest online searches list for footballers Cybercriminals are most likely to use names of famous footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to lure netizens to malicious webpages designed to infect them with malware, cyber security firm McAfee said. McAfee, part of Intel Security, has brought out ‘Red Card Club’ list showcasing the top 11 Brazil-bound football players whose web pages are considered to be risky for fans to search for online. Other names in include Spain’s Iker Cassillas, Karim Ziani (Algeria), Karim Benzema (France), Paulinho (Brazil), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Fernando Torres (Spain), Eden Hazard (Belgium) and Gerard Pique (Spain).
Ronaldo has been chosen to be our LW in our DREAM XI ^_^ Now we're moving on to our FINAL position ... STRIKER ! Who will make it in ? Only 1 spot. - Olivier Giroud - Luis Suarez - Daniel Sturridge - Sergio Aguero - Daniel Sturridge - Romelu Lukaku - Lionel Messi - Radamel Falcao - Karim Benzema - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Other
Real Madrid to pay whatever it takes to land Suarez: The Spanish giants will write Liverpool a blank cheque to secure the services of Luis Suarez this summer, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday and Metro citing sources in Spain. Real president Florentino Perez sees Suarez as this summer's galactico signing - and while they'll open up with a £60 million bid to get the ball rolling, they're prepared "to go even higher to get their man," according to the Metro. Liverpool will resist any offer for their leading light, but Suarez is known to be keen on Madrid and would find resisting a switch difficult," the report adds. "Karim Benzema, who is about to enter the final year of his Madrid contract, could be used as a possible make-weight if a cash deal cannot be reached." The Mail's report adds that Barcelona are keen too - though surely they'd only move if rumours of Lionel Messi's desire to leave are true - and suggests that either of the Spanish giants could trigger a rumoured £82m release clause - ...
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Messi hat-trick as Barca win at Real 23 Mar 2014 23:59:49 Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the unstoppable Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced 'Clasico' on Sunday. Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real's Bernabeu stadium would have all-but killed off their challenge and they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead when playmaker Andres Iniesta burst clear on the left and lashed the ball into the roof of the net. It was fitting start to a game featuring some of the world's most expensive and best-paid talent and watched by millions around the world that also set the stage for one of the most entertaining encounters between the game's two richest clubs of recent times. Real, looking to restore their three-point lead at the top and undefeated in 31 matches in all competitions, were reeling but hit back with a Karim Benzema double before Messi's first, a close-range snap sho ...
A Lionel Messi hat-trick dragged Barcelona back into the La Liga title race, with Tata Matino’s men emerging 4-3 winners from a thrilling Clasico encounter. Referee Undiano Mallecano was a central figure, awarding three penalties and sending off Sergio Ramos during the game, with Barca making the most of their man advantage to claim a crucial win. The result puts Barca just a point behind Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the league table, with just nine games left to be played. Barca opened the scoring after just seven minutes, when Andres Iniesta drifted out to the left side to exploit space left free by Dani Carvajal. The Spanish midfielder took a touch to control a fine Messi pass before smashing into the top corner. However, the response from Real Madrid was impressive, with Karim Benzema restoring parity on 20 minutes, rising highest to meet Angel Di Maria’s cross and power a header into the net. The Catalans were struggling to deal with Di Maria, and the Argentine put on the second goal for Be ...
Real Madrid have no defence as they surrender title supremacy Barcelona and Atletico are back in the race after a sensational Clasico which saw the Catalans claim victory in a seven-goal thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu Mar 23, 2014 11:09:00 PM COMMENT By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer Everything had appeared in Real Madrid's favour. With Barcelona faltering in recent weeks and Atletico also in their slipstream, Carlo Ancelotti's side approached the Clasico with confidence and the comfortable cushion of a four-point advantage over their fierce foes. All they had to do was defend it. But they couldn't. Defending, in fact, was far from the strong point of either side on Sunday. Andres Iniesta was allowed time and space to escape alone on the left and blast Barca into an early lead. Then, Karim Benzema twice took advantage of poor marking from the Catalans to turn it around before Lionel Messi negotiated his way through a crowd of Madrid defenders to make it 2-2 at half-time. The second half was a ta ...
