Mistakes in media are rare. They are usually meticulous when it comes to the preparation of any news and they are constantly alert, to check whether they are committing any mistakes.
Mistakes can lead to a loss of face for any media organization. The threshold for error is minimum as the public is ruthless when it comes to tolerance of mistakes.
Hence, it is surprising and almost uncommon to see large media houses commit foolish errors.
Recently, M6 Channel in France did a segment on one of their shows, portraying the mobilization of funds from athletes all over the world. These funds were to be donated to various charities, to tackle the coronavirus epidemic.
The segment was in good nature, but a gaffe during the segment has caught the eyes of millions of people.
Among the athletes whose photos were displayed, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer were featured.
Except for the fact, that the photo that was meant to be Messi, was actually a lookalike of Messi, named Reza Parastesh.
The similarity between the Barcelona legend and his lookalike might be uncanny but it is extremely surprising that the mistake escaped the eyes of everybody working for the channel.
M6 is the third most-watched television network in the French-speaking world. An error of that proportion is bound to backfire at them.
Messi fans are calling out the network for their mistake and they have become a laughing stock on Twitter, as photos of the gaffe continue to circulate.
Lionel Messi is one of the most instantly recognizable people on the planet and to mess up a photo of him, is an error that should hopefully not happen again.
Barcelona’s Riqui Puig appears to have started this craze, which some people even called the ’10-touch toilet paper challenge’. He uploaded a video of himself juggling a roll of toilet paper on his Instagram and quickly the video did crazy numbers.
From there on this soon became a trend as this challenge was not only tried by footballers but also by other professional athletes and fans as well.
Having already smashed the toilet roll challenge with a bang, Messi has nominated his Barcelona and Argentina team-mates Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero to join in, although, we doubt they would be able to do any better than the best in the world himself.
During any other season, a professional footballer at the highest level would be preparing himself to face the business end of the top competitions, but this has not turned out to be any other season, has it ?
So to keep himself busy, recently Bayern’s centre-back Boateng held a Q&A session on Twitter. From revealing the other 4 teammates in his 5-a-side dream team consisting of Ronaldo (Brazilian), Patrick Vieira, Messi and Zidane to praising Bayern’s upcoming sensation Alphonso Davies as a Tik Tok star, to revealing Ribery as the funniest teammate.
Q&A took an interesting turn when one fan tried to clown Boateng by reminding him when Messi produced a moment of magic to turn him inside out to leave him dusted and then chipped the ball over Neuer to give Barca the lead against Bayern in the crucial 1st leg of UCL 14-15 season.
That moment has been struck with Boateng forever and to his credit, he replied brilliantly –
Well to be fair, you really can’t fault the German in that moment as when the little magician is in the mood and decides to razzle-dazzle, what really can you do?
Staying motivated when one is already at the pinnacle of one’s profession is a real challenge but like many challenges he has faced in his long and illustrious career Lionel Messi seems to have found a solution to that problem as well.
While the debate still rages on as to who is the best footballer of this generation it’s safe to say that the little Argentine has somewhat edged out Cristiano Ronaldo since the former Real superstar moved to Turin.
With individual accolades pouring in and milestones running out the 32-year-old seems to have found a real motivation to keep pushing forward – himself.
Messi’s fans look to be in a jubilant mood on Twitter after a Rosario local spotted the little wizard watching highlights of himself tormenting defences during a recent workout session and loved the attitude on display from the Barca superstar.
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Lionel Messi’s form from dead ball situations in the past few years has simply been on a different level than everybody else to play the sport, as he has been surpassing one milestone after the other.
Only recently, he scored his 50th direct free kick for club and country against Real Valladolid on Tuesday, a match which saw him come away with two goals and assists each to his name.
To celebrate the landmark and pay tribute to La Pulga, Spanish journalist David Saura Ramiro has posted a graphic on Twitter showing from where those attempts were hit and where they ended up in the net.
As many as 44 of those goals were scored by Messi while he donned the famous blue and claret jersey of the Blaugrana, the first of which came at their home ground against Atletico de Madrid in November, 2008. The remaining six were struck by him while representing his national team Argentina.
The graphic shows that the furthest from which he has managed to convert a free kick is 31 metres, which was incidentally also his first freekick goal for La Albicelestes. It further suggests that most of the successful attempts lodged themselves in the upper corners of the net almost touching the woodwork, albeit a few of them have gone in despite being placed centrally.
Perhaps the most remarkable feature indicated by the graph is the different distances and angles from which the shots have been hit. Be it the edge of the penalty box or from farther out, be it directly in front of the goal or diagonal to the wooden frame, the little maestro has managed to do it all.
