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Lionel Andres Messi

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Full name : Lionel Andrés Messi

Date of birth : 24 June 1987 (age 24)

Place of birth : Rosario, Argentina

Height : 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)

Playing position : Striker / Second striker

Current club : Barcelona

Number : 10

Youth career

1995–2000 : Newell's Old Boys
2000–2003 : Barcelona


Senior career

2003 : Barcelona C [5 Goals Form 8 Appearances]
2004–2005 : Barcelona B [6 Goals Form 22 Appearances]
2004–2011 : Barcelona [127 Goals Form 183 Appearances]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:58, 2 October 2011

National team

2005 : Argentina U20 [6 Goals Form 7 Appearances]
2008 : Argentina U23 [2 Goals Form 5 Appearances]
2005–2011 : Argentina [18 Goals Form 63 Appearances]

* National team caps and goals correct as of 11:26, 8 October 2011

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a striker.

He is regarded as one of the best football players of his generation, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009 and 2010. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".

Messi began playing football at a young age and his skill and potential was soon realized by Barcelona. He left Rosario-based Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games. Messi then had the most successful season of his playing career, the 2008–09 season, in which he scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble-winning campaign. This record-breaking season was then eclipsed in the following 2009–10 campaign, where Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equalling Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He surpassed this record again in the 2010–11 season with 53 goals in all competitions.

Messi has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, scoring in two of those finals, against Manchester United in both 2009 and 2011. He was not on the pitch as Barcelona defeated Arsenal in 2006, but received a winners' medal from the tournament. After scoring 12 goals in the 2010–11 Champions League, Messi became only the third player (after Gerd Müller and Jean-Pierre Papin) to top-score in three successive European Champion Clubs' Cup campaigns. However, Messi is the first one to win the Champions League top scorer titles for three consecutive years after Champions League changed its format in 1992.

Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals, including two in the final game. Shortly thereafter, he became an established member of Argentina's senior international team. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year. In 2008, in Beijing, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team. At international level Messi has scored 18 goals in 63 games.
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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi[3] (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team as a striker or winger. Considered one of the best football players of his generation,[4][5][6] Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009[7][8][9][10] and 2010.[11] His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".[12][13]
Messi began playing football at a young age and his potential was quickly identified by Barcelona. He left Rosario-based Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games. Messi then had the most successful season of his playing career, the 2008–09 season, in which he scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble-winning campaign. This record-breaking season was then eclipsed in the following 2009–10 campaign, where Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equalling Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He surpassed this record again in the 2010–11 season with 53 goals in all competitions.
Messi has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, scoring in two of those finals, against Manchester United in both 2009 and 2011. He was not on the pitch as Barcelona defeated Arsenal in 2006, but received a winners' medal from the tournament. After scoring 12 goals in the 2010–11 Champions League, Messi became only the third player (after Gerd Müller and Jean-Pierre Papin) to top-score in three successive European Champion Clubs' Cup campaigns. However, Messi is the first one to win the Champions League top scorer titles for three consecutive years after Champions League changed its format in 1992.[14]
Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals, including two in the final game. Shortly thereafter, he became an established member of Argentina's senior international team. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year. In 2008, in Beijing, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team. At international level Messi has scored 17 goals in 61 games.

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Early life

Messi was born in Rosario,Santa Fe Province, to parents Jorge Horacio Messi, a factory steel worker, and Celia María Cuccittini, a part-time cleaner.[12][13][14][15] His paternal family originates from the Italian city of Ancona, from which his ancestor, Angelo Messi, emigrated to Argentina in 1883.[16][17] He has two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matías, and a sister, María Sol.[18] At the age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father Jorge.[19] In 1995, Messi switched to Newell's Old Boys who were based in his home city Rosario.[19] At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.[20] Local powerhouse River Plate showed interest in Messi's progress, but did not have enough money to pay for treatment for his condition, which cost $900 a month.[15] Carles Rexach, the sporting director of FC Barcelona, had been made aware of his talent as Messi had relatives in Lleida, Catalonia, and Messi and his father were able to arrange a trial with the team.[15] Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered Messi a contract written on a paper napkin.[21][22] Barcelona offered to pay for Messi's medical bills if he was willing to move to Spain. Messi and his father moved to Barcelona where Messi enrolled in the club's youth academy.[19][22]
Club career

Barcelona
Messi played in Barcelona's junior Infantil B and Cadete B & A teams from 2000 to 2003 (scoring 37 goals in 30 matches in Cadete A). Season 2003–04 saw him on a record[23] five different teams: He started one match in Juvenil B (one goal) and got promoted to Juvenil A (14 matches, 21 goals). Later he debuted for FC Barcelona C team (Tercera División) on 29 November 2003 and for FC Barcelona B (Segunda División B) on 6 March 2004. He played for both teams during the season (eight matches, five goals and five games, zero goals, respectively).[24][25][26] Even before these two debuts, Messi made his official debut for the first-team on 16 November 2003 aged 16 years and 145 days, in a friendly match against Porto.[27][28]
Less than a year after his start, Frank Rijkaard gave him his league debut against RCD Espanyol on 16 October 2004 (at 17 years and 114 days), becoming the third-youngest player ever to play for Barcelona and youngest club player who played in La Liga, which would be broken by Bojan Krkić in September 2007. When he scored his first senior goal for the club against Albacete Balompié on 1 May 2005, Messi was 17 years, ten months and seven days old, becoming the youngest to ever score in a La Liga game for Barcelona[29] until it was again broken by Bojan Krkić in 2007, scoring from a Messi assist.[30] Messi said about his ex-coach Rijkaard: "I'll never forget the fact that he launched my career, that he had confidence in me while I was only sixteen or seventeen."[31] During the season, Messi played also in Barcelona B (Segunda División B) scoring 6 goals in 17 matches.
2005–06 season
On 16 September, for the second time in three months, Barcelona announced an update to Messi's contract; this time it was improved to pay him as a first team member and extended until June 2014.[19] Messi obtained Spanish citizenship on 26 September 2005[32] and was finally able to make his debut in the season's Spanish First Division. Messi's first home outing in the Champions League came on 27 September against Italian club Udinese.[27] Fans at Barcelona's stadium, the Camp Nou, gave Messi a standing ovation upon his substitution, as his composure on the ball and passing combinations with Ronaldinho had paid dividends for Barcelona.[33]
Messi netted six goals in 17 league appearances, and scored one Champions League goal in six. His season ended prematurely on 7 March 2006, however, when he suffered a muscle tear in his right thigh during the second leg of the second round Champions League tie against Chelsea.[34] Rijkaard's Barcelona ended the season as champions of Spain and Europe.[35][36]
2006–07 season


Messi in a match against Rangers in 2007
In the 2006–07 season, Messi established himself as a regular first team player, scoring 14 times in 26 matches.[37] On 12 November, in the game against Real Zaragoza, Messi suffered a broken metatarsal, ruling him out for three months.[38][39] On 11 March, El Clásico saw Messi in top form, scoring a hat-trick to earn 10-man Barcelona a 3–3 draw, equalising three times, with the final equaliser coming in injury time.[40] In doing so he became the first player since Iván Zamorano (for Real Madrid in the 1994–95 season) to score a hat-trick in El Clásico.[41] Messi is also the youngest player ever to have scored in this fixture. Towards the end of the season he began finding the net more often; 11 of his 14 league goals for the season came from the last 13 games.[42]


Messi shortly before scoring a goal against Getafe
Messi also proved the "new Maradona" tag was not all hype, by nearly replicating Maradona's most famous goals in the space of the single season.[43] On 18 April 2007, he scored two goals during a Copa del Rey semi-final against Getafe CF, one of which was very similar to Maradona's famous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, known as the Goal of the Century.[44] The world's sports press drew comparisons with Maradona, and the Spanish press labelled Messi as "Messidona".[45] He ran about the same distance, 62 metres (203 ft), beat the same number of players (six, including the goalkeeper), scored from a very similar position, and ran towards the corner flag just as Maradona did in Mexico 21 years before.[43] In a press conference after the game, Messi's team-mate Deco said: "It was the best goal I have ever seen in my life."[46] Against RCD Espanyol Messi also scored a goal which was remarkably similar to Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in the World Cup quarter-finals. Messi launched himself at the ball and connected with his hand to guide the ball past the goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.[47] Despite protests by Espanyol players and replays showing it was clear handball, the goal stood.[47]
2007–08 season


Messi takes Barcelona to 2–0 against Sevilla at Camp Nou on 22 September 2007
On 27 February, Messi played in his 100th official match for Barcelona against Valencia.[48]
Messi was nominated for a FIFPro World XI Player Award under the category of Forward.[49] A poll conducted in the online edition of the Spanish newspaper Marca had him as the best player in the world with 77 percent of the vote.[50] Columnists from Barcelona-based newspapers El Mundo Deportivo and Sport stated that the Ballon d'Or should be given to Messi, a view supported by Franz Beckenbauer.[51] Football personalities such as Francesco Totti have declared that they consider Messi to be one of the current best footballers in the world.[52]
Messi was sidelined for six weeks following an injury on 4 March when he suffered a muscle tear in his left thigh during a Champions League match against Celtic. It was the fourth time in three seasons that Messi suffered this type of injury.[53] When the season was over Messi managed to score 16 goals and assisted 13 times in all competition.
2008–09 season
Upon Ronaldinho's departure from the club, Messi inherited his number 10 jersey.[54] During this season he placed second in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year awards with 678 points.


