Lionel Messi RUMORS & NEWS

  • Messi sends jersey to Curry celebrating 10M Instagram followers

    The Score "Four months ago, Lionel Messi surpassed the mark of 30 million followers on Instagram, resulting in Stephen Curry, No. 30 for the Golden State Warriors, sending the Argentinian phenom an autographed jersey. On Sunday, it was Messi's turn to return the favour. After Curry hit 10 million..." April 24

  • Kaka, Villa, Gerrard, Lampard hope Messi and Ronaldo will join MLS

    The Score "MLS is home to many star players, chief among them David Villa, Kaka, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but these icons of the game hope to be overshadowed. All four want the world's two best footballers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to join them in MLS sooner rather than later, and..." February 23

  • Messi will play in Copa America in the U.S. over Olympics in Rio

    CBS Sports "This summer's Olympics will not feature Lionel Messi, as coach Gerardo Martino will instead be using his star in the Copa America, aiming to end Argentina's trophy drought. As Argentina attempts to win another gold medal, Messi will rest, Gerardo Martino revealed Monday, per Globo..." February 02

  • Revealed: Real Madrid have failed to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi three times

    The Express "The 28-year-old superstar has been with Barca since he age of 13 and made his debut just three years later. And having become one of the world's greatest players, Spanish journalist Joseba Larranaga is claiming that Madrid approached Messi about a move for the first time in 2011. Speaking on..." January 28

  • Lionel Messi rules out leaving Barcelona for another European club

    Daily Mail "Lionel Messi has ruled out leaving Spanish giants Barcelona for another European club ‒ although the superstar hinted he could return to Argentina before hanging up his boots. Messi, who scooped his fifth Ballon d'Or crown earlier this month, has been linked with Premier League title contenders..." January 20

  • Vandals painted 'Messi' on the back of Cristiano Ronaldo's statue

    USA Today "Portuguese soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo was immortalized with a magnificent statue in his hometown of Madeira in 2014, but after rival Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or Monday to break Ronaldo’s streak of two in a row, vandals defaced Ronaldo’s statue and painted Messi’s name and number on the..." January 13

  • adidas Wants Lionel Messi to Play for Manchester United

    Complex "It's been a huge week for Lionel Messi. On Monday, he took home the FIFA Ballon d'Or honors for the first time since 2012, marking his fourth Golden Ball win. Now, Messi's making headlines yet again, as adidas has expressed wishes to pull him away from his longtime club, Barcelona, and bring him..." January 13

  • Back on top: Lionel Messi captures record 5th Ballon d'Or

    The Score "For the past two years, Lionel Messi was forced to sit back and watch as perennial rival Cristiano Ronaldo strutted to the stage and collected back-to-back Ballon d'Or crowns. On Monday at FIFA's annual gala, the shoe returned to the other foot. For the fifth time in his illustrious career,..." January 11

  • Manchester City target Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba to build Pep's dream team

    ESPN FC "Manchester City may not be making many impressive January moves, but they're certainly planning for the future. With Pep Guardiola keen on a Premier League job this summer, The Sun suggests City will tempt the Catalan coach with the challenge of making them "the biggest on the planet." How will..." January 07

  • Did FIFA accidentally announce Lionel Messi and Celia Sasic as Ballon d'Or winners on their website?

    Daily Mail "Football fans across the globe have been left wondering if FIFA accidentally leaked the winners of the Ballon d'Or on their website on Wednesday. Football's world governing body momentarily placed Lionel Messi and Celia Sasic at the summit of their list of winners on their website, alongside..." January 06

  • Lionel Messi signing for Manchester City is 'possible' - Willy Caballero

    ESPN FC "Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero said there is "no doubt" his club could sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Messi, who is a four-time World Player of the Year and Barcelona's 424-goal record scorer, has long-been linked with the 2014 Premier League champions. City's chief executive..." December 24

  • 'F*** you!' - Leo Messi HITS OUT at critics "The Barcelona star insists "football is not just about effort" and has defended his decision to not sing the national anthem before games. Lionel Messi has spectacularly hit out at those who have criticised his performances for Argentina and also admits he is frustrated by people who are..." December 13

  • Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona along with myself

    Sky Sports "Luis Suarez says it is "impossible" he will leave Barcelona and also backs Lionel Messi to stay with the club. There has been speculation Messi could leave the European champions in the near future, but Suarez thinks that is unlikely to happen. "I can't see Messi leaving," he said at an..." December 04

  • Man United are preparing a stunning £350million double raid for Lionel Messi and Neymar, according to reports.

