Written by Travis Clark

2385191_full-lndHeading into the World Cup, it didn’t take a genius to figure that Argentina’s chances of a deep run in Brazil rested on the shoulders of Lionel Messi.

The pressure probably hasn’t been higher on one of the game’s greatest players heading into this tournament. Coming off an injury-plagued, disappointing campaign at Barcelona (at least by the club’s ridiculously high standards), at 27 years old, this might just be the best chance of securing that ever-elusive World Cup title.

And what better place to accomplish that feat than at a tournament hosted by their arch-rivals Brazil? A common refrain echoed through the Argentine camp that often resonates prior to major competitions: they’ve got a bunch of good players and Messi, therefore, they could win it, right?

Through three games, Argentina hasn’t separated itself from the pack, but neither has it damaged its chances either. Nine points, four goals from Messi, punctuated by Wednesday’s display against Nigeria — his best performance to date.

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Written by Will Parchman

Leo Messi’s new boots are out. The new adizero F50′s hit stores today, so try not to climb over your buddy at work to get at these beasts. Mostly, just check out this video. Messi covered in balls of light shot at 1,000 frames per second? Don’t mind if I do.

If you were wondering, the song is a Bloody Beatroots remix of Congorock’s ‘Ivory.’ I know because I immediately added it to my running playlist.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal


Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father are accused of not paying their taxes in Spain. It is reported that they owe around 4 million euros for the years 2006 to 2009 and that they channeled their money through companies that served as a front in tax haven countries, specifically Belize and Uruguay. Messi and his father, Jorge, have denied any such accusations and released a statement saying they found out about the allegations through the media.

If the allegations are true, Messi could be in a lot of trouble. In this case, the tax fraud would not be because of mistakes in paperwork (I’m sure he pays a lot of money to have his millions taken care of properly), but because the evasion would be part of an intricate system that is specifically set up for the purpose of avoiding paying taxes. While it will take a while for everything to unfold (if the allegations are true), it will be interesting to see what happens. Good luck Leo.

 

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Written by The 91st

Messi Neymar

Amidst speculation that Neymar could join Barcelona, Lionel Messi has given his public endorsement saying that he would in fact welcome the addition of the Brazilian.

“For us he would be a marvelous addition,” Messi said. “He is the type of player who offers individual solutions different from the rest. He is a great player, who is very good in one-on-ones with opponents.”

Can you imagine Messi and Neymar on the same team? Unreal.

It was a great move by Messi to clear the air before a potential arrival as we’ve seen what can happen when things get awkward between teammates.

[ESPN FC]

 

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Written by The 91st

It takes a lot of work to be great. But enough about me.

Lionel Messi is indisputably the best player in the world but the Barcelona star had a long road to the top. Here him discuss some of his early moments and what it meant to finally inherit the prized No. 10 jersey.

 

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Written by The 91st

Ronaldo

You want to get paid? (You nodding.)

Just become a famous international soccer player. Sounds simple enough, right?

Sports Illustrated dropped its Fortunate 50 Highest Paid athlete list, and it featured a special International 20 edition that was dominated by soccer players. Here were the guys included:

 

1. David Beckham, $48.3 million

4. Cristiano Ronaldo, $35.3 million

5. Lionel Messi, $35.1 million

8. Samuel Eto’o, $30.2 million

12. Sergio Aguero, $23.5 million

 13. Wayne Rooney, $21.5 million

16. Yaya Toure, $19 million

18. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $17.2 million

 19. Kaka, $16.6 million

20. Didier Drogba, $15.2 million

[Sports Illustrated]

 

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Written by Dill Pickle

Wade

The streets are talking about Dwyane Wade’s fashion statement last night when he arrived to his game wearing vintage Steve Urkel raging water pants (they’re not really capris, but that’s what the internet is calling them, so whatev). Wade has never been afraid to push the style envelope so he was either attempting to push it further or his dry cleaner had an accident.

Abbreviated pants are nothing new in soccer as you see above with Lionel Messi modeling a pair of three-quarters. So … who you got in this fashion war: Wade or Messi?

 

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Messi says goodbye..

Written by Rudy Madrigal

Lionel Messi

To the season that is. After walking off during the second half of Barcelonas title-clinching victory against Atlético Madrid, it has been reported that Messi could miss the final three games of the season due to his re-aggravated hamstring injury. With only three games left, it isn’t worth the risk for Messi to come back, especially since they’ve already won the league trophy and don’t have any other trophies left to play for. Plus, I’m sure Argentina would love to have Messi fit for World Cup Qualifying this summer.

 

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Written by The 91st

Messi

So, Lionel Messi’s life is being made into a movie. The greatest player in the game will be put on the big screen in a story that reflects a humble athlete overcoming obstacles and becoming the best.

The film is apparently scheduled to be ready for the 2014 World Cup. But here’s the question: who plays Messi?

I was wracking my brain for possibilities (granted, I didn’t include Argentinean actors because I don’t know any) and one man came to mind.

He’s short but tall. A gentleman yet an enforcer. A walker AND a Texas Ranger. That’s right, ya’ll. Chuck Norris. If you don’t agree, check out this Norris highlight tape after the jump and try to keep your mind from being blown.

[Yardbarker]

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Written by The 91st

Lionel Messi has finally met his match … bad television (BADUM-CHING!). When he made an appearance on a Japanese game show Messi found himself up against the ultimate goalkeeping creation. It was Machine vs. Messi, and in this round, machine won.

Messi did manage to net one goal though the fine-tuned keeper stopped the other two attempts.

Messi will now return to his charmed life as one of the greatest athletes in the world, while the auto keeper will … hang out in net. Forever. So you tell me: who really won?

 

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