Michael Carrick defending a shot from Messi in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final
Messi scored his first hat-trick of 2009 in a Copa del Rey tie against Atlético Madrid which Barcelona won 3–1.[55] Messi scored another important double on 1 February 2009, coming on as a second half substitute to help Barcelona defeat Racing Santander 1–2 after being 1–0 down. The second of the two strikes was Barcelona's 5000th league goal.[56] On 8 April 2009, he scored twice against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, setting a personal record of eight goals in the competition.[57]
As Barcelona's season was drawing to a close, Messi scored twice (his 35th and 36th goals in all competitions) to cap a 6–2 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu[58] in what was Real's heaviest defeat since 1930.[59] He won his first Copa del Rey on 13 May, scoring one goal and assisting another two, in a 4–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.[60] He helped his team win the double by winning La Liga. On 27 May he helped Barcelona win the Champions League by scoring a second goal in the 70th minute giving Barcelona a two goal lead; he also became the top scorer in the Champions League, the youngest in the tournament's history, with nine goals.[61] Messi also won the UEFA Club Forward of the Year: and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year rounding off a spectacular year in Europe.[62] This victory meant Barcelona had won the Copa del Rey, La Liga and Champions League in the one season,[63] and was the first time a Spanish club had ever won the treble.[64]
2009–10 season
"The Maradona and Pelé polemics will end"
—Diego Maradona, on the consequences if Messi won the 2010 World Cup[65]
After winning the 2009 UEFA Super Cup, Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola asserted that Messi was probably the best player he had ever seen.[66] On 18 September, Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona, running until 2016 and with a buy-out clause of €250 million included, making Messi, along with Zlatan Ibrahimović, the highest paid players in La Liga, with earnings of around €9.5 million yearly.[67][68]
Messi was named winner of the 2009 Ballon d'Or on 1 December 2009, beating runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo by largest ever margin of 473 to 233.[69][70][71]


Messi at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup
On 19 December, Messi scored the winner in the final of the 2009 Club World Cup against Estudiantes in Abu Dhabi, giving the club their sixth title of the year.[72] Two days later, he was given the FIFA World Player of the Year award,[73] beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Kaká and Andrés Iniesta to the award. This was the first time he had won the award, and he became the first Argentinian to ever receive this honour.[74] On 10 January 2010, Messi scored his first hat-trick in 2010 and his first hat-trick of the season against CD Tenerife in the 0–5 victory,[75] and on 17 January he scored his 100th goal for the club in the 4–0 victory over Sevilla.[76]
Messi scored a hat-trick against Valencia CF in a 3–0 home win,[77] and finally he scored another hat-trick against Zaragoza in a 4–2 away win,[78] becoming the first Barcelona player to score back-to-back hat-tricks in La Liga.[79] He played his 200th official match for Barcelona against Osasuna on 24 March 2010.[80]
"Once he's on the run, Messi is unstoppable. He's the only player who can change direction at such a pace."
"He is the best player in the world by some distance. He's (like) a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make."
Arsène Wenger after Barcelona won 4–1 against Arsenal.[81][82]
On 6 April 2010, for the first time in Messi's career he scored four goals in a single match, netting the lot in a 4–1 home win over Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.[83][84] This also saw him overtake Rivaldo as Barcelona's all time greatest scorer in the competition.[85] In the final league match of the season against Valladolid, he scored two goals in the second half to tie Ronaldo's club record of 34 goals in a single league season, set in 1996–97,[86][87] and to finish four goals behind the all-time record held by Telmo Zarra.[88] He was named La Liga player of the year for the second year in a row on 3 June 2010.[89]
2010–11 season
On 21 August 2010, Messi scored a hat-trick in his first start of the season in a 4–0 victory over Sevilla FC in the Supercopa de España, helping Barcelona secure their first trophy of the season after a 1–3 first leg loss.[90]
On 19 September 2010, Messi suffered an ankle injury due to an ill-advised tackle by Atlético Madrid defender Tomáš Ujfaluši in the 92nd minute of their Round 3 match at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. At first sight it was feared that Messi suffered a broken ankle that could have kept the star player away from the pitch for a minimum of six months, but MRI performed the next day in Barcelona showed he suffered a sprain in the internal and external ligaments of his right ankle.[91] Team-mate David Villa stated "the tackle on Messi was brutal" after watching the video of the play and also added that he believed the Atlético defender "didn't go into the tackle to hurt".[92] The incident caused widespread media attention and brought up the debate of equality in protecting all players in the game.
Against Almería Messi scored his second hat-trick of the season in an impressive 8–0 away win, the second of which was his 100th La Liga goal.[93]


Messi playing against Real Madrid in a Champions League match
Messi won the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or, beating his Barcelona teammates Xavi and Iniesta.[94] Messi had been nominated for the awards for the fourth consecutive year.[95] On 5 February, Barcelona broke the record for most consecutive league wins with 16 victories after they defeated Atlético Madrid 3–0 at the Camp Nou.[96] Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to ensure the victory for his side and after the match he stated, "it's an honor to be able to pass a record set by a great like Di Stéfano" and "if the record has been around for so long is because it's very complicated to achieve and we have reached it by defeating a very difficult team who's going through a bad situation, which makes it even more difficult."[97]
After failing to score for a month he scored a brace against UD Almería; the second goal was his 47th of the season, equalling his club record return of the previous season.[98] He surpassed his record on 12 April 2011 by scoring the winner against Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League game, which put him in the record book as all time top scorer in a single season for Barcelona.[99] He scored his eighth goal on El Clásico on a 1–1 tie at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. On 23 April, Messi scored his 50th goal of the season against CA Osasuna in a 2–0 home victory which he came on as a substitute in the 60th minute.[100] He finished the season by winning La Liga and scoring 31 goals as he finished runner-up in the Pichichi trophy to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had managed to score 40. Messi finished the league season as the top assist provider with 18 assists.
On 20 April, Barcelona were defeated by arch-rivals Real Madrid in the 2011 Copa del Rey Final. Messi set up a goal for Pedro, which was however ruled offside. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match in extra time. Messi was however the joint top-scorer of the tournament along with Cristiano Ronaldo, with 7 goals.[101] [102][102]
In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, he gave a memorable performance, scoring twice against Real Madrid in a 2–0 win, the second goal (a dribble past several players) being acclaimed as one of the best ever at that stage of the competition.[103][104] At the Champions League Final at Wembley, Messi scored the eventual game-clinching goal to give Barcelona their third title in six years and fourth overall.[105] This was also Messi's 12th goal in the Champions League that season, which allowed him to tie Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record of 12 goals in a single European Cup season, after it was re-established as the UEFA Champions League, in 1992.[102] The overall record of goals scored in a single European Cup Season, is José Altafini's record of 14 goals, which Messi did however equal in the following season.[102] Messi finished the 2010-11 season with 53 goals and 24 assists in all competitions.
2011–12 season
Messi started the season by lifting the Spanish Supercup with Barcelona, scoring three goals and providing two assists in a 5–4 aggregate win against Real Madrid.[106] His vital interventions continued in the next official match played against Porto when he scored again following a weak back pass from Fredy Guarín before setting up Cesc Fàbregas to give Barcelona a 2–0 victory and the UEFA Super Cup,[107] then the only official competition that remained for him to score in.[108]
After scoring his first goal of an eventual hat-trick in an 8–0 rout against Osasuna, Messi produced a special celebration for Soufian, a 10-year-old Moroccan boy with Laurin Sandrow syndrome, a rare medical condition that can eventually lead to the loss of the lower extremities. Whilst Messi usually points to the sky after scoring a goal, Messi slapped his thighs as a dedication to Soufian.[109]
In August, Messi became the second highest goalscorer surpassing László Kubala on 194 goals, being behind only to César Rodríguez on 232 goals in all official competitions.[110]
On 28 September, Messi scored his first two Champions League goals of the season against BATE Borisov,[111] becoming Barcelona's second highest goalscorer in its history, tying László Kubala, at 194 goals in all official competitions.[112] He surpassed that record when he scored two goals against Racing Santander.[113] He became second in Barcelona's La Liga goalscorers list with 132 goals, one more than Kubala.[114] He scored his 200th Barcelona goal and two more as part of a hat-trick in his next game against Viktoria Plzeň in the Champions League.[115]
Messi scored a brace in the Club World Cup Final against Santos and was recognized as the man of the match and also awarded the Golden Ball for his performance during the tournament.[116]
Messi won the 2011 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, beating his Barcelona team-mate Xavi Hernández and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi won the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, again beating his team-mate Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo. By winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or again, Messi become the fourth player to win three Ballon d'Ors, after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco Van Basten and the second player to win three consecutive Ballon d'Ors, after Michel Platini (although two of his Ballon d'Ors are FIFA Ballon d'Ors, which he won consecutively).
On 19 February 2012, Messi, on his 200th La Liga appearance, scored four goals against Valencia in a 5–1 win.[117] On 7 March, Messi became the first player to score five goals in an UEFA Champions League match since the tournament's re-establishment in 1992, helping the defending champions Barcelona win 7–1 against Bayer Leverkusen.[118]
On 20 March, Messi scored three goals against Granada, making him FC Barcelona's leading goalscorer in official competitions, surpassing club legend César Rodríguez, who had previously held the record with 232.[119]
On 3 April, Messi scored two goals from penalty kicks against Milan in the second leg of the Champions League Quarter-final, allowing him to surpass his personal record, joint with Ruud van Nistelrooy, of 12 goals in a single UEFA Champions League season. These goals allowed him to tie José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single European Cup season in the 1962–63 season, before the tournament's re-establishment as the UEFA Champions League in 1992.[102] Barcelona were knocked out in the semi-finals to eventual winners Chelsea.
On 11 April, Messi scored his 61th goal against Getafe, surpassing Isidro Langara's record of 60 goals in 1933–34, and became the best goalscorer in history in one season in Spain.[citation needed]
On 2 May, Messi scored a hat-trick against Málaga surpassing Gerd Müller's record (67 goals in 1972-73) with 68 goals, and thus becoming the best goalscorer in history in one season in Europe.[120] It was the 21st multi-goal game of the season for Messi and his seventh La Liga hat-trick.[121] He then scored four goals on 5 May against Espanyol to take his tally to an unprecedented 72 goals, in the process becoming only the second player to pass 70 goals in a first division season since Archie Stark of Bethlehem Steel in the American Soccer League in 1924–25.[122]
On 25 May, he scored again in the 2012 Copa del Rey Final, helping Barcelona win their 26th Spanish Cup title, and increasing his seasonal goalscoring record to an unmatched 73 goals in all competitions.[123] [124] This was also Guardiola's last match as Barcelona's manager, and the Cup win marked Messi's second Copa del Rey title, after losing the final the year before, as well as his 14th Barcelona trophy during Guardiola's 4 seasons at the club. Although Barcelona failed to win their 4th consecutive Liga title under Guardiola, finishing runners up to arch-rivals Real Madrid, Messi finished the 2011–12 season as the top goalscorer in La Liga for a second time, with a Liga record of 50 goals. He was the second best assist provider in La Liga that season with 16 assists, after Mesut Özil, who managed 17. He also ended the season as the UEFA Champions' League Top Scorer for a fourth consecutive time, with 14 goals.[125] He was one of the top assist providers of the tournament with 5 assists and finished the season with 73 goals and 29 assists in all club competitions, with more goals and assists than any other player.

