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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi out injured for three weeks with groin strain Latest News Lionel Messi Spanish La-Liga 

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi out injured for three weeks with groin strain

Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin strain as he limped off in Barcelona's 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. The five-time World Player of the Year missed Argentina's World Cup qualifier with Venezuela earlier this month due to the problem and only started Barca's shock 2-1 defeat to Alaves 10 days ago on the bench as coach Luis Enrique bedded him back into action gently. After an innocuous tussle with Atletico's Diego Godin in the second half of Wednesday night's La Liga clash at the Nou…

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leo messi wins uefa goal of the season award Champions League Latest News Lionel Messi 

leo messi wins uefa goal of the season award

Users of the UEFA website have selected Leo Messi’s goal in the 6-1 defeat of Roma of the best of the season. The second goal in that Champions League fixture was the outcome of a sublime move involving all three members of the trident and a terrifically deft finish from the Argentinian. And he did that in his first appearance since getting injured at the start of the campaign. The goal amassed 73,331 votes, el 34% of the total cast, more than twice the figure achieved by any of the other nine choices. Second…

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Messi announces return to national team Latest News Lionel Messi 

Messi announces return to national team

Lionel Messi to make Argentina return after brief international retirement Lionel Messi has announced his return to Argentina's national team for their World Cup qualifiers in September, ending his short-lived retirement from international football. Messi, 29, called it quits after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in this summer's Copa America Centenario final — the third consecutive loss for Argentina in a major final. "I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football and I don't want to create more," Messi, who was included in the Albiceleste's 18-man…

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Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up Austria Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo England Germany Italy Latest News Lionel Messi Netherlands Portugal Spain 

Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up

Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at Real Sociedad to give their title rivals hope, with Wolfsburg the only other quarter-finalists who did not take three points on Saturday. Manchester City (2-2) Paris Saint-Germain Manchester City 2-1 West Brom (Agüero 19, Nasri 66; Sessegnon 6) Making his first start since September, following a long struggle with a thigh injury, Samir Nasri scored City's winner on a rainy evening in Manchester, finishing into an empty net after Sergio Agüero's shot was blocked. The UEFA Champions League contenders had gone behind to a…

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Rayo Vallecano 1 : 5 Barcelona Barcelona Latest Highlights Lionel Messi Spain 

Rayo Vallecano 1 : 5 Barcelona

Barcelona broke a 27-year-old Spanish record by going 35 games unbeaten in all competitions with a 5-1 thrashing of nine-man Rayo Vallecano. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick – his 35th – as the hosts fell apart after Ivan Rakitic's opener. Diego Llorente and Manuel Iturra were both dismissed for Rayo, whose only goal was scored by Manucho. Luis Suarez also had a penalty saved before Arda Turan completed the rout to move Barcelona eight points clear. Atletico are second in La Liga, with Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid 12 points behind…

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Messi: I respect Ronaldo, but nothing more Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Latest News Lionel Messi Real Madrid Spain 

Messi: I respect Ronaldo, but nothing more

The Barcelona star insists there is a mutual respect between himself and his Real Madrid counterpart, but admits that he does not count the Portuguese as a friend. Barcelona star Lionel Messi insists there is a mutual respect between himself and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, but admits their relationship does not go beyond that. Messi and Ronaldo are widely considered the best players of the modern era, with the debate over which of the two is the greatest splitting players, pundits and fans alike. No player outside the superstar duo…

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Messi vs Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Latest News Lionel Messi Spain 

Messi vs Ronaldo

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 22-15 Messi Cristiano Ronaldo leads Lionel Messi by seven goals but, according to ESPN's projection model, the Argentine has a great chance to cut the gap this weekend. Ronaldo is in action first, when Real host Atletico in the Madrid derby. The following day, Messi and Barcelona are at home to Sevilla. Ronaldo remains the strong favourite to win the pair's head-to-head scoring battle over the course of the season.

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