Equally fascinating is the fact that he had only scored 19 until the start of 2015/16 season, since then he has added 31 more to his tally. With more than half of the present season to go, it’ll be interesting to see whether he is able to reach a half-century of goals for Barça by the end of 2019/20.
The 30-man shortlist was announced for this year’s Ballon d’Or prize was announced on Monday which features Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
While Virgil van Dijk is this year’s favourite to win the Ballon d’Or after inspiring Liverpool to a Champions League victory against Spurs in the final, Messi as always will one of the strongest contenders to claim the prize once again.
Messi had another prolific season that yielded 36 goals and 13 assists in La Liga. His goals and assists led Barcelona to another La Liga title and he dragged Barcelona to the Champions League semi-final where they lost to eventual winners Liverpool.
We take a look at the some of the famous footballers, managers and pundits who have all recently come out and said that Lionel Messi should win the Ballon d’Or.
Virgil van Dijk
Despite the Liverpool and Dutch defender being the favourite to claim the Ballon d’Or Van Dijk still believes that Messi is the best player and he deserves it as long as he is still playing.
He recently said “Messi is the best player in the world. He deserves it as long as he plays. I don’t think there is any case, he is the best player in the world.”
The 20-year-old might be tearing up defences in Ligue 1 and will no doubt be a huge contender to win the Ballon d’Or in the future but he is no doubt that Messi is still the best player in the world right now.
The French international will be one of the contenders to win the prize this year after scoring a staggering 33 goals in the League last season for PSG 11 goals more than Arsenal’s new signing Nicolas Pepe who finished 2nd with 22 goals
When asked Who do you think should win the Ballon d’Or?
Mbappe said “Messi. Despite the elimination, it does not change anything. He is the number one.”
The former Liverpool defender is another believer Messi should win the Ballon d’Or
He said “I think Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. He has really cemented himself at that level. Van Dijk is the best in his position, but Ballon d’Or… I think Messi.”
Mane who is one of the contenders to win the Ballon d’Or after having a prolific campaign with Liverpool, jointly winning the Premier League golden boot last season thinks that Messi should just shade it over his team mate Virgil van Dijk.
He said “Virgil is a great, great player but sorry Virgil, it has to be Messi before you”
Fabregas is one of Messi’s best mates and played alongside the Argentinian at Barcelona between 2011 to 2014 before moving to Chelsea and then Monaco.
Fabregas said: “It is difficult, but I think Messi deserves it [ Ballon d’Or ].
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who plays alongside Messi for Argentina belives that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or as long as he is still playing
“No one other than Messi will be my pick for the Ballon d’Or as long as he keeps on playing”
Frenkie De Jong
De Jong who is playing alongside Messi after moving to Barcelona this season is also included in the shortlist after an impressive season playing for Ajax. The 22-year-old also plays alongside van Dijk for the Dutch national team but believes that Messi should win it over his national teammate.
“Van Dijk or Messi for the Ballon d’Or? Don’t get me wrong, Van Dijk is a great player but you cannot compare him to Messi. Messi is the best in the world.”
Gerard Pique who has shared the dressing room with Messi since 2008 is in no doubt who he would vote for
Pique said “I always said that for me, if you have to vote for the best player, you have to vote for Messi.”
Mourinho who came up against plenty of times as a manager believes that Messi will win the award.
Mourinho said “Messi knows that the Ballon d’Or is waiting for him.”
Luis Suarez who has had an enviable partnership with Messi on the field since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014 feels that Messi should win the award every year. Suarez is said to have a close relationship with Messi off the field as well
Suarez said “The truth is that Messi deserves it every year.”
Moreno who is the current manager of the Spain national team has already revealed who he is going to vote for
Moreno said “Messi is football. I voted for him in the FIFA Best. He is the best in history, as was the best player this year.”
Former Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis who always been vocal about Messi being the best player in the world after facing plenty of times with Atletico Madrid believes that if Messi does not win the Ballon d’Or it will lose its credibility.
“The award is for the best player in the world. The best player in the world is Messi. Today, last 2 years ago and 3 years ago. From the moment that Messi does not win the award, it loses its credibility.”
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has also revealed who he will be voting for
Kovac said “Messi has always got my Ballon d’Or vote.”
The Liverpool defender who can count himself unlucky not be included in the 30-man shortlist after an impressive season for Liverpool believes that Messi is the best player in the world.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was chosen by his team-mates to be the club’s new captain.
Head coach Unai Emery held a blind vote among his squad to decide on his new skipper, with Xhaka winning the vote having worn the armband in six of the first eight games of the campaign.
