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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Tiger Woods back on top of Forbes top sports earnings list

Tiger Woods back on top of Forbes top sports earnings list

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- Golfer Tiger Woods, paid more than $78 million in the last year, has regained the No. 1 position in Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid athletes.
Messi signs new contract with Barcelona

Messi signs new contract with Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Barcelona soccer team through 2018, the team said Thursday.

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Messi collects fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or

Messi collects fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi was announced Monday as the winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, symbolic of being the best soccer player in the world in 2012.
The top stories in sports

The top stories in sports

Swimmer Michael Phelps redefined Olympian heights in 2012 but cyclist Lance Armstrong underwent an even greater fall from the pantheon of his sport.
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Messi heads FIFA Player of the Year list

Messi heads FIFA Player of the Year list

SAO PAULO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi, who has won the last three FIFA men's soccer Player of the Year awards, is among three finalists for the 2012 honor.
Erdogan is people's choice for Time honor

Erdogan is people's choice for Time honor

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the people's choice for Time magazine's person of the year and also led Time's poll as the least popular figure.

Argentina wins second straight soccer gold

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A second-half goal by Angel Di Maria Saturday gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over Nigeria and the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.

Kaka, Marta are FIFA's players of the year

ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil's Kaka and Marta were selected the FIFA World Player and FIFA Women's Worlds Player for 2007, the international soccer organization announced Monday.

Argentina reaches Copa America final

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, July 11 (UPI) -- Gabriel Heinze scored just before halftime Wednesday and Argentina went on to down Mexico 3-0 in the semifinals of Copa America.

WORLD CUP: Argentina 6, Serbia 0

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 16 (UPI) -- Maxi Rodriquez scored a pair of goals and Esteban Cambiasso added another Friday, lifting Argentina to a 6-0 World Cup victory over Serbia and Montenegro.

Argentina has much to prove

HAMBURG, Germany, June 8 (UPI) -- The enigma that is Argentina opens 2006 World Cup play against an Ivory Coast team making its World Cup debut.

Defense could rule World Cup's Group C

BERLIN, June 6 (UPI) -- The consistency of Argentina's play and the level of defense played by the rest of the group will be the deciding factors in the World Cup's Group C.
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Lionel Messi
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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