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Maradona Calls Messi's Golden Ball Win A "Marketing Plan"

Lionel Messi was awarded FIFA's Golden Ball, as best player of the World Cup, and it was sort of a cruel selection. Not only did it highlight that the world's undisputed best player became increasingly less visible as the tournament wore on, but it forced Messi to receive his trophy on the pitch, when he sounded like… » 7/14/14 9:31am 7/14/14 9:31am

How The World's Best Player Finally Won Over His Home Country

If there was one defining moment to memorialize what might be the tournament that solidifies Lionel Messi's place as the greatest soccer player of all time, it was the few seconds after he scored the game-winning goal in Argentina's first group stage match. The shot itself was a sign of what was to come—not just the… » 7/10/14 3:38pm 7/10/14 3:38pm

Lionel Messi Broke Barcelona's All-Time Goal Record With This Hat Trick

Another game, another broken record in the simply unparalleled career of Lionel Messi. His hat trick against Osasuna yesterday put him atop the all-time Barcelona scoring charts at 371, surpassing Paulino Alcántara's 87-year-old mark of 369. It was a vintage display from a player whose game is only encapsulated by… » 3/17/14 2:28pm 3/17/14 2:28pm

Sadly, This Great Picture Of Ronaldo Stealing Messi's Girl Is Fake

Cristiano Ronaldo won his second Ballon d'Or yesterday, awarded to the year's best soccer player. He beat out Lionel Messi, who had won it four years in a row. Ronaldo's win was expected (though neither he nor Messi had each other in their top three), so the highlight of the gala was the above photo that made the… » 1/14/14 9:34am 1/14/14 9:34am

Why Lionel Messi Is Even Better Than You Think

One of the key findings of The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong is that soccer, more than any other team sport, is a weak link game: matches are won and lost, and championships and relegation are secured, by the genius and quality of a club's superstars, but even more so by the leaden boots,… » 9/10/13 10:30am 9/10/13 10:30am

FC Bayern's Franck Ribéry Wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Frenchman Franck Ribéry was just awarded the trophy for the UEFA Best Player in Europe. The award, which was first handed out in 2011, recognizes the best player from a European soccer club the previous season. Ribéry plays for FC Bayern, who won the UEFA Champions League over German rivals Borussia Dortmund, 2-1,… » 8/29/13 1:02pm 8/29/13 1:02pm