Pep Guardiola & Lionel Messi

Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. 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. 5.0/5

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GBAM!!! Messi’s record will last 600 years’ Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on former player Lionel Messi after his heroic feat last weekend, insisting the forward’s record will stand for “600 years”. The Barcelona ace’s hat-trick against Sevilla took him to 253 La Liga goals in 289 matches, breaking Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 as he became the new highest goal- scorer in the Spanish League. Guardiola, under whom Messi thrived in the Spanish coach’s four-year tenure at the Camp Nou, was full of praise for his former starlet, and believes his record will stand for years to come. "He is only 27 years old and he has already beaten the record,” said the Bayern boss. “His record will not last for 60 years, but 600 years." Speculation of unrest with the Catalans has fuelled reports of a possible move away from Spain, yet Guardiola said he hopes the new record-holder will finish his career at the club he joined when he was just 13 years old. "I hope that Messi will end his ...
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 ...
A different discourse. Lionel Messi's claims that he no longer knows whether his long-term future lies at Barcelona are fruit of the forward's growing frustration at the Catalan club. Once a marriage made in heaven, Messi and Barca could now be set for an unhappy break-up. The Argentine attacker has always said he wants to retire at Camp Nou or at least stay until late in his career before ending up at boyhood club Newell's in Argentina, but he has now changed his tune. On Tuesday, he told Argentine sports daily Ole that he does not know what the future holds. And it was no coincidence. Amid the criticism under compatriot Gerardo Martino, Messi contemplated leaving Barca last season and even expressed his concerns to former coach Tito Vilanova in a visit to the former Blaugrana boss before his death in April. Vilanova convinced Messi to stay less than a week prior to his passing but the player and his team still studied an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and would now be open to considering a move next sum ...
Read the quotes and then pause for a moment. "Lionel Messi is quite clearly the Best Player ever. It’s a pleasure to pit myself against him and when I finish my career it’s something I can look back on and know I’ve tested myself against the very best." - John Terry "Messi is better than Maradona; he is more complete, more consistent, more spectacular. He is reinventing the game – a mix of the real and the virtual." - Tostão "I have played against Platini, Maradona, Cruyff and played with George Best — a lot of big names, but none of them has been able to do what Messi does. Two years ago I said that the Best Player I played against was Maradona and the Best Player I have played with was Bestie. But I can now say I have never seen a player as good as Messi. He’s in a league of his own." - Former Tottenham star Gerry Armstrong "Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol. Today you need a machine gun to stop Messi." - Hristo Stoichkov "In my entire life I have never seen a player of suc ...
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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.
City rivals Atletico and Real Madrid meet in Lisbon on Saturday, in the first Champions League final ever to be contested between teams from the same city. Real are looking to end 12 years of European pain, while an Atletico win would give them their first ever Champions League title. As anticipation builds ahead of the showpiece event, we take a look back at ten of the best finals of the Champions League era. 10) Barca at their peak Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United (2011) Three years ago, Barcelona were at the peak of their powers under Pep Guardiola. A Lionel Messi inspired side eased to a win in the 2011 final at Wembley, with goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa giving the Catalan side a 3-1 win. 9) “That” Ajax side Ajax 1-0 Milan (1995) The culmination of the famous Ajax side of the early 90s saw the Dutch team win the 1995 Champions League, thanks to a late Patrick Kluivert goal, before losing the 1996 final on penalties. Academy products Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf Frank Rijkaard an ...
Football - Liga Luis Enrique and Ter Stegen join Barcelona Former Barcelona skipper Luis Enrique has returned to the club as their new manager, the Liga club have confirmed. The 44-year-old, who led Celta Vigo this season, has agreed a two-year deal to take over from Gerardo Martino, who left his position after just one campaign in charge. The Catalan club said in a statement on their official website: "The FC Barcelona board of directors have this evening confirmed Luis Enrique Martineza as the new first-team coach, following a proposal from sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. Luis Enrique, 44, will sign a two-year deal." The appointment of the former Spain international, who played at the Nou Camp from 1996 to 2004 after joining from bitter rivals Real Madrid, came on a busy day for Barcelona. Lionel Messi put pen to paper on his new deal, while the club also completed the signing of highly-rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach and announced forward Gerard Deulofe ...
Just for the records, u need to see this!...a must read!!! Arsenal last won silverware in 2005 dat was over 3250 days ago since Arsenal last won a trophy. Tottenham Hotspur hv had 5 different managers,chelsea nine, infact every english league club has changed their managers except arsenal. Arsenal hv spent over £250m on player transfers, 29 English teams hv won silverware, Man U won 15 honours, Chelsea 11, Liverpool hv won 5, Man City too 5, Tottenham 1,wigan 1 and Arsenal ladies hv won 29 honours. Lionel Messi has played 352 games scored 390 goals won Ballon D'or 4 times and won 15 major honours, Pep Guardiola retired, became Barcelona manager won 14 major honours took a year out, joined bayern and won 3 more trophies, 23 players hv left arsenal and won over 60 trophies elsewhere. And me? Finished secondary school, bagged two awards in d university, went for NYSC and won silver Cup in our football competition and now a Man.what a record abi na what a pity.ah? Tolu mustnt see dis! U can add urs jare
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.
JOSEP PEP GUARDIOLA AND LIONEL MESSI: COINCIDENCE OR NEXUS? INTRODUCTION If we can put aside the often raging debate about who is the best between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for a moment I would like to focus on Lionel Messi and compare his time playing under the Pep Guardiola with the rest of his career. I have borrowed and amended a table of Messi's goals tally below for reference. MESSI It is not debatable that Lionel Messi was a soccer prodigy having come up in the ranks winning the FIFA U-20 trophy in 2005 and beating John Mikel Obi to second place in the race to the tournaments Golden Ball. By then he had already become a first team player for Barcelona who had rescued him from his growth hormone deficiency syndrome by signing him and paying his $900 a month treatment. RIJKAARD YEARS He got his start for Barca first eleven under Frank Rijkaard in October 2004 and he performed creditably well under Frank Rijkaard who played him as a winger. His goals tallies under Rijkaard were 04/05 - 1 goal ...
Pep Guardiola quote: It was the heaviest defeat in the Catalan's coaching career, At Barcelona, Guardiola knew the club inside out and implemented a style of play already familiar to the entire squad. The Catalans' one touch passing plan is instilled in footballers from a young age at La Masia. Pep had lived and breathed that football as a player, just like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi et al. When Guardiola took over as coach and inherited that golden generation of players, the diamond was there. It just needed to be polished. After winning the treble last season under Jupp Heynckes, Bayern's diamond was already polished, just not quite how Pep liked it. Instead of adapting to his new players, however, Guardiola wants those footballers to get used to the methods that made his Barca side so brilliant between 2008 and 2012. But there's one problem: there's no Messi. Meanwhile, Messi won all four Ballons d'Or during his time under Guardiola. He also made the difference on nights like Tuesday. I miss Li ...
