Lionel Messi & Sergio Busquets

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. Sergio Busquets Burgos (born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, as a defensive midfielder. 5.0/5

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"Xavi was one of five players along with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Pedro who drew lots to...
Just forget(MSN) Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar BUT Sergio Busquets,Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are the men behind the trigger.
Lionel Messi © Getty Images Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarterfinal tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup winners at bay until Juanfran fouled Spain teammate Sergio Busquets in the area six minutes from time. Messi's effort from the spot was well saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, but the ball fell kindly for the Argentina captain and he tapped it into the net to give Barca the advantage ahead of next Wednesday's return in Madrid. "It's a good result but the second leg is still to come and they are going to be 90 very intense minutes," Barca captain Andres Iniesta said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster Canal Plus. "We performed extremely well against an opponent which is very tough to overcome," added the Spain international. "Not conceding a go ...
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Clasico boasted Europe's most expensive lineups, study reveals Real Madrid's meeting with Barcelona at the Bernabeu last month saw the most expensive collection of players on the field of any match in Europe this season, according to a CIES Football Observatory study. The clasico in October saw talent worth 690 million euros take to the field, despite the absence of the injured Gareth Bale, who was reported to have cost Madrid 100 million euros when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Additionally, Barcelona did not pay fees for Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Pedro or Sergi Roberto, who all featured in their side's 3-1 defeat, while Madrid captain Iker Casillas also emerged through his club's academy. REALMadrid, whose side featured big money signings including Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez, contributed 424 million euros to the total, with Luis Suarez and Neymar contributing the bulk of Barca's 267 million euros. Manchester City's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in September was ...
Squawka:. 4 players last night had a 5 star rating:. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, and Neymar
I wonder if Lionel Messi, Xavi, Pedro and Sergio Busquets ever drew lots to see which one would have Gerrard's shirt..
Lionel Messi, who's the most valuable player in the world as well as the highest-paid player in the world, is nearly twice as expensive as the 2nd-most valuable player, Cristiano Ronaldo. That's because Messi is just 26 years old while Ronaldo is 29. Nearly every player in the top-13 could be described as an attacking player (23 out of 25, with Sergio Busquets and probably Paul Pogba as the lone exceptions). Eleven of the top-13 players play in the English Premier League, eight play in Spain, two play in France, two play in Germany, and two play in Italy. The youngest player (Raheem Sterling) is 19 years old. The oldest (Andres Iniesta) is 30. Here's the top 25 (club and national team in parenthesis): 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) — $272-317 million 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) — $144-167 million 3. Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay) — $134-156 million 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium) — $103-120 million 5. Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil) — $86-99 million 6. Paul Pogba (Juventu ...
Messi eager to win World Cup 30 May 2014 10:00 Barcelona star Lionel Messi envies his FIFA World Cup-winning Spanish team-mates and is desperate to add the trophy to his collection. The Argentina captain's standing in the game has been questioned, with suggestions that he needs to win the showpiece event to be considered among the greats. Messi, who has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times, aspires to lift the World Cup, just like club team-mates Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets, among others. "I want to win the World Cup, but not just so that I can change people's opinion of me. I want to add the World Cup to the list of trophies I have won," he told ESPN. "I envy my Spanish friends, I wish I were in their place having already won the tournament." Messi, whose Argentina side face Bosnia- Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F, confessed that all he wanted was to enjoy playing the game. "The only important thing for me is to play football," he said ...
Reality Cech: Why it's now time for Chelsea to bring back Courtois Contrasting performances this week from the Blues' current No.1 and his heir apparent show that Mourinho would be crazy not to start the Atletico Madrid loanee next season If Jose Mourinho was looking for evidence that now is the time to dispense with Petr Cech and recall Thibaut Courtois from his Atletico Madrid loan exile, then the Champions League quarter-finals will have provided plenty. "We had clear chances to make it 2-1, but because of Courtois we’re leaving with a draw," Barcelona defender Marc Bartra told reporters following their quarter-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid. Bartra had just witnessed one of the finest goalkeeping performances in Champions League history as Courtois made save after save to deny Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and others. He nearly got a hand to Neymar's equaliser for good measure. Meanwhile, Cech was being beaten at his near post in injury-time as Chelsea fell to a 3-1 defeat . ...
