Lionel Messi

Messi returning to form as he inspires Barca comeback against Sevilla

Lionel Messi celebrates in the rain against Sevilla. Photo: AFP

Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another to lead Barcelona to a 4-1 comeback victory at Sevilla on Sunday, moving the defending champions into a three-way tie for the Spanish league lead.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 10:10am

Barcelona and Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud

Lionel Messi. Photo: EPA

A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint yesterday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes €4 million (HK$41.2 million) in back taxes.The complaint was lodged by Raquel Amado, a state prosecutor for Catalonia.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:02am

Lionel Messi doubt for Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador

Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP

Argentina travel to Ecuador today for their latest World Cup qualifier with a big question mark hanging over star striker Lionel Messi. A victory would all but ensure the twice world champions' place at next year's showpiece in Brazil, but without Messi, Argentina are not the same animal.

11 Jun 2013 - 4:27am

Messi scores twice as Barca close in on title

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal. Photo: Reuters

Lionel Messi came off the bench to move Barcelona within two points of clinching the La Liga title with a 4-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou. Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Perez had twice given the visitors the lead in the first half either side of Alexis Sanchez's equaliser.

7 May 2013 - 5:34am

Barcelona title on week-long hold after draw at Bilbao

Lionel Messi helped Barcelona equalise in the 67th minute. Photo: AP

Victory for Barca at the San Mames and defeat for Real in the Madrid derby at the Calderon would have given the leaders an unassailable 16-point advantage with five matches left.

28 Apr 2013 - 11:22am

Barca favourites despite key injuries, says Xavi

Xavi Hernandez. Photo: EPA

Xavi Hernandez believes Barcelona are still favourites in their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain despite a number of key injuries in defence and the possibility that Lionel Messi could also miss the second-leg.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Barcelona says injured Messi to miss league game

Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s Spanish league match this weekend because of his hamstring injury, but may be fit to play in the Champions League return leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi was substituted at halftime of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against PSG in Paris, having scored the first goal of the game before injuring his right leg.

4 Apr 2013 - 9:39am

Barcelona play down injury fears for Messi after draw with PSG

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Barcelona at Parc des Princes. Photo: Reuters

PSG came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Catalans at the Parc des Princes in a pulsating first leg, with Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time shot squirming through the grasp of visiting keeper Victor Valdes.

4 Apr 2013 - 11:37am

Memories make Messi scared of Bolivian heights

Lionel Messi

Argentina is four points clear at the top of the qualifying table and enjoy an 11-point gap to the first team outside the four automatic qualifying positions with just six games left. Yet the trip to Bolivia brings with it some bad memories for Messi and his teammates.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:15am

Messi magic leaves Argentina in charge

Argentine forward Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP

Lionel Messi scored once and set up two goals as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 to remain in control of the South American qualifying race for the next year World Cup on Friday.

The Argentinian skipper was the architect of two Gonzalo Higuain strikes which came either side of an emphatic Messi penalty on the stroke of half-time at the Monumental Stadium.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:36pm

Messi-Villa double act a Barca bonus

Barcelona's David Villa (right) celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring against Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou. Photo: AFP

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura was delighted at the understanding between Lionel Messi and David Villa as they combined for all of Barca's goals in a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:32am

No time for changes at Barcelona, says Messi

Lionel Messi

Barca face a huge task to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan at the Camp Nou on Tuesday but Messi said he was hoping the occasion would help lift them out of their recent slump.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:06am

Messi rouses weary Barca ahead of Clasico

Lionel Messi. Photo: AP

Barca made an almost faultless start to the season, only dropping points in the league before Christmas with a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, while they also lost against Celtic in the group stage of the Champions League.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:49am

Messi winner against Sevilla stretches Barca lead at the top

Lionel Messi scored in the 2-1 win over a stuffy Sevilla. Photo: AP

Barcelona stretched their advantage at the top of La Liga to 15 points as two goals in eight minutes just before the hour mark from David Villa and Lionel Messi clinched a 2-1 win over Sevilla.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Lionel Messi scores 300th and 301st goal for Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi after scoring against Granada. Photo: AFP

Messi's first goal was also his 300th in a Barcelona jersey and Roura was particularly relieved for his efficiency in front of goal on a night when some of his teammates had passed up a number clear chances.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am