There is only one superclub on the planet- Real Madrid C.F.. What a breathtaking display, demolishing the European Champions at their home! The sheer pace and ruthlessness of Real is a treat to the eyes. Also, congratulations to Pep Guardiola- You've successfully turned a fast, dynamic, skillful side into a dour, sideways-passing, flat-track bully who resemble a Barcelona without Lionel Messi.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has backed France forward Franck Ribery to inspire a comeback from the five-time European Champions, who are aiming to become the first side to retain the Champions League. Ribery, who was named as the world's third Best Player behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in January, was criticised for his performance in Spain last week. But he shone against Bremen and Guardiola is expecting him to play another starring role on Tuesday. "Franck played like he was possessed at the weekend," said Guardiola. "He fights and fights and for this reason the people love him here at the Allianz Arena. "He is one of the Best Players in the history of Bayern Munich and we need his help." The winner of Bayern and Real will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid, who meet again on Wednesday, in the final on 24 May in Portugal's capital city Lisbon.
Former Barcelona coach Vilanova dies at 45 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tito Vilanova, the coach who succeeded Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and won the Spanish league title in his only season in charge, died Friday following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 45. Vilanova, who has battled a recurring tumor in a saliva gland, was admitted to a local hospital in Barcelona last week. He reportedly had emergency surgery on Thursday. "It is with sadness that Barcelona must announce that Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova has died today at the age of 45," Barcelona said in a statement on its website. "The death of our former coach occurred this afternoon when he could not overcome this disease which he had battled since 2011." Vilanova's death prompted an outpouring of condolences from players and coaches across Europe. Barcelona star Lionel Messi said that is was a "moment of profound pain for Vilanova's family, and also for Barcelona and its fans." "All of us who shared Barcelona's locker room with Tito are deeply aff ...
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In 2001 he managed a Barcelona under-13s side that included Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi. And just over a decade later he coached the same three players to the Spanish league title. Messi had become the best in the world; Pique and Fabregas had become World Cup winners with Spain; and Vilanova had become Barcelona manager. Twice he arrived at the club alongside Pep Guardiola: first as a young hopeful in its La Masia academy in 1984; and then to coach alongside him in 2007 first winning the third division with the B-team and then taking over the first team and bringing home 14 of a possible 19 trophies in the greatest four seasons in the club’s history. barcelona and the fans we always think of you
Messi leads Vilanova tributes. Lionel Messi led the tributes to his former Coach Tito Vilanova who has died of throat cancer at the age of 45. Vilanova led Barcelona during the 2012/13 season after taking over from Pep Guardiola but was forced to resign last summer becouse of ill health. www.fcbarcelona.com Rest in peace Tito Vilanova. The FC Barc family never forget you Tito aways for your humbleness
Tough times for Barcelona May 2012: Pep Guardiola steps down after four years in charge, with Tito Vilanova replacing him December 2012: Vilanova undergoes cancer surgery, returning to work in March 2013: FC Barcelona confirm a deal with Qatar Airways, who become the first commercial shirt sponsors in the club's history May 2013: Eric Abidal is allowed to leave the club, a month after returning to action following a liver transplant June 2013: Lionel Messi is accused of tax evasion July 2013: Vilanova steps down as Barcelona manager for health reasons January 2014: President Sandro Rosell resigns as a Spanish court looks into allegations that Barcelona evaded tax on the transfer of Neymar February 2014: Barca pay £11.2m to the Spanish authorities after being charged with tax fraud over Neymar, but deny wrongdoing. April 2014: The club are banned from signing players for 14 months before Fifa puts the punishment on hold, pending an appeal. My Barcelona
SAW THIS INTERESTING POST AND CHOSE TO SHARE. ENJOY Since Arsenal last won a trophy (21-May-2005): Lets take a look 30 things that have happened in the football world since then... 1] Lionel Messi became 18years, turned professional & won 78 individual trophies/awards, including 4 consecutive Ballon d'Ors. 2] Steven Gerrard has played over 356 games for Liverpool. 3] Arsenal have bought 50 players and sold 79. 4] Members of that 2005 team have won 53 trophies elsewhere. 5]Chelsea have had 9 different managers. Ashley Cole has left asenal joined chelsea and won 9 trophies 6]Lionel Messi hasscored over 300+ goals. 7]Arsene Wenger has earned over £63.8M in wages. 8]30 English teams have won domestic trophies. 9]Juventus have been relegated, promoted and won their league consecutively. 10]Pep Guardiola retired as a player, became a manager and won 16 trophies with Barcelona took a year break, came back and won 2 trophies with Bayern. 11]Arsenal have spent £227.500.00 on new players. 12]Birmingham City have ...
Bayern Munich PATH TO THE QUARTERS Last opponents: Arsenal Next opponents: Man Utd There has seldom been a more dominant football team in recent years than this current Bayern Munich outfit. Pep Guardiola has seemingly built upon perfection since replacing the all-conquering Jupp Heynckes last summer, leaving many suggesting a back-to-back Champions League triumph is something of an inevitability. They remain a united machine of a team, with no stand-out stars taking the attention away from what is a model outfit. If anything, they have become only more impressive as a squad, with Guardiola regularly rotating his panel and Bavarians' fortunes improving as a result. They are now 50 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga and on course for another magnificent treble. Bayern were the one team nobody wanted in Friday's draw and their pairing with an under-achieving Manchester United side means that their status as favourites has only strengthened. Real Madrid PATH TO THE QUARTERS Last opponents: Schalke Next opponen ...
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer TheClasicois back. Real Madrid and Barcelona battle it out once again in the famous fixture on Sunday, this time with La Liga at stake and, as usual, their hopes rest respectively upon the shoulders of the world's two finest footballers: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Cristiano and Leo meet for the 21st time in aClasicoclash since the Portuguese moved to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for what promises to be another intriguing installment of the pair's compelling conflict. But which of the two has peformed better in their meetings over the past five seasons? There was little joy for Ronaldo in his first campaign in Spain. The Portuguese returned from injury to face Barcelona at Camp Nou in La Liga, but Manuel Pellegrini's side lost out to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley in a tight encounter and Messi netted the opener in the Primera Division clash at the Santiago Bernabeu later in the season as Pep Guardiola's side won 2-0. The teams' next meeting was much ...
Champions League Barca, Bayern cast huge shadow over English opponents Arsenal and Manchester City face monumental tasks when they visit European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Barcelona looking to overturn 2-0 deficits in the second legs of their Champions League last-16 ties. Arsenal must overcome Pep Guardiola and his red-hot Bayern side at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday after goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller condemned them to defeat in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last month. City, meanwhile, travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday with their own mountain to climb after goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves gave Barcelona a commanding advantage midway through the tie. In the week's other last-16 ties, Atletico Madrid face AC Milan at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 lead on Tuesday before Paris St Germain host Bayer Leverkusen at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday with a 4-0 advantage after the first leg. Arsenal, third in the Premier League, have the unenviable task of trying to become only ...
Barcelona: Neymar deal has damaged brand of La Liga club They pride themselves on being "mas que un club" - more than a club. And in recent years Barcelona, inspired by the brilliant Lionel Messi, managed to achieve untouchable status on the pitch at the same time as remaining true to that motto. But things are changing at the Nou Camp. Not only has the team's form suffered since Pep Guardiola left at the end of 2012, there are now serious questions over the way this great club do business. When forward Neymar joined from the Brazilian team Santos last June, Barcelona said they paid a total of £48.6m. But one of their members, a pharmacist called Jordi Cases, asked the club whether this was really the final bill. When Barcelona refused to answer, he went to the Spanish courts who launched an investigation. From that point on the story really began to unravel. First the Spanish prosecutor said they would investigate the deal to see if the club had defrauded the treasury of unpaid tax. The club said they h ...
