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  1. Dani Alves won his 36th trophy as a footballer when Paris Saint Saint-Germain defeated Monaco 7-1 to clinch the French Ligue 1 title. The Brazil international was on his 35th success after PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue triumph over Monaco last month. The evergreen 35-year-old now has won 36 trophies overtaking former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs and his compatriot Maxwell in the all-time list. Alves started his career with local side Bahiain 2001 , winning the Copa do Nordeste in his second season. After a move to Sevilla, Alves did not win anything in his first three years but in 2006, they won their first UEFA Cup, which they retained a year later, having won the UEFA Super Cup in between. Sevilla added the Copa del Rey before beating Real Madrid to win the Spanish Super Cup in 2007. The right-back defender netted in the final when Brazil defeated Argentina to lift his first international trophy as the Selecao won the Copa America. Alves spent eight years with Barcelona when he joined them in 2008 and would significantly add to his trophy haul with La Blaugrana. He won the Treble twice, as well as another Champions League medal, six La Liga titles, added four more Copa del Rey gongs and enjoyed four Spanish Super Cup triumphs. In the continental stage for the Catalans, he won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup three times each. The same period he won the Confederations Cup twice with Brazil. Alves won the domestic double when joined Juventus in 2016, and could have added another but for a defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
  2. PSG star, Neymar, has revealed how former teammate, Lionel Messi, was there for him during his early days at Barcelona. The two South American stars had a close relationship during their time together at Barcelona. Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013 after the Catalan agreed on a reported £48.6m deal with Brazilian club, Santos. The Brazilian played in a front three alongside Messi and Luis Suarez. Neymar, however, struggled in his first week at Barcelona. He said Messi was there to give him some advice. Neymar said, “He [ Lionel Messi] saw that I was half crying because I had not done a good first time. “Messi saw that I was sad and started talking to me. ‘You have to be you. Play your football and do not be intimidated’. “Like it or not, playing with so many stars takes you back. It gives you a bit of shame. “After talking with him I started to let go, to show my football and to have confidence. “It was when I relaxed, I found happiness and started a very big friendship.”
  3. Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has reportedly told manager, Ernesto Valverde to sell five Barcelona stars this summer. The Catalans giants are close to claiming the La Liga title and are a whopping 15 points ahead of Real Madrid. Spanish media outlet, Diario Gol reports that Barcelona are already planning for next season and Messi, who is a hugely influential figure at the club, will have an important say. According to the newspaper, Messi has told club chiefs he wants Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Aleix Vidal, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez out of the club. Messi, who is set to take over as Barcelona captain once Iniesta leaves the club in the summer, said the players have not shown the qualities of remaining in the club.
  4. Barcelona star man Lionel Messi has blamed his team’s Champions League exit on want away defender Samuel Umtiti. The Argentina international feels the reason for the Frenchman’s lack of concentration is United’s persistent interest in signing him in the summer. According to Diario Gol, Messi blamed Manchester United, claiming the France defender was not fully focused on the task at hand. The Spanish media outfit also stated Messi gave the Umtiti a verbal dressing down at half-time, imploring him to get his mind on the Roma match. The center-back has a £53m release clause in his contract and Mourinho has reportedly identified the Barca man as the ideal partner for Eric Bailly in United’s central defence. The 30-year-old was also said to be angry at Jordi Alba who played badly in the disastrous loss in Rome. Messi and his teammates did not sparkle at the Stadio Olympico as Roma overturned the three-goal first deficit in stunning fashion. The Catalan giants have failed to make it past the quarter final stage of the Champions League for the third consecutive year. Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw the Italian side seal their passage into the next round on a 4-4 aggregate scoreline. The shock result means Eusebio Di Francesco side are now dreaming of Champions League glory and could meet Liverpool in the semi-finals. On the other hand, the Nou Camp outfit will have to watch on as bitter rivals Real Madrid attempt to make history by winning the trophy for the third consecutive time.
  5. Messi named UN ambassador

    The UN World Tourism Organisation has appointed FC Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi as an ambassador to promote responsible tourism. “During my travels, I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as other ways to see the world and this is very enriching,” Messi said in a statement released by the Madrid-based United Nations body announcing his nomination. “I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism,” the five-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award added as the body steps up its campaign to minimize harm tourism can cause to the environment and historical sites. The UN body defines “responsible tourism” as tourism that “helps maximize the sector’s benefits while minimizing its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe”. World Tourism Organisation chief Zurab Pololikashvili said it was a “great honour” to have Messi promote “the positive values and benefits that tourism represents. “Messi is a unique sportsman and an example of how willpower and constant work yield good results,” he added. The 30-year-old is the leading scorer in La Liga this season with 29 goals and is also the all-time top marksman in Spain’s top flight. He is also the top scorer in the history of Barcelona and Argentina.
