Lionel Messi RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Barcelona tried to sell £200m Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd target Lionel Messi

    Daily Star "Balague, who has been writing Messi's biography, admitted that the Argentine superstar is the closest he has ever been to leaving the Catalan club but suggested a departure is unlikely despite interest from the Premier League. "I don’t think Lionel Messi has been as close to leaving as he is..." November 26

  • Messi legend grows with all-time Champions League scoring record

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi added yet another record to his already legendary collection after scoring three goals in Tuesday's 4-0 victory for Barcelona against Apoel, taking his all-time Champions League tally so far to a mind-blowing 74, four ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and three ahead of former record-holder..." November 25

  • What would Barcelona do without Lionel Messi?

    Sporting News "What would Barcelona do without Lionel Messi? Since hinting in a recent interview with Argentine sports paper Ole that his long-term future may lie away from the Catalan club, the striker has returned to his brilliant best and broken two of football's most remarkable records in the space of..." November 25

  • Lionel Messi may leave Spain over tax jail threat

    The Guardian "Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time, may leave Spain after continuing to fall foul of the tax authorities, sources have said. The player, who earlier this year agreed a new €50m (£40m) salary with Barcelona, has complained that he is being singled out for special..." November 22

  • Mascherano: Messi doesn't want Barcelona exit

    Goal.com "The veteran believes his teammate's comments about potentially leaving Camp Nou have been overblown. Lionel Messi is committed to Barcelona and isn't planning on leaving the club at the end of the season, according to Javier Mascherano. Messi hinted to Argentine newspaper Ole earlier this..." November 21

  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi hints he could leave Camp Nou

    Fox Sports "Lionel Messi has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could leave Barcelona, admitting that while he has always intended to retire at Camp Nou, "sometimes things don't work out as you plan". Since making his senior debut in October 2004, Messi has established himself as one of the greatest..." November 18

  • Ronaldo denies referring to Lionel Messi by 'motherf*****' nickname as Real Madrid star fights back over claims

    Daily Mail "Cristiano Ronaldo has denied that his alleged nickname for Lionel Messi behind closed doors is 'motherf*****'. The Real Madrid forward was accused of regularly referring to his Barcelona counterpart by the name in Guillem Balague's book, MESSI, but Ronaldo insists it is untrue. 'News is..." November 12

  • Lionel Messi equals Raul's career Champions League goals record

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi equalled Raul's Champions League goal-scoring record with the 71st of his career during Barcelona's 2-0 Group F win at Ajax on Wednesday. Messi entered Barcelona's game against Ajax on 69 goals for his career and headed in his 70th in the 36th minute. Only four of Messi's Champions..." November 06

  • Capello: I tried to loan Messi for Juventus

    ESPN FC "Fabio Capello has revealed he once asked Frank Rijkaard during a match if he could take Lionel Messi on loan from Barcelona to Juventus. Messi, 27, is two goals short of breaking Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga record of 251 strikes, and is among the 23 nominees for the 2014 Ballon d'Or having..." October 30

  • Lionel Messi 'had nothing to do with tax evasion', insists father Jorge

    Daily Mirror "Lionel Messi's father insists the Barcelona star has nothing to do with the tax controversy that threatens to tarnish his name. The Argentine and father Jorge have been accused of tax evasion over three offences from 2007 to 2009 - swindling the Spanish state of more than £3.2million. Messi..." October 16

  • Barcelona are confident they can keep Lionel Messi

    Sky Sports "Barcelona are ignoring ongoing speculation regarding Lionel Messi's future and expect him to remain at the club. Despite being an iconic figure at the Nou Camp, and having spent his entire career to date with the Catalan giants, regular rounds of rumours continue to suggest that Messi could..." October 02

  • Chelsea's £118m MONSTER bid to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi

    Daily Star "The mega deal would have been the biggest in football history if it'd come off - and would have smashed the £86m world transfer record that Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale. The reports from Spanish television station TV3 claim that Jose Mourinho tried his luck with a huge offer to lure the..." September 27

  • Malaga defender Weligton explains why he threw Messi to ground

    Fox Sports "Malaga centre-back Weligton claims Lionel Messi called him a "son of a wh*re" and that is why he threw him to the ground in Wednesday's 0-0 draw. Javi Gracia's men were the first team of 2014-15 to deny Barcelona all three points, as last season's La Liga runners up failed to register a shot on..." September 25

  • Parents In Leo Messi's Hometown Can No Longer Name Their Kids "Messi"

    Deadspin "In reaction to one Argentine man christening his son "Messi Varela," Mundo Deportivo reports that the city of Rosario has decided to nip any potential trend in the bud by passing a law that prohibits use of the name "Messi" as a first name. The stated rationale appears to be that using a family..." September 10

  • Messi now 'happier' playing for Argentina than Barcelona

    Goal.com "Argentina icon Ossie Ardiles believes that Lionel Messi is now "happier" playing for his country than Barcelona. Messi's form and demeanour were the subject of much debate during the 2013-14 season, with former Blaugrana assistant coach Angel Cappa going as far as to suggest that the No.10 had..." June 09

  • Messi agrees new Barcelona contract

    ESPN "Messi's current deal ends in June 2018 and contains a release clause of 250 million euros. Talks on an improved deal have been ongoing since last autumn, when it became clear that teammate Neymar and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo were imposing on his status as the world's best-paid player. As..." May 16