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International career

Often referred to as an Argentinian-Spanish player, this crossover was brought into sharp focus when in 2004, Lionel was offered the chance to play for the Spanish national U-20 team. He declined the offer given his Argentinian heritage, and was given the opportunity to play for Argentina's U-20 team in a friendly match against Paraguay in June 2004.[126] Messi scored once against Paraguay and twice in friendly against Uruguay in July 2004[127]. In 2005 he was part of a team that finished 3rd in 2005 South American Youth Championship in Colombia. He won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands with the team and won the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe,[128] scoring in the last four of Argentina's matches and netting a total of six for the tournament.
He made his full international debut on 17 August 2005 against Hungary at the age of 18. He was substituted on during the 63rd minute, but was sent off on the 65th minute because the referee, Markus Merk, claimed that Messi had allegedly elbowed defender Vilmos Vanczák, who was tugging Messi's shirt. The decision was contentious and Maradona even claimed the decision was pre-meditated. Messi was later reportedly found weeping in the changing rooms after the decision.[129][130] Messi returned to the team on 3 September in Argentina's 1–0 World Cup qualifier away defeat to Paraguay. Ahead of the match he had said "This is a re-debut. The first one was a bit short."[131] He then started his first game for Argentina against Peru, in which he was able to win a crucial penalty for Argentina; after the match Pekerman described Messi as "a jewel".[132]
On 28 March 2009, in a World Cup Qualifier against Venezuela, Messi wore the number 10 jersey for the first time with Argentina. This match was the first official match for Diego Maradona as the Argentina manager. Argentina won the match 4–0 with Messi opening the scoring.[133]
On 17 November 2010, Messi scored a last-minute goal against South American rivals Brazil after an individual effort to help his team to a 1–0 win in the friendly match, which was held in Doha. This was the first time that he had scored against Brazil at senior level.[134] Messi scored another last-minute goal on 9 February 2011 against Portugal in a penalty kick which gave his side a 2–1 victory in the friendly match, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. He had also previously assisted the first goal.[135] His first hat-trick for Albiceleste came against Switzerland, on 29 February 2012 which the game ended 3–1 for Argentina.[136]
2006 World Cup
The injury that kept Messi from playing for two months at the end of the 2005–06 season jeopardised his presence in the 2006 World Cup. Nevertheless, Messi was selected in the Argentina squad for the tournament on 15 May 2006. He also played in the final match before the World Cup against the Argentine U-20 team for 15 minutes and a friendly match against Angola from the 64th minute.[137][138] He witnessed Argentina's opening match victory against Ivory Coast from the substitute's bench.[139] In the next match against Serbia and Montenegro, Messi became the youngest player to represent Argentina at a World Cup when he came on as a substitute for Maxi Rodríguez in the 74th minute. He assisted Hernán Crespo's goal within minutes of entering the game and also scored the final goal in the 6–0 victory, making him the youngest scorer in the tournament and the sixth youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.[140] Messi started in Argentina's following 0–0 draw against the Netherlands.[141] In the following game against Mexico, Messi came on as a substitute in the 84th minute, with the score tied at 1–1. He appeared to score a goal, but it was ruled offside with Argentina needing a late goal in extra time to proceed.[142][143] Coach José Pekerman left Messi on the bench during the quarter-final match against Germany, which they lost 4–2 on a penalty shootout.[144]
2007 Copa América


Messi at the 2007 Copa América
Messi played his first game in the 2007 Copa América on 29 June 2007, when Argentina defeated United States 4–1 in the first game. In this game, he showed his capabilities as a playmaker. He set up a goal for fellow striker Hernán Crespo and had numerous shots on target. Tevez came on as a substitute for Messi in the 79th minute and scored minutes later.[145]
His second game was against Colombia, in which he won a penalty that Crespo converted to tie the game at 1–1. He also played a part in Argentina's second goal as he was fouled outside the box, which allowed Juan Roman Riquelme to score from a freekick, and increase Argentina's lead to 3–1. The final score of the game was 4–2 in Argentina's favor and guaranteed them a spot in the tournament's quarterfinals.[146]
In the third game, against Paraguay the coach rested Messi having already qualified for the quarter-finals. He came off the bench in place of Esteban Cambiasso in the 64th minute, with the score at 0–0. In the 79th minute, he assisted a goal for Javier Mascherano.[147] In the quarter-finals, as Argentina faced Peru, Messi scored the second goal of the game, from a Riquelme pass in a 4–0 win.[148] During the semi-final match against Mexico, Messi scored a lob over Oswaldo Sánchez to see Argentina through to the final with a 3–0 win.[149] Argentina went on to lose 3–0 to Brazil in the final.[150] Messi was elected young player of the tournament.[151]
2008 Summer Olympics


Messi in the semi-final against Brazil at the 2008 Olympics
Having barred Messi from playing for Argentina in the 2008 Olympics,[152] Barcelona agreed to release him after he held talks with newly appointed coach Josep Guardiola.[153] He joined the Argentina squad and scored the first goal in a 2–1 victory over Ivory Coast.[153] He then scored the opening goal and assisted Ángel di María in the second to help his side to a 2–1 extra-time win against the Netherlands.[154] He also featured in Argentina's match against rivals Brazil, in which Argentina took a 3–0 victory, thus advancing to the final. In the gold medal match, Messi again assisted Di María for the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Nigeria.[155]
2010 World Cup
For the 2010 World Cup, Messi wore the number 10 shirt for the first time in a major tournament.[156] Messi played the entire game on Argentina's opening match in the 2010 World Cup, the 1–0 victory against Nigeria. He had several opportunities to score but was repeatedly denied by Vincent Enyeama.[157] Messi started in Argentina's following 4–1 win against Korea Republic; he played in more of an attacking midfielder and playmaking role under Maradona,[158] [159] [160] [161] and participated in all of the goals of his team and helped Gonzalo Higuaín score a hat-trick.[162] On the third and last group stage match Messi captained during Argentina's 2–0 win over Greece, again being the centrepoint of Argentina's play and was voted man of the match.[163]


Messi playing against Bolivia at the 2011 Copa América
At the Round of 16 he assisted Carlos Tévez for the first goal in a 3–1 win against Mexico. The World Cup ended for Argentina with a 4–0 loss against Germany in the quarter-finals.[164]
Messi was nominated in ten player shortlist for Golden Ball award by FIFA Technical Study Group. The group identified Messi with words: "Outstanding in his pace and creativity for his team, dribbling, shooting, passing – spectacular and efficient".[165]
2011 Copa América
Messi took part in the Copa América in Argentina, where he failed to score a goal but notched three assists. He was selected man-of-the-match in matches against Bolivia (1–1) and Costa Rica (3–0). Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals in a penalty shoot-out against Uruguay (1–1 a.e.t.), with Messi scoring as the first penalty taker.

mampilly
06-06-2012, 06:07 PM
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Outside football

Personal life
Messi was at one stage romantically linked to Macarena Lemos, also from his hometown of Rosario. He is said to have been introduced to her by the girl's father when he returned to Rosario to recover from his injury a few days before the start of the 2006 World Cup.[166][167] He has in the past also been linked to the Argentine glamour model Luciana Salazar.[168][169] In January 2009 he told "Hat Trick Barça", a programme on Canal 33: "I have a girlfriend and she is living in Argentina. I am relaxed and happy".[169] He was seen with the girl, Antonella Roccuzzo,[170] at a carnival in Sitges after the Barcelona-Espanyol derby. Roccuzzo is a fellow native of Rosario.[171] On June 2nd, 2012, Messi assisted and scored a goal in Argentina's 4-0 win against Ecuador in a World Cup 2014 Qualifying match. He celebrated scoring his 23rd goal for Argentina, by placing the ball under his jersey, as his girlfriend is reportedly 12 weeks pregnant. She posted on twitter that she is expected to give birth in September.[172]
Messi has two cousins also involved in football: Maxi, a winger for Club Olimpia of Paraguay, and Emanuel Biancucchi, who plays as a midfielder for Spain's Girona FC.[173][174]
Charity
In 2007, Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health care for vulnerable children.[175][176] In response to Messi’s own childhood medical difficulties, the Leo Messi Foundation has offered Argentine children diagnosed with illnesses treatment in Spain and funds covering the transport, hospital and recuperation costs.[177] Messi’s foundation is supported by his own fundraising activity with additional assistance from Herbalife.
On 11 March 2010 Messi was announced as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.[178] Messi’s UNICEF ambassador activities are aimed at supporting children’s rights. Messi is supported in this by Barcelona, who also have a strong association with UNICEF.[179]
Wealth
In March 2010, France Football ranked him at the top of its list of the world's richest footballers, ahead of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, with £29.6 million (€33 million) in combined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings.[180][181] His net wealth is estimated at $110 millon.[182]
Media


