471 games, 400 goals, 4 Ballon d’Ors, and 21 titles. All at the age of 27, the magisterial Lionel Messi reaches another breathtaking milestone with Barça. Make sure to check out all 400 goals of Leo and some infographics after the jump!
At the last second of the match, with his last breath after a hard fought battle, Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal with FC Barcelona against Valencia on Saturday.
Lionel Messi’s evisceration of Manchester City has been universally praised by players and journalists alike. It may have been one of his best ever Champions League performances. I was lucky enough to be at Camp Nou Wednesday night, and while I cannot hope to compete with the descriptions of Sid Lowe, something beyond the sheer spectacle of the evening stuck with me.
Lionel Messi currently has made one goal more for FC Barcelona than the entire squad COMBINED. This list includes the likes of Neymar, Luis Suárez, and a bunch of world champions.
Let that sink in.
That did not look a team in the midst of mutiny. FC Barcelona put in their best performance of the season, in particular with a sensational first half that at the very least merited the two goal advantage. Atlético Madrid certainly overstepped with their physical play, it got dirty, and only through the incompetence of La Liga officiating finished the game with all eleven men on the pitch. It was that same ineptitude from Undiano Mallenco that also gifted the visitors with a chance for points. At the end however, Barça matched Atletí intensity and very deservedly walked off the Camp Nou pitch worthy winners.
One of the best things I saw in these last months of 2014 was Lionel Messi’s smile. He seems to have found his joy in the game again and is showing it through smashing records and scoring hat-tricks. Keep smiling, Leo!
It’s been an intense 2014 for Luis Suárez, to say the least. From the controversy at the World Cup and his subsequent four-month suspension, to his transfer to Barcelona and finding his footing in a new system, the Uruguayan has been through a lot. Over the holiday break, he gave an exclusive interview to Sport 360°. He spoke about what it’s like playing with Neymar and Messi, the differences between the Premier League and La Liga, and why he believes he can be successful at his dream club. Read the full interview after the jump.
From the overflowing “Messi did WHAT now?” department, a quick review of Leo’s goal scoring so far this campaign reveals something incredible! Find out what after the jump.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Berlin has a new attraction, Lionel Messi as he appeared in the 2014 World Cup. Pretty good likeness, isn’t it?
Oh how the world of football can instantly change at the hands of one astonishing and mesmerising footballer. It’s been just a bit more than two weeks since I wrote my last article, and man how things have changed since. Not only did Leo prove me right after hitting three beautiful hat-tricks in the past four games, but he did each and every one of them in such a style to silence his critics for good. The diminutive Argentine might not win the Ballon d’Or come January, but I believe his best is yet to come. Read further to know why.
Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard have an idea for your Christmas list.
Leo Messi has been named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer in FIFA’s three-man Ballon D’or shortlist for 2014. The winner will be announced on the 12th of January. Read more…
To those of you who watched the game against Sevilla, you witnessed history in the making. You got to watch a 27-year-old do the impossible and achieve what others only dream of. Lionel Messi is now La Liga’s all-time top scorer with 253 goals, surpassing the legendary Telmo Zarra, and we had the pleasure of watching his journey up until this moment.
What Messi does cannot be put into words. It’s not about the goals alone because seeing Leo on the pitch wearing the Barça kit ignites a warmth of its own, a feeling that only very few cúles could actually describe. We here at totalBarça would like to take a moment to appreciate having the greatest footballer player of all-time on our side, and being lucky enough to watch him do what he does best week in and week out. Because there’s only one Leo Messi.
“I have never seen a player like Messi. I feel lucky to be his manager. Nobody can be compared to him. He’s one-of-a-kind and we’ll never see anyone like him ever again and we are privileged to have him and be able to watch him.”
FC Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, praised Leo Messi after he became the all time scorer in La Liga history, saying; “I congratulate him. We’ll have Leo here for many more years. We are delighted with what he has achieved, it’s a huge satisfaction … We knew the record was going to come. It made me very happy to see him equal it, for him, for the team and for the club”.
Lionel Messi’s recent comments hinted that his time at FC Barcelona may come to an end in the near future, and so when Javier Mascherano entered the press room Wednesday, he had to deal with a lot 0f Messi-related questions. “I’m not here to talk about Leo. I don’t think he has said anything odd. He said what all footballers think. In football – or in life – you can’t map out what will happen in six or seven years, because you don’t know.” More from El Jefecito after the jump.
Former FC Barcelona player, José Mari Bakero, talked about the current Barça side of Luis Enrique during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper ‘El Universal’. Read more…
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