Posted February 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
The much-anticipated showdown between Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Argentina-Sweden friendly on Wednesday may not last more than a half. Sweden coach Erik Hamren has suggested he will use Ibrahimovic sparingly as he has a busy club schedule coming up with Paris Saint-Germain. Messi has 34 league goals for Barcelona this season while Ibrahimovic tops the French league's scoring table with 20. The Sweden striker scored four times the last time he put on the national jersey in a 4-2 win over England. His last goal was an acrobatic overhead kick from outside the penalty box that will be hard to top on Wednesday under a closed roof.

Fan runs on field to kiss Messi

One soccer fan got very friendly during Argentina’s friendly against Sweden in Stockholm Wednesday.  Watch below as the guy ran on to the pitch (soccer field for us normal people), went up to Argentinian legend Lionel Messi to give him a peck on the forehead and a litte head rub like you’d give your Golden Retriever.  Except it sure seemed like Joe Fan felt a spark.  Weirdo...

Fan invades pitch, kisses Lionel Messi's forehead during Sweden vs Argentina friendly (Video)

A fan invaded the pitch near the end of Wednesday's friendly between Sweden and Argentina to hug Lionel Messi and kiss him on the forehead. The fan, who was wearing Messi's Barcelona jersey, ruffled Messi's hair a bit before surrendering to security and allowed himself to be taken away. Messi was left to wipe himself down with his shirt before finishing out the...

Ronaldinho Imagines Neymar and Lionel Messi Playing ‘Beautiful’ Soccer Together at Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho sees Brazil teammate Neymar as a good option for FC Barcelona and thinks he could play alongside Lionel Messi. “Of course I imagine Messi and Neymar playing together at the club, it would be beautiful,” Ronaldinho explained. Ronaldinho is happy for Messi’s success. “I was very happy when he won his fourth Golden Ball. He deserves it because...

Fan runs onto pitch, kisses Lionel Messi and ruffles his hair

This was probably a scary moment for star soccer player Lionel Messi because he had no way of knowing what exactly the fan was going to do.  But it turned out that during this friendly match between Argentina and Sweden, that the fan merely wanted to let Messi know that he’s a big fan.  Strange, yes, but it could have ended up much worse.[YouTube]

Barcelona Can’t Escape Clásico Withdrawal

Fortunately for Valencia, Lionel Messi was far from his usual self in 1-1 draw at the Mestalla on SundayThe post Barcelona Can’t Escape Clásico Withdrawal appeared first on The Soccer Daily.

Defeat for Scolari on return as Brazil coach

Luiz Felipe Scolari and Ronaldinho endured disappointing returns to international football as Brazil lost 2-1 to England, while Spain, Germany and Argentina all won high-profile friendlies on Wednesday to justify their positions as the world's top three teams. World champion Spain stretched its unbeaten run to 17 games by beating Uruguay 3-1, Germany came from behind to beat...

Neymar makes Santos commitment

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Liverpool played a Champions League game unaware the opposing keeper was caught up in a match-fixing plot. Neymar is in no rush to leave Santos despite interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea...

Scolari begins repair job with stuttering Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari begins his mission to restore Brazil's flagging fortunes ahead of next year's World Cup with a glamor match against England on Wednesday, one of five high-profile friendlies to kick off international football in 2013. Brazil reached out for its World Cup-winning coach from 2002 after firing Mano Menezes in November, with the national team slipping to...
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