::: SOCCER NEWS::: Gerardo Martino insists Barcelona will not relax after their 2-0 Uefa Champions League victory at Manchester City on Tuesday. Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot shortly after half-time of the first leg of the last-16 tie after Martin Demichelis was sent off for bringing him down just inside the penalty area. Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc praised his side's mentality after their 4-0 Uefa Champions League demolition of Bayer Leverkusen. Blanc's team eased to an emphatic win in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Germany on Tuesday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a double after Blaise Matuidi's early opener, before Yohan Cabaye capped off a fine performance with his first goal since joining from Newcastle United last month. Pep Guardiola believes that it would be "impossible" to face Bayern Munich's clash against Arsenal without Philipp Lahm in his squad. The Uefa Champions League holders visit the Emirates Stadium for a first-leg last-16 fixture on Wednesday, hoping t ...
A furious Manuel Pellegrini accused the referee, Jonas Eriksson, of deciding Barcelona's 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League by rectifying mistakes made when officiating a previous tie involving the Catalan club. The match Pellegrini referred to was a quarter-final two years ago at San Siro between Barcelona and Milan that ended goalless, with the former coach, Pep Guardiola, complaining about two penalties Eriksson failed to award his side. After Barça won Tuesday's last-16 opening leg at the Etihad, Pellegrini claimed that Martín Demichelis's second-half challenge on Lionel Messi was not a penalty and the central defender should not have been sent off. After Messi scored from the spot after 54 minutes a valiant 10-Man City held out until Daniel Alves secured a late second for Barcelona that makes them firm favourites to progress to the quarter-finals when the return leg is played on 12 March. Eriksson awarded the penalty when Demichelis tried to tackle Messi in a challenge that may ha ...
MESSI ALMOST JOINED ARSENAL ALONGSIDE Cesc Fabregas Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says Barcelona star Lionel Messi was close to signing for Arsenal when Cesc Fabregas moved to north London. After his successful Pep Guardiola biography, Balague has recently published a new book on Argentina superstar Messi, based on conversation with his clo... Continue reading here
Manuel Pellegrini paid the price for getting his maths wrong in Munich, seeing his side finish second in a tricky group after failing to grab a fourth goal against the European Champions Bayern. The German giants qualified as group winners and as a result of Monday's round of 16 draw, City were dealt perhaps the toughest of opponents: Lionel Messi's Barcelona. In the meantime, Arsenal equally finished second and got the defending champions for their troubles. Arsenal versus Bayern Munich is perhaps having the best team in England (judging by the table) against the best team in the world. This will be a passing festival with Pep Guardiola against Arsene Wenger, two coaches who like to play the same way. QUESTION Looking at (Arsenal versus Bayern Munich and Man City versus Barcelona) which pairing will you consider tougher?
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LATEST. NEWS: AHEAD OF THE EL-CLASICO New faces add fresh twist to 'Clasico' With the world's biggest stars and two richest clubs on show, it is no surprise that when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet the world stops to take notice. In recent years though the fixture has become less of a treat with 17 meetings between the two in the past three seasons alone. However, on the brink of their first clash this season on Saturday there is an excitement and freshness brought by the addition of new cast members to the drama that El Clasico almost never fails to deliver. The protagonists remain the same. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this fixture as they have practically all others since the Portuguese joined the four-time World Player of the Year in Spain four years ago. Should Messi find the net at the Camp Nou on Saturday he would surpass Madrid legend and honourary president Alfredo Di Stefano as the all- time leading scorer in meetings between the two. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is soon catching up ...
Who Is Better: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? This weekend sees the return of one of football's oldest battles, as Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the latest instalment of the "El Clasico' rivalry from the Camp Nou. With just three points separating the sides after nine games of the new season, the tie threatens to be as competitive as ever and could well be decided by the individual brilliance of one of the stars on show. As stars go, they dont come much bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who, between them, have won the last five iterations of the FIFA Ballon d'Or or World Player of the Year prize. However, in the modern world that is obsessed by ratings and numbers, the argument inevitably returns to "which is better" of the duo—Messi or Ronaldo? Let's take a look at their respective cases. Basic Info NAME Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Age 28 26 Nationality Portuguese Argentina Club Real Madrid Barcelona Last season (appearances/goals) 34/34 32/46 International record 107/43 83/37 Ot ...
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Gotze: Messi is my role model New Bayern Munich signing Mario Gotze has revealed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a role model to him. Many have speculated that Head Coach Pep Guardiola will deploy the Germany international as a Messi-esque 'false No.9' at Bayern and is keen to emulate the Argentine star. "Lionel Messi is a role model for everyone, including me," Gotze said during his presentation on Tuesday afternoon. "I don't see the transfer amount as extra pressure. It's something to be proud of having just turned 21. "Looking back, it wasn't easy when the news broke that I was leaving Dortmund, but that's behind me now. The important thing is to develop myself and I wanted to do that at Bayern." The 21-year-old then went on to discuss his relationship with Guardiola and stated that his first meeting with the Former Barcelona boss was rather special. "The first contact with Guardiola was really special. We talked about when I would be fit again. I watched Guardiola's training sessions and I saw tha ...
Alex Ferguson: “He's won the Ballon d'Or 4 years in a row, quite rightly because the goals he’s scoring is uncanny. He's only 25 — Christ!” Antonio Conte: “The only way to stop Messi is with a gun.” Pep Guardiola: “I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi's throne — it’s impossible, this kid is unique.” Filippo Inzaghi (2006 FIFA World Cup Winner): “No one is born with the talent that Lionel Messi has.” Thierry Henry: “What Leo does is so incredible that I have to be careful not to stand still watching him make his moves.” Diego Maradona: "I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi.” Arsène Wenger: “Messi is already ahead of everyone else at 25 – by the time his career has finished he will be even further ahead. Luiz Felipe Scolari: “The only bad thing about Ronaldo's life is Messi.” Jürgen Klopp: “Cristiano Ronaldo is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem — Leo Messi. Cristiano re ...
Paulo Maldini : "When I see Lionel Messi playing, I think he should win it (Ballon d'or) every year. I have no doubt. He is an unbelievable player." Pep Guardiola : "It has been an honour to be the coach of the Best Player (Messi) I have ever seen and probably the best I will see." Theirry Henry : "I have the possibility to watch Messi in training each morning, and because of what he demonstrates he is the Best Player in the world." Sir Alex Ferguson : "Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category." Arjen Robben : "Messi is on another planet."
