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MESSI TO BREAK MORE RECORDS IN LA LIGA

Lionel Messi is set to break more records in the La Liga this term with Barcelona. Barca arefavourites to retain the title despite the expected increased competition from Real Madrid and Atletico. The Argentine may miss his team’s first game in the La Liga on Friday when they face Athletic Bilbao.

Messi is not yet cleared to feature as he recovers from a calf injury. He was not even in the team that faced Napoli in the United States as he focuses on returning to action quickly. Messi is expected to recover and claim the highest goalscorer in the new season, equaling Hugo Sanchez’s record for four in a row. He has scored 33 hat tricks and could equal the 34 Cristiano Ronaldo holds in the La Liga. Messi has won the Pichichi six times already, tied with TelmoZarra. He is expected to break off this season.

Messi is Europe’s top scorer for three straight seasons. He is expected to continue in this light, making it seven times in total. In terms of assists, El Clasicoand Best Player in the league, there is none that compares to Messi.

All these were the talking points as Ronaldo claims he is the King of the Champions League in his latest documentary with DAZN. The 33-year old Juve star claims winning the Champions League with multiple clubs gives him the edge over his rival. Ronaldo has won the UCL five times, once at United and four at Real Madrid compared to Messi winning all four times at Barcelona.

Ronaldo said being the top scorer for six years, winning as many UCL titles and with two different teams powers his claim to identify with the European elite tournament. He said money aside, making a name in the annals of history is all he thinks of each morning he sees a new day.

Fans obsessed with Ronaldo’s comments, largely agreeing with him as the UCL King for now, but no one comes close to Messi in the La Liga which starts soon.

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AJAX STAR TALKS ABOUT PLAYING WITH MESSI

Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong revealed his delight about the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi next season. De Jong was one of the breakout stars of the season guiding Ajax to the domestic treble and leading the team to an unfancied semifinal run in the Champions League.

The 22-year-old had earlier in January agreed a £75 million transfer to Barcelona in the summer and he spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ajax 4-1 victory at De Graafschap.
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INIESTA COULD HAVE PLAYED FOR ATLETICO MADRID

It is easy to associate Spanish star Andreas Iniesta with the glamorous Barcelona side that won the treble and played one of the best football ever seen in history. However, this could not have happened if Andreas Iniesta had agreed to make a transfer to Atletico Madrid.

Iniesta’s national teammate and Atletico Legend Fernando Torres revealed that he tried to persuade the playmaker to join Atletico over a decade ago. According to the story Iniesta was struggling at the time for first-team football and Torres tried to get his Spain youth teammate to sign for Atletico.
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MESSI IS HUNGRY FOR MORE GOALS

A well-taken goal against Eibar last time out helped legendary forward Lionel Messi reach another major landmark in his career, and he has paid tribute to his teammates for his latest achievement.

The Barcelona forward was full of praise for his teammates in the aftermath of the game against Eibar at the Nou Camp which saw him register his 400th La Liga goal.
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MESSI EXPECTED TO FEATURE AGAINST BETIS

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is expected to make his return this weekend against Real Betis in the La Liga. The Argentinehas been out of action for three weeks after fracturing his arm against Sevilla. He has had to sit out five games, including the high profile El Clasico clash against Real Madrid and the Champions League game against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Messi wanted to force a return midweek but the coach Ernesto Valverde had to plead with him to reconsider as Barca were doing great without him and were almost certain of qualifying from the group. Nonetheless Messi trained and even travelled with his teammates to Italy for the clash.
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Angel di Maria speaks on his future with Argentina

Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has stressed that he is not concerned about his position with the Argentine national team after he was excluded from the upcoming run of fixtures. Interim boss Lionel Scaloni recently indicated that he had picked the team with the means of testing the upcoming prospects but Di Maria remains hopeful of returning to the setup.

Speaking to reporters, Di Maria admitted that he is not bothered about the current selection from Scaloni, and he is looking forward to earning a recall for the Copa America and World Cup qualifier games coming up in the future.He said: “That there’s no permanent coaching staff picked doesn’t bother me. Scaloni is capable of doing this job. Walter Samuel’s arrival is very important. You have to be calm and know what’s left for the Copa America. We have these friendly matches left, after that in March there are qualifiers and when the World Cup gets here, we’ll see what will happen.”
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Messi Set Too High A Standard

Lionel Messi sets such a high standard for himself that even if he has a decent season, people start saying that he is struggling.

For Messi, every season has got to be a top season because he is a superman of the soccer world.

If somebody has a look at Messi’s numbers in the previous season, he would find out that they are actually not that bad.

The 26-year old forward had 28 strikes to his name in the Spanish top tier. Yes, 28 goals. Still, there were murmurs that his game was coming down.

