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Hart is phenomenon-Messi

  Lionel Messi was in the unusual position of having to laud one of his opponents for once as Joe Hart produced a sensational performance, albeit to no avail, as Barcelona eliminated Manchester City from the Champions League on Wednesday. Hart made 10 saves on the night to restrict Barca to a 1-0 victory thanks to Ivan Rakitic's solitary strike on the half-hour mark which seale...

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Manchester United on alert over future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Lionel Messi has alerted Manchester United to his potential availability by casting doubt over his future at Barcelona, with the Argentina forward admitting he does not know where he will be playing next year. United are the only English club that could afford to buy Messi, particularly if Barcelona were to demand his €250m (£195m) buyout fee in one payment, which would be l...

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Hart: Aguero better than Messi

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes that team-mate Sergio Aguero is a better striker than Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Hart's comments come after he recently restricted Barcelona to just one goal during their Champions League clash at the Nou Camp. Despite having saved shot after shot from Barca's attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Hart said tha...

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Marking Lionel Messi practically impossible - Juventus boss Allegri

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says it will be "practically impossible" to man-mark Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the Champions League final on Saturday. Messi scored the latest of his seemingly endless string of stunning goals in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday when he escaped a three-man trap on the sideline and ran past a fourth defender before scoring at the n...

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Messi: I have no rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has insisted that "there is no rivalry" between him and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The pair are widely regarded as the top two players on the planet, having won the last seven Ballons d'Or between them. Ronaldo has claimed the last two awards and it has been argued that the Portugal international's recent success has inspir...

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Laporta: Messi will never leave Barca but Neymar might

Lionel Messi will never leave Barcelona, according to former president Joan Laporta, who believes Manchester United target Neymar might be sold. Messi - sidelined with a knee injury - has been linked with a move to the Premier League after a tax case in Spain. The Argentina captain is reportedly tired of the ongoing investigation. Barca team-mate Neymar has also been linked wit...

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Messi is the greatest club player of all time

Behind every era-defining team is an all-time great player. Real Madrid had Alfredo Di Stefano in the 1950s and 1960s, Santos had Pele, Ajax had Johan Cruyff, Napoli had Diego Maradona and Barcelona have Lionel Messi. On Friday, Messi became the first footballer to win the Goal 50 for the fourth time. He is already the only person to claim four Ballons d'Or, with a fifth surely on...

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Messi: Barca the only European club I will play for

Lionel Messi has made it clear he will never leave Barcelona for another European club, ruling out a move to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain. City are reportedly keen to lure the Argentina international to the Premier League, while the Ligue 1 champions are also in the hunt for his signature.  However, the 28-year-old has now stressed he wants to end his European career...

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Barca coach Enrique defends Messi-Suarez penalty

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has rejected suggestions that Barcelona's 'Cruyff' penalty was intended to embarrass Celta Vigo, claiming he had seen Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi produce moments of magic in training. Messi passed up the chance to net his 300th La Liga goal and instead put a hat-trick on a plate for team-mate Suarez with an outrageous penalty routine that evoke...

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Lionel Messi closes in on Gabriel Batistuta record

Lionel Messi closed in on Gabriel Batistuta's goals record for Argentina as he scored his 50th for his country. Barcelona forward Messi, 28, brought up his half-century from the penalty spot as Argentina beat Bolivia 2-0 in a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. It leaves him just six goals short of former Fiorentina and Roma striker Batistuta's tally of 56. "I'm ...

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