For the second straight year, Real Madrid and Barcelona arrived in the Champions League semi finals with illusions of an all Spanish Clásico final, only to find themselves disappointed. Real Madrid almost completed the unlikeliest of comebacks in the final minutes against Borussia Dortmund as the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was raging. Los Blancos will rue their early missed chances, coming up just short against a Dortmund side that was ultimately the betterteam for most of the two legged tie. Barcelona, on the other hand, were without a fully fit Lionel Messi and were absolutely steamrolled by Bayern Munich, who are the likely favorites to lift the big-eared trophy at Wembley on May 25th. Dortmund’s meteoric rise and Bayern’s emphatic victory are clear signs that the balance of power in Europe’s premier competition has shifted away from La Liga and towards the Bundesliga. Having led the pack ininfrastructure, attendance, and low ticket prices for quite some time, the German first division ...
Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has offered an alternative take on Lionel Messi's qualities, naming him the best defender in the world
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"I tried making Lionel Messi the Best Player in the world, but he ended up making me the best manager in the world." -Pep Guardiola-
How much longer can Barcelona go on without a coach? The Catalan club suffered a damaging defeat at AC Milan on Wednesday and looked to lack motivation. With no Pep Guardiola and now no Tito Vilanova, the situation is far from ideal By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer It is occasionally argued Barcelona do not need a coach. So deeply ingrained is the Catalans' passing game, it is claimed, at any one time, each player knows exactly where his team-mates will be, where to play the ball and what to do next - like a kind of telepathic tiki-taka. It sounds good in theory, but Wednesday's damaging defeat at AC Milan proved that argument is simply not valid. Barca looked lacking in motivation at San Siro; the Catalans had the ball but did little with it and barely shot at goal in the entire 90 minutes. The stars failed to shine, Lionel Messi was consumed by anonymity instead, team lethargy replaced the normal vibrant, energetic side. It was desperately disappointing, their poorest performance in recent memo ...
Gareth Bale says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more "complete footballer" than Barcelona's Lionel Messi . The in-form Spurs attacker, who is rumoured to be a transfer target for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this summer, has scored 13 Premier League goals so far this season. Asked the question, "Messi or Ronaldo?" by Life's a Pitch , Bale revealed his admiration for Los Blancos ' star. "For me, personally, I’d say Ronaldo," the 23-year-old Welshman responded. "He’s got the whole package. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s pacey, can head the ball, strike the ball. Obviously, you can’t say anything bad about Messi, but for the all-round complete footballer, I’d say Cristiano Ronaldo." The comments are likely to be taken as a welcome sign by Real Madrid that the Wales international would relish the chance to link up with Ronaldo. According to reports, Los Merengues are expected to challenge Bayern for his signature at the end of the season in a move thought to potentially be worth around €50 mil ...
It is just unfortunate and sad for Christiano Ronaldo to have played in thesame era with Lionel Messi. Both are the Best Players in the world as at now. Or don't you agree?
Guardiola era (2008–2012) FC Barcelona B youth manager Pep Guardiola took over Frank Rijkaard's duties at the conclusion of the season.[50] Guardiola brought with him the now famous tiki-taka style of play he had been taught during his time in the Barcelona youth teams. In the process Guardiola sold Ronaldinho and Deco, and started building the Barcelona team around Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Lionel Messi, four-time FIFA/Ballon d'Or winner, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and FC Barcelona's top goalscorer in official competitions with 298 goals[51] Barça beat Athletic Bilbao 4–1 in the 2009 Copa del Rey Final, winning the competition for a record-breaking 25th time. A historic 2–6 victory against Real Madrid followed three days later and ensured that Barcelona became La Liga champions for the 2008–09 season. Barça finished the season by beating the previous year's Champions League winners Manchester United 2–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to win their third Champions League title and completed t ...
I need Xavi & Iniesta to pass the ball to me,but they only see Leo'-The truth behind the Messi-Ibrahimovic rivalry at Barcelona Barcelona President Sandro Rosell described his signing and subsequent sale for a significant loss as "the worst piece of business in the history of the club" - but Blaugrana fans were buzzing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unveiled before 55,00 frenzied fans at Camp Nou at the end of July 2009. The world's most exciting striker had just joined the world's most exciting team and the Swede was about to form a tasty tandem with the world's most exciting young talent: Lionel Messi. Ibrahimovic joined from Inter in a €66 million deal which saw Samuel Eto'o travel in the opposite direction, after Pep Guardiola had alluded to a lack of 'feeling' with the Cameroonian; the end had come late in the 2008-09 season, when the African went against tactical instructions by cutting inside, subsequently scoring and then celebrating defiantly in front of his bewildered boss. He also ignored his coac ...
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s a footballer, Josep 'Pep' Guardiola was a much-acclaimed defensive midfielder who spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona. He was part of the great Johan Cruyff's 'dream team' that won the club's first European Cup. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became a coach at Barcelona, succeeding Frank Rijkaard as first-team manager in 2008. In his first season, he led the team to the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League - and became the youngest-ever winning manager of that tournament. The following season the club won six trophies in six competitions, playing some of the most fabulous football ever witnessed. The team comprises global stars like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta and continues to compete at a level its rivals cannot match. This book tells how Pep Guardiola did it, playing the Beautiful Game - and winning.
Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
Frank Rijkaard was sacked by Saudi Arabia on the same day his successor at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, was appointed at Bayern Munich. Rijkaard is football’s forgotten man. Yet seven years ago he was hailed as the greatest coach on the planet. There are striking similarities in the Barca careers of Rijkaard and Pep, so the timing last Wednesday was symbolic. Particularly as the main difference between the two is exactly this — their sense of timing. Pep left Barcelona at just the right time, Rijkaard left a season too late. Both were managerial gambles. Rijkaard, who took over at the Nou Camp in June 2003, had just led Sparta Rotterdam to relegation. The Dutch boss put Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes and a 17-year-old Lionel Messi in the starting line-up as Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o arrived. They mesmerised the world for years BEFORE Guardiola. Rijkaard re-established the tiki-taka, won the championship in his second season and completed the Liga and Champions League double in his third. B ...
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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 ...
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Pep Guardiola is likely to join Manchester City next season - and that this could also result in Lionel Messi heading to England.
Breaking News! 1. Blackburn Rovers have completed the signature of C. Ronaldo. 2. Taye Taiwo will undergo his medical tomorrow ahead of his propose move to Barcelona. 3. Enugu Rangers want Pep Guardiola to be their manager befor this season Nigeria premier leagu kicks off. 4. Lobi stars of Makurdi and Bolton wanderer are battleling for the signature of Barcelona star Lionel Messi. 5. Edin Hazard will join Enyimba of Aba next season. 6. Liverpool manager Bredal Rolger want to use Pepe Reina as a striker since there is no money to buy more players which will make Peter Gulacci and Brad Jones to be thier first and second choice goal keepers respectively. 7. Chelsea sacks Rafa Benitez. 8. Manchestercity first choice goal keeper Vicent Enyema has extented his Mancity contract until 2017. 8. Austine Jay Jay Okocha will captain the super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of their Africal cup of Nations in South Africa. 9. Fernando Torres handed a transfer request after the sacking of Rafa Benitez. 10. Radamel Falcao unde ...
