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  • Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions Le...

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more tha...

    Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions League favourites

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more than nearest rivals Manchester United, while they have a perfect record in Europe. PSG are also five wins from five games in the premier club competition and are looking strong at the top of Ligue 1 with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in attack. Messi sees those two as the biggest dangers to Barcelona's hopes of winning the Champions League this season. "City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG," he told Marca. "So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition." Barca are in fine form themselves and sit top of La Liga with a 10-point gap over main competitors Real Madrid. Although Zinedine Zidane's side have won just two of their last five games, Messi expects them to bounce back and make things difficult for his side in the league and Champions League. "I never rule out Real Madrid because although they're not having the results that everyone expects, I have no doubt that in the end they will be fighting for everything, as they do every year. "Bayern is another big team that will also be there at the end, but it's true that today City and PSG are the best." The 30-year-old was awarded the European Golden Shoe on Friday after scoring 37 goals in the league last season and remains at the top of his game,  As an elite athlete, he has to stick to a strict diet, and he admits there is one thing he misses eating. "Chocolate, it's the hardest thing for me, even now," he said. "I occasionally sin with chocolate."

  • Messi hails Barcelona team-mates after E...

    Lionel Messi paid tribute to his Barcelona team-mates after collecting a fourth European Golden Shoe award. The Argentina star scored 37 La Liga goals last season to clinch the honour and move level with Cristiano Ronaldo as a four-time winner, having previously topped Europe's ...

    Messi hails Barcelona team-mates after European Golden Shoe triumph

    Lionel Messi paid tribute to his Barcelona team-mates after collecting a fourth European Golden Shoe award. The Argentina star scored 37 La Liga goals last season to clinch the honour and move level with Cristiano Ronaldo as a four-time winner, having previously topped Europe's scoring charts in 2010, 2012 and 2013. UCL top scorer odds: Messi 7/1 But Messi was quick to point out he could not have found the net on such an outstandingly consistent basis without the help of his fellow players at Camp Nou. "I've always said the individual prizes are won by the team," he said. "If the team is doing well then we have the fortune to be able to pick up these awards. "It is true that this prize belongs to everybody. Without them I wouldn't have scored all the goals I did last season. It is for the whole group." Scarily for opponents across the continent, Messi feels he is getting better with age as he again leads the way for goals in La Liga this season, with 12 to his name from as many matches. "I always said I don't consider myself a striker," the 30-year-old said. "I have been lucky to score a lot of goals. "I think I have grown on and off the field. On it, I have been getting better, adding things to my game and every day I enjoy being a footballer more."

  • Messi equals Ronaldo with fourth Golden ...

    Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony on Friday. The Barcelona superstar claimed the prize – handed to Europe's top goalscorer – for his 37 La Liga strikes in 2016-17. Messi 7/1 to be CL top ...

    Messi equals Ronaldo with fourth Golden Shoe award

    Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony on Friday. The Barcelona superstar claimed the prize – handed to Europe's top goalscorer – for his 37 La Liga strikes in 2016-17. Messi 7/1 to be CL top scorer It is the fourth time Messi has taken the honours, after his successes in 2010, 2012 and 2013. His impressive tally came from 34 top-flight games and saw him top the charts ahead of Sporting CP's Bas Dost, who netted 34 in the Primeira Liga, while Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded out the top three with 31. Ronaldo, winner of the award in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015, scored 25 league goals last season and did not make the top five. Last year's victor and Messi's Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez was fifth this time around with 29, one fewer than Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

  • 'Barca knew Messi would win five or six ...

    Sylvinho claims that Barcelona’s players always believed that Lionel Messi could win “five or six Golden Balls” from an early age. The Argentine icon has won five Ballons d’Or in an esteemed career that has seen him become Barca’s record goalscorer – he has also earned the right...

    'Barca knew Messi would win five or six Golden Balls!'

    Sylvinho claims that Barcelona’s players always believed that Lionel Messi could win “five or six Golden Balls” from an early age. The Argentine icon has won five Ballons d’Or in an esteemed career that has seen him become Barca’s record goalscorer – he has also earned the right to be labelled one of the greatest players ever to grace the game. Messi 11/5 to score 1st vs. Valencia Sylvinho, a former Barca defender, vividly remembers Messi’s first day with the club, and says his talent was immediately obvious. "How the time goes by,” he said in an exclusive interview with Goal. “Leo was sixteen the first day he came in. Rijkaard did a great job with him from the beginning, they both have a huge heart and understood each other quickly. “The coach integrated him very well and Leo was fitting in perfectly, he was always a very intelligent person and he was helped along by Rijkaard. “Leo also had a great admiration for Ronaldinho and Deco, and they both embraced him very much. He was the youngest player there, but we got along very well, he had a dazzling talent and quality, we thought he could win five or six Golden Balls.” “In a footballer's career there are injuries and ups and downs, but he was not a normal player, he had an extraordinary potential both to create and to define plays.” This season Barcelona are top of La Liga with 34 points from 12 games, and Messi has scored 16 goals in 19 appearances.

  • Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barc...

    Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has expressed disappointment following their 0-0 draw against Barcelona in Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League game. The result moved the Old Lady to second spot in Group D with eight points from five games while their visitors, on 11 points, advanc...

    Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

    Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has expressed disappointment following their 0-0 draw against Barcelona in Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League game. The result moved the Old Lady to second spot in Group D with eight points from five games while their visitors, on 11 points, advanced to the knockout phase with a game to spare. Benatia took to Twitter to express his frustration, saying: "Pity that we have not taken the three points, focus on the future with the head held high!" Massimiliano Allegri’s men will now wait for their must-win final group fixture against Olympiacos on December 5 to progress to the next round of the tournament. Benatia will be looking forward to his fourth Serie A appearance this campaign when Juventus, placed third with 31 points from 13 games, host Crotone on Sunday.

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