It’s looking increasingly likely Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona this summer, despite PSG reportedly planning to offer the veteran a new contract. The Argentina international’s existing deal in France expires at the end of the season but, with his former club getting their finances together, a Hollywood homecoming may take place. Should that happen, it’ll be interesting to see what number he sports on his back…
SEVEN-TIME WINNER LIONEL MESSI MISSES OUT ON BALLON D’OR NOMINATION
Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi paid a high price for an underwhelming first season with Paris Saint-Germain when he was left off the 30-strong list for this year’s coveted football award. Lucy Bronze, who was runner-up in 2019, is one of three members of England’s Euro-winning squad to be short-listed for the women’s award. Messi, who won the title last year, had been an ever-present amongst the nominations since 2006 and a regular feature in the top three since 2007 with the exception of 2018.
COULD MESSI AND RONALDO PLAY TOGETHER BEFORE THEY RETIRE?
Some years ago, this question may not even have been allowed to come out of the mouth of any football fan even if it pops up as a random thought. However, with how fast-paced the changes in football have proven to become over the last couple of years, it is looking as though there’s nothing that can be termed “impossible”. For instance, it would have been very difficult to predict that Lionel Messi would leave Barcelona and sign for Paris Saint-Germain but of course, we have seen that happen already even though some people are still finding it hard to embrace that reality.
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MESSI HITS TREBLE AGAINST BOLIVIA
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi was in sensational form as Argentina swept away Bolivia to take another step towards qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Lionel Messi was responsible for all the three goals as Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 at home to make it two successive wins in the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
Messi and Argentina have won two straight games in the qualifiers for the World Cup tournament next year since the late collapse against hosts Colombia in June.
REVEALED: SECOND RICHEST BARCA PLAYER AFTER MESSI
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are currently in a financial crisis and they have a lot of work to do in order to get out of the situation they are in presently. The Blaugrana are, as of the moment, unable to register Lionel Messi as their player for the coming La Liga season because the wage structure of the league restricts them from spending as much as they will be doing if the player signs another contract at the club. There has been a few reasons for the delay in Messi signing a new Barcelona contract and while one of them is due to the fact that he is currently away on international duty with his country Argentina, the other one is due to his wage demands.
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MBAPPÉ: IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO MATCH MESSI AND RONALDO
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has revealed that it is very impossible to match the achievements of football’s two greatest players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in a recent interview. Mbappé, alongside a couple of other top young stars in the world of football, has been linked as the likely players who would have an outstanding career and come close to matching a couple of records set by Ronaldo and Messi in their illustrious careers. However, France international star Mbappé has revealed that it’s something impossible to happen.
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BARCELONA APPEAL MESSI BAN
Barcelona have lodged an appeal against the two-match ban handed to club skipper Lionel Messi by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). He was slammed with the ban as a result of his red card in the final moments of the Spanish Super Cup final encounter with Athletic Bilbao. His red card overshadowed the Spanish Super Cup triumph for Athletic Bilbao.
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.
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.
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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.
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