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# lionel-messi - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Fan with ‘Messi 10′ tattoo on his back meets the man himself

Now that’s what you call dedication. Or stupidity.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 20 July, 2014

6 lessons learned from the 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi doesn’t need to prove his greatness, football must address its concussion problem and more.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 19 July, 2014

VIDEO: Are these the top 10 goals of the 2014 World Cup?

Featuring Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, Tim Cahill and more.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Leo Messi keeps throwing up in matches and no one can figure out why

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said that Messi went to a doctor, but the tests didn’t reveal anything.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Luis Suarez won’t fit it in at Barcelona – Johan Cryuff

“The style of play they developed under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is being abandoned,” he added.

A tactical breakdown of where the 2014 World Cup final was won and lost

A patient game from Germany eventually yielded its rewards, as they beat Argentina 1-0.

# lionel-messi - Monday 14 July, 2014

Here are the best and worst XIs of the 2014 World Cup

Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi and more players who stood out.

‘Nothing can console me’ laments Messi as world slips through Argentina’s hands

The Golden Ball winner missed one of three great chances that fell his team’s way against Germany.

55 of the most memorable pics from the 2014 World Cup

We look back on some of the images that defined the past month in Brazil.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 13 July, 2014

Messi wins Golden Ball, James wins Golden Boot, Neuer wins Golden Gloves

Argentina’s superstar picked as the World Cup’s best player despite a disappointing night in the Maracanã.

5 talking points ahead of today’s Germany-Argentina World Cup final

Can Messi deliver, will the respective stubborn defences be breached and more.

Millions await the ‘nature versus nurture’ World Cup final

Argentina, and one very special player, will attempt to combat the impressive Germans.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 12 July, 2014

Sabella still hopeful over Di Maria fitness, says Argentina need ‘perfect match’

“We have to remain very concentrated and close all the spaces open to them,” he says.

Lionel Messi ready for ‘most important match’

“Tomorrow, we will play the most important match of our lives for our country,” he wrote on Facebook.

Maradona: ‘Messi will define World Cup final’

The Argentine legend says his country ‘can’t allow’ a European team win the World Cup in South America.

# lionel-messi - Friday 11 July, 2014

Four Germans and three Argentineans on World Cup best player shortlist

Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Neymar break up the party but there is no room for Karim Benzema of Manuel Neuer.

FIFA’s World Cup top 10 finally includes Müller, still no Messi

Toni Kroos now leads the way after his two-goal salvo against Brazil.

Tearful Neymar backs ‘friend’ Messi as Argentina, Germany prepare

The Brazil star wants the four-time world footballer of the year to win on Sunday.

# lionel-messi - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Penalty analysis: ‘Why didn’t Cillessen stop Messi’s kick?

Expert Ignacio Palacios-Huerta dissects last night’s semi-final shoot-out.

No holy war as Pope Francis and Benedict XVI will not watch World Cup final together

Apparently watching football would be ‘like inflicting an infinite penitence’ on the German.

Maracanã awaits Messi and Argentina after Dutch undone by penalties

La Albiceleste defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a shootout to book their place with Germany in Sunday’s final.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

As it happened: Netherlands v Argentina, World Cup semi-final Minute-by-Minute This post contains a poll

As it happened: Netherlands v Argentina, World Cup semi-final

Could Messi send the Argies to their first final since 1990 or will it be Louis van Gaal’s men who face Germany.

Forget Holland versus Argentina, Robben versus Messi is the real battle

Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk believes the Dutch winger is in better form than the Argentine playmaker.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

What are Argentina’s chances of winning the World Cup?

The Dutch are up next for Alejandro Sabella’s side in the semi-finals tomorrow.

# lionel-messi - Monday 7 July, 2014

Power ranking the 10 best players left in the World Cup

Mats Hummels, Thiago Silva and other individuals who have caught the eye.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 6 July, 2014

FIFA snub continues for Messi, Müller and World Cup’s best goalkeeper Stats Incredible This post contains videos

FIFA snub continues for Messi, Müller and World Cup’s best goalkeeper

The Castrol Index of top 10 players continues to utterly confound

# lionel-messi - Saturday 5 July, 2014

As it happened: Argentina v Belgium, World Cup quarter final

We went minute-by-minute as the tournament ‘dark horses’ tried to cause an upset.

# lionel-messi - Friday 4 July, 2014

# lionel-messi - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Rodriguez ‘like Maradona’, says Uruguay coach

“For me, special talents are those who do things that are completely out of the ordinary,” he explained.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 28 June, 2014

16 of our favourite images from the World Cup so far In Pics This post contains images

16 of our favourite images from the World Cup so far

The second round gets under way today.

# lionel-messi - Friday 27 June, 2014

Lionel Messi fails to make FIFA list of top 10 World Cup players

James Rodriguez now leading the way as World Cup’s (statistically) best player

Here are the best and worst XIs of the World Cup’s third round of games

Lionel Messi, Rafael Marquez and James Rodriguez are among the players to have caught our eye.

# lionel-messi - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

We’ll Leave It There So: Messi magic, hooker’s haka and all of today’s sport

Argentina and Nigeria traded great goals, FIFA readied a ‘Bitegate’ dossier and the Pro12′s leading scorer hung up his boots.

Messi brace and Rojo finish see Argentina past Musa-inspired Nigeria

The Barcelona magician scored with a beautiful free-kick just before half time.

# lionel-messi - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Islamic militants congratulate Messi on goal, invite him to ‘join the jihadist call’ Approach This post contains videos

Islamic militants congratulate Messi on goal, invite him to ‘join the jihadist call’

Lionel Messi picked up some new admirers with his last-minute winner against Iran.

# lionel-messi - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Maradona has a message for Argentina FA president Julio Grondona

Diego hit back after his former employer referred to him as ‘Argentina’s bad-luck charm’.

Watch out, Gilesy! Rihanna impresses with astute analysis of the World Cup

Pop-star puts some pundits to shame by offering deep, well-read opinions on a number of games.

# lionel-messi - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Diego Maradona looks on as Lionel Messi sweeps Argentina into last 16

El Diego cheered his country on at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

World Cup Hangout: We watched on as Messi broke Iran and Rihanna gave her best tweet yet

Could David topple Goliath? How are England coping with the fallout from their WC exit? All these questions and more were answered.

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