An example of Messi's popularity and influence. Photographed in India
Messi was featured on the front covers of the video games Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and is also involved in promotional campaigns for the games.[183][184] Messi, along with Fernando Torres,[185] is the face of Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, and was also involved in the motion capturing and the trailer.[186][187][188] However, in November 2011 Messi was confirmed as the new face of PES's rival football series FIFA with his debut as a cover star of the series coming in 2012's FIFA Street. Messi is sponsored by the German sportswear company Adidas and features in their television advertisements.[189] In June 2010, Messi also signed a three–year contract with Herbalife[190] which further supports the Leo Messi Foundation.
Messi was named twice in the Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world, respectively in 2011[191] and in 2012[192].
Also in April 2011, Messi launched a Facebook page and within a few hours, his page had attracted more than six million followers. His Facebook page had over 33 million followers in March 2012.[193]
In May 2012, ex-Real Madrid player Royston Drenthe claimed Lionel Messi repeatedly called him "negro" during his time in Spain.[194] A counter statement issued by Barcelona said: "Messi has always shown a maximum respect and sportsmanship towards his rivals, something which has been recognized by his fellow professionals many times.[195]
On 26 May 2012, Messi was mistakenly announced dead by FOX Sports on its Twitter feed. "We must report the sad news that Lionel Messi is deceased from a heart attack during training #RipMessi," said the tweet that was sent to its followers. The message was deleted seconds later, with FOX Sports then going into damage control mode, while also blaming hackers for the incident.[196]

mampilly
06-06-2012, 06:08 PM
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Honours

Barcelona
Winner
La Liga (5): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Copa del Rey (2): 2008–09, 2011–12
Supercopa de España (5): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
UEFA Champions League (3): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11
UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011
Runner-Up
La Liga (2): 2006–07, 2011–12
Copa del Rey (1): 2010–11
UEFA Super Cup (1): 2006
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2006
Argentina
Winner
FIFA U-20 World Cup (1): 2005
Olympic Gold Medal (1): 2008
Runner-Up
Copa América (1): 2007
Individual
FIFA Ballon d'Or: 2
2010, 2011
Ballon d'Or: 1
2009
FIFA World Player of the Year: 1
2009
World Soccer Player of the Year: 2
2009, 2011
World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 3
2006, 2007, 2008
ESM Team of the Year: 5
2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
European Golden Shoe: 2
2010, 2012
La Liga top goalscorer: 2
2010, 2012
Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 1
2011
La Liga Player of the Year: 3
2009, 2010, 2011
LFP Best Player: 3
2009, 2010, 2011
LFP Best Forward: 3
2009, 2010, 2011
La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 3
2007, 2009, 2010
La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year: 5
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UEFA Champions League top goalscorer: 4
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 1
2011
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 1
2009
UEFA Champions League Forward of the Year: 1
2009
UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match: 1
2011
UEFA Team of the Year: 4
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Onze d'Or: 3
2009, 2010, 2011
Bravo Award: 1
2007
Tuttosport Golden Boy: 1
2005
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2
2009, 2011
FIFA U-20 World Cup Player of the Tournament: 1
2005
FIFA U-20 World Cup top goalscorer: 1
2005
Copa América Young Player of the Tournament: 1
2007
FIFPro World Young Player of the Year: 3
2006, 2007, 2008
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 5
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Sportsperson of the Year of Argentina: 1
2011
Footballer of the Year of Argentina: 6
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Male Best Athlete in Latin America: 1
2011
Marca Leyenda: 1
2009
L'Équipe Champion of Champions: 1
2011
World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1
2011

mampilly
06-06-2012, 06:08 PM
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Records
Most goals scored in a season in all competitions: 73 goals
Most goals scored in a single league season: 50 goals
Most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season: 14 goals
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks
Most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks: 3 hat-tricks
Only player to score 2 hat-trick in a Champions League season
Highest scorer in a single UEFA Champions League game: 5 goals
Most UEFA Champions League top scorer award: 4 awards
The only player to receive the UEFA Champions League top scorer award 4 years in a row
Most La Liga home goals in a season: 35 goals
Most consecutive league matches scored in: 10 matches
Youngest player to score 150 league goals: 24 years and 270 days
Most goals scored in the Supercopa de España: 8 goals
Most goals scored in FIFA Club World Cup: 4 goals
Fastest Barcelona hat-trick: completed in 17th minutes
Barcelona Record Goalscorer: 253 goals
Barcelona Record Goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 51 goals
Barcelona Record Goalscorer in European Competitions: 52 goals
Barcelona Record Goalscorer in international Competitions: 56 goals

mampilly
06-06-2012, 06:09 PM
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Lionel Messi

Messi playing for Barcelona
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi[1]
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina[1]
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 10
Youth career
1995–2000 Newell's Old Boys
2000–2003 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
2003–2004 Barcelona C 8 (5)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)
2004– Barcelona 214 (169)
National team‡
2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)
2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 69 (23

Paul Barber
06-06-2012, 06:30 PM
:yawn:

lalistheonlySuperStar
06-06-2012, 06:49 PM
:rock:

mampilly
06-10-2012, 10:03 AM
Lionel Messi's hat trick lifts Argentina over Brazil
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Lionel Messi finished the season with a club and country record 82 goals, scoring all three times off sizzling dashes through the Brazil defense. (AFP Photo)

EAST RUTHERFORD: Lionel Messi recorded his second international hat trick, scoring three times as Argentina edged Brazil 4-3 in an international exhibition game on Saturday.

Messi finished the season with a club and country record 82 goals, scoring all three times off sizzling dashes through the Brazil defense.

Romulo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for five-time world champions Brazil, which went with a young roster Saturday in front of a crowd of 81,994 at MetLife Stadium.

Messi gave Argentina a 2-1 lead with goals in the 31st and 34th minute on superb runs. Brazil's Oscar tied the score in the 56th minute and Hulk converted a corner kick dropped by goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 72nd.

Argentina rallied three minutes later when Federico Fernandez scored off a corner kick by Sergio Aguero.

In the 84th, Messi picked up the ball at midfield, charged ahead and blasted a left-footed shot from 21 yards that went in just below the crossbar.

In 60 games for Barcelona this year, Messi scored 73 goals, breaking the European club record of 67 goals set by Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller in 1972-73.

Messi also had nine goals in nine games for Argentina. His first hat trick for Argentina was on February 29.

lol
06-10-2012, 10:04 AM
finally he is playing like barca messi for argentina

mampilly
06-10-2012, 10:06 AM
finally he is playing like barca messi for argentina

yes. adeham argentinakku vendiyum nannayi kalikkunnu ipol. pakshe ee defensum goaliyeum vachu Argentina ethra munnottu pokum

lol
06-10-2012, 10:09 AM
yes. adeham argentinakku vendiyum nannayi kalikkunnu ipol. pakshe ee defensum goaliyeum vachu Argentina ethra munnottu pokum

ya thats what the problem with today's footballers are ..

back if u look at the fifa player of the year list .. they used to be the foundation for their national squad as well .. i mean during figo , zizou , ronaldo years ...

mampilly
06-10-2012, 10:13 AM
ya thats what the problem with today's footballers are ..

back if u look at the fifa player of the year list .. they used to be the foundation for their national squad as well .. i mean during figo , zizou , ronaldo years ...

Messiyekal valare moshmanu national teaminu vendi cronaldo. lokathile ettavum mikacha 2 playersinte karyam ighne anu. messi pathukke pathukke nannakukayanennu thonnunnu. oru world cup nediyale gratest ennokke parayan pattu. Allel George best ine okke aghne visheshippikendathalle

Sir Alex
06-10-2012, 10:18 AM
yes. adeham argentinakku vendiyum nannayi kalikkunnu ipol. pakshe ee defensum goaliyeum vachu Argentina ethra munnottu pokum

infact defence is not that bad... goalie oru prasnam thanne aaanu :chumaridi:

innalathe 2 goal enkilum easy saves aayirunnu

mampilly
06-10-2012, 10:21 AM
infact defence is not that bad... goalie oru prasnam thanne aaanu :chumaridi:

innalathe 2 goal enkilum easy saves aayirunnu

goykocha kku shesham Argentinakku outstanding oru goali undayittilla ennu thonunnu. ennalum carlos rova okke ithilum better ayirunnu. ithrem mosham akunnathu recent yearsil anu

nettooran
06-10-2012, 11:20 AM
infact defence is not that bad... goalie oru prasnam thanne aaanu :chumaridi:

innalathe 2 goal enkilum easy saves aayirunnu

He made some fantastic saves today!he is improving..
Argentina's defense and midfeild are not that good ...

nettooran
06-10-2012, 11:21 AM
infact defence is not that bad... goalie oru prasnam thanne aaanu :chumaridi:

innalathe 2 goal enkilum easy saves aayirunnu

He made some fantastic saves today!he is improving..
Argentina's defense and midfeild are not that good ...
Zaneti,cambiaso,Samuel okke polulla kidu teams okke poyathinte kuravu undu.They are too aged to get back to the team now!still Cambiaso can offer a lot to this team. But there may not be a comeback for him.

mampilly
06-10-2012, 11:32 AM
He made some fantastic saves today!he is improving..
Argentina's defense and midfeild are not that good ...
Zaneti,cambiaso,Samuel okke polulla kidu teams okke poyathinte kuravu undu.They are too aged to get back to the team now!still Cambiaso can offer a lot to this team. But there may not be a comeback for him.

