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Messi tees up victory as Barcelona clings to fading title hopes

Jul 12, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Lionel Messi becomes the first player in La Liga history to register at least 20 goals and 20 assists in a single season

ANOTHER MILESTONE. Lionel Messi (right) sets another league record during Barcelona's match against Oscar Plano's Real Valladolid on Saturday. Photo by Cesar Manso/AFP

Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Lionel Messi has reportedly halted contract negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of FC Barcelona

LEAGUE STAR. La Liga coaches like Zinedine Zidane hopes football star Lionel Messi (center) stays put in the league. Photo from La Liga

WATCH: Messi hits 700 career goals

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:45 PM

As Lionel Messi reaches a personal feat of 700 career goals, check out more videos of the Argentinian football star

Messi scores 700th goal but Atletico draw hurts Barca's title hopes

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Lionel Messi becomes the 7th player to record 700 career goals for club and country

Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Barcelona coach dismisses talk of player unrest

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Footage shows Barcelona star Lionel Messi pointedly ignoring assistant coach Eder Sarabia, who is giving instructions during a cooling break

TEAM ISSUE. Barcelo has been accused in the past of pandering to senior players like Lionel Messi. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


La Liga takes legal action against pitch invader

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:34 PM

A man wearing an Argentina shirt storms the pitch and poses for a picture during the Barcelona-Real Mallorca closed-door match

DISRUPTION. A pitch invader is removed from the pitch during the La Liga match between RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona at the Visit Mallorca pitch in Palma de Mallorca on June 13, 2020. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP


Messi caps Barcelona win over Mallorca on La Liga return

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:16 PM

A clean-shaven Lionel Messi shows no sign of a thigh injury in Barcelona’s shutout victory

GAME ON. La Liga star Lionel Messi gestures during Barcelona's match against Mallorca. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP

'It's bizarre': La Liga returns after 3-month coronavirus suspension

Jun 12, 2020 - 2:46 PM

La Liga stands remain empty, the voices of the players and coaches audible, and the atmosphere strange

TEAM SPIRIT. Sevilla players celebrate their win in a fan-less stadium. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

La Liga set to resume with virtual fans

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Expect a virtual crowd for each team with cheers from a computer game in La Liga's resumption

BEST PLAYER. FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi  is slated to take home this season's Best Player award. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi back in Barcelona training ahead of Mallorca restart

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Lionel Messi has been suffering from tightness in his right thigh

BACK IN ACTION. Lionel Messi will return to the pitch as La Liga resumes its season. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Messi looking forward eagerly to 'weird' La Liga restart

May 29, 2020 - 5:01 PM

'No doubt it will be strange at first, but I am looking forward to competing again,' says Barcelona star Lionel Messi

BACK AGAIN. Lionel Messi returns to the pitch in a few weeks. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

La Liga faces heated debate as it prepares to resume

May 25, 2020 - 11:30 PM

La Liga has not yet specified when it will kick off or detailed the health protocols it will adopt

FOOTBALL IS BACK. Lionel Messi and Barcelona will return to action as La Liga resumes its season. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


Football return: League-by-league guide around Europe

May 24, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Some of the world’s top football leagues look to complete their season with Spain’s La Liga the latest to announce its comeback in June

BACK SOON. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (left) challenges Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Alex Remiro during their La Liga match last March. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

La Liga clubs given permission to expand into group training

May 18, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid will be able to train in groups of 10

RESTART. La Liga plans to resume its season in June. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


La Liga chief wants restart by June 12 despite 8 new positive tests

May 11, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Despite the announcement of more positive tests, La Liga president Javier Tebas insists Spain is on the right track for a speedy resumption of football

RESTART. Lionel Messi and Barcelona have already returned to training, with La Liga potentially nearing the resumption of its season. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Barcelona returns to training as La Liga eyes restart

May 09, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Lionel Messi and company took the fields at the Joan Gamper training center for individual sessions

TOP TEAM. Lionel Messi and Barcelona lead the La Liga standings. File photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona


LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Deprived of football, players try to fill the 'big void'

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:35 PM

La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 players try to keep themselves busy as they deal with a time without football due to the coronavirus outbreak

STAYING IN SHAPE. Sergio Ramos and other European football stars keep themselves in shape at their own homes. Photo from Instagram/@realmadrid