It's almost a given that Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets start. The question is, will Cesc Fabregas start as well? And if so, who will be the other forward besides Lionel Messi - Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, or Pedro?
Lionel Messi has started Barcelona's last 10 games. Sergio Busquets last 7 games. [via fcb]
Barcelona title hopes take hit at Valladolid: Barcelona's La Liga title hopes took a major hit after falling to Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday at the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla in Valladolid. A first half goal from Italian Fausto Rossi was the game's lone goal as the Catalonians suffered their first defeat to Valladolid since 2002. The defeat could leave Barcelona as many as four points behind league leaders Real Madrid, who meet Levante on Sunday. Manager Gerardo Martino fielded a strong starting XI with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro forming the attack up front. In midfield, Sergio Busquets was flanked by Xavi and Cesc Fàbregas, while in the back Adriano, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Piqué and Dani Alves assumed the responsibility of helping goalkeeper Víctor Valdés keep a clean sheet. One man who would not be made available to the Catalonians on Saturday was Andrés Iniesta who was not in the gameday 18 squad due to personal reasons. Valladolid took a page out of Real Sociedad's playbook and started the ...
My thoughts! The excuses came thick and fast from Manuel Pellegrini and yet there are 100 reasons or more why Barcelona tore Manchester City apart. Five Barcelona players - on City’s own ground, for goodness sake - had more than 100 touches on the ball. They were: Xavi (144), Cesc Fabregas (123), Andres Iniesta (110), Sergio Busquets (108) and Lionel Messi (103). Compare that, like for like with the £200m super team that is Manchester City and it is embarrassing. Yaya Toure (72), David Silva (62), Fernandinho (40), Alvaro Negredo (32) and Jesus Navas (28). When will we ever learn? Not now. Maybe never. Until English football learns that Barcelona and Bayern Munich have turned passing into an art form, their teams will find it tough to succeed in the Champions League. Yes, it is possible to nick the occasional result and stiff a team of Barcelona’s class on the break from time to time. But it's not possible every time to pull the plan off perfectly. At this time three weeks ago, it was easy to get car ...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini risks UEFA disciplinary action after an outburst Tuesday against the referee who oversaw their Champions League loss to Barcelona, questioning his partiality and competence. After being a rare rational and measured voice in the turbulent world of English football since arriving last year, Pellegrini finally lost his cool after Tuesday's 2-0 first-leg loss in the round of 16. City had been repelling Barcelona until the start of the second half when Jonas Eriksson sent off Martin Demichelis for fouling Lionel Messi, who then scored from the penalty spot. Pellegrini was angry that Sergio Busquets wasn't penalized for an apparent foul on City winger Jesus Navas in the build-up. "The referee decided the game," Pellegrini said. "He decided the game because before the penalty, it was (a) foul on Navas ... but from the beginning I could see the ref was not impartial to both teams. "So he decided the game with the foul he didn't whistle against ...
Sergio Busquets admitted that Barcelona's 3-2 defeat against Valencia could hand the initiative to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on Sunday. The Catalans took the lead through Alexis Sanchez but goals from Dani Parejo, Pablo Piatti and Paco Alcacer ended a run of 25 straight league wins at Camp Nou for Barca, who earned a consolation through a Lionel Messi penalty shortly before Jordi Alba was sent off.
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In the New Year 2014, I want to physically see Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi, So help me God.
