NYON, Switzerland — A new generation of Manchester United players will have to get through Barcelona to win the Champions League. And Lionel Messi will still be there. United was drawn Friday to face Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals, hosting the first leg on April 10. Also Friday, Tottenham was drawn to face Manchester City in an all-English pairing, Liverpool will face Porto, and Ajax will meet Juventus. The first legs will be played on April 9-10, with the return games on April 16-17. Messi scored the last two times the teams met — in the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011. The 31-year-old Barcelona forward is also the leading scorer in this season's competition with eight goals. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique also played in the two finals against Man United, where he spent four years early in his career. "I'm coming back to my second home. @ManUtd," Pique wrote on Twitter. Not all the memories are bad for Man United, however. In the 2008 semifinals, … [Read more...] about Man United gets Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has received his record fifth Golden Shoe award for leading all of Europe's leagues in scoring last season. Messi's fifth win breaks the tie he had with Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi scored 34 goals in the Spanish league last season to lead Barcelona to the trophy. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the second leading scorer of Europe's domestic leagues with 32 goals in England. Messi also won the award in 2009-10 (34 goals), 2011-12 (50), 2012-13 (46) and 2016-17 (37). The 31-year-old Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. The club credits him with 572 goals in 655 games. The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspapers and magazines. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top scorer
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks painfully injured during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Lionel Messi broke his right forearm on Saturday and will be sidelined for about three weeks, a major setback for him and Barcelona right before some important games. The Barcelona superstar will miss playing Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, and the clasico against Real Madrid next weekend. He'll miss three others, including the return game against Inter. "It's a significant loss. We will notice his absence," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "We've played without him in the past. We will be prepared to overcome this." Messi was hurt in the first half of Barcelona's 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou Stadium. He was trying to reclaim the ball when he ran into the back of Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez and fell in the 17th minute. Trying to … [Read more...] about Lionel Messi suffers gruesome injury during Barcelona match
Joseph Wilson, Associated Press Updated 4:26 pm CDT, Sunday, September 2, 2018 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Newly promoted Huesca enjoyed short-lived celebrations on Sunday after stunning Barcelona with a goal just three minutes into their Spanish league game. But Lionel Messi provided a harsh reality check with two goals as the defending champions went on to demolish Huesca 8-2 at Camp Nou. Messi canceled out Juan "Cucho" Hernandez's opener — after a long buildup by Huesca — with an exquisite solo effort. Facing four defenders honed in on him at the edge of the area, the Argentine lured them toward the center of the field before a sudden change of foot and acceleration left one man on the turf and the rest out of position. Messi then fired a right-footed shot in off the far post for the 16th-minute equalizer. Jordi Alba provoked an own-goal from Jorge Pulido and set up Luis Suarez to make it 3-1 with the first of two goals for the Uruguay striker. Another … [Read more...] about Huesca leads Barcelona 1-0 after 3 minutes before losing 8-2
Nine years ago, the maestro scored the club's 5,000th La Liga goal and here he is again, breaking records and producing jaw-dropping statistics.Barcelona opened their 2018-19 La Liga campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday, with main man Lionel Messi the chief protagonist as always."The first time he hit the bar, the second time, goal number 6,000".Messi's low free kick fooled Alaves' players, who jumped to intercept an expected high shot.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde feels football supporters should consider themselves fortunate to have been able to witness Lionel Messi's extraordinary performances."We expected Alaves would be hard because they tighten up at the back and it was like that in the first half, but in the second we found more space and the goals arrived", said Roberto.Messi, the league's top scorer last season, had struck the crossbar with a free kick - this time over the wall - in the first half.Brazilian COUTINHO added a second before MESSI himself made it 3-0 … [Read more...] about Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto: Maybe Messi can get goal No 7,000?