Real Madrid in quarantine as La Liga suspends fixtures

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Real Madrid’s football team was placed under quarantine as a member of the club’s basketball squad, which shares its facilities, tested positive for the coronavirus

Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Real Madrid tops Barcelona in Clasico to regain top spot in La Liga

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Real Madrid ends its slump with a shutout victory over Barcelona

BACK ON TOP. Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid clinch the top spot in La Liga. Photo from Instagram/@realmadrid


Messi sparkles in Barcelona Christmas stroll

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Lionel Messi heads into the break as the top La Liga marksman with 13 goals

ARGENTINIAN WONDER. Lionel Messi finds the back of the net for Barcelona in a dominant win over Alaves. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Messi out with injury ahead of La Liga restart

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Just as Barcelona conducted its first training session for the upcoming La Liga season, Lionel Messi injures his calf

SIDELINED. Lionel Messi is expected to miss two weeks. Photo from Instagram/@leomessi


La Liga president fears Neymar return would damage image of league

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Javier Tebas says he would prefer Neymar not returning to La Liga if the Brazilian star would set a wrong example off the pitch

STAY OR LEAVE. Neymar could make a surprise move back to Barcelona. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Messi fires Barcelona to 8th La Liga title in 11 years

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Argentine star strikes his league-leading 34th goal to help the Spanish giants wrap up the title with 3 games remaining

MORE TITLES. Lionel Messi adds another championship to his legendary haul. Photo from FC Barcelona's Twitter account (@FCBarcelona)


Fantastic Messi hat trick blows away Betis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Argentinian star puts on a show for Barcelona that even the opponent's fans shower him with applause

SHOWSTOPPER. Lionel Messi steals the spotlight again for Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


WATCH: 'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The 3-0 win puts Barcelona up by 5 points at the top the La Liga table

HISTORIC. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal that extends his record as the division's all-time top scorer. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona's La Liga lead

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The Argentinian star nets his 31st La Liga hat-trick

SCORING MACHINE. Messi proves unstoppable for Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Messi returns to training after arm injury

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Barcelona captain has recovered from an arm injury sustained during a match two weeks ago

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi is expected to suit up in a La Liga game on November 11. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Watch out for 'wounded' Madrid, warns Barcelona coach

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:26 PM

It will be the first Clasico without either Messi or Ronaldo since 2007

ADVERSARIES. Luka Modric (left) looks to lead Real Madrid against its fiercest Spanish rival Barcelona. Photo from La Liga

Messi to miss 3 weeks after fracturing right arm

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Barca superstar will be out in next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid

MAJOR BLOW. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi falls to the ground in pain following a tussle with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP)

Messi hat trick seals Barca's 25th La Liga title in style

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Barcelona bags its 7th title in 10 seasons and extends its unbeaten streak to 41

TOYING WITH DEFENSE. Lionel Messi displayed his offensive prowess in the final, scoring all but one of Barcelona's goals. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Messi hat trick helps Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Barcelona wins its 38th straight game and will look to break the longest unbeaten record set by Real Sociedad in the 1979-1980 season

MAN OF THE HOUR. Leo Messi's hat trick powers Barcelona to equal a record unbeaten streak in La Liga history. File Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Barcelona not panicking after seeing unbeaten run end

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:05 PM

It was Barcelona's first defeat in 30 games in all competitions for Ernesto Valverde's side, who have still not lost in La Liga

DO YOU LIKE MESSI. Lionel Messi missed a penalty as the Catalans lost 1-0 away to Espanyo, but the holders can still turn the tie around in the second leg next week. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Real Madrid's struggles continue after first home loss to Villarreal

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:21 AM

Real Madrid falls a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona in La Liga

BIG GOAL. Pablo Fornals' strike with 3 minutes earned Villarreal the win over Real Madrid. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Barcelona signs Coutinho to 3rd richest deal in football history

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Brazil star signs for $192 million

BIG MONEY. Signing Coutinho allows Barcelona to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar last summer. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Barcelona drubs Real Madrid 3-0 in lopsided El Clasico

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Barcelona opens a 14-point lead over Real Madrid and moves 9 points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga

HOT FEET. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal score as Barcelona hands hosts Real Madrid a bitter defeat. Photo by Curto De La Torre/AFP

