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La Liga: Messi's late equalizer spares Barca blushes against Villarreal

La Liga: Messi's late equalizer spares Barca blushes against Villarreal

Villarreal [Spain], Jan.9 : Star striker Lionel Messi curled a last-minute equalizer as Barcelona resumed their La Liga campaign after the winter break with a 1-1 draw against Villarreal at the Camp El Madrigal here on Monday.

Despite being in possession in the opening period, Barcelona reached the first-half without any goal in their account for the fifth time in six league matches, reported.

It was in the 49th minute of the match when Villarreal scored the opening goal of the match through Nicola Sansone's fine strike.

However, Argentina striker Messi rescued a point for his side with a late 90th-minute free-kick to give Barcelona a point, thereby leaving them five points adrift of the in-form leaders, Real Madrid.

Messi's brace helps Barcelona send Celtic crashing out of Europe

Messi's brace helps Barcelona send Celtic crashing out of Europe

London [UK], Nov. 24 : Star striker Lionel Messi scored twice as Celtic were eliminated from European competition as Barcelona won 2-0 against the Scottish champions to secure top spot in Champions League Group C.

Messi struck the opener from Neymar's sumptuous pass in the 24th minute of the match while he scored the second goal off a penalty in the 55th minute, reports the Guardian.

Barcelona will qualify for the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

"This was a very difficult section," said Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach.

"It is great to come first with a game to spare," he added.

Celtic remain on two points, having lost twice to Barcalona and at home to Gladbach.(ANI)

Barca boss heaps praise on 'World Class' Messi

Lionel MessiJohannesburg, Jan 20 - Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has lavished praise on team's talisman Lionel Messi, describing the Argentine as a world class player after the forward took his tally to 28 goals in 27 games with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win away to Deportivo la Coruna.

Quashing reports of a dressing room rift between two, Enrique said that Messi had been at an extraordinarily high level all season, adding that he hadn't dipped at any point and had been world class, Sport24 reported.

The win over Coruna has lifted Barcelona back to within a point of league leaders Real Madrid. (ANI)

Chelsea monitoring `worsening` relationship between Messi, Enrique at Barca: Reports

Lionel MessiJohannesburg, Jan 06 : Current Premier League leaders Chelsea are monitoring the relationship between Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, which continues to worsen at the Catalan club.

A Spanish newspaper has reported that Messi is unhappy with coach Enrique's way of running the dressing room at Barca and in light of the same 2015 might prove to be the year Chelsea makes their move for the Argentine.

It has been revealed that the club's first training session of 2015 was marred by a war of words between the two when Enrique failed to award a free kick to Messi during a 5-a-side game, Sport24 reported.

Barca coach Enrique believes Messi will leave 'unreachable' goalscoring record in La Liga

London, Nov 24 - Barcelona football team manager Luis Enrique feels that their star striker Lionel Messi's Spanish goalscoring record would never be beaten.

Telmo Zarra's 251 goals had been the record since 1955 but Messi is now up to 253 La Liga strikes following Saturday's hattrick in Barca's 5-1 win over Sevilla.

Enrique said that Messi is a unique player, adding that there'll never be anyone like him and Barca is lucky to enjoy his presence there, The BBC reported.

He believes that the Argentine would leave the record unreachable for anyone else.

Enrique added that Zarra beat it in an age when there were more forwards than defenders.

Messi may face six year jail term if convicted of alleged tax evasion

Lionel MessiLondon, Oct 04 - Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi would soon face trial for alleged tax evasion, a Spanish judge has ruled and might face a six year jail term if convicted.

According to the BBC, the judge discarded a recommendation for prosecution to drop charges on the grounds that the player's father was responsible for his finances.

Messi and his father are accused of defrauding the authorities of more than four million euros. The pair has five days to appeal against the ruling.

Messi and his father are suspected of avoiding Spanish tax by using companies in Belize and Uruguay to sell rights to use the footballer's image. (ANI)

Chelsea to again try and lure Messi to Stamford Bridge from Barca next summer

Lionel-MessiLondon, Sep 28 - Chelsea would reportedly make a new bid for Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi at the end of the season after they failed with an attempt to lure the Argentine to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Reports emerged on Friday that Chelsea had a giant offer rejected for Messi during the last transfer window, but Jose Mourinho 's side has clearly not given up on a deal.

It has been revealed via Spanish media that Chelsea would again try to bag Messi once the current football campaign comes to an end, reported.

Germany counting on 'secret plan' to defend Messi's attack in WC final

Lionel-MessiJohannesburg, July 11 : Germany has reportedly revealed that they have a secret plan to defend Argentine ace Lionel Messi's attack on Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Germany's assistant coach Hansi Flick said that there is a special plan to cope with Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or award four times, but refused to give details on the same.

According to Sport24, Flick said that the Germans saw how Netherlands managed to keep Messi out during their semifinal clash, but he added that they too have a special plan for the striker, although he said that he would not give that away.

Barcelona extend Messi's contract

Lionel-MessiMadrid, May 17 : FC Barcelona confirmed they have reached an agreement with Lionel Messi to extend the striker's contract.

"FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Lionel Messi to the club as a professional first team player. The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days," read a message on the Barcelona website Friday, reports Xinhua.

