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Messi outshines Walcott (and everyone else on the planet)

April 7, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So much hype about how Theo Walcott could be the difference and help Arsenal oust Barcelona from the Champions League on Tuesday night proved a bit unfortunate, didn’t it? Walcott again produced a frustrating performance as he was outshone by the wizard that is Lionel Messi.

Champions League quarter-finals: Messi v Arsenal

April 6, 2010

We’re following the Champions League quarter-final second legs live. Join us to see if Barcelona can see off Arsenal to make the last four.

Sun, money, good football … who wouldn’t fancy Spain?

March 24, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/Franck Ribery will likely choose Spain if he decides to leave Bayern Munich, we learned from a Sport Bild interview this morning, and I guess few people reading another of today’s big football stories, this time in France Football, would blame him.

Messi at start of long journey to becoming the best ever

March 22, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Lionel Messi’s sublime hat-trick for Barcelona against Real Zaragoza on Sunday – his second triple in consecutive La Liga matches – provided more ammunition for those who believe he is the best player in the world.

Magical Messi needs settled side to mesmerize World Cup

March 17, 2010

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick for Barcelona last weekend has once again sparked the debate in Argentina over his indifferent form for his country.

Menotti unhappy with Maradona’s priorities

March 10, 2010
Diego Maradona, coach of Argentina's national soccer team attends a news conference in Munich March 1, 2010. Germany will play a friendly soccer match against Argentina on March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Even Diego Maradona’s harshest critics, including Cesar Luis Menotti, recognised that they saw an improvement in Argentina’s defence in last week’s 1-0 win over Germany and some sort of shape to the team.

Argentina’s World Cup squad falls into place

February 19, 2010

After the century of call-ups and largely meaningless tests against mediocre opposition in friendlies, not to mention the lack of direction in the qualifiers, talent and form look set to win out in the race for places in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Doctor Cristiano and Mister Ronaldo

January 25, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/The best and the worst of Cristiano Ronaldo were again on display in Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga win over Malaga, and his sending off for violent conduct has prompted fierce debate over what some in Spain are calling his “Jekyll and Hyde” character.

Messi quietly stealing the limelight from Ronaldo

January 18, 2010

Real Madrid forward SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Cristiano Ronaldo has not not been shy in trumpeting his intention to win back the FIFA World Player of the Year award, but current holder Lionel Messi appears to have other ideas.

Real’s precision missiles v Barca’s extraordinary teamwork

December 10, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunderous free kick for Real Madrid against Olympique Marseille and Barcelona’s slick passing move that led to Xavi’s equaliser away to Dynamo Kiev were given a statistical overhaul in the Spanish media on Thursday.