Lionel Messi: “I have more hunger, I still have many targets. “Have I comprehended my achievements so far? I do not think about it, all the awards provide me with pleasure and pride. “I’m very happy to have this now, I’m going day by day, trying to keep progressing and to take all this in without too much of a headache. “If I can win more [Ballon d’Ors], but it does not preoccupy me. I’ll have to find room for them! Now, I feel great joy and immense pride every time I receive the Ballon d’Or. “This is the fourth, but it is still something unique and again I feel an immense joy when I hold it in my hands. Although this weighs a lot!” The Argentine was asked if the fourth one was deserved, or whether another player should have been given the award. “I do not know, it is not for me to say. I would have been very happy if Andres had won it. Moreover, without him, without the help of my teammates and Coaches, maybe I would not have won. “I think of Pep Guardiola, Alejandro Sabella and ...
A MUST READ! How Cranes coach and skipper voted in 2012 FIFA Ballon Dor According to the list of votes published by FIFA, out of 483 captains, coaches and journalists who voted in the Ballon d’Or ceremony, 45 left out Lionel Messi Uganda Cranes national coach Bobby Williamson and his skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa voted differently in last night's FIFA Ballon D'or footballer of the year awards gala in Zurich, Switzerland The Scotsman went for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as his first choice and the eventual winner Lionel Messi as his second choice while his third vote was cast for on form Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who plays his football for La-Liga giants Atletico De Madrid. In the Coach of the year category, Williamson opted for former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Mateo followed by Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola. National team skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa went for the clear favourite Lionel Messi as his first choice and his second choice was a surprise in Italian play-maker - Andrea Pir ...
"There are no words to describe Leo, just watch him" -Pep Guardiola- we are truly blessed to witness the greatness in our generation. congratulations to Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo & Iniesta Comments (656) Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running. Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy. Despite his goals, the Catalan giants failed to win either the Spanish league title or Champions League last year. Abby Wambach won the women's award and Vicente del Bosque the coach accolade, while the team of the year was made up only of players from Spain's La Liga. Messi was announced as the winner of the Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's Best Player, during a ceremony held in Zurich on Monday. He was part of a three-man shortlist for the prize, which is voted for by journalists, and national coaches and captains, alongside midfielder Iniesta and forward Ronaldo. He becomes the first player to win four consecutive Ballons d'Or, breaking the record he jointly held with former France international, and cur ...
Fifa Ballon d'Or 2012: Lionel Messi rewarded for displays no rival could ever match The Greatest: Lionel Messi has won the World Player of the Year award for a record fourth time Picture: GETTY IMAGES By Paul Hayward, Chief Sports Writer7:13PM GMT 07 Jan 2013 Lionel Messi is monopolising the world player of the year title the way his feet dominate the ball. The little maestro’s magnetism has kept the prize in his possession for a fourth consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great stuck in a back-up role. The true measure of Messi's brilliance is that there is a twitch of anticipation every time the ball rolls to his toes. You can feel this universal excitement in stadiums, bars and living rooms. It is the promise of sorcery – of the unexpected – and it comes dozens of times in his every game. Those who voted for him again for the 2012 award are obeying this sense of wonder despite the strong claims of his rivals in a gilded age. In any era, Ronaldo or Andrés Iniesta would have been a d ...
Only 10 days before the announcement of the 2012 Ballon d'Or winner - Player & Coach - Final Nominees: Player of the year : Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta Coach of the year : Vincente Del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinoh - UEFA News.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the Uefa Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
One of the greatest players of all time – Holland legend Johan Cruyff – has revealed why Arsenal would be crazy to get rid of Arsene Wenger. Cruyff has given the Gunners boss solid backing and says the Arsenal board would be mad to even consider parting company with the Frenchman. “Wenger will ALWAYS bring the club back to the top,” said Cruyff, who is credited by Pep Guardiola for establishing the La Masia academy at Barcelona, which produced Lionel Messi, Xavi ­Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. -DB
"He is 25 years old, and quite simply, the best soccer player in the world." He is Lionel Messi, the soccer phenomenon who recently broke the world record fo...
Messi – Barca for life? 1. Italian giants Juventus have joined the race for Celtic striker Gary Hooper with Newcastle, Southampton and Liverpool (Various) 2. Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente is reportedly happy with English clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham showing interest in him (Various) 3. Diego Simeone’s name has been added to the list of managers Chelsea will turn to if Pep Guardiola snubs Stamford Bridge (Daily Mirror) 4. Liverpool’s Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are targets for Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window (Daily Mail) 5. Lionel Messi has agreed to a new six-year contract to stay with Barcelona until 2018 (Bristol Post) 6. Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge will snub Tottenham to sign for Liverpool next month (The Sun) 7. Arsenal have held “peace talks” with Theo Walcott over a new contract and will tie up deals for British quartet Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs (Daily Mirror) 8. Chelsea manager Raf ...
Pep Guardiola has demanded Barcelona star and FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich if he's to consider a Chelsea move,
Dutch legend and Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff has no place for soccer superstars, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo in his all time World XI. Even though he has seen Messi’s sensational play, he hasn’t considered the Catalan for his all time World XI. In his recently released book, ‘Football, my philosophy’, Cruyff favoured Manchester United star Bobby Charlton over Messi and Ronaldo. The only Barcelona star who has managed to make it to the XI is legendary manager Pep Guardiola. Even though Messi has won the Ballon D’or a record three times, he and Ronaldo, the latter his only competitor, haven’t made it to the World XI. Messi is currently vying for Gerd Muller’s record for the highest number of goals in one calender year. Messi, who has 80 goals in his tally, is now only five short of Muller. Even though Messi hasn’t made it to the list, he is highly favoured by Cruyff. Cruyff has said that Messi will continue to scoop all the awards even though Ronaldo is in the race. “Thes ...
Football legend Johan Cruyff has spoken out on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's bids to win the Ballon d'Or, and discussed Pep Guardiola as well as his successor at Barcelona, Tito Vilanova.
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 ...
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 ...
Lionel Messi has been chosen by La Liga players and coaches as the Best Player of the Spanish league last season. - Congrats Leo! Other award winners are as follows: Best Player: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Best Coach: Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) Best Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (R. Madrid) Best Defense: Sergio Ramos (R. Madrid) Best midfielder Xabi Alonso (R. Madrid) Best midfielder of attack: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Best Forward: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Fair Play: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Revelation Francisco Alarcon Isco (Málaga) Congrats to all the Barca players in the list!
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic blames Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola for Barcelona flop | Mail Online.
Report: Guardiola Favors Chelsea Former Barcelona FC coach Pep Guardiola, who is currently on sabbatical with his family in New York City, “has made it known to his close circle of advisors that Chelsea is his preferred choice” when he decides to return to coaching, the Daily Mail reports. Apparently, the 41-year-old is attracted to the types of players that Chelsea is signing, namely, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Under Guardiola, Barcelona had an astonishing 72 percent winning record in La Liga. He is widely credited with taking Frank Rijkaard’s 2006 Uefa Champions League-winning team to another level, which culminated in the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley in 2011. Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta all rose to prominence during Guardiola's reign.
