Cristiano Ronaldo great, but Lionel Messi is greatest: Xavi Hernandez
Cristiano Ronaldo great, but Lionel Messi is greatest: Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez hailed Lionel Messi as the greatest ever player, while also stating his disappointment at the way his friend Iker Casillas left Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi back for Barcelona pre-season training
Lionel Messi back for Barcelona pre-season training

 Spanish football giant Barcelona's talismanic forward Lionel Messi has cut short his holiday to come back and join the treble winners for their pre-season training.

Dhoni is world's 9th most marketable athlete, beats Ronaldo, Messi
Dhoni is world's 9th most marketable athlete, beats Ronaldo, Messi

After being included in its list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world by Forbes magazine earlier in the year, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has now found place in London School of Marketing's list of most marketable sports persons in the world.

Luis Suarez determined to make flying start to next season
Luis Suarez determined to make flying start to next season

Luis Suarez struggled to get into his stride with new club Barcelona after his ban for biting an opponent expired in October and the Uruguay striker is determined to avoid the same fate when the new season starts next month.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez wants it all
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez wants it all

FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is setting his sights on more silverware after helping the Catalan football giants to the treble last season.

'Lionel Messi is Pele of this generation'
'Lionel Messi is Pele of this generation'

Former Brazilian football player Juliano Belletti says his ex-Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is the "Pele of this generation".

Barca's Luis Enrique bemoans long haul to play ball
Barca's Luis Enrique bemoans long haul to play ball

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique would rather the team did not have to fly off on long-distance tours before the regular season but understands they are important for the club`s marketing strategy.

Lionel Messi needs to rest, says coach Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi needs to rest, says coach Luis Enrique

The logistics of Barcelona`s North American tour are tough enough, coach Luis Enrique makes no apologies for letting stars including Lionel Messi skip the pre-season excursion.

Bitter FC Barcelona election set to reach climax
Bitter FC Barcelona election set to reach climax

The future direction of European champions Barcelona will be decided on Saturday when their 110,000 major shareholders vote whether to retain confidence in incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu or a previous president, Joan Laporta.

Lionel Messi, Neymar miss Barcelona US tour
Lionel Messi, Neymar miss Barcelona US tour

Lionel Messi and Neymar have been left out of Barcelona`s squad for the Spanish giants` three-match tour of the United States, the club confirmed Friday.

Argentinian superstar Messi and Brazilian striker Neymar were both omitted after playing for their countries in the Copa America. 

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Joan Laporta in tight battle for Barcelona FC presidency
Josep Maria Bartomeu and Joan Laporta in tight battle for Barcelona FC presidency

Despite Barcelona`s treble last season, Josep Maria Bartomeu faces a tough challenge to remain as president in Saturday`s elections due to criticism of his leadership and stiff competition from fellow frontrunner Joan Laporta.

Magician Lionel Messi extols retiring sorcerer Pablo ​Aimar
Magician Lionel Messi extols retiring sorcerer Pablo ​Aimar

Lionel Messi assumed the rare role of fan on Thursday conveying his best wishes to his idol and Argentina great Pablo Aimar who retired on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo lead nominees for Best Player in Europe award
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo lead nominees for Best Player in Europe award

European football's governing body UEFA has announced a 10-man shortlist for the 2014-15 Best Player in Europe award.

Messi trumps Djokovic, Ronaldo, Hamilton at 2015 ESPY Awards
Messi trumps Djokovic, Ronaldo, Hamilton at 2015 ESPY Awards

Lionel Messi beats a hosts of international sports super-stars to win the Best International Athlete Award at the 2015 ESPY on Wednesday.

Grandfather accuses Lionel Messi of laziness
Grandfather accuses Lionel Messi of laziness

 Argentina football icon Lionel Messi has been accused by his grandfather of being lazy at the just-concluded Copa America.

India drop 15 spots to 156th in latest FIFA rankings
India drop 15 spots to 156th in latest FIFA rankings

 India on Thursday dropped a whopping 15 places to languish at the 156th position in the latest FIFA rankings.

The worst is over, says Lionel Messi on girlfriend's illness
The worst is over, says Lionel Messi on girlfriend's illness

Doctors treating the pregnant girlfriend of Argentine football icon Lionel Messi for a urinary infection have said Antonella Roccuzzo is stable and that the illness poses no threat to her pregnancy.

Argentina beat Germany in FIFA world rankings
Argentina beat Germany in FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi`s Argentina on Thursday knocked Germany off top place in the FIFA world rankings despite having lost to their rivals in the World Cup final last year and to Chile in last weekend`s Copa America.

Lionel Messi's girlfriend hospitalised
Lionel Messi's girlfriend hospitalised

The pregnant girlfriend of Argentine football idol Lionel Messi has been hospitalised with a urinary infection.

Argentina frets over Lionel Messi`s future
Argentina frets over Lionel Messi`s future

Argentina is gripped by a debate over superstar Lionel Messi, who was devastated by losing the Copa America final and has withdrawn into a shocked isolation.