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Lionel Messi yellow card appeal rejected despite bottle throwing incident [Irish Times]

December 4th, 2014

Following the incident last Sunday when Leo Messi was struck by a bottle thrown by a Valencia supporter and slightly injured, the Argentine striker was shown a yellow card for wasting time by the referee. The ref wasn’t aware of the incident and so Barça appealed the decision.

It seems a bit harsh that it wasn’t overturned in the end. What do you think?

Source: Irish Times

Nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 awards revealed [FIFA]

December 2nd, 2014

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer have all been nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award by FIFA. Messi won the award three years straight between 2010 and 2012 with Ronaldo in second place in the two latter years, while Ronaldo took the trophy for himself in 2013, relgating Messi into second place.

The 2014 award will be anniounced in Zurich on 12th January 2015 and streamed online via the FIFA website.

Source: FIFA

Messi record disputed by family of Zarra

December 2nd, 2014

The daughter of Telmo Zarra, who was the top scoring player in the Spanish League until Leo Messi broke it last weekend, has disputed Messi’s record as he required more games than her father to exceed him. She says he father scored 251 goals in 278 games while Messi scored 289 games to get to the same figure and so his record stands.

It’s a little sad when things get to this stage. We’re counting the total goals scored, not average goals per match. Messi’s achievement doesn’t lessen that of Zarra, but it doesn’t paint his daughter in a particularly good light. The comments were made on Cope radio which is right wing and Catholic.

Source: Soccar Laduma

Messi and Ronaldo compared by Pique

December 2nd, 2014

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique recently said Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Ballon d’Or in 2013, adding that while team mate Lionel Messi is a footballing “genius” he was perhaps not as obsessive or hard working as Ronaldo. Pique knows the Madrid star from his time at Manchester United and says he likes and knows well.

He also describes Messi as the best player in the world and believes he will adapt better as he gets older.

Source: Marca


Messi struck by bottle after Busquets’ goal

December 1st, 2014

Valencia CF has said the person responsible for injuring Lionel Messi after the Sergio Busquets scored on Sunday will be banned from the Mestalla for life if he can be identified. The Argentine player received treatment for a minor cut on his head after being struck by the bottle but his protestations to the referee earned him a yellow card.


Mourinho denies Messi move to Chelsea

November 29th, 2014

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has denied he’s trying to lure Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona. Reports have circulated saying Mourinho and Messi have spoken on the phone with the idea of  signing for the London club as early as January. However, Mourinho says it is just gossip by the media

Source: Latin Post

New Messi record as Barça beats APOEL 4-0

November 26th, 2014

While the international breaks can sometimes be frustrating for anyone following domestic football, the recent gap in Spanish league football seems to have done wonders for Leo Messi, who scored his second hat track in two matches last night, gaining another new record in real style.

I don’t know whether he needed some home cooking, needed to mis with his Argentine team mates or just get away from the pressure of Barcelona for a few days, but he has come back bang on form. Despite last week hinting his long term future may not remain with Barça, all the signs are Messi is well and truly back after some weeks where his spark was missing. And that is always great to see.

From the time Barcelona came on until the final whistle went they had complete control, although the host’s defence wouldn’t let Barça through to score. Finally Suarez opened in the 26th minute, the first scored by the controversial Barcelona signing. Messi scored his first of the night in the 37th minute, and beating the previous record for goals scored in Champions League held by Raúl.

It took 12 minutes after the break for Messi to score his second of the night to put Barça ahead 3-0, set up by Dani Alves. Despite victory assured Barcelona kept on the pressure, although an attack by the home team ending with Rafinha receiving his marching orders after being shown a second yellow card 20 minutes before the end.

However, Apoel Nicosia also went down to 10 men with six minutes remaining, also for a second yellow card. And with just three minutes remaining Pedro passed the ball back to Messi for his third of the night. After five matches the result leaves Barça in second place in Group F with 12 points and Paris St Germain on 13. APOEL Nicosia and Ajax are on 1 and 2 points respectively.

0-1 Suárez (min 26)
0-2 Messi (min 37)
0-3 Messi (min 57)
0-4 Messi (min 86)

Messi reigns supreme as Barcelona beats Sevilla 5-1

November 24th, 2014

FC Barcelona showed they were really back in the driving seat on Saturday, with a tremendous 5-1 win against Sevilla in which Lionel Messi scored a hat trick that made him the biggest scoring player in La Liga of all time.

Barcelona dominated the first half, with Messi scoring the opener after being brought down just outside the box 20 minutes in. His free kick curled over the four-man wall and into the corner of the goal, sending the Nou Camp public into ecstacy. That goal equalled the tally of Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra of 251 that had stood since 1955, which Messi had been aiming for for a few matches now, but unable to make reality so must have boosted his morale.

However, it didn’t all go Barça’s way after the break when Jordi Alba deflected the ball into his own net for Sevilla to equalise. Neymar put Barcelona back in front through when he headed the ball into the net from a a Xavi free kick. Rakitic also used his head to score Barça’s third of the night 20 minutes into the second half, which was set up by Suarez.

Five minutes later Neymar set up Messi to score his second of the night and make him the all time top scorer in the Spanish League. Understandably both his team mates and crowd went crazy, with Messi’s name being chanted over and over, while the Argentine was thrown into the air by the other players. Messi was not yet finished though and a few minutes later he made it 5-1 for Barça, once again set up by Neymar.

1-0 Messi (min 20)
1-1 Jordi Alba (min 46)
2-1 Neymar (min 48)
3-1 Rakitic (min 64)
4-1 Messi (min 71)
5-1 Messi (min 77)

Barça beats Ajax to secure place in second round

November 6th, 2014

FC Barcelona beat Ajax on Wednesday night thanks to two goals from Leo Messi, thereby equalling the all-time Champions League rcord of 71 goals set by Raul.

The result leaves them in second place in Group F, one point behind PSG with two more matches to play.

0-1 Messi (min 35)
0-2 Messi (min 75)

FC Barcelona dominates to beat Ajax

October 22nd, 2014

FC Barcelona got the fans roaring at exactly 6 minutes into the game when Messi took the ball from Pedro and passed it to Neymar, who then curled the ball into the upper right corner of the goal mouth. Ajax then started to press harder but was no match for FC Barcelona and by the 23rd minute, Messi was again able to score a goal for the team.

During the second half, FC Barcelona mostly controlled the ball and Ajax was having a difficult time keeping up. Although there were a few opportunities on either side, there were no goals scored during this time.

A loose ball ended up at Anwar El Ghazi’s feet who got in a shot at the 86th minute. And just when Ajax thought they could catch up, Pedro and Rafinha combined to find a lurking Sandro who scored a goal 92nd minute into the game that had the team comfortably sitting at second place in Group F with six points.

1-0 Neymar (min 6)
2-0 Messi (min 23)
2-1 El Ghazi (min 86)
3-1 Sandro Ramirez (min 92)

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