    Metro "Barcelona are struggling to hold onto the superstars as their huge wages are apparently crippling the La Liga giants. And the Sun says United are preparing a £350m bid to bring both of the stars to Old Trafford. The huge deal seems totally unlikely, but the paper adds that Barca’s wage bill..." December 03

  • Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are not for sale... with Barcelona stars' buyout clauses totalling £452m

    Daily Mail "Not for sale: that's the message Barcelona-based daily Sport have for potential suitors of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. The front three, known as 'MSN' and arguably the greatest ever assembled, have buyout clauses of €250m (£177m), €200m (£141m) and €190m (£134m) respectively -..." December 02

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar revealed as the Ballon d'Or final three

    Daily Mirror "Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar will duke it out with Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or as FIFA announced the final three-man shortlist. Former Manchester United star Ronaldo is gunning for his third consecutive award, after he pipped Messi to the prestigious prize in..." November 30

  • Lionel Messi match-time decision for Clasico - Barcelona's Luis Enrique

    ESPN FC "The return of Barcelona star Lionel Messi for Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid will be a match-time decision, Barca manager Luis Enrique said on Friday. Messi has not played for two months since injuring a ligament in his knee in late September, but returned to training during the recent..." November 20

  • Lionel Messi favours Arsenal transfer as he plots Barcelona exit – report

    Metro "Lionel Messi favours a move to Arsenal with the player thinking of quitting Barcelona, according to reports. Messi, 28, has apparently become frustrated with the Spanish tax authorities – and he’s now interested in making a transfer to England. The Daily Star says Messi wants to move to..." November 16

  • Messi could make return from injury for El Clasico

    Pro Soccer Talk "Lionel Messi could make his return to action for Barcelona’s massive Clasico match against Real Madrid next Saturday. He is the top scorer in the rivalry with 21 goals. Messi hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury in September, but has returned to training and has been battling to get..." November 16

  • Lionel Messi on course to be fit for El Clasico, says Barcelona president

    Sky Sports "Lionel Messi is on course to be fit for Barcelona's La Liga clash with rivals Real Madrid next month, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Messi suffered a knee injury in the win over Las Palmas in late September and was ruled out for up to two months, putting his involvement in the..." November 10

  • Barcelona president: Reports linking Messi with Chelsea, Man Utd and City are embarrassing

    Daily Star "The Sun claimed last week that several top Premier League clubs were eyeing Messi for an audacious summer swoop, with him ready to quit La Liga. Chelsea, Manchester United and City were all said to be keen on the 28-year-old and readying their own mega bids. Reports also revealed that..." October 27

  • Bookmakers make Chelsea the favourites to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi

    Metro "News broke this morning that Barcelona hero Lionel Messi has listened to transfer talks with three leading Premier League clubs. Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are the three teams rumoured to be in contact with Messi’s representatives according to the Sun who believe the..." October 23

  • Lionel Messi tax case could lead to shock Barcelona exit in 2018 – report

    Metro "The Argentina forward, who has spent his entire senior career at the Nou Camp, is said to be unhappy and losing his patience with life in Spain, according to Messi, who is currently out with a knee injury picked up last month, could even face jail if he is found to be guilty of..." October 19

  • Barcelona back Lionel Messi over tax case

    Sky Sports "Barcelona have given their full backing to Lionel Messi in the superstar's tax fraud case and vowed to fight "external decisions" they say are unfairly targeting the club. On Thursday a Spanish court ordered Messi and his father Jorge, who are accused of defrauding the Spanish state of £3.1m..." October 09

  • Lionel Messi to stand trial in Spain on tax fraud charges

    CBS Sports "It's stinks being injured. But for Lionel Messi, this is much worse. Per the Associated Press, the Barcelona superstar will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud. The AP says that court documents that were made public on Thursday say that a judge rejected a request to clear the..." October 08

