Lionel Messi is having some quality moments with his family. He just posted his picture with his son Thiago and his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo.
He captioned the photo saying “Afternoon stroll with Thiago”.
Lionel Messi is currently not 100% fit and may miss the next couple of matches for Barcelona after risking his injury again when he participated in the second half against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
There are a lot of rumors about the ability, readiness, and sanity of Lionel Messi’s participation in the second leg game of the Champions League quarter-finals stage against Paris Saint-Germain.
I am not a doctor, but maybe you are an armchair one. He should not play this game even if the medical team gave him the green light or the go-ahead to. The math is simple:
- This is only Paris Saint-Germain
- The away first-leg result is not a bad one
- The team played a magnificent match without him over the weekend
- He never took rest
- An injured player should not be rushed back into action
- Risking Messi’s career is at stake
- One match and one season lost are not as important as a forced early retirement
Barcelona need Messi. Messi cannot stay off the pitch. The world loves seeing him. Yet, I ask the guardian angels of football to insert some logic in Messi’s head and persuade him against playing.
Messi said on his Facebook page: “I will return soon, thankfully it was not so serious.” Let us hope soon is not 10 April, for his own sake.
Japanese Goalkeeper challenges Lionel Messi
Japan always amazes us with new necessary and unnecessary innovations and experiments.
Japanese… enough said!
Here is the latest experiment featuring Lionel Messi and a robot goalkeeper. I have no idea why it was done or on whose behalf, but it is enjoyable to watch.
Michel Hayek said on 31 December 2012, that Messi will be injured
For those who are not from Lebanon or who do not know who Michel Hayek is, he is “The Millennium Nostradamus”. He is a fortuneteller from Lebanon, renown worldwide for his ability to tell the future and high accuracy.
Michel Hayek makes one appearance per year on live TV, on New Year’s Eve, where he reveals his predictions, forecasts and expectations. On 31 December, 2012, I was watching him and he ended Part 2 of his predictions with a catch phrase: “I am worried about Messi’s foot.”
Michel Hayek Predicted Messi’s Injury
When I heard that prediction I got angry and wanted it to be among the failed predictions. I even wrote about it at that time, hating him in public in case it came true. When Messi got injured against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals stage I had one idea in mind: Where can I find Michel Hayek to [insert damaging action here]?
Here is the video published by MTV Lebanon TV Channel and edited by myself.
A solid gold replica of Lionel Messi’s left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, was created from a mold of his left foot by Ginza Tanaka – the retailer of precious metals accessories in Asakusa, Tokyo.
The 25 kilogram statue is worth $5.25 million and is due to go on sale on Thursday, 7 March, 2013, along with a number of miniature versions and a solid gold plate of Messi’s footprint, in Tokyo, Japan. [Click HERE for the VIDEO]
Part of the profits from the sale will go to help people affected by the quake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago, on Monday, 11 March, 2013, through the Leo Messi Foundation – a charity run by the Messi family.
The Man with the Golden Foot
Contributing to STC Sports (
), I chose to speak about…. ya, you guessed right, EL CLASICO! It is actually the fourth El Clasico this season and we might end up seeing seven of them or even eight, if both teams clashed in the Champions League before the Final in Wembley. Here it goes:
What Cristiano Ronaldo does, Messi does it better. Over the weekend, Ronaldo scored a hattrick and hours later, Messi scored a super hattrick. The rivalry between both players seems to have reached a new high for the better of the game, hopefully, and just in time before the most watched game in modern footbal, El Clasico.
Quoting Mourinho, when Madrid plays Barcelona, the world stops. And I agree. You do not… <Continue reading by clicking here>
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: They are both the best and way better than the rest at the moment
El Clasico is in March 2013, and the build up has already started. Al Jazeera Sport made a slick ad to promote the match; featuring Messi and Ronaldo sending SMS’s to each other. Here is the ad: CLICK HERE or Click the image below to watch it.
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If you watched Barcelona vs Benfica in the last game of the Champions League Group Stage, then you are still in tears for seeing Lionel Messi stretched off the pitch. Messi suffered an injury that is feared to be a harsh one. The Argentine forward couldn’t finish the match against Benfica after colliding with Artur – although it was not a real foul. He will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury. Here is the video of the incident:
Messi might lose the chance to break the scoring record set by Gerd Muller
FIFA has announced the three finalists for the Ballon d’Or 2012 award. No surprises pulled, and it is a déjà vu: Andres Iniesta – Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo. The winner of the award will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 7 January 2013.
Ballon d’Or 2012 Nominees
“When Madrid plays Barcelona, the world stops.” This was finally one statement that I would agree with Mourinho about, to an extent and not fully as he mentioned Real Madrid first. It is El Clasico time, and the third already for the 2012-2013 season. Real Madrid already came out victorious in the first two encounters thanks to the away goals rule in the Super Cup. This time they visit the Camp Nou for a second actual win to close the gap in the league table. Barcelona are leading the ranks with 18 points; 8 points clear of Madrid who sit sixth.
This El Clasico is one of the most important in recent years. It will tell the destiny of the two teams for this season, revealing their readiness and desire to conquer Spain and Europe this year. My thoughts are scattered already, so bear with me while I try to state the statistical blasphemy and the Nostradamus-esque vision.
Messi should show his real skin and man up.
- Real Madrid have 88 wins in all competitions against Barcelona who have 87. This match should tie the score.
- Real Madrid have no injury worries, while Barcelona are missing Puyol and Thiago. A possible cameo for Pique is on the cards.
- Barcelona are losing that trait that entails them to winning the ball back within 6 to 7 seconds. Real Madrid should take advantage of that especially that they apply perfect counter-attacks.
- Ronaldo scored one goal in each of the past five encounters. He has a big chance to continue his scoring streak against a Barcelona that plays with no central backs.
- Messi sits second in the table of all-time top scorers of El Clasico with 15 goals. He has not been at his best recently although he is scoring goals and creating them.
- If Barcelona win, it will be there best league start ever.
- The match will see a lot of goals. A Messi hattrick is a safe bet.
- The Ballon d’Or will be granted to whoever comes victorious and shines in this match specifically; Messi or Ronaldo.
- A red card will be granted. Don’t bet on Pepe though. Mascherano is looking good to earn one.
- David Villa might prove vital. Even if he doesn’t play then we will all know he is leaving Barcelona in January.
- Tito Vilanova is showing his players new ways of moving the ball and scoring goals other than passing it all the time.
- Mourinho is losing control over his players. The rumored bust-ups with Ramos and Ozil may be an indication of the upcoming result.