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‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017?

Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact …

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Ronaldo, Messi, Drogba and Gerrard make Liverpool striker Sturridge’s Ultimate XI

Daniel Sturridge has pieced together an iconic Ultimate XI made up of star turns from past and present, although he admits his team would “probably lose”. Over the course of his career, the 28-year-old has been fortunate to play with and against some of the finest talent in world football, …

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Valverde: I hope Messi scores 200th European goal this season

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde joked that he hopes Lionel Messi will reach 200 European goals this season. Messi 7/10 to score 2+ Saturday Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday, netting in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiacos. Related Valverde is already hoping for more from Messi, saying …

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‘I would give him all the prizes’ – Bartomeu claims nobody is equal to Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu lauded Lionel Messi for maintaining his “sublime level” after bringing up 100 European goals. Messi 2/1 for hat-trick v Malaga Messi scored in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League win over Olympiacos on Wednesday for what was his 100th goal in European competition. Related The five-time Ballon …

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Ballon d’Or? We all know Messi is best, says Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi is the world’s best player, regardless of who wins the Ballon d’Or. Messi is a record five-time winner of the individual honour, but he is expected to be joined on that tally by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this year. The duo have …

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Ronaldo, Messi, Zidane, Pirlo and Baggio – Buffon struggles to pick five-a-side teams

Gianluigi Buffon has attempted to draw up various five-a-side teams, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo making the grade. The legendary Juventus goalkeeper has been fortunate enough to have played with and against some iconic figures down the years. With so much talent from which …

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Neymar, Messi & Griezmann among nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead an illustrious list of 30 players nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award. The full list of top footballers was revealed across Monday by organisers France Football, with Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid dominating with seven nominees. Following unprecedented back-to-back Champions League wins, Real Madrid …

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All bark, no bite: Wasteful Argentina staring at catastrophic World Cup elimination

When you can no longer change the players on the pitch, try and change the fans. Argentina brought a must-win World Cup qualifying clash against Peru to Boca Juniors’ infamous Bombonera on Thursday, in an attempt to up the ante at the end of a spluttering campaign for Russia 2018.  …

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Argentina In Danger Of Missing Out On World Cup Qualification

Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance on Thursday after another …

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Messi asked me to join Barca during Brazil vs Argentina – Paulinho

Paulinho has revealed how an in-game conversation with Lionel Messi helped pave the way for his surprise move to Barcelona. The former Tottenham midfielder signed for the Catalan club in August, completing a €40 million deal to depart Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao. Barcelona 18/1 to beat Las Palmas 1-0 Related However, …

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Messi Hits Four As Barcelona Hammer Eibar

Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (C) vies with Eibar players during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 19, 2017.PAU BARRENA / AFP Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a …

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Lionel Messi… Get out of Barcelona while you still can

This summer has brought into sharp focus two things; one, clubs are having to pay more than ever for elite talent and two, Barcelona’s buy-out fees in that context are set tantalisingly low. Neymar went to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of €222 million (£200m). Casting the eye around the …

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Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3: Neymar and Messi lead Valverde’s men to ICC title

Goal from Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique helped Barcelona to Clasico success and the ICC trophy on Saturday. Barcelona claimed the International Champions Cup after prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling Clasico encounter against bitter rivals Real Madrid. The United States edition of the pre-season tournament went to Barca thanks to …

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VIDEO: Messi and Suarez play keepy-uppy in a swimming pool

The Argentine is currently on his honeymoon after marrying Antonella Roccuzzo but took time out to meet up with his Barcelona team-mate They are a joy to watch on the pitch, and just as much off it. Lionel Messi and Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez showed off their skills in a …

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VIDEO: Abel Pintos serenades Messi and his new bride

The famous singer was on hand to do a little number as the happy couple tied the knot in Rosario You just knew Lionel Messi’s wedding was going to be something special. And with the Barcelona superstar marrying the lovely Antonella Roccuzzo and a host of megastars attending the event in …

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‘We would have loved Messi at Madrid’ – Real president Perez expresses regret at missing out on Barcelona star

The Los Blancos supremo had his eye on the Argentine, but revealed it would have been impossible to steal the forward away from Real’s rivals Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that he would have loved to bring Lionel Messi to Santiago Bernabeu. The Argentine has been at Barcelona …

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102 and counting! Messi, Suarez & Neymar mean Barcelona can still dream of beating Madrid to Liga title

The trusty trio scored all of the goals as the Blaugrana beat Villarreal and kept their Primera Division hopes alive on Saturday COMMENT La Liga is not over yet. Real Madrid remain favourites for the title with a game in hand over Barcelona, but Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are …

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