Barcelona’s star forward Neymar has come on out, to express his gratefulness to his colleague and football star, Lionel Messi for looking out for him when he first joined the Catalonian giants and didn’t know his way around things then.

Neymar joined up with Barcelona in 2013, after moving from his former club, Santos. However, his transition into the team at the early period wasn’t quite smooth as he faced some early challenges. It was Messi, according to Neymar, that took him under his wings, brushing him up and making him into the key figure he is today.

Speaking recently to CNN, Neymar had said,

“I have a nice story about Messi. Soon after I arrived, it was not a great moment in my career and he was the one who helped me.

“He saw that I was sad, with my head down, that things were not going right for me. He told me to keep going, to be happy and to play the way I know. He told me this and he helped me a lot at that moment in time. He is a person who I admire a lot.” Read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo Talks about Rivalry with Lionel Messi

The rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been one of the much talked about elements in the world of football over the last decade.

The rivalry has especially grown in recent years as the two players have become more successful. There is a suggestion that Ronaldo does not like Messi very much and that the Argentine is quite the opposite. Ronaldo has always split the fans in terms of popularity, as many believe that he is quite arrogant. Once again, the opposite has been regarded as character of Messi.

The Argentine has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is widely regarded as the standard on which players are ranked, an incredible five times in his career and it is the current world record. Ronaldo is probably the only player who can hope to beat this achievement as he has three titles so far. Read more »

Lionel Messi Alone Will Not Solve Problems, Warns Bauza

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza managed to convince Lionel Messi to come out of international retirement just a few months after he announced his exit from the national team.

The decision to retire from international duty was taken by Messi after watching his team suffered three consecutive disappointments in major finals. The Barcelona superstar was unable to prevent defeat in the Copa America 2015, 2016, and the World Cup 2014. The defeat in the Copa America came against Chile while the World Cup loss came against Germany. Despite having won all major honours with Barcelona, Messi is still without a major title at international level.

After having just convinced the player to come out of retirement,Bauza has warned the rest of the team that the presence of Messi alone will not solve all the problems. Lack of team effort is widely regarded as the reason for Argentina being unable to win major honours despite having come so close. The over reliance on Messi has also been attributed as one factor and this could change under the regime ofBauza. Fortunately, Argentina have a wealth of attacking talent in the form of Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, and Angel di Maria. All these players can complement Messi and can even perform when he is unavailable.
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Messi Remains A Legend Even Today

Many say that Messi is like none other. Unlike other star players, he has certain attributes that make him unique.

He is known for his gentlemanly manners and for his dedication to the game. These are attributes that make him special, besides his legendary football playing skills. The forward player of Barcelona has been going through trying times, but his fans and country have stood beside him. Indeed, the Copa America loss was not felt as badly as by Messi.

As he announced his retirement from international football which is still being refuted by his countrymen and high officials in the football world, he is also facing a new dilemma. There have turned up cases of tax fraud against him, but fans can take heart in the knowledge that, he would not have to serve jail sentence but would be on probation. Read more »

Lionel Messi announces his retirement from international football

Argentina striker Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football after Argentina’s defeat in the Copa America. Lionel Messi was culprit of missing a penalty in the shootout in the match that opposed Argentina to Chile.

Lionel Messi made a declaration after the game and said that he would not play for the national team again. He stated that it is fourth final that Argentina has lost and that he cannot take it anymore as it hurts too much. He was disappointed the way the match ended and losing the final again is too much.

Lionel Messi has enjoyed unprecedented success with his club Barcelona where he has won 8 Spanish titles, four Champions League trophies, and numerous domestic cups. However, he was failed to achieve something big with Argentina. The only medal he won with Argentina was a gold medal at the Olympics tournament in 2008. There was hope that Messi and Argentina would have won the Copa America Centenario, but this dream as well was shattered by Chile.
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Lionel Messi will travel to Argentina despite trial

Lionel Messi will travel with Argentina for their training camp despite having to testify at his trial in Spain.

Lionel Messi is currently involved in a Spanish tax fraud trial and is set to appear before the court in the days to come.

He is supposed to appear before the judge on the 2nd of June but by this time Argentina will be in a training camp. Indeed, a few days later, the Argentina team will be taking part in their first game of the Copa America, and it will be important for Messi to take part in this camp.

It appears that Messi will have to fly back to Spain from the training camp to attend the trial and then return to the Argentina training camp.

Gerardo Martino has already confirmed that Messi will be joining the training camp in Argentina just a few days after playing in the Copa del Rey final with Barcelona. The coach stated that Messi will be joining the camp and then fly back to Spain to take part in the trial. The likely outcomes of the trial might be hefty fines for the Barcelona and Argentina player.

Once back to Argentina after the trial, Messi will again have to travel a long distance to Santa Clara where Argentina will be playing their first game against Chile. This will be a great occasion for them to avenge their defeat against Chile in the last Copa America. Read more »