Cristiano Ronaldo struck again in Real Madrid's 5-0 rout at Almeria before going off injured, while Barcelona didn't miss sidelined star Lionel Messi as it eased past 10-man Granada 4-0 to retain the Spanish league lead on Saturday.Fresh from scoring four goals to lead Portugal past Sweden in their World Cup qualifying playoffs, Ronaldo extended his scoring run to eight straight games for club and country by grabbing Madrid's third-minute opener.Ronaldo walked off the pitch in the 52nd with asuspected hamstring injury before Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco Alarcon and AlvaroMorata added goals."It was for precaution," Ronaldo said. "It's nothing special. I was kicked in the first half and had the muscle a little stiff."Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Ronaldo had "a problem with his hamstring" and he would undergo more tests on Sunday.
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 .
Outspoken agent Francois Gallardo has revealed Real Madrid made an attempt to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi last summer. Speaking on Punto Pelota, Gallardo, who has connections with Karim Benzema's management team, says Real and kit sponsors adidas came together to bid for Messi in the offseason. The approach was turned down by Barca, but Real will try again for Messi at the end of this season. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are also interested and like Real, will attempt to prise the Argentine away from the Nou Camp next summer. Gallardo, who was involved in the negotiations, is adamant that "Messi is seriously thinking about leaving Barca in the near future".
Latest Football News & Transfer Gossips :- - Arsenal could not activate the £40million get-out clause in Luis Suarez’s Liverpool contract this summer – because the player himself had scrapped it a year earlier. - Liverpool and Arsenal are both watching Southampton's England new boy Jay Rodriguez. - Alvaro Negredo believes Lionel Messi could be playing in the Premier League within the next two years. - Arsenal closing in on a £22m deal for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. - Manchester City target TWO keepers - Victor Valdes of Barcelona is first choice, and if they can't get him, QPR's Julio Cesar, with Joe Hart set to be offloaded. - Chelsea are targeting Sevilla defender Roberto Moreno. - Man United are chasing Moussa Dembele, a teenage Fulham striker, after he impressed in an U21s match against United. - Manchester City have been monitoring Porto central defensive duo Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi. - Tottenham are weighing up a January move for Southampton defender Luke Shaw. - Newcastle Unite ...
Ronaldo breaks Messi's record for Champions League goals in a calendar year He equalised for Real Madrid in their 2-2 draw at Juventus and now has 14 goals in the competition in 2013 - one more than the Barca star in 2012 Cristiano Ronaldo has broken the record held for Champions League goals scored in a calendar year after his second-half strike for Real Madrid at Juventus on Tuesday - overtaking the mark previously set by Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Ronaldo latched on to a Karim Benzema pass in the 52nd minute and beat Gianluigi Buffon with a right-footed finish to level the scores at 1-1 after Arturo Vidal had blasted the Bianconeri in front from the penalty spot in the first half. It was the Portuguese's eighth goal in four Group B games this term and his 14th in the Champions League this calendar year, a total which sees him surpass Messi's 13 strikes in 2012. Ronaldo's goal was his 59th in the Champions League. The Portuguese now trails only Messi (63) and Raul (71). He also needs just one more strike ...
Ancelotti backs under-fire Bale 27 October By SAPA Madrid – Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has backed Gareth Bale to come good despite another insipid performance from the Welshman in the 2-1 defeat by Barcelona on Saturday night. Bale was handed just his second start since joining Los Blancos for 91 million euros ($125.5 million, £77.6 million) last month, but failed to make an impact on the game before being replaced by Karim Benzema after an hour. The 24-year-old occupied a variety of positions across the frontline during his time on the field, but Ancelotti explained that his starting position in the centre of the pitch was merely a defensive tactic to pressure Sergio Busquets before moving into wide areas when Madrid had the ball. “They are his first games and he needs to learn the combinations with the other players. “He played a good game, he worked hard for the team.” “He didn't change positions from the wing to the centre a lot. He just looked to pressure Busquets when they had the b ...
