Players like Lionel Messi enjoy leverage in La Liga: Filipe Luis

Whenever a star player is stuck with any kind of controversy, it is obvious his stardom would help him ease with lots of things that could otherwise land him in problem and this is something that itch not so famous players and so they raise their strong objection over this tradition being followed by the soccer fraternity. Last month’s Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid was one such game that saw rather a minor collision between left-back Filipe Luis and Messi that cost Brazil international a straight Red Card for his tackle over the Argentine international. Since Messi was the victim, disciplinary committee acted too fast and slapped a three-match ban over 30-year-old which later reduced to one game after official appeal by the Vicente Calderón side. Does not matter if it was a mistake of referee, everyone was grossly favoring five time FIFA Player of the year without any empathy to the Atletico defender who nonetheless got the support of his side later on.

Recalling the incident that was prejudicially handled by the disciplinary committee, 30-year-old told in a TV interview, “It was a red card, it was not a mistake by the referee, it was a red card. I went out on the field and that was it, a one-match suspension and I served it.

“I was not late, I went after the ball. Now that type of play happens during every match, but because it was with Messi and because here he is the darling of the media and La Liga, obviously no one wants to see one of the best players of all time taken out. No one wants to miss a chance to see him play and that is why all of this happened.”

Looking at the heat generated by the controversy and if La Liga carries any partiality to star players, president Javier Tebas spoke last Monday and favored their impartial practices to inquire any in-ground controversy, he said, “For us, all the players are protected in La Liga. We don’t differentiate between Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo or a player from Rayo Vallecano. We are creating a global league and the big and small clubs all matter to us.”

It doesn’t matter what any of the two sides is saying now, it is true that star players enjoy some leverage whenever they are involved in any controversy – remember former Liverpool player Suarez’s biting episode during World cup and how Reds tried their hard to let it go until severe pressure built up over the disciplinary committee to ban him for his inhuman act on ground?

Messi decides to rest until fully fit

Proving his true dedication to soccer, one of the all-time favorite strikers, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has made a commitment to his global fans that he would only enter into the field again when he is completely ready. Reportedly, his legs are not so firing this season as they have been in the last few seasons and reason being told for his failure is his shattering fitness and an ego cash with his new teammate Neymar though he never accepted this in public. His statement could be surprising to many, especially in today’s competitive environment where everyone fears of being overshadowed by his competitors in his absence. Actually, he sustained another hamstring injury during Barca clash with Real Betis which could reside him in the stands for next two months and it would be a great opportunity for other top notch forwards in the team to prove they can lead the forward line without Messi. Many of his well-wishers, including teammate Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal manager have advised him not to come back in a hurry as it could make him vulnerable for further blows and finally he decided to wait until attends his fitness again

Last few months have been a kind of flip flop for Argentine ace where he faced tax evasion charges along with a comparison with other new entrants to his Spanish team, but at no time he showed rumors are overtaking him or affecting his gameplay. Now, after his persisting injuries, he is being managed by some top dieticians in his native country and is on preventive diet to recover more utterly. Further, many of his closed associates informed to the media that he has completely changed his diet off late and only taking natural sources to gain enough amount of calories. The starlet also confirmed this in his media byte that “The plan is to resume playing when the body tells me I’m fine.”

During last few seasons when he was breaking a new record every other day, many soccer experts were taking about his fitness and how it is being maintained by this 26-year-old ace, and now the same fit player is facing continuous fitness problem this season – this is what we called an evil eye. Anyways, let’s hope to see a speedy and thorough recovery along with his fifth Ballon d’or award and many more achievements in the seasons coming ahead!

Barca’s president finally speaks on Messi’s tax evasion case

Last few days were busier for Argentinian star Lionel Messi than they used to be after state federals have accused him and his father for evading tax dues worth more than £3.4million. According to them, he did not furnish complete information about his earnings from the period 2007 to 2009 which owns him big tax dues to the state though they have only applied for a court case permission on the matter. Neither Messi nor his father has accepted any of state allegations perhaps they are repeatedly calling it a confusion which will be sorted out very soon. Until now, Messi club Barcelona was silent citing it is a personal matter and they can’t interfere between State laws about forward’s tax liabilities, but now Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell has spoken out in striker’s support and said Messi can never do anything wrong. The four-time World Player of the Year award winner is on his national duty in South America at the moment, and he also said that he is surprised to listen about the news through media. Messi broke his silence via a Facebook post where he wrote, “We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation.”

Rosell also said in a press conference that “Messi’s family is calm. They have all of our support. I do not doubt their innocence. We have treated him like a footballer, not someone who is ill, because that’s what he asked of us. I think the club have treated him in an excellent manner and been honest with him, when he was a footballer and when he was ill.”