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has today announced the extension of Andres Iniesta's contract with Barcelona untill 30th June 2018, this makes Iniesta the 5th Barca player to have a contract with Barcelona untill 2018 after Lionel Messi, Neymar jr, Sergio Busquets and Christian Tello. By the end of his contract Iniesta will be 34 meaning that he would have spent an incredible 22 years with the club after joining Barcelona in September 1996 as a 12 year old from Albachete. Iniesta has made 479 official appearances for Barcelona scoring 48 goals and winning 21 trophies with the Catalan giants, Iniesta made his debut for the Barcelona first team in October 2002 and ever since then he has been a key member of this Barcelona side
Many Barcelona fans are now supporting Ribery for the Ballon d'or. Now most of them have realised that the possibility of Lionel Messi receiving the award this term is not as high as in previous years; therefore they have switched allegiance to Franck Ribery, backing him to win the award ahead of Ronaldo. Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, while admitting that Ronaldo has been better than Messi and Ribery this season, has noted that given the opportunity, he'll give the first vote to Messi, second to Ribery and third to Ronaldo. Funny enough, many people share this highly sentimentalized notion, which is not good for football. Barcelona's Sporting Director said that he would pick Ronaldo in Sixth place behind Messi, Ribery, Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets; while Sandro Rosell the Barcelona President even went as far as saying that he would pick Cristian Tello ahead of Ronaldo. Such is the height of sentiments. The Ballon d'or should not be awarded based on sentiments (such as looks, character, attitude, r ...
Lionel Messi will soon get back to his best, says Barcelona colleague Sergio Busquets
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 ...
Barcelona 4 - 1 Real Sociedad The result means that Gerardo Martinos start to life at the Catalan club has been the best beginning to a new managers reign in Barcelona history, with 6 wins from a possible 6 and a plus 17 goal difference. Neymar opened the scoring 5 minutes in against Sociedad as he capitalised on poor defending to tap home Alexis Sanchez's low cross and net his 1st La Liga goal, while Lionel Messi doubled the advantage a few moments later with a diving header. Sergio Busquets made it 3-0 before 30 minutes had been played, firing a half volley into the bottom of the net from outside of the area. Alberto De La Bella pulled 1 back as he knocked Imanol Agirretxes poked cross into an empty net, but Marc Barta restored the 3 goal lead 13 minutes from time as he diverted Messi's low delivery past Bravo. Atletico Madrid 2 - 1 Osasuna Atletico Madrid also racked up their 6th league win of the campaign as they defeated Osasuna 2-1 at Vicente Calderon. Diego Costa has been the star for them so far t ...
If Barcelona get all the players they want (what I think will succeed except Thiago Silva), then tis would be their team next year. People be like 'Barcelona is nothing anymore' will shut up then GK: Marc-André ter Stegen DEF: Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Thiago Silva, Jordi Alba MID: Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Cesc Fàbregas ATT: Neymar Júnior, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta - BB
Some awesome comments about Messi- I have seen hat player who is going to take my part in Argentina and his name is Lionel Messi. -Maradona. I want to say something, I wish Maradona will pardon me; Messi’s goal against Getafe was better than Maradona’s goal against England in 86 minute. -Deco. When I played with Messi I wish I would not run rather than to stop running and seeing his playing. -Ori. When Barcelona started playing then most of the streets become empty in Brasil. All sit down in front of TV to watch Messi’s playing. -Ronaldinho. IF someone takes a revolver and aim it at my head and asked me who the best player is, I will say only Messi. -Sergio Busquets. If there is any God of football h is Lionel Andress Messi who is playing in Barcelona wearing no 10 jersey. -Eto.
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and the rest of the FCB squad.
Lionel Messi started working with the group and Sergio Busquets, who is recovering from a groin injury, also trained with the group.
Messi, Busquets return to Barça training: Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets, who had both been sidelined, have ...
Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets have both returned to training after injuries -
Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets returned to training ahead of next week's Uefa Champions League semi-final,...
