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Germany wins fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina

Germany wins fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina

Mario Gotze scored in the second period of extra time on Sunday to lift Germany to its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina at the Maracana.
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Germany, Argentina renew World Cup rivalry

Germany, Argentina renew World Cup rivalry

Germany and Argentina will renew their World Cup rivalry on Sunday when they meet in the final at the Maracana.
Lionel Messi misses Argentina's World Cup win celebration for doping test

Lionel Messi misses Argentina's World Cup win celebration for doping test

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 10 (UPI) --Lionel Messi had a stroke of bad luck when he was called into a mandatory drug test Wednesday night while his team celebrated their victory.
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Switzerland falls to Argentina in extra time

Angel Di Maria scored late in the second period of extra time on Tuesday as Argentina escaped a major scare and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland at the Arena de Sao Paulo.
Argentina comes out over Nigeria

Argentina comes out over Nigeria

Lionel Messi continued his scoring tear by bagging a brace at the Estadio Beira-Rio on Wednesday, but it was Marcos Rojo's second-half strike that gave Argentina a 3-2 victory over Nigeria.
Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA's Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA's Ballon d'Or

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Cristiano Ronaldo, who had 69 goals in 59 games in 2013, has been voted the FIFA Ballon d'Or, the trophy given soccer's World Player of the Year.

Man City draws Barcelona, Bayern will play Arsenal in UCL draw

Dec. 16 (UPI) --The UEFA Champions League ({link:UCL: "http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1629972/champions-league-round-16-draw?cc=4716",nw}) draw takes place Monday, as big names are drawn together in the knock out stages.
Justin Salhani

Shortlist for FIFA World XI forwards announced

Dec. 10 (UPI) --The forwards for FIFA's World XI have been named with two of the three players on the Ballon d'Or shortlist featuring. Lionel Messi and favorite Cristiano Ronaldo join other top soccer players around the world on the list of 2013's best forwards.
Justin Salhani

Ballon d'Or shortlist announced

Dec. 9 (UPI) --The three man shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or, the top prize for an individual in soccer which translates to Golden Ball, has been named.
Justin Salhani
Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi have 'seflie' shootout in new commercial

Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi have 'seflie' shootout in new commercial

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Kobe and Messi battle for "selfie supremacy" in Turkish Airlines commercial.
Evan Bleier

Messi heaps praise on Ronaldo

Nov. 22 (UPI) --Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi has praised rival Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid forward scored three goals to qualify Portugal for the World Cup.
Justin Salhani
World Cup roster nearly set

World Cup roster nearly set

(UPI) --The World Cup playoffs from Tuesday night have given the roster at next summer's tournament in Brazil near final shape, as only Uruguay has to play Jordan in Montevideo. Uruguay won 5-0 in Amman in the first leg.
Justin Salhani
Soccer's Messi, father in court for tax evasion hearings

Soccer's Messi, father in court for tax evasion hearings

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Soccer superstar Lionel Messi and his father went before a Spanish court to answer charges they evaded paying more than $6 million in taxes.

Pope Francis 'religiously' supports Argentinean home soccer team

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Pope Francis may call Rome his home now, but his heart is still with his home soccer team in Argentina, a team official says.

Barcelona soccer team on Middle East peace tour

JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Barcelona FC soccer team is on a two-day Middle East peace tour, playing friendly matches in the Palestinian territories and Israel.
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Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) is tackled by Nigeria's Chibuzor Okonkwo during the men's football final in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008. Argentina won 1-0 for the gold, while Nigeria settled for the silver and Brazil the bronze. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team. Messi is considered to be one of the best football players of his generation, having received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21. He was selected as both the FIFPro and World Soccer Magazine Young Player of the Year for three years running from 2005–2008. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to football legend Diego Maradona. Indeed, Maradona himself declared Messi his "successor".

Messi began playing football at a young age and his potential was quickly identified by FC Barcelona. He left Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke the La Liga record for the youngest footballer to play a league game, and also the youngest to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and UEFA Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in 2006–07: he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games. Perhaps his most successful season was the 2008–09 season, in which Messi scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble winning campaign.

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