Category: Lionel Messi

Remembering Lionel Messi’s best 20 minutes of his career

Barcelona are finalizing preparations for their all important first leg vs. Liverpool on Wednesday when they’ll kick off a mouthwatering Champions League semifinal matchup against Liverpool. Despite being a routine footballing Goliath, and a historically good run of domestic success, the Catalan club haven’t made it to this stage of Europe’s premier club competition since 2015 when they won the UEFA Champions League (and the treble, for good measure). Barcelona’s last three Champions League campaigns have been characterized by quarterfinal flops — they lost to Atletico Madrid in 2016, Juventus in 2017, and famously, Roma in 2018 when they squandered ... Read more

Messi and Ronaldo go home with mixed legacy at World Cup

The dream of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing against each other in the World Cup ended as Argentina and Portugal both lost in their round of 16 contests. The five-time Ballon d’Or winners were both outplayed by a Paris Saint-Germain forward in their respective matches. Messi runs into young and hungry French opposition La Albiceleste was out powered by the pace, athleticism and direct play that France attacked them with in their 4-3 loss. 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show. In the 12th minute, the two-time Ligue 1 winner drew a penalty which was converted by ... Read more

Messi and Ronaldo find different ways to continue playing in the World Cup

Messi and Ronaldo both found a way to advance into the knockout stage of the World Cup. Both captaining Argentina and Portugal to finish second in their group. One captain stepped up to push his team forward while the other faltered. Ronaldo The reigning European champions stumbled their way to a 1-1 draw against Iran. Portugal had possession 73 percent of the time in the match but struggled to create chances. Fernando Santos’ team plays better when they can defend deep and hit their opponent on the counterattack. In the 45th minute though, a nice back heel from midfielder Adrien ... Read more

Ronaldo thrives for club and country while Messi is a wilting flower for Argentina

Heading into their last group stage match in the World Cup, Argentina and Portugal are both looking to secure their place in the round of 16. While the reigning European champions have more than one way to move on in the competition, Argentina needs to win just for a shot at advancing. By scoring a phenomenal header in Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Morocco, Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed fellow Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas to become the second all-time leading scorer in international competition. Ronaldo’s 85 goals are second only to Iran’s Ali Daei who scored 109. The reigning Ballon d’Or winner ... Read more

Tables may have turned in Ronaldo-Messi debate

This World Cup is a pivotal moment in the eternal Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo debate. It will most likely be the last time the icons will be in the tournament together unless Cristiano is still playing at an elite level at 37-years-old. Even though Argentina and Portugal both had a draw in their first group stage match, Messi and Ronaldo’s individual performances were on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Before the tournament, Adidas ran a campaign starring Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with a goat. G.O.A.T. is an acronym popularized by rapper/actor LL Cool J which stands for greatest of all ... Read more

Messi stars in FOX Sports’ new World Cup commercial [VIDEO]

Slowly but surely, the agency that’s producing the TV commercials to promote FOX Sports’ coverage of this summer’s World Cup is getting better. But with less than 45 days to go, time is running out if they want to capture the attention of mainstream America. So far we haven’t had any very memorable TV commercials from FOX Sports, but this one comes close. In the new TV commercial, the agency gets straight to the point by focusing on Messi as one of the major reasons why we should watch the World Cup this summer. At least they didn’t compare Messi ... Read more

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011. The team was FC Barcelona. “They’re the best team in Europe, no question about that. In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced.” Ferguson went on to lament, “No one,” he exclaimed, “has ever given us a hiding like that.” It was Barcelona’s second UEFA ... Read more

FOX’s World Cup ad compares Ronaldo and Messi to King Kong and Godzilla [VIDEO]

Better late than never, FOX Sports finally has released a new ad to promote its coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup. Entitled “Epic,” the new ad that will begin being televised nationally this weekend focuses on the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Not surprisingly, the footballers are two of the three players that FOX Sports has been featuring the most to promote its exclusive English-language coverage of the World Cup, which will be played in Russia this summer. The third star, Neymar, isn’t featured in this ad but will be included in future ads by the American ... Read more