Lionel Messi http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23703/all en UPDATE 1-Soccer-Messi wins Player of the Year for fourth time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Argentina's Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for an unprecedented fourth year running on Monday.</p> <p>The award, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or, came after the Barcelona player scored a remarkable 91 goals in 2012, a record for a calendar year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup FIFA World Player of the Year Football in Spain Josep Guardiola Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731429 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Messi sweeps to fourth successive award http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row on Monday after a year in which finally produced his best form for Argentina as well as Barcelona.</p> <p>Messi was handed the FIFA Ballon D'Or award after a typically cheesy ceremony which featured a performance from a giant dancing armadillo named Fuleco, the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Human Interest Josep Guardiola La Liga Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Radamel Falcao García Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731545 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Messi sends shirt to Mueller after breaking his record http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-messi-sends-shirt-mueller-after-breaking-his-record <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Argentina forward broke the former Germany striker's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year in 2012.</p> <p>"For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug," Messi wrote on the shirt, which had his name and number 10 on the back.</p> <p>Messi finished last year with 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, six more than Mueller netted for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-messi-sends-shirt-mueller-after-breaking-his-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Human Interest Lionel Messi Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732076 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Soccer-Barca suffer first defeat this term http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-soccer-barca-lose-first-league-game-term-at-sociedad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(deletes incorrect goal tally for Messi in para 15)</p> <p>* Barca let slip two-goal lead to lose 3-2</p> <p>* Defender Pique sent off after 56 minutes</p> <p>* Fifth-placed Malaga held at home by Celta</p> <p>By Mark Elkington</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Leaders Barcelona suffered their first defeat in La Liga this season when Real Sociedad stormed back from two-goals down and made the most of a red card for Gerard Pique to record a 3-2 home win on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-soccer-barca-lose-first-league-game-term-at-sociedad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:45:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736702 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-European roundup-First defeat for Barca, United drop points http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/soccer-european-roundup-first-defeat-barca-united-drop-points <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 20 (Reuters) - La Liga leaders Barcelona suffered their first league defeat of the season with a 3-2 loss at Real Sociedad despite the irrepressible Lionel Messi getting on the scoresheet again.</p> <p>Manchester United also let slip points in the Premier League when the leaders conceded a stoppage time goal at Tottenham Hotspur to draw 1-1. However, there were wins for Serie A table-toppers Juventus and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.</p> <p>SPAIN</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/soccer-european-roundup-first-defeat-barca-united-drop-points" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:30:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737029 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Soccer-Messi strikes again as Barca draw, Atletico win http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-soccer-messi-penalty-helps-barca-draw-valencia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Barca draw 1-1 in Valencia</p> <p>* Atletico beat Betis 1-0</p> <p>* Malaga draw, Rayo lose (adds late games, quotes)</p> <p>By Mark Elkington</p> <p>MADRID, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored in his 12th consecutive La Liga game to help leaders Barcelona earn a 1-1 draw at Valencia, allowing second-placed Atletico Madrid to close to within nine points after a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-soccer-messi-penalty-helps-barca-draw-valencia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Entertainment Football in Spain Lionel Messi Sport in Spain Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 20:30:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744770 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Messi penalty saves Barca at Valencia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/football-messi-penalty-saves-barca-at-valencia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Lionel Messi penalty rescued Barcelona as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia but the league leaders extended their lead to 12 points over Atletico Madrid who play Real Betis later on Sunday. </p> <p>The four-time World Player of the Year extended his record scoring run to 12 matches in the league with a penalty after 39 minutes with Valencia having taken the lead through Ever Banega.</p> <p>Although Barca won their last league game at home to Osasuna, they lost a fortnight ago against Real Sociedad and this was a lacklustre display at the Mestalla.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/football-messi-penalty-saves-barca-at-valencia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:31:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744814 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Messi penalty saves Barca at Valencia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/football-messi-penalty-saves-barca-at-valencia-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Lionel Messi penalty rescued Barcelona as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia before their lead at the top was cut to nine points when Atletico Madrid clinched a 1-0 win over Real Betis.