Still he is a waste

mampilly
06-10-2012, 11:39 AM
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Sir Alex
06-10-2012, 11:48 AM
He made some fantastic saves today!he is improving..
Argentina's defense and midfeild are not that good ...
Zaneti,cambiaso,Samuel okke polulla kidu teams okke poyathinte kuravu undu.They are too aged to get back to the team now!still Cambiaso can offer a lot to this team. But there may not be a comeback for him.

agree cambiasso still has a lot to offer....

Burdisso Ottamendi Demichellis/Garay Zabaletta

-----------Mascharano--Cambiasso------------


Brazilian back 5 nte atrayum varilla enkilum much better than whom they played today

lalistheonlySuperStar
06-10-2012, 12:11 PM
MESSY :kayyadi:

nettooran
06-10-2012, 12:12 PM
agree cambiasso still has a lot to offer....

Burdisso Ottamendi Demichellis/Garay Zabaletta

-----------Mascharano--Cambiasso------------


Brazilian back 5 nte atrayum varilla enkilum much better than whom they played today

Demichellsinekkal 10 times better aanu ee prayathilum The Wall Samuel.
Cambiasso Dememichells partnership will be good.

Brazil most probably will have

D.Alves T.silva Dede Marcelo bakline for 2014 WC.Dede is a very good player but for the time being David luiz is the starter.But I am sure he will not be a starter for 2014.He's a dissaster waiting to happen.

lalistheonlySuperStar
06-10-2012, 12:18 PM
boTbP6YhJOw

Antony Moses
06-10-2012, 12:37 PM
nettooran/cerelacs/rari - nice discussion... i have learnt a lot from u ppl in this forum esp reg clubs and nations i seldom know abt - keep em coming.

KasinathaN
06-10-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks Pulu
Messi :cheers:

BC-107
06-16-2012, 01:20 PM
agree cambiasso still has a lot to offer....

Burdisso Ottamendi Demichellis/Garay Zabaletta

-----------Mascharano--Cambiasso------------


Brazilian back 5 nte atrayum varilla enkilum much better than whom they played today
Demichellis did a gud job last season as DM with malaga...he can do with national team too..but prob is age factor as is the case with cambiasso n zanetti n samuel

My Preferred Line Up for 2014

Zabeleta-Garay-Campagnaro/masch-Ansaldi

Pastore/Gaitan-Banega/Masch-Di Maria

Higuain-Messi-Aquero

mampilly
06-16-2012, 03:38 PM
Demichellis did a gud job last season as DM with malaga...he can do with national team too..but prob is age factor as is the case with cambiasso n zanetti n samuel

My Preferred Line Up for 2014

Zabeleta-Garay-Campagnaro/masch-Ansaldi

Pastore/Gaitan-Banega/Masch-Di Maria

Higuain-Messi-Aquero

Appol goli vendeee:ennekollu:

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 04:41 AM
Demichellis did a gud job last season as DM with malaga...he can do with national team too..but prob is age factor as is the case with cambiasso n zanetti n samuel

My Preferred Line Up for 2014

Zabeleta-Garay-Campagnaro/masch-Ansaldi

Pastore/Gaitan-Banega/Masch-Di Maria

Higuain-Messi-Aquero


too much offensive aayi poyi macha athu ... counter attacking teamsinte aduthu kittiyal adappu therikkum (remember WC 2010 vs Germany )

1. Mascharano DM aanu... pullite defence il kalipikkan patilla (guardiola try cheythenkilum was not a big success)
2. Gaitan and Di maria wingers aanu...4-3-3 kalikumbol 3 midfielders CM thanne venam

move dimaria to front 3 and Higuain to bench ..

Banega- Mscharano - cambiasso

Dimaria---Messi-----Aguero

tevez, Higuain , lavezzi,zaratte , Gaitan, pastore on bench :hug:

mampilly
06-17-2012, 10:28 AM
too much offensive aayi poyi macha athu ... counter attacking teamsinte aduthu kittiyal adappu therikkum (remember WC 2010 vs Germany )

1. Mascharano DM aanu... pullite defence il kalipikkan patilla (guardiola try cheythenkilum was not a big success)
2. Gaitan and Di maria wingers aanu...4-3-3 kalikumbol 3 midfielders CM thanne venam

move dimaria to front 3 and Higuain to bench ..

Banega- Mscharano - cambiasso

Dimaria---Messi-----Aguero

tevez, Higuain , lavezzi,zaratte , Gaitan, pastore on bench :hug:

middilil ninnu messikku panthethikkan kazivulla orale striker akunnathinodu yogippilla

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 11:41 AM
middilil ninnu messikku panthethikkan kazivulla orale striker akunnathinodu yogippilla

Dimaria aanu udeshichathu enkil .. he is a winger/winger forward and cannot play in a midfield 3 ...

4-3-3- il winger concept front 3 il aanu... not in the midfield area .

WB-CB-CB-WB
--CM-DM-CM--
W/WF--WF/CF-WF/W

mampilly
06-17-2012, 11:50 AM
Dimaria aanu udeshichathu enkil .. he is a winger/winger forward and cannot play in a midfield 3 ...

4-3-3- il winger concept front 3 il aanu... not in the midfield area .

WB-CB-CB-WB
--CM-DM-CM--
W/WF--WF/CF-WF/W

Enthayalum higuin enna goaldi yanthram teamil venam. athu kondu de mariya purakil iraghi kalikkunnathanu. real madridil cr nu vendi othukkyilleghil adeham cr nekal goal adichene

BC-107
06-17-2012, 12:23 PM
cambiasso for 2014?? no way...ye vn di maria starts in MF..then pastore should be started...n who said masch was not gud CB...dnt tell that to a barca fan like me..he was the best CB for us..a moster as always...!!! n 2 bench Aquero will be the biggest mistake ever...!!Di maria in front 3 wont give that much chance to di maria as di maria is more than selfish to be in front 3 imo

mampilly
06-17-2012, 12:30 PM
cambiasso for 2014?? no way...ye vn di maria starts in MF..then pastore should be started...n who said masch was not gud CB...dnt tell that to a barca fan like me..he was the best CB for us..a moster as always...!!! n 2 bench Aquero will be the biggest mistake ever...!!Di maria in front 3 wont give that much chance to di maria as di maria is more than selfish to be in front 3 imo

CORRECT:clapping::clapping:

BC-107
06-17-2012, 01:06 PM
cambiasso for 2014?? no way...ye vn di maria starts in MF..then pastore should be started...n who said masch was not gud CB...dnt tell that to a barca fan like me..he was the best CB for us..a moster as always...!!! n 2 bench Aquero will be the biggest mistake ever...!!Di maria in front 3 wont give that much chance to di maria as di maria is more than selfish to be in front 3 imo

wont give chance to Messi enaa udeshiche...n the line up is offensive, to be used against team who will park the bus!!! n for counter attacking teams like germany use 2 DM's Gago-Masch or Banega-masch along with play maker(paSTORE),which was missng agnst Ger in 2010 n there was no supply 2 messi n co coz masch n gago had 2 drop deep to help the horrific defnse ...

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 01:39 PM
Enthayalum higuin enna goaldi yanthram teamil venam. athu kondu de mariya purakil iraghi kalikkunnathanu. real madridil cr nu vendi othukkyilleghil adeham cr nekal goal adichene

pulli Paranja 4-3-3 accommodate cheyyan try cheyuka aayirunnu.. Aa formation kalikumbol oru defensive midfield undenkil oru extremely flexible front 3 is always preferred . Front 3 il 3 perum evidee venelum kalikkam.. Higuain aanel athu patilla.. He can play only as a CF..

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 01:45 PM
cambiasso for 2014?? no way...ye vn di maria starts in MF..then pastore should be started...n who said masch was not gud CB...dnt tell that to a barca fan like me..he was the best CB for us..a moster as always...!!! n 2 bench Aquero will be the biggest mistake ever...!!Di maria in front 3 wont give that much chance to di maria as di maria is more than selfish to be in front 3 imo

Come on dude ! We both know what we are talking about ! Mascharano as CB ? Barca was never playing him as a CB. Yeah he was placed a a CB.. But more of a ball playing defender who press high up in the patch. Pique does the dirty work of the defender and mascharano Bring the ball forward . Take him out of Barca and place in another team we have a terrible terrible defender out there!

BC-107
06-17-2012, 01:46 PM
pulli Paranja 4-3-3 accommodate cheyyan try cheyuka aayirunnu.. Aa formation kalikumbol oru defensive midfield undenkil oru extremely flexible front 3 is always preferred . Front 3 il 3 perum evidee venelum kalikkam.. Higuain aanel athu patilla.. He can play only as a CF..


Higuain n Messi can interchange positions..Messi as False 9 @ times and as provider (enganche) for Higuain ,Aquero in front!! n i didnt mean 4-3-3 actualy we played 4-3-1-2 or sometimes 4-2-1-3 @times in the recent match vr messi played as provider n @times false9 ( which worked well n my only complain about MF was not having pastore in the team n Sabella starting with 3 DM's agnst Brazil so as to prepare without Aquero whos wont be palying in next qualifier so is Masch!!