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How Messi Went From Injury-Prone Teenager To Bionic Man 23.10.2012, 10:13  Sports Lionel Messi was in tears. It was March of 2008 and the Argentine had just played a one-two with Gianluca Zambrotta in Barcelona's Champions League clash at home to Celtic but pulled up in pain as he attempted to reach the Italian's return pass. He had torn a muscle in his left leg and would be out for six weeks. It was his seventh injury in the space of two years and the fourth in that particular place. A brilliant career appeared in danger and Barcelona, understandably, were worried.  But thanks to the incredible efforts behind the scenes at Barca, Messi has barely been sidelined since. The summer of 2008 saw considerable change at the Catalan club. Pep Guardiola arrived as coach after a year with Barca B and a new project was born. On the pitch, Messi would be its leader. But with his injury record over the last few seasons, adjustments would be needed. The first bold decision had been to dispense with the Brazilian ...
in exact words Presuming soccer and not American football is meant, the answer is Messi. The critical acclaim and global fan opinion would herald Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi just ahead of such names as Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and several of the Spanish national squad who also play with Messi at Barcelona. Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the latter of whom scored the World Cup-winning goal for Spain last year, form a creative partnership in the Barcelona midfield which encourages a free-flowing passing game, playing on the dynamism created by Dutch footballers in the 1970s and taught to coach Pep Guardiola by John Cruyff in the 1990s when the latter was manager. The pair play behind Messi who is able to keep the ball on his feet and ride the roughest challenge. As well as scoring over fifty goals in domestic competition this year, which helped his club secure the La Liga and Champions' League double (and they lost the Spanish Cup to Real Madrid in extra time), ...
Vilanova: Messi has no limits Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova chose to focus on the brilliance of Lionel Messi after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo started and finished the scoring at the Nou Camp, with Messi also at the double - his second strike a stunning free-kick - to ensure honours ended even. "We do not know his limits," Vilanova said of the Argentina forward. "You should see how he trains every day - that urge he has to keep getting better. "I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far." Vilanova added that Ronaldo would be "more recognised" if his career had not coincided with Messi's. As always between the arch rivals, tensions frequently looked in danger of boiling over. Visiting defender Pepe accused Andres Iniesta of "doing theatre" in a bid to win a second-half penalty and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - who infamously poked a finger into the eye of Vilanova on the touchline last season when he was Pep Guardiola's ...
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 ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dine apart from the rest, Pep Guardiola once said
Statistically superior to Pep's start, but Tito's Barcelona are yet to sparkle By Charlie Scott Much was made of Barcelona's appointment of Tito Vilanova as coach following Pep Guardiola's sabbatical from the game at the end of last season, with many within football, particularly in Spain, unsure of the 44-year-old's suitability and capability of taking the reins at the world's biggest club and sustaining the fantastic form they enjoyed under the previous boss. On his very first day in the job whilst being unveiled to the media, Vilanova was bombarded with questions surrounding how he would compare to the man he had replaced, the man who in his four years in charge of the senior team won 13 trophies and had such a huge role in shaping the attacking style that the team so effortlessly exhibits to this day. "I'm just here to do my job. I'm not worried about the comparisons with Pep. I lose them all anyway," said Vilanova to the ravenous press. The Barca players echoed this sentiment, with Andres Iniesta one ...
Lionel Messi pockets a certain percentage of revenue every time he wins a trophy, and with the 14 trophies won during the Pep Guardiola era, Messi saw his income reach roughly €18 million per year, which makes him the second highest paid player in world football, just behind former teammate and current Anzhi star, Samuel Eto’o. Depending on when a new deal does get signed, Messi could possibly be the highest paid footballer in the history of world football, at the ripe old age of 25 years old. In addition to his salary, Messi almost matches his salary in endorsements, bringing his total annual intake to €33 million.
Everybody gets sad sometimes. At the moment it's Cristiano Ronaldo in the spotlight following revelations of his unhappiness at Real Madrid, but at the end of last April it was Lionel Messi who was suffering, and not the Portuguese. Messi's world was a far from happy place as the 2011-12 season drew to a close. In the space of just over a week, Barcelona had lost La Liga with defeat at home to Real Madrid, crashed out of the Champions League after failing to overcome Chelsea at Camp Nou and then, perhaps worst of all, Pep Guardiola announced his impending departure from the Catalan club.
Barcelona 5-1 Real Sociedad: Villa returns with a goal as Blaugrana batter Basques. Messi scores two goal while puyol, pedro and villa scored single. The Catalans' campaign could not have got off to a better start, with the forward putting the seal on a scintillating team performance with a fine strike shortly after coming on.. The Tito Vilanovaera at Camp Nou began with help from a familiar face, as forward Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad in their Primera Division season opener on Sunday. The Blaugrana 's new boss picked up where predecessor Pep Guardiola left off, dominating their beleaguered Basque opponents from start to finish during an emphatic victory.
David Villa scored in his first competitive appearance of the year and Lionel Messi netted a brace as Barcelona claimed a convincing 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad in new coach Tito Vilanova's Primera Division debut in the Nou Camp hotseat. Villa, who missed the second half of last season and Euro 2012 after breaking his leg in December, netted after appearing as a late substitute to complete the win as Barca showed it was business as usual despite this summer's departure of record-breaking coach Pep Guardiola. Earlier, during a frenetic start which saw four goals scored in the opening 16 minutes, Barca charged into a 3-1 lead with Carles Puyol - who also missed Spain's triumphant Euro 2012 campaign through injury - notching the first. Sociedad briefly drew level when Gonzalo Castro netted but Messi then struck twice in five minutes to put the home side two goals clear. Pedro Rodriguez then added a fourth before the break before Villa climbed off the bench to also get his name on the scoresheet as Vilanov ...
Messi and Ronaldo back as La Liga begins The Spanish league season kicks-off this weekend with Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisting it is not just a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo. "With Cristiano I have absolutely no problem. All that is said about us is to do with the press who want us to have our own personal battle but I have never competed with him or fought him," said the 25 year-old current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or. "I just try to do my job in the best way possible to win trophies for my national team and Barcelona", he continued after scoring in Argentina's 3-1 win over Germany on Wednesday night. The two players were neck-and-neck in the goalscoring charts last season, with the Argentinian hitting 50 in the league compared to Ronaldo's 46, with an incredible 73 in all competitions for Messi and 60 for the Madrid star. Madrid finished the season nine points clear of a Barca side that still managed to lift 4 titles in what was to be Pep Guardiola's last season of a hugely succe ...
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Barcelona star Messi feeling refreshed after free summer Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi feels refreshed after a rare free summer. The World Player of the Year was on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America and World Cup in the past two years, as well as the Olympics in 2008, and he believes the rest will do him good once the 2012-13 campaign gets under way. He told El Mundo Deportivo, "I haven't been able to do a good pre-season for a long time because I always arrived late. It has been very good to have such a long rest." Messi thinks the transition to Tito Vilanova since the departure of Pep Guardiola has been smooth. "The way of training has continued in the same way and we are working with the same people so we haven't noted any changes," he said. "We are in pre-season and so you notice the tiredness. They kept the ball well and made us run a lot but we will get better with every game. "We are training very hard and we have to continue like that to arrive in the best shape possible for ...
Barcelona fans are living the dream today - we have another story snippet for you! Tito Vilanova says Ibrahim Afellay will not be sold this summer while admitting it's a shame Lionel Messi couldn't make the journey to Germany for tonight's friendly match against Hamburg. Who thinks this is the right decision by Pep Guardiola's successor?
