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Messi, Suarez on target as Barcelona sweep past Levante


Lionel Messi marked his 400th Barcelona appearance with a goal as the La Liga leaders maintained their nine-point advantage with victory over Levante. Messi opened the scoring at the Nou Camp, chipping the ball to Jordi Alba and volleying home the return. His 365th La Liga goal equalled Gerd Muller’s record for goals in a single one of Europe’s top ...

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Messi back in Barcelona training


Global superstar, Lionel Messi, returned to training with Barcelona on Wednesday following three weeks out with a groin injury. France international defender Samuel Umtiti also returned to training according to a statement on the Catalan giants’ website. “Both Leo Messi and Samuel Umtiti, despite neither yet being declared fit for selection as they battle to recover from injury, were able ...

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Rampant Barca rout Celta 6-1


Luis Suarez scored three and Lionel Messi netted a stunning free kick as Barcelona beat a resolute but outclassed Celta Vigo. Messi netted just before the hour mark after Suarez was fouled roughly 30 yards from goal, but Celta had been well worth the draw to that point. Parity was restored when John Guidetti beat Claudio Bravo from 12 yards ...

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Barça prove supremacy with six-goal rout of Roma

Brothers in joy: Neymar, Messi, Suarez (Image credit: Getty Images)

Barcelona not only won UEFA Champions League Group E but did so with immense panache in a 6-1 demolition of AS Roma. Despite the absence of Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano, the already qualified holders raced into top gear within the first few minutes and two goals in four minutes, from Luis Suárez then Lionel Messi, put them firmly in ...

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Pedro is Barcelona’s UEFA Super Cup hero again


Pedro Rodríguez scored a 115th-minute winner for the second time in UEFA Super Cup history to decide an extraordinary game. Pedro Rodríguez scored his second 115th-minute winner in a UEFA Super Cup to give Barcelona a sensational victory against Sevilla. In only the third minute Sevilla were ahead with the fastest-ever UEFA Super Cup goal. Javier Mascherano brought down José Antonio ...

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Messi lays first stone of 2017 Nations Cup venue in Gabon

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Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi linked up with Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba on Saturday to lay the first stone at a future Africa Cup of Nations venue. The Barcelona star, who won a treble of Spanish title, Copa del Rey and European Champions League last season, officially started the building process at the Port-Gentil stadium, which ...

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Copa America 2015: Paraguay fight back to draw with Argentina

Messi with his dejected team mates (Image credit: Reuters)

Paraguay fought back from two goals down to deny Argentina victory in their opening game of the Copa America. Argentina, runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, raced ahead in the first half as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero slotted in before Barcelona’s Lionel Messi converted a penalty. Paraguay fought back after the break, Nelson Valdez halving the deficit with a long-distance ...

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Lionel Messi faces tax fraud trial after appeal rejected again

Messi and his father paid €5m back to the Spanish tax authorities two years ago (Image credit: AFP)

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has moved a step closer to being tried for tax evasion after a Spanish high court rejected his latest appeal. Messi and his father Jorge are both accused of defrauding the authorities of more than €4m (£3.1m; $5m). The court ruled that Messi should not be granted impunity for not knowing what was happening ...

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Barca close in on treble after beating Bilbao in cup final

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao  (Image credit: : Manu Fernandez/AP)

Stage two of the treble is complete as Barcelona defeated Athetic Bilbao 3-1 on Saturday to triumph in the 2015 Copa del Rey final. The designated hosts were reportedly given two-thirds of the ticket allocation for the match, which made for a significant Athletic presence at Camp Nou. Nonetheless, the Catalans moved onto eyeing up a domestic double with their ...

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