Barcelona should’ve been gearing up for their presidential elections which were due to take place this coming Sunday. However, the inability for club members to leave their municipality to vote, because of coronavirus protocols, meant that the original date had to be scrapped. Whilst that has made life even more difficult for Barcelona as it means they’re still in limbo as far as transfers are concerned, it has afforded the club and the Catalan Government time to reassess the best way forward. According
The Argentine superstar was dismissed during a Spanish Super Cup clash with Athletic Club and is now due to serve a suspension Lionel Messi has avoided a lengthy ban after collecting the first red card of his Barcelona career, with the Argentine set to sit out just two games on the back of his Spanish Super Cup dismissal against Athletic Club, but the Blaugrana will still be lodging an appeal. The RFEF, which controls disciplinary matters in Spain, has ruled that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will not have
‘Messi can be convinced, he wants to stay at Barcelona’ – Laporta wants role for Argentine in present and future
A man looking to take in a second spell as president of the Liga giants believes a superstar forward can be tied to fresh terms at Camp Nou Joan Laporta is confident that Lionel Messi “can be convinced” to sign a new contract, with the Barcelona presidential candidate adamant that the Argentine “wants to stay”. That was not the case during the summer of 2020, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushing for the exits at Camp Nou. He was prevented from walking out on the final year of his contract,
The Spanish soccer federation suspended Lionel Messi for two matches on Tuesday after he hit an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player at the end of the team’s 3-2 loss on Sunday. The federation’s competition committee did not deem the incident to be severe and applied a less severe penalty against the player. After passing the ball out to the left flank,
SEVILLE: Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in his Barcelona career in the closing stages of extra time as they lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Messi, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the semi-final victory over Real Sociedad through injury, was dismissed after striking Asier Villalibre in the final minute. The Argentine had been heavily involved in a more positive way as Barca took the lead five minutes before the break. Messi‘s goalbound effort was
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been banned for two domestic matches following his red card in the Supercopa de Espana final defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Messi was dismissed in the 119th minute of Sunday’s game as he took a swing at Asier Villalibre in an off-the-ball incident that was spotted by the VAR, and referee Jesus Gil Manzano subsequently showed him the red. It was the first time he has been sent off for the club and only the third red card in his entire 17-year career for Barca and Argentina. Reports
Lionel Messi has been handed a two-match ban after being sent off for the first-ever time in his senior Barcelona career in the Spanish Supercopa final on Sunday. Messi, 33, was shown a red card in the final minute of extra-time after swinging his arm at Athletic Bilbao's Asier Villalibre as Referee Jesus Gil Manzano was alerted to the incident by VAR and after watching a replay on the pitchside monitor decided to give Messi his marching orders. The Royal Spanish Football Federation's competition committee met
Lionel Messi walks off after seeing red Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been hit with a two-game ban after being sent off in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final defeat to Athletic in Seville. The Argentine saw red after lashing out at Asier Villalibre deep into extra-time and has now been sanctioned for VIOLENT CONDUCT by the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) Competition Committee. Messi’s ban means he will sit out Thursday’s Copa del Rey trip to Cornella and Barcelona’s La Liga game against
While Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi often comes across as calm and collected, he can sometimes lose his cool on a football pitch. Admittedly, we’d probably be furious if we got kicked for 90 minutes every week and sometimes Messi lets his anger get the best of him. We’ve taken a look at 10 times where the red mist has descended on the Argentina international. Hungary Messi was sent off after just 43 seconds on his Argentina debut in 2005. 14 años del debut de Messi con la Selección Argentina en un amistoso
Ronald Koeman, Manager of Barcelona reacts as Lionel Messi of Barcelona walks off the field after being shown a red card. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) Barcelona blew away one of their chances of winning silverware this season after a trophyless 2020 with Lionel Messi also experiencing his first red card in his entire club career in the process. More from Everything Barca While the Catalans definitely played better football for the majority of the game, Athletic Bilbao’s sheer determination at the end
Pelé's Instagram Bio Quietly Maintains He's Still a Record-Holder Over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
When you think of soccer players, three of the first names that come to mind are likely Pelé, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo — three of the sport’s greatest players in history. Pelé’s prime came in the middle of the 20th century, while Ronaldo and Messi are contemporaries in today’s game. As happens often after star athletes retire, talented youths have broken records that were held by Pelé. But the Brazilian legend may not be ready to accept the fact that some of his records are broken. In
Even with Lionel Messi, you could argue that Barcelona have very little chance of winning anything this season. They are a team lacking quality and cohesion. Without their 33-year-old superstar, they almost certainly have no chance. But Messi-less lineups are something the club could be staring at in the short term. After Messi received his first red card for Barca on Sunday in the 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, the Argentine could be facing a suspension up to 12 matches due to his actions.
