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Lionel Messi pays tribute retiring Barca legend Xavi Hernandez

On Friday, Hernandez had announced that he would call curtains to his illustrious 21-year-long football career at the end of the ongoing season. 

May 04, 2019, 17:18 PM IST

After Lionel Messi mauling Liverpool face reunion with Rafa Benitez

The second-leg of their semi-final with Barcelona awaits at Anfield on Tuesday with Jurgen Klopp`s side needing a comeback of Istanbul proportions if they are to reach the final.

May 02, 2019, 17:46 PM IST

Lionel Messi doubling down on Champions League pledge for Barcelona

Messi`s first act as Barcelona captain was to tell the club`s fans at a pre-season friendly in August against Boca Juniors that he and his teammates "will do everything possible so that beautiful and desired cup returns to the Nou Camp".

May 02, 2019, 15:14 PM IST

Messi torments Liverpool with 600th Barca goal in 3-0 win

The Argentine’s milestone goal was a moment of brilliance as he curled a dazzling free kick into the top corner from distance to add gloss to a scoreline that did not reflect the balance of play.

May 02, 2019, 07:33 AM IST

Lionel Messi increases iconic status at Barcelona with 10th La Liga crown

Messi`s first Barca title came in 2005 when he was 17 years old and he was also a fringe player when he collected his second La Liga medal a year later. 

Apr 28, 2019, 17:09 PM IST

Lionel Messi seals another La Liga title for Barcelona

Barca`s captain decided the game and the title in the 61st-minute when he received a header from Arturo Vidal and planted the ball into the far bottom corner.

Apr 28, 2019, 12:03 PM IST

Barcelona inch closer to La Liga title with 2-1 win over Real Sociedad

Barca lead the standings on 77 points after 33 games, comfortably clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid who won 1-0 at Eibar earlier.

Apr 21, 2019, 11:45 AM IST

Lionel Messi is the best player in football history: Carles Puyol

The ex-Barcelona captain, who won three Champions League titles, praised the 31-year old for improving `in every way`.

Apr 20, 2019, 18:46 PM IST

Lionel Messi urges Barcelona to show more early focus after climbing quarter-final barrier

Barcelona conceded two early chances in Tuesday`s second leg before Messi set them on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory with two quick-fire strikes with Philippe Coutinho scoring to make it 4-0 on aggregate.

Apr 17, 2019, 17:52 PM IST

Barcelona also insulted referee, says Diego Simeone after Costa red card

Costa was shown a straight red card in the 28th minute of the top-of-the-table clash for a verbal outburst at referee Jesus Gil Manzano, who said in his report that the striker had made a derogatory comment about his mother.

Apr 07, 2019, 17:39 PM IST

Barcelona took 'two steps' towards La Liga title with Atletico win: Luis Suarez

Having taken a huge step towards the title, Barca can now focus on their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United on Wednesday. 

Apr 07, 2019, 15:04 PM IST

Lionel Messi haunted by failures but retirement still long way off

The Barcelona striker, speaking on an Argentine radio station on Friday, also surprised listeners by saying that he misses Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left rivals Real Madrid for Juventus last year.

Mar 30, 2019, 00:23 AM IST

Injured Lionel Messi to miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco

Messi felt pain after completing the full 90 minutes of Argentina`s 3-1 defeat by Venezuela in Madrid.

Mar 23, 2019, 16:17 PM IST

Lionel Messi returns but Angel Di Maria ruled out of Argentina friendlies

The 31-year-old had been called up to represent his country for the first time since the Albiceleste`s 4-3 defeat to France in the last 16 of last year`s World Cup in Russia, reports Efe news.

Mar 21, 2019, 12:07 PM IST

Real Betis fans bow to 'extraordinary' Lionel Messi after hat-trick at Barcelona

It was Messi's 51st career hat-trick, but he could not recall receiving such applause from a rival team's fans.

Mar 18, 2019, 11:37 AM IST

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick leads Juventus into quarter-finals

Ronaldo blasted home the decisive goal from a penalty with four minutes left to seal a 3-2 overall triumph, having made the breakthrough in the 27th minute.

Mar 13, 2019, 11:31 AM IST

Ousmane Dembele injury may give Philippe Coutinho another chance to win over fans

Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool in January 2018, has so far shown little to suggest he will be able to compensate for the Frenchman's absence against Lyon.

Mar 11, 2019, 17:10 PM IST

Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona survive scare to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1

Barca won a penalty early in the second half when Luis Suarez was fouled and Messi converted to put the league leaders in front and the Uruguayan forward made sure of the points with a simple finish from close range in the 82nd minute.

Mar 10, 2019, 18:47 PM IST

Barcelona back to their best, says Lionel Messi after scoring 50th hat-trick

Barca now face back-to-back trips to arch-rivals Real Madrid, with a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Thursday and a league visit back at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday.

Feb 24, 2019, 06:57 AM IST

Champions League Preview: Underdogs Lyon out to reduce Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's influence

Lionel Messi has been in prime form for the Spanish club in recent times, with winger Ousmane Dembele making his presence felt as well.  

Feb 19, 2019, 13:56 PM IST