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Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]; born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. He also holds Spanish citizenship, which makes him eligible as a EU player. Considered one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world's best contemporary player, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22. He also won the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or at the age of 23. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses his Best Player UEFA 2014 Award during the draw ceremony for the 2014/2015 Champions League Cup soccer competition at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo August 28, 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo Refuses To Receive Golden Boot Award With Luis Suarez

By IBTimes AU

Ronaldo refused to receive the Golden Boots award at the same ceremony as Suarez. (Oct 11)

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Barcelona's Neymar (L) celebrates his second goal with Lionel Messi against Mexico's club Leon during their Joan Gamper Trophy soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona August 18, 2014.
FC Barcelona News: Lionel Messi Tips Neymar To Become Number One

By IBTimes AU

FC Bacelona centre-forward Lionel Messi believes that his teammate and fellow South American, Neymar, has all the tools to become THE number one player in the world. (Oct 03)

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(L to R) Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos attend a training session ahead of their UEFA Super Cup soccer match against Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium, Wales, August 11, 2014.
Top 5 Richest Sports Team

By IBTimes AU

Here are the top five richest and most valuable sports team. (Sep 25)

MORE TOPICS: REAL MADRID, LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, SOCIAL NETWORKS, NEW YORK, UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, MANCHESTER UNITED

Singer Shakira arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 18, 2014.   REUTERS/L.E. Baskow
5 Latinos Who Took Over the World

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Here are five special Hispanics who continue to not just entertain, but help shape the world today (Sep 25)

MORE TOPICS: ARGENTINA, MEXICO, NEW YORK, BILLBOARD, JENNIFER LOPEZ

Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo(top) attend a training session at Valdebebas training grounds, outside Madrid August 5, 2014.
FIFA World Cup's 5 Richest Footballers In 2014

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Find out who among the FIFA World Cup athletes are the richest. (Sep 24)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, PORTUGAL, ARGENTINA, CAMEROON, WAYNE ROONEY, REAL MADRID

FC Barcelona's player Xavi Hernandez waves before a news conference at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona August 5, 2014. Spain midfielder Xavi has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday. The Barcelona player represen
Xavi Says He Doesn’t Want To Leave Barcelona, Calls Messi As The Greatest Ever

By IBTimes AU

Xavi wants to stay at Barcelona. (Sep 18)

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring a goal against Schalke 04 during their Champions League soccer match against at Stamford Bridge in London September 17, 2014.
Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]

By IBTimes AU

There were a few too many surprises on matchday 1 of the Champions League, as mighty FC Barcelona barely escaped with a win against a modest APOEL Nicosia side, while Chelsea failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead against Schalke. (Sep 18)

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Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014.
Chelsea FC Transfer News: 11-Year-Old La Masia Prodigy Xavier Simons Targeted By Blues

By IBTimes AU

Chelsea are reported to be convincing the family of an 11-year-old La Masia prodigy named Xavier Simons to move to Stamford Bridge. (Sep 11)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal against Elche during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona August 24, 2014.
Transfer News: Van Gaal Believes Man Utd Can Land Di Maria And Messi

By IBTimes AU

In the wake of his side's winless run in the Premier League, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal seems to be desperate in landing world-class players in the likeness of Angel di Maria, and ambitiously, Lionel Messi, to help him make the 3-5-2 work. (Aug 25)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, MANCHESTER UNITED, REAL MADRID

Brazilian soccer player and Barcelona forward Neymar waves as he wears a "Yukata", a casual summer Kimono, after receiving it as a souvenir from the organizer during a fan event in Tokyo July 31, 2014. Neymar flew into Japan on Thursday for a pr
Neymar Effective in Return For Barcelona

By IBTimes AU

The Kid is back. Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar completed his comeback in impressive fashion as he tallied two goals in the exhibition match between his mother club, Barcelona against Mexican team Leon. (Aug 19)

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