Lionel Messi has been left out Barcelona's squad to face Zaragoza on Sunday evening, as have Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Real Madrid star would pick Sergio Busquets over Lionel Messi - Goal.comRe... lionel messi
Barca name Valencia squad Barcelona have named their 19-man squad for the match against Valencia on Sunday evening. Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets have both travelled to Mestalla despite complaining of slight discomfort after the Clasico semi-final on Wednesday. Jordi Roura meanwhile has left out youngsters Marc Bartra and Cristian Tello. Full squad: Valdes, Pinto, Dani Alves, Pique, Cesc, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Adriano, Song. FOOTBALL ESPANA ADMIN ANDREW
Sergio Busquets: enforcer extraordinaire By Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – 19 hours ago Sergio Busquets is a footballer who divides opinion. Not in Spain, where his class is appreciated, but further afield where he is seen as a cheat who personifies the less edifying aspects of the Spanish game. His haranguing of the referee seldom looks good, but focus on that and fail to spot one of the most internationally underrated talents in football, a talent who continues to improve, who was good enough for Barcelona keep ahead of Yaya Toure, a talent who had a serious claim to be in the FIFPro world XI. Lionel Messi aside, when Pep Guardiola gets a new club there’s one player he’d like to take with him more than any other: Busquets. He knows he could build a side around Busquets, son of the former Barcelona goalkeeper. Kids of top 90s footballers tend to have been raised in relative opulence. Xabi Alonso enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, Thiago Alcantara too. Their dads had money. Busquets is a little diffe ...
President Sandro Rosell has revealed that Manchester City have attempted to recruit Barcelona's staff employees. Some days ago news was that they have planned £200m, £45m & £35m bids respectively for Lionel Messi, Gerrard Pique & Sergio Busquets. Sheikh Mansour no matter if you go home or not, the way you think reflects that you are not drunk, YOU ARE MAD !! Spending millions doesn't make a great team, its years of planning, hard work, loyalty & lots of talent which is the recipe of a great club & for god's sake you are trying to split Barća family ! Lolxx YOU ARE MAD BRO !!
Barcelona romped into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with an effortless 5-0 victory over Cordoba at Camp Nou on Thursday. The Blaugrana were simply too good for their Segunda Division opponents, and progress by a 7-0 aggregate scoreline, setting up a date against Malaga in the last eight. Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring 17 minutes in, before a pair of strikes of the highest quality from David Villa put the dominant hosts out of sight by half-time. Alexis Sanchez would add two further goals in the second half, and Barca played out the rest of the match in complete control - without ever needing to call on Lionel Messi from the bench. Stand-in coach Jordi Roura looked to rest a few of his first-team regulars, with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba joining Messi on the bench, as Villa was handed a start in attack. Barca needed only two minutes to register their first chance of the match, as Sanchez was denied from close range by Mikel Saizar, who had to be alert minutes later to parry a curler from ...
Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol: Pedro brace gives Barca perfect start to 2013 Four goals in the first half saw Barcelona cruise to a derby win over Espanyol as Tito Vilanova returned to the dugout. The home side welcomed the return of coach Tito Vilanova back to the dugout and his presence inspired a first half performance to be admired. Pedro Rodriguez was in superb form, as was Lionel Messi but it would be midfielder Xavi Hernandez who broke the deadlock. Andres Iniesta clipped the ball in following a through ball from Messi and Xavi was on hand to poke the ball past Espanyol keeper *** Casilla. Five minutes later and Barca got a second, this time Cesc Fabregas crossed low for Messi, whose shot hit the knee of Pedro, who celebrated his first goal in a very long time. On the half hour mark the Spanish winger would be celebrating again when Sergio Busquets played a defence splitting pass for Pedro to chip the ball over the helpless Casilla. Minutes later and it would be four as Fabregas was fouled by Casilla and ...
Barcelona achieved a prestigious 4-1 victory against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in Matchday 14 of La Liga. Adriano, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi (double) scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 74 percent of possession and attempted 11 shots, six of them on target. This result helps Tito Vilanova's side extend the lead at the top of the table to nine points over Atletico and 13 over Real Madrid. Colchonero coach Diego Simeone came to the Camp Nou with the unsurprising idea of dropping deep, placing two solid lines of four in the width of the edge of the penalty area and allowing his two strikers to wait for eventual counterattacking chances upfront. At that point, Barcelona knew that the only way to win would be to tire Atletico out by constantly asking questions of their defenders while patiently applying the pass-and-move philosophy. Such is the level of expectation on his shoulders that it can be argued that, despite scoring twice, Lionel Messi had a relatively quiet game by his standa ...
