1
Apr

Win this Lionel Messi “out of this world” print

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Want to win a print of this cool Lionel Messi illustration by Eight by Eight Magazine? Just tell us on Twitter @FOXSoccer why you think Messi is the greatest, and the best answers will earn a copy!

From 8by8:

Lionel Messi’s stratospheric ascent to four consecutive FIFA Ballon D’Or titles began when manager Pep Guardiola deemed him the savior of FC Barcelona in 2008.  However, the quality and consistency of his performances for Argentina have yet to match his club form.  The revenue generated by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League competition has allowed for him to be surrounded by superior players with whom he is able to play more frequently - and against superior opposition - than with his national side. This has led to media in Argentina expressing disappointment with his commitment to the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites).

Success at the 2014 World Cup will be the biggest factor in whether he can wrestle the Ballon d’Or back from Cristiano Ronaldo, but more important, a final win for Argentina could establish Messi as the greatest player of all time.

23
Mar

Lionel Messi becomes Clasico’s all-time top scorer in Barcelona win

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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 4-3 win at Real Madrid on Sunday, becoming the rivalry’s all-time leading scorer with 21 goals in the process. Before his hatter, which included two penalties, Messi was tied with Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano on 18 goals. And if you’re wondering (you are), Cristiano Ronaldo also scored on Sunday and currently has 13 ‘Clasico’ goals.

Messi also passed Hugo Sanchez for second place in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts (he now has 235 goals) with the hat trick, and notched yet another historical first:

The goal that broke Di Stefano’s mark, Messi’s first of the day, was a classic Barcelona tiki-taka masterpiece. Watch it below:

16
Mar

Lionel Messi becomes Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer

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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick at Osasuna on Sunday to become Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer at the tender age of 26! Twenty-six! Messi equaled and overtook Paulino Alcantara’s record with his 369th and 370th goal, the later added a third for good measure.

What. A. Legend.

Check out the hat trick below:

If you’re into math, Messi needed only 452 games to break the record, scoring an average of .82 goals per match. Simply amazing. As a reward, he gets to wear these bad boys soon:

To celebrate Messi’s club goal record, @adidasSoccer unveils limited edition #Messi370 #adizero F50. #teamadidas pic.twitter.com/hXD68JXsZw

With Messi now having run out of club records to break, he’ll set his sights on the all-time La Liga goalscoring record next. With 233 goals to his credit, he is 19 goals shy of Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra. Look for the Argentinian magician to break that sometime early next season.

2
Mar

Messi does a ‘Messi’

Coming off a loss that saw Barcelona drop out of first place, Lionel Messi quickly turned the page with a stunning free kick against Almeria:

Remember when Messi didn’t win the Ballon d’Or?

Next time you feel down or that life is unfair, just remember this: we have at least ten more years of Messi. Ten more years of his free kicks. We are so spoiled.

17
Feb

Lionel Messi to debut bright new adizero boots

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Adidas unveiled a new edition of Lionel Messi’s signature adizero F50 cleat, and they are what you would expect: attention-grabbers.

Staying in line with adidas’ World Cup theme of accentuating bright, loud colors, Messi’s new boots will feature a sleek color scheme of green, blue, pink, orange and white. Messi will debut the new kicks on the biggest of stages: Tuesday against Manchester City in the Champions League.

As if there won’t be enough eyes on Messi, he’ll be even more noticeable jumping around in boots that look like they were colored in with highlighters that ran out of juice.

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(Images: Adidas)

2
Feb

Lionel Messi and Roger Federer star in bizarre Gillette commercial

Roger Federer as a sumo wrestler? Lionel Messi as a cricket player?

We’re not exactly sure what is going on here either, but anytime you have two of the greatest sportsmen of our time in the same commercial it’s a must-watch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

16
Jan

The infamous Ronaldo/Messi photoshop continues to evolve

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Shortly after the Ballon d’Or announcement, the following Photoshopped image spread like wildfire, picturing Ronaldo with both his and Lionel Messi’s girlfriend next to him, while his defeated rival abjectly stares into space:

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That was funny. But have you seen this latest one?

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It’s okay, Leo. You’ll never sit alone.

Image via Twitter/

13
Jan

The oddest ballots cast for 2013 Ballon d’Or

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Arguably more exciting than the actual announcement of the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is the immediate release of the full voting results. Because every year, some of the ballots cast by the national team coaches, captains, and media members are downright laughable, like they don’t even know their votes are made public.

This year turned out to be one of the closest races ever. Cristiano Ronaldo (1,365 points) edged out Lionel Messi (1,205) and Franck Ribery (1,127), as all three were separated by less than 250 points, the equivalent of 50 first-place votes. The voting could have been even closer, too, were it not for some ridiculous ballots among the 541 voters.

Without further ado, here are the most bizarre findings:

  • Of course, the finalists who had a vote chose not to pick their rivals. Ronaldo’s votes: Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil.
  • Messi’s votes: Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar. Hmmm, wonder why?
  • Georgia captain Jaba Kankava has not heard of Messi, Ronaldo or Ribery. His top three were: Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo, Edinson Cavani.
  • Ethiopia captain Degu Debebe Gebreyes’ choices: Xavi, Pirlo, Thomas Muller. Also interesting.
  • Yaya Toure received three nods for Player of the Year, from Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Mauritania captain Dominique Da Silva.
  • Bhutan has a lot of love for the Germans. Team captain Passang voted Mesut Ozil for Player of the Year, while coach Dorji Khandu voted for Thomas Muller.
  • Where’s the D? China coach Fu Bo and Madagascar captain Tahina Randrianarisoa voted for Thiago Silva. Mozambique captain Ivan Dario and Israel coach Eli Gutman for Philipp Lahm.
  • No bias at all: Italy’s Gigi Buffon and Claudio Prandelli both voted for Andrea Pirlo. San Marino captain Andy Selva did, too.
  • Must be the money! New Zealand coach Ricky Herbert picked Gareth Bale as his Ballon d’Or winner.
  • Media member Geniy Tulegenov of Kazakhstan liked two Bayern teammates ahead of Ribery, who he voted third: Arjen Robben (1st) and Thomas Muller (2nd).

If you think we missed some, you can look over the full list of votes here.

Photo provided by Action Images.

13
Jan

FIFPro World XI consists exclusively of Bayern, PSG, Real and Barca players

imageLast year, for reasons we’re still trying to comprehend, every single member of the FIFPro World XI came out of La Liga. This time around, there thankfully was a little more diversity, though some will undoubtedly still complain over an apparent La Liga bias amongst the players who voted.

The biggest gripe will probably come over the inclusion of Xavi — over the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger or Arturo Vidal — who for his standards experienced a down year, and was completely taken apart by Bayern Munich’s midfield in last season’s Champions League.

Liverpool fans, too, will be frustrated that Luis Suarez was not rewarded for his fantastic form, although you can’t argue against Zlatan Ibrahmovic either. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos keeps getting a spot in the World XI (it’s his fourth inclusion) despite probably having been sent off for challenges on every player who voted for him.

The 2013 FIFPro World XI:

GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

DEF: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain), Dani Alves (Barcelona)

MID: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Photo: Getty Images