Latest Lionel Messi News

Committed Brazil a favorite to defend Copa America title

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s international players were reluctant to play in the Copa America on home soil. Now that they’re committed, they're favored to win it. Argentina still looms as a threat to Brazil's title defense, but now as a visiting team. ...

Spain's La Liga moves to ESPN with 8-year agreement

May. 13, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

Spain's La Liga is hoping that their deal with ESPN finally puts them on the same footing in the United States as their English and German soccer counterparts. ESPN will take over English- and Spanish-language rights to La Liga when next season begins in August as part of...

Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash

Apr. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer's fiercest nemeses. After 10 of the 12 clubs involved in the creation of the breakaway competition quickly dropped out under an...

UEFA president urges Super League owners to reverse decision

Apr. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Seeking a weak link in the unity of 12 rebel clubs in the Super League, UEFA on Tuesday targeted owners in England who signed up to the project that threatens to tear apart soccer's traditional structure including the Champions League. UEFA...

Messi nets 2, Barcelona beats Bilbao 4-0 to win Copa del Rey

Apr. 17, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, giving Ronald Koeman his first title as coach of the Catalan club. Messi's two goals came after Antoine Griezmann finally beat Bilbao...

Zidane hopes Messi’s 45th ‘clásico’ is not his last

Apr. 09, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi is set to play his 45th - and possibly final - “clásico” match against Real Madrid. The star status of the Barcelona forward, whose contract expires this summer, has been built on numerous titles and scoring records, as well as...