  • Lionel Messi Cleared Of Tax Fraud Charges; Case Against Father Continues

    NESN "The taxman no longer cometh for Lionel Messi, but his father, Jorge, isn’t free and clear. Prosecutors in Barcelona, Spain, cleared Lionel Messi of tax fraud charges Monday but recommended a fine and a prison sentence for Jorge Messi, according to The BBC. The Messis were accused of evading..." October 07

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi 'does not know' if he'll make Clasico - brother

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi does not know if he will return from his current knee injury in time to play for Barcelona in the Clasico at Real Madrid on Nov. 21, his brother Rodrigo has told Spanish radio. Messi tore a ligament in his left knee early in last weekend's 2-1 La Liga win over Las Palmas at the..." September 29

  • Barcelona star Lionel Messi WILL be fit to face Real Madrid, according to Argentina's team doctor

    Daily Mirror "Argentina’s team doctor believes that Lionel Messi will be back for el clásico, and suggested that Barcelona’s prognosis for the superstar may be a conservative estimate. Messi limped off inside the first ten minutes of Barca’s 2-1 victory over Las Palmas on Saturday afternoon, and the Nou Camp..." September 28

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi out 7-8 weeks

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi suffered a knee injury early in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Las Palmas and could now face six to eight weeks on the sidelines, according to unconfirmed local reports. The incident happened inside the opening stages at the Camp Nou, when Messi cut inside from the right wing,..." September 27

  • Spain's La Liga 'must plan for Messi and Ronaldo exit'

    BBC "Spain's top football division, La Liga, must be such a worldwide sporting attraction that it is able to deal with stars Ronaldo or Messi moving on, says the league's president. Javier Tebas says that either player could leave La Liga "within three seasons, and we need to be ready for..." September 10

  • Lionel Messi receives UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi was named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season for helping Barcelona to a Treble of trophies. The Argentine star defeated the other finalists, his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award a year ago, after a live vote." August 27

  • Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez named finalists for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

    The Score "Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo were named the three finalists for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Wednesday. The three stars were the top choices among journalists from each of UEFA's 54 member associations, selected from a..." August 12

  • Lionel Messi's family attacked in stands of Copa America final

    CBS Sports "Members of Lionel Messi's family were attacked in the stands in Santiago during the Copa America final between Argentina and Chile, reports. According to the report, the incident occurred just before the first half ended, as Chile fans started to insult the superstar's..." July 04

  • Lionel Messi to stand trial for tax fraud after failed appeal

    Sporting News "Lionel Messi will stand trial for tax fraud after having an appeal rejected by a Barcelona court. The FC Barcelona superstar and his father and agent, Jorge Horacio Messi, stand accused of having defrauded authorities of €4.1million (more than $4.5 million US) between 2007 and 2009. The..." June 10

  • Villarreal's Luciano Vietto dreams of playing with Barcelona's Lionel Messi

    ESPN FC "Villarreal's emerging star attacker Luciano Vietto says it would be "a dream come true" to play alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Vietto, 21, has been outstanding since joining Villarreal for just €5.5 million last summer, scoring 18 goals in his first 36 appearances across La Liga, the Copa..." April 01

  • Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have 'special relationship' at Barcelona

    ESPN FC "Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said there is "no hint of jealousy" in the relationship between his club's all-star strike force of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The three South Americans have been in excellent form in 2015, with Barca moving four points clear in the title race,..." March 27

  • Lionel Messi isn't as good a finisher as Sergio Aguero, says Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

    Daily Mail "Joe Hart considers Sergio Aguero to be a better finisher than Lionel Messi. The England goalkeeper has backed his Manchester City team-mate ahead of the Barcelona star when it comes to their natural ability to score. Messi is always put forward as one of the greatest to ever play the game..." March 26

  • Luis Suarez: Barcelona stars not out to help Leo Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo

    ESPN FC "Luis Suarez has laughed off the idea that the Barcelona players have set out to help Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to La Liga's top scorer award. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the "Pichichi" award since the 2009-10 season, with the Argentine finishing top scorer on three occasions --..." March 26

