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June 30, 2016

Messi speaks of Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties

Messi speaks of Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties

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Argentina’s football captain Lionel Messi spoke of retirement from international football after losing 4–2 to Chile in the penalty decider in Copa América Centenario final on Sunday. Since then, many players including his present FC Barcelona teammate Luis Suárez, former teammates David Villa and Ronaldinho, former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, and Argentine president Mauricio Macri have expressed disappointment, some urging him to stay.

File photo of Lionel Messi after a loss in 2014.
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Messi missed the penalty kick after Chilean Autero Vidal‘s spot kick was stopped by Sergio Romero as the match progressed to a penalty shootout. Javier Mascherano and Sergio Agüero scored their spot kicks for Argentina, but after Lucas Biglia‘s penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo, Francisco Silva scored the winning penalty for Chile.

Messi was crying after the match, and later told news reporters, “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me”((es)). He added, “I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. Now I am leaving without having managed it”((es)).

Today, Suárez speaking to Radio Tenfield said, “Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness. It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.”

Yesterday, president Mauricio Macri and Maradona urged him to think about his decision.

Messi’s former teammate David Villa said, “It’s very bad news for soccer. Messi is the best player in the world. […] I don’t know what happened in his mind[…] I know he’s strong, a professional player, he’s sure now disappointed because he lost one more final in penalty kicks again.”

Ronaldinho, former Brazilian player and ex-Barcelona player, told America TV he respects Messi’s opinion and he would be always with him.

Five time World Player of the Year Messi has lost four finals on the international stage, of which three defeats came in the last three years — 2014 FIFA World Cup loss to Germany, last year’s loss to Chile, and this year’s.

Sergio Agüero told Argentine newspaper Olé other players were also deciding weather to hang up their boots.

Messi played for Argentina when they won the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal.



June 26, 2016
20:00 (UTC-4)
Argentina 0–0 (a.e.t.) Chile MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee: Flag of Brazil.svg Héber Lopes Brazil
Lionel Messi Missed
Lucas Biglia Missed
Marcos Rojo Sent off after 43' 43′
2–4 (penalties) Arturo Vidal Missed
Marcelo Díaz Booked after 16'Booked again after 28'Sent off after 28' 16′, 28′

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June 29, 2016

Messi hints Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties

Messi hints Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties

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Argentina’s football captain Lionel Messi hinted at retirement from international football after losing 4–2 to Chile in the penalty decider in Copa América Centenario final on Sunday. Since then, many players including his present FC Barcelona teammate Luis Suárez, former teammates David Villa, Ronaldinho, former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, and the Argentine president have made attempted to convince him to stay.

File photo of Lionel Messi after a loss in 2014.
Image: Agência Brasil.

Messi missed the penalty kick after Chilean Autero Vidal‘s spot kick was stopped by Sergio Romero as the match progressed to a penalty shootout. Javier Mascherano and Sergio Agüero scored their spot kicks for Argentina, but after Lucas Biglia‘s penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo, Francisco Silva scored the winning penalty for Chile.

Messi was crying after the match, and later told news reporters, “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me”. He added, “I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. Now I am leaving without having managed it”((es)).

Today, Suárez spoke to Radio Tenfield and said, “Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness. It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.”

Yesterday, president Mauricio Macri and Maradona urged him to think about his decision.

Messi’s former teammate David Villa was shocked by the decision and said, “It’s very bad news for soccer. Messi is the best player in the world. […] I don’t know what happened in his mind, I know he’s strong, a professional player, he’s sure now disappointed because he lost one more final in penalty kicks again.”

Ronaldinho, forms Brazilian player and ex-Barcelona player told America TV he respects Messi’s opinion and he would be always with him.

Five time World Player of the Year Messi has lost four finals on the international stage, of which three defeats came in the last three years — 2014 FIFA World Cup loss to Germany, last year’s loss to Chile, and this year’s.

Sergio Agüero told Argentine newspaper Olé other players were also deciding weather to hang up their boots.

Messi’s only achievement with Argentina was the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal.



June 26, 2016
20:00 (UTC-4)
Argentina 0–0 (a.e.t.) Chile MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee: Flag of Brazil.svg Héber Lopes Brazil
Lionel Messi Missed
Lucas Biglia Missed
Marcos Rojo Sent off after 43' 43′
2–4 (penalties) Arturo Vidal Missed
Marcelo Diaz Booked after 16'Booked again after 28'Sent off after 28' 16′, 28′

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February 20, 2016

Messi becomes first player to score 300 goals in La Liga

Messi becomes first player to score 300 goals in La Liga

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FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi became the first player to score 300 goals in La Liga competitions as he scored a brace against Sporting Gijón in an away match at El Molinon and his tally reached 301 on Wednesday. Barcelona defeated Gijon 3–1 and leads the La Liga table.

