ARTICLES RELATING TO LIONEL MESSI

Messi to miss World Cup final rematch

30 minutes ago

Argentina captain Lionel Messi will miss his side's friendly against world champions Germany on Wednesday due to a groin strain.

Messi's sponsors remain loyal

2014-08-01 10:11

Despite an ongoing probe into possible tax evasion, Lionel Messi continues to receive the loyal support of his sponsors.

Real, Barca top Forbes rich list

2014-07-17 08:30

Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona have topped the Forbes rich list by being named the world's two riches sports franchises.

Maradona: Messi not the best

2014-07-14 21:00

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the SWC.

Past Golden Ball winners

2014-07-14 14:04

Recent recipients of the SWC Player of the Tournament after Argentina's Lionel Messi picked up the 2014 Golden Ball award.

Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

2014-07-14 10:30

The man who lead Argentina to their last SWC triumph has said that Lionel Messi was not the rightful winner of the Golden Ball.

Messi vomited in SWC final

2014-07-14 07:36

Argentina captain Lionel Messi vomited during the Soccer World Cup final, as he has done on many occasions before.

Neymar backing Messi

2014-07-11 08:37

Neymar has thrown his support behind his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to lead rivals Argentina to victory over Germany.

4 key battles in SWC semi #2

2014-07-09 11:59

Here are four key battles in the SWC semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena.

Brazil plot Germany demise

2014-07-08 10:32

Brazil and Germany collide in a heavyweight clash of continental superpowers on Tuesday as the SWC semi-finals get under way.

Messi wishes Neymar well

2014-07-05 12:10

Four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi wished his Barcelona team-mate Neymar a quick recovery.

Fans rate Messi as SWC's best

2014-07-04 14:33

Sport24 asked the not so simple question, "Who will be crowned Player of the Tournament?" and the fans have had their say.

Don't blame Messi - Maradona

2014-07-03 15:37

Argentina are playing far below their best, are over-reliant on Lionel Messi and must improve, according to Diego Maradona.

A cut above the rest

2014-07-02 14:15

A Texas barber, who is known for his "hair portraits" of celebrities, is offering World Cup fans a new look.

Sabella: We deserved to win

2014-07-02 08:27

Argentina needed an extra-time goal from Angel Di Maria to overcome Switzerland in a nailbiting SWC match on Tuesday.

Argentina fans count on Messi

2014-07-01 09:00

Argentine fans will besiege Sao Paulo to see four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi and his team take on Switzerland.

Nigeria lose, but progress

2014-06-25 20:23

Lionel Messi has scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria in the World Cup, with both teams advancing to the second round.

Late birthday goal for Messi?

2014-06-25 09:47

Lionel Messi will be out to score goals, while France fight to prove that South America will not get everything its own way.

Nigeria face Messi's Argentina

2014-06-24 12:17

Nigeria face already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre on Wednesday with a first appearance in the last 16 since 1998 within grasp.

Messi show papers over cracks

2014-06-22 20:06

Lionel Messi's goal against Iran set off a social media eruption, but could not stop a torrent of criticism falling on Argentina.

Messi returns to SWC spotlight

2014-06-21 14:04

Goal machines Lionel Messi and Thomas Mueller return to the Soccer World Cup centre-stage after France thrashed Switzerland.

Messi wants more offensive Argentina

2014-06-20 07:50

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella must back his side's attacking abilities when they face Iran on Saturday.

Messi sees Argentina home

2014-06-16 08:11

Lionel Messi scored a goal and created another as Argentina opened their Soccer World Cup campaign with a win over Bosnia.

Mascherano: Messi will perform

2014-06-13 14:57

Javier Mascherano is confident that Lionel Messi will perform to the best of his abilities during this year's World Cup campaign.

Bosnia won't target Messi

2014-06-10 12:00

Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach Safet Susic says that his side will not look to man-mark Argentina ace Lionel Messi.

