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Barcelona rout Sevilla 5-0 for 30th Copa del Rey triumph

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona trounced Sevilla 5-0 to win a fourth successive Copa del Rey with skipper Andres Iniesta marking his last Spanish final with one of the goals.

Two goals from Luis Suarez and one from Lionel Messi put Barca 3-0 ahead at half-time with Iniesta, tipped to move to China at end of the season, on target after a smart shimmy in the 54th minute.

Messi may be rested against Celta Vigo – Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi could be among a number of key players rested from Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Tuesday, according to coach Ernesto Valverde.

Barca broke the record for the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga on Saturday when they beat Valencia to make it 39 league games without defeat.

Messi may be rested against Celta Vigo – Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi could be among a number of key players rested from Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Tuesday, according to coach Ernesto Valverde.

Barca broke the record for the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga on Saturday when they beat Valencia to make it 39 league games without defeat.

South African ‘Messi’ moves Sundowns closer to title

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Johannesburg (AFP) – South African star Percy Tau created both goals as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Wits 2-0 Saturday to take a six-point South African Premiership lead with only four rounds remaining.

The Pretoria club have 52 points from 26 matches and need seven more from four fixtures to give them an unassailable lead over second-place Orlando Pirates.

South African ‘Messi’ moves Sundowns closer to title

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Johannesburg (AFP) – South African star Percy Tau created both goals as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Wits 2-0 Saturday to take a six-point South African Premiership lead with only four rounds remaining.

The Pretoria club have 52 points from 26 matches and need seven more from four fixtures to give them an unassailable lead over second-place Orlando Pirates.

Barca coach tells players to forget Roma collapse

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona need to put their painful Champions League exit to Roma behind them and concentrate on winning the Spanish league, their coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.

Lionel Messi and his teammates were dumped out of Europe after Roma beat them 3-0 Tuesday, but the Catalan giants remain 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Barca coach tells players to forget Roma collapse

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona need to put their painful Champions League exit to Roma behind them and concentrate on winning the Spanish league, their coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.

Lionel Messi and his teammates were dumped out of Europe after Roma beat them 3-0 Tuesday, but the Catalan giants remain 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

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Rome (AFP) – Roma have their sights on Kiev and the Champions League final after completing a miracle comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday to overhaul a three-goal first-leg deficit and take their place in the competition’s last four.

The Italian capital came alive after a magical night at the Stadio Olimpico in which Roma - fourth in Serie A and fresh from being booed off in a 2-0 defeat against Fiorentina at the weekend - swept Lionel Messi and co aside in front of a crowd that roared itself hoarse.

Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

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Rome (AFP) – Roma have their sights on Kiev and the Champions League final after completing a miracle comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday to overhaul a three-goal first-leg deficit and take their place in the competition’s last four.

The Italian capital came alive after a magical night at the Stadio Olimpico in which Roma - fourth in Serie A and fresh from being booed off in a 2-0 defeat against Fiorentina at the weekend - swept Lionel Messi and co aside in front of a crowd that roared itself hoarse.

Veteran Argentine scout on the lookout for the new Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Ramon Maddoni points to a skinny, swirling orange-shirted figure on the field, jinking one way, then the other, a ball at his feet: “Look at this kid, he’s a ‘fenomeno’.”

Maddoni is in the business of discovering the latest ‘fenomeno’, the next Messi, a new Maradona - players that quicken the pulse of the soccer-mad Argentine public.

Veteran Argentine scout on the lookout for the new Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Ramon Maddoni points to a skinny, swirling orange-shirted figure on the field, jinking one way, then the other, a ball at his feet: “Look at this kid, he’s a ‘fenomeno’.”

Maddoni is in the business of discovering the latest ‘fenomeno’, the next Messi, a new Maradona - players that quicken the pulse of the soccer-mad Argentine public.

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.

The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.

Barcelona head to Sevilla with unbeaten record on the line

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Madrid (AFP) – The last time a club was this close to an unbeaten season in La Liga, they came unstuck at Sevilla.

Barcelona, with concerns over the fitness of Lionel Messi, travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday, looking to extend their own undefeated run this term to 30 league games.

Messi returns to training with Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Thursday to offer the Catalans a boost with less than a week to go before their Champions League clash against Roma.

Messi missed Argentina’s two internationals over the last week due to a hamstring strain, although he did train between the 2-0 win over Italy last Friday and Tuesday’s 6-1 humiliation by Spain.

Messi returns to training with Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Thursday to offer the Catalans a boost with less than a week to go before their Champions League clash against Roma.

Messi missed Argentina’s two internationals over the last week due to a hamstring strain, although he did train between the 2-0 win over Italy last Friday and Tuesday’s 6-1 humiliation by Spain.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

Isco nets hat-trick as Spain hit Argentina for six

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain delivered a resounding message about their World Cup chances this summer as Isco scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Argentina in Madrid on Tuesday.

