Barcelona's Lionel Messi Tops first Bloomberg Sports' Power Football 50 List Edging Out Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi will look to make everyone forget about his tax evasion scandal when Argentina takes on Guatemala in a friendly match on Friday.
Lionel Messi was denounced by the prosecution of economic crimes in Catalonia, Spain, for tax fraud, with a debt that would reach 4 million euros, according to the newspaper La Nacion of Argentina.
Amid tax fraud allegations being charged against him and his father, reigning FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi will continue to honor his role with the Argentina national football team as they take on Guatemala in an international friendly at Estadio Mateo Flores on Friday.
Lionel Messi will be out for another two to three weeks according to his club Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is 25 years old and has achieved almost everything possible for a world-class soccer player. Now he will get a movie made about his rise to fame and fortune.
It has been a few weeks since Latinos Post has published an article in this series. The reason for the absence has been the injury to Lionel Messi that has made it hard to draw comparisons between the two players. However, in week 34 Messi returned to form with a vengeance.
Barcelona's top stars were stunned on and off the pitch in the team's 4-0 thumping against Bayern Munich in the Champions league semifinals. The 4-0 defeat leaves them in a difficult state as they must equal that score in order to extend the battle to an extra frame. Despite their best intentions many players think a comeback is impossible.
The debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has raged for years with the two phenoms dominating the soccer world. Lionel Messi's four straight Ballon D'Ors have given the Argentine the edge in recent years, but Cristiano Ronaldo has been the superior player in the first part of 2013.
Bayern Munich beware. Lionel Messi will be in the lineup for Barcelona in the first leg of the 2013 Champions league semifinal.
When Lionel Messi fell injured against Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of the 2013 Champions league quarterfinal, Barcelona wound up drawing 2-2. When Messi was left out of the starting lineup in the second leg, Barça failed to generate any scoring chances and fell behind 1-0. Messi's insertion late in the game jolted the team and enabled Barcelona to proceed to the semifinals.
Neymar's destination has been a huge question mark for months now but it is becoming increasingly clear that the 21-year old Brazilian is likely headed to the Camp Nou to play alongside Lionel Messi and Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had eventful weeks for different reasons. The Argentine superstar made a heroic return from an injury to lead his team to a semifinals berth in the Champions league while his Portuguese counterpart dominated the opposition in both matches he played this past week.
Those hoping for a Real Madrid vs. Barcelona or a Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich final were given hope when the draw for the Champions league semifinals was unveiled on Friday. Bayern Munich will take on current Spanish leaders Barcelona while the other tilt features a rematch from the group stage between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Heading into the second leg matchup between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, many questioned whether Lionel Messi would get a chance to play. After injuring himself during the first leg a week ago, there were doubts that he might play.