16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!

25
Sep

Lionel Messi opts for pizza, Pique a fan of Nutella sandwiches after games

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(Image illustration: FOXSports.com)

It could be suggested that our obsession with soccer players borders on the absurd. For instance, take the quasi-firestorm that was drummed up after a reporter from Spanish newspaper Libertad Digital leaked a photo of Barcelona’s post-game meal selections.

Seems a bit bizarre to snap a photo of what players eat after a game, but look! Look at what these guys chow down on!

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(Image: Libertad Digital)

Lionel Messi has his eyes on a pizza (which is the biggest hit), although La Pulga opts for plain cheese. A few players (like Mr. Shakira, Gerard Pique) selected Nutella, a chocolate and hazelnut spread, to make a tasty sandwich.

Perhaps the most surprising reveal? Take a guess at who has the biggest appetite. If you guessed Luis Suarez, you’re wrong.

None other than diminutive midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, with an order of a ham and cheese pizza alongside a chorizo sausage and cheese sandwich, seems to have the biggest stomach.

Perhaps it seems like a lot, but consider how much running around these guys do, they can eat whatever they want.

Now, who said a picture of a menu would be boring?

(h/t Daily Mail)

10
Sep

Lionel Messi’s hometown bans parents from naming newborns ‘Messi’

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You probably haven’t heard of Hector Varela but he is the proud father of Messi. Not Lionel Messi, but Messi Daniel Varela. Hector needed two weeks to get special permission from the authorities in the south Argentinian region of Rio Grande (Patagonia) to name his son after the Barcelona maestro. 

That news has prompted Rosario, the hometown of the original Messi, to ban the use of Lionel’s surname as a first name because it would be too confusing.

The director of the Civil Register of the Santa Fe province, Gonzalo Carrillo, insists naming a new-born son Messi is “against the law” although he accepts the Messi Daniel Varela case may upset his plans.

However, proud father Hector is delighted that he got through the red tape. He told Mundo Deportivo: “I am Messi’s father. Many people chose Lionel as a name for their sons after Messi, but this is more obvious.”

Another Messi is born, but how many more will follow?

Image used from Getty.

(H/T Deadspin)

28
Jun

Lionel Messi’s grandfather slams grandson over his World Cup form

Most people have run out of superlatives for Lionel Messi’s performances on a soccer field. “La Pulga” (The Flea) has taken the World Cup in stride — four goals in three games — and catapulted Argentina into the Round of 16, where they will now face Switzerland.

His goal-scoring prowess, however, wasn’t enough to impress his top critic: Antonio Cuccitini, his grandfather.

The striker’s grandpa wasn’t too pleased with his famous grandson’s performances in Brazil 2014 thus far. Cuccitini told AS.com:

"I think he’s been pretty poor. In Spain, he’s got more zip, he goes around 22 players. He needs to get his spark back. Right now Leo isn’t running, I’m not convinced by him. I’m truthful and I don’t have time for hot air.”

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.

Despite three “man of the match” performances, does Messi’s grandad really think the four-time Ballon d’Or winner isn’t putting the effort in? That’s a stretch and one that we can’t believe.

Even so, Cuccitini did offer some helpful words of encouragement for the Argentina superstar and showed us that he does have a heart.

“You can’t demand everything,” Cuccitini said. “He’s not God, who can do it all. … Keep your chin up, you’ll do great, I love you lots.”

(H/T: NESN)

Image provided Mundial Deportivo/Twitter/AP

19
Jun

Brazilian TV station creates terrifying animatronic Lionel Messi

You’ve been warned.

Brazilian TV station Globo has designed a horrifying animatronic version of Lionel Messi.

Words cannot do it justice, so take a look for yourself:

The robot version of the Argentine star is being used in pre- and postgame TV coverage of the World Cup. It also interacts with (traumatized) fans.

We’re sorry, but you just can’t unsee that.

(h/t NESN)
12
Jun

Celebs, athletes celebrate the World Cup on Facebook

It’s finally here! Brazil and Croatia got the 2014 World Cup off to a rousing start. 

Take a look at how some celebrities and the players not playing for Croatia and Brazil were spending the day:

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11
Jun

Betting on the World Cup: Some crazy prop bets to throw money at

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Got some cash to burn? Or just really don’t like a particular player or a team?

Most online betting sites let you wager on your favorite (or least favorite) teams, the likely tournament winners and top players. 

And then there’s the fun stuff. And the truly insane.

Here’s a roundup of some of the wackier prop bets you can make on the World Cup through betting site Paddy Power:

  • Luis Suarez to outscore the entire England World Cup Team — 7/1
  • Lionel Messi does not score a goal — 12/1
  • Cristiano Ronaldo does not score a goal — 9/2
  • Neymar does not score a goal — 5/1
  • Andrea Pirlo to score direct from a free kick outside the box during any match — 2/1
  • Any goalkeeper to do a scorpion kick — 66/1
  • Player fails a drugs test during the tournament — 6/1
  • Any English player to cry when eliminated — 2/5

We’re no gambling experts at the FOX Soccer towers, but it’s pretty safe to assume that Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar will NOT be held scoreless in Brazil this summer.

H/T Paddy Power.

Image provided by Action Images

5
Jun

Trinidad & Tobago player bows down to Lionel Messi, literally

We all have idols, and very few of us actually get to meet them face to face. In the rare occasion that it happens, the reactions range from uncontrollable joy to stunned silence.

When Trinidad & Tobago faced Argentina on Wednesday, one player used the handshake line as his opportunity to show respect to his idol, Lionel Messi.

Was this the most appropriate setting for Ataullah Guerra to actually bow down to Messi? Probably not. Then again, it’s not often one gets this rare opportunity, so we can’t really blame him for taking advantage of the situation.

But we doubt Messi will receive the same treatment from his opponents in Brazil.

(H/T @FootballVines)