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Ronaldo 1 Messi 0 in World Cup duel

MOSCOW: Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi -- revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland. Messi knew he…

Messi marks new milestone in Barcelona victory

MADRID: Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Messi's 365th goal in Spain's top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez…

Messi extends Barcelona contract until 2021

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi ended months of speculation when finally putting pen to paper on Saturday to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021, the club announced, making official an agreement reached in July. The Spanish giants had…

Argentina frets over possible Messi-less World Cup

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the "world's best player", Lionel Messi.  The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic…

Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

MONACO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA's Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to the prize, European soccer's governing body announced during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on…