From Spain: Chelsea realistic target for €250m superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ever since Lionel Messi gave that interview to Argentine newspaper Ole, where he gave a hint that he might leave Barcelona some day, there has been lots of speculations going on. Messi's father believes that his son's quotes were misinterpreted.
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet that he could leave the Spanish giants saying "things can change a lot in soccer " before appearing to contradict himself by adding "if it was up to me I would stay forever".
The four-times world player of the year, who joined Barça's academy at the age of 13, has had a tough 18 months as he has struggled with injuries and lack of form combined with a long battle with Spanish tax authorities.
It was always going to happen at some point Barcelona is getting old. Xavi is now 33 years old, Dani Alves is now 30 and they recently had to part with the legendary Carlos Puyol. The 'tiki-taka' team of five years ago is certainly long gone, with new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique brought in to start the first stages of a transition.
Luis Suarez opens up about life with Barcelona and Lionel Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez opened up about his move to Barcelona, concerns about his weight and his role at the club to Uruguayan newspaper El Observador.
Suarez completed a £75m move to Barcelona during the summer, following a stellar season with Liverpool, which saw the Merseyside giants finish second in the table, agonizingly close to a 19th league title.
Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to his Facebook account to deny claims that he has an obscene nickname for Lionel Messi.
Tensions between the two players have long been the subject of speculation. Inhis new book about Messi, Spanish football expert Guillem Balaguereveals that the Real Madrid star routinely refers to the Argentina international as "motherf***er" behind his back.
Vanden Borre, Rodgers, Messi...Names of the Champions League, Matchday 4 is a post from: Just Football
Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football in which we look at the key names after each round of the tournament. With four games of the group stages now played, let's have a look at who stood out in week 4:
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen)
Bayer Leverkusen all but secured their passage to the knockout rounds with an excellent 2-1 win at Zenit St.
Messi equals Raul's CL Record Ajax vs Barcelona 2014 0-2 Goals Highlights Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Messi equals Raul's CL Record Ajax vs Barcelona 2014 0-2 Goals Highlights Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ajax vs Barcelona 2014 (Ajax Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ajax vs Barcelona 0-2 (Messi*2) Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam- 5 November, 2014- 5/11/14 Lionel Messi equals Raul Gonzalez's record [.
FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn't receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to the annual battle for the award between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a lot of controversial choices down the years.
Sepp Blatter: Mistake to give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup's Golden Ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yes, you read that headline right. I mean, I still don't know how to react to it. Ok, let me relay the story first. The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that it was a mistake to give Argentine superstar Lionel Messi the 'Golden Ball' award in the 2014 World Cup, and that Germany goal keeper Manuel Neuer should have got the award instead.
Real Madrid defeated or rather mauled Barcelona to death 3-1. It could have been , should have been, something like 6-1 for Real Madrid but Real Madrid just did not look like the side which scored 3 goals previously. Champions League game midweek might have taken out a bit too much from Real Madrid as [.
First straight up facts. Neymar scored the first goal of the game. A cheeky long ball from Suarez (the kinds he was famous for at Liverpool) saw Neymar take on Carvajal and Pepe. Quite inexplicably, both defenders felt like they had hit quicksand and Neymar got away from them with a single touch on [.
La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico? is a post from: Just Football
Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.
It's that time again, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns at 6pm local time in the first clásico of the season.
"The best game in the world", proclaims soccer daily Marca without much irony. 400 million people will be watching, says rival AS, with the kick-off time primed for South American and Middle Eastern markets.
Ronaldo and Messi set for Bernabeu showdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Neymar, Luka Modric, Xavi, James Rodriguez, the list goes on. It is quite some cast list for this Saturday evening's match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Luis Suarez's four-month long ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is almost up and with that the Uruguayan forward will be able to make his competitive debut for FC Barcelona this Saturday (Noon ET kickoff on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld)in the most appropriate of fixtures, the first Clásico of the season at the Bernabeu.
Video Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 Highlights 2014 Goals Xavi Messi Neymar is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Video Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 Highlights 2014 Goals Xavi Messi Neymar is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Barcelona vs Eibar 2014 (Barca Eibar VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 (Xavi, Messi, Neymar) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 18 October, 2014- 18/10/14- La Liga Little Eibar keep Barca scoreless [.
Barcelona continued their great run in to the season with a hard won 3-0 victory against the newly promoted Eibar. The match remained goal less for almost an hour, thanks to Eibar's dodgy defense but Barca courtesy of Messi, Xavi and Neymar secured a vital three points going into Clasico. Ahead of the Clasico last next week, Real Madrid threw up a challenge with their 5-0 victory earlier on the night.
Taking what she thought was a simple self-portrait to slap up on Instagram, BuzzFeed Español's editor, Conz Preti, couldn't help but notice that the image of a deity had appeared in the shadow she'd cast on the wall behind her...
A fresh, exciting new spin on the tired old "Jesus spotted on a pancake" phenomenon.
In the 90th minute, as Arjen Robben raced through the center of Argentina's defence, the stage was set. Putting an end to the demons of four years ago, where his failure to beat Iker Casillas one-on-one in the World Cup final cost his team the trophy, Robben was now ready for redemption. But it did not happen.
World Champions Germany slid and slipped in a Vigo monsoon to a 1-0 win over Spain. Both teams struggled with the incessant downpour but forged several goalscoring opportunities.Vicente del Bosque made six substitutions, Jogi Low three. Toni Kroos scored a minute from time with a skidding shot whose bounce fooled subsitute goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
FIFA's Ballon D'Or shortlists for the men's player of the year and coach of the year awards have been released.
All the 23 nominated players are Europe-based, with Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to retain his title. Five of Germany's World Cup-winning team are included, although there is no space for Luis Suarez, thanks to his bite in Brazil.
Angel di Maria is the only Manchester United player to feature in the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.
Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Gotze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Holland), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).
No Suarez? Three Chelsea players nominated in 23-man Ballon D'Or shortlist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's that time of the year, the time to reward the best player on earth for his outstanding display on football pitch. FIFA have nominated the 23-man shortlist for this year's Ballon D'or where three current players from Chelsea have been nominated.
Liverpool? United? Real Madrid? Which Club Will Win The Race For ‘The New Messi'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There's something just a little bit special about 15 year old Martin Ødegaard. The boy dubbed ‘The New Messi' in Norway and the youngest ever player to compete in European Championship Qualifying, it is no surprise many of Europe's top clubs are chasing his signature.