Real Madrid 'obliged' to keep title race alive in El Clasico

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Real Madrid is on their way to defend their La Liga title over their rivals Barcelona

OBLIGATION. Real Madrid promises a win against their rivals Barcelona. File photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d'Or award

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The second successive win drew Real Madrid's Ronaldo level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi with 5 Ballons d'Or (Golden Ball), after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar 3rd

NUMERO 5. This combination of pictures created on December 8, 2017 shows file photos, at right of Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo holding his four European footballer of the year award "Ballon d'Or" (Golden ball) trophies in (from top left to bottom right) 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 and, at left, his fifth award on December 7, 2017. AFP

Real deal Ronaldo set for Ballon d'Or No. 5

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to match his great rival Lionel Messi of Argentina by claiming a fifth Ballon d'Or as recognition for leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season

FAVORED. Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo thumbs up during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 6, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

La Liga: Ditahan imbang Valencia, Barcelona tetap kuasai puncak klasemen

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Barcelona sempat tertinggal lebih dulu saat gawang mereka dibobol Rordrigo pada menit ke-60

Pemain Barcelona merayakan gol ke gawang Valencia. Foto diambil dari @FCBarcelona/twitter

A closer look at S+A's plunge into European club football

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:08 PM

ABS-CBN will show Europe's best club football on free TV. Here's why it can help boost Pinoy football.

MEN ON A MISSION. (Left to Right) Azkals manager Dan Palami, PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes, Demeter Corporation's managing director Sorrakit Lathitham, Bernard Sumayao Chairman of Triple CH Holdings, Lazarus Xavier, CEO of the PFL, and Dino Laurena, Head of Integrated Sports in ABS-CBN. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Barca seeks 'justice' for jailed Catalan ministers

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Fans in Camp Nou clamor for freedom and justice for Catalan

CALL FOR CALM. FC Barcelona calls for solidarity of the affected families due to the prison sentences. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

La Liga: Real Madrid ditekuk Girona

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Real Madrid kini menempati peringkat tiga klasemen La Liga

Pemain Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo saat menghadapi Girona, Minggu malam (29/10). Foto diambil dari @realmadrid/Twitter

La Liga: Real Madrid raih tiga poin, Barcelona ditahan Atletico

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Barcelona tetap menguasai puncak klaesemen La Liga

Para pemain Real Madrid merayakan kemenangan atas Getafe, Sabtu malam (14/10). Foto diambil dari @realmadriden/twitter

Barca beats Las Palmas behind closed doors amid Catalonia clashes

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Instead of facing a 3-point deduction and forfeiting the match, Barcelona decides to play the match against Las Palmas in front of empty bleachers

CLOSED-DOOR GAME. Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beats Las Palmas 3-0, but the game was overshadowed by the highly-charged Catalonia referendum. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

Real Madrid held scoreless for first time in 74 matches in shock Betis loss

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The defeat leaves Real Madrid 7 points adrift of leaders Barcelona after having failed to win any of their 3 home games so far.

UPSET. Betis snatched all 3 points in the 93rd minute when Antonio Sanabria powered home a header from Antonio Barragan's cross. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Hasil La Liga: Barcelona bungkam Alaves 2-0

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Lionel Messi mencetak dua gol

Pemain Barcelona Lionel Messi merayakan golnya ke gawang Alaves dalam laga lanjutan La Liga, Minggu dinihari (27/8). Foto diambil dari @FCBarcelona

La Liga: Barcelona dan Real Madrid menang di laga perdana

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Sergio Ramos mendapat kartu merah di laga perdana La Liga

Pemain Barcelona merayakan golnya ke gawang Real Betis, Senin (21/8). Foto diambil dari @FCBarcelona/twitter

La Liga rejects payment of Neymar buyout clause

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM

La Liga s refusal has potentially delayed Neymar s record move to Ligue 1

ON HOLD. Neymar's $260 million transfer to PSG could be delayed by La Liga's decision. File photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Real Madrid fans demand Ballon d'Or for hero Ronaldo

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:51 PM

For Real Madrid fans there s no other choice as the world s best player than Cristiano Ronaldo

HEROIC PERFORMANCE. Ronaldo added to his legend with two goals in Real Madrid's Champions League-clinching win. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP