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The world's greatest footballer

Story Published: 21 Dec 2011

IF LIONEL Messi was a gunfighter every rival would now be entitled to duck for cover.

Lionel Messi extends scoring record

Story Published: 31 Mar 2013

BARECELONA'S World Player of the Year Lionel Messi extended his goal-scoring run to 19 games.

Messi or Maradona: part one

Story Published: 10 Mar 2012

IN THE first part of a two part series, The Independent's Pete Jenson outline why Lionel Messi is already being touted as...

Messi or Maradona: part two

Story Published: 11 Mar 2012

IN THE final part of this series, The Independent's Glenn Moore discusses why Deigo Maradona is still the undisputed king...

Messi closes in on goal record

Story Published: 20 Sep 2013

ARGENTINEAN superstar Lionel Messi moved closer to Real Madrid legend Raul’s Champions League scoring record.

Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th game for Barcelona

Story Published: 24 Jan 2014

FOUR-time world player of the year Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th game for Barcelona.

Maradona is best, says ex-Welsh star

Story Published: 11 Apr 2012

BARCELONA star Lionel Messi became the first player in almost 40 years to score 60 goals in a single European top-flight...

Taking a look into the crystal ball for 2014

Story Published: 3 Jan 2014

SO the big man in the red suit has come and gone, and now is the time to look forward to what lies ahead in 2014.

Messi nets two in Barca win

Story Published: 8 Nov 2013

LIONEL Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat AC Milan 3-1 to secure its place in the Champions League final 16 with two...

Even Messi couldn't break draw with Madrid

Story Published: 12 Jan 2014

NOT even Lionel Messi could score against Atletico Madrid as the top two sides in La Liga drew 0-0.

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