Emery had a leadership group of five players last year but three of those – Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey – departed over the course of the summer.
The Spaniard revealed that, for this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil will be his other captains, in order, should Xhaka not play.
Xhaka, who turned 27 on Friday, finds himself in special company as the Swiss joined 8 other footballers – including Messi – who are captain for 1st division European sides and top 100 national teams –
1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)
2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur and France)
3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
4. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus and Italy)
5. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
6. Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborgs IF and Sweden)
7. Seamus Coleman (Everton and Republic of Ireland)
While FIFA is the world’s biggest authority on international football it’s safe to say that the organization hasn’t always been adored by fans of the beautiful game.
From corruption cases to some very questionable governing decisions, the regulatory body has had some bad blood with fans for some time now.
The already fragile relationship seems to have taken another hit after some supporters noticed how FIFA made some big errors regarding Lionel Messi’s goal scoring hauls in the knockout stages of last season’s Champions League.
Messi took Europe’s golden boot home by some margin (12 goals), scoring braces in all of the knockout stage ties before Barcelona was ousted by Liverpool in the semi-final stage.
But the administrators working behind FIFA’s official website clearly didn’t check the numbers well enough before publishing an article about each player’s qualifications for the Best awards for 2019 and goofed up details about Messi’s scoring feats during the knockout stages of the European competition.
Making errors about Messi’s exploits in not just one but all 3 of Barca’s ties last year has irked several fans on Twitter with some even exploring the possibility of a greater conspiracy taking place to play down Messi’s claims to win the Men’s Player category in the upcoming Best FIFA awards.
On the official FIFA website, they state that Messi scored only one goal in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League vs Liverpool, and only one goal against Lyon. While he scored 2 goals against both clubs.
Lionel Messi has always been regarded as a one-club man. Having been part of FC Barcelona since 2001, one can hardly question his loyalty.
A little known fact about Messi along the same lines, he has known his wife since the age of five! Growing up, Messi was good friends with Antonella Rocuzzo’s cousin Lucas Scaglia. Lucas and Messi met each other at the Newell’s Old Boys youth academy.
Messi would often go to the house of Lucas and Antonella, who were practically brother and sister and lived in the same house. The pair would spend time together and ever since, Messi has only had eyes on one woman- Antonella.
The childhood sweethearts began dating in 2008 and initially kept their relationship very private. The couple became man and wife on the 30th of June 2017 after 9 years of dating and presumably a lifetime of knowing each other. Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago (born 2012), Mateo (born 2015) and Ciro (born 2018).
Messi recently commented on Antonella’s post captioned “Ibiza Days” with a string of heart-eyes emojis, a true fanboy of his wife! Messi is seen commenting on almost all pictures of his wife. The love is still strong after all the years of togetherness. Indeed a power couple in the world of sport.
Messi is currently on national duty with Argentina fighting for his first international trophy. The Copa America which is currently going on in Brazil has seen Argentina lose their first game 2-0 against Colombia.
Argentina face Paraguay next and Antonella will surely be rooting for her husband and country to bounce back from their defeat and claim their first victory in this year’s edition of the Copa America.
Check out the screenshot of Messi’s comment on his wife’s photo below –
Lionel Messi found himself to be the center of attraction during Argentina’s preparation for the Copa America.
The U-17 squad managed by Pablo Aimar had training sessions with the Argentine men’s football team. The young lads had to wait in line from both sides in-order to get a picture with the Argentine mastermind.
The senior squad continue their preparation for the Copa America that will commence on the 14th of June in Brazil.
The U-17 squad also have the World Cup coming up which will also be held at Brazil and a results of which a combined training session for the two took place.
And the young lads did not miss out on the opportunity to get a picture with Messi.
Argentina U17 youngsters lining up to get a picture with Lionel Messi
Watching them line up one by one really makes us feel that this was a meet and greet session!
Credit to the Barcelona legend for having the patience and taking time to individually pose for pictures with the squad.
The lads absolutely had a good time training and watching the best and learning from the squad. The experience they gain from the senior players such as Aguero, Di Maria, Otamendi and Messi will be very vital to their preparation for the U-17 World Cup.
After a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Liverpool 3 weeks ago, Barcelona had their eyes on the last domestic cup.
With the elimination of the Los Blancos, they were the fan-favorites as they went up against Valencia for the Copa del Rey final.
The Blaugrana & their supporters had a lot of expectations & hopes for a domestic double. But that too was denied to them as Barca lost 2-1 to Valencia.
Poor performance from Semedo, forced them to conceive both the goals that too in the first 35 minutes of the game.