</p> <p>The four-time World Player of the Year extended his record scoring run to 12 matches in the league with a penalty after 39 minutes with Valencia having taken the lead through Ever Banega.</p> <p>Although Barca won their last league game at home to Osasuna, they lost a fortnight ago against Real Sociedad and this was a lacklustre display at the Mestalla.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/football-messi-penalty-saves-barca-at-valencia-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:46:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744846 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Messi agility's all in the mind - scientists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-messi-agilitys-all-the-mind-scientists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may owe his trademark feints and body swerves to the fact his brain is busier than that of a less gifted player, according to a study into a footballers' minds.</p> <p>Researchers at Britain's Brunel University found that highly skilled footballers are able to activate more areas of their brain than novices when an opposing player approaches, enabling them to react to their moves more successfully.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-messi-agilitys-all-the-mind-scientists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lionel Messi Religion Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:46:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745899 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Messi signs new contract with Barcelona until 2018 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-messi-signs-new-contract-barcelona-until-2018 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Feb 7 (Reuters) - World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona which ties him until June 30 2018, the Spanish league leaders said on Thursday.</p> <p>The 25-year-old penned a deal agreed in December, which includes a two-year extension on his previous agreement and secures his services until he is 31.</p> <p>The Argentina captain joined Barcelona's youth academy as a 13-year-old and made his first-team debut at 16.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-messi-signs-new-contract-barcelona-until-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:00:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749084 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Messi hits 300th Barcelona goal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/football-messi-hits-300th-barcelona-goal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lionel Messi struck his 300th Barcelona goal as he stretched his record scoring sreak to 14 league games away to Granada on Saturday. </p> <p>The Argentine became Barca's all-time leading scorer with a hat-trick against the same opponents back in March. </p> <p>And the four-time World Player of the Year has continued his insatiable thirst for goals this season as his equalising goal took his tally to a remarkable 47 from 34 games. </p> <p>kca/dj</p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi Lionel Messi AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:45:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757788 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Leading scorers in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/football-leading-scorers-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leading scorers in Spain's Primera Liga after Sunday's matches:</p> <p>38: Messi (Barcelona)</p> <p>24: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)</p> <p>21: Falcao (Atletico Madrid)</p> <p>12: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Ruben Castro (Real Betis), Soldado (Valencia)</p> <p>11: Vela (Real Sociedad)</p> <p>10: Negredo (Sevilla), Piti (Rayo Vallecano), Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Riki (Deportivo La Coruna)</p> <p> afp</p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:47:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765402 at http://www.globalpost.com Barça's prospects looking dim after stumble in Milan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/barcas-prospects-looking-dim-after-stumble-milan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>International Sports Desk, Feb 20 (EFE).- FC Barcelona will have to deliver a spectacular performance at Camp Nou after losing 2-0 on the road Wednesday in the first leg of its Champions League elimination battle with AC Milan.</p> <p>Barça, which has been nearly unbeatable in all competitions this season, dominated the ball in the first half, yet the home side allowed their highly favored opponents only a handful of genuine chances.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/barcas-prospects-looking-dim-after-stumble-milan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:16:10 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767051 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Leading scorers in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/football-leading-scorers-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leading scorers in Spain's Primera Liga after Sunday's matches:</p> <p>39: Messi (Barcelona)</p> <p>24: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)</p> <p>21: Falcao (Atletico Madrid)</p> <p>13: Soldado (Valencia)</p> <p>12: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Ruben Castro (Real Betis), Vela (Real Sociedad)</p> <p>10: Negredo (Sevilla), Piti (Rayo Vallecano), Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Riki (Deportivo La Coruna)</p> <p>afp</p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 22:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772391 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Leading scorers in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/football-leading-scorers-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leading scorers in Spain's Primera Liga after Monday's match:</p> <p>39: Messi (Barcelona)</p> <p>24: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)</p> <p>21: Falcao (Atletico Madrid)</p> <p>13: Soldado (Valencia), Negredo (Sevilla)</p> <p>12: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Ruben Castro (Real Betis), Vela (Real Sociedad)</p> <p>10: Piti (Rayo Vallecano), Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Riki (Deportivo La Coruna)</p> <p>afp</p> Association football Football in Spain Lionel Messi AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:46:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773322 at http://www.globalpost.com