[The Independent] - Physical vigour aside, Belgium presented a tactical problem by using Eden Hazard in the Lionel Messi role as a false No 9 who started in the centre-forward position but regularly drifted deep or out to the flanks. With Everton's Marouane Fellaini
[The Independent] - Within a generous budget, he could pick his players and, if needs be, even change the tactical requirements of the world's most talented footballer, Lionel Messi. Would Guardiola, any more than Mourinho, have lived comfortably with being told to play a
[Metro] - We didn't exploit this option fully but it does give you greater control and so long as not every player has this type of 'Lionel Messi touch" it can only be a positive. A fun introduction to FIFA 13 that won't necessarily have much effect on gameplay
[This Is Hampshire] - Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi was the most popular sportsperson mentioned, and even ranked higher than the Royal Princes William and Harry. American vocabulary and spelling frequently appeared in the work, with words such as “cupcake”
[Daily Star] - He could add fuel to the fire if he tries to sign transfer-seeking top scorer Grant Holt, but refused to commit himself on that. Lambert said: “I have given Paul a list – get Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, too! “I haven't honestly thought about
[Huffington Post UK] - Royston Drenthe, who accused Lionel Messi of racially abusing him, recalled how Mahamadou Diarra - his team-mate at Real Madrid - would become "furious" when Argentinian team-mates Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain called him "negro".
[FootballFanCast.com (blog)] - Real Madrid have recently signaled their intent with the construction of a club theme park in the UAE, whilst Lionel Messi being propelled to the status of world icon suggest La Liga clubs are increasingly creeping in on the Premier League's territory.
[Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria all scored in the victory as the home side scored three goals in a devastating 11 minute period in the first half that settled the outcome. Messi, replicating his Barcelona form more and
[talkSPORT.co.uk] - Dubbed the "Ukrainian Lionel Messi", Konoplyanka could be available at a cut price now but is expected to star for his country at Euro 2012, which could see his valuation increase significantly. The winger is keen to play in one of Europe's elite
[Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Barcelona's serial hat-trick scorer Lionel Messi will be looking to take up where he last left off as Argentina captain when he leads his country against Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Messi scored his first and only hat-trick for
[The Sport Review] - By TSR staff 10:23am UK, Wednesday 30 May, Eden Hazard admits he watches video clips of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration – and claims Arsenal's Gervinho is the best player he has ever played alongside.
[Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)] - With 20 goals and 16 assists, he was the only player in Europe's top five leagues apart from Lionel Messi to register more than 15 goals and 15 assists, and the effervescence of his play was a joy to behold. After missing the second half of Dortmund's
[Dinnington Today] - ONE junior football star has a goal scoring record that Lionel Messi himself would be proud of. Jamie-lea Grace has notched an incredible 46 goals in just 22 matches this season for Worksop Girls Club, in the Under 11s league.
[Bury Free Press] - LIONEL Messi may think he's scored the most goals of any individual footballer in the world this season, but a 10-year-old Bury Town forward has put FC Barcelona's world player of the year to shame. Striker Charles Debling hit the back of the net 94
[Here Is The City] - A tournament which once graced a young Lionel Messi, it should not be dismissed, and if he is picked he could just become the star of the show and ignite his Chelsea career. Piazon plays as a second striker, or a winger, or can drop deeper
[Sky Tyne and Wear] - It took his tally for the season to a record breaking 82 goals - ten more than Barcelona genius Lionel Messi. Luke Preen said he wanted to be a footballer when he grew up "by a mile". City, who are coached by Luke's Dad Steve Preen, beat Bedlington
[Journal Live] - “Under the system we have at the moment, you have to wonder whether we could ever produce a player with the talent of Lionel Messi at Barcelona. “Would he have been seen as too small? Would he have been criticised for taking too many risks by trying to
[Journal Live] - Arnau went on to captain the club's B team – a side that at that time included both Andres Iniesta, who scored the goal that won the World Cup, and the man who is widely regarded as the best player the game has ever seen, Lionel Messi.
[Journal Live] - Ronaldo himself scored 60, which would have been enough to secure him La Liga's golden boot were it not for the freakish exploits of Barcelona's maestro Lionel Messi. With three of the four teams so blessed with attacking options, it promises to be a
[The Sport Review] - By The Tipster 5:25pm UK, Thursday 24 May, Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao in their last game under Pep Guardiola – and El Tipstro is backing Lionel Messi to have the final say in the Copa del Rey showpiece on Friday night.
[TheGamersHub] - Lionel Messi was also announced as FIFA '13s cover star. The biggest news though for EA sports came with the announcement of a brand new UFC title, a first for EA who have now secured a multi title deal with the mixed martial arts franchise.
[El Centrocampista] - In last year's most vital of the Clasico 'series', Afellay came off the bench to torment Marcelo, pouncing on an error by the Brazilian and sending in a cross to assist Lionel Messi's opening goal. The second goal of the game would go on to overshadow
[Here Is The City] - I Unlike Arsene Wenger calling Lionel Messi a Playstation footballer two years earlier, it was not a compliment. Andre Villas-Boas was soon axed, but Italian manager Roberto di Matteo kept the faith with the defender, starting him in the return leg.
[Here Is The City] - Barcelona's other goal was scored, of course, by Lionel Messi, his 73rd goal of an amazing season. You can watch Pedro's opener below. Craig Levein's Scotland tenure goes from bad to worse. The Scots were smashed 5-1 by Jurgen Klinsmann's USA side at
[Here Is The City] - Lionel Messi may be the world's best footballer, some say of all time but can he do this? Perhaps when he hangs up his boots from the professional game, he'll have a go, but Dan Magness has set a big challenge to beat. To support Soccer Aid and UNICEF
[Just Football.com] - Xavi for example is able to pick out the movement of players such as Lionel Messi or Alexis Sanchez who dart in behind opposition defences. Pirlo has been in wonderful form this season which is largely why Juventus won Serie A. His stats are