Dutch look to women’s Messi for upset result versus Japan
Dutch look to women’s Messi for upset result versus Japan

Netherlands will be hoping the teenager known as the Messi of women’s football discovers her scoring touch as they seek an upset win over Japan at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

No place for Cristiano Ronaldo in Andrea Pirlo's Champions League dream team
No place for Cristiano Ronaldo in Andrea Pirlo's Champions League dream team

Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo opted to not include back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in his UEFA Champions League dream team. The team, however, has the Real Madrid front-man's eternal rival Lionel Messi, leading the attack.

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.

Neymar, Messi on target as Suarez makes Barca debut

Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Barcelona after his move from Liverpool for a reported 95 million euros (£75 million, $127 million) as the Catalans hammered Mexican side Club Leon 6-0 in a friendly on Monday.

Judge rules tax fraud case against Lionel Messi will go ahead

A Spanish court will push ahead with the process of prosecuting Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed.

Real Madrid, Barcelona top Forbes rich list

Spain may have been embarrassingly dethroned as World Cup holders, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are still champions at making money after they were named as the world`s two richest sports franchises.

Germany script history, beat Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

Germany wrote a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the pitch here.

Argentina playing safe for the greatest prize in the world

How well Argentina defend against Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will decide the final match.

Brazil just have Neymar, Argentina just Messi: Sergio Echigo

Former Japanese-Brazilian footballer, Sergio Echigo, slammed Brazil for adopting European style of football. The 68-year-old ethnic Japanese, who played for Corinthians in the 1960s, termed the current model followed in Brazil as “Europeanization.”

Referee easy on Messi: Belgium coach

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said here Saturday that Italian referee Nicola Rizzou had gone easy on Messi during the World Cup quarterfinal.

FIFA World Cup: `Amazing` Messi is our Maradona, says coach

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella Monday hailed Lionel Messi`s "amazing" World Cup form and compared him to Diego Maradona during the team`s title run in 1986.

2014 FIFA World Cup: A look back at the biggest moments so far

In the knock out stage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, we are down to the best 16 teams on the planet. The show-piece event of world football has been entertaining to say the least. Brazil, the spiritual home of football has provided some of the most picturesque settings to play and watch football.

FIFA World Cup 2014: End of Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams as Portugal crash out despite win

While superstars like Neymar and Lionel Messi took their teams into the knock out stage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, it was the end of the journey for Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal, who were knocked out, despite a 2-1 win over Ghana on Thursday.

Suarez bite blight on wonderful World Cup: Ronaldo

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil great Ronaldo believes Luis Suarez biting an opponent was terrible for football at a World Cup of "wonderful surprises."

FIFA World Cup: After Messi, Neymar, can Ronaldo score for Portugal in first match?

As Portugal take on Germany in a much-anticipated match, all eyes would be on Cristiano Ronaldo and he would be keen to score a goal in the first match, just like Neymar and Lionel Messi did for their respective countries in the World Cup 2014.

Spain pip Brazil as World Cup`s most expensive squad

Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 sides competing in the World Cup in June, Brazilian financial daily Valor reported on Monday.

FIFA imposes transfer ban on FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona received a jolt on Wednesday as the FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed sanctions on the club for the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

India left a lasting impression on me: Messi

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on Friday said that India left a "lasting impression" on him when he set foot on the country nearly three years ago, in a visit that was marked by a never-seen-before hysteria among football fans.

Indian company ties up with star footballer Messi

In a move that appears set to revolutionise India`s relevance on the global football platform, an Indian company today announced its association with four-time Ballon D`Or winner Lionel Messi for exclusive rights to manufacture a range of covers for mobiles, laptops and tablets under the player`s own brand, Messi.

Don`t get upset by absence of Brazil-Portugal football teams: Franco

The non-participation of Brazil and Portugal football teams in the Goa Lusofonia Games commencing Saturday, may rob the glory of the game but not its spirit, said Olympian football player Fortunato Franco.