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Mid-Day Ticker: Iniesta wins UEFA Best Player award, Defoe re-signs and more

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Standing on a stage next to the two most prolific goal scorers in the world, Andres Iniesta finally received his due.

Iniesta was chosen as the 2011-12 UEFA Best Player in Europe, beating out Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo to take home the individual honors that were voted on by a panel of 53 European journalists at the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday.

Lionel Messi “Titanium” Skills Goals and Tricks in HD

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Sit back and relax, turn up your speakers and enjoy some of the best of Lionel Messi in this collection of Skills, Goals, and Tricks. The Messi video is nicely put together and set to the music and song by David Guetta featuring Sia, Performing Titanium...Soccer and Music at it's finest.

Just in case you've been living under a rock and have no idea just how good a soccer player Messi is or who he is.

Messi Penalty Miss v Germany

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szólj hozzá: Messi penalty miss vs Germany

Not the best of strikes from the World Player of the Year but Messi being Messi put that behind him as he helped Argentina to a comfortable 3-1 win over Germany, scoring from play 7 minutes into the second half.

Pep Guardiola: Past, Present and his Future?

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Pep Guardiola has sensationally called time on his Barcelona career following a difficult season in which the Catalans relinquished their grip on La Liga to rivals Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea.

Spoof: Barcelona announces hosepipe ban as Lionel Messi’s goal drought continues

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The streets of Barcelona last night ground to a standstill as Lionel Messi's epic goal drought reached a critical level. The city has called a hosepipe ban to help to cope with the drought, but Barcelona's transport system has also been affected by the drought. The three-time World Player of the Year if you [.

Lionel Messi To Be A Dad (Girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo Pregnant)

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TweetBarcelona striker Lionel Messi is set to become a father after news that his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo is pregnant was leaked. The three-time World Player of The Year has been dating girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo since his late teens and now the pair are expecting their first child. News of Roccuzzo's pregnancy first broke on an [.

Lionel Messi Names Sergio Aguero, Rooney & Van Persie As His Fav Players

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TweetLionel Messi has named Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie as his favourite Premier League players. Messi is the three-time and current FIFA World Player of The Year, however, when quizzed on his views about his fellow professionals 'The Flea' was quick to point out three of his favourite Premier League stars.

Why Messi Isn’t The Greatest Ever

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Lionel Messi registered a record-breaking five goal haul last Wednesday, as a boisterous Barcelona swept aside a baffled Bayern Leverkusen outfit, to march promptly into the Champions League Quarter-Finals.

Messi once again exhibited his undeniable quality and complete understanding of the modern game, bringing to the boil the debate that has simmered under the surface since he adopted Barcelona's number 10 shirt from the majestic Ronaldinho in 2008.

VIDEO: Lionel Messi Becomes First Player To Score Five Goals In Champs League Match

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TweetLionel Messi created Champions League history by becoming the first ever player to score five goals in a single match after hitting a hand against Bayer Leverkusen. The three time World Player of The Year lit up the Camp Nou with a startling performance as Barcelona ran out 7-1 winners against a hapless Bayer Leverkusen [.

UCL Rewind: Messi scores five to lift Barca, APOEL gets through on penalties

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Lionel Messi keeps finding ways to top himself.

Messi became the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League game as Barcelona ruthlessly routed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 at Camp Nou to advance to the quarterfinals on a 10-2 aggregate.

Noticias : Neymar Goes Wakeboarding and Lionel Messi’s First Youth Card At Barcelona

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Every football fanatic would love to get their hands on one of these youth player cards especially that belonging to a player/legend. While clubs usually authorize these official cards to be placed in their own museums (Real Madrid, for example, has a fascinating range of cards belonging to their present and former 'greats' at the Bernabeu), Lionel Messi's own had never been revealed.

Tuesday Kickoff: Tevez to PSG called off, Pepe escapes punishment and more

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And so the roulette wheel continues to spin.

