Lionel Messi and Munir El Haddadi have both suffered from injuries during the team’s win against Villarreal CF. The Argentinian pulled an adductor muscle in his right hip, while Munir bruised his right thigh. The injury puts Messi’s involvement with Argentina during the upcoming international break in doubt as precautionary methods will be taken to avoid aggravating the injury. Munir will also undergo tests on Tuesday to determine the full extent of his injury.
‘MESSI’, the documentary will be presented this weekend in Barcelona at the World Supporters Clubs Congress. ‘MESSI’ was presented for the first time during the World Cup in Brazil and will be screened on September 6 at the Venice Festival. The documentary is directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by MEDIAPRO.
Many people appear in the documentary such as César Luis Menotti, Diego Maradona, Jorge Valdano and Johan Cruyff. ‘MESSI’ tells the story of one of the greatest footballers ever through the eyes of many football legends including, teammates, coaches and many more. The documentary includes archive footage, interviews and unseen family recordings. Read more after the jump.
Lionel Messi is back to training following the World Cup, and the Argentine ace seems to have perfectly understood his responsibilities after his teammates selected him as one of the Barça captains. The 27-year-old took to his official Facebook account to promise the fans that the players are doing their best to return to winning ways. The ‘Flea’ posted the following message:
“Very important week of training sessions. We need to prepare ourselves as best we can for the competitions that are about to start. We must make this season count, our fans deserve it. A hug.”
During a private hearing in April of 2013, Pope Francisco gave Javier Zanetti a task to gather the worlds best footballers to play a peace match in Italy.
The peace match, dubbed, “Partita per la Pace,” will be held on the 1st of September 2014 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Below are the players that have confirmed their participation so far, meaning there may be more to follow. Click to find out who.
While the rest of the team rested ahead of their trip to Geneva, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Dani Alves trained alone in their second training session of the day. The trio rejoined the group on Tuesday and will not be traveling with the squad to face SSC Napoli. Neymar Jr., Adriano Corriea, Jérémy Mathieu, and Xavi Hernández also joined the second session but worked on recovery programs and special fitness routines. Feeling a bit lonely, boys?
The final first team members (save obviously Luis Suárez) hit the training field this morning. Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar and Dani Alves joined the squad in the AM and the four will also have a second training in the afternoon whilst the rest of the squad is given rest time.
Xavi Hernández and Jérémy Mathieu, hamstring twinge, trained separately and both are ruled out of the Napoli friendly tomorrow.
Adidas brings Barça’s star player Lionel Messi back to Barcelona like we’ve never seen him before. Promoting the Argentine’s new adizero F50 boots, Adidas describes that this boot is “made in monument to the way he plays and the city he plays in. More than a boot.” Check out more about how Adidas describes La Pulga’s new cleats after the jump.
After learning of the death of Julio Grondona, Lionel Messi cut his vacation short on Thursday and flew to Buenos Aires to attend the funeral of the president of the Argentine Football Association. FIFA president Joseph Blatter is also expected to attend, according to an AFA spokesman. More after the jump.
About five weeks ago news broke that the public prosecutor in Gavà recommended that Lionel Messi be resolved regarding tax evasion allegations on the basis that Leo was oblivious of all financial workings. Unfortunately, that recommendation has been ignored by a higher court in Barcelona and the prosecution will continue investigating both Lionel and his father Jorge on tax evasion in the amount of four million euros.
That’s all the news for now as this unsavory saga takes another unwanted turn.
Lionel Messi posted this picture of himself, his son Thiago, and his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, to his social media accounts on Wednesday. I cannot get over how much Thiago looks like Leo. Do you think he inherited his left leg as well? Quick! Someone get a napkin and sign the kid up just in case!
Barcelona B’s new goalkeeper José Aurelio Suárez gave a really interesting interview to the El Comercio daily, based in his native Gijón. The 18-year-old spoke about Juvenil A’s record-breaking season last year, his ambitions for the season to come, Luis Enrique, the experience of training with the seniors, Lionel Messi, and of course about some of his immensely talented teammates at the Juvenil A. Read on to have a look at the most interesting excerpts of the interview…
UEFA has published its shortlist of the ten players nominated for the UEFA Best Player award, and FC Barcelona’s newly signed Luis Suárez along with Lionel Messi have been included in that list. The top ten will undergo a round of voting and UEFA will announce their three player shortlist on August 14th 2014. With last year’s winner Franck Ribéry missing out, check out UEFA’s top ten list right after the jump.
The FIFA World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro is only hours away, and the shortlist for the players nominated to win the FIFA Golden Ball has been announced. Three Barça players are included in the list, two of them playing in the final representing La Albiceleste, while the third was injured in the quarter finals game against Colombia. Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Javier Mascherano are the three to make the shortlist. Check out who else made it in, and the three nominees in each of the Best young player award and the Golden Glove award, right after the jump.
There are three teams left in the World Cup and with Brazil out, there is only one superstar left that everyone is focusing on. Argentina captain and Barcelona player Lionel Messi offered candid insight into how he is handling the pressure, the expectations, and the weather at the pinnacle event of his career. Read on to find out what he said.
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