BC-107
06-17-2012, 01:50 PM
Come on dude ! We both know what we are talking about ! Mascharano as CB ? Barca was never playing him as a CB. Yeah he was placed a a CB.. But more of a ball playing defender who press high up in the patch. Pique does the dirty work of the defender and mascharano Bring the ball forward . Take him out of Barca and place in another team we have a terrible terrible defender out there!
Ohh common Mascherano as Ball playing Defender?? Pique IS the main ball playing defender in masch(role Puyi plays when he is fit)...masch does the dirty work!! i gues u dnt follow barca much!! n masch will be a CB option in coming season to given Puyis age n new CB will take time to defend..he was the best Defender For Barca last season..ask 2 any barca fan

BC-107
06-17-2012, 01:50 PM
masch will be a CB option in coming season to given Puyis age n new CB will take time to defend//

*time to Adjust i mean!!

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 01:51 PM
cambiasso for 2014?? no way...ye vn di maria starts in MF..then pastore should be started...n who said masch was not gud CB...dnt tell that to a barca fan like me..he was the best CB for us..a moster as always...!!! n 2 bench Aquero will be the biggest mistake ever...!!Di maria in front 3 wont give that much chance to di maria as di maria is more than selfish to be in front 3 imo
Cambiasso out because he is aged ? Yeah tell me about it ! Repeat the same mistake of 2010 by not taking romen, zanetti, Samuel .We are talking about the biggest tournament in the world and the last thing Argentina needs there is inexperienced players !

And who benched aguero ?

BC-107
06-17-2012, 01:56 PM
Cambiasso out because he is aged ? Yeah tell me about it ! Repeat the same mistake of 2010 by not taking romen, zanetti, Samuel .We are talking about the biggest tournament in the world and the last thing Argentina needs there is inexperienced players !

And who benched aguero ?
Di Maria in the front three mean either of Aquero/higuain will be benched which will be big mistake..ye experienced players are required (vch was the msitke Diego did in 2010) but ones like cambiasso Zanetti n Samuel cannot be used now considrng WC 2014!! Banega,Patore,gaitan,Campagnaro,Garay should be made permanent with 2014 in sight...

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Ohh common Mascherano as Ball playing Defender?? Pique IS the main ball playing defender in masch(role Puyi plays when he is fit)...masch does the dirty work!! i gues u dnt follow barca much!! n masch will be a CB option in coming season to given Puyis age n new CB will take time to defend..he was the best Defender For Barca last season..ask 2 any barca fan

Barca plays a very high line with high pressing . So mascharano is playing somewhere close to the centre of the pitch(don't take it literally) ..which is almost the same position if what he used to play fir Liverpool . Protecting back 4.. It's more or less the same position .. Yeah his name appears as a DF in the line up . Doesnt mean he Is a proper CB.. He might come good for Barca system but Put him there in Argentina line up ,its going to be a calamity !

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 02:09 PM
Higuain n Messi can interchange positions..Messi as False 9 @ times and as provider (enganche) for Higuain ,Aquero in front!! n i didnt mean 4-3-3 actualy we played 4-3-1-2 or sometimes 4-2-1-3 @times in the recent match vr messi played as provider n @times false9 ( which worked well n my only complain about MF was not having pastore in the team n Sabella starting with 3 DM's agnst Brazil so as to prepare without Aquero whos wont be palying in next qualifier so is Masch!!

Fine agreed ! But then when u have a proper '9' u dont need to play a fake 9.. Barca does it well but Argentina doesn't have the right players for it !

BC-107
06-17-2012, 02:09 PM
Barca plays a very high line with high pressing . So mascharano is playing somewhere close to the centre of the pitch(don't take it literally) ..which is almost the same position if what he used to play fir Liverpool . Protecting back 4.. It's more or less the same position .. Yeah his name appears as a DF in the line up . Doesnt mean he Is a proper CB.. He might come good for Barca system but Put him there in Argentina line up ,its going to be a calamity !

Sabella was telling he might try with MAsch as CB too..didn see it till now...n i am not for MAsch as CB in permanent basis but vn we need better Offensive set up Masch as CB n Banega as only DM will be a n option thats all..n very little chnce for that as Sabella will stick to Masch as DM only...n Ye u are right about pressing high up the pitch by barca but Masch IS not our Ball Playing defender when he is played as the CB n even vn he was played as one of the CB in 3-4-3 set up played by barca last season (Busi drops deep n distributes the ball or gets the ball forward,Masch very rarely does that) n we often struggled in bringing the ball forward hhen both Pqiue n Busi not starting n Masch was CB!!

BC-107
06-17-2012, 03:04 PM
Fine agreed ! But then when u have a proper '9' u dont need to play a fake 9.. Barca does it well but Argentina doesn't have the right players for it !
again i didnt mean False 9 Messi for enitire match...jus for the tactical Variety!! Messi is given a free role behind the strikers or making the runs in to box ..vch they intrchange according to the situation

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 07:52 PM
Sabella was telling he might try with MAsch as CB too..didn see it till now...n i am not for MAsch as CB in permanent basis but vn we need better Offensive set up Masch as CB n Banega as only DM will be a n option thats all..n very little chnce for that as Sabella will stick to Masch as DM only...n Ye u are right about pressing high up the pitch by barca but Masch IS not our Ball Playing defender when he is played as the CB n even vn he was played as one of the CB in 3-4-3 set up played by barca last season (Busi drops deep n distributes the ball or gets the ball forward,Masch very rarely does that) n we often struggled in bringing the ball forward hhen both Pqiue n Busi not starting n Masch was CB!!

not sure whoch game were you watching... neither am sure whether you get my point also.. .in a normal back 4 yes, pique is a ball playing defender...

But in Barca system he does that only occassionally but its upto mscherano to run with the ball and bring it forward ...
reaon : quite obvious .when you play against Zlatab,Drogba kind of strikers, mascherano cannot do anything against them..pique marks them, does the dirty work get the ball back and give it to masherano and bring it forward !
infact this is the reason why he was opted for this role. he is one of the best anchor man in the world football and if he is still considered a role in Defence, then he is the right player for that Barca system for the following reasons

1. he is almost playing as an anchor man(his natural position but still in defence)
2. he can run with the ball
3. he pace is aint that bad

i dont think Barca have anyother players who can do all of these better than him bar puyol

kind of 1-1-2-1-2-3 system in barca

http://i46.tinypic.com/fjgrxy.jpg

Sir Alex
06-17-2012, 08:09 PM
Higuain n Messi can interchange positions..Messi as False 9 @ times and as provider (enganche) for Higuain ,Aquero in front!! n i didnt mean 4-3-3 actualy we played 4-3-1-2 or sometimes 4-2-1-3 @times in the recent match vr messi played as provider n @times false9 ( which worked well n my only complain about MF was not having pastore in the team n Sabella starting with 3 DM's agnst Brazil so as to prepare without Aquero whos wont be palying in next qualifier so is Masch!!

Argentina starting lineup vs Brazil 2012 Friendly:- Romero, Zabaleta, F. Fernandez, Garay, C. Rodriguez, Mascherano, Gago, Sosa, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain
this was a clear 4-3-3 . i believe this will be the formation for upcoming matches as well .. with sosa and gago being replaced.. if you are including pastore into mifield 3 then am with you to include Higuain in first 11..

But if its a DM who is going to come in, then team needs excellent creativity and flexibility for front 3 ..aguero,Messi and Dimaria take the lots .

mampilly
06-18-2012, 10:04 AM
Argentina starting lineup vs Brazil 2012 Friendly:- Romero, Zabaleta, F. Fernandez, Garay, C. Rodriguez, Mascherano, Gago, Sosa, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain
this was a clear 4-3-3 . i believe this will be the formation for upcoming matches as well .. with sosa and gago being replaced.. if you are including pastore into mifield 3 then am with you to include Higuain in first 11..

But if its a DM who is going to come in, then team needs excellent creativity and flexibility for front 3 ..aguero,Messi and Dimaria take the lots .

Aguro, messi, higuin 3 perum illathe oru argentinian line up illa

BC-107
06-19-2012, 04:07 PM
not sure whoch game were you watching... neither am sure whether you get my point also.. .in a normal back 4 yes, pique is a ball playing defender...

But in Barca system he does that only occassionally but its upto mscherano to run with the ball and bring it forward ...
reaon : quite obvious .when you play against Zlatab,Drogba kind of strikers, mascherano cannot do anything against them..pique marks them, does the dirty work get the ball back and give it to masherano and bring it forward !
infact this is the reason why he was opted for this role. he is one of the best anchor man in the world football and if he is still considered a role in Defence, then he is the right player for that Barca system for the following reasons



1. he is almost playing as an anchor man(his natural position but still in defence)
2. he can run with the ball
3. he pace is aint that bad

i dont think Barca have anyother players who can do all of these better than him bar puyol

kind of 1-1-2-1-2-3 system in barca

Click here to see the image (http://i46.tinypic.com/fjgrxy.jpg)


In Game vch ive seen ..Pique is our main ball playing forward..masch seldom does that...n mostly vn Pique not playing!!

n ye about playing Pastore..just want him to start agisnt the likes of Sosa n Brana!! n if needed play masch in CB n Gago-Banega-Di Maria/Pastore for more conservative approach same time havng creatuve midfield with messi dropping back!!

