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Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano back for Barcelona pre-season training
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano back for Barcelona pre-season training

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano have cut short their holiday and return to training Barcelona, July 30 (IANS) Spanish football giant Barcelona's talismanic forward Lionel Messi has cut short his holiday to come back and join the treble winners for their pre-season training. His Argentine teammate Javier Mascherano has also done the same. The duo were supposed to return not before Monday after their Copa America duties but have instea

Jul 31 2015
Stats: Which forward had the best conversion rate in 2014/15?
Stats: Which forward had the best conversion rate in 2014/15?

Bas Dost had the best conversion rate in Europe last season While most clubs across Europe hunt for a striker, they would be wise to take a look at some of the names in this list. According to statistics from WhoScored, Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost was Europe’s most clinical player in 2014/15 with a conversion rate of 37.2% even though he scored only 16 goals. When considering a minimum of 15 league appearances, nobody else even has a c

Jul 30 2015
Video: Teenager scores a screamer which gets shortlisted for UEFA goal of the season
Video: Teenager scores a screamer which gets shortlisted for UEFA goal of the season

Robbie Muirhead scored a goal from 40-yards out Teenager Robbie Muirhead suddenly finds himself vying for UEFA's Goal of the Season alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Aaron Ramsey. The 19-year-old scored a belter during Scotland's U-19 match against Norway which got nominated for last season’s goal of the season award.  The youngster who plays for Dundee United scored the 40-yard long range strike

Jul 29 2015
Cesc Fabregas confident Chelsea can compete with Barcelona for Champions League
Cesc Fabregas confident Chelsea can compete with Barcelona for Champions League

Cesc Fabregas has never won the Champions League in his career Cesc Fabregas has urged his Chelsea teammates to bring the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge this season and is confident that his team can beat Barcelona to it. The 26-year-old midfielder is expected to face his boyhood club for the first time since his £23 million move to Chelsea when the two teams take on each other in the International

Jul 28 2015
Eden Hazard better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Eden Hazard better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

Mourinho believes Hazard is behind only Lionel Messi in world football.  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped lavish praise on star player Eden Hazard claiming that the Belgian international was better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season, The Guardian reports. The Portuguese also reiterated his stance that the skillful player should be given more protection by the referees.  The Premier League are gearing up to take on Ba

Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls Messi 'fantastic', Ronaldo 'good', and himself 'wow'
Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls Messi 'fantastic', Ronaldo 'good', and himself 'wow'

Zlatan was in action against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s humour was at its imperious best during his interview with Sports Illustrated. The Big Swede, who is currently in the US on a pre-season tour with PSG, spoke to Sports Illustrated ahead of their International Champions Cup fixture against Chelsea, which finished 1-1. Ibrahimovic was interviewed about a wide range of topics, which included his

Jul 27 2015
A player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo is what Manchester United need: Van Gaal
A player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo is what Manchester United need: Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal feels Cristiano Ronaldo is the type of player who would complete his squad Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that the club needs a player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo if they want to challenge their rivals for top honours again as reported by the BBC. The manager has suggested that the Old Trafford outfit are looking to sign a big name player in the window. The Dutch manager did not say that United are

Jul 27 2015
5 players who have no chance at the top 3 of the UEFA Player of the Year shortlist
5 players who have no chance at the top 3 of the UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

Football has been boring for quite a while now. While this statement might raise the eyebrows of many, it is true. Gone are the times when there was doubt about who makes the top two for football award ceremonies. Those functions of now are nothing more than the usual banal showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The next shot at this juncture of soporific obviousness comes in the form of UEFA Player of the Year that is set to

Jul 26 2015
5 players who deserved to be shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year award but weren't
5 players who deserved to be shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year award but weren't

 UEFA announced the 10 man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award a week ago Around a week ago, UEFA announced the 10 man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award and the list had the usual suspects - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Gianluigi Buffon, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard completed the Top 10. However, the inclusion of some of these players in t

Jul 26 2015
MS Dhoni 9th most marketable sportsperson in world, says study
MS Dhoni 9th most marketable sportsperson in world, says study

MS Dhoni According to a list released by the London School of Marketing, MS Dhoni is the ninth most marketable sportsperson in the world. The 34-year-old is ahead of sports superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Usain Bolt, Neymar and the like. Roger Federer has been named the world's most marketable athlete.  The list took into consideration athletes' brand value, their annual income from sp

Jul 24 2015
Greatest XI of the last 25 years
Greatest XI of the last 25 years

In the last 25 years or so, football has witnessed plenty of modifications in its various aspects. There have been revised tactics, new formations and technical developments that have transformed the standards of the game. And amidst all of it, we have been blessed with a plethora of talents who progressed with passing time and converted themselves into world-class talents, some of whom established their legacies as icons of the modern game. But

Jul 23 2015
Roger Federer is the most marketable sports star in the world
Roger Federer is the most marketable sports star in the world

Roger Federer has been named most marketable sports star by London School of Marketing He is no stranger to being on top of a list. Roger Federer, who enjoyed an incredible 302 weeks as World No.1 in the ATP rankings is now the most marketable sports star in the world. In a list compiled by the London School of Marketing, Federer leads the pack ahead of 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods. The 17-time Grand Slam champion has the company of si

Jul 23 2015
Lionel Messi criticised for 'arriving as in a zoo' during Gabon visit
Lionel Messi criticised for 'arriving as in a zoo' during Gabon visit

Lionel Messi’s casual attire came in for sharp criticism from various circles Lionel Messi came in for criticism from Gabon’s main opposition party who claimed that the four-time World Footballer of the Year dressed as ‘if he were going to a zoo’,  ESPN FC reports. According to them, Messi was dressed shabbily for an occasion of great magnitude that amounted to a lack of respect for the nation.  A statemen

Jul 22 2015
Video: Fan tells Barcelona's Luis Suarez he's the best player in the world; he disagrees
Video: Fan tells Barcelona's Luis Suarez he's the best player in the world; he disagrees

Barcelona is currently on it’s preseason tour in the United States. Players like Lionel Messi and Neymar are missing from the squad as they have been given time off to rest following a grueling Copa America campaign. Regardless, the Barcelona team still boasts a plethora of stars, including the former Liverpool man Luis Suarez who scored in their 2-1 win over LA Galaxy. While the match was only the beginning of the tour, Barcelona player

Jul 22 2015
Juliano Beletti defends Lionel Messi from Argentine jeers
Juliano Beletti defends Lionel Messi from Argentine jeers

Belletti played alongside Messi at Barcelona Rio de Janeiro, July 21 (IANS): Former Brazilian football player Juliano Belletti says his ex-Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is the "Pele of this generation". Messi returned to his best in the second half of the season to inspire the Catalan giants to a treble but came under criticism once again following Argentina's defeat in the Copa America final. Belletti, who bagged two

Jul 21 2015
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