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Messi scored a long range goal in the 25th minute of the game. He has scored 173 goals at Camp Nou and 128 goals in away stadia, most — 21 — against Madrid-based club Atlético Madrid.

Eleven years ago on May 1, Messi at the age of 17 scored his first goal against Albacete Balompié. He reached 100 goals after 154 games. Last season, he broke the record of Telmo Zarra who scored 251 goals. He became the third player in the top five European leagues to score more than 300 goals. Of his 301 goals, he has scored 240 goals with his left foot, 48 with his right, twelve headers, and one with his hand mimicking Diego Maradona‘s “Hand of God“.

The five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is also the top scorer of the Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup. His team-mate Luis Suárez has also scored five goals in the Club World Cup.

Messi had an opportunity to attempt this milestone in the previous La Liga match, where he instead tricked the goalkeeper by passing the ball from the penalty spot, Suárez scoring it against Celta de Vigo.



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Messi becomes the first player to score 300 goals in La Liga

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FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi became the first player to score 300 goals in La Liga competitions as he scored a brace against Sporting Gijón in an away match at El Molinon and his tally reached 301 on Wednesday. Barcelona defeated Gijon 3–1 and leads the La Liga table.

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Messi scored a long range goal in the 25th minute of the game. He has scored 173 goals at Camp Nou and 128 goals in away stadium, most against Madrid based club Atlético Madrid (21).

Eleven years ago, 17-year-old Messi scored his first goal against Albacete Balompié on May 1, 2005 and took 154 games to reach 100 goals landmark. Last season, he broke the record of Telmo Zarra who scored 251 goals. He became third player in the top five European leagues to have scored more than 300 goals. Of his 301 goals, he has scored 240 goals from his left foot, 48 with his right, twelve headers and one with his hand mimicking Diego Maradona‘s Hand of God.

The five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is also the top scorer of the Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. His team-mate Luis Suárez has also scored five goals in the Club World Cup.

Messi could have reached this milestone in the previous La Liga match, where he decided to trick the goalkeeper and passed the ball from the penalty spot, Suárez scoring it against Celta de Vigo.



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February 15, 2016

Messi passes from penalty for Suárez\’s hat-trick as Barça beat Celta 6-1

Messi passes from penalty for Suárez’s hat-trick as Barça beat Celta 6-1

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Yesterday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi made a risky pass from the penalty spot to Luis Suárez, as Suárez completed his hat-trick against Celta Vigo, and Barça defeated them 6–1 in a La Liga match at Camp Nou. Suárez climbed to the top spot for the La Liga top scorer, scoring 23 goals, and FC Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 30 games in all competitions. Messi missed his chance of scoring his 300th goal of the Liga.

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Cquote1.svg You can take a penalty like that, it’s legal and there’s a Cruyff penalty we all know. Cquote2.svg

—Luis Enrique

The match saw four yellow cards, all for the Celta Vigo players. A total of 23 fouls were committed during the match. The Blaugrana had eleven shots on target as compared to Vigo’s four. Gustavo Cabral was the first one to be booked in the game in the eleventh minute.

Messi opened the scoring for the Catalans in the 28th minute. Carles Planas was booked for a bad foul, and Messi won a free-kick, which he successfully converted into the goal, scoring his 299th goal in La Liga games. About ten minutes later, Jordi Alba brought down Swedish striker John Guidetti in the penalty area, and the visitors got a chance to equalise from penalty. Guidetti scored from the penalty spot making the score 1–1 before the half time. Hugo Mallo was booked in the 42nd minute. The first half ended 1–1 with three bookings in 45 minutes.

Messi, in the 59th mminute assisted Suárez via a through ball, as the Uruguayan scored the second goal and Barcelona were leading again. Two substitutions were made in the 61st minute for the home side. Aleix Vidal came for Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto was replaced by Ivan Rakitić. Celta made a change in the 65th minute as Marcelo Díaz was subbed-in for Pablo Hernández.

Neymar’s shot, in 75th minute was blocked by Alvares, assist from Messi, but Suárez netted his second of the night as Barcelona were 3–1 up. 78th minute saw two substitutions. Dejan Drazic replaced Guidetti, and Arda Turan came for Andrés Iniesta.

Josep Señé brought down Messi in the 81st minute in the penalty area, and Messi won a penalty kick. The Argentine passed from the spot, and Suárez completed his hat-trick. A similar type of goal was scored by the Dutch legend Johan Cyruff playing for Ajax AFC.

