The scale of Lionel Messi’s achievements on the football pitch are too immense to appreciate in real time. This is a profile of Lionel Messi, who is part of ESPN’s World Fame 100. We are not yet fully aware of the place that Lionel Messi has already carved for himself in the history of football.
Gemma Soler reports pitchside on what was said regarding Antoine Griezmann’s future after Atletico Madrid’s win over Marseille. The FC crew respond to your tweets about Antoine Griezmann, Bayern Munich and sports gambling in the U.S. Plus, they recap the royal wedding. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone speaks about the future of his star striker.
Xavi pays tribute to his former Barcelona and Spain team mate Andres Iniesta. Players, coaches and legends from around the world of football pay tribute to Andres Iniesta as he leaves Barcelona after a storied career. Shaka Hislop and Ale Moreno think Barcelona was disrespectful to La Liga when they prioritized a friendly over Sunday’s
Neymar refused to discuss Real Madrid transfer rumours as he won the French League’s Player of the Year award on Sunday. After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN’s expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company. Lionel Messi says it would be a “huge
The ESPN FC crew compare the Barcelona side that thrashed Sevilla 5-0 with the one that was upset by Roma in the Champions League. Barcelona’s draw with Celta secured the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga history, but Craig Burley thinks they’ll be defined by their UCL exit to Roma. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has
ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti explains why Roma’s comeback is one of their greatest moments in Europe, while the FC crew delve into where things went wrong for Barcelona. Roma came back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to defeat Barcelona on away goals as they advance to the Champions League semifinals. Roma came back from a
The final score flattered Barcelona in the end. The FC panel break down how big of a concern are Barcelona’s underwhelming performances in the Champions League. BARCELONA — Ernesto Valverde suggested Lionel Messi won’t be rested against Leganes on Saturday as Barcelona attempt to match La Liga’s longest-ever unbeaten run. Messi returned to Barca’s starting
Barcelona players celebrate after scoring a goal in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday. Lionel Messi came off the bench on Saturday to spark a late Barcelona comeback that resulted in a 2-2 draw against Sevilla. Messi scored an 89th-minute equaliser to stretch Barca’s unbeaten record in La Liga to 37 games as coach
The FC panel answer your tweets on the player most likely to win the World Cup Golden Boot, the differences between Maradona’s Argentina and Messi’s Argentina and more. Spain’s Sergio Ramos believes that absence of Argentina star Lionel Messi has contributed to Albiceleste 6-1 thrashing. The guys respond to your tweets about Lionel Messi’s international
After Argentina conceded six goals in their friendly against Spain, the ESPN FC guys discuss how much should be read into the result. Spain’s Sergio Ramos believes that absence of Argentina star Lionel Messi has contributed to Albiceleste 6-1 thrashing. Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli admitted his team didn’t do their job and was punished by
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson go head to head to predict the outcomes of Germany-Brazil, Spain-Argentina, Russia-France and more. The FC crew react to ESPN FC’s initial pre-World Cup power rankings, which see Brazil claim the top spot over Spain and Germany. The FC crew break down the 1-1 draw between Germany and
Goals from Paco Alcácer and Lionel Messi in the first half were enough to take down Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou. The guys respond to your tweets about Barcelona’s Champions League draw, the futures of Conte and Mourinho, what defines the best goalkeeper ever and more. Andres Iniesta hailed Lionel Messi as Argentinian fired
The ESPN FC panel explain why beating Chelsea is just another hurdle for Barcelona in their quest to reclaim Europe’s top prize. BARCELONA — Sergio Busquets says the Premier League’s top sides are unable to offer Lionel Messi everything that he currently has in Barcelona. Messi, 30, has been a target for a number of
Diego Simeone said Lionel Messi was the difference as Argentine scored the winner for Barcelona against his Atletico side on Sunday to take his team eight points clear in La Liga. Janusz Michallik feels Barcelona sealed the La Liga title with a win over Atletico, but the injury to Andres Iniesta is a real concern
With Atletico Madrid looking to initiate a title race in La Liga with their weekend trip to Camp Nou, the FC crew discuss what Barcelona need to do to fend off the challengers. Check out all the key statistics you need to know ahead of the clash between La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
The FC crew praise Cristiano Ronaldo for his leadership, particularly with Karim Benzema, as Real Madrid’s captain in their win over Alaves. Something extremely special and exciting is happening in Spanish football, and the weekend added copious proof of this phenomenon. Because so much attention is lavished on the perpetual duel between Cristiano Ronaldo and
The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another classic. The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another classic. Thomas Vermaelen said Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is “world-class” and that he shares similarities with Lionel
Lionel Messi hopes that Argentina will reach another World Cup final, but admits he’s focusing on the group stage first. MLS MVP Diego Valeri chats with the FC crew about a surprising offseason for Portland and the case for fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi as the best ever. Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has
The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today’s top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye
Following a series of dangerous tackles on Man City players, the FC panel discuss the possibility that they’re being targeted by the opposition. Pep Guardiola breaks down his side’s narrow victory over Newcastle, the latest team to defend extremely deep against Man City. Raheem Sterling’s lone goal of the match was enough for Man City