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Messi takes Barcelona 11 points clear, Ronaldo hits four

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. After putting Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League midweek, Messi scored for the sixth game …

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Barcelona stroll past Malaga without Messi

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi was away attending the birth of his son but Barcelona still had more than enough to beat 10-man Malaga 2-0 on Saturday and move 11 points clear at the top of La Liga. Messi was watching the game on a television in hospital …

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‘Experts’ to the fore as Ronaldo, Messi again rule in Europe

Paris, France | AFP | As the stakes mounted in the Champions League, the usual suspects once more rose to the occasion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski starring in the last 16, first legs. Season after season, these preeminent performers deliver on the biggest stages and administer …

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Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rued one costly mistake as Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Messi struck for the first time in nine games against …

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Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament. “We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in …

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Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday. Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge …

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Messi to end career at Barca after extending deal to 2021

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi hopes to end his career at Barcelona after ending months of speculation on Saturday by signing a contract extension to 2021, sealing an agreement reached in July, the club announced. Barca had said in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future …

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