  6. On Saturday, March 31, Lionel Messi, scored a sublime 89th-minute equaliser against Sevilla to bring the score to 2-2 to maintain their unbeaten La Liga season. Lionel Messi also scored a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 over the weekend to match Real Sociedad’s record for the longest ever unbeaten run in La Liga. Barca are now unbeaten in 38 games in the league and can break La Real’s record, which has stood since 1980, when they host Valencia next weekend. They are also now four wins away from winning a league title which will have Messi’s fingerprints all over it. And to celebrate the huge step towards silverware, Messi super fan and former Miss Bum Bum Suzy Cortez posted yet another snap dedicated to the Argentine talisman. The Brazilian posed in nothing but a Barcelona jersey with the forward’s name on the back. She said: “Forca Barcelona.” One fan said: “Beautiful and encouraging.” Another added: “If I were Messi, I would definitely marry you.” The Brazilian has amassed a following of over one million fans since she was crowned Miss Bum Bum in 2015.
  7. Paris Saint Germain star forward, Neymar, has given a huge indication that he and former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi could be reunited once again. Neymar left Barcelona last summer admits controversies though there have been lingering indications that he is not happy at Paris St-Germain. But what better to way for PSG to appease their star forward than by signing the world’s greatest player to play alongside him? Neymar took to his Instagram handle to share a photo of himself and Messi hanging out “When my friend #LeoMessi and I get together big things happen!” “I’m telling you guys more! Stay tuned!” Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez formed the deadly ‘MSN’ strike force during their time together at the Nou Camp. Although they have not exactly struggled since the Brazil international’s £200m departure. Barcelona are currently 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the summit of La Liga.
  8. Do you want to know who is the highest paid player in the world? How much does he earn per year? You will be amazed by the figures indicated in this article. Football fans closely monitor the earnings of their favorite athletes. Various publications compile ratings taking into account the cost of transfers, the general net worth of players. In this case, we are talking about the highest paid player taking into account his annual salary. LIONEL MESSI IS THE HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is the first football player in history whose salary is more than 100 million euros per year. According to the new contract, the current highest paid footballer in the world gets 104 million euros per year if not to take the taxes into account. He earns more than anyone in the history of football. After deduction of taxes, Messi’s salary is over 50 million a year, which is also a world record. Brazilian Neymar, who plays for of PSG, gets 36.8 million euros a year with deducted taxes. Until January 2018, Argentine Carlos Tevez played for the Chinese “Shanghai Shenhua” and earned 38 million euros. CAREER SUCCESSES The highest paid footballer plays for the main “Barcelona” team since 2004. As a member of this club, eight times he became the champion of Spain, five times – the owner of the Cup of Spain, and four times – the winner of the Champions League. Also, five times he received the Golden Ball. It’s certainly not easy to be the world best footballer. All these awards cost Messi a huge effort and sometimes even health. However, diligence and talent allowed him to make his way to the very top. Are you surprised to find out the amount of Messi salary? Yes, it’s really great. Taking into account all the revenues and bonuses, Messi’s annual income in Barcelona is 104 million euros per year. Let this figure serve as a strong incentive for all young sportsmen who strive to excel in the world of football.
  9. Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has equalled a LaLiga record previously held by former team-mate Ronaldinho, with his free-kick during their 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday. Messi opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick, smashing the ball past goalkeeper Pichu Cuellar. It is the sixth he has scored in all competitions since the start of the calendar year. The feat brings him level with Ronaldinho, who was the last player to score six free-kicks in a single season. Ronaldinho set the record in the 2006/2007 season when Messi was still a teenager. Since the Brazilian left, Messi has assumed his mantle both as No. 10 and as Barca’s set-piece expert. Messi now has 28 goals, eight clear of nearest Pichichi rivals Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  10. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has taken to his official Instagram page to share a lovely photo of his newborn child named Ciro. The Argentine forward welcomed his third child in March 2018, and Ciro now joins his elder brother Thiago and Mateo in the family of five. In the photo posted by Lionel Messi, he was seen happy with his family while his first child Thiago was carrying the new baby in his hands. Lionel Messi has been superb this season for Barcelona as the Catalans are on the verge of winning the La Liga title this season. They have also qualified for the quarter of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League beating Premier League champions Chelsea in the knock out stage.