Of course, with Messi, you always expect more, but, people must realize that he is a human being after all. He might be miraculously talented, but, he is also bound to make mistakes, he is also bound to have off seasons.

The thing with Messi in 2013-14 was that he sustained an injury early in the season and that just happened to break his flow.

This season has not started too differently for the Argentinean either as he has again had an injury blow. It is reported to be just a minor blow, but, an injury always sort of disturbs you a little bit, even if it’s a minor one. Coming back is always difficult.

There is a lot of responsibility on Messi this season. He has to win back the La Liga for his team and also, he has to win back the Ballon d’or. In short, he has to prove again he is the best in the business in every mean.

He has not gone to feature for his country in the friendly against Germany keeping his niggle in mind. He doesn’t want to risk it. He himself would be very keen to make this season his own anyhow. His fans should just hope that his fitness doesn’t let him down again.

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Vidic Continues To Perform

Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic recently completed a free transfer to Inter Milan after eight years in the Premier league. Even though he was faced with numerous injury troubles last season, he continues to be one of the top defenders in world football. The 32-year-old is still capable of playing at the top for a couple of more years, which explains the reason for Inter to waste no time in securing his signing. Vidic signed the contract with Inter several months ago. He has been part of the club’s pre-season training.

The 32-year-old need not wait a long time to come up against his former club, as Inter will be playing against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly match. Ahead of this encounter, Vidic has spoken about his memories with the Premier League giant. Due to his long association with the club, he refused the chance to move to another Premier league club despite several names showing interest in him. He has accepted the fact that Inter are no longer the top dog in world football. They have slipped down from their levels achieved in 2010 when they won three major titles in one season.

Vidic says that Inter are club in transition, but he is confident that they will recover.

“I had a lot of offers from different countries, even from England. With Inter, the club are in transition, trying to improve but I like the project. Inter will get bigger and bigger and I hope I can help them achieve their aims. If you look at club now, United is in transition. New players coming in, we (United) have changed managers, with first David Moyes and now Louis van Gaal and also the directors last year when David Gill left (and Ed Woodward was promoted),” said Vidic ahead of the pre-season friendly against United.

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Messi Under Fire

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has come in for tremendous criticism for his recent poor performances in three different matches. Coincidently, Barcelona have lost all these three matches and as a result will be facing a summer of criticism. This is because the club have been knocked out of three different competitions in the space of a week. First was the Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

It was followed by a league defeat against Granada, which has put them four points behind the leaders Atletico. This has now been followed by a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

In all these matches, Messi has been looking disinterested and has refused to run much over the course of the 90 minutes. There have been various suggestions for this poor performance from the 26-year-old, who has become used to scoring more than a goal per game in the last few years. Some have suggested that Messi is sad because of not being offered a new contract by the club despite his good performances. However, former club captain Juan Manuel Asensi has rejected such solutions since he recalled that Messi signed a new contract only 12 months ago.

He says that there is something else wrong with the player, but it is difficult to find out.

“I’m surprised and concerned. Something must have happened because Messi has always been committed to the most difficult games. Something’s happened and it must be big because Messi’s attitude hasn’t been right in recent games. He must be going through something powerful. There’s something wrong with Messi. Something deep must be going on with him. I see the sad face and I’ve never seen him like this,” said the former club captain.

Messi has 38 goals in all competitions this campaign.

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Messi equal with Pele & Maradona

Messi seems to have earned another fan – this time its Jupp Heynckes, the coach of Bayern Munich, who feels that the Argentine star can placed in equal honor with Pele & Maradona.

Hailed as one among the greatest of soccer players of the world, the Barcelona hero has impressed everybody with amazing performances over the years, earning a good lot of fans down the line. However, the new name in his fan list surely catapults the star’s glam quotient given his esteemed presence in the soccer world and the high respect he holds for the young player.

The 26 year old Barcelona player was one of the most consistent Ballon d’Or trophy winners for 4 times. Unfortunately, he missed out on his 5th turn this year by losing the trophy to very charismatic Christian Ronaldo from real Madrid. However, that couldn’t suppress the famous coach’s high feeling for the Argentine & the Bayern Munich man is of the firm belief that Messi truly deserves to be placed in simultaneous stature with the greatest of soccer legends.

“Messi was the most consistent winner of Ballon d’Or trophy for the pat few years”, noted the 68 year old fan. He is surely a genius & definitely deserves to be compare with Pele & Maradona.

Added to Messi, Heynckes was in full praise for Christiano Ronaldo as well. “The very way Ronaldo plays the ball, is just incredible. He is so strong physically & is really dangerous before goal- he is another unique player”, remarked Heynckes about the dapper Portugal star.

Heynckes also spoke high about Franck Ribery, especially highlighting on his rising performance & sense of team ethics. Ribery came 3rd in Ballon d’Or FIFA 2013 race, behind Christiano Ronaldo & Messi.