Rakitić scored the fifth goal in the 84th minute from a through ball assist from Suárez, just a minute later after Pape Cheikh was subbed off Daniel Wass. In the injury time, Neymar netted a goal, assist from Suárez as the MSN trio appeared on he scoresheet. The match ended 6–1.

After the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said “There will be those who like it and those who don’t.” “You can take a penalty like that, it’s legal and there’s a Cruyff penalty we all know.”

A similar penalty attempt was made by Thierry Henry for Arsenal F.C. in 2005 but it did not work out.



February 14, 2016
FC Barcelona 6–1 Celta Vigo Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 72,580
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg Alejandro José Hernández Hernández, Spain
Scored after 28 minutes 28′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 59', 75', 81 minutes 59′, 75′, 81′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 84 minutes 84′ Ivan Rakitić
Scored after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ Neymar
(1–1) HT Scored after 39 minutes 39′ (pen.) John Guidetti
Booked after 11 minutes 11′ Gustavo Cabral
Booked after 26 minutes 26′ Carles Planas
Booked after 42 minutes 42′ Hugo Mallo
Booked after 74 minutes 74′ Josep Señé

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Messi passes from penalty for Suárez\’s hat-trick as Barça beats Celta 6-1

Messi passes from penalty for Suárez’s hat-trick as Barça beats Celta 6-1

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Yesterday, Barcelona football star Lionel Messi made a risky pass from the penalty spot to Luis Suárez, setting up the completion of a Suárez hat-trick against Celta Vigo, and Barça defeated them 6–1 in a La Liga match at Camp Nou. Suárez climbed to the top spot for La Liga this season, scoring 23 goals, and FC Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 30 games in all competitions. By passing to Suárez, Messi missed an opportunity to attempt his 300th goal in the Liga.

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Cquote1.svg You can take a penalty like that, it’s legal and there’s a Cruyff penalty we all know. Cquote2.svg

—Luis Enrique

The match saw four yellow cards, all for the Celta Vigo players. Barça had eleven shots on target as compared to Vigo’s four. Gustavo Cabral was the first booked in the game in the eleventh minute.

Messi opened the scoring for the Catalans in the 28th minute. Carles Planas was booked for a bad foul, and Messi won a free-kick, which he successfully converted into the goal, scoring his 299th goal in La Liga games. About ten minutes later, Jordi Alba brought down Swedish striker John Guidetti in the penalty area, and the visitors got a chance to equalise from penalty. Guidetti scored from the penalty spot making the score 1–1 before the half time. Hugo Mallo was booked in the 42nd minute. The first half ended 1–1 with three bookings in 45 minutes.

Messi in the 59th mminute assisted Suárez via a through ball, as the Uruguayan scored the team’s second goal and Barcelona were leading again. Two substitutions were made in the 61st minute for the home side. Aleix Vidal came for Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto was replaced by Ivan Rakitić. Celta made a change in the 65th minute as Marcelo Díaz was subbed-in for Pablo Hernández.

Neymar’s shot in the 75th minute was blocked, assist from Messi, but Suárez netted his second of the night and Barcelona were 3–1 up. The 78th minute saw two substitutions. Dejan Drazic replaced Guidetti, and Arda Turan came for Andrés Iniesta.

Messi was fouled around the 81st minute in the penalty area, and won a penalty kick. The Argentine passed from the spot, and Suárez completed his hat-trick. A similar type of goal was scored by the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff playing for Ajax AFC in 1982.

Rakitić scored the fifth goal in the 84th minute from a through ball assist from Suárez, just a minute later after Pape Cheikh was subbed off Daniel Wass. In the injury time, Neymar netted a goal, assist from Suárez. The match ended 6–1.

After the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said “There will be those who like it and those who don’t […] You can take a penalty like that, it’s legal and there’s a Cruyff penalty we all know.”

A similar penalty attempt by Thierry Henry for Arsenal F.C. in 2005 did not work out.



February 14, 2016
FC Barcelona 6–1 Celta Vigo Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 72,580
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg Alejandro José Hernández Hernández, Spain
Scored after 28 minutes 28′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 59', 75', 81–82 minutes 59′, 75′, 81–82′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 84 minutes 84′ Ivan Rakitić
Scored after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ Neymar
(1–1) HT Scored after 39–40 minutes 39–40′ (pen.) John Guidetti
Booked after 11 minutes 11′ Gustavo Cabral
Booked after 26–27 minutes 26–27′ Carles Planas
Booked after 42 minutes 42′ Hugo Mallo
Booked after 74 minutes 74′ Josep Señé

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February 6, 2016

Barça defeats Gary Neville\’s Valencia 7-0 in Copa del Rey semis first leg

Barça defeats Gary Neville’s Valencia 7-0 in Copa del Rey semis first leg

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On Wednesday, FC Barcelona defeated Valencia CF 7–0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi netted three goals and Uruguyan striker Luis Suárez netted four.

