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Spain court dismisses fraud case against Messi

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The court says the complaint against Lionel Messi "was based on an account put together from stories in the press"

LESS TO WORRY. Lionel Messi gets one complaint off his back. File photo by Johannes Eisele


Messi wins FIFA player of the year as Ronaldo skips ceremony

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Lionel Messi edges out Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk for the 2019 FIFA Men's Player of the Year award

WORLD'S BEST. Lionel Messi wins his sixth FIFA Men's Best Player of the Year award.  File photo by Lluis Gene/Rappler

WATCH: Messi comeback possible as Barcelona launches Champions League charge

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Lionel Messi joins the squad list as Barcelona opens its Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund

GRAND RETURN. Lionel Messi may suit up for Barcelona after being sidelined due to a calf injury. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi, Ibrahimovic nominated for FIFA goal of the year

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are joined by 3 women and 5 men in the 2019 FIFA Puskas award

NOMINATED. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Lionel Messi lead the polls for the 2019 FIFA Puskas award. Photos by Mark Ralston/AFP (Zlatan) and Lluis Gene/AFP (Messi)

Messi out with injury ahead of La Liga restart

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Just as Barcelona conducted its first training session for the upcoming La Liga season, Lionel Messi injures his calf

SIDELINED. Lionel Messi is expected to miss two weeks. Photo from Instagram/@leomessi


Messi banned for 3 months after 'corruption' outburst

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The Argentine superstar gets barred from playing for the national team after criticizing South America’s football governing body

SUSPENDED. Lionel Messi says ‘corruption and the referees’ have tarnished football. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Messi blasts Copa America 'corruption' after red card

Jul 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Argentina star Lionel Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were given the boot after tangling on the goal line

FURIOUS. Lionel Messi says 'corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying' football. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP


WATCH: Magical Messi double leaves Liverpool on the brink

May 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Lionel Messi puts Barcelona within touching distance of the Champions League final

STELLAR. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (left) challenges Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson in another dominating show during the first leg of their Champions League semifinal match. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi fires Barcelona to 8th La Liga title in 11 years

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Argentine star strikes his league-leading 34th goal to help the Spanish giants wrap up the title with 3 games remaining

MORE TITLES. Lionel Messi adds another championship to his legendary haul. Photo from FC Barcelona's Twitter account (@FCBarcelona)


Messi demands more from 'nervous' Barcelona

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

'We put on a spectacle. But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first 5 minutes,' Messi says after Barcelona reached the Champions League semifinals

SUPERIOR. After overcoming a jittery start, Lionel Messi and Barcelona easily dispose of Manchester United. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Valverde: 'No point resting Messi'

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Barca coach Valverde sets his sights on the upcoming Atletico game and the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United

UNCERTAIN. 'We'll see tomorrow about Leo,' says Ernesto Valverde ahead of the Villarreal match. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Fantastic Messi hat trick blows away Betis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Argentinian star puts on a show for Barcelona that even the opponent's fans shower him with applause

SHOWSTOPPER. Lionel Messi steals the spotlight again for Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


WATCH: 'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The 3-0 win puts Barcelona up by 5 points at the top the La Liga table

HISTORIC. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal that extends his record as the division's all-time top scorer. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

End of the Messi-Ronaldo era? Football rings changes in 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

2018 football features a thrilling World Cup final, Luka Modric ending a 10-year Messi-Ronaldo era in the Ballon d'Or, and so much more

ICONIC. France's forward Kylian Mbappe (L) greets Argentina's forward Lionel Messi at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona's La Liga lead

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The Argentinian star nets his 31st La Liga hat-trick

SCORING MACHINE. Messi proves unstoppable for Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


'Try something new, come to Italy,' Ronaldo urges Messi

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The Juventus star, though, says he does not miss the Barcelona icon

RIVAL. Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi to 'accept the challenge like me'. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


Modric ends 10-year Ronaldo-Messi reign in 2018 Ballon d'Or

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Luka Modric is crowned after an outstanding year of helping Real Madrid retain its third Champions League title and dragging Croatia to its first ever final of the World Cup

WORLD'S BEST. Luka Modric tops the Ballon d'Or for his fourth major individual award in 2018. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Mbappe: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won't win Ballon d'Or

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Croatia's Luka Modric remains the favorite to cop football's top individual plum, but teen sensation Kylian Mbappe hopes a Frenchman wins it

FOOTBALL'S FUTURE. France's young superstar Kylian Mbappe makes a strong case for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking 'no risks' at Inter

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not rushing Lionel Messi to return from injury against Inter Milan

POSITIVE SIGNS. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (R) shoots to score his second goal, their fourth, during the Champions League group B football match match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Ian Kington/IKIMAGES/AFP

Barcelona's support cast show their worth as Messi nears return

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The Argentine superstar would reunite with a team enjoying its strongest run of the season

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi could return earlier than expected after suffering a broken arm. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Messi returns to training after arm injury

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Barcelona captain has recovered from an arm injury sustained during a match two weeks ago

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi is expected to suit up in a La Liga game on November 11. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Messi injury gives Barca and Dembele chance to prove their worth

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:16 AM

'This is Barcelona, we have a strong team and we have enough not to have to depend on one player,' says Lionel Messi

OUT. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures in pain during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP

Messi to miss 3 weeks after fracturing right arm

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Barca superstar will be out in next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid

MAJOR BLOW. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi falls to the ground in pain following a tussle with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP)

Messi to star in Cirque du Soleil show

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The football superstar's incredible career highlights the new Cirque du Soleil show next year

SHOWTIME. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gets to share his story with the famed circus troupe. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP)

Messi, Barcelona outgun Spurs as Neymar bags hat-trick

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Tottenham finds it impossible to subdue Messi as Barcelona ends its three-match winless streak in emphatic style

STELLAR. Barcelona's superstar striker Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal during their Champions League match versus the Tottenham Hotspur. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world's best

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:43 AM

For the first time in 12 years, Messi is not even nominated among the 3 finalists for the FIFA Player of the Year award

RIVALRY. Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi's (middle) decade-long battle at the top is threatened by Luka Modric. File photos by Philippe Marcou/AFP (Ronaldo), Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Messi) and Johannes Eisele/AFP (Modric)


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