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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spanish roundup: Lionel Messi hurt again as Barcelona beats Villarreal 2-1

Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave a glimpse of what the duo can achieve for Barcelona, but the partnership didn’t last long because of another injury to Messi.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women’s award.


Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina’s first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined $1,500 by South American soccer’s governing body. CONMEBOL said its decision resulted from Messi’s …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Copa America: Lionel Messi fails again with Argentina

Another elimination for Argentina and another missed opportunity for Lionel Messi to succeed with the national team. Messi’s streak without a title with Argentina has been extended after a 2-0 …


Barcelona’s fall highlights team’s Lionel Messi-dependency

Lionel Messi wasn’t able to come to the rescue this time. Messi has come up with extraordinary goals and incredible assists for Barcelona over the years. And it was his …


Lionel Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday. After a 0-0 first-leg draw, Luis Suarez …


Lionel Messi breaks right arm, out for about 3 weeks

Lionel Messi has broken a bone in his right arm and will be sidelined for about three weeks.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018

Kylian Mbappe, not Lionel Messi, stars as France ousts Argentina 4-3 from World Cup

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. The loss could be the end of Lionel …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Lionel Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. Messi failed to give his team the lead when …


World Cup could end debate on whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is better

No player in modern soccer history has enjoyed a better run than Cristiano Ronaldo has had since the last World Cup.


Barcelona wins Spanish league title with Lionel Messi hat trick

Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning the Spanish league title for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d’Or award as best player

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award as the world’s best player of the year for a record-equaling fifth time, moving him level with Barcelona star …


Lionel Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.


A look at some of 2016’s most inspiring sports moments

We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired – and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two …


Messi hurts hamstring, doubtful for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers

Barcelona says that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.


Argentines rally to urge Messi to return to national team

Hundreds of fans of Lionel Messi gathered in the rain in Argentina’s capital on Saturday to ask that the soccer star return to the national team following his shock retirement …


Messi, Argentina face Chile in Copa America final rematch

Another year, another final for Lionel Messi and Argentina.


Lionel Messi leads Argentina over U.S., into Copa America final

Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain. The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored …


Lionel Messi will play against Panama

Lionel Messi is ready to play again. At a key moment, too.


In brief: New York Rangers clinch playoff spot on third try

The New York Rangers needed three tries before finally getting the win that clinched a postseason berth.


Coach says Lionel Messi will skip Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Lionel Messi will skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in six months because his coach Gerardo Martino says he needs some rest.


Carli Lloyd of the U.S. is named FIFA world player of the year, and Jill Ellis is coach of the year

Carli Lloyd won soccer’s highest individual honor by being named FIFA’s women’s world player of the year and her coach, Jill Ellis, who was chosen FIFA’s top women’s coach for …


Lionel Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud

Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.


Lionel Messi fails again with Argentina’s national team

Lionel Messi has come up short again in his attempt to succeed with Argentina’s national team. Messi looked nothing like the star that he is with Barcelona on Saturday, and …


Messi sets goal mark

Lionel Messi has yet another reason to be considered among the very best to have played football as he became the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer with 253 on Saturday. …


In brief: Lionel Messi scores twice to lift Barcelona, ties Champions League goals record

SOCCER: Lionel Messi scored twice to tie Raul Gonzalez’s career record of 71 Champions League goals, and Barcelona won 2-0 at Ajax on Wednesday night to advance to the tournament’s …


John Leicester: Messi missing signature World Cup moment

SAO PAULO – The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is leaving his best for last. In the most important World Cup match to date in his epoch-shaping …


World Cup notes: Argentina’s Alejandro Sabella says Lionel Messi is the ’best of them all’

SAO PAULO – Normally a reserved man who avoids hype, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella isn’t shy about declaring Lionel Messi to be the best player in the world. Comparing the …