  • Lionel Messi plays down move away from Barcelona

    Sky Sports "Lionel Messi has taken issue with the Spanish press for debating his next career move while insisting Barcelona will not let the opportunity to retain the Primera Division title slip from their grasp. Media speculation in Spain has linked the Argentina striker with a move away from Nou Camp -..." May 08

  • Man City prepare to snare £164m Messi in world-record transfer

    The Express "Reports in Spain claim Manuel Pellegrini's side have prepared an eye-watering £164million offer as they look to bring one of the planet's best players to the Etihad. City owner Sheikh Mansour has been keeping tabs on Messi since taking control of the Sky Blues in 2008, and feels the time is..." May 06

  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set to be offered improved deal

    Sky Sports "Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insists Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract to keep him with the Catalan giants. The Argentinian superstar has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp after an injury-hit campaign has seen Messi fail to reach the heights of previous..." April 21

  • Barcelona striker Lionel Messi poised to leapfrog Cristiano Ronaldo as world's highest-paid player

    The Telegraph "Lionel Messi is poised to become the world’s highest-paid player as Barcelona look to ensure his long-term future is secure at the Nou Camp before he heads off to play for Argentina in the World Cup. Although Messi already has a contract that runs until 2018, his star status means that he has..." March 26

  • Barcelona offer Lionel Messi new £37m-a-year contract

    Give Me Sport "Barcelona forward Lionel Messi may have missed out on this year's Ballon d'Or crown but he is set to get one up on arch nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo in the pay stakes this week, with the Argentine set to put pen to paper on a new £37m-a-year contract that puts him back out in front as the world's..." January 22

  • Neymar deal may cost Barca millions over Messi

    ESPN UK "Barcelona may be forced to spend millions of euros making Lionel Messi their highest-paid player when the full details of Neymar's transfer and contract come to light, according to reports in Spain. Barca president Sandro Rosell maintains the club paid 'just' €57.1 million to sign Neymar from..." January 22

  • Lionel Messi given all-clear to return

    ESPN FC "Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has named Lionel Messi in his squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash with Getafe. Messi returned to full training with his teammates last week but sat out Sunday’s 4-0 Primera Division home win over Elche, after which Martino suggested there were still some..." January 07

  • Look who's back! Messi returns to boost Barca's title charge after two months out

    Daily Mail "Barcelona at hailing it as the biggest new arrival of the transfer window – Leo Messi back after a month in Argentina and he is already in the goals scoring a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw in front of 13,000 supporters at the club’s mini-stadium alongside the Camp Nou. After two months away from the..." January 03

  • PSG would bid for Messi

    Sports Direct News "Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that should Lionel Messi ever decide to leave Barcelona then his club Paris Saint-Germain would be waiting in the wings. Messi has been in Argentina recovering from a thigh injury but is set to fly back to Barcelona ahead of his team’s game against Elche on..." January 02

  • Yaya Toure and Aguero ramp up volume on calls for Messi to join City

    Manchester Evening News "Yaya Toure has joined Sergio Aguero in urging Messi to join City. The prospect of Barcelona’s double World Player of the Year making a sensatonal switch to the Etihad has been a dream for the Blues faithful. But the prospect of City – who face Barca in the Champions League – shelling out..." December 23

  • Messi's dad rejects transfer rumors

    Fox Sports "Lionel Messi's father and agent has moved to reject speculation that the Argentine ace could leave Barcelona. Messi's future at Camp Nou has been the subject of conjecture in the last few days following Messi's spat with economic vice-president Javier Faus. Messi hit back at Faus after the..." December 22

  • Messi injury recovery on track

    The World Game "Lionel Messi has been given the green light to begin the third phase of his recovery programme from a hamstring injury, Barcelona has announced. The Argentina international is in Buenos Aires as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury he sustained against Real Betis on November 10 and..." December 20

  • Barca: Messi exit impossible

    Sport24 "Lionel Messi will be going nowhere as long as Sandro Rosell is in charge at Barcelona, the Catalans' president has said on Thursday. "As long as I'm president of Barca, everything will be done that is possible and even impossible so that Messi stays at the club," said Rosell at an event to..." December 12

  • Leo Messi tells Barcelona to rekindle interest in Manchester City's Sergio Aguero

    The Express "Reports in Spain suggest that Messi has implored Barca to unite him with Aguero, after the pair enjoyed success at international level at both the Under 20 World Cup in 2005 and the 2008 Olympics. The Catalan club made enquiries about signing Aguero prior to signing Neymar last summer, and even..." November 15

  • Lionel Messi out for up to eight weeks

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi has likely played his last game of 2013 after tests carried out on Monday found that the Barcelona forward tore a muscle in his left thigh during the previous night’s 4-1 Primera Division win at Real Betis. Messi, 26, appeared to suffer an injury during a sprint while challenging..." November 11

  • Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward substituted against Real Betis

    SB Nation "Barcelona star Lionel Messi continues to be unlucky with lower-body injuries. Lionel Messi just can't seem to shake his fitness issues. The Barcelona forward came off injured agaisnt Real Betis on Sunday after appearing to pick up some sort of lower body injury. He stood still on the pitch for..." November 10

  • Manchester City striker Negredo believes Messi could be tempted to move to England

    ESPN FC "Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo believes Lionel Messi could be tempted to move to the Premier League within two years. Negredo has made a successful transition into English football since his summer signing from Sevilla, scoring four league goals and helping City qualify for the..." November 10

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