Articles tagged 'messi'

Ronaldo or Messi: Who is best? 18 July 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Following another failure in the Copa America final, this time against Chile, Argentina captain Lionel Messi announced he was quitting the national team as he had failed in his quest to lead them to any silverware. The failure by Argentina and Messi to win any major title was Me...
Is this Barca side the best ever? 15 August 2015 JOHANESBURG - On Tuesday, Barcelona collected their fourth (Uefa Super Cup) silverware on the trot having won a domestic treble last season. Although they achieved Tuesday’s task the hard way, there seems no stopping Luis Enrique’s swashbuckling side from sweeping anything on offer. But the...
Forget Fifa scandal, MSN are the best there is 13 June 2015 JOHANNESBURG - One would have been tempted to continue debating the American-orchestrated Fifa corruption saga which I maintain is a USA and European conspiracy aimed at the two blocks dominating the global game. As the saga (Fifa scandal) rages on with no solution anywhere in sight, one would...
Pasuwa chose Ronaldo 14 January 2015 HARARE - Young Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa picked Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2014 Fifa Ballon D’Or award. According to voting results published by the world football governing body yesterday, Pasuwa had Ronaldo as his first choice, followed by Barcelona and Argen...
Messi's future in doubt 7 January 2015 LONDON - The future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona has been thrown into doubt after reports of a fall-out between the player and head coach Luis Enrique. Enrique’s position is not thought to be under threat despite reports of a confrontation between Messi and Barca’s board over the authoritarian...
So who is the best Messi or Ronaldo? 20 December 2014 JOHANNESBURG - There is no sport which evokes as much debate as football. No wonder one of the most famous quotes in the sport is by former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly who said:  “Football is not a matter of life and death ... it's more important than that.” Almost every Tom and Dick has...
Messi eyes record 18 October 2014 LONDON - In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga. The Argentine made his bow as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 win at city rivals Espanyol on October 16, 2004. Now he is preparin...
We deserved to win – Messi 16 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi, controversial winner of the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player, believes Argentina had enough clear chances to have beaten Germany in Sunday’s final. The Argentina captain, who had carried his nation’s hopes through the group stages but looked listless in the se...
Maradona criticises Messi award 15 July 2014 LONDON - Diego Maradona has criticised Fifa for awarding Argentina’s Lionel Messi the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player. Messi was presented with the award after his country’s 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final in Rio, beating such stellar performers as Arjen Robben, James Rodr...
Is this Messi's time? 12 July 2014 JOHANNESBURG - Tomorrow’s World Cup final between Argentina and Germany is being described in most football circles as a dream final. I am not aware what those analysts would have said if hosts and Argentina’s arch-rivals Brazil had avoided the 7-1 humiliation and reached the final. While t...
'Messi is running on empty' 12 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi is struggling at the World Cup because he is suffering from exhaustion, his father Jorge has claimed ahead of Argentina's final showdown against Germany tomorrow. The Argentina playmaker, who was being hailed as potentially the star player of the tournament, has faded to ...
Messi ready for Diego moment 11 July 2014 LONDON - Twenty-four years after Argentina last reached a World Cup semi-final, their genius was beset by domestic turmoil. On the big day he was accusing his ex-girlfriend of running off with watches and diamond earrings. An international arrest warrant was being sought. But enough about Dieg...
Hoewedes comfortable facing Messi 11 July 2014 LONDON - For a man about to face one of the game's most prolific scorers, Benedikt Hoewedes is remarkably composed ahead of the World Cup final. Even more so considering he'll be playing out of his usual position. Hoewedes has been used as left back by Germany coach Joachim Loew during the ...
Argentina look to peak 1 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi's goals have fired Argentina into the World Cup last 16 but they will look for a better all-round performance when they meet Switzerland tonight. The diminutive four-time player of the year has finally sparked for his country, hitting four of their six goals as Argentina ...
Argentina down Nigeria, both through 26 June 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi scored twice to inspire Argentina to a thrilling 3-2 win over Nigeria in Porto Alegre on Wednesday which clinched top spot in World Cup Group F and sent home an army of Sky Blue supporters with smiles on their faces. The few Nigerian fans in the crowd also left happy beca...
Can Nigeria stop Messi? 25 June 2014 LONDON - Nigeria face Lionel Messi's already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre tonight with a first appearance in the last 16 since 1998 tantalisingly within the African champions' grasp. Tens of thousands of Messi fans are expected to make the trip up from Argentina to this southern port ci...
Messi the hero in injury time 21 June 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi scored in time added on to give Argentina a barely deserved 1-0 win over a feisty Iran in their Group F encounter at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. The heavily favoured South Americans were frustrated by some tenacious defending throughout. In the fir...
Messi, Ribery head Ballon d'Or nominees 30 October 2013 LONDON - Six players from Bayern Munich's treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa on Tuesday. Jose Mourinho was included on the shortlist for Coach of the Year despite failing to win any major trophies with Real Madrid la...
Messi earns Barca draw at Milan 23 October 2013 LONDON - Lionel Messi slipped past tight AC Milan marking to score in his first start since injury and give Barcelona a 1-1 draw on Tuesday that keeps them two points clear at the top of Champions League Group H. The Argentine struck in the 23rd minute with a slick finish to a breakaway move t...
Messi sparkles, Chelsea shocked 19 September 2013 LONDON - Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho's Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat. Messi took his tally to 62 Champions League goals and became the first player to score more than four Champio...