Messi Mesmerizes Mourinho

April 27, 2011

Two moments of magic by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi resulted in a 0-2 victory in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final in Madrid. Messi netted his 51st and 52nd goals of the season and set up a probable final between Barca and Manchester United at Wembley in May.

Lionel Messi

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Messi vs Ronaldo Shoot Out Update

February 6, 2011

You can find the first part of the story that documents the first 18 league games of the 2010-11 La Liga season and the Messi vs Ronaldo stats her.

The standing after 18 league games was:

  • Messi 18 goals from 15 starts
  • Ronaldo 22 goals from 18 starts

Since then their have been four games:

  1. Messi 0 (18) Ronaldo 0 (22)
  2. Messi 1 (19) Ronaldo 0 (22)
  3. Messi 2 (21) Ronaldo 0 (22)
  4. Messi 3 (24) Ronaldo 2 (24)

All square after 22 games. Notice that Messi has played three games less than Ronaldo.

Messi also tops the assists table with 14 assists, while Ronaldo is in ninth place with 6 assists (today’s game is not included for Ronaldo).

Messi is of course playing in one of Spain’s all-time great teams. Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid was their 16th in a row, which broke the previous record of 15 consecutive victories that was achieved by Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season.

 


On This Day – Xavi Born

January 25, 2011

25-1-1980. Barcelona and Spain’s midfield playmaker Xavi was born on this day in 1980.

FourFourTwo magazine rated him as the third best player on the planet behind team mates David Villa and Lionel Messi and described him in these terms:

The best midfielder in modern footballer passed with the precision of Platini, topped the La Liga assists table with laser-guided through-balls and chipped in with crucial goals. He may have given the ball away once, but we don’t remember it. Xavi’s consistency was a key factor in Spain’s World Cup win.”

Barcelona midfield Xavi

Photo: americanistadechiapas


Dream Team – FIFA World XI 2010

January 11, 2011

FC Barcelona Museum

Selected by 50,000 professional players world wide.

  1. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain)
  2. Maicon (Inter & Brazil)
  3. Lúcio (Inter & Brazil)
  4. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona & Spain)
  5. Carles Puyol (Barcelona & Spain)
  6. Wesley Sneijder (Inter & Netherlands)
  7. Xavi (Barcelona & Spain)
  8. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
  9. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
  10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
  11. David Villa (Barcelona & Spain)

Eight players from La Liga (six Barcelona and two Real Madrid) and three players from Serie A and Champions League winners Inter. No Premier League players.

Centre half Puyol as left back? Evra, Cole, Bale, Alves, Marcelo, …?

Photo: Ivan Minaric


Messi vs Ronaldo Shoot Out Stats

January 10, 2011

Messi and Ronaldo

After 18 rounds of the current Spanish La Liga season here’s how Barcelona’s  Messi and Real’s Ronaldo have made their mark:

  1. Messi 1 (1) Ronaldo 0 (0)
  2. Messi 0 (1) Ronaldo 0 (0)
  3. Messi 1 (2) Ronaldo 0 (0)
  4. Messi – (2) Ronaldo 1 (1)
  5. Messi – (2) Ronaldo 0 (1)
  6. Messi 1 (3) Ronaldo 2 (3)
  7. Messi 0 (3) Ronaldo 2 (5)
  8. Messi 2 (5) Ronaldo 4 (9)
  9. Messi 2 (7) Ronaldo 2 (11)
  10. Messi 1 (8) Ronaldo 0 (11)
  11. Messi 2 (10) Ronaldo 0 (11)
  12. Messi 3 (13) Ronaldo 3 (14)
  13. Messi 0 (13) Ronaldo 0 (14)
  14. Messi 2 (15) Ronaldo 2 (16)
  15. Messi 2 (17) Ronaldo 1 (17)
  16. Messi 0 (17) Ronaldo 0 (17)
  17. Messi – (17) Ronaldo 2 (19)
  18. Messi 1 (18) Ronaldo 3 (22)

Messi 18 league goals from 15 starts. Ronaldo has started all 18 games and scored 22 goals.

To be continued …

6-2-2011 update.

Photo: Keith Williamson


On This Day – David Villa Born

December 3, 2010

David Villa3-12-1981. Barcelona and Spain striker, David Villa, was born on this day in 1981. Villa is the top scorer for the Spain with 44 goals in 77 games. Raul has 44 from 102 games, while Liverpool’s Fernando Torres has 26 from 82 games. Villa was an important part of the Spanish team that won Euro 2008 (Villa was top scorer in the tournament with four goals) and the 2010 World Cup (Villa was level top scorer with five goals).

Villa began his club career at Sporting Gijon in 2001. He moved to La Liga team Real Zaragoza before the start of the 2003-4 season. He scored 32 league goals in 73 before he left for Valencia. Villa’s best season at Valencia was in 2008-9 when he netted 28 times in 33 games. Before the current season Barcelona invested £34m to bring Villa to the Nou Camp.

Photo: Adidas Italia

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Villa


Messi, Villa, Iniesta and Xavi

November 29, 2010

5-0. Breathtaking. Has there ever been a better passing team?

FC BarcelonaPhoto: Pietroizzo