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Lionel Messi’s hometown bans people from naming children ‘Messi’

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Folks who live in Lionel Messi’s hometown of Rosario, Argentina are no longer permitted to name their children after the most gifted athlete their section of the globe has ever produced. According to a Spanish News outlet, Rosario officials recently passed a law that prohibits the use of “Messi” as a first name.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the rationale for the law states that using a family name as a first name causes confusion. A man named Hector Varela recently named his newborn son Messi, which apparently inspired the passing of the law. Despite that, Varela said he is proud to have named his child after the best player in the world.

The law was likely passed to protect Messi’s legacy. As Deadspin put it, this is basically the same thing as a team retiring a player’s number. Retiring a name, however, is much more intense. Given what we know about soccer and its fans, that seems appropriate.

Lionel Messi girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo ready for final

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Lionel Messi is one of the best soccer players in the world, so it only makes sense that his girlfriend is one of the best looking women at the 2014 World Cup. Antonella Roccuzzo has been in Brazil cheering Messi and Argentina on during their impressive run to the World Cup final.

Messi fans are quite familiar with Roccuzzo, who has been dating the Argentinian star since 2008. The two have an adorable son together named Thiago. Roccuzzo and Thiago have matching Barcelona jerseys to support Leo.

Roccuzzo and the other wives and girlfriends of the Argentinian team have been supporting their boyfriends and husbands throughout the World Cup.

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Lionel Messi scores nasty free kick goal (Video)

Lionel-Messi-free-kick-goalLionel Messi scored two goals in the first half against Nigeria on Wednesday, and the second was a thing of beauty. Argentina were awarded a free kick in stoppage time just before the first-half whistle sounded and Messi did what he does best.

Messi, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, struck a perfectly-placed ball with his left foot that gave Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama no chance. There’s simply no way to line up in a position that allows you to stop that shot.

With that, Messi brought his 2014 World Cup goal total to four in less than three games. There’s a reason many people consider him to be the best player on the planet.

Lionel Messi scores stoppage time goal to lift Argentina (GIF)

Lionel-Messi-goalLionel Messi, one of the best forwards in the World Cup, scored in stoppage time on Saturday to lift Argentina over Iran. Messi’s beautiful goal in the 91st minute secured his nation’s spot in the knockout rounds.

Messi put a beautiful move on an Iranian defender and bent a shot with his left foot. Iran goalkeeper Agustin Orion had no chance to save the ball, as Messi placed it perfectly. The reaction of this Argentina fan said it all.

Argentina is considered one of the best teams in the tournament, and no one expected Iran to play them evenly for 90 minutes. Messi’s goal was the definition of a heartbreaker.

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Lionel Messi makes defenders collide on World Cup goal (Video)

The best scorer in the world didn’t waste much time getting on the board at the 2014 World Cup.

Lionel Messi scored the second goal of the game for Argentina in their Group F opener Sunday against Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming across the box and putting one just inside the post with a lefty kick.

As a bonus, Messi made two defenders collide with his slick moves before giving his country a 2-0 lead. You could almost hear the circus music playing in the background.

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Cristiano Ronaldo steals Lionel Messi’s girlfriend in great photoshop picture

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Cristiano Ronaldo ended Lionel Messi’s streak of four (three since the award merged with FIFA Player of the Year) straight Ballon d’Or awards by winning the honor at the FIFA Awards in Switzerland on Monday night. Ronaldo, who finished second the past two years and won it in 2009, was extremely emotional upon winning the award and even cried.

Ronaldo was a very deserving winner, but what we’d like to focus on is how his victory led to a fantastic photoshop picture. Not only did Ronaldo take the award from Messi, but he also took the Argentine’s girl, Antonella Roccuzzo, who’s seen sitting on the Portuguese star’s lap in the picture.

Is that not the best photoshop picture you’ve seen? It makes Messi look like the saddest person ever. He’s sitting all by himself wondering how he lost his girlfriend and his award. Suddenly that bright red suit doesn’t look so snazzy anymore, huh?

Alright, so enough fun with that one. Here’s what the original photo looks like:

OK, so Messi still looks bewildered in that photo. I’ll admit that.

Photo via BBC Sporf

Lionel Messi wears tuxedo with polka dots to FIFA awards (Pictures)

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Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award (FIFA Player of the Year) for a record fourth-straight year, but it’s his outfit that has people buzzing.

The Argentine wore a black tuxedo with white polka dots, white shirt, and a matching bowtie at the awards ceremony. Here’s another look at his tux:

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