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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)
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Virat Kohli In The Top 20 In Instagram’s Top-Earners’ List

Indian skipper Virat Kohli enjoys a massive fan base on-field as well as off-field. The Indian captain is famous for his playing style in the field, the way he handles the situation, his winning spirit and consciousness about fitness.

He has a big fandom in social media as he is followed by 42.4 million people on Instagram. Virat is a youth icon and is a big influencer among the millennial. So brands prefer to endorse Virat among the Indian sportsmen and this has led the skipper in the top 20 list of highest earners from Instagram last year.

Buzz Bingo observed at the total number of promoted posts by each star over the last 12 months and divided that amount by the declared earnings for that period.

The list is topped by the footballer Cristiano Ranaldo who earned a whopping amount of $47.8M from just one social media platform i.e, Instagram last year. He charged $975K for a post. The tough competitor Lionel Messi is in the second position in the list and earned $23.3M from Instagram last year. He charged $648K for per post.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (Image Credit: ESPN)

Virat Kohli is standing in 11th position with the earning amount of $1.18 million

Kendall and Kylie Jenner both the sisters are in the Top 10 in the list with Kendall in No.3. She earned $15.9 million last year from Instagram. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is ranked eleventh on the list. He made six sponsored posts on Instagram last year and made $1.18M. The Indian national cricket team captain charged $196,000 per post.

Virat Kohli, Instagram
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Here is the list of highest earners from Instagram:

Virat Kohli, Instagram
Image Credit: Instagram

Virat Kohli endorses many big brands and one of them is Puma. He also owns one clothing brand Wrogn which the player promotes in his Instagram page.

Meanwhile, the skipper is busy in the home Test series against South Africa. The last Test match of this series will begin on 19th October in Ranchi.

MS Dhoni, most admired
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: AP Photo)
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MS Dhoni Is Second Most Admired Man In India

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is the second most admired man in India as he is only behind of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

There is no doubt that MS Dhoni is one of the most successful cricketers in the world. His presence has provided many achievements for his teams. He achieves huge success in multiple roles – batting, finishing, wicketkeeping, captaincy etc. In addition, his cool and calm attitude always makes him fans favourite.

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MS Dhoni is ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

Recently, YouGov published most admired people in worldwide. In India, PM Narendra Modi is on top of the entire list after managing the admiration score of 15.66%. The present limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman and former World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni is in the second position in men’s list with the admiration score of 8.58%.

MS Dhoni, most admired
MS Dhoni and PM Narendra Modi (Image Credit: Google)

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (5.81%) and the present Indian captain Virat Kohli (4.46%) are in the seventh and eighth position respectively. They are behind Ratan Tata, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Amitabh Bachchan apart from the top two men. However, the superstar footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are way behind of the top three Indian cricketers.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Getty Images)

2012 Olympic bronze medal winner in women’s boxing, Mary Kom is leading the women table in India. However, she earned a lesser score than Indian PM but higher than MS Dhoni as she achieved the admiration score of 10.36%. Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi (9.46%) and legendary singer Lata Mangeskar (9.23%) are the only other women who earned more admiration score than MS Dhoni.

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Marry Kom (Image Credit: Google)

More than 42,000 people from 41 countries took part in the interview process.

In the world list, Bill Gates is standing on top with 9.6% admiration score. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama is leading the world women’s table with the admiration score of 8.8%. Among the Indians in the world list, PM Narendra Modi (4.8%) is in the sixth position of men’s list. Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone (2.8%) and Priyanka Chopra (2.8%) are in the 13th and 14th positions of world women’s list.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (4.3%) and Lionel Messi (3.8%) are in the seventh and ninth positions respectively in global men’s list.

UEFA, Virgil van Dijk
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UEFA Announces Final Nomination List Of The 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year Award

On Thursday (15th August), the UEFA has revealed the three-man shortlist for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Apart from the two superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk is the third player in this nomination list.

On 29th August 2019, during the group stage draw in Monaco, the UEFA will announce the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award winner. Besides this, the UEFA will also announce the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners.

Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk will fight for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award

Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk was in the top form during the last season. He played the massive role for the Premier League side Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League 2018/19. In the final of UEFA Champions League 2018/19, he won the Man of the Match award. The Dutch footballer also played a significant role for the national side as they were the runners-up in the inaugural UEFA Nations League (2018/19).

UEFA, Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, the Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has returned to the top three nominations of this award. In the last year, he missed out the top three positions while the Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric won that trophy. Messi (12 goals) was the top goal-scorer in the UEFA Champions League 2018/19. However, his Spanish club Barcelona was eliminated from the semi-finals.

UEFA, Virgil van Dijk
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

On the other hand, Messi (36 goals) was also the top goal-scorer in the La Liga 2018/19 while his team Barcelona won the crown. Messi also won the European Golden Shoe 2018/19.

