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Magnificent Messi leads the way but is not a unanimous pick The best player I have seen

Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game's greatest occasions. In the first of a multipart series, they reveal the best player they have ever seen in person. Lionel Messi dominates the category, while there are mentions for the likes of Diego Maradona, Kaka and Peter Schmeichel.Graham Hunter's pick: Lionel MessiI am a child of the Pele-Johan Cruyff-Franz Beckenbauer-Eusebio-George Best era. I not only lived
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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi agrees 70 pay cut amid coronavirus pandemic

Lionel Messi has said Barcelona's players are "surprised" that people inside the club would want to pressure them into taking wage cuts and confirmed the squad are happy to take a 70% hit on their salaries due to the coronavirus pandemic.Messi also revealed that the players would make a contribution so that none of the club's non-sporting staff would not be paid during the State of Alarm, which has been
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Lionel Messi lookalike replaces Barcelona star on French news bulletin about coronavirus donations

A French TV channel was left embarrassed after it mistakenly used a picture of Lionel Messi's lookalike instead of the Barcelona superstar.In a segment during a Saturday lunchtime news bulletin on how sports stars are making large donations to causes dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, French broadcaster M6 paired Messi with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer -- or so they thought.They actually used a picture of Messi's Iranian doppelganger, Reza
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi donate to hospitals in fight against coronavirus

Clinic Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a donation from the Argentine, which will go towards both treating infected patients and researching COVID-19."Thank you very much Leo, for your commitment and your support," the hospital said.Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that half of the €1 million will go to Clinic Barcelona and the other half to a medical center in Messi's native Argentina.Spain has become one of the
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Champions League: Lionel Messi aims to avert Barcelona crisis; Chelsea hosts Bayern Munich

It's a red letter day for all Chelsea fans.May 19, 2012 was when the club one its first -- and so far only -- Champions League title.For Bayern Munich, it's a date that provides more painful memories given the game was played at its home stadium -- the Allianz Arena -- and arguably the Bundesliga club should have won the game, both before it went to extra-time and also during
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Are Barcelona having a bad year? Messi & Co. actually doing better than you think

On Saturday came a respite of sorts for Barcelona. After a month that included a spat between star Lionel Messi and the club's sporting director and a strange and awkward social media scandal, not to mention a loss to Valencia that gave the league lead to Real Madrid, the Blaugrana enjoyed an easy 5-0 romp over relegation-challenged Eibar.Well, sort of. Eibar took the early initiative, nearly scored in the opening
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Magical Messi gets four in Camp Nou rout of Eibar

The Barca talisman had last scored against Granada on January 19 in Quique Setien's first game in charge, a run of four games and 389 minutes, but 14 minutes into the game at the Camp Nou normal service resumed.Receiving the ball on the edge of the area after a long spell of possession, the maestro slipped between two defenders, putting the ball between the legs of one, before scoring the
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Lionel Messi on future Barcelona is my home

Lionel Messi has said that Barcelona is "my home" amid speculation that he could make a move away from the Camp Nou.There have been suggestions that Messi has been frustrated on and off the pitch this season but he has appeared to commit his future to the Catalan club."I love Barcelona although I really do miss Rosario," he told Mundo Deportivo. "This is my home, I've been here longer than
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Barcelona allegedly hire firm to attack Messi Pique defend president Bartomeu

8:57 AM ETMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona are alleged to have paid a third-party company to discredit players, club legends and presidential candidates, among others, plunging the club further into crisis off the field.SER Catalunya reported on Monday that I3 Ventures was contracted by the club with the initial idea of helping to clean up president Josep Maria Bartomeu's image.- ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now!- When does the transfer window