Zinedine Zidane says he would like to see either Cristiano Ronaldo or fellow countryman Franck Ribery pick up the Ballon d’Or award this year. Ribery was crowned Uefa Best Player last month after inspiring Bayern Munich to the treble last season, pipping fellow nominees Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the prize. And Zidane believes the 30-year-old deserves global football's top individual honour for 2013 along with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, instead of current holder and four-time winner Messi. "I hope it will be one of those two, both really deserve it,” stated the Madrid sporting director to TV programmeCanal Football Club. "If there were two Ballon d’Or, I would give them one each. As it is, there is only one, but I do not decide!" Zidane went on to voice his support for striker Karim Benzema, following the criticism levelled at the 25-year-old as a result of his 20-plus-hour goal drought for France. "We know he has not scored for a long time for France," Zidane continued. "What I hope is to always se ...
Lusito Suarez has sensationally revealed he could have taken Lionel Messi to Inter Milan. Suarez, who acts as a long-time scout for Inter, admits a row with Inter president Massimo Moratti wrecked any chance of a deal for the Barcelona superstar. He told Novastadio: "Messi's father gave me a draft contract to be offered to Moratti, but it was at a time when I was not speaking much with the president." Borussia Dortmund won't block Mats Hummels from moving to Barcelona next summer. BILD says BVB management have told Hummels they won't stop him from signing for Barca for €35 million. BVB already see FC Basel defender Fabian Schar as the Germany international's replacement. Hummels would move to the Nou Camp as a successor for Carles Puyol. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admits he's experienced the "toughest time of my career" this season. Benzema returns to Real after getting himself back on the scoresheet for France. "I've had ten good days for France because there were a lot of eyes on me. I'm coming ...
La Liga outfit Sevilla are reportedly willing to negotiate with Liverpool over the transfer of Ivan Rakitic, it has emerged. The Spanish side had a poor season this year, finishing 9th in La Liga, and are expecting to face the departures of some key players, having already sold winger Jesus Navas to Manchester City for £14.9million. They could also receive a number of offers for top scorer Alvaro Negredo, who is a target for Atletico Madrid. Rakitic is another of Sevilla’s more impressive players, and has found himself on Liverpool’s radar after scoring 8 goals and providing 10 assists this season. Only big names from the top two, such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Mesut Ozil, Cesc Fabregas, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, have created more goals for their team-mates in Spain this year. Brendan Rodgers was reportedly ready to open with a £12million bid for the Croatian, who has been compared with Luka Modric, and although Sevilla are willing to sell, they may hold out for closer to £16milli ...
After the events of last week at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park, Robert Lewandowski is the name on everyone's lips. The Polish striker has become the first player ever to notch four goals in a Champions League semi-final clash. However, that the 24-year-old Warsaw-born marksman is a lethal finisher should have taken no one by surprise. Leaving aside the out-of-this-world duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Borussia's Polish sharpshooter has the best record in front of goal out of any high-profile striker in Europe. In total, the Pole has 35 goals under his belt this campaign - five more than the 30 he racked up last year, which itself was his best tally since his breakthrough season at lower-league Delta Warsaw in 2004-2005. With 23 strikes in the Bundesliga and no fewer than 10 in the Champions League, Lewandowski is a contender for the top scorer award in both competitions. Domestically, he has a one-goal lead over Leverkusen striker Kiessling at the top of the charts, while only Cristiano (12) has ...
