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Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail

Barcelona's Lionel Messi kicks the ball in front of Atletico players during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he isn’t “satisfied” with his own coaching performance.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Lionel Messi breaks Fil-Spanish great’s record

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Filipino-Spanish football great Paulino Alcantara’s incredible scoring record of 369 goals for top Spanish club Barcelona that stood for 87 years was finally broken Sunday.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Football,Headlines | Read More »

Messi breaks Barcelona scoring record set by Filipino-Spanish player

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, reacts after scoring against Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 16, 2014. AP

Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat trick to pace Barcelona’s 7-0 rout of Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions stayed in striking distance of leader Real Madrid before their critical “clasico” match next week.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Messi guides Barca past City into Champs quarters

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, left, falls in front of Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during a Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 12, 2014. AP

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals as Barcelona beat 10-man Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi scores as Barca beats 10-man Man City 2-0

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, scores the first goal of the game for his side from a penalty during their Champions League Round of 16 soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. AP

Feeling they had a point to prove, Barcelona’s players delivered in style leaving Manchester City bitter and bruised.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi powers Barca past Getafe into Copa quarters

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Lionel Messi scored a pair against Getafe to power Barcelona into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with a 2-0 win which was mired by an injury to Neymar on Thursday.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Barca’s Messi begins rehab to finish healing leg

FILE - In this April 9, 2011 file photo,  FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, celebrates after scoring during his Spanish La Liga soccer match against Almeria at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. On Friday, Dec. 20, Messi criticized a Barcelona vice president who said he doesn't deserve a better contract. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Barcelona says Lionel Messi will begin a period of physical rehabilitation to complete his recovery from a leg injury.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Football: Messi departure impossible, says Barca chief

In this picture released by Argentina's Soccer Federation, Lionel Messi trains at Argentina's training facilities in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Messi is in Argentina recovering from an injury. AP

Lionel Messi will be going nowhere as long as Sandro Rosell is in charge at Barcelona, the Catalans’ president said Thursday.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Section | Read More »

Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo shortlisted for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo. AP/AFP FILE PHOTOS

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo were on Monday shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’Or, football’s world governing body FIFA and sponsors France Football magazine said.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Suarez invokes comparisons with Messi, Ronaldo

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, right, scores the third goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

By mixing jaw-dropping goals with a growing list of brushes with controversy, Luis Suarez divides opinion like perhaps no other player in world football.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Messi making good recovery from injury

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina poses for the media after receiving his Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona says Lionel Messi’s recovery from a hamstring injury is progressing positively.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi lauds Ronaldo’s goal-scoring power

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal  AP

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi praised archrival Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-scoring prowess in an interview published Thursday as speculation mounted that the Portuguese international could be picked as World Player of the Year.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi, Ribery head Ballon d’Or nominees

FC Barcelona's Neymar, third left, reacts after scoring against Real Madrid with his teammates Cesc Fabregas, right, Lionel Messi, second right, Daniel Alves, second left, and Sergio Busquets, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. AP

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar are among 23 candidates on the short list for the Ballon d’Or announced by FIFA on Tuesday.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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