Rio de Janeiro clashes mar Flamengo homecoming after Libertadores win
Rio de Janeiro clashes mar Flamengo homecoming after Libertadores winTens of thousands of Flamengo fans had flocked to the open-top bus victory parade, thrilled by Flamengo's first title in 38 years in South America's biggest club competition. But towards the end of Sunday afternoon, fights broke out between police and red-and-black-clad fans, TV images showed.
The Socceroos will tackle six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi and Argentina after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.
A Lionel Messi penalty and spot-kick save by goalkeeper Franco Armani kept Argentina ’ s Copa America hopes alive as they put in another sub-par performance in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. Richard Sanchez put Paraguay ahead after 37 minutes in Belo Horizonte when he lashed home a cross from
© REUTERS/Ammar Awad Argentina's Lionel Messi. The Socceroos will tackle global superstar Lionel Messi and Argentina at next year's Copa America after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.
Graham Arnold's men were drawn in Group A for the South American continental championship, which starts on June 12.
That means Australia will play their five group stages matches in Argentina against the two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.
The Socceroos' opening match will be against 15-time Copa America champions Uruguay and their star striker Luis Suarez on June 13.
Barcelona 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Qualification sealed by Suarez, Messi and Griezmann
Borussia Dortmund need to win on the final matchday to qualify from the Champions League group stage after a 3-1 loss away to Barcelona.Barcelona already topped Group F but have confirmed their place in the next phase, with Dortmund 's fate no longer in their own hands on the closing matchday.
Lionel Messi salvages a vital point for Argentina as they struggle in a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Copa America. Minutes after Messi ' s equaliser, Paraguay were awarded a spot-kick of their own but Derlis Gonzalez's effort was punched away by Argentina keeper Franco Armani, who narrowly
Messi hat-trick secures World Cup place for Argentina – video highlights. Socceroos to play Honduras for place in World Cup finals. The result marks the end of a brilliant run by the Chileans, who won the last two Copa America tournaments in 2015 and 2016 and qualified for the last two
Pictures: Lionel Messi's greatest achievements so far
Over 600 career goals, 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies, six Ballon d'Or awards – Lionel Messi's list of accomplishments seem never-ending. Here's a look at some of the Argentine's spectacular accolades so far.
All statistics correct as of Dec. 3, 2019.
First to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons
As he scored the opening goal against Slavia Prague on Oct. 23, 2019, Messi became the first player to score in 15 consecutive seasons at the Champions League.
All-time La Liga top scorer
Messi has scored 428 goals from 461 appearances. Ex-Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second, with 311 from 292 games.
Socceroos could be wearing sky blue at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The Socceroos will celebrate their 100th birthday at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and could wear a light blue and maroon away kit to mark their centenary.Pictures: Most popular sports in Australia
Argentina 's Copa final failure pushes Messi toward international retirement. He lost the 2015 Copa América final to Chile on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw . Asked about whether Messi ’ s legacy in Argentina would be tarnished by his final failures, Pizzi said, “Beside having an admiration for
LIONEL MESSI ’ s penalty saved Argentina ’s blushes against Paraguay in the Copa America on Tuesday night, but Newcastle United’s official Twitter Argentina avoided an early exit from the Copa America by the skin of their teeth after Richard Sanchez’s opener was cancelled out by Messi ’ s penalty.
Barcelona’s all-time top scorer
Undoubtedly one of the club's most iconic figures of all time, Messi has scored 614 goals from 701 appearances.
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First to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons
On Aug. 18, 2018, his goal against Deportivo Alavés made him the first player to score in 15 consecutive Spanish league seasons. This was also F.C. Barcelona’s 6,000th goal. The club's 5,000th goal, scored in 2009, was also scored by Messi.
Over 50 hat-tricks
On Feb. 23, 2019, he scored his 50th career hat-trick during a match against Sevilla. His third goal also marked his 650th career strike – 585 for Barcelona and 65 for his national team, Argentina. Presently, he has 52 hat-tricks to his name.
Most La Liga wins
On April 6, thanks to his goal against Atlético Madrid, Messi edged out former Spanish skipper Iker Casillas on the tables with 335 La Liga victories – the highest number of wins in the Spanish league.
Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d'Or honours
The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women's World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours. It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women's prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
Graham Arnold's Socceroos will learn which group they have been drawn into for the Copa America on Wednesday. Credit:Getty Images. If Graham Arnold's men are put into the south zone they'll play their group matches in Argentina and face Messi ' s Albiceleste as well as Suarez's Uruguay, Chile
One would fancy Argentina to overcome Qatar but a draw would condemn the Albiceleste to Copa America 2019 elimination and global embarrassment . Into the final minute we go and Messi ' s free kick goes straight into the Paraguay keeper's hands. Paredes hacked and Rojas (PAR) carded.
Most goals in a La Liga season
The Barcelona icon scored 50 goals from 37 appearances in 2011/12. He almost repeated the feat the following season, scoring 46 times in only 32 games. Ronaldo came closer still during the 2014/15 season, scoring 48 times in 35 games.
Most goals scored in a calendar year
Messi's insatiable hunger for goals saw him score 91 in 2012 - 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina. The Guinness World Record holder for most goals in a calendar year, he also holds the record for most goals scored in a domestic season - 73 (2011-12).
Most Ballon d’Or wins
The diminutive Argentine has six (2009, '10, '11, '12 , '15 and '19) wins to his name. With his latest win, Messi has established a lead over Cristiano Ronaldo, who won his fifth in December 2017.
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Most European Golden Shoes
Being the top league scorer, Messi has a record six European Golden Shoes to his name.
Messi 'genius' decisive for Barcelona, says Amor
Lionel Messi's "genius" was lauded by Guillermo Amor after Barcelona's win over Atletico Madrid.Messi's wonderful 86th-minute goal was enough for Barca to edge to a 1-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano and return to the top of the table.
Messi ' s Reported International Break Puts Ball in Argentina 's Court to Get it Right. Lionel Messi will reportedly sit out Argentina 's remaining matches in 2018 Two years ago, after a second consecutive heartbreaking Copa America Centenario final defeat in penalties to Chile, Messi walked away from
Lionel Messi and Argentina survived the Paraguay test, only just. The Albiceleste were given yet another shock when they went behind to their Argentina had two players to thank in their latest Copa America draw against Paraguay. While it was Lionel Messi who drew the Albiceleste level from the
(Pictured) With wife Antonella Roccuzzo and sons Thiago and Mateo at the 2019 European Golden Shoe ceremony.
Fastest to 100 UEFA Champions League goals
Messi, who made his debut in the competition in 2004, against Ukraine's F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk, reached the landmark in 123 games.
Messi and Ronaldo, are the only players to have scored a century of goals in Europe's most prestigious club competition. However, the Portuguese took 144 games to reach the same mark.
Youngest to 250 La Liga goals
The Barcelona superstar was 27 when he reached the landmark. It came during a routine 3-0 league win over S.D. Eibar on Oct. 18, 2014. The record was previously held by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra, who was 34 when he scored his 250th goal.
Only player to score in 23 cities
Messi has scored Champions League goals in Portugal, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Belarus, Cyprus and, of course, Spain. That adds up to an impressive 23 goals across 16 cities.
La Liga's top scorer (active)
Messi is a six-time winner of the Trofeo Pichichi ('09-10, '11-'12, '12-'13, '16-'17, '17-'18, '18-19), which was named after legendary Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno. The award is given by leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca and has been given to the top scorer in the league every year since 1952-53.
Barcelona star Messi claims record sixth Ballon d'Or ahead of Van Dijk, Ronaldo
The Argentine forward has picked up yet another individual accolade after a stellar personal year, winning the prize for the first time since 2015The Argentine moved one clear of Ronaldo after the pair had been locked on five awards each as he reclaimed the title he last won in 2015, with the Portuguese claiming the two subsequent gongs and Luka Modric surprisingly picking up the accolade last year to end the 10-year dominance of the two footballing icons.
Lionel Messi will play in the Copa America in the United States this summer but skip the Olympics, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed. Martino said on Argentina radio station La Red that it was "too much" for the Barcelona star to play in both events and also World Cup qualifiers.
