Lionel Messi RUMORS & NEWS

  • Barcelona's #WeAreAllMessi campaign is, at best, misguided

    Fox Sports "Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud. Three counts of it. And he was handed a 21-month prison sentence (although he will likely avoid any jail time). It was the conclusion of a long, drawn out criminal case that saw his financial dealings investigated by the authorities for years and then..." July 09

  • Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona after tax verdict - Javier Tebas

    ESPN FC "The president of the Spanish football league says he is worried that Lionel Messi could leave to play in another country after being found guilty of tax fraud. Javier Tebas has also defended Messi's innocence two days after a court ruled the Barcelona forward and his father defrauded the..." July 09

  • Chelsea ready to pounce for Lionel Messi transfer after initial talks

    Metro "Chelsea could be ready to pounce for the ambitious transfer of Lionel Messi after Roman Abramovich held talks with the Barcelona star’s father on his yacht. The Blues are keeping tabs on the Argentine’s uncertain situation at the Nou Camp as he feels disappointed not to have had more support..." July 09

  • Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

    BBC "His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay used to conceal earnings from image rights. However, they are likely to avoid..." July 06

  • Lionel Messi admits Argentina FA criticism a mistake before Copa finals

    ESPN FC "Argentina striker Lionel Messi admitted he made a mistake with his vocal criticism of his country's FA, but refused to use the situation as an excuse should the Albiceleste lose their Copa America finals rematch against Chile on Sunday. The Barcelona star made his feelings clear about the AFA..." June 25

  • Ronaldo, Messi top Forbes list of best-earning athletes

    Pro Soccer Talk "Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made the most money in the sports world in 2015, and no other soccer player comes close to La Liga’s duo. Ronaldo made about $128 million, while Messi hauled in more than $118 million. In both of their cases, salary is significantly higher than endorsements " June 08

  • Lionel Messi could make shock move to Manchester United

    Daily Mail "Manchester United are exploring the potential of a sensational move to bring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to Old Trafford. Sportsmail can reveal that United have made two approaches in the last three weeks in an attempt to gauge whether a move for the Argentine might be possible. Any..." June 04

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi in tax court: I played football and trusted my father

    ESPN FC "Barcelona star Lionel Messi denied having knowledge of the tax issues that led to fraud charges against him, saying on Thursday that he signed documents without reading them because he trusted his father and the advisers responsible for managing his finances. Witnesses called to testify on the..." June 02

  • Lionel Messi accused of $4.5 million fraud scheme

    NESN "After enduring three years of suspicion and uncertainty, Lionel Messi is finally having his day in court. The FC Barcelona and Argentina superstar’s tax-fraud trial began Tuesday in Barcelona. He and his father are charged with three counts of tax fraud. As expected, Lionel Messi didn’t..." May 31

  • Messi leaves Argentina friendly vs. Honduras with back injury

    ESPN FC "Lionel Messi was taken off in the second half of Argentina's 1-0 friendly defeat of Honduras on Friday with a bruised lower back. The Barcelona star went to ground after a knee to his torso and was seen holding his back as he gingerly walked off the field in the 64th minute. " May 27

  • 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

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