Diego Costa was back in the starting line-up for the first time in eight international matches and he marked his return with the opening goal as Spain ripped apart an opponent supposedly also in the running for the title in Russia.

Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

‘Untouchable’ Messi fit to face Spain says Argentina boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for Tuesday’s international friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday.

The Barcelona forward sat out Friday’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in Manchester with a thigh muscle problem but came through Monday’s training session in Madrid and is expected to line up against the 2010 world champions.

‘Untouchable’ Messi fit to face Spain says Argentina boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for Tuesday’s international friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday.

The Barcelona forward sat out Friday’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in Manchester with a thigh muscle problem but came through Monday’s training session in Madrid and is expected to line up against the 2010 world champions.

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

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Madrid (AFP) – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.

For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them.

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Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to agree deal with Liverpool for £90k-week ‘humble player’

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According to Don Balon, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wants Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the Camp Nou this summer.

The Egyptian international’s form for the Merseysiders has led to a lot of interest in his signature, and Messi believes he’d be more perfect for Barca than Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann due to being a ‘humble player’.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.

Fun, Frolics, And Club Presidents Leaping Into Fountains: Amazing Reaction To Roma’s Wondrous Champions League Win Over Barcelona (Photo & Video)

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One thing's for sure, there are going to be several thousand thick heads in the Italian capital city this morning following Roma's truly formidable fightback against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Giallorossi were faced with a 4-1 first-leg deficit to overcome at the Stadio Olimpico and, thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, that's exactly what they did eventually sending Barca packing on away goals.

Champions League: Rersugent Roma Dump Barcelona Out After Shock Second-Leg Victory At Stadio Olimpico (Photos & Video)

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Barcelona were jettisoned from the Champions League after being blindsided by a shock result few saw coming in the second leg against a Roma side who looked utterly dead and buried going into the match.

The Catalans came into the return fixture boasting a commanding 4-1 aggregate lead but found the deficit reduced with only six minutes gone when Edin Dzeko stormed the gates to put Roma ahead on the night.

Super Sub: Lionel Messi Inspires Barcelona Comeback In Seville With Majestic Equaliser (Video)

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Lionel Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a late comeback away to Sevilla on Saturday night, with the pint-sized magician scoring a stunning equaliser to help his side to a 2-2 draw.

Sevilla looked set for a hard-fought victory against the La Liga leaders, with goals from Franco Vasquez and Luis Muriel putting the hosts in the driving seat.

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15 Photos Of Overheated Footballers Squirting Themselves In The Face With Water Bottles

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To celebrate the fact that we appear to have skipped Spring and gone straight to summer this year (two consecutive days of 20-degree weather definitely constitutes a summer where we're from), Pies have cobbled together a compendium of photos of footballers attempting to combat the heat by blasting water into their own mushes.

FOX’s World Cup ad compares Ronaldo and Messi to King Kong and Godzilla [VIDEO]

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Better late than never, FOX Sports finally has released a new ad to promote its coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Entitled “Epic,” the new ad that will begin being televised nationally this weekend focuses on the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Not surprisingly, the footballers are two of the three players that FOX Sports has been featuring the most to promote its exclusive English-language coverage of the World Cup, which will be played in Russia this summer.

FOX’s World Cup ad compares Ronaldo and Messi to King Kong and Godzilla [VIDEO]

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Better late than never, FOX Sports finally has released a new ad to promote its coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Entitled “Epic,” the new ad that will begin being televised nationally this weekend focuses on the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Not surprisingly, the footballers are two of the three players that FOX Sports has been featuring the most to promote its exclusive English-language coverage of the World Cup, which will be played in Russia this summer.

Ronaldo has scored more Champions League goals than Liverpool

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Cristiano Ronaldo added another two Champions League goals to his tally this evening in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Juventus, the second of which was astonishing.


OH. MY. WORD!

Cristiano Ronaldo with an outrageous overhead kick!

Insane!

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On This Day in Football: Bolivia crush Argentina

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On this day in 2009, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier which matched their record loss in international football.

The Argentines had lost just one game in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, a 1-0 defeat against Chile in October the previous year. The two time World Cup winners had beaten Bolivia 3-0 on home soil the last time they met each other.

The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

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Tuesday Kickoff: Messi injury; Bayern, Dortmund chase Hasenhuttl and more

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One of the game's big stars will miss a big-time friendly while two top teams have reportedly set their sights on the same manager.

Lionel Messi will reportedly miss Argentina's friendly against Spain due to a muscle issue. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interesting in hiring RB Leipzig bossRalph Hasenhüttl.