In the meantime, the Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo also maintained his form. Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League (2018/19) under his leadership. Ronaldo (three goals) was also the leading goal scorer in the National League Finals (knockout stage). Also, he further helped his Italian club Juventus to win the Serie A 2018/19.

UEFA, Virgil van Dijk
Cristiano Ronaldo (Image Credit: Google)

The European body also published the other details

The UEFA also revealed the points of the seven other footballers who failed to earn the top three positions for this award. These are as follows:

The rest of the ten players for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award

Rank Player (Teams) Points
4 Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil) 57
5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) 51
6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) 49
7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) 38
8 Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) 27
8 Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) 27
10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) 12

Besides this, the UEFA has also revealed the top three shortlisted players for the other awards, including the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award. Here are these nominees’ lists as follows:

Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Hugo Lloris, Marc-André ter Stegen
Defender of the Season: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk
Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Jordan Henderson
Forward of the Season: Sadio Mané, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Women’s Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
Europa League Player of the Season: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Luka Jović

Lionel Messi, UEFA Goal of the Season
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)
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Lionel Messi Wins His Third UEFA Goal Of The Season Award

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the UEFA Goal of the Season award. His sensational free-kick during the first leg of the semi-final of UEFA Champions League 2018/19 won this trophy.

It was the home leg for the Spanish giants Barcelona against the Premier League club Liverpool. Messi scored two goals in that game while Barcelona managed a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou. While Luis Suarez scored the opening goal of the match on 26 minutes, Messi successfully netted twice on 75 and 82 minutes. His second goal of that match won the latest trophy.

Lionel Messi, UEFA Goal of the Season
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

Messi attempted that shot from the 30-yard distance from the goal, and it was an incredible shot as the goalie failed to stop that top corner shot.

The latest UEFA Goal of the Season award is Messi’s third UEFA Goal of the Season award. Earlier, he won it back-to-back for the goal against Bayern Munich in the UCL 2014/15 and the goal against Roma in the UCL 2015/16 season.

There were ten players in the nomination list for the latest award. The other nominees for this award were Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Sarr (Stade Rennes), Faupala (Apollon), Pedro (Chelsea), Millot (France), Katerina Svitkova (Slavia Prague), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Nani (Sporting de Portugal), and Danilo (Portugal).

Lionel Messi finished the last UCL season as the leading goal-scorer

The award-winning goal was Lionel Messi’s 12th and final goal in that tournament. Despite taking a big 3-0 home lead, Barcelona failed to reach the final of UCL 2018/19. In their away leg, Liverpool handed them a 4-0 defeat in the full-time.

Lionel Messi, UEFA Goal of the Season
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

Later, Liverpool won that tournament after beating another Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the final by the 2-0 margin at Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).

Lionel Messi finished that tournament as the leading goal scorer with 12 goals. German giants Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski was the second most goal scorer in that tournament with eight goals.

The Argentine forward Messi has also been nominated for the best UCL forward of the season award. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane are the other players in this nomination list.

Lionel Messi, CONMEBOL
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)
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Lionel Messi Bannned For 3 Months From International Football By CONMEBOL

Messi who alleged the  Copa to be corrupt has been banned for his comments on CONMEBOL and also fined $50,000

Argentina star, Lionel Messi was sent off for an altercation with Chile’s Gary Medel. The happening took place in the third-place match between Argentina and Chile in the Copa America 2019.

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Lionel Messi saw a red card during the third-place match in Copa America 2019 

After the match in an interview, Messi showed his anger against the referees and the federation by alleging them of corruption. He said: “We don’t have to be part of this corruption. They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament. Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.

“I think the cup is fixed for Brazil,” he said. “I hope VAR and the referees have nothing to do in this final and that Peru can compete because they have the team to do so, although I think it’s difficult.”

Lionel Messi reportedly has seven days to appeal against the verdict of his suspension. A 3-month International ban for the FC Barcelona forward means he is going to miss friendly games for Argentina in September against Chile and Mexico in the United States. He is also going to miss a friendly against Germany in October.

Lionel Messi, CONMEBOL
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

Argentina lost the semifinals of the Copa America 2-0 to Brazil, and even after that match, Messi had made a controversial statement to the press. Messi criticized the refereeing decisions made and also the VAR. He said, “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.

“They had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible.”

The Argentine football federation also complained about the refereeing errors in the match which had cost Argentina a place in the finals.

Brazil went on to win the Copa America 2019, thrashing Peru 3-1 in the finals. Messi was in the subject to a lot of criticism by the Brazilian players after the comments he made.

FIFA, Cristiano Ronaldo
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FIFA Releases The Nominees Of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019

On Wednesday (31st July), FIFA has released the nominations of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 in four categories. FIFA will announce the names of the award winners on 23rd September 2019.

The four categories are The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees, The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees. A total of 42 names have been nominated. Apart from nominating 12 names for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award, all other categories have ten nominations.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 is the fourth edition, which has been started since 2016. After releasing the nominees for the 2019 edition, FIFA has opened the voting. To decide the winner, FIFA has equally split the voting rights between the four categories – the players, the coaches, the fans and the media.