Absence of Suarez & Ter Stegen was felt gravely. But Messi kept on fighting from his position as a ‘false 9’ creating chances & opportunities.
Inactive in the first half, Messi almost scored a goal in the early minutes of the second half by cutting in from the right flank.
An absurd attempt which has boggled the minds many as Messi’s smooth touch sent Valencia defender Gaya the wrong way while he charismatically swooshed the ball between the other defenders.
The swing was near perfect as the ball went & hit the side post.
It has got everyone wondering how a player could give a touch so perfect to misdirect a defender. It could have a been a beautiful goal, which is another thing that is eating away our brains.
Well, Messi did manage to score in the 73rd minute after Lenglet’s header ricocheted from the side post.
But the fans & critics alike can’t stop thinking about what could have happened if that perfect touch of Messi had converted into a goal. By now Barca would have won the Copa del Rey & Messi’s 6th Ballon d’Or would have been assured.
For years we have been enthralled and captivated by the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, that the only question on our minds was this: Who is the better player?
But in hindsight, most would agree that instead of comparing them, we should’ve celebrate them for who they were and been grateful to have witnessed one of the greatest, if not, the greatest rivalry in the footballing world.
And now that Ronaldo has moved on to Juventus, the intense rivalry has died down, but there still remain burning embers of a classic competition. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is Messi’s dominance over the award that he has a stranglehold on – the European Golden Boot.
Awarded to the player that scores the most league goals in the top divisions of Europe, Messi is the only player to have won it a record five times. He is also the only player have scored the most goals in a league season, with 50 goals in 2011-12. Ronaldo is second on the list with four Golden boots.
And while this season Ronaldo isn’t up there with the goals, there certainly hasn’t been a lack of competition as PSG’s Kylian Mbappe is hot on Messi’s heels for the honor. Currently, Messi stands on 34 goals while Mbappe is closely behind on 30.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has been in blistering form for his club, scoring goals for fun and terrorizing defenses with his superhuman pace. But his youth, exuberance and rash decision-making may have cost him a showdown with Messi for the Golden Boot.
In PSG’s shock penalty shootout defeat to Rennes in the Coupe de France final, Mbappe saw red for a high, horrible and potentially career ending tackle on Rennes player Da Silva.
The consequence of that was a three-match ban for the wonderkid, with just five league games to go for him. This means that Mbappe only has two games left to play as he looks to overhaul Messi’s tally, with the Argentine potentially playing three games.
Mbappé has been banned for 3 games, meaning he only has two game left this season.
And with Messi looking unstoppable at the moment, especially after his performance against Liverpool in the UCL, Mbappe seems have left himself a mountain too high to climb. He seems to have cleared the path for Messi to claim what would be a hat-trick of Golden Boots if he does win it. How many goals will Lionel Messi score this league season?
It’s an age old debate. Who’s the best player in the world? The question that everyone wants an answer to, but the answer is one that is rarely universally accepted. But what really defines the best player in the world?
We have the obvious qualities: consistency and impact, be it through goals, assists, defensive prowess or clean sheets. Other characteristics could be leadership, grit, and panache, to name a few.
Crucial factors are individual honors and trophies, both for club and country. Over the past decade or so, the title for best player in the world has been a battle of the attackers, with Messi and Ronaldo fighting it out to be the best.
Both of them are serial winners, individually and collectively for their teams, and both push each other to strive for greater heights.
Being the lethal attackers that they are, they have provided us with some break-neck battles and tons of goals and memorable plays.
And while fans debate who is the best of these two, one question comes up more often than not, and it’s answer is one we may not receive.
Goals against “top 6” PL teams (Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham) in their careers –
Messi: 26 goals in 33 games; Cristiano: 28 goals in 70 games.
Can Lionel Messi do it in the Premier League? This is probably what differentiates Big Ron and Messi, given that Ronaldo has played in different leagues and experienced different cultures and flourished in all of them, during his time at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and most recently, at Juventus.
Defying age, Ronaldo seems to have the advantage over Messi in the pursuit for the answer to this question, with Messi being the one-club man that he is at Barcelona.
It truly has been his one criticism, whether he would be able to achieve and maintain his otherworldly levels in England.
In one season alone, Lionel Messi has scored two goals against Spurs, two goals against Manchester United, and two goals against Liverpool.
He’s the greatest player of all time in Spain, and if he wasn’t so loyal to Barcelona, he’d be the greatest player of all time in England.
But Leo’s numbers against big English sides seem to give us a fair idea of what he could achieve in the Prem.