  11. Lionel Messi continues investing in his life after football as he completed the purchase of a luxury Hotel Es Vive in Ibiza. The prices at Messi’s new property start at £226 per night. Hotel Es Vive becomes the most recent addition to Messi’s MiM brand, already having a four-star hotel in Barcelona outskirts. The expansion of an airport has been abandoned all because of Barcelona FC’s Argentine player, Lionel Messi. Reports have it that the expansion of El Prat Airport in Barcelona has been abandoned because continuing with it would lead to more air traffic above the footballer’s mansion in the coastal town of Castelldefels. As for why a new additional runway located to the sea was discarded, the official explanation given is based on environmental and financial reasons. However, the president of Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, offered a different perspective. Javier Sanchez-Prieto said during a talk at Barcelona’s ESADE university. “You cannot pass over where Messi lives,” “This doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.” Vueling, based at El Prat de Llobregat, has hubs in Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. It is reported that the five times ballon d’or winner bought his neighbor’s house last year, to keep the noise level to a minimum around his home. Still on Messi Marco Verratti has hit at Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi with claims that referees always overlook his wrongdoings on the field of play. The Italian made this revelation while speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport about Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16, a game that saw the talented midfielder sent off for a second yellow. “I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant,” Verratti said. “It was a bad reaction but I didn’t insult anybody, whereas Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee’s face and doesn’t even get punished. “But anyway, I need to improve.” Messi usually holds a reputation as one of the calmer personas among the stars of world football. He has only been sent off once in his professional career, when he was shown red just 40 seconds into his Argentina debut in August 2005 for lashing out at an opponent who tugged his shirt.
  12. Lionel Messi is still feeling discomfort with his thigh and the club need to exercise caution to ensure he does not tear the muscle, coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday ahead of his side’s La Liga game at Sevilla. Lionel Messi joined up with the Argentina squad after ending Barca’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao with a muscle problem but did not feature in the friendlies against Italy and Spain. The Argentine could only complete half Barca’s training session on Thursday and even though the club has not issued a medical report on the injury, Valverde declined to say whether he intended to pick his talisman on Saturday. “We have to wait,” Valverde told a news conference on Friday. “We are taking care of him, just as Argentina did. He has a little discomfort and we have to bear that in mind, because if it leads to a muscular tear then the situation is far more serious.”
  13. Barcelona star striker, Lionel Messi, was in rampage mode in Argentina training as he scored an incredible solo goal before spending time with the Manchester City Under 7s and 8s. The Argentine captain made a mockery of his team-mates when he picked up the ball just inside the opposition half and slight shoulder faint allowed him an extra yard of space away from his marker before he carried the ball forward. Messi and Sergio Aguero posed for photos and spent time with the club’s Under 7s and Under 8s after their training session. The adorable kids were wide-eyed at meeting the great man as they all clambered to get a high-five. Messi and his teammates appeared to be appreciative of their surroundings at City’s base ahead of their friendly against Italy on Friday. Before Neymar left Barcelona for a move to Paris-Saint-Germain, he was very close with Lionel Messi in which there were reports that the Argentine tried to block his exit at Nou Camp.
  14. – Paul Pogba could be on his way to Barcelona at the end of the season – Lionel Messi will be happy to play with him at Nou Camp according to report Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly eyeing a move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, and the Catalans will try to lure him to Spain this summer. Initially, Barcelona are said to be considering the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, but the latest report suggests they have changed their minds. According to the report by Diario Gol, Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be happy to play with Paul Pogba next term at the Nou Camp. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is said to have touted his client around to a host of top clubs across Europe including Real Madrid. But the report added that Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid chiefs not to sign the Frenchman because of his personality and habits. Barcelona are now expected to make their move for Paul Pogba at the end of the season since Lionel Messi would be happy to play with him. Recently, the former Juventus star has struggled to impress at Old Trafford, with many reports that he is not currently happy with the position he plays since the arrival of Sanchez. He has also reportedly had a bust-up with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who has benched him for some games.
  15. Leo Messi, has confirmed the birth of his third son, Ciro, on Instagram . FC Barcelona including other superstars have congratulated the Argentine. See Instagram post below..
  16. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d'Or. It is the fifth time the Portugal international has won the prize, drawing him level with his great rival Lionel Messi for the most Ballons d'Or of all time. Ronaldo scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double. Watch Cristiano Ronaldo receive his 2017 Ballon d' Or trophy below!

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