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Cristiano Ronaldo pips Lionel Messi, David Beckham to top Instagram's highest earners list

Portugese star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has added yet another feather on his already illustrious cap as he emerged as the highest earner on the social media platform, Instagram. 

Oct 20, 2019, 10:45 AM IST

I think Neymar knows he made a mistake leaving Barcelona: Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona forward Leo Messi has denied opposing the club's signing of Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Oct 10, 2019, 15:56 PM IST

You can't compare me and Lionel Messi, says Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after FIFA awards

Van Dijk was nominated for the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award after guiding Liverpool to Champions League glory with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the final. 

Sep 24, 2019, 18:54 PM IST

Best FIFA Football Awards 2019: Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe take the honours

Argentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time on Monday.

Sep 24, 2019, 07:02 AM IST

Usain Bolt a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, calls Lionel Messi a 'genius'

He also included Ronaldo in his dream team of footballers for teaming up in a 4x100m relay event. 

Sep 21, 2019, 17:36 PM IST

FIFA Awards to be telecast live in India on DSPORT

This will be Lex Sportel's second association with a FIFA event after broadcasting the Round 2 draw for Asian qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 preliminary competition.
 

Sep 19, 2019, 16:40 PM IST

Lionel Messi to join Barcelona squad for Borussia Dortmund tie

Lionel will be playing after 46 days as he was suffering from a calf injury, he last played with Barca in the last season's Copa del Rey final against Valencia.

Sep 17, 2019, 15:41 PM IST

Still missing Lionel Messi, Barcelona challenged to 'make things click' against Valencia

Messi has not played a minute of football this season due to a calf injury and without him Barca have made their worst start to a campaign since 2008, taking four points from three games.

Sep 12, 2019, 18:52 PM IST

Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba pays tribute to retiring Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o

Eto'o recently took to his official Instagram account to announce that he is calling time on his illustrious 22-year-old football career at the age of 38. 

Sep 08, 2019, 17:04 PM IST

Lionel Messi free to leave at end of season: Barcelona president

Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, had signed a new four-year deal with Barcelona in 2017, but Bartomeu said that he is free to end his contract beforehand.
 

Sep 07, 2019, 14:12 PM IST

Argentina settle for goalless draw against Chile in combative friendly

Argentina were without the rested Sergio Aguero as well as Lionel Messi, who was banned in August from international matches for three months after making derogatory comments.

Sep 06, 2019, 12:40 PM IST

Ernesto Valverde slams 'awful' Barcelona performance after draw at promoted Osasuna

The champions were without captain Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele and fell behind to a thumping volley from Roberto Torres early in the game.

Sep 01, 2019, 16:11 PM IST

Football is made for strikers: FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

Van Dijk is also expected to be a contender for the Ballon d'Or later in the year as he had played a significant role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season.

Aug 31, 2019, 20:05 PM IST

Would love to have dinner with Lionel Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo, who plays for Italian giants Juventus, left Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid last summer to end nine years of intense rivalry with Messi who is a FC Barcelona icon.
 

Aug 30, 2019, 16:54 PM IST

UEFA to recognise Burnley fan who ran to every away game for charity

While no Premier League player ran more than 450 km on the pitch in the 2018-19 season, Scott Cunliffe covered nearly 5,000 km as part of the aptly-named `RunAway Challenge` and raised nearly 60,000 pounds ($73,662) for various charities.

Aug 28, 2019, 21:14 PM IST

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde criticises Antoine Griezmann after 1-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao

The 28-year-old made his first La Liga appearance for Barca after he was signed by the club from Atletico Madrid. 

Aug 17, 2019, 15:34 PM IST

Lionel Messi to miss Barcelona's La Liga opening match

Messi is currently recovering from a calf injury which he suffered during training last week.

Aug 16, 2019, 13:35 PM IST

Virgil Van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo vie for UEFA Player of the Year award

While Ronaldo, a three-time winner, has been ever-present in the final three since the award was created in 2011, centre back Van Dijk makes his first appearance after helping Liverpool win the Champions League title last season.

Aug 15, 2019, 23:06 PM IST

La Liga set for close-run race after Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid transfer blitz

Champions Barcelona have been practically in a league of their own in the last two seasons and are favourites to win a third consecutive title after making some smart moves in the summer to replenish their squad of serial winners.

Aug 15, 2019, 19:31 PM IST

Antoine Griezmann fuels ultra-attacking Barcelona's bid for third straight title

The Catalans will not just be looking to extend their domestic hegemony, though, as they have spent a combined 250 million euros ($280 million) on a renewed bid to win the Champions League after last season`s harrowing semi-final exit to Liverpool.

Aug 12, 2019, 20:52 PM IST