The city of Barcelona and the football world as a whole was shocked to hear that FC Barcelona’s talisman and leading goal scorer, Lionel Messi, has apparently handed in a transfer request. It is alleged that Messi wasn’t happy to hear that his mentor for the past few years, Pep Guardiola,...
Statistics cannot do justice to Lionel Messi. As Pep Guardiola said: "Put in the superlatives yourselves, I'm running out."
Mourinho is one of only three coaches, along with Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, to have won the Champions League with two different clubs and could stand out on his own if he leads Real Madrid to their tenth European crown. Xavi, though, believes Mourinho's pragmatic approach to management means he will not be ranked in the same category as Pep Guardiola for future generations. "Mourinho will not go down in football history," he told Reserved Area on Canal+. "For me, Guardiola is the best and has been the best during the four years he spent in charge. "He has revolutionised football. Chelsea won the Champions League this year and yet Barca remain the benchmark for world football." Xavi also said that Lionel Messi would be the only deserving recipient of this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or. There have been suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo, having helped Madrid to La Liga, could take the crown if he excels at Euro 2012 but Xavi said of Messi: "He's the Best Player I've seen in my life. "It would be an injust ...
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Lionel Messi insists he's staying with Barcelona, despite the departure of coach Pep Guardiola. Tito Vilanova...
Messi: I hope Vilanova stays at Barcelona for a long time The Argentina international wants the Blaugrana's new coach to enjoy a successful spell, and confessed that the week of Guardiola's departure announcement was a blow to the club,Lionel Messi hopes that new Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will remain as the Catalans' trainer for an extended period of time. Vilanova will replaces Pep Guardiola as the man in charge at the Camp Nou side on July 1, and the Argentine is eager for everything to remain the same under the new coach
SAFA mast get Pep Guardiola, He can tuen Morgan Goulg into a Carlos Puyol,Steven Pienaar into Lionel Messi, and Andile Jali into Yaya Toure. there is just 1 problem- Chelsea are interested and they migth just have a bit more money.
Messi and Guardiola on Blues radar Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by Ben McAleer Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to fork out as much as €250m in order to land Barcelona pairing Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola. The Blues have already embarked on a sensational summer spending spree, bringing in Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, from Werder Bremen and Lille respectively. A move for FC Porto striker Hulk is believed to be close to completion and Abramovich won’t stop there, after declaring his interest to bring in Messi and Guardiola to oversee a new era at Stamford Bridge;
El Confidencial says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to buy Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for Pep Guardiola.
Lionel Messi says he was "surprised & saddened" when coach Pep Guardiola said he would be leaving -
Lionel Messi has revealed he was surprised by Pep Guardiola's decision to quit Barcelona at the end of last season.
DO YOU KNOW--Lionel Messi scored 211 goals in 219 games in 4 years playin under Pep Guardiola? Insert your adjective
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi has improved him as a coach.
Just a little clip from Canal Plus with some moments by Pep on Barça. Apparitions in this compilation: Lionel Messi, Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc Fabreg...
Lionel Messi insisted that he embraced outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola of his own accord in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Espanyol , amidst speculation that the Argentine had been urged to do so by teammate Javier Mascherano .
It was Javier Mascherano who suggested Lionel Messi to dedicate his 4th goal against Espanyol to Pep Guardiola at the sideline!
On a night when Lionel Messi broke all records Pep Guardiola broke all hearts!
I learned something important from Barcelona FC, especially from Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi.
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has offered Pep Guardiola a blank check and a possible transfer of Lionel Messi...
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Lionel Messi scores four in Pep Guardiola's final Barcelona game at the Nou Camp | Football
good offering from Lionel Messi, for 3 goals at Camp Nou. i think it's enough for make Pep Guardiola Happy for the last moment at Camp Nou
Lionel Messi scored four to reach 50 La Liga goals for the season as Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-0 in Pep Guardiola's final game at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored four times to take his season tally to an unprecedented 72 goals and give Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola a 4-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol in his last home game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Lionel Messi ensured Pep Guardiola received the perfect Nou Camp send off with a four-goal salvo as Barcelona crushed Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday night.
Pep Guardiola paid an emotional farewell to the Camp Nou as Barcelona claimed a 4-0 derby victory over Espanyol. - La Liga round-up Lionel Messi was the hero on the field, netting all four goals to take his league tally to 50 for the season, but the focus post- match was on Guardiola as he took charge of his final home game before handing the reins to assistant Tito Vilanova. A banner had been unfurled ahead of the kick-off reading " T'estimem Pep" ("We love you Pep"), and a video montage was shown depicting his 13-trophy reign. After the match, Guardiola paid tribute to the fans. "Life has given me this present," he said. "For five years I have been able to have you close to me and enjoy the great show that these boys have given us. "I've been no different than you - I've been equally privileged. A little closer to the pitch maybe, but I'll take this privilege with me. You can't imagine the happiness and pleasure I'll take with me. "Thank you to absolutely everybody, especially those who have been closes ...
As I go to sleep this night, I pray that God will have mercy on me even if I act stupidly like John Terry against Barcelona. I pray that I will not miss a crucial penalty in life like Lionel Messi did against chelsea. When I take my shots, may they never hit a pole b ut go direct into the net. May my enemies crumble like Liverpool and barcelona. May they hung their heads in defeat like Reina and valdez. May they shake their heads like Pep Guardiola and Kenny Daglish. May God silence my enemies like he did for CHELSEA. May he disappoint them like he did to Barca and Liverpool fans. May those who love me rejoice like the supporters of CHELSEA FC. And may I continue to celebrate like RAMIRES, DROGBA, RDM, and the entire CHELSEA FC fan base. UP CHELSEA!
Barcelona to play Pep's farewell game in Kolkata? WATCH OUT THIS LINK :- fans in India, who are still mourning their favourite club's exit from the Champions League, have reasons to get excited. Talks are on at the highest level to hold a farewell exhibition match for Barca coach Pep Guardiola against Italian giants Inter Milan in Kolkata. Organizers are looking to host the match at theSalt Lake stadium on May 19, the same night Chelsea clash with Bayern Munich in theChampions League final in Munich. "We have already got the go-ahead from both the clubs. Several top players, including Lionel Messi, are more or less confirmed though players on national duty for Euro 2012 may not make it. If everything goes according to plan it will be a treat for football fans," Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports Management told TOI. Prashant's company, a part of UK-based firm Indian Football Evolution, was already in talks with several clubs to come to India during the pre-season when top clubs visit new frontiers ...
So much for a countown to d end of d season in Europe.In France its PSG all d way,in d Netherlands it's Ajax,in Italy though delayed by Lecce last nite,Juventus despite past travails has an unbeaten streak & is set to clinch d league title.In Spain Madrid lived up to their billing but most exciting is d giant stride taken by Lionel Messi, Barcelona's robust display & goal feast in d last days of d season.Messi's breaking of Gerd Muller's record by scoring his 9th hat-trick of d season taking his tally to 68 goals.Unprecedentedly,Pep Guardiola has gone on break after 4 years of non stop fatigue though very rewarding with 13 titles.In England we have wonders to grapple with like d new found form of Wigan,Arsenal's improvement,Man City's victorious derby over Man Utd & d silencing of bookmakers by Papiss Demba Cisse of New Castle with a 2 goal away win over Chelsea.I wish Chelsea wins d impossible tie at d Allianz Arena or risk not being in Europe next season.More heartbreaks,more upsets in a few weeks
“Lionel is the Best Player I’ve ever seen, probably the best ever. He made the difference.” Pep Guardiola about Lionel Messi.