Paul Barber
06-24-2012, 11:26 AM
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happy bday messi!

mampilly
06-24-2012, 12:03 PM
happy Birthday messi

mampilly
06-24-2012, 12:10 PM
Messi-I’ll retire when I stop having fun



LONDON, England, June 23 – Three-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi told The Times on Saturday that he will retire from football the day he feels he is no longer having fun.
The 24-year-old Argentinian – who scored 73 goals in 60 games for Barcelona last season, breaking the European club record of 67 goals set by Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller in 1972-73 – hinted that for him the fun was going out of the game in general.
Messi said that he was trying to be the epitome of a ‘pibe’ – a man boy who is fearless in running at older players with the ball at his feet and a magical dribbler shorn of all inhibitions.
“A pibe! That’s what I am trying to do,” he said.
“Football is a game. I’m trying to have fun on the pitch, always just to play. That’s why I do it. The day I stop having fun is the day I retire.
“I never want to lose that spark, that passion.
“Today teams are playing more statically, more for the final score than producing good football.
“For them its more important to win than to play well. We need more players with passion coming up for the good of football.”
Messi, who was brought to Barcelona aged just 13 by his steelworker father and was taken on after a brilliant trial despite his suffering from Growth Hormone Disorder which was remedied by the club with hormone therapy, said despite his goal-scoring record last season there was ‘the one that got away’ that stayed with him.
It came in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Camp Nou against Chelsea as the holders looked to press home their one man advantage after the English side’s skipper John Terry was sent off at the end of the first-half.
Barcelona were awarded a penalty early in the second-half and Messi stepped up to take it only to miss – Chelsea were to go on to draw the game 2-2 and progress 3-2 on aggregate.
“I felt terrible,” he said.
“Angry at myself because I knew that at that moment the whole tie was in my hands, but I can’t do anything about it now. It’s past but it was a very tough moment for me and I still think about it.”
Messi says that while he is grateful for all that he has experienced so far he still has much to learn.
“I am playing for one of the best teams in history,” he said.
“I’m very grateful for everything I’ve been able to achieve, for the family I have, for the people who surround me.
“But I always believe better things will come, I want to grow and mature as a person. I still have so much to learn. I am the way I am at every moment. I am not playing a role.
“It makes it easier to be myself. I don’t have to watch what I do. I just do what I do. And remember I am only 24 years old.”

mampilly
06-24-2012, 12:12 PM
Lionel Messi mania stands up to raindrops at World Masters Tour

Amid the rain and revelry, Lionel Messi and the rest of the international all-stars wowed a crowd of 48,327 on Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.



Black Masters player Lionel Messi drives the ball between Red Stars players Juan SIlveira Dos, Fabio Cannavaro and Marco Materazzi during the first half of the game between the Red Stars and the Black Masters as part of the The World Soccer Masters Tour, presented by Bacardi, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturday, June 23, 2012. PEDRO PORTAL / EL NUEVO HERALD
World Masters Tour | Sat., June 23, 2012
Photo


There’s probably not much that can dampen soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s mood these days.

Certainly, he wasn’t too bothered by the downpour that hit Sun Life Stadium two minutes into Saturday night’s all-star exhibition match or the wind that littered the field with debris.

Messi, who has been named the World Soccer Player of the Year the past three seasons, made his South Florida debut by scoring a game-high-tying three goals and adding two assists in a steady game-long rain.

His Black Masters team tied the Red Stars 7-7, but the score hardly mattered in this charity match in which defense was loosely applied.

Messi is happy — he turns 25 on Sunday, and he announced last week that he and his girlfriend are expecting their first child, a son, in the coming months.

The 48,327 fans who attended seemed thrilled, too. They cheered when Messi was introduced — he was the last one on the field — and they screamed seemingly each time the ball was at his feet.

Many of the fans wore Messi jerseys, either with his club team’s colors at FC Barcelona or the sky blue and white of his Argentine national side.

Saturday’s match was the third of Messi’s World Soccer Masters Tour. Last Saturday, he scored two goals as his team beat a collection of Mexican stars 5-3 in Cancun.

On Thursday night in Colombia, Messi scored once in a 6-6 tie.

It was at the match in Cancun during which Messi confirmed that he and Antonella Roccuzzo are expecting.

“I didn’t want to say anything,” Messi told reporters in Mexico. “We are very private people. But our joy is so great, we decided to make the announcement.”

Rumors of that impending birth started circulating a few weeks ago, when Messi scored a goal against Ecuador and placed the ball under his shirt, mimicking a pregnancy.

Saturday at Sun Life, Messi put the ball in his more customary spot — the back of the net. Fittingly as the sport’s best player, he got the game’s first goal. Messi hit a booming strike from the middle, just outside the 18-yard box, to make it 1-0 in the 11th minute.

The quick goal pleased the fans, who had starting singing “Ole! Ole!” just a couple minutes prior and then switched to “Mes-si! Mes-si!”

Then again, with the Marlins playing a day game and the Heat obliging by disposing of the Thunder on Thursday night, soccer’s all-time, single-season scoring champion had the local sporting stage to himself.

With the score tied 2-2 in the 33rd minute, Messi scored again, this time at close range with a delicate chip with his left foot that easily beat goalie Guillermo Ochoa.

Trailing 6-4, Messi brought his team back, getting an assist in the 83rd minute on a crossing pass to Jose Rondon. One minute later, Messi’s left-footed blast tied the score at 6-6. Messi nearly scored again in the 87th minute, but his chip was kept out of the goal by defender Diego Perez.

The teams traded penalty kicks in the final two minutes to arrive at the final score. Edison Cavani scored for the Red Stars in the 88th minute, and Ariel Ortega tied it with a PK in the final seconds.

Next to Messi, one of the biggest names in Saturday’s match was Didier Drogba, 34, who played the first 60 minutes and had one goal and one assist. Drogba, the captain and all-time leading scorer for Ivory Coast, signed with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last week. He left the English Premier League, where he ranks as the fourth-leading scorer in Chelsea history.

Leading the Red Stars was Luis Suarez of Uruguay, who had three goals. Failing to make the score sheet were the three Americans who played: Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Jozy Altidore.

Colombian star Radamel Falcao had one goal for the Red Stars. But Diego Forlan, who was named the best player in the 2010 World Cup after leading Uruguay to a surprising fourth-place finish, was shut out by the Black Masters.

Read more here: Lionel Messi mania stands up to raindrops at World Masters Tour - Total Soccer | Ftbol Total - MiamiHerald.com (http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/24/2865401/lionel-messi-mania-stands-up-to.html#storylink=cpy)

mampilly
06-24-2012, 12:14 PM
Who's the best? Messi or Ronaldo?





Messi has won the Champions League three times (2006, 2009 and 2001), while Ronaldo has won it once (2008). (AFP Photo)

WARSAW ( Poland): With three goals so far and some dazzling displays, Cristiano Ronaldo is shaping up to be the player of the tournament at Euro 2012, despite a slow start. Nevertheless, for many he's still in the shadows of Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Both players have failed to achieve major honours at international level with their countries. Ronaldo was a runner-up with Portugal at Euro 2004 and Messi led Argentina to titles at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship (for players under 20) and the 2008 Olympics. Messi has won the Champions League three times (2006, 2009 and 2001), while Ronaldo has won it once (2008).

Head-to-head, Messi just shades it in terms of goals.

Here is a breakdown of both players' goal-scoring records over the last five years, including appearances in the domestic league, domestic cup, international club competitions and for the national team.

Lionel Messi:

2011/12: Matches: 69, Goals: 82

2010/11: Matches: 66, Goals: 57

2009/10: Matches: 60, Goals: 48

2008/09: Matches: 70, Goals: 43

2007/08: Matches: 41, Goals, 17

TOTAL: 247 goals in 306 matches

Average: 0.81 goals per match.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

2011/12: Matches: 65, Goals: 66

2010/11: Matches: 62, Goals 59

2009/10: Matches 43, Goals 34

2008/09: Matches 63, Goals 27

2007/08: Matches 66, Goals 51.

TOTAL: 237 goals in 299 matches.

Average: 0.79 goals per match.

KasinathaN
01-08-2013, 12:37 AM
Messi is the only superstar :Yahoo:

Gal Gadot
01-08-2013, 02:36 AM
veendum Messi

mampilly
03-10-2013, 02:16 AM
Messi scores his 17th consecutive game

Gal Gadot
03-30-2013, 09:31 AM
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Gal Gadot
04-03-2013, 11:01 AM
Champions League: Lionel Messi limps off as Barcelona held by PSG to a 2-2 draw

While Barcelona maintain the upper hand in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie thanks to their two away goals, it was not a good night for the Spanish league leaders, who lost Lionel Messi to a hamstring injury at the half-time interval.


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Paris: http://sports.ndtv.com/images/stories/zlatan_300_pique.jpgBlaise Matuidi struck with the last kick of the game to earn Paris Saint-Germain a 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Matuidi's shot sneaked through the grasp of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and across the line to keep PSG's hopes of winning the tie alive ahead of next week's return at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona thought they had won the game when Xavi Hernandez netted an 89th-minute penalty after Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier exchanged blows in a pulsating contest in the French capital.

And, while they maintain the upper hand thanks to their two away goals, this was not a good night for the Spanish league leaders, who lost Messi to a hamstring injury, the extent of which will be revealed when he undergoes tests on Wednesday, while Javier Mascherano also went off injured.

"I think it was a typical quarter-final and a good result but we deserved better," said Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura.

"And it comes at a price because we have lost Messi as well as Mascherano, who will be out for four to six weeks."

All the talk before the game had centred around the surprise decision by PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti to hand veteran Englishman David Beckham a starting berth in the centre of midfield in place of young Italian Marco Verratti.

Beckham has a wealth of experience of playing at this level, with opposition captain Xavi -- making his 150th appearance -- the only player on the field to have played in more European games.

However, it was a bold move by Ancelotti to put a player who will turn 38 next month in the engine room against the team widely considered as the best on the planet.