Actually, the news made billions of Messi fans stunned when they came to know that such a case is being filed against their superstar who has always been a law abiding citizen, in fact, not many of them believe on the case and say it is just an opportunistic step taken by the federal government. On the other side, many soccer legends who know the player have also denied any merit in this case; hence it is most likely that court will dismiss the case at first hearing itself. Likewise, Barca’s president also told about his plans to offer coach Tito Vilanova a new contract denying rumors that he is still not fit enough to take on the responsibilities.

Anyways, let us see how Argentinian tax authorities proceed with the case against their most loved soccer starlet.

Lionel Messi’s injury not as bad as first looked: Barca

There have not been many occasions when Lionel Messi missed a match for any health problem, and that is why he could make so many records in past one year. Barca clash at Parc des Princes could have been a major setback for Camp Nou club had Messi got a severe hamstring injury. During the second half of the match he had to leave the pitch citing his hamstring problem. Initially, it looked to be a series contraction, but later, after a thorough analysis, it was discovered that record smasher could soon play again; perhaps he can be a part of return leg matche at the Nou Camp next Wednesday. Barcelona issued his health bulletin and confirmed his hamstring deepness without exaggerating anything whatsoever. The statement reads as, “The club’s medical services have revealed that Leo Messi’s hamstring injury will definitely rule him out of this weekend’s game against Mallorca, whilst his availability after that will depend on how the injury progresses.

“The Barca number 10 felt a twinge in his right hamstring towards the end of the first half last night and failed to reappear after the break, with Cesc Fabregas taking his place.”

“The last time Messi suffered a similar injury was on March 4th 2008 against Glasgow Celtic in the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals and on that occasion he was out for five weeks.

“His last muscle injury came in November 2009 in a game against Athletic Bilbao when he pulled a muscle in his left thigh, which meant he missed the following week’s important Champions League game against Inter – though the team won 2-0 anyway. He suffered a similar injury on March 29th 2011 when he was away with Argentina, although he didn’t miss any games with Barça as a result.”

Despite all, his absence from weekend’s match will bring an unexpected end of his dream run. He became the first player to score in every league match this season, and if he could play few more matches continuously, he would definitely surge his tally to an amazing top. Anyways, it is always better to miss one or two matches rather missing a series of club fixtures. Messi also interacted with his 44 million odd fans via his Facebook page where he posted his injury status as, “I will return soon, thankfully it was not so serious.”

While local media was flashing the news that he could be outlined for as long as three weeks, but after a confirmation from both Barca and Messi, fans can relieve a bit to see their starlet wearing his shoes again.

Messi Brakes over eighty-year old record


Record breaking performance in not a news these days for Barcelona starlet Lionel Messi who registered his name alongside an exclusive record which has been unbroken since 1930. He became the only player to score in straight seventeen La Laiga games breaking Pole Teodor Pewterek’s 1937-38 record of scoring in 16 straight games for his club Ruch Chorzow. Barcelona’s last La Liga match against Deportivo La Coruna became the memorable one where Barca won comprehensively by 2-0. This season is again proving to be a good one for Messi coz he has scored 52 goals across all leagues including Champion League and 27 La Liga goals. Actually, the match was already one sided, that is why most of the star Barca players were sitting on the bench. Barca’s next big clash is with AC Milan on Tuesday where they would try to overturn the earlier loss in Champions League that ousted them from the title race. Barcelona informed about Messi’s another big achievement through its official website where they mentioned,

“Leo Messi broke another record this evening. Despite the fact that he didn’t start, Barça’s number 10 once again found the back of the net, which means he’s scored in 17 consecutive La Liga matches. Messi’s newest feat is unrivaled in football, no other player has scored consecutively in as many league matches.

“With his goal against Deportivo, Messi broke the record set by Teodor Pewterek, who scored in 16 consecutive league matches between 1937 and 1938. In those 16 matches, the Ruch Chorzów player scored 22 goals, according to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.”

As mentioned, Barca put on a brief comparison between two record holders: Messi and Teodor Pewterek stating Messi scored 27 goals in last seventeen league matches while Pewterek had scored 22 goals during his sixteen played matches during 1937-38. Moreover, Messi’s affords are also worthwhile looking at the time he spent on the field; perhaps he was there just for 32 minutes and he utilized each second of it to enhance his sore tally in consecutive matches. Barca also mentioned, “Messi started his goalscoring streak on Week 11 of the league, in the match against Mallorca, where he scored two goals. Since then, he’s netted 27 times in 17 matches (1.58 goals per match). Overall in the league, Messi is the leading scorer with 40 goals, ahead of Cristiano (24) and Falcao (21). Counting all official competitions, Messi has scored 51 goals.”