Stories about Lionel Messi

How these four managers changed modern day football

Joachim Leow managed to win Coach of the Year Award in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards. He guided the Germans to their historical World Cup win, which easily tells us the importance of managers in modern football. Therefore, let’s have a look at the four best managers of modern era, who were selected on the basis of managing successful clubs in different leagues, the resources they had, and their achievements in Europe and internationally. 1. Sir Alex Ferguson Sir Alex is regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game. A disciplinary and a dictator, he was famous for playing mind games ...

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UEFA Champions League returns with a thrill of emotions

It’s the mid of February, which means the knockout stages of the Champions League, and the ride to the final match – which will be held in Berlin on June 6th – is just round the corner. And I am sure that it would be nothing less than thrilling. Before the league officially begins, I think it would be a good idea to look at all the teams and assess their chances at winning. So here goes: Schalke 04 versus Real Madrid Schalke got a run for their money when they played Real Madrid the round of 16 ties last season, losing 6-1 ...

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Is Messi getting ready to pack his bags and leave Barcelona?

The year 2015 hasn’t started so well for the 27-years-old Argentinean, Lionel Messi, who lost the Ballon d’Or award to his rival, Ronaldo. Last year, however, was a great year for Messi; from becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in La Liga (and in the history of the UEFA Champions League with 72 goals) breaking Raul Gozalez’s record, to captaining his Argentinean side in the FIFA World Cup, making it to the final against the World Cup Champions, Germany, he had done it all. Messi, who has been a Barcelona player through the academy ranks and made his debut in 2004, has been ...

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Ballon d’Or 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo and becoming the Alpha-male of football

For the second time in a row and third overall, Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned as the best player in the world, beating the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer at the glitzy gala in Zurich, Switzerland. The result comes as little surprise as the Portuguese has had a remarkable year, winning three trophies for his club – UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup – and netting an astounding 54 goals in 60 appearances for club and country during the voting period (November 30, 2013 to November 21, 2014). On ...

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Champions League Round of 16 draws: Who will progress?

The UEFA Champions League draws were announced on Monday and one cannot be surprised at the number of repeat fixtures between Europe’s super clubs. It is remarkable that a competition, which has not seen a repeat winner since the last 25 years, witnesses such a number of repeat fixtures in its pre-final stages. However, regardless of who got to play against whom, one fact is certain – we are in for some spectacular competitive football as the clubs look to stamp their dominance in Europe. Two fixtures especially caught the eye of the world as Barcelona goes up against Manchester City in last ...

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5 reasons Manuel Neuer deserves the Ballon d’Or

Finally, after much anticipation, the list is out. And it’s out with a bang. Three players have been shortlisted for the prestigious award and it is no surprise that this year’s trio of the planet’s best players yet again includes the giants of the football world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. What is enthralling about this year’s award, however, is that this time it is not Xavi or Andrés Iniesta or Franck Ribery who will compete with Ronaldo and Messi – this time, it is a goalkeeper. This time it is the ‘SuperManu’, the ‘sweeper-keeper’, the legendary German and Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, who ...

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Living in the era of Lionel Messi

It seems almost superlative now to add to the tally of articles and tributes that have rained down on the diminutive Argentinian since last Saturday. However, acknowledging the unlikelihood that any of us will witness the level of skill, precision and magic that he has brought to us in our generation again, I suppose ‘enough’ could never be said. In a week dominated by headlines that Lionel Messi, despite his contract tying him to Barcelona till 2019, was “unhappy” with the club, he went back to doing what he does best against an excellent Sevilla outfit. He scored a hatrick; displaying each of the attributes previously ...

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Catalonian independence equals Spanish football without Barcelona

Despite Scotland’s ‘No’ vote on independence, the Catalans are adamant to break away from Spain as they push ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule. Just hours after the Scottish referendum results were announced, Catalonian parliament passed a law authorising them to hold a non-binding consultation on independence from Spain. However, Spain has refuted that it is unconstitutional for Catalonia to break away from them. Politics and sports are often intertwined; so the question is, what if it does break away? Furthermore, under the assumption that Catalonia breaks away from Spain, what impact will it have on the Spanish football, since ...

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From Hala Madrid to Glory all the way, where will Cristiano Ronaldo end up?

Manchester United fans have witnessed many outstanding players who have showcased their skills and abilities at the Theatre of Dreams over the club’s illustrious history. But there have been two players who have stood head and shoulders above others – George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo. George Best. Photo: Reuters Both are arguably the best players of their eras, who would mesmerise the crowd and take over their opponent’s defences with ease and perfection. Unfortunately, Best’s off the field lifestyle led to his downfall but Ronaldo, on the other hand, went from strength to strength after joining Manchester ...

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An Ángel in disguise for Manchester United

Much has been said about Manchester United’s transfer policy for the last two years, the majority of which is negative. Last season, United had to replace two individuals, who have been part of the fabric of the club, for a good part of a decade, regardless much was expected. What ensued was a virtual train wreck; without completing even one season, David Moyes was given the boot. The chief executive of the club, Ed Woodward, also had to shoulder a great deal of the blame due to his failed exploits in the transfer window. Fast forward one year: Manchester United is in the hands of the experienced Louis Van ...

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