Farewell to Pep Guardiola. Now I know nothing much about the game, or the management in trigues surrounding it, but I do know that watching Barca play has taught me to understand the elementry rudiments of the game. As well I have been enthralled to watch them play, especially Lionel Messi. I have watched Messi's fall from grace and form, and blame that silly girl he is going around with. Whoever Barca hire has a nightmare job, they will be compared to everybody and anybody and those Barca know everything detractors will be having a field day. I just enjoy watching them play soccer, and I cant see anything wrong in that
I want to thank wholeheartedly Pep how much he has given me to my personal and professional career. Due to this emotion that I am, I preferred to not be present at the press conference of Pep, away from the press, especially because I know that they will look for the faces of penalty of the players, and this is something that I have decided not to show.Lionel Messi's expression on Pep Guardiola's departure...!!!
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday he felt far too emotional to face the media glare at coach Pep Guardiola's farewell announcement.
On a night when Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barca failed to put away a Chelsea team reduced to 10 men and missing both central defenders, a Torres goal was strangely in keeping with the madness of it all. From 2-0 down on the day, Chelsea fought back to 2-2 at Camp Nou and went through 3-2 on aggregate. It was a Champions League comeback to rank alongside Liverpool's "Miracle of Istanbul" and Manchester United's 1999 feats in Turin and Barcelona—it will go down as one of European football's great upsets.
Pep Guardiola to England rumours. Awesome. Instead of Lionel Messi, you've got Peter Crouch, Pep. Enjoy.
We've gotten to where we are today thanks to this kid" "More than ever I want to thank him for what he's done for us" "My admiration for him knows no limits. He's daring, he's brave, he plays fantastic in different conditions." - Pep Guardiola on Lionel Messi
Chelsea stun Barcelona in Nou Camp. Many says is Mission Impossible that the Bridge is too far with Barcelona .The last 18months got forgotten in 2secs with Fernando Torres scoring aginst Barcelona. Chelsea FC came from 2 goals down and survived the dismissal of Captain John Terry as well as Lionel Messi's missed penalty in Eliminating the Champions. Ramires scored the vital away goal followed by Fernando Torres injury time goal to seal 10 man Chelsea win over Barcelona and to the Final in Munich. Pep Guardiola says he will weigh up in coming days whether to continue as coach with Barcelona. E clear for Guardiola
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola declared Lionel Messi fit to play in Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Chelsea and laughed off concerns about the Argentinian's scoring record. | Uefa Champions League Results, Fantasy, Highlights, Livescore, Fixtures, Standings & Table
Gerard Pique insists there are no problems with Pep Guardiola and that he will accept his decision if left out of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Chelsea. - Drogba set for fitness test - Xavi: Fans will inspire us - Ball: Champions elect - Blog: Why Barca will beat Blues Pique has been a key part of the Barcelona side since returning to the club after a four-year spell with Manchester United, but he has recently fallen out of favour. He has not featured since sustaining a thigh injury in the Champions League victory over AC Milan, missing the last five games, and rumours have emerged of a falling-out with Guardiola. Reports in Spain suggest that Pique will be reinstated as Barca look to overturn a 1-0 deficit against the Blues at the Camp Nou, but the player told a pre-match press conference: "For me, the important issue isn't whether I play tomorrow. Probably for the press it is. For me, the main thing is that we win and reach the final." He added: "Being on the bench is a new situa ...
I think Christiano Ronaldo should win the 2011/2012 Fifa player of the year. Had it not been him Lionel Messi’s would not have had any competitor in club football in our time. He’ll put up another excellent performance in the come Euro 2012, with no shred of doubt on my mind. To me he’s a total athlete and I’ll choose him over Lionel Messi for so many reasons including his marketability, the emotions he attaches to the game etc. Let me also say that for him to be challenging himself on different platforms with excellence results, Jose morinho is my personal best football manager of our time. Sir Alex, Pep Guardiola I think, should leave their comfort zones to merit true generals. Now to tomorrow match, I’d have supported Barcelona fc ,but with the aid if UEFA, having cheated us since 2006 when the sent our goalkeeper off, and last year when they sent the Van of goals away on some unconvincing calls, but, what about these so called later day champions in blue jerseys who, for 50 years thirst fo ...
Totes going on a date with either Pep Guardiola or Lionel Messi next week. Do they speak English?
Reasons for Chelsea to be cheerful... 1. Barcelona have never advanced from the semi- finals of the European Cup after losing the first leg. This stretches back over five previous semi-finals, including one against Leeds in 1975. 2. Six of Barcelona’s last nine defeats in the competition have come against English sides, with Chelsea recording three of those wins. 3. Chelsea are the only team Pep Guardiola has not defeated as Barcelona manager. He has played three, drawn two, lost one. 4. Guardiola’s side are capable of slipping up at home in the Champions League. They lost 2-1 to Rubin Kazan in October 2009. The last English team to win there was Liverpool in 2007. 5. Lionel Messi may be Barcelona’s all-time top scorer (with 243), and may have hit 63 goals this season, but he has not scored against Chelsea in seven attempts.
Penalty decision was debatable, admits Guardiola after Barcelona's win over Levante !!! Pep Guardiola has remained coy on the decision to award Barcelona a penalty during the champions' 2-1 victory over Levante in La Liga on Saturday. The contest was hanging in the balance at 1-1 before hosts' defender Pedro Botelho was adjudged to have brought down Isaac Cuenca in the box, allowing Lionel Messi to score a controversial winner with 15 minutes left. Guardiola commented: "It was so-so. Regardless, we scored a great goal for the first and we earned a great result ahead of our trips to Londonand then Madrid." The former midfielder then analysed the match at the Ciudad de Valencia, and admitted that his players did not play with their usual rhythm or fluidity, but did single out a few of his troops for praise. "We have not played with the ball as well as we normally do," he continued. "We did not have many clear chances but we still took enough. It was not easy to beat them." "They are very good when you give ...
Has just confirmed Lionel Messi won't speak to Pep Guardiola if he rests him.
Many pundits make Barca favourites to beat the Blues and advance to their third Champions League final in four seasons, but Kalou is adamant Pep Guardiola's defence has enough flaws to offer hope of eliminating the holders. While Barca's strength lies in the world-class skill of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, Ivory Coast star Kalou is less impressed with their back-four.
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Pep Guardiola is considering dropping Lionel Messi after the Barca player FAILED to score another hat-trick today against AC Milan
Left-back Adriano also made his comeback from injury against Athletic and is expected to feature while coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that playmaker Cesc Fabregas is available again after recovering from a back problem. The former Arsenal star is competing for a spot up front with Pedro alongside Lionel Messi, who was denied by the Rossoneri defence in the first leg, and Alexis Sanchez.
Lionel Messi will be terminating his contract with Barcelona at the end of the season. This is due to his fallout with Pep Guardiola.
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