The stats that surfaced after Barca’s 3-0 semi-final win over Liverpool (in which he was extremely influential) suggest that Messi could just ace it in England. One stat compares his goals to games tally against England’s big 6 to that of Ronaldo’s, while another shows us that this season, he has more goals against the PL’s top 6 than any other PL player!
The significance and takeaway of this must not be undermined. Messi’s goals and top-notch performances against the best in England, have come at crucial stages in Europe’s elite club competition.
Not to mention, of late, Leo has been unstoppable against England’s UCL participating crew, as this season alone he’s bagged two goals each against Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United. If he can do it against the best, one would be led to believe that he could do it against the rest.
Messi’s numbers speak for him, and while we may never see him in the Prem, we have a visual of how he would fare in England. In a hypothetical situation where Messi joins the Premier League, which club would suit him the most?
The Champions League semi-final clash between Barcelona and Liverpool was always going to be a cagey affair. Both the teams have previously won 5 Champions League titles and will be going after their 6th one. A tie of such intensity will obviously attract a lot of attention towards both the teams and their respective managers.
It is always natural for players and managers to play mind games before such a big game. Such was the case for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp perhaps when he recently said in an interview, that his players should not be overawed by the magnitude of the Camp Nou, stating that the iconic stadium was not a football temple, and that it was just a ‘football stadium’.
Obviously this attracted a lot of criticism towards Klopp, with many calling for him to apologize for his remark. Even the official Barcelona Twitter account sent out a tweet, with an image of the Camp Nou, following the words ‘ Our home, Our temple, Our fortress’ written in the post.
Nevertheless what has been said against them, the club will always have thousands of fans who will be supporting them. And that is exactly what they did come the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool on the 1st of May.
The Camp Nou was LIT.
I think Klopp’s comment about our stadium not being a temple were taken out of context, but it certainly helped motivate our fans. Never in my (few) years at the Camp Nou have we chanted this much.
In such a spicy encounter between 2 European giants, the fans can play a key role in influencing the game. On the day, Barcelona fans were in full support of their team, as they ran out 3-0 victors, with Suarez opening the scoring in the first half, followed by a second half brace by their talisman Lionel Messi.
Klopp may as well rue his words, as Barcelona will be heading to Anfield, having already won the La Liga title and with one foot in the Champions League final. While Liverpool on the other hand, will have a tough task ahead, with an away trip to Newcastle United followed by their second leg clash against Barcelona.
We have all known for a while that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest, if not, the greatest footballer of the modern era. The Argentine has primarily found competition in a Portuguese winger who currently plies his trade in Italy. But while there still are traces of that epic rivalry, Messi seems to have taken center-stage since Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.
The little magician is renowned for his exquisite control, slaloming runs that terrorize defenses and leave even the best defenders on their backs, perfect passes that set up the play, and assists that could never have been imagined.
But most importantly, it’s the sheer quantity and quality of the goals that leaves the world breathless.
And in this regard, Leo was at it again as Barcelona welcomed Liverpool to the Nou Camp for their UCL semi-final first leg.
Messi rounded off a stellar Barca performance, seeing off Liverpool 3-0. A goal from former Red Luis Suarez and a brace from Messi sealed the deal.
It was the second of his goals that stole the show, with Messi whipping in an astounding pin-point free-kick from 35 yard out. It really was a thing of beauty.
Incidentally, that goal was his 600th in a Barca shirt, leading wild celebrations from himself and the vast majority of the Nou Camp. Talk about scoring your 600th in style!
One would assume that he means these comments in humor, with the quality of the free-kick and it’s jaw-dropping and near law-defying trajectory leaving all those who witnessed it in awe, being the gist of the comments. Such was the genius of Messi, that it even left Reds manager Jurgen Klopp wonder-struck.
There are few players in the footballing world that have had such a controversial past as Mario Balotelli. He has had a relatively up and down career, playing for clubs like Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool and Nice, before signing up for Marseille in January 2019.
From his on field antics to him setting his garage on fire, he always seems to attract attention towards himself and it seems that the Italian is at it again.
Last night Barcelona won 3-0 against Liverpool in a thrilling Champions League semi-final game. Their talisman Lionel Messi scored 2 goals in the match which helped them get one foot in the final.
The second of his goals was a typical Messi goal – a magical free kick from over 35 yards out. That goal also marked his 600th goal for Barcelona.
While millions were out congratulating Messi on his remarkable achievement, Balotelli took it one step further and took an audacious jibe at Cristiano Ronaldo.
He went on Instagram to congratulate Messi by saying that one must not compare Messi with Ronaldo anymore.
In his post, he doesn’t even refer to Ronaldo by his name, instead referring to him as Juve’s # 7.