Friday, February 27, 2009

Marta Always Dreamt of Becoming the Best Player in the World

"It's always been a dream of mine to be the best player in the world...I've always played. Even when I was little, it was my favorite activity."

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Robinho Still Dreams of Being the Best Player in the World

"When I left Santos to (join) Real Madrid, all I thought about was becoming the best player in the world," he said.

"Today I am at Manchester City and I have the dream of fulfilling the dream of being the best player in the world."

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Messi a Maradona-Cruyff Combo

According to Barca president Joan Laporta:

"Messi is a genius. He is a combination of the best of Maradona and the best of Cruyff. He is the best player in the world."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ronaldo Outplays Ibra

Martin Samuel:

"Mourinho has built up the bout between Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the man who would like to believe that he is, but had this been in the boxing ring the man in the red corner would have had his arm raised in triumph long before the end. Ibrahimovic postured like a great player, Ronaldo played like one. All he lacked was the sprinkle of luck that would have turned a match-defining performance into a match-winning one."

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New Nike Kicks for Ronaldo (Video)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mourinho's Best Player in the World to take on Ronaldo today

Not too long ago, when Jose Mourinho called Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best player in the world, people specualted it was because he wanted to create an angle, a talking point, ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United. Today, finally, Ibra will meet up at the San Siro with last season's Best Player in the World, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tevez thinks Ronaldo Deserved Ballon d'Or Over Messi

"Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Ballon d'Or even if Lionel Messi is a footballing phenomenon."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You Can Wear Messi's Shoes But Robben Can't

Real Madrid's Arjen Robben settled a recent debate as to who is better, himself or Lionel Messi, by admitting that

"Messi is the best in the world, he does things that only he can do".

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Did Ronaldo Spit at Savage?

There is controversy this morning but even Robbie Savage says that Cristiano did not spit on him.

Still, Sir Alex Ferguson says that the Best Player in the World needs to deal with his opponents more calmly:

"Of course I can understand Cristiano’s frustration...But that’s the penalty for being a great player. He has to understand that."

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The Player Whom I Like Most is Lionel Messi

Former Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar is a Real fan who can't help praising Barca and Messi:

“Pep knows how to assemble a good team and he’s very intelligent. To watch Barcelona play is a joy. They are playing great football and they are doing very well...The player whom I like most is Lionel Messi."

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ronaldo is a Striker for a Day

Sir Alex:

"He did well in a central role and we have great options with Ronaldo, but he is such a fantastic player out wide. He is streets ahead of everyone else in the game...The goals he can get from out there are very valuable to us and you cannot deprive yourself of that by moving him and we also have plenty of strikers. Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney will be back next week...Ronaldo is a centre forward playing wide and a winger playing centre forward when he is in the game. I like him as a winger and that is where I want him to play."

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Iniesta Looked Like the Best Player in the World Against Betis

Lionel Messi came on in the second half to help Barca draw with Betis yesterday. He was marked closely and didn't contribute much except to create space for others.

The two key players for Barca were striker Samuel Eto'o with two goals and the brilliant Andres Iniesta who wreaked havoc with his stunning runs and created the penalty late in the first half which brought Barca to within one goal of their hosts.

On this night Iniesta looked like the Best Player in the World.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Laporta Praises Messi and Co.

Barca president Joan Laporta speaks with UEFA Magazine:

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"Puyol is the captain, and he represents Barça's heart and soul. Xavi also has natural leadership qualities. And Messi is a genius. He is the best player in the world. The understanding they share, especially this season, Xavi, Messi and [Daniel] Alves create a spectacle and shows a spirit that fills me with pride. This spirit and intensity illustrates the playing style and principles taught in the Barça youth sides."

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ronaldo Penalty Lifts Portugal

A second-half Cristiano Ronaldo penalty earned Portugal a 1-0 victory against Finland in a friendly on Wednesday but the hosts far from impressed with their poor finishing.

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Aguero is One of the Best Players in the World

Getafe defender, Lucas Licht:

"It is a run of form that players have, it happens to everyone. He was not scoring, but we know that 'Kun' is a great player, one of the best in the world, and we know we have to be attentive...He has very few chances, but the ones that he does have he takes, like the last one he scored. He is one of those players that you know you cannot leave because he changes the game."

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Messi's Sublime Goal Versus France

Luke Moore Says Messi is Best Player in the World

"He's the best player in the world right now. He's amazing. I've never seen anyone play like him."

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Maradona Praises Messi's Work Rate

Maradona comments on Messi's performance in Argentina's 2-0 friendly win over France:

"He played fantastic...It is like the ball is an extension of his body...But what I really loved, more than the technical side, was the way he and Segio (Aguero) fought for every ball...They fought, never let go and defended a lot."

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Ayala Thinks Messi Can be as Good as Maradona

"He is a player on another level, a rarity, who you watch when Barcelona play to see what he does with the ball. And today, he does what he wants...He can equal Maradona...There has to be care from him and from the club because each game he gives his best and he is a player who takes many tackles, he must be careful. He has everything it takes to continue at this level and it will depend on him and those around him."

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Capello Thinks Messi is Better Than Ronaldo

"No one in the world has the talent that Messi has...Messi is football talent...Ronaldo is a player with great speed, very good, very dangerous, very technical. He has an extremely high level, but it is Messi that is brilliant."

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gago Says Messi is the Best Player in the World

"Messi is the best player in the world by some way...I always thank God that he is an Argentine, not just as a player, but as a person too. I have known him since I was 18, he is incredible, a very good person and we are very good friends."

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Robinho Went to City to Become Best Player in the World

"I never believed that with Real Madrid I would reach my objective of being number one in the world, nor would I be the top scorer, so the best thing for me was to go."

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Di Stefano Says Messi is Best

"The best player around at present is Lionel Messi. Full stop."

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Henry Says Messi is Like Maradonna

"I don't want to put pressure on Messi, but you have to say it, he is very similar to Maradona, the best player I have ever seen. He enters the pitch and does things that only he knows how to do."

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Dani Alves says Messi has Overtaken Ronaldo

“With Messi around, things are much easier because he helps the team so much. We rely on him a lot and when he is on the pitch, that’s when we have to make the most of it,” he emphasised.

Finally, Alves is certain that Messi has now undoubtedly overtaken Balon d’Or winner and FIFA World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the best player.

“Cristiano is a great player who has many qualities which can make a lot of difference during a game. But there aren’t many Gods like Messi around at the moment,” the ex-Sevilla defender declared.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ronaldo Leads Messi in 2009 Best Player in the World Voting

After one month of online voting, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo still has the fans on his side.

Ronaldo has 41% of the popular vote at

Meanwhile, Barcelona's Lionel Messi is getting the most mentions in the press for "Best Player in the World", with 17 mentions to Ronaldo's 7.

Messi has 33% of the popular vote.

In third place is Liverpool's Fernando Torres with 5% of the popular vote.

It will be interesting to see if Messi's media mentions end up translating into more fan votes as the year progresses.

Messi Comes Off Bench to Score Two

Lionel Messi came off the bench and scored twice in the second half as Barcelona, who survived two late dismissals, won 2-1 at Racing Santander on Sunday and maintained their huge lead in the Primera Liga.

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Torres Scores Two

Fernando Torres scored two late goals today to lead Liverpool past Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield.

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