Paris St.-Germain have pulled out of talks with Manchester City to sign striker Carlos Tevez. The Ligue 1 leaders were considered the front-runners after talks with AC Milan broke down last week. PSG's sporting director Leonardo and new manager Carlo Ancelotti met with Tevez's advisers but couldn't come to terms

"There was an opportunity, we have studied it, we made a good offer but failed to agree a deal," Leonardo told L'Equipe.

Ronaldo Ready For Barcelona

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So with Real Madrid and Barcelona scheduled to meet tomorrow at the Bernabeu for their first leg Copa Del Rey quarterfinal fixture, attention is already starting to get centred around the Messi Ronaldo debate.

Truth be said, although the debate is starting to get boring, it will be interesting to see how Ronaldo responds to his critics and the world player of the year.

Barca Win To Keep Pressure On Madrid

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Barcelona looked like they were headed for a draw before Alexis Sanchez and Messi scored in the span of 10 minutes to hand the Catalans a much needed 4-2 win over Real Betis that reduced their deficit on Leaders Real Madrid to 5 points.

World Player of the year Lionel Messi scored a brace to bring his tally for the season to 19 goals, just 2 short of leading goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo: Neymar Has Too Much Talent To Stay In Brazil

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So as Messi basks in the glory of winning a third straight FIFA world player of the year title, attention continues to be centred on the players who missed out.

One such Player is Neymar. According to Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Neymar not only has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or, but he can become better than Messi.

Leo. The Best. 3x. 24 years old. An ego that is pushed far...

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Leo. The Best. 3x.

24 years old. An ego that is pushed far beneath an incomparable will to win. 5 feet, 6 inches of skill and athleticism. The players, the media, and the coaches have spoken. Lionel Messi is, for the third time, the FIFA World Player of the Year. With so many years left in his career, it's mystifying.

Ballon d’Or 2012: Where Is The Love?

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It's right here, with Zinedine Zidane and Pele. Image:Â FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images.

Lionel Messi took home the coveted FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy Monday evening, staving off tough competition from Barcelona teammate, Xavi Hernandez, and Real Madrid rival, Cristiano Ronaldo (who was a no-show since his squad is set to do battle with Malaga in the Copa Del Ray today).

Lionel Messi Crowned FIFA World Player of the Year 2011

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For the third year in succession Lionel Messi has been crowned FIFA World Player of the Year. The 24-year old Argentina and FC Barcelona forward received his award at FIFA's...

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Sesselmann, Canada fall in final seconds

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Lauren Sesselmann (Green Bay Notre Dame) and the Canadian women's national team lost to Brazil 2-1 on a last-second goal Tuesday in their final warmup match before the London Olympics.

It was a wild finish to the Match world Women's Cup in Savièse, Switzerland. Canada seemingly forced penalty kicks on Christine Sinclair's equalizer deep into stoppage time, but the Brazilians raced down the field after the restart and Grazielle poked in a cross from five-time reigning women's world player of the year Marta to win it.

Report: Ronaldinho's Flamengo contract terminated after legal dispute

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Ronaldinho is reportedly up for grabs.

According to reports out of Brazil, the former two-time FIFA World Player of the Year has won a legal dispute against Flamengo over $20 million in unpaid wages and other payments and as a result has been freed from his contract with the club.

Sesselmann, Canada top Brazil

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Lauren Sesselmann (Green Bay Notre Dame) and the Canadian national team beat the third-ranked women's soccer team in the world Saturday – and the left back nearly scored her first international goal in the process.

Canada got past Brazil 2-1 in an internationally friendly in Foxborough, Mass.

Real Madrid

ANALYSIS: Does Cristiano Ronaldo do it in the big games?

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In his own mind he's the best player in the world, while in the minds of others he isn't even in the top 10. No matter which way you look at it, Cristiano Ronaldo divides opinion.

After a season in which the one-time World Player of the Year won La Liga for the first time since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo was criticised intensely after Portugal's first two games at Euro 2012.

Arsenal reject Nicklas Bendtner outshines Ronaldo-honestly!

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Real Madrid goal machine and contender for world player of the year, Christiano Ronaldo, was given a lesson in finishing today by none other than the Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner. I know this sounds ridiculous but it's true. Ronaldo has scored 60 goals this season in just 55 games for Real Madrid, while [.

