Legal: Lionel Messi not in the clear

Legal: Lionel Messi not in the clear

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.

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Picture of the day: Family Messi

Picture of the day: Family Messi

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!

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José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

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…

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Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

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.

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“The Biggest Game of Messi’s Life”

 

“THIS IS IT. THE BIGGEST GAME OF MESSI’S LIFE. IT’S FOREVER OR NEVER.#ALLIN OR NOTHING”

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Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes that Barça members Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano lift the trophy tonight. He also discusses Neymar, the new and former Chileans, Spain and of course Luis Suárez.

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Messi: “It would mean everything”

Messi: “It would mean everything”

Football magazine FourFourTwo got some time with Argentina and Barça superstar Lionel Messi on the eve before the biggest night of his life. Though hardly news at this point, the World Cup is what Messi wants the most and for the first time in his life, he has the chance to do so.

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Messi, Neymar & Mascherano nominated for FIFA Golden Ball

Messi, Neymar & Mascherano nominated for FIFA Golden Ball

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.

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Messi: “My legs felt like they weighed a hundred kilos”

Messi: “My legs felt like they weighed a hundred kilos”

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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Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

These are the shin guards that Lionel Messi will be wearing for Argentina’s match today against Belgium. I am intrigued by the ‘spots’ he is using in the design and think they are possibly some sort of secret code. What do you think it says?

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Messi: “We are chasing our dream”

Messi: “We are chasing our dream”

Lionel Messi reflected on the intense second round match-up with Switzerland. He admitted to a case of nerves near the end of the game. “Like everybody I was very nervous because we couldn’t score. We knew if we made a single mistake we would have been going home. We didn’t want it to go to penalties because we were tired… we suffered and suffered, all of us. We started to think it wasn’t going to happen. But at the end we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage and move on.” Read on for more from Messi.

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Messi & Di María send Albiceleste to quarter-finals

Messi & Di María send Albiceleste to quarter-finals

If there’s one thing we’ve learned so far this World Cup, even the predictable matches are unpredictable. While everyone expected Argentina to beat Switzerland in the round of sixteen, nobody expected that it would take this much struggle to earn the win. It’s been the same old story throughout the Albiceleste’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, the victory was thanks to their captain once again and the team still has a lot of work to do. Lionel Messi earned his fourth consecutive man of the match award with an incredible performance before setting up Ángel Di María’s goal with a magical run in the dying minutes of the game. More after the jump.

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MESSI, the movie (documentary)

Here is the trailer of the soon to be released docufiction movie on Lionel Andrés Messi.

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Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

In one of the most exciting matches of the 2014 World Cup so far, Lionel Messi was able to inspire Argentina into a third straight win after defeating Nigeria with three goals to two. Argentina finish on top of Group F and await Group E’s runner up. Goals came from Messi (2) and Marcos Rojo for Argentina, while Ahmed Musa (2) scored for Nigeria. Continue reading for more details.

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Messi: Rewriting goalscoring history

Messi: Rewriting goalscoring history

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who just turned 27 years old, is already Barça’s highest goal-scorer ever. Messi will be looking to claim the best present possible by winning the World Cup with Argentina. Leo topped Paulino Alcantara’s tally of 369 in the season of 2013/2014 with 381 goals in 466 appearances. After the jump is a terrific infographic of everything having to do with his 381 goals.

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Video of the Day: Adidas Messi vine

Video of the Day: Adidas Messi vine

Check out this superb vine from Adidas Football depicting Lionel Messi’s clutch winner against Iran.

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Lionel Messi cleared in tax case

Lionel Messi cleared in tax case

Finally some good news regarding the legal predicaments surrounding FC Barcelona and its footballers. The judge presiding over Jorge and Lionel Messi’s tax evasion case in Gavà declared yesterday that Lionel himself will not be held responsible regardless of what the final decision of the court is. The judge asserted that Leo was “unaware and on the margin of the financial and business structure that his financial advisers had created to manage his income and obligatory fiscal payments“. The conclusion is certainly welcomed but not surprising as Jorge Messi himself told the court from the start Leo was uninvolved in this aspect of his life, and those familiar with Messi personally also knew that Leo do not enjoy being involved in these matters.

The case however continues and Jorge Messi is not off the hook. There is also an ongoing case in Argentina where the Messi family are taking legal against their former financial adviser.

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Magical Messi rocks Maracanã

Magical Messi rocks Maracanã

Group F was meant to be an easier challenge for Messi and company, but as Argentina launched its campaign against World Cup debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina, the match was much harder than expected in the Maracanã stadium. Despite an own goal by Bosnia’s Sead Kolisinac, the Europeans were in control in the first half as Argentina’s midfield was left wandering and lost. But with some brilliant shuffling by coach Alejandro Sabella, the second half told a very different story for the South Americans with their captain Lionel Messi the star of the show. More details after the jump.

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Quote of the Day: Happy Messi, Better Argie

Quote of the Day: Happy Messi, Better Argie

Leo is happy and that is a great sign. When he is content is when he performs best. We cannot excuse ourselves of responsibility. We have to make him perform at his best. It will depend on what we give him as a team.

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Jorge Messi: “Leo is calm, as always”

Jorge Messi: “Leo is calm, as always”

Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge, was interviewed by Argentinean radio program Radio La Red this past week and spoke on many subjects, including how Leo feels before the World Cup, renewing with FC Barcelona, and his vomiting on the pitch. He also addresses the “ghosts” of last year’s Messi & Friends charity matches and rumours of money laundering that continue to dog the Messis and their charity foundation.

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June 9, 2014

Picture of the day: Messi gets a statue


June 8, 2014

Quote of the day: Thiago Silva on Messi

Video of the day: Messi vomits. Again.


June 4, 2014

Messi: ‘I’d trade my records for the World Cup’


May 31, 2014

Video of the day: Messi for Head & Shoulders

Picture of the day: Here, Messi!


May 28, 2014

Sabella: “The team must help Messi”


May 23, 2014

Jordi Alba: “Messi criticism is unjust”


May 19, 2014

Official: Messi puts pen to paper

Messi: “I ask for forgiveness”

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