"I'm pretty much at the same level as I was at AC Milan, it was only three years ago," Beckham told ITV television after the game.

"I'm enjoying being part of these nights again, they don't get better than this."

On PSG's prospects of qualifying for the semi-finals he added: "Our chances are better than they were at 2-1 - it's going to be difficult but no reason not to go there and get a result."

PSG started well and came desperately close to taking the lead inside five minutes when Ezequiel Lavezzi saw a shot from inside the area take a touch off Sergio Busquets and hit the post.

Valdes then had to turn a Javier Pastore effort around the post and save well from a Ibrahimovic free-kick.

Barcelona were unsettled, but slowly managed to subdue the French league leaders' before taking the lead in the 38th minute when a first-time Dani Alves pass with the outside of the right boot dropped straight into the path of Messi.

The Argentine's finish, volleyed into the far corner, was as emphatic as Alves' assist was sublime.

It was Messi's eight goal in the Champions League this season, and his 59th altogether in the competition.

The world player of the year almost added to it before the interval, curling a shot inches over the bar as the home side desperately tried to regroup.

Fortunately for them, though, Messi was injured and did not reappear after the restart, as Cesc Fabregas took his place.

They still had chances to put the tie to bed, with Alves firing narrowly wide from a 25-yard free-kick midway through the second half after Beckham had been booked for bringing down Sanchez.

By that point, the pace of the game had caught up with the former Real Madrid man, and Verratti took his place.

But PSG remained a threat at set-pieces, and it was from a dead-ball delivery that they drew level 11 minutes from time.

Captain Thiago Silva rose highest inside the box to head a free-kick off the inside of Valdes' right-hand post, and Ibrahimovic reacted quickest to prod the ball over the line.

The home fans' joy was short-lived though, with Barcelona winning a penalty when 'keeper Salvatore Sirigu brought down Sanchez.

Xavi converted from 12 yards, only for Matuidi to make it 2-2 right at the death.

Cr07
04-03-2013, 02:11 PM
Messi etra divasam puratirikum?
Entayalum kalikarude parukkum formillaymayum kondu valayunna barcakku mattoru adi kitti

mampilly
04-03-2013, 02:39 PM
Messi etra divasam puratirikum?
Entayalum kalikarude parukkum formillaymayum kondu valayunna barcakku mattoru adi kitti

3 weeks

mampilly
09-02-2013, 01:14 AM
messi scores his hatrick

Micter
09-11-2013, 09:58 PM
cool, good player.

Micter
09-11-2013, 09:58 PM
messi is the ace of teh world

Ranjithvenu
09-25-2013, 03:50 PM
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mampilly
09-28-2013, 11:25 PM
Messiyude parukku saramullathano?

Sanker Das
09-28-2013, 11:48 PM
Messiyude parukku saramullathano?

FC Barcelona ✔ @FCBarcelona
Messi sustained a right thigh muscle injury in the first half of the match against Almería. He will undergo additional tests on Sunday.

mampilly
09-28-2013, 11:56 PM
FC Barcelona ✔ @FCBarcelona
Messi sustained a right thigh muscle injury in the first half of the match against Almería. He will undergo additional tests on Sunday.

daivameeeeee

Gal Gadot
12-17-2013, 09:59 PM
Google India - Most Searched Sports persons of 2013 (http://goo.gl/1CevJA)

Messi 4th [Only Footballer]

payyans
03-25-2014, 12:54 PM
Arguably the greatest footballer ever to grace the game!
pC0GHbJ7eDs

mampilly
03-25-2014, 08:30 PM
Arguably the greatest footballer ever to grace the game!
Click here to see the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC0GHbJ7eDs)

never. In my experience Maradona and Zidan greater than him

Mangalassery Neelakantan
03-25-2014, 08:31 PM
genies ?

mampilly
03-25-2014, 08:35 PM
genies ?

genius annu itta vakkanu. Palppozum nammal aghne alle upayogikkaru. Cricket Genius , Football Genius aghne

payyans
03-26-2014, 07:42 AM
never. In my experience Maradona and Zidan greater than him

mind discussing?

Sir Alex
04-03-2014, 09:48 PM
never. In my experience Maradona and Zidan greater than him

Ninga maradona yude Etra Kali kanditundu ???

Potte Zidante 2 goal final allathe êtrennam kandittundu??

No doubt he is a great player - but messi is just one level above that .

Ronaldo (brazil ) if not for his injuries would have been reached that level . Ronaldinho if not for his carelessness would have reached that level as well.

mampilly
04-03-2014, 09:54 PM
Ninga maradona yude Etra Kali kanditundu ???

Potte Zidante 2 goal final allathe êtrennam kandittundu??

No doubt he is a great player - but messi is just one level above that .

Ronaldo (brazil ) if not for his injuries would have been reached that level . Ronaldinho if not for his carelessness would have reached that level as well.

maradonayude oru padu kalikal kandittundu. 90 le and 94 le adya randu matches. pinne pazya kalikal palathum vdeoyiloodeyum. zidante 1998 wc 2006 wc okke pore. pinne realil adthinte kure kalikal kandittundu.

P_Jani
06-18-2014, 07:52 PM
Just FYKI, I have many pics on FIFA - 2014 on my this "Monalisa" thread
so keep an eye over there,.. and flip all pages, if you are interested,.
http://www.snehasallapam.com/forum8/17790-monalisas-smiley-thread-348.html (http://www.snehasallapam.com/forum8/17790-monalisas-smiley-thread-348.html)

Sir Alex
06-18-2014, 08:03 PM
Just FYKI, I have many pics on FIFA - 2014 on my this "Monalisa" thread
so keep an eye over there,.. and flip all pages, if you are interested,.
http://www.snehasallapam.com/forum8/17790-monalisas-smiley-thread-348.html (http://www.snehasallapam.com/forum8/17790-monalisas-smiley-thread-348.html)


God - why are you spamming all the threads ?? We got your message and thanks !

~Shaji Pappan~
06-23-2014, 11:51 PM
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wolwo
06-24-2014, 12:54 AM
genies :?

siju
06-24-2014, 01:28 AM
HBD Messi:nallatha:

~Shaji Pappan~
06-24-2014, 10:00 AM
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~Shaji Pappan~
06-24-2014, 12:35 PM
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~Shaji Pappan~
06-24-2014, 01:05 PM
@mampilly (http://www.snehasallapam.com/member.php?u=2251);
Kindly change the "genies" in the title to "genius" ....

Request threadil alengi ivide thane title changenu venda request itaal mathi. :smiling:

starlord
07-05-2014, 09:09 PM
Messi innu thilagummo......... :gdance::gdance:

Vyshnav K
07-06-2014, 11:40 AM
http://i.imgur.com/L7BwIcI.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:08 AM
Leo Messi @ Argentina vs Germany World Cup Final

http://i.imgur.com/bs5o40B.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:08 AM
http://i.imgur.com/YNNw1UJ.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:09 AM
http://i.imgur.com/rVzI6UX.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:09 AM
http://i.imgur.com/081eY91.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:09 AM
http://i.imgur.com/qiFvF1z.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:09 AM
http://i.imgur.com/H8QoAhi.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:10 AM
http://i.imgur.com/R161zVB.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:24 AM
http://www.snehasallapam.com/i.imgur.com/rJbM6P5.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:24 AM
http://i.imgur.com/A57rppP.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:24 AM
http://i.imgur.com/4Dw7sRa.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:24 AM
http://i.imgur.com/j5ZUQxH.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/rKFCcMD.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/TwAW8AP.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/frOVkQD.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/JNf9CLE.jpg

Vyshnav K
07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/td8UovC.jpg

~Saji~
07-17-2014, 09:19 AM
Siggy change cheythathinu sesham ivide post chethillaaa...:lol:

mampilly
11-27-2014, 05:03 PM
Chelsea transfer boost as Barcelona board ‘trying to sell Lionel Messi’


Chelsea have been given a huge boost in the hunt for Lionel Messi after it was reported that Barcelona have been open to selling the Argentine star.The Blues have been linked with a £200million move for Messi in the new year, with his father and agent refusing to rule out a move.And when asked about a possible switch away, the forward’s official biographer, Guillem Balague, revealed that Barca have been discussing selling Messi for the last two years.
‘I don’t think Lionel Messi has been as close to leaving as he is now,’ Balague toldBeacher Report.
‘I think it’s still very unlikely. But the interesting thing is that Barcelona have tried to sell him for the last two years – and he knows that.
‘It just feels like a change could be good.’
Get your cheque book out, Chelsea.

mampilly
11-27-2014, 05:05 PM
http://i60.tinypic.com/2ry0a3r.jpg

mampilly
11-27-2014, 05:14 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/26/23868CFE00000578-0-image-36_1417006840361.jpg

mampilly
11-27-2014, 05:16 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/26/2385C33900000578-2850058-image-57_1416998762874.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/26/2385C45700000578-2850058-image-59_1416998768492.jpg

Gal Gadot
07-05-2015, 04:51 AM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJGz0CKW8AA9958.jpg:large

messi, veendum sasi

Naaduvazhikal
07-07-2015, 07:19 PM
Click here to see the image (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJGz0CKW8AA9958.jpg:large)

messi, veendum sasi

He will remain one of the greatest players ever, but for me, he is never on par with players like Maradona, Pele or Ronaldo/Zidane. Winning a World Cup, Continental tournament is a big deal along with club success.
Even with a superior attacking force, Messi couldn't weave his magic both in the WC and Copa. I firmly believe, Messi is better suited playing in the Barca system.
still, nothing to take out of the genius he is. Just a month back he wowed us in CL and Copa Del Rey final..