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Football: Messi vows to do ‘best’ under Valverde

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Tokyo (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi shied away from making major promises for the coming season Thursday, pledging only to do his “best” under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi said he was not familiar with Valverde’s style, but voiced cautious hope.

“Well, I say the exact same thing I say all the time,” he said at the team’s celebration of a new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten at its Tokyo headquarters.

Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s prison sentences for tax fraud with fines.

The Argentine, one of the world’s best-paid players, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Lionel Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and his father.

Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Lionel Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and his father.

Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Messi is world’s best paid player: Barcelona president

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi, who recently extended his contract with the Catalan club, is “the best paid player in the world,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Friday.

Barcelona announced Wednesday that Messi had agreed to extend his contract until 2021, in a deal that will keep the five times winner of the Ballon D’Or at the club until he is 34.

Lionel Messi commits to Barcelona until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona until 2021 in a deal that all but commits the star striker to ending his top-flight career at the Spanish giants.

The megastar who joined Barcelona as a teenager 17 years ago will remain at the club until he is 34 under the new deal, the Catalan club announced Wednesday, ending months of speculation about the future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Messi commits to Barcelona until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at FC Barcelona until 2021 in a deal that all but commits the star striker to playing out the rest of his top-flight career at the Spanish giants.

The megastar who joined Barcelona as a teenager 17 years ago will remain at the club until he is 34 under the new deal, the Catalan club announced Wednesday, ending months of speculation about the future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Messi commits to Barcelona until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at FC Barcelona until 2021 in a deal that all but commits the star striker to playing out the rest of his top-flight career at the Spanish giants.

The megastar who joined Barcelona as a teenager 17 years ago will remain at the club until he is 34 under the new deal, the Catalan club announced Wednesday, ending months of speculation about the future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Barcelona extend Messi contract until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s FC Barcelona have extended the contract of star striker Lionel Messi until June 30, 2021, the club announced Wednesday, just days after he wed his childhood sweetheart in Argentina.

“The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training,” the club said in a statement.

Barcelona extend Messi contract until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s FC Barcelona have extended the contract of star striker Lionel Messi until June 30, 2021, the club announced Wednesday, just days after he wed his childhood sweetheart in Argentina.

“The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training,” the club said in a statement.

Football, showbiz stars to dance at Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered on Friday for the celebrity “wedding of the century” in Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown as he prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to sources close to the event and local media, which dubbed it the biggest wedding in decades in the city of Rosario.

Football, showbiz stars to dance at Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered on Friday for the celebrity “wedding of the century” in Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown as he prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to sources close to the event and local media, which dubbed it the biggest wedding in decades in the city of Rosario.

Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Football, showbiz stars set for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, are expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario.

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario.

Prosecutors not against replacing Messi jail term with fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi’s 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday.

They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence - an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.

Prosecutors not against replacing Messi jail term with fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi’s 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday.

They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence - an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo under suspicion, Radamel Falcao investigated, Lionel Messi sentenced… Spain’s courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football’s greatest stars.

But while they may be aware of what they are doing, footballers rely on expert go-betweens like big banks to help them manage their finances, and the European Commission is looking into measures that would dissuade these intermediaries from assisting wealthy individuals in avoiding tax.

Footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo under suspicion, Radamel Falcao investigated, Lionel Messi sentenced… Spain’s courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football’s greatest stars.

But while they may be aware of what they are doing, footballers rely on expert go-betweens like big banks to help them manage their finances, and the European Commission is looking into measures that would dissuade these intermediaries from assisting wealthy individuals in avoiding tax.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi’s controversial absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday.

Messi’s pre-game departure - reportedly to prepare for his wedding - prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net.

Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi’s controversial absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday.

Messi’s pre-game departure - reportedly to prepare for his wedding - prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Messi to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario

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Barcelona (AFP) – Football superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30, the Argentina striker revealed on Thursday.

“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.

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Messi, Neymar and Suarez set for America, James to Bayern, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 12, 2017

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The Big 3 come to America and Bayern gains a Galactico

Happy Wednesday folks. It's not a D.C. United day today...instead, it's a United States day as the USMNT take on Martinique tonight. There's also U.S. Open Cup action tonight as well. Well, let's get into the news:

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Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez included in Barcelona’s International Champions Cup squad

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Barcelona has announced its squad for the 2017 International Champions Cup, and it includes Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

The trio of Blaugrana stars are among a 28-man squad that will be playing across the United States this summer. After rejecting an opportunity to play in the MLS All-Star Game, Barcelona has instead focused on playing in three high-profile games this summer including games against Serie A champions Juventus on July 22 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and then Manchester United at FedEx Field in Washington, D.

Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez included in Barcelona’s International Champions Cup squad

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Barcelona has announced its squad for the 2017 International Champions Cup, and it includes Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

The trio of Blaugrana stars are among a 28-man squad that will be playing across the United States this summer. After rejecting an opportunity to play in the MLS All-Star Game, Barcelona has instead focused on playing in three high-profile games this summer including games against Serie A champions Juventus on July 22 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and then Manchester United at FedEx Field in Washington, D.

Barcelona: Lionel Messi Donates Leftover Wedding Buffet To Local Food Bank In Rosario

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Lionel Messi donated all the leftover food and drink from his recent wedding to a local charity in his hometown of Rosario.

Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Carles Puyol were all among the guests as Messi tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, during a lavish ceremony atthe City Centre Rosario Hotel last weekend.

Official: Lionel Messi Agrees New Barcelona Contract, Signs On Until 2021

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Not that it was ever in much doubt, but Lionel Messi has today agreeda new four-year contract extension with Barcelona.

However, there is still time for a sensational Premier League transfer to manifest, as the contract won't be formally signed for another week or two until Messi returns to Barca after his honeymoon.

Luis Suarez Statue Vandalised In Hometown, Culprit Leaves Note Saying ‘At Messi’s Wedding, Be Back Soon’ (Photo)

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Having previously joined the elite tier of footballers with ill-proportioned statues erected in their honour, Luis Suarez has now gained entry into the even elite-er club of players to have had theirs vandalised.

Just last year, this 5ft 9in papier-mâché colossus appeared on the streets of Suarez's hometown of Salto in Uruguay.

Who is the world’s most marketable footballer – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar?

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When considering the marketability of top sports stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, or that of corporations or properties in any field, for that matter, the first thing to...

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Wednesday Kickoff: Messi signs new deal, Rooney linked with Everton and more

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While one big star is now officially tied to his current club, another looks like he could make a move back to his hometown club.

Lionel Messi officially signed a new deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the club through 2021. (REPORT)

Wayne Rooney is reportedly in talks with Everton over a proposed move.