Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Has An Enemy. And It Is Not Who (Or What) You Think.

Leo Messi is practically Superman when it comes to scoring goals. But we think we've discovered his Kryptonite - and it's the crossbar.

Cristiano Ronaldo And The Record That Messi May Never Beat

During Real Madrid’s fairly pedestrian demolition of newly promoted Elche last Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second hat trick in as many games for Los Blancos. Ronaldo actually scored four goals against Elche, but, you know, he scored a hat trick along the way. Enough semantics though.

Before Messi Was Messi: How He Became The Best

The 2013-14 campaign for Lionel Messi was a disappointment for a player of his stature. He didn't win the World Cup, the Ballon d'Or, or the Champion's League - and even winning the Golden Ball as the best player of the World Cup left many Messi fans wanting for more. These, however, are the standards that Messi's past successes have set.

The World Cup Never Looked So Good

For World Cup 2014, ESPN engaged Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira to create a series of posters, one for each of the 32 nations playing in the tournament. For our money, Siqueira nailed it. We'd love to have every one of these hanging on the walls of The18 headquarters. The posters blur the line between graphic art and street art.