  • Chelsea ‘clear to seal Lionel Messi transfer after FFP cash boost’

    Metro "Chelsea have been cleared to sign Lionel Messi after the club received a significant boost to their Financial Fair Play cash reserves. The Blues have been linked with a move for Barcelona ace Messi in recent months, with the player believed to be unhappy at the Nou Camp. Jose Mourinho had..." March 19

  • Barcelona admits, begrudgingly, that Manchester City, PSG could sign Lionel Messi

    Pro Soccer Talk "As Lionel Messi continues to rip it up in the second half of the 2014-15 season, Barcelona is becoming increasingly wary that the 27-year-old superstar could depart the Nou Camp in the foreseeable future. Messi, who scored an 12-minute hat trick on Sunday against Rayo Vallecano to net yet..." March 09

  • Barcelona HAVE considered selling Lionel Messi to Chelsea, Man Utd or City - Benedito

    The Express "BARCELONA presidential candidate Agusti Benedito believes Barcelona have seriously considered selling Lionel Messi in recent time. The Argentine ace has been the subject of speculation about his future after hinting he may not necessarily end his career at the Camp Nou. And while Barcelona..." March 01

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi: I had a lot of problems during 2013-14 season

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi has admitted that he "went through a lot of problems on and off the field" during an unsuccessful 2013-14 season, but is ready to lead Barcelona to success this year. Messi, 27, endured a frustrating campaign last term as Atletico Madrid won the Spanish title at the Camp Nou on the..." February 19

  • What Chelsea have to do to secure £200m Lionel Messi signing

    Daily Star "The Blues have been linked with a move for Messi in recent months with the Argentine ace reportedly unsettled at the Catalan club after a rumoured falling out with boss Luis Enrique. Messi would cost Chelsea around £200m and Balague reckons the club would have to sell their star players to land..." February 04

  • Adidas to help Manchester United in £200 million bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

    The Telegraph "Manchester United could be given help from their new sponsors Adidas to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, according to The Metro. United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Messi, who has opened the door to a possible transfer with some cryptic comments recently. Adidas sponsor Messi and..." January 21

  • Messi has “no intentions of leaving” Barcelona, goes off on “lies”

    Pro Soccer Talk "Lionel Messi let loose on Atletico Madrid before following suit on the rumor mill. The 27-year-old Ballon d’Or finalist said he isn’t going to Chelsea, Manchester City or any other team, nor did he try to get manager Luis Enrique fired. And after setting up a pair of goals and scoring the..." January 12

  • Chelsea willing to offer mega six-year deal to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

    Daily Star "Sources close to the Barcelona star insist the Blues have made it known they are willing to pay his £200m buy-out clause. But they also claim Chelsea are willing to meet his wage demands - which could double the total cost of the deal. Blues boss Jose Mourinho described stories linking the..." January 08

  • Senior Barcelona stars hold crunch talks with unhappy Chelsea target Lionel Messi

    The Express "Messi has reportedly fallen out of favour with Barca boss Luis Enrique, who was non-committal today when asked about the 27-year-old. But senior members of the Barca squad are attempting to smooth the waters at the Nou Camp. Xavi and other influential players met Messi before training this..." January 07

  • Study: Lionel Messi worth 87 million euros more than Cristiano Ronaldo

    ESPN FC "Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the most valuable player in the world, well ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a study by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory. The study used an algorithm based on 1,500 fee-paying club transfers since 2009 to..." January 06

  • Jose Mourinho: Chelsea couldn't afford Barcelona star Lionel Messi

    ESPN FC "Jose Mourinho has again dismissed any suggestion Chelsea could sign Lionel Messi, telling BT Sport that financial fair play rules mean the Blues cannot sign a "super amazing player." Argentine channel DirecTV had reported last month that Mourinho had approved a deal to sign Messi, which the..." December 24

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer named on final Ballon d'Or shortlist

    Daily Mail "Past winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are again the leading contenders for the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the world's best player. The pair, stars of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, have both been named on the three-man shortlist for the 2015 edition of the prestigious award along..." December 01

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