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Messi's routine brilliance marks Champions League opener

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Lionel Messi scores a hat trick as Barcelona thrashes PSV Eindhoven

FULL CONTROL. Barcelona's Argentinian star Lionel Messi vies for the ball against PSV Eindhoven's Pablo Rosario during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

No Messi in shortlist for FIFA best player award

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The Argentine star has been omitted from the top 3 for the first time since 2006

SNUBBED. Lionel Messi dominated the award with rival Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade. File photo Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP


World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

French World Cup champions Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane headline the 10-man list

ON TOP. Just weeks after ruling the World Cup, the French players again dominate the list of candidates in the FIFA awards. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

France's Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The 19-year-old outshines Lionel Messi with two goals as France sends Argentina packing in the World Cup

Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Argentina's loss to France in the last 16 is the earliest Messi has exited in the quadrennial competition

HEARTBREAKER. Lionel Messi suffers another heartbreak in the World Cup. File photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP


Messi, Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The football rivals are just a win away from setting a blockbuster quarterfinal clash

STAR POWER. Arentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo find themselves on the same side of a tough last 16 bracket. Photos by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi suffered more than ever to reach World Cup last 16

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Argentina avoids humiliating early exit as Messi, Rojo rescue the country's campaign

RELIEF. Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi (top) celebrates the last-gasp goal of teammate Marcos Rojo. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Messi's Argentina has a shot at World Cup redemption

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

If Argentina beats Nigeria and Iceland fails to win against Croatia, they will go through to the last 16. If Iceland wins, it will be time to get the calculators out.

NOT OVER. Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina squad look to clinch their first World Cup win over Nigeria.

Enam negara lolos, siapa menyusul ke babak 16 Besar?

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Jalan masih panjang menuju final

LOLOS. Eden Hazard, Harry Kane dan Luis Suarez memastikan tim mereka lolos ke babak 16 Besar Piala Dunia 2018. Foto dari FIFA.com

Messi feels pain as World Cup dream turns to nightmare

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Croatia in euphoria after complete domination of Messi's powerhouse Argentina

STUNNER. Football superstar Lionel Messi (left) and Argentina fall flat against a disciplined Croatia side. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Messi dan air mata Maradona

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Jangan menangis, Messi...

BEBAN BERAT. Harapan seluruh warga Argentina jadi beban berat bagi seorang Lionel Messi. Foto dari FIFA.com

Preview Argentina vs Kroasia: Ajang pembuktian Messi

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Gagal menang, Argentina terancam angkat koper dari Piala Dunia 2018

MENGECEWAKAN. Lionel Messi tampil mengecewakan di laga perdana bersama Argentina di Piala Dunia 2018. Foto dari instagram @afaseleccion

Petaka yang datang terlalu dini

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Sepak bola bukanlah sesuatu yang eksak

Ilustrasi oleh Rappler Indonesia. Foto dari AFP dan FIFA.com

Croatia to consult Messi's teammate for advice on thwarting Argentina star

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Lionel Messi eyes to beat Croatia after Argentina figured in a draw in its opening game against Iceland

MARKED MAN. Lionel Messi will be a marked man when Argentina meets Croatia in the World Cup. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev


World Cup duel: Ronaldo 1 - Messi 0

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Ronaldo revels after dramatic hat-trick as Messi misses in the first round of the global football showcase

ETERNAL RIVALS. Who’s better? The never-ending debate pitting superstars Lionel Messi of Argentina (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal continues. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Football superstar Lionel Messi misses penalty as World Cup debutant Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

STUNNER. Messi (right) fires a free kick against an Iceland side that finds a hero in goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson (left). Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Duel terakhir di pentas tertinggi

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Piala dunia 2018 menghadirkan peluang duel terakhir antara Cristiano Ronaldo dan Lionel Messi

DUEL. Piala Dunia 208 menghadirkan peluang lahirnya duel terakhir antara Messi dan Ronaldo di pentas tertinggi. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler Indonesia

Messi says Argentina future depends on World Cup

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The 30-year-old football superstar believes Spain, Brazil, Germany, France and Belgium are the leading contenders for the World Cup