Madrid Dominating Barca... Real Madrid beat Barcelona for the second time in five days, earning a 2-1 win Saturday. Sergio Ramos headed the winner in the 82nd minute in Luka Modric's corner. It gave Madrid its first home league victory over Barcelona since 2008, in a game that grew testy toward the end with Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes sent off for protesting. Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league scoring record to 16 straight games when he tied it in the 18th minute to cancel out Karim Benzema's sixth-minute opener. Messi reached 50 goals for the third straight season. It was Messi's 18th career goal in ''clasico'' matches to tie Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano's mark set in the 1950s and '60s. But Barcelona was a shadow of the thrilling team that until last season had dominated the rivalry in recent years.
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 ...
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HALF TIME : BARCELONA 0-0 Real Madrid 1ST HALF COMMENTARY AT A GLANCE : 45' The first half is prolonged by 1 minutes of added time. 44' Barcelona's Dani Alves is whistled for offside at Santiago Bernabeu. 42' Callejon (Real Madrid) has been booked and must now be careful not to get a second yellow card. 39' Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) goes for goal but the shot is blocked by an alert defence. 37' Barcelona’s Jose Manuel Pinto is on his feet again at Santiago Bernabeu. 37' Carlos Clos Gomez has blown to resume play in Madrid. 36' Carlos Clos Gomez waits before resuming play because Jose Manuel Pinto for Barcelona is still down. 35' Corner awarded to Real Madrid. 32' Lionel Messi for Barcelona gets in a strike but fails to hit the target. 27' Real Madrid's Karim Benzema breaks free at Santiago Bernabeu. But the strike goes wide of the post. 26' Cesc Fabregas for the away team is judged to be offside. 24' Barcelona have been awarded a corner by Carlos Clos Gomez. 24' Xavi (Barcelona) gets in a strike but the ...
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Having converted 25 consecutive spot-kicks, Ronaldo saw his penalty saved by Manuel Neuer in the shoot-out against the Germans. And once again, the former Manchester United man was off target, with his penalty kept out by Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. Higuain gave Real the lead with an arrowing effort into the top corner, and Ronaldo was involved again, laying on Ozil, who tapped in at the back post, before the Portugal international completed the scoring with a header. Earlier in the day, Lionel Messi broke the record for goals in a top-flight European season as he took his Barcelona tally to 68 with a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Malaga. 2011-12 La Liga top scorers Lionel Messi - 46 Cristiano Ronaldo - 44 Radamel Falcao - 23 Gonzalo Higuain - 22 Karim Benzema - 20 Bayern Munich legend Gerd Mueller's record had stood for 39 years but that mark was bettered as Messi claimed his ninth treble of the season. Ajax sealed their 31st Dutch title with a straightforward 2-0 win over VVV Venlo. The victory put ...
One of the hottest releases of the fall, the Adizero F50 boot is designed for speedsters like Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Dani Alves. In this episode of ...
Declared the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) on Thursday for the selection of Argentine players Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero and Colombian Radamel Falcao Garcia and Brazilian Neymar da Silva to compete for the offensive line centers in the squad idealism (the world team) for the year 2012. Also included the list announced by FIFA today, in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to compete for the centers offensive line both Luis Suarez and إدينسون Cavani pecking Uruguay and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Italian Mario Balotelli and Karim Benzema and Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o and England's Wayne Rooney and German Mario Gomez and Robin Van Persie. The former Brazil striker Ronaldo, winner of the Golden Ball award for the best player in the world on two previous occasions, "the list is not complete lack any prominent player. Existing fair." FIFA announced the lists of candidates to the Centers for Goalkeepers and center-line of defense in perfect formation ...
Guardian Barca sweeps PFL awards WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012 20:03 EDITOR SPORT - ABROAD BARCELONA may have lost their Primera Division title but they had a host of winners in the Professional Football League’s 2011/12 season awards, which were announced on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi named best player and Pep Guardiola best coach. Barca, who saw their three-year reign as Spanish champions ended by Real Madrid, also saw Messi named the Primera Division’s best striker, Andres Iniesta best attacking midfielder while Carles Puyol won the fair play award. Barcelona B’s Marc Bartra, meanwhile, was voted the best defender in the second division. Madrid also enjoyed success in the fourth edition of the LFP awards, with Iker Casillas named best goalkeeper, Sergio Ramos best defender and Xabi Alonso best central midfielder. The awards are voted for by the players and coaches of the top two divisions in Spain. Messi edged out Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the best player award in the top f ...
! FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been elected as 2011-12 player of the season by the Liga De Futbol Professional (LFP), and he was also named the best attacker in La Liga, beating off the likes of Real Madrid duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The prize was based on votes made by fellow players and coaches. Iker Casillas of Real Madrid scooped the best goal keeper award, beating the likes of Victor Valdes (barcelona), and Roberto Jimenez (real zaragoza). Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos beats Javier Mascherano (barcelona), and Javi Martinez (ath.bilbao/b.munchen) for the best defender award. Holding midfielder award went to Xavi Alonso (madrid), beats off the likes of Sergio Busquets (barcelona), and Benat (real betis). Andrea Iniesta (barcelona) pipped Santi Carzola (malaga/arsenal), and Mesut Ozil (madrid) to win the best attacking midfielder award. Pep Guardiola won coach of the year, Isco (malaga) won talent of the year, while Carles Puyol received the fair play award.IRE O.
Who wins the Ballon d'or?Drogba’s Champions League exploits for Chelsea could see him as the main contender to the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars, but it will be hard to see past Messi after a season where he scored a record 73 goals.Here is the full list:Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure (all Manchester City), Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie (both Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets (all Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (all Real Madrid, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon (both Juventus), Neymar (Santos).
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is among 12 La Liga nominees on the 23-man list for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. Among the nominees from La Liga for the world's best player are six Real Madrid players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso. Messi's Barcelona teammates, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez are also candidates, along with Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao. Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, all from Manchester City, are nominees, along with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. The other nominees are Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, Shanghai Shenhua's Didier Drogba, PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Santos (Brazil's) Neymar. Seven of the 23 candidates are from the Spanish national team. The final three candidates will be revealed on Nov. 29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Ballon d'Or ceremony will take place in Zurich on Jan. 7, 2013, ...
22 players short listed for Ballon d'Or by FIFA. 7 of them are from Spain (No wonder they are European and World Champions for the last 4 years). The players are Iker Cassillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (All RM), Gerrard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta (All Barcelona). To extend it further, 5 more players are from LaLiga. They are Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema, Christiano Ronaldo (all RM), Ramadel Falcao (Valencia) and obviously the would-be winner Lionel Messi (the greatest of all from Bercelona). I was following the debate between my friends regarding LaLiga and other football leagues like BPL etc. If 12 players out of 22 are from LaLiga, then any sane person should say that there is no comparison between LaLiga and other leagues of the world. If a ranking is given then, I would put LaLiga at the top, keep the rest 9 ranks empty and then put rankings from 11 onwards to Bundesliga, Italian SerieA, BPL, CPL, DPL, EPL and other Blah Blahs next in any order of preference (Obviously no ...
Wayne Rooney is the only British player to be named on Fifa's 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist for 2012's best player. Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Robin Van Persie joins Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli on the list, as does 2011 winner, Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Premier League bosses Roberto Mancini, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Di Matteo are on the Coach of the Year list. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on 7 January 2013. The shortlist will be narrowed down to three names for each category on 29 November. Player nominees: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid/Spain), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City/Italy), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona/Spain), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua/Ivory Coast), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Colombia), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain/Swe ...
