Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero in Argentine squad for friendlies in China
Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero in Argentine squad for friendlies in China

Aires: Lionel Messi will captain the Argentina national football team, which also includes prolific striker Sergio Aguero, for friendlies in China against Brazil and Hong Kong.

PSG edge Barcelona in five-goal thriller
PSG edge Barcelona in five-goal thriller

Paris Saint-Germain overcame the absence of their injured talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Barcelona 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group F encounter at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Messi `never imagined` reaching 400-goal mark
Messi `never imagined` reaching 400-goal mark

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi said he could never have envisaged scoring 400 goals in his career after passing that landmark in Barcelona`s 6-0 rout over Granada on Saturday.

Lionel Messi reaches 400 goals, Neymar hits hat-trick
Lionel Messi reaches 400 goals, Neymar hits hat-trick

Lionel Messi grabbed his 400th career goal while Neymar smashed a hat-trick as Barcelona stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday.

Chelsea tried to lure Lionel Messi from Barcelona with monster 118 mln-pound bid
Chelsea tried to lure Lionel Messi from Barcelona with monster 118 mln-pound bid

Chelsea had reportedly submitted a gigantic 118 million pounds bid for Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi over the summer.

Ligue 1 Game Week 8 Preview: PSG seeking boost in Toulouse before Barcelona clash
Ligue 1 Game Week 8 Preview: PSG seeking boost in Toulouse before Barcelona clash

What a difference a win makes. Paris Saint Germain`s 2-0 win away at Caen in midweek not only broke a sequence of three draws but lifted them to second in the table and temporarily silenced the critics.

Fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo back to his prolific best
Fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo back to his prolific best

Cristiano Ronaldo`s seven goals in two matches show he is back to his prolific best following a run of injury niggles as Real Madrid prepare to face Villarreal this weekend in La Liga.

Lionel Messi back but Carlos Tevez snubbed by Argentina
Lionel Messi back but Carlos Tevez snubbed by Argentina

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was called up Monday by new coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again.

Messi, Neymar on target as Barcelona thrash Levante
Messi, Neymar on target as Barcelona thrash Levante

Barcelona overcame a missed penalty from Lionel Messi to return to the top of La Liga with a 5-0 win away to 10-man Levante on Sunday.

Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line
Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line

One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique`s stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club`s famed "La Masia" academy.

CL 2014: Gerard Pique header gives Barcelona drab 1-0 win over APOEL
CL 2014: Gerard Pique header gives Barcelona drab 1-0 win over APOEL

 An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique`s header gave them a 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday.

Five facts on the Champions League
Five facts on the Champions League

Five facts on the Champions League group stage which gets underway on Tuesday:

Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game
Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

 One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona`s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Real Madrid out to break holders' jinx in 60th European Cup
Real Madrid out to break holders' jinx in 60th European Cup

 It was Alex Ferguson who once noted famously that watching the World Cup was as excruciating as visiting the dentist while offering the counterpoint that the Champions League was much more fun, quite the best competition in football.

Manuel Pellegrini challenges Sergio Aguero to bag Ballon D'Or
Manuel Pellegrini challenges Sergio Aguero to bag Ballon D'Or

Manchester City football team manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged striker Sergio Aguero to bag the Ballon D'Or and smash the prestigious award's domination of La Liga duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi is Barcelona's comic book hero: Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi is Barcelona's comic book hero: Luis Enrique

Following their 2-0 win over the visiting Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique heaped praise on Lionel Messi. Enrique said that the Argentine is their comic book hero and can do things that people can't do on a Playstation video game. The coach also felt that manga super-hero Captain Tsubasa aka Flash Kicker would struggle to match Messi's magic.

Who needs PlayStation when you have Messi, says Luis Enrique
Who needs PlayStation when you have Messi, says Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi as capable of things impossible even on computer game PlayStation after he set up Neymar twice in his side`s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Argentine family given permission to name son Messi
Argentine family given permission to name son Messi

A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina`s soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names.

Messi, Neymar fit for Barca's La Liga game against Bilbao
Messi, Neymar fit for Barca's La Liga game against Bilbao

Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday`s La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from.

Lionel Messi two goals away from historic 400 for club, country
Lionel Messi two goals away from historic 400 for club, country

For Lionel Messi, scoring goals is just another part of his life. But for his legion of fans, each goal he scores, counts. When Athletic Bilbao take the field on Saturday at the Camp Nou, many will hope the little Argentine scores at least two to complete a historic 400th.