 

Messi could face jail time

2014-08-06 10:22

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and his father could face up to six years behind bars after being investigated for tax fraud.

Messi gets Golden Ball backing

2014-07-19 11:01

Former Liverpool boss, Gerard Houllier, has defended FIFA’s decision to name Lionel Messi the best player at the SWC.

Messi award surprises Sepp

2014-07-15 10:07

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that he was not expecting Lionel Messi to win the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.

Heroes' welcome for Argentina

2014-07-14 20:00

Thousands of people greeted Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina team when the squad flew home to Buenos Aires.

SWC award winners

2014-07-14 14:03

Germany were crowned the 2014 Soccer World Cup champions but which individuals walked away with the prestigious awards?

Messi: We lacked killer instinct

2014-07-14 09:27

Lionel Messi regretted his side's missed chances after Germany beat his side 1-0 in the Soccer World Cup final on Sunday.

Messi v Müller for Golden Boot

2014-07-12 09:13

Thomas Müller and Lionel Messi will be fighting for the crown of Soccer World Cup top goalscorer when they duel in the final.

Messi out to match Maradona

2014-07-10 07:08

Argentina star Lionel Messi will get his chance to emulate Diego Maradona in the 2014 Soccer World Cup final.

The 5 best SWC goals...so far

2014-07-08 18:30

The SWC has produced several goals of outstanding quality, with these five seen as the best of the tournament so far.

Messi hails 'best' match

2014-07-05 22:53

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi says his side has produced their best match of the Socer World Cup in beating Belgium.

Sabella defends Messi tactics

2014-07-04 19:08

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has rejected suggestions that his team are overly dependent on Lionel Messi.

SWC: Quarter-Finals preview

2014-07-04 11:04

The Soccer World Cup enters the business end tonight as the Last 8 will shortly become the Last 4.

Zabaleta lauds Messi impact

2014-07-03 08:51

Pablo Zabaleta believes Argentina are lucky to have Lionel Messi, "the best player in the world", representing them in Brazil.

Messi: We were nervous

2014-07-02 09:14

Lionel Messi believes "nervousness" effected Argentina during their World Cup last-16 clash against Switzerland.

Messi to bring joy to Argentina

2014-07-01 12:17

Lionel Messi will try to bring some joy to the gloom enveloping the embattled nation when they face Switzerland.

Messi, Neymar stay on course

2014-06-27 07:43

Argentina star Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar remain on collision course as the most entertaining World Cup enters the knockout rounds.

Enyeama cools Messi contest

2014-06-25 11:22

Nigerian vice captain Vincent Enyeama is attempting to downplay the personal duel between himself and Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Argentina eye top spot

2014-06-25 09:13

Argentina bid to secure top spot in World Cup Group F against a Nigeria side looking to reach the last 16.

Messi expects more

2014-06-23 15:40

Lionel Messi admits Argentina have not yet found their stride at the 2014 SWC but believes his side will improve.

Messi sends Argentina through

2014-06-21 20:04

Lionel Messi curled in an injury-time goal to give Argentina a World Cup win over battling Iran to send them into the second round.

Messi: Back Argentina attack!

2014-06-20 15:56

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella has to back his side's attacking capabilities when they face Iran.

Messi wants Higuain at Barca

2014-06-17 12:47

Lionel Messi would be "delighted" if his Argentine World Cup team-mate Gonzalo Higuain joined him at Barcelona.

Messi's moment at last

2014-06-14 09:11

Lionel Messi will attempt to cement his legacy as an all-time great when Argentina tackle Bosnia-Hercegovina in their SWC opener.

SWC stars and their fast cars!

2014-06-11 10:59

With 2014 Soccer World Cup starting this week, we take a look at the world's star players - and their super FAST cars!

Messi seeks ultimate prize

2014-06-06 08:23

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is looking to lead Argentina to the ultimate prize in football by winning the World Cup.

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