Transfer Ticker: Dos Santos on verge of move, Ibisevic heads to Stuttgart & more

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Giovani Dos Santos is no stranger to moving during the winter transfer window, but instead of what has happened in past years, he is on the verge of leaving club purgatory for good.

Forever glued to the bench at Tottenham, the 22-year-old Mexican star is on the verge of a full transfer to Spanish club Villarreal, according to reports from Europe.

FIFA World Player

Birgit Prinz Tribute & Veronica Boquete On ‘Machismo’ Ahead Of Germany-Spain Euro 2013 Qualifier

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Earlier this week, the German Football Association held a farewell match and party for Birgit Prinz, one of the country's finest female players (and for those unfamiliar, a Mia Hamm of her generation). Of course, Birgit's accolades in the game are simply outstanding she has won the FIFA World Player of the Year thrice, German Player of the Year eight times, the FIFA World Cup twice and the Euro Championships five times.

Quaranta set for unique chance in India

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Santino Quaranta likely deserved a less abrupt end to his playing career. Instead, he is getting an unprecedented chance at a new beginning.

After not being offered a new contract with D.

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Here We Go Again

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The U.S. WNT takes on Japan in its third and final group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup in what will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

While there will be some extra emotions for sure in this match for the Americans, the focus is looking forward and that means getting a result against Japan that will send the U.

Canada and Brazil Women Set For Foxboro Friendly

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At Thursday night's Supporters' Summit, New England Revolution President Brian Bilello mentioned the team was working on a doubleheader for Revs' home opener on March 24th.

It now appears, according to multiple reports, that the Canadian Women's National Team and the Brazilian Women's National Team will face off on that same date at Gillette Stadium in a friendly match to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, presumably as the second game in that Gillette Stadium doubleheader .

Pia, Abby and Hope Check In

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U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo have arrived in training camp after attending the annual FIFA Awards Gala in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday night.

Sundhage finished second in the voting for FIFA Women's World Cup of the Year and Wambach finished third in the voting for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year behind Marta of Brazil and winner Homare Sawa.

Hello 2012

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The U.S. WNT has started its training camp in Los Angeles, a final week of practice and fine-tuning before head coach Pia Sundhage names the 20 players that will travel to Vancouver, B.C. for the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Sundhage called up 29 players for the camp, but just 27 are currently training as Abby Wambach and Hope Solo are in Zurich, Switzerland, for the year-end FIFA Gala Awards.

The Rest

Ronaldinho Atlético Mineiro Presentation

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2003 and 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has signed a six month deal with Atlético Mineiro after walking out on his contract with Flamengo last week. The former...

US Women Defeat Marta-less Brazil 3-0

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Last night the US Women played their second and final match of the Kirin Challenge Cup. The initial kickoff time was an inconvenient 4am Pacific, but due to impending bad weather the match was moved up to a more reasonable midnight. Unfortunately, ESPN stuck with the initial time for the broadcast, so Twitter was the only source for live updates.

FC Barcelona Trip: Day 2 Notes

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Monday March 26th

Woke up beat to hell but forced myself up and skipped breakfast (no time). Left hotel at 9:30 am to walk to turf field across the street from Camp Nou for coaches course with Jordi Vinyals and Arnau. Coaches ran sessions and they critiqued them to improve. Paul and I went to Barca offices to secure tickets for Stadium Tour, Athletic Bilbao game, and Milan game.

Canada Claims Victory

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Christine Sinclair bagged a brace as the Canadian women outmuscled Brazil 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Sinclair's strikes arrived in the 12th and 78th minutes while Gabriella Demoiser's penalty cut the Canadian lead in half in the 88th minute. Karina LaBlanc made a crucial save late to preserve the victory.

FIFA Ballon D’or Winners 2012

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Lionel Messi was voted World Player of the Year for the third year in a row with Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi a distant second and third respectively. Barcelona's Pep Guardiola won the manager of the year awrd having guided Barcelona to a unique double of La Liga and Champions League titles, Sir Alex ferguson who received an award for services to football was second and Jose Mourinho third in the Manager's list.