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Messi wins 33rd title as Barcelona wins Super Cup

33rd title

MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history, reported news agency. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league. Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when ...

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Messi lifts Argentina into World Cup

World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: A hat-trick from Lionel Messi carried Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Tuesday and booked their place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. With Argentina facing the dire possibility of missing out on a World Cup for the first time since 1970, their brilliant captain delivered when it matter most with three goals in the rarefied air of Quito. The twice World Cup winners finished third in the 10-team South American group, going through with Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia as the automatic qualifiers, while Peru grabbed a playoff place against Oceania champions New ...

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Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on FIFA shortlist


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the sport’s governing body said on Friday. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year. Messi and Neymar claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season. Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award after leading the Italian club to a sixth successive Serie A title, ...

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Messi hits four as Barcelona thrash Eibar


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi hits four goals as Barcelona romped to a 6-1 win over Eibar to extend their lead at the top of La Liga on Tuesday and maintain their 100 percent record, reported news agency. The Argentine was at his brilliant best as he lethally picked off the demoralised Basques, opening the scoring with a penalty in the 21st minute after Nelson Semedo was brought down by Alex Galvez. With Barca leading 3-1, Messi struck three more times to help the Catalans reach 15 points from five games, five clear of second-placed Sevilla, having played one match ...

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Barcelona beat Espanyol in the Catalan derby


MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Luis Suarez and a sparkling Lionel Messi display helped Barcelona to a 4-1 Catalan derby win over Espanyol on Sunday. Suarez scored in each half before Jordi Alba added a third, but it was some amazing footwork from Messi that brought Camp Nou to its feet as the home fans celebrated a victory that takes them back into second place in LaLiga. Barca had not been beaten by their city rivals since 2009 and they looked set to extend that run as soon as Suarez put them ahead following a spectacular long pass from ...

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Real Madrid reached the Club World Cup final

Real Madrid

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid reached the Club World Cup final by beating Club America 2-0 on Thursday but FIFA’s new video technology was again the talking point after Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time strike caused confusion. Real will meet Kashima Antlers of Japan in Sunday’s final in Yokohama, looking to become world champions for the second time in three years and earn a record 21st international title. The Spanish giants have already won 11 European Cups, three European Super Cups, two UEFA Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. New Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo rounded off a much stronger ...

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Ballon d’Or 2016: Ronaldo and Messi to battle once again


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will battle once again for the most prestigious award in football is given to the best performer in a calendar year, as France Football announces the 30-man shortlist for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2016 on Monday. Barcelona’s Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid’s Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan’s Kaka won. As in the previous years, Ronaldo and Messi are expected go head-to-head for this highly contested prize, with French striker Antoine ...

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Messi will return to play for national team


MNA Sports Desk: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will return to play for the national team for love of his country, despite earlier vowing to retire in frustration, he said on Friday. The 29-year-old Barcelona megastar sensationally announced his retirement from international football on June 26 after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. “A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great,” he said in a statement. Argentina’s new coach was ...

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Argentina named new coach Edgardo Bauza


MNA Sports Desk: Argentina named the new coach Edgardo Bauza to run the national team, as the nation seeks to regain its football prowess and persuade superstar Lionel Messi to return from early retirement. Bauza, 58-year-old, takes on the job after a solid season at Brazilian club Sao Paulo, which he coached to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. “We hope he will have the success we all need. We were in talks with a lot of people, and it seems Mr. Bauza is the best.” said Armando Perez, the president of Argentine Football Association (AFA). He told to a ...

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La Liga players lead UEFA Best Player shortlist


MNA Sports Desk: La Liga players lead this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, declared by the continent’s governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 candidates for the significant award presently plying their trade in Spain. European champions Real Madrid are represented by four players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team mate Luis Suarez, along with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, are on the list. Italy’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be joined by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich on the list, which features no ...

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Fans, President, Maradona want Messi not to leave


MNA Sports Desk: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s president Mauricio Macri, as well as fans, urged Lionel Messi on Monday as they want him not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. Dozens of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team, adorned with Messi’s number 10, waited in the rain for the team to arrive back from the tournament in the United States. “The national team is over for me,” Messi Told the Argentine network TyC Sports. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant ...

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Messi makes Argentina fly into the Copa America final


MNA Sports Desk: Messi makes Argentina fly into the Copa America final. Lionel Messi recorded his 55th international goal to be counted his country’s all-time leading scorer as Argentina thrashed hosts the United States 4-0 to comfort into the final of the Centenary Copa America on Tuesday. “We got outplayed badly by a very good team,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. “Today is a good day to judge where we are in program overall. We’re obviously a long way off.” Messi glanced the ball over the defense to an open Lavezzi for the opener, and then doubled the ...

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Argentina romp into Copa quarters as Messi grabs hat-trick


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi grabs a magical hat-trick in 19 minutes as Argentina romp into the Copa America Centenario quarters with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower back injury, with Argentina coach Gerardo Martino astonishingly identifying him amongst the substitutes once more. Messi missed no time in printing his genius on the tournament after coming on in the 61st minute to replace Augusto Fernandez with Argentina leading the Group D game 1-0. An exciting cameo from the Barcelona superstar began ...

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Barcelona lifting Copa del Rey for 28th time


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday. Javier Mascherano’s dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barcelona on the back foot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period. However, they resisted Sevilla’s pressure after the break and Barca’s numerical disadvantage was cancelled out in stoppage time when Ever Banega saw red for chopping down Neymar. Barcelona ...

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