Stories about Lionel Messi

Who will win UEFA Champions League 2013-14?

The UEFA Champions League is certainly European Club Football’s biggest and most anticipated spectacle. It is followed the world over as fans watch the top teams from the best leagues in the world – from La Liga of Spain to England’s Barclays Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga among many – battle it out to achieve ultimate glory. The 2013-14 editions have been no different as all four teams from both England and Germany have made it to the knockout stages while three out of the original four Spanish teams have qualified as well. One team each from Russia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and France has made it ...

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Gareth Bale’s name on the Real Madrid jersey is good news for fans everywhere

With the Bale transfer saga finally coming to an end, there is good news for all the Real Madrid fans out there, and if you’re a Tottenham Hotspur fan then bad news awaits you. Real Madrid has successfully signed the Tottenham player Gareth Bale for a record breaking fee of US$131.86 million (£86.9 million), completely overshadowing the previous record of US$126.84 million (£80 million) as fee for Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. Never had I thought that Tottenham would let go of their star studded winger who had repeatedly given his best to the ...

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What if Ronaldo was Pakistani?

Football all over the world is played and enjoyed by both the working and middle classes, while the upper class owns the football clubs and enterprises. Having worked with football and Pakistani football especially, the stories we come across affecting our local footballers are not too different from these superstars of world football. Most Pakistani football players belong to the lower working class and make huge sacrifices to train and progress through the system. Players like Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Ramires, Essien and many more have come from humble backgrounds, where their families struggled to make ends meet and football offered a route out of ...

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Champions League 2013: Madrid in search for their Decima

After a short break the UEFA Champions League returns with some nail biting ties for the semi finals. The draws in Nyon, Switzerland, resulted in a Germany versus Spain for the last knock out round of the competition. It all kicks off at Allianz Arena when the German giants host Barcelona. Both the teams have dominated their leagues where Bayern Munich has already won theirs becoming the fastest team to have won the league in the four biggest leagues (Italy, Germany, Spain and England) while Barcelona is closing in on theirs. Both the clubs have a lot in common, starting ...

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Barcelona versus Paris Saint Germain: Are we in for something special?

As the season comes to a close and league winners become apparent, Europe’s illustrious competition, the Champions League still hangs in the balance. After the first leg of the quarter finals, some have already progressed to the next round, but little has happened that was of the unexpected. The first leg clash between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) resulted in a 2-2 draw in Paris. PSG was lucky to grab an equaliser at a crucial point in time. However, the French still have to travel to the port city for the return leg and have gotten themselves trapped in an uphill task. At this ...

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Lionel Messi will always win over Cristiano Ronaldo

One of humanity’s greatest tragedies is our failure to remember what was. I say this while acknowledging the dynamics of an ever changing and evolving world that spares no second thoughts at leaving irrelevant ideology behind. Any sports writer worth his salt has, at one point or another, faced the behemoth task that is defining greatness. The generic basis eludes most, so you’ll forgive my candid snickering at those who believe they have witnessed its peak. (I refer to a blog post that previously appeared in this forum.) Ronaldo versus Messi is truly an argument for the ages. Yet have we forgotten all ...

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Who do you prefer, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

Fate wasn’t so kind to the two of the most talented and exciting footballers in history when it decided to send them together to set the world of football on fire. I can foresee regular space for them in the leading newspapers around the world for decades to come. Comparisons have been drawn between the two of them ever since they started playing and will continue to be drawn long after they hang up their boots. I am sure we all know who I am talking about, its Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Their names are synonymous with their clubs ...

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Messi wins Ballon d’Or four times in a row

2013 couldn’t have started better for Messi. He successfully managed to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time in a row; an achievement which hasn’t been accomplished before. On January 7, the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony was held in Zurich, Switzerland. Messi won this prestigious award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andreas Iniesta. 2012 itself was a record breaking year for the 25-year-old Argentinean maestro Lionel Messi. Prior to the match against Real Betis on Dec 9, 2012, he had scored 84 goals (in the year) and this meant that he needed two more goals to surpass the previous record ...

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Pep Guardiola: Respect to a living legend

Barcelona talisman and manager Pep Guardiola recently announced that he would not be continuing in his managerial role at Barcelona beyond the end of this season. I cannot even begin to describe the profound effect he had on Barcelona and the world of football itself. Josep Guardiola i Sala or ‘Pep’ as they call him, was born in Santpedor; a relatively small town in central Catalonia, Spain. Pep’s rise in football was quite a fairy-tale. He started out working as a ball-boy for FC Barcelona – little did anyone know that this ordinary ball-boy would one day end up as manager of ...

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How Milan defended Barca’s attack

Stop Lionel Messi and you’ll stop Barcelona. Or at least that’s what many people think is the ultimate solution to stop the unstoppable machine that is FC Barcelona. It was a rare occasion in which the little genius was frustrated for 90 minutes as AC Milan held out for a goalless draw at home to the reigning European Champions in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie. It was Milan who had the best chance of the game from open play, while it was Barcelona that had the most contentious decision of the game ruled against them. ...

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