Lionel Messi RUMORS & NEWS

  • Manchester City expect Lionel Messi to finish career at Barcelona

    ESPN FC "Manchester City would "open the doors" to Lionel Messi if he ever decided to leave Barcelona, according to chief executive Ferran Soriano. The Argentina international striker showed why City boss Pep Guardiola believes he is the best player in the world after his hat trick in the 4-0 victory..." October 20

  • Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi may want a 'new experience' at some point

    Sky Sports "Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he hopes Lionel Messi finishes his career at Barcelona but does not think a move to England is completely out of the question. And Guardiola implied that he would be among the many suitors sure to target the brilliant Argentine, were he to decide on a..." October 19

  • Pep Guardiola: I never called Lionel Messi for Manchester City

    ESPN FC "Pep Guardiola has admitted he tried to sign Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the summer before eventually signing his teammate Claudio Bravo. But the Manchester City boss denied reports that he had tried to take four of his former Barca players to the Etihad in the summer, including Lionel..." October 18

  • Lionel Messi out three weeks with groin injury suffered vs. Atletico

    ESPN FC "Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will be out of action for about three weeks after injuring his groin in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday at Camp Nou. With manager Luis Enrique's Barca side leading by one goal in the second half, the Argentine dropped to the ground..." September 21

  • 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

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