BARCELONA 4-1 Atletico Madrid: Breathtaking Blaugrana move nine points clear Tito Vilanova’s were slow out of the blocks but responded wonderfully to Falcao’s sublime opening goal, with Lionel Messi taking his tally for 2012 to 90 during a fine fightback By Rupert Fryer Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points on Sunday with a stunning 4-1 victory over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou. Radamel Falcao opened the scoring with a sublime solo effort just after the half-hour mark, but Adriano levelled matters five minutes later with an equally spectacular strike before Sergio Busquets put the hosts ahead with cool finish just before the break. Lionel Messi then struck twice during the second half to take his tally for the calendar year to a staggering 90 goals, thus sealing a resounding win which put their visitors very much in their place. It was first vs second in Catalunya. Messi vs Falcao. But Barcelona glided to victory through a depressing air of predictability. On ...
1Levante 0-4 Barcelona: Ingenious Iniesta inspires Blaugrana to victory The Spaniard was at his brilliant best in Valencia, scoring one goal and creating three others, including two for Lionel Messi, as the league leaders ultimately ran riot By Mark Doyle Nov 25, 2012 9:45:00 PM Barcelona maintained their stranglehold on the top spot in La Liga with a resounding 4-0 victory over Levante on Sunday evening. Andres Iniesta was the undoubted star of the show, creating two goals for Lionel Messi and one for Cesc Fabregas, as well as scoring a stunner himself. Levante, who missed a late penalty, had held the leaders scoreless until the interval but they simply had no answer to Iniesta's genius after the interval and the visitors ultimately coasted to a victory that restores their three-point lead over Atletico Madrid, and, perhaps more significantly, moves them 11 points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid. Unsurprisingly, Barcelona dominated possession early on, but it was the hosts who threatened first, w ...
! 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.
Messi surpasses Pele’s tally November 12, 2012 MADRID: Lionel Messi struck twice as leaders Barcelona survived a second-half spellof pressure at Mallorca to win 4-2 and strengthen their position at the top of La Liga on Sunday. Xavi Hernandez, Messi and Cristian Tello got first-half goals for the Catalans before Victor Casadesus and Michael Pereira reduced the lead after the interval. Messi then hit his fifteenth in the league to wrap up the game and make it 76 goals now in 2012, beating Pele’s tally of 75 from 1958 and taking him to within nine of Gerd Muller’s all time record total of 85 set in 1972. The win increases Barca’s lead to six points at the top, ahead of games for Atletico and Real Madrid, who sit 2nd and 3rd, later on Sunday. Barca made five changes from the side that had lost 2-1 to Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, David Villa and Tello all starting. The visitors began slowly and Mallorca enjoyed the better early chances ...
Lionel Messi surpassed Pele's milestone of goals in a calendar year by scoring for the 75th and 76th time in 2012 to move within nine of Gerd Mueller's all-time record and help Barcelona win 4-2 at Mallorca in the Spanish league on Sunday. Barcelona were cruising at 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Xavi, Messi and Cristian Tello. However, Mallorca scored twice in four second-half minutes through Michael Pereira and a Victor Casadesus penalty but Messi struck to bring the hosts' comeback to a halt. Messi was influential from the outset, forcing Dudu Aouate to intercept his cross from Xavi's free-kick from the right. Dani Alves' 20-yard shot was also repelled by the keeper. Tomer Hemed volleyed over for the hosts in their first real attack of note and they almost went ahead midway through the first half, but Victor saw his header tipped round the post by Victor Valdes. However, Barca were ahead five minutes later. Cesc Fabregas was fouled by Jose Luis Marti with Xavi firing the resulting free-kick i ...
TEAM NEWS: Villa and Tello partner Messi upfront as Barcelona head to Mallorca The Spain international and Masia graduate start in attack for the Blaugrana, as the club look to put their disappointing midweek Champions League defeat to Celtic behind them By Charlie Scott Nov 11, 2012 4:10:00 PM Tito Vilanova makes five changes to the side that lost during the week for Barcelona's trip to Mallorca, with David Villa and Cristian Tello chosen to play with Lionel Messi in a front three for the Catalan giants. Villa and Tello replace Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, while Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets also return to Barcelona's starting XI as Marc Bartra and Alex Song are dropped to the bench. Pique makes his first start in eight weeks after being injured during the club's Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in September. Cesc Fabregas is included in a midfield three alongside Xavi and Busquets, as Andres Iniesta is named as a substitute for tonight's game. Joaquin Caparros makes one change from his side ...