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The Catalans, Barcelona, have now scored more than 100 goals this season, and have not been defeated in the league since October, winning their last 27 games overall. Gary Neville, who became Valencia’s manager in December, has yet to win a league game, and the team have not won any of their last eleven La Liga matches.

Barcelona had greater ball possession in the match. Five yellow cards and one red card were shown.

Neymar assisted Suárez for the opening goal of the match in the 7th minute. Five minutes later, Alexis Vidal assisted Suárez, who netted the second goal, Barcelona’s 100th goal this season. Valencia were trailing 2–0 with less than a quarter of an hour played. Just before the half-hour mark, Neymar flicked on for Messi to score the team’s third. Valencia’s captain Shkodran Mustafi was sent off late in the first half for a foul on Messi in the penalty box, but Neymar missed the resulting penalty, hitting the post.

Messi scored from an assist by Suárez in the 58th and completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, to put the visitors 5–0 down. Suárez scored from a header in the 83rd minute, assisted by Adriano and then in the 88th minute, he converted Arda Turan‘s assist, giving Barcelona a comfortable win.




February 3, 2016
FC Barcelona 7–0 Valencia CF Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 60,635
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg Ignacio Iglesias, Spain
Scored after 7', 12', 83', 88 minutes 7′, 12′, 83′, 88′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 29', 58', 74 minutes 29′, 58′, 74′ Lionel Messi
Booked after 14 minutes 14′ Andrés Iniesta
Booked after 24 minutes 24′ Gerard Piqué
Booked after 84 minutes 84′ Arda Turan
(3–0) HT Sent off after 45+2' 45+2′ Shkodran Mustafi
Booked after 65 minutes 65′ Sofiane Feghouli
Booked after 79 minutes 79′ Denis Cheryshev

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January 12, 2016

…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d\’Or goes to Lionel Messi

…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or goes to Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi with Carli Lloyd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala yesterday.
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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. Ballon d’Or is an annual award to the best player of the year via voting.

Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were short listed by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against an Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% votes in the Gala.

Previous years’ winner Ronaldo secured 27.76% of votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and former Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi made 61 appearances for his club and the country in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. With these stats, he also scored in each of the six tournaments.

In the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after seeing Cristiano win it…” “It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also gathered a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile over penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi have won the trophy for the past eight years and Neymar became the first Brazilian to be in the top three after 2007, when Kaká won in ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.

Messi had voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voting for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es))
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FIFA Ballon d\’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given to the player voted to be the best of the year.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es)) Cquote2.svg

—Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi with Carli Lloyd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala yesterday.
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Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% of the votes.

Winner in previous years Ronaldo secured 27.76% of the votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi played 61 games in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. He also scored in each of the six tournaments.

At the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me, after watching as Cristiano Ronaldo won for two years. It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year; and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also won a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile on penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi between them have won the trophy for the past eight years. Neymar this year became the first top-three Brazilian since Kaká‘s 2007 win.

Messi voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voted for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.



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January 11, 2016

Wendell Lira wins FIFA Puskás Award 2015

Wendell Lira wins FIFA Puskás Award 2015

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Wendell Lira, a Brazilian striker, won the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award in Zürich on Monday. The Puskás Award is given to a football player voted by the public to have scored the best goal of the year.

Lira’s goal was a bicycle kick, in a 2–1 victory for Goianésia on March 11; he has since moved to Vila Nova. His goal won 46.7% of the vote, with about 1.6 million people voting. He won the award ahead of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, whose solo goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final won 33.3% of the vote. Alessandro Florenzi, who plays for AS Roma, scored a 50m long-range goal against FC Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League group stage match, came third with 7.1% of the vote.

When Lira’s name was announced he broke into tears. He said “It honestly feels like a dream.” Only 297 spectators were present in the stadium, Lira said, when he scored the goal in a regional championship of the second division. He added “I could never have guessed that it would change my life so much”.

This was his first time in Europe. As a player of a second division football club, he said “I’ve been struggling to get my head around meeting so many stars, let alone being up for [the] award with Messi and then having my goal beat his in the vote.” Lira also thanked “my family and all those who voted for me.”

Messi praised the goal. “The fact is it’s a great goal and he deserved it. The award is in good hands”.


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