Messi offers fans glimpse into 'culinary skills' by uploading 'cooking' video on Instagram

Lionel MessiLondon, Feb 13  : Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly offered his millions of fans a glimpse into his culinary skills by uploading a video to his Instagram page of him cooking dinner.

The Argentine player, who recently lost out to Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, in traditional Argentinian style whipped up a meal involving a large amount of beef, according to the video.

The Daily Star reports that apparently Messi had to cook the meal as a result of losing a bet, which he mentioned in the caption for the video.

Messi tax hearing delayed by 10 days

Messi tax hearing delayed by 10 daysMadrid, Sep 11 - FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father will appear in court Sep 27 to answer charges of tax evasion. The change of date came after the postponement of a hearing, scheduled for next week.

Messi and his father face charges of filing incomplete tax returns for the years 2006-2009 and have already made a payment of over five million euros to the Spanish tax authorities Aug 14, reports Xinhua.

Messi denies hand in Martino's appointment

Lionel-MessiMadrid, July 25 : Argentine football star Lionel Messi has said that he had no hand in the appointment of new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino.

"I had nothing to do with Martino's signing. It was down to the president Sandro Rosell and the club. I said before that I thought he was a good coach, but I don't have anything to do with this," Messi was quoted saying by Telegraph Wednesday.

Martino, former coach of Paraguay, has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Catalan club and will replace Tito Vilanova, who resigned from the position last Friday due to health issues.

Messi admits he was not fit against Colombia

Lionel-MessiBuenos Aires, June 8 : Lionel Messi admitted that he was not fit to play in Argentina's goalless draw with Colombia in their World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Monumental.

Messi, who had not played since May 12 due to a thigh injury, was introduced by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella in the 55th minute Thursday, reports Xinhua.

"I'm not well. Today I could play a little but I wasn't sure how my leg was going to respond," Messi said after the match.

"We spoke about it before the match with the coach and decided that it would be best to come on for a while in the second half."

Messi repeats desire to remain at Barcelona

Lionel-MessiBarcelona, May 16 : FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi may be out of action for the rest of the season as the result of a torn hamstring but his 46 goals this campaign were vital in Barca claiming their fourth La Liga title in five years.

The Argentinean striker gave his feelings on what has been a difficult campaign for Barca, who are currently 10 points ahead of Real Madrid with a game in hand, but who had to suffer the loss of coach Tito Vilanova for almost three months as he underwent cancer treatment in New York, reports Xinhua.

Messi, Mascherano injured as Barca play draw in Paris

Lionel-Messi-Javier-MascheranoParis, April 3 : FC Barcelona have paid a heavy price for the 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie away to Paris Saint Germain after star player Lionel Messi had to be substituted at the halftime break and defender Javier Mascherano too being stretchered off late in the game.

Messi on verge of another record

Lionel-MessiBarcelona, March 29 : Lionel Messi could add another record to his already staggering list of achievements if he scores for Barcelona on their visit to play relegation staring Celta Vigo Saturday evening.

Messi scored in Barca's last 18 league matches, a feat unsurpassed in the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga and will make it 19 if he scores in the Balaidos Stadium against the side that currently sits second from bottom of the table.

Messi, Higuain lead Argentina to win over Venezuela

Lionel-MessiBuenos Aires, March 23 : Lionel Messi set up two goals and scored another as Argentina defeated Venezuela 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying standings.

The Barcelona star's sublime one-touch pass set up Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain in the 29th minute before the four-time Ballon d'Or winner converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time after a Gabriel Cichero handball, reports Xinhua.

Higuain made it 3-0 just before the hour when he slotted in Messi's perfect through ball at the Estadio Monumental Friday.

Messi says Argentina fans more fired up

Lionel-MessiBuenos Aires, March 22 : Argentinean football star Lionel Messi says fans of his country's national team are more enthusiastic than ever before, snapping up all the tickets to the team's Friday match against Venezuela in the capital Buenos Aires.

"I have noticed the change not just towards me, but also towards the entire Argentinean team.  Today, the fans are more fired up than before, it's great.  We have to all be united to attain what we want," Messi was quoted as saying Thursday by Xinhua.

The capital's River Plate Monumental Stadium was sold out, selling tickets worth almost $2.2 million.

Messi donates over $200,000 to sports facility in Argentina

Messi donates over $200,000 to sports facility in ArgentinaBuenos Aires, Jan 21 : Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi donated nearly 1 million pesos (about $202,000) to a sports facility used by children from low-income families in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, his foundation said.

The money donated by the FC Barcelona striker will be used to improve the Deliot sports complex in Rosario, located about 300 km from Buenos Aires, allowing children to "have a special place for sports, education, training and culture", the Leo Messi Foundation said.

Balon d'Or is good but nothing beats team success: Messi

Lionel-MessiMadrid, Jan 12 : FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi said that he hoped to add further Balon d'Or trophies to the four he has won in the past four years.

Messi was given the award last Monday. This is an award given by France Football and FIFA to the best player in the world.

It was the fourth successive time Messi has won the Balon d'Or, something nobody has ever done. But aged just 25, there is still plenty of time for the Argentinean to add more to his trophy cabinet, reports Xinhua.

"I hope to win more but it is not an obsession, at least not at the moment," said Messi Friday in an interview with France Football.

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