FC Barcelona Sign 10-Year-Old American to Its Famed Academy FIRST AMERICAN PLAYER EVER TO JOIN THE BEST SOCCER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD AT La Masia - THE F.C. BARCELONA ACADEMY IN SPAIN A 10-year-old American is preparing to live out what was once an unthinkable dream. Ben Lederman, a Southern Californian, is packing up all his belongings and moving to Barcelona, Spain, where he is going to be spending the next two years as a member of the FC Barcelona youth academy, considered by many the greatest in the world. He joins on a two-year contract and his performance will be evaluated in 2013 to determine his future at the club. His parents are moving to Barcelona in order to be with their son. Lederman was in Spain to train with the academy in April while being courted by the club. La Masia, Barcelona's academy, has produced some of the greatest players in the modern game including current Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Pedro Rodriguez, Victor Valdes ...
Lionel Messi is in the running for a fourth consecutive FIFA world player of the year award. Twenty-three candidates wereannounced Monday, and Messi was joined by Barcelona teammates Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez on the Ballon d'Or shortlist. Seven players for Spain are incontention after the national team retained its European Championship title in July. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is again the only England player on the list. Italian players are in the mix for the first time in three years - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon. The leading three candidates will be announced Nov. 29 in Brazil. The winner will be announced Jan. 7 in Zurich. Messi was presented with his second Golden Boot award on Monday in recognition for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues lastseason. The 25-year-old Messi scoreda Spanish-league record 50 goals for Barcelona, edging out fellow Spanish league star Crist ...
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).
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 ...
The candidates for the Ballon d'Or have been announced and FC Barcelona have five players in the running for the prestigious award. They are Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández , Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets.
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 ...
there they go again,Xavi Hernandez,Gerard Piqué,Lionel Messi,Andrés Iniesta,Sergio Busquets, barca all the way...
Messi Magic Masks 'Shambolic' Barca Defending Were it not for the heroics of Lionel Messi, who capped another brilliant performance with a fantastic third goal -- the winning goal -- against Deportivo in a 5-4 thriller at the Riazor on Saturday, Barcelona would have duly suffered its first loss of the La Liga season. Indeed, as Football Espana’s Frank Tigani says, “Barcelona’s defensive shambles almost cost them dearly.”Oh, what a shambles it was. First, Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with an ill-timed tackle. He was later sent off in the second half. Goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ committed a terrible error to lead to Depor’s second. Then, Sergio Busquets conceded a soft free-kick outside the box that led to home team’s third, before Jordi Alba scored the most bizarre of own goals with a perfect lob over Valdes to round off Depor’s scoring.Once again, thanks to Messi’s hat trick, and his particularly brilliant solo run-and-shot for his third, Barca was able to come out on top, but Tig ...
Past reports have mentioned that Sandro Rosell has an agreement with Santos for Neymar; however, Santos has always denied this rumor. Don't be mistaken: Sandro Rosell has made it his number one priority to sign Neymar next summer. Even though Barça needs a true center-back more than Neymar, Rosell will not budge. It's either Neymar or nothing. I don't believe Rosell has made a deal with Santos. But it is very possible that Neymar's agent has talked to Rosell, and may have a gentleman's agreement about giving Barcelona the first shot at signing Neymar. While there will be other teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Chelsea looking to sign him. Would Neymar succeed in a more counter-attacking system? Yes. Would Neymar succeed in a system like Real Madrid's? Yes as well. But Neymar will not have as good of facilitators of the football as Barça has in Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Thiago, and Lionel Messi. Neymar has already been courted by Dani Alves to join El Blaugr ...