Exactly 90 seconds before the act of violence that will earn Lionel Messi his first red card for Barcelona, he’s standing just inside the halfway line, waiting to receive a pass. He’s seen a gap. The sort of gap Messi has seen thousands of times before. And most of the time we know what happens: a little burst of speed, and in an instant he’s 15 yards further up the field, the ball still magically glued to his feet. But here, the gap closes around him. Iker Muniain wins the ball with a slide tackle. And
PSG sporting director Leonardo has fuelled speculation over Lionel Messi’s next move, claiming that the Argentine will ‘always’ be on his club’s list of targets. Messi, famously, has just six months left on his current deal in Catalonia. After doing everything he could to force a move in pre-season, he has given little concrete indication that he will stay beyond 2020/21. Barcelona’s presidential elections in March may yet have an impact on his future, but speculation has been rife over where he could
The Spanish soccer federation suspended Lionel Messi for two matches on Tuesday after he hit an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player at the end of the team's 3-2 loss on Sunday. The federation’s competition committee did not deem the incident to be severe and applied a less severe penalty against the player. After passing the ball out to the left flank, Messi
Den Schepanskyi The Argentine will miss the upcming games against Cornella and Elche. Lionel Messi has been handed a two-game suspension after he was shown a red card in the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, the RFEF’s Competition Committee confirmed on Tuesday. Thus, the Argentine will miss Barcelona's upcoming matches against Cornella in the Spanish Cup and Elche in the La Liga. The 33-year-old will be available to face Athletic in the league on January 31. Left WhatsApp for Telegram?
Lionel Messi Inigo Larreina / Spain DPPI / DPPI / LM/Sipa USA Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar under contract until 2022 and recently appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino guiding the club in pursuits of multiple titles. That apparently isn't good enough for the French giants. As Julien Laurens reported for ESPN, Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo told France Football that he is interested in pursuing Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Messi's contract
Leonardo has fuelled speculation that PSG could look to sign Barcelona from Lionel Messi at the end of the season during an exclusive interview with France Football. Messi is out of contract at the end of the campaign. Naturally, that’s going to leave every top club on the planet assessing the possibility of signing him. While it is unclear at this point in time whether he will definitely leave Barcelona, he will no doubt be reviewing his options, so there’s questions to be asked and links to be drawn.
Lionel Messi (L) and Ronald Koeman (R) Image credit: Getty Images Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has escaped a lengthy ban for lashing out at Athletic Bilbao's Asier Villalibre in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final defeat and will only serve a two-game suspension. The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Tuesday Messi had been banned for two matches, meaning he will miss Thursday's Copa del Rey last-32 tie at Cornella and Sunday's La Liga match away to Elche. Premier League Liverpool and Manchester United
Lionel Messi has been hit with a two-match ban after his red card in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. The captain was sent off towards the end of extra-time after lashing out at Athletic’s Asier Villalibre and was subsequently handed his marching orders after a VAR check. The RFEF’s Competition Committee has now made a decision on the length of Messi’s suspension which is effective immediately. Messi will now sit out the Copa del Rey game against Thursday, which he would likely have missed