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Messi and Argentina seek to win it all this time after falling short in the 2014 World Cup finals. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


Mayweather heads Forbes money list, but no women in top 100

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:54 PM

No female athlete lands on the list for the first time as Serena Williams, who was the only woman featured last year, took a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter

THE MONEY TEAM. Boxer Floyd Mayweather (left) reclaims the title of richest athlete in a list that also includes sports superstars (from left) LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer. Photos by AFP

Messi hat trick seals Barca's 25th La Liga title in style

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Barcelona bags its 7th title in 10 seasons and extends its unbeaten streak to 41

TOYING WITH DEFENSE. Lionel Messi displayed his offensive prowess in the final, scoring all but one of Barcelona's goals. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Messi scores in EU court battle to trademark name

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The ruling comes just as the Argentine star moves past Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football

WINNER. Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi wins a 7-year legal fight. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Messi, Busquets set for Barcelona return against Roma

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Barcelona are bidding to reach the last 4 of the Champions League for the first time in 3 years after falling at the quarter-final stage both in 2016 and 2017

RETURN. Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets will be in better shape in Wednesday's match against Roma. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP (Messi) and Jorge Guerrero/AFP (Busquets)

Argentina has a 'debt' to settle at World Cup, says Leo Messi

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals. We haven't been far off,' says Messi

WINNING. Argentina's forward Lionel Messi attends a training session in Madrid on March 25, 2018 ahead of an international friendly football match between Spain and Argentina.  Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

'Untouchable' Messi fit to face Spain says Argentina boss Sampaoli

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The current Argentina team says that it is 'impossible to teach' Messi

FIT. Lionel Messi is back in training for their upcoming friendly against Spain. File Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Argentina downs Italy in friendly without Messi

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Messi suffers a groin strain from training the day before the friendly

SIDELINED. Argentina's striker Lionel Messi (centre right) and Argentina's striker Sergio Aguero (C), both injured,share a joke during during the International friendly football match between Argentina and Italy at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on March 23, 2018. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

Mar 22, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This may be the last chance for Messi to hoist the famous gold trophy

FRIENDLY. Argentina's forward Lionel Messi participates in a team training session at the City Academy training complex in Manchester, north west England on March 21, 2018 ahead of their March 23 international friendly football match against Italy at the Ethiad Stadium. Oli Scarff/AFP

Salah can pass Messi and be best in world, insists Klopp

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Salah continues his season with a 4-goal haul in a 5-0 thrashing of Watford at Anfield

NEXT BEST PLAYER. Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says that Mohamed Salah has the potential to be the next best player in the world.

Messi hits Champions League century in emphatic Barca win over Chelsea

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Messi becomes only the second player to reach the milestone in Europe's premier tournament, following Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

100. Lionel Messi's brace marks his centurial honor in the Champions League. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi gives Barcelona last-16 edge in Champion's League

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Chelsea must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight

JUBILATION. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring their first goal during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on February 20, 2018. Photo by  Ben Stansall/AFP

How do these ‘smooth’ athletes step up their game?

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Lionel Messi – these Hall of Famers make winning look so effortless.

Barcelona not panicking after seeing unbeaten run end

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:05 PM

It was Barcelona's first defeat in 30 games in all competitions for Ernesto Valverde's side, who have still not lost in La Liga

DO YOU LIKE MESSI. Lionel Messi missed a penalty as the Catalans lost 1-0 away to Espanyo, but the holders can still turn the tie around in the second leg next week. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Barcelona drubs Real Madrid 3-0 in lopsided El Clasico

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Barcelona opens a 14-point lead over Real Madrid and moves 9 points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga

HOT FEET. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal score as Barcelona hands hosts Real Madrid a bitter defeat. Photo by Curto De La Torre/AFP

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d'Or award

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The second successive win drew Real Madrid's Ronaldo level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi with 5 Ballons d'Or (Golden Ball), after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar 3rd

NUMERO 5. This combination of pictures created on December 8, 2017 shows file photos, at right of Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo holding his four European footballer of the year award "Ballon d'Or" (Golden ball) trophies in (from top left to bottom right) 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 and, at left, his fifth award on December 7, 2017. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo raih gelar Ballon d'Or ke-5