The Barcelona man believes a combination of Carles Puyol, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao would create the ultimate footballing machine
for every Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi,Didier Drogba,Wayne Rooney or Sergio Aguero, there is a Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets,Frank Lampard,Michael Carrick or Gareth Barry.
Barcelona's Busquets not threatened by Song arrival Sergio Busquets says he is still highly regarded at Barcelona despite the arrival of Alex Song this summer. Busquets has found his position as Barca’s first choice holding midfielder under threat since the £15million (€19m) addition of Song from Arsenal but the Spanish international still believes he is appreciated by everyone at Camp Nou. “I feel valued by my team-mates and coaches,” Busquets told MundoDeportivo.com. “It is also difficult because I play in a position where you often go unnoticed, a job that is not as flashy as scoring goals, but I'm very happy. “As always, all the big teams need more than one player per position and Song is a very good player that comes to add [to the team].” The 24-year-old also played down the spat between Lionel Messi and David Villa in the recent 2-0 win over Granada. “There was a misunderstanding, these things happen in games and in practice, things that happen to everybody, Leo, David or me, any p ...
Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Javier Mascherano at training today
Their woes continued in the second half as Osasuna kept them on the back foot, while coach Tito Vilanova was sent to the stands in the 73rd minute for protesting to the linesman. However, a controversial equaliser from Lionel Messi brought them back into the match moments later and Osasuna captain Patxi Punal was sent off for protesting the goal. The Argentine would pop up once again four minutes later to poke home the winner and give the Catalans a win that they scarcely deserved, after a spirited and purposeful performance from the home side. Vilanova rested Xavi from the start, with David Villa also taking his place on the bench as Cristian Tello and Alexis Sanchez started up front alongside Lionel Messi. With sunlight beating down over Estadio El Sadar, Barcelona were slow getting out of the blocks, and had Victor Valdes to thank for denying Alvaro Cejudo from close range inside the opening two minutes. Andres Iniesta would create danger at the other end, teeing up Tello, who saw his effort touched by ...
Del Bosque's men (Spain) try to play like Barcelona, but there are two problems: the presence of two deep-lying midfielders in Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso, and the absence of one Lionel Messi.hw true is this???
(L-R) Lionel Messi, Daniel Alves, Eric Abidal, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, David Villa, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes pose for a team picture prior to the start of the Uefa Champions League group D match between Barcelona and Panathinai...
Ten-man Barcelona rounded off their ultimately disappointing Liga campaign with a 2-2 draw against Real Betis at the Benito Villamartin on Saturday as Seydou Keita's injury- time equaliser cancelled out a late Ruben Castro double in Pep Guardiola's final league game in charge of the Catalans. Sergio Busquets grabbed the first goal for the visitors by heading in from a corner as Barcelona looked in a commanding position at half-time. However, Dani Alves' sending off after the break proved to be a turning point as Castro scored two goals to give the home team the lead late on. Nevertheless, Seydou Keita's injury-time header prevented Guardiola from bowing out in La Liga on a sour note. Barca made a fairly bright start to proceedings and provided Betis with an early warning when Lionel Messi played a wonderful through-ball in the seventh minute into the path of Ibrahim Afellay. However, Casto Espinosa was alert enough to storm out of his goalmouth to clear what could have been the opening strike of the game. ...
Sergio Busquets believes that he and his teammates should help Lionel Messi finish the season as top scorer in La Liga ahead of Ronaldo.
Chelsea reached the Champions League final despite John Terry's sending off to seal a truly remarkable two-legged victory over Barcelona. The Blues were in serious trouble after goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put Barca ahead either side of Terry's dismissal for violent conduct. But Ramires strode forward to chip Chelsea ahead on away goals. Lionel Messi hit the bar with a penalty for Barca before Fernando Torres ran clear to seal the tie in injury time. Earlier in the week, Torres had said "the best team does not always win" . His words were prophetic for England's last men standing in Europe as they scrapped their way past the defending champions and into the final in Munich on 19 May. That it was Torres who scored the goal after being so maligned during his time at Stamford Bridge made for the perfect ending to a famous night for Roberto Di Matteo's side.
