Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi fires Barcelona to dominant Copa del Rey Cup final win

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in Saturday`s Copa del Rey final to win the trophy for a record-extending 31st time. 

Apr 18, 2021, 03:13 AM IST

La Liga: Record-smashing Lionel Messi double in Barcelona romp

Dest struck again early in the second half before Messi controlled a sumptuous pass from Sergio Busquets and scored to mark a night in which he overtook Xavi Hernandez as Barca`s record appearance maker, moving on to 768 games with the club. 

Mar 22, 2021, 07:10 AM IST

La Liga: Lionel Messi double leads Barcelona to within four points of top spot

The victory lifted Barca to 59 points in second place, four behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid. Messi equalled Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for Barcelona. 

Mar 16, 2021, 07:41 AM IST

Champions League: PSG send Lionel Messi’s Barcelona crashing, reach last eight

Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick at the Nou Camp, opened the scoring with a penalty against the run of play before Lionel Messi levelled with a superb long-range goal, but the Argentine had a spot-kick saved by Keylor Navas on the stroke of halftime.

Mar 11, 2021, 07:13 AM IST

In Pics: Virat Kohli joins unique club of sportsmen in 100 million Instagram followers

India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday became the first Indian and also the first cricketer to reach 100 million followers on Instagram. Kohli's new feat, which came off the pitch, makes him the fourth sportsperson after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr to have 100 million followers on Instagram. Juventus and Portugal footballer Ronaldo tops the chart with 265 million followers, while Barcelona captain Messi and Brazil's Neymar stand second and third in the list with 186 million, 147 million followers respectively. Here we take a look at top five most followed sports stars on Instagram.

Mar 02, 2021, 13:49 PM IST

Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi fire as Barcelona sink Sevilla to keep title chase alive

The result ended a six-game winning streak in the league for Sevilla, who remained fourth in the standings on 48 points, while Barca climbed above Real Madrid into second place with 53 points, two behind Atletico but having played two more games.

Feb 28, 2021, 10:18 AM IST

Champion League: Mbappe hattrick helps PSG outgun Messi’s Barcelona

Lionel Messi had blasted Barca ahead with a penalty in the first half but Mbappe pulled the French champions level with a classy piece of control and finishing to complete a flowing team move also involving Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa. Mbappe smashed PSG into the lead in the 65th minute.

Feb 17, 2021, 09:41 AM IST

Copa del Rey: Sevilla beat Barcelona in Lionel Messi’s 900th game

Sevilla and Barcelona entered the semis as the hottest teams in Spain. The Catalan club was coming off six straight wins in all competitions. Messi, making his 758th appearance with Barcelona to add to his 142 with Argentina, commanded the attack but failed to capitalize on his chances, including one with only Bono to beat in the 11th minute.

Feb 11, 2021, 10:00 AM IST

Football: Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. to win Best men’s Player of the decade

The 33-year-old had a fabulous run in the last decade, picking up six La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey trophies, two Champions Leagues, and four Ballon d’Ors. In the ongoing La Liga season, the Argentine has once again emerged as the lone shining spot for the struggling Barcelona by scoring 12 goals and two assists in 18 La Liga.   

Feb 08, 2021, 09:14 AM IST

Football: Lionel Messi hits goal 650 as Barcelona get Athletic revenge

The hosts missed several more opportunities before Athletic levelled in the 49th through a Jordi Alba own goal but Griezmann, who scored twice in the 3-2 Super Cup final defeat, restored the hosts lead in the 74th. Ronald Koeman’s Barca side saw out the game to record a fifth straight Liga victory and move above Real Madrid on goal difference into second place on 40 points.

Feb 01, 2021, 07:28 AM IST

Messi leads Barcelona to Copa quarterfinals with win over Rayo

The Argentine, who became Barca's record appearance maker in the competition with 76 Copa matches, was the architect of the second goal 10 minutes later, releasing Jordi Alba down the left wing with a sumptuous pass and De Jong finished off the defender`s cross to send the Catalans into the last eight.

 

Jan 28, 2021, 08:44 AM IST

Lionel Messi banned for two games after first red card of career

It was the first time in 754 matches that Lionel Messi had been sent off for Barcelona. He has received two red cards while playing for Argentina, including on his debut back in 2005. After passing the ball out to the left flank, Messi swung his right arm at the head of Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran toward the box. Villalibre immediately fell to the ground.

Jan 20, 2021, 07:36 AM IST

Messi sees red as Bilbao claim Super Cup glory over Barcelona

The Argentine had been heavily involved in a more positive way as Barca took the lead five minutes before the break.

Jan 18, 2021, 06:32 AM IST

Lionel Messi still undecided over Barcelona future, drops United States hint

The Argentine`s future has been a hot topic ever since he tried to leave Barcelona in August. 

Dec 28, 2020, 15:44 PM IST

Cristiano Ronaldo defeats Lionel Messi to win Soccer Player Of The Century award

The 35-year-old Ronaldo won league titles in England, Spain and Italy where he’s currently playing for Juventus.

Dec 28, 2020, 08:47 AM IST

Lucky to have worked under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, says Lionel Messi

"Pep has something special," Messi said.

Dec 27, 2020, 16:37 PM IST

Lionel Messi breaks Pele's record goal haul by scoring 644th for Barcelona

Pele scored 643 goals in 665 competitive games for Santos, while Messi needed 749 matches to break the record.

Dec 23, 2020, 15:37 PM IST

Pele congratulates Lionel Messi for equalling his goal-scoring record for single club

"When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your path. Like you, I know what it`s like to love wearing the same shirt every day," Pele wrote on Instagram.

Dec 20, 2020, 15:41 PM IST

Barcelona's Lionel Messi equals Pele's record of 643 goals for a single club

Messi hit the milestone goal with a diving header just before halftime immediately after his penalty was saved by Valencia keeper.

Dec 20, 2020, 00:06 AM IST