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Messi bags hat trick, earns perfect 10 in masterclass vs. Mallorca

The FC guys dismantle Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, where the surprise club remains at the top.
Ale Moreno feels competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or is the ultimate fuel for Lionel Messi.
Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi scored his 35th La Liga hat trick as Barcelona blew Mallorca away with a blistering first 45 minutes at Camp Nou on Saturday on their way to a 5-2 win.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a chipped finish after latching on to a pass from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Messi added the second with a curling effort from 25 yards.

Mallorca pulled one back through Ante Budimir but Barca added two more before half-time. Messi scored the third from the edge of the...

Messi retirement date not far away, says Valverde

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said the football world must get used to the idea that Lionel Messi will retire in the near future, adding that he will cherish being able to tell people he was able to coach the Argentine.

Messi, ranked the No. 1 forward in the ESPN FC 100, was crowned world player of the year for a record sixth time when he received the Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday and set alarm bells ringing by saying in his speech "you enjoy these moments more because my retirement is getting...

Barcelona have to prepare for life after Messi. Fati just might be the answer

It's been said that sportsmen die twice, the first time when they retire. And when that sportsman is Lionel Messi, everyone else dies, too.

This might sound like a wild exaggeration, and of course it is... or is it? This week, at least, it didn't feel so far off. When Messi collected the Ballon d'Or on Monday night, voted the world's best player for the sixth time a full 10 extraordinary years after the first, he said something with a power that belied its banality, a simple truth. That day...

Megan Rapinoe calls on Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo to help in fight for equality

Ale Moreno feels competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or is the ultimate fuel for Lionel Messi.
Megan Rapinoe shares an update on the USWNT's fight for equal pay and explains what an ideal resolution looks like from her point of view.
Juan Mata feels players should not just stick to playing football and instead follow the lead of figures like Megan Rapinoe.
Megan Rapinoe sits down for an exclusive interview with ESPN and discusses the impact Donald Trump's tweets had on the USWNT at the World Cup.

U.S. women's national team captain Megan Rapinoe has urged male superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to do more to tackle issues such as racism and sexism in modern football.

Rapinoe, 34, won the female Ballon d'Or award -- only the second in history -- on Monday after winning the World Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Ball in July.

Speaking with organisers France Football after her Ballon d'Or triumph, Rapinoe challenged Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovic to...

Lionel Messi charity fraud charges: Spanish court reopens case

Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.
Craig Burley believes Lionel Messi is single-handedly covering up deficiencies at Barcelona.
Shaka Hislop believes Barcelona are far too reliant on Lionel Messi's "superhuman" performances in recent years.
Ale Moreno says Lionel Messi looked "untouchable" and Antoine Griezmann stayed disciplined in Barcelona's win.

Fraud charges against Lionel Messi's charity have been reopened by a Spanish court.

A Barcelona judge dismissed a complaint filed by Federico Rettori, a former employee of Messi's foundation who had accused the non-profit organisation of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, in September due to a lack of evidence

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