Just as in 2010 against Inter at the same stage, they were left playing against 10 men for the entire second half, but once more they were incapable of seeing the job through. But this time around, there was a real lack of will to take the Blues defence on, and a second-half penalty miss from Lionel Messi proved to be the moment on which the tie swung. After Messi had twice got into good positions in the first half and failed to beat Petr Cech on either occasion, there still seemed little reason for panic in the Blaugrana ranks. The chances were coming, space was being made, and Chelsea seemed not to know how to put a stop to it. Sergio Busquets was the man who eventually opened the scoring, tucking home after Isaac Cuenca had restarted an attack following a half-cleared corner. It levelled the tie, and moments later came the game’s big flashpoint.
Chelsea win!!! Thank you!! How have Barcelona not equalised there?! Lionel Messi is denied by a superb tackle from John Terry but the ball reaches Pedro and while his low shot hits the far post, Sergio Busquets has a near open goal to fire into. The midfielder blazes his shot way over the bar, though. It is a terrible miss. And it is surely the last act of the match...
No. I don't support Barcelona. I just admire the way the play football. Especially Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi.
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 ...
Lionel Messi has scored 60 goals this season which is less than the number of times Sergio Busquets dives in every game.
Luis Suarez, any Barcelona player (Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi in particular), Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira.
HOW Referee broke the law in awarding second Barcelona penalty against Milan, and here is the picture evidence Every Champions League season contains one hugely controversial game, and in the 2011-12 edition it was between Barcelona and AC Milan in the quarter final second leg at Camp Nou. With the scores locked at 1-1, after Antonio Nocerino had cancelled out Lionel Messi's penalty opener, the Italians were leading the tie on away goals. But the complexion of the encounter changed completely just five minutes before half time when referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded Barca another spot-kick, the Dutchman penalising Alessandro Nesta for pulling the shirt of Sergio Busquets. Messi made no mistake from 12 yards, and Milan could never recover from the psychological blow as Barcelona went on to win 3-1 and book their place in the semi-finals for a record fifth consecutive season. The second penalty caused outrage in many circles - particularly in Milan and Italy. Rossoneri striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic cried conspiracy ...
VIDEO: Goals/highlights (3-1) Barcelona Vs AC Milan, Leg 2 Champions League 2012 3 comments | Post Comment Email Print Text Size: aA aA aA Barcelona celebrate another goal while a devastated AC Milan keeper Abbiati is on his haunches (Reuters) WED, 04 APR 2012 8:33A.M. Lionel Messi scored two first-half penalties to lead Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over AC Milan and a place in the Champions League semifinals for the fifth straight season today. Messi opened the scoring in the 11th minute at the Camp Nou before Antonio Nocerino countered with a 32nd-minute strike that gave the Italian champions a valuable away goal after the first leg had ended scoreless. Barcelona's attack did not relent and the defending champions were awarded a second penalty when Alessandro Nesta needlessly yanked Sergio Busquets down inside the area during a corner, and Messi calmly scored his record 14th goal of the competition this season. Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati kept Milan in reach but could not stop Andres Iniesta from comp ...
Baarca Vs (AC Milan, Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal) 1) With the scores level at 1-1, referee Bjorn Kuipers gave the hosts a penalty for Alessandro Nesta’s off-the-ball shirt pull at a corner. It was an intriguing decision for a number of reasons. Firstly, the corner had literally just been taken. We’re talking about a fraction of a second after the kick before the decision was made. Additionally, these kind of incidents happen all the time in the box on corners. Sergio Busquets didn’t need a second invitation to throw himself to the floor – much like Lionel Messi when he was fouled for the first penalty 2) Madrid. Referee Wolfgang Stark’s decision to send off defender Pepe at 0-0 in the tie, with Barca going on to win the match 2-0. Contact with Dani Alves appeared minimal, and as the Brazilian defender rolled on the floor, a red card was duly delivered. 3) At Stamford Bridge two years earlier, Tom Henning Ovrebo turned down five legitimate penalty appeals from Chelsea as they drew 1-1 with Barca ...
My prayers go out to Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets... Get well soon !
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