Messi scored three second-half goals in his return from a back injury, and Argentina clinched a spot in the knockout round of the Copa America Centenario with a 5-0 victory over an overwhelmed Panama team weakened by a flood of yellow cards.
Messi shares his record with Telmo Zarra.
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season
Even by his own standards, Messi was phenomenal in the 2011-12 season, scoring eight hat-tricks. In 2014-15, Ronaldo equaled this mark.
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Most goals scored in El Clásico
Always an incendiary fixture, games between sworn rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid acquired an extra edge when Messi faced Ronaldo. The Argentine, however, is comfortably the top scorer with 26 goals to Ronaldo's second-best of 18 .
Argentina's all-time top scorer
Despite not enjoying the same level of success at the international level, Messi's goal record is impressive - 70 from 138 appearances. He made his national team debut on Aug. 17, 2005, in a friendly against Hungary that the South Americans won 2-1.
Youngest Argentine to score in a World Cup
Messi was 18 years, 11 months and 23 days old when he scored at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The goal, also his first for the national team, came in a group stage match against Serbia-Montenegro, which Argentina won 6-0. The South Americans advanced as group winners but were eliminated from the tournament at the quarter final stage by hosts Germany; they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out.
Youngest to make 100 appearances in Champions League
Messi was 28 years and 84 days old when he made his 100th appearance in the competition. The occasion was a group stage match against Italian side A.S. Roma, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, on Sept. 16, 2015. The match finished 1-1.
Socceroos draw Messi's Argentina in Copa
Australia have been drawn in Group A for their historic maiden Copa America appearance, where they'll take on co-hosts Argentina and superstar Lionel Messi.Wednesday's draw in Colombia for the South American continental championship put Australia into Group A alongside the two-time World Cup champions as well as Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and old rivals Uruguay.
Report: Argentina request Messi red rescinded. Copa America Jul 16, 2019 Adriana Garcia. Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium, and an emotional Messi said after the match that his career with the national team is over.
Lionel Messi missed Argentina ’ s first attempt in a penalty shootout; after the game, he Argentina and Chile had played 120 minutes of ruthless, scoreless soccer on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. The competition drew an average of 46,119 people per game, more than any other Copa tournament.
First to score 10+ goals in 13 consecutive La Liga seasons
Messi curled in two superb free kicks in a local derby against R.C.D. Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 9, 2018. In doing so, he became the first player in the history of the league to score a minimum of 10 goals, every year, for 13 straight seasons.
20+ goals in 10 consecutive seasons
Messi has scored a minimum of 20 league goals, every season, starting from 2008-09. His lowest return for a league season was in the first year of this run, when he scored 23 goals from 34 games. He has enjoyed 40+ goal-seasons thrice in this time.
First to score against every team consecutively in a league
On scoring at the Balaídos Stadium in Vigo, Spain, during a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo, Messi completed a remarkable scoring run during the 2012-13 season – he scored against every team in La Liga that year.
Longest scoring run in La Liga
Messi scored 33 goals from 21 appearances during the '12-13 season. He scored a total of 46 goals from 32 games that season. However, his record of 21 games was halted by Atlético Madrid on May 12, 2013.
World's highest-paid athlete
The soccer superstar topped Forbes' annual list in 2019, with earnings of $127 million.
Australia are one of two guest nations competing in the tournament along with Qatar.
Asian Cup holders Qatar have been drawn in Group B and will face co-hosts Colombia, defending champions Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
Qatar played in this year's Copa along with Japan, drawing their opening group match but failing to get past the group stage.
No guest nation has won the Copa, with Mexico coming closest by reaching the final in 1993 and 2001.
The top four teams from each group at the 2020 Copa America qualify for the quarter-finals.
2020 COPA AMERICA GROUPS
GROUP A Argentina (co-hosts) Australia Bolivia Uruguay Chile Paraguay
GROUP B Colombia (co-hosts) Brazil Qatar Venezuela Ecuador Peru
Messi’s mum surprised by Ballon d’Or award: We thought the fifth would be his last .
Celia Cuccittini, the mother of the Barcelona ace, has said she is "surprised" by the heights that the Argentina international continues to hit The Barcelona ace, however, beat Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane to the coveted individual prize on Monday, setting a new record for winning the trophy ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains on five.