Messi apologises to PSG for Saudi trip

Sat, 06 May 2023 - 01:02 GMT

"I sincerely believed that I would have the day off after the game as had been happening in previous weeks. I had this trip organised and I couldn't cancel it, I had already cancelled it before," Messi said in a video on Instagram.

Al Hilal coach Diaz ignoring Messi speculation with focus on Asian final

Fri, 05 May 2023 - 12:31 GMT

Diaz, however, stressed his sights are fixed on the meeting with Urawa at Saitama Stadium in the continental club final rather than the future of Argentina's World Cup-winning captain.

Mo Salah, Mané, Mbappé, Messi appear in Egyptian sitcom

Sun, 09 Apr 2023 - 05:46 GMT

An Egyptian sitcom gathered look-alikes of international footballers who all happen to live in Egypt: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Kylian Mbappé, and Lionel Messi.

Messi leads Argentina win over Panama in first game as world champions

Fri, 24 Mar 2023 - 11:09 GMT

Captain Messi finally got his 800th career goal and doubled the lead in the 89th minute with a brilliant free-kick that went into the top right corner to excite the more than 80,000 fans chanting his name at the Monumental Stadium.

Messi eyes goal milestone in first Argentina game since World Cup triumph

Thu, 23 Mar 2023 - 09:10 GMT

More than 80,000 people will attend the Monumental Stadium in Argentina's capital for a friendly against Panama.

Messi shortlisted for FIFA's The Best Award with Mbappe and Benzema

Sat, 11 Feb 2023 - 12:26 GMT

Messi could win his second The Best trophy after leading Argentina to their third World Cup title by beating Mbappe's France in last year's final in Qatar, scoring seven goals during the tournament and earning his second Golden ball.

PSG's Messi doubtful for Champions League clash with Bayern - L'Equipe

Fri, 10 Feb 2023 - 12:06 GMT

Messi played the full 90 minutes of PSG's 2-1 defeat to Olympique Marseille in the French Cup on Wednesday but later felt pain in his hamstring, the report said.

Lionel Messi open to playing in 2026 World Cup

Fri, 03 Feb 2023 - 12:04 GMT

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni would love to see the superstar -- who is one of only six players to compete in five World Cups -- suit up for the next World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Special ticket for Ronaldo v Messi match fetches $2.6 mln in Saudi Arabia

Fri, 20 Jan 2023 - 11:30 GMT

The Saudi government's entertainment arm said on Twitter that Mushref Al-Ghamdi, general manager of real estate group AqarOne, was the highest bidder for a "Beyond Imagination" ticket.

Argentine tattooists swamped by demand for Messi tributes

Thu, 22 Dec 2022 - 11:45 GMT

In Argentina, where soccer generates something akin to a religious fervor, millions of men and women took to the streets on Tuesday to give the national team a hero's welcome as they toured the capital by bus after returning from Qatar.

Messi's 'Maradona moment' faces formidable French final hurdle

Fri, 16 Dec 2022 - 11:32 GMT

After a mesmerising month of upsets, when several brash outsiders threatened soccer's status quo, the World Cup final will have a familiar feel on Sunday when two of the sport's super-heavyweights go toe to toe, each seeking a third title.

Maradona is watching us from above and pushing us, says Messi

Sat, 10 Dec 2022 - 08:28 GMT

Lionel Messi said Argentina have felt the presence of the late, great Diego Maradona throughout their World Cup campaign, including on Friday when they beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach the semi-finals.

Messi and Scaloni expect hard fight with old rivals Netherlands

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 - 12:39 GMT

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni predicted a tough but beautiful encounter with the Netherlands when the sides meet in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Magic Messi fires Argentina into World Cup quarters

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 - 12:32 GMT

Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona's tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

In Maradona's shadow, Messi strives for Argentina's forever love

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 11:34 GMT

Lionel Messi's passionate performances at the Qatar World Cup are earning him oodles of love from Argentines, but their old favouritism for Diego Maradona may resurface unless he brings home the trophy on his final attempt.

Argentine fans find faith again after Messi leads World Cup revival against Poland

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 06:31 GMT

Argentines renewed their hopes in the country's national soccer team after it defeated Poland 2-0 on Wednesday, booking a place for the team led by star Lionel Messi in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Messi on World Cup mission in 'Last Dance' for Argentina

Thu, 03 Nov 2022 - 09:34 GMT

Lionel Messi has won nearly 40 trophies for club and country in an illustrious career but the Argentine forward's glittering resume has one major omission -- a World Cup winner's medal.

Messi is counting the days until the World Cup

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 - 11:52 GMT

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he is counting the days until the World Cup and believes his team have a good chance of winning the tournament.

Messi powers Argentina past Honduras in Miami

Sat, 24 Sep 2022 - 12:28 GMT

Lionel Messi scored twice and Argentina dominated Honduras 3-0 on Friday in Miami.

Benzema, Ronaldo and Haaland nominated for Ballon d'Or, Messi misses out

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 - 11:37 GMT

Seven times reigning winner Lionel Messi was not nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or for the first time since 2005.