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo berhasil menyamai catatan rekor yang dipegang oleh rivalnya Lionel Messi

KELIMA. Kapten tim nasional Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo berhasil menyabet trofi Ballon d'Or kelima pada Kamis malam, 7 Desember. Foto oleh AFP

Real deal Ronaldo set for Ballon d'Or No. 5

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to match his great rival Lionel Messi of Argentina by claiming a fifth Ballon d'Or as recognition for leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season

FAVORED. Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo thumbs up during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 6, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

This may be the last chance for world football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win a title in the World Cup

FINAL DRAW. Spain and Portugal are pitted against each other in Group B.

Lionel Messi maturing with age as he picks up 4th Golden Shoe

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The 30-year-old Argentine wins the prize for being the top scorer in Europe's leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona

GETTING BETTER. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses with his four Golden Shoe awards after receiving the 2017 European Golden Shoe honoring the year's leading goalscorer during a ceremony at the Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm in Barcelona on November 24, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Pemain Terbaik FIFA 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo menuju langit ketujuh

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:56 AM

"Rivalitasku dengan Messi baru dimulai."

RACE TO SEVEN. Cristiano Ronaldo earns his 5th Men's Player of the Year award but he wants 7 of that. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo menyongsong gelar kelima Ballon d’Or

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:34 PM

Karpet merah untuknya sudah digelar sejak Juni lalu

Cristiano Ronaldo. Foto diambil dari @Cristiano/twitter

Messi hat-trick fires Argentina into World Cup

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Messi's virtuoso performance erased the fears of Argentina missing next year's World Cup in Russia

HAT-TRICK. Messi leads Argentina to another appearance in the World Cup. Photo by Juan Ruiz/AFP

Cetak hat-trick, Messi bawa Argentina ke Piala Dunia 2018

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Messi juga mencatatkan namanya sabagai pencetak gol terbanyak di kualifikasi Piala Dunia zona conmebol

Para pemain Argentina setelah menekuk Ekuador dan memastikan diri lolos ke Piala Dunia 2018. Foto diambil dari @PauDybala_JR/Twitter

Make or break for Messi and Argentina

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:16 PM

A win against Quito on Tuesday, October 10, will guarantee that Argentina will finish no worse than 5th place

CATASTROPHE. Argentina aims to advance prevent a 'Messi-less' World Cup. File photo by Mike Stobe/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Barca beats Las Palmas behind closed doors amid Catalonia clashes

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Instead of facing a 3-point deduction and forfeiting the match, Barcelona decides to play the match against Las Palmas in front of empty bleachers

CLOSED-DOOR GAME. Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beats Las Palmas 3-0, but the game was overshadowed by the highly-charged Catalonia referendum. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

I'm no Neymar, insists Barca new boy Dembele

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM

The second most expensive player 20 year old French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele says he still has a lot to learn specially from Barcelona s Lionel Messi

Hasil La Liga: Barcelona bungkam Alaves 2-0

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Lionel Messi mencetak dua gol

Pemain Barcelona Lionel Messi merayakan golnya ke gawang Alaves dalam laga lanjutan La Liga, Minggu dinihari (27/8). Foto diambil dari @FCBarcelona

Messi bids farewell to friend Neymar on Instagram

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Messi sends his love to Neymar as the Brazilian striker is set to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain

TRANSFER. "I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life," Messi tells Neymar. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Messi mendapatkan keringanan dalam kasus penggelapan pajak

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Hukuman penjara Lionel Messi diringankan menjadi denda

Lionel Messi dan ayahnya terbukti menggelapkan pajak sebesar 4,16 juta euro. Foto dari Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Messi and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively

REDUCED SENTENCE. A Spanish court says it has replaced with fines the suspended prison sentences handed down to FC Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi and his father. File Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Messi perpanjang kontrak di Barcelona hingga 2021

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Dilaporkan bahwa perjanjian tersebut termasuk klasul pelepasan release clause senilai 300 juta euro

Lionel Messi perpanjang kontrak di Barcelona hingga 2021. Foto dari Twitter/@FCBarcelona