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The trouble with dribbling: Why even at Barcelona only Lionel Messi is allowed a mazy run, Football

The trouble with dribbling: Why even at Barcelona only Lionel Messi is allowed a mazy run

Fans of all ages love it. Computer gamers are obsessed with it. Managers hate it. Dribbling.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 20 December 2012 at 1:03 am

Have Yourself a Messi Little Christmas, Football

Have Yourself a Messi Little Christmas

If only there were a way to puncture footballers’ pomposity by hijacking their names for a frivolous festive game. Well, there is.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 4:03 pm

Lionel Messi in numbers: Is the Barcelona player the greatest-ever footballer?, Football

Lionel Messi in numbers: Is the Barcelona player the greatest-ever footballer?

Football’s greatest – Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stéfano amongst others – may already have been surpassed by a 25-year-old.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 29 October 2012 at 2:50 pm

Even the most ardent of the anti-Messi gang have abandoned their mistaken stance, Football

Even the most ardent of the anti-Messi gang have abandoned their mistaken stance

For many in Argentina, Messi was not one of them; he was a child of Barcelona, raised abroad and lacking in sufficient nationalistic zeal.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 19 October 2012 at 12:02 am

The next Lionel Messi? South America’s brightest hidden talents, Football

The next Lionel Messi? South America’s brightest hidden talents

A whole new generation of South American talent is being nurtured. While some players, like Brazil international Neymar, are already world famous there are many more yet to establish themselves.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 3:59 am

What do all the goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi add up to?, Football

What do all the goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi add up to?

It’s the latest installment of El Clasico this Saturday and with it comes another opportunity to drool over the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 20 April 2012 at 6:14 pm

Top of the posts: Otters, sex tapes and the new Olympic kit, Notebook

Top of the posts: Otters, sex tapes and the new Olympic kit

Our most read blogs from the past week, as determined by stats.

By | Notebook | Friday, 23 March 2012 at 4:29 pm

Lionel Messi – More than just a player, Football

Lionel Messi – More than just a player

Messi’s treble against Granada, every goal a special one (when are they not?), saw him pass Cesar Rodriguez as Barca’s top-scorer.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 23 March 2012 at 12:03 am

Lionel Messi accused of sending signals to Syria rebels, Sport

Lionel Messi accused of sending signals to Syria rebels

Lionel Messi may have become Barcelona’s highest-ever scorer last night, and surely nothing can stop the Argentinian, but he can even send secret signals to Syrian rebels from the pitch, it has been alleged in an astonishing claim.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 at 4:20 pm

Messi scores a screamer, but Ronaldo is howling, Sport

Messi scores a screamer, but Ronaldo is howling

There is an agonised howl that Cristiano Ronaldo has made his hallmark. You see it whenever a rival, typically a goalkeeper, denies him glory. Last weekend, there’s a good chance that he was howling again in private.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 at 6:01 pm

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