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How Messi finally saw red after 753 zen-like Barcelona matches

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When Lionel Messi‘s moment came, it was, of course, spectacular. Stage? The Spanish Supercopa final. State of play? Defeat or victory balanced infinitely delicately. Classic Messi territory. For 753 Barcelona matches, sufficient to make him the greatest player in history, this has always very specifically been Messi territory. From his......

Messi Gets Red Card, Barcelona Loses Spanish Super Cup to Athletic

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press Lionel Messi lost his cool after another Barcelona collapse on Sunday, hitting an opponent away from the ball and being sent off for the first time while playing with the Catalan club in the team’s 3-2 loss to......

Messi could face 4-match ban for red card

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6:56 PM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi could be banned for up to four games after receiving the first red card of his Barcelona career in Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa final 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Two goals from Antoine Griezmann looked to have Barca on course for the......

Rashford tops transfer value list, Messi 97th, Ronaldo drops out of Top 100

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With a new year upon us and the January transfer window open, the CIES Football Observatory has released its latest biannual transfer value list. The CIES list charts how much a club would have to pay to sign a player across Europe’s big five leagues, based on advanced algorithms dictated......

De Jong, Messi 7/10 as Barca extend unbeaten La Liga run to six

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Barcelona stretched their unbeaten run in La Liga to six games as they beat bottom-of-the-table Huesca 1-0 on Sunday. Frenkie de Jong scored the only goal at the Estadio El Alcoraz, turning home Lionel Messi‘s cross in the 27th minute as Barca moved up to fifth in the standings. –......

Messi, Alaba, Ozil, Aguero among the top free agents in 2021

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Despite the financial downturn across the globe, clubs in Europe’s top five leagues still spent over €4.6 billion in the summer window — a drop of 43% when compared with 2019. And as the economic reality of COVID-19 hits hard in the next few months, free transfers will become even......

Barcelona Candidate Laporta Believes He Can Convince Messi to Stay

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has a simple pitch in his attempt to get reelected to the post. According to Laporta, he is the best chance Barcelona has of convincing Lionel Messi to......

Messi Won’t Decide Future Until End of Season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi won’t make a decision on his long-term future at Barcelona until the season is over, with the soccer great also raising the possibility of playing in the United States one day in......

Messi given extended break, will miss match v Eibar

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Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona – Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain – December 22, 2020 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Juan Medina BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi missed Barcelona’s return to training on Monday after being granted permission by the club to stay......

Barcelona hand Messi extended Christmas break

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6:20 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona‘s La Liga game against Eibar on Tuesday after being after being given extra time off at Christmas by the club. Messi, 33, returned to Argentina last week after Barca’s 3-0 win against Real Valladolid and has been granted......

Messi stands above Pele, Ronaldo as all-time top one-club goal scorer

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When it comes to Lionel Messi, you could be excused for thinking that there are no more records left to break, but the Barcelona great has just set a big one — and it was one he almost missed altogether. With his 65th-minute strike against Real Valladolid on Dec. 22,......

Messi breaks Pele’s all-time record for club goals

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Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi has overtaken Brazil legend Pele to become the player to score the most goals for a single club after taking his tally to 644 on Tuesday. The record-breaking goal came in the second half of Barca’s 3-0 win at Valladolid, with Messi taking the ball in stride......

Ronaldo wins Golden Foot, one of the few awards Messi has yet to claim

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Cristiano Ronaldo was presented with the Golden Foot award at the weekend to mark his outstanding achievements and performances in international football over the course of 2020. Ronaldo beat longtime rival Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to land the prestigious honour, for which only active players over......

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