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is in line to become the first man to win the World Player of the Year award for the fourth time in a row after the shortlist for Fifa's Ballon d'Or was published on Monday. Players (23, in alphabetical order): Sergio Aguero, Xabi Alonso, Mario Balotelli, Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Busquets , Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, LionelMessi, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Mesut Ozil, Gerard Pique, Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Ramos, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure, Robin Van Persie, Xavi. Coaches (10, in alphabetical order): Vicente del Bosque, Roberto Di Matteo, Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Loew, Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho, Cesare Prandelli
.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were both in scintillating form as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out an enthralling 2-2 draw at Camp Nou in the first Liga Clasico of this season. Despite coming as just the seventh fixture of the season, the match was touted as having a potentially huge impact on the final Liga outcome. With Madrid in need of a win, Ronaldo got the club off to the perfect start as he silenced the crowd with his sixth consecutive Clasico goal. But a brace from Messi, including a sumptuoussecond-half free kick, put the Blaugrana in the driving seat. However, the last had not been heard of Ronaldo and he capitalized on a disorganized defense to equalize 25 minutes from time. After all the intense build-up, the first surprise of the night was sprung as news filtered through that in the absence of Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, Adriano would start alongside Javier Mascherano in the center of defense. Mourinho, meanwhile, opted for Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil. The teams were greeted on t ...
Castrol EDGE Ranking: Lionel Messi, favorite for winning the "Golden Ball", the second is Mario Gomez! If after the last classic has become even more difficult to make a choice between the best player in the world, the system of evaluation "Castrol EDGE Ranking" for the month of September has made his choice. In assessing the performance of the player in all characteristics, goals to hack caused and minutes on the pitch, Leo Messi leads the best players for the past month after. Barcelona striker is the only one who has passed quote a thousand points (1,173). His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo is not even in the top-ranking triplet. Portuguese Real fourth with 945 points. In second place is Bavarian striker Mario Gomez with 956 points, while Podi ended Manchester United striker, Robin Van Persie (952 points). Then come Karim Benzema with 924 points, Gonzales Higuain with 910 points, Arjen Robben with 904 points, Robert Levandovski with 852 points, Shini Kagava with 850 points and the list of top 10-shes close K ...
Cristiano Ronaldo is favoured ever-so-slightly to score more than Lionel Messi to become the top goalscorer in Europe this season! Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Barcelona's David Villa and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero are also up there... Who do you think will score the most goals in the top European leagues this year?
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Karim Benzema believes that it is impossible to choose between Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi
Real Madrid's French star Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said that could be great to play
Karim Benzema has spoken of his wish to play in the same side as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Wishful thinking? What do you reckon?
TOP SCORERS IN La Liga AS IS TODAY 22/04/2012 PLAYERS GOALS Cristiano Ronaldo 41 Lionel Messi 41 Falcao 22 Gonzalo Higuaín 21 Karim Benzema 18 Fernando Llorente 17 I see three Real Madrid strikers in the top 5 and one Barcelona player. should i conclude that Messi is the only striker at Barca? or the other Barca strikers are useless? Search me.
"We are very happy to have won here and for breaking the record," Ronaldo said. His goal also increased his individual league-record tally to 42 - one more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi- while strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema have struck a respective 21 and 18 times in league play.
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Karim Benzema needed only 41 Champions League matches to reach 25 goals in the competition. Lionel Messi needed 42. (via
BELATED NEWS;- Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid manager, claimed some of his players believe it is "impossible to win" at Camp Nou after his side's 4-3 aggregate defeat to Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Madrid had started by far the brighter of the two sides and should have been ahead within seconds as Gonzalo Higuain screwed his shot wide when clean through on Jose Manuel Pinto. Higuain then hit the bar and was again denied by Pinto before Barca appeared to have put the tie to bed with two goals just before half-time. Pedro Rodriguez finished calmly at the end of a trademark run and pass by Lionel Messi before Dani Alves rocketed a shot in from the edge of the box with the last kick of the half. But the visitors responded with two goals in four minutes themselves midway through the second period as Cristiano Ronaldo rounded Pinto to slot home before Karim Benzema took advantage of some slack Barca defending to equalise. In a thinly-veiled dig at referee Teixeira Vitienes, Mourinho said: " ...
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