The national team captains and the national team coaches represent the players and the coaches respectively. The fans can vote through the official website of FIFA while the selected media will represent the media.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah are in the Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees

The first two-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is in the list of the Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees along with Lionel Messi. Messi hasn’t won this trophy yet. While Ronaldo’s Portugal recently won the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League, Messi’s Argentina finished as the third-placed team in the 2019 Copa America. However, Messi was the leading goal-scorer in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (12 goals). Meanwhile, the previous Best FIFA Men’s Player award (2018) winner Luka Modric is not in this latest nominees.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

In the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 nominees, three players are from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League-winning side Liverpool. These players are Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

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Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)

On the other hand, among the 12 nominees of The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019, 11 players featured in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France. In this list, four players are from the latest World Cup-winning side the USA. These players are Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. All the leading goal-scorers of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 are in this list as they are Ellen White (England), Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018 award winner Marta is not in the latest nominees list.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Juventus

Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) – Ajax / FC Barcelona

Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) – Ajax / Juventus

Eden Hazard (Belgium) – Chelsea / Real Madrid

Harry Kane (England) – Tottenham Hotspur

Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Liverpool

Kylian Mbappe (France) – Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi (Argentina) – FC Barcelona

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) – Liverpool

 

The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees

Lucy Bronze (England) – Olympique Lyonnais

Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway) – Wolfsburg / FC Barcelona

Ada Hegerberg (Norway) – Olympique Lyonnais

Amandine Henry (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Sam Kerr (Australia) – Chicago Red Stars / Perth Glory

Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) – Arsenal

Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride

Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC

Wendie Renard (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Ellen White (England) – Birmingham City / Manchester City

 

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria) – Algeria national team

Didier Deschamps (France) – France national team

Marcelo Gallardo (Argentina) – River Plate

Ricardo Gareca (Argentina) – Peru national team

Pep Guardiola (Spain) – Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp (Germany) – Liverpool

Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina) – Tottenham Hotspur

Fernando Santos (Portugal) – Portugal national team

Erik ten Hag (Netherlands) – Ajax

Tite (Brazil) – Brazil national team

 

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees

Milena Bertolini (Italy) – Italy national team

Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden) – Sweden national team

Futoshi Ikeda (Japan) – Japan U-20 national team

Antonia Is (Spain) – Spain U-17 national team

Joe Montemurro (Australia) – Arsenal

Phil Neville (England) – England national team

Reynald Pedros (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Paul Riley (England) – North Carolina Courage

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) – Netherlands national team

Lionel Messi, 2019 Copa America, CONMEBOL
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)
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Lionel Messi Faces One-Match Ban And $1,500 Fine For His Controversies Against Chile In 2019 Copa America

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has faced a one-match ban along with $1,500 fine for his controversial segments during the third-place game of the 2019 Copa America against Chile.

Brazil hosted the 2019 Copa America from 14th June to 7th July. A total of 12 teams participated in this competition. Apart from all ten CONMEBOL sides, AFC teams Qatar and Japan joined in this tournament through the invitations.

On 6th July, Argentina and Chile met in the third-place game of this tournament after both sides suffered defeats in their respective semi-finals. In the first semi-final, the previous two-time runners-up Argentina lost against the hosts Brazil by 2-0. Meanwhile, the previous two-time champions Chile suffered a 0-3 margin defeat against Peru in the second semi-final.

Lionel Messi involved in a hot clash against Chile

During the first half of the third-place game, Lionel Messi and the Chilean defensive-midfielder Gary Medel involved in a clash. The moment became hotter soon as they engaged in a head butt.

Lionel Messi, 2019 Copa America, CONMEBOL
Lionel Messi and Gary Medel heated moment (Image Credit: Google)

Soon, the referee came to cool off that clash and showed the direct red cards to both the players.

However, the replay showed that the Barcelona star Messi didn’t even try to conduct a head butt. Instead, he was trying to moving away from that situation, while the Chilean captain Medel was actually aggressive.

The other Argentine players requested the referee to check the VAR, but the referee was confident enough on himself to take the big decision.

In his professional career, it was only Messi’s second red card. His first red card was during his debutant international game on 17th August 2005 (against Hungary).

Meanwhile, Argentina finally won by the 2-1 margin against Chile in the third-place game of 2019 Copa America. While Sergio Aguero (12′) and Paulo Dybala (22′) scored for the winning side, Arturo Vidal (59′) opened the account of Chile through a penalty.

After that match, upset Messi accused the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for the corruption. Messi also denied attending the medal ceremony.

CONMEBOL announced the sanctions on the Argentine captain

The CONMEBOL has finally revealed the punishment on the Argentina captain. Messi has faced only $1,500 fine for his “corruption” comments. Further, he has received a one-match ban for getting a red card in the third-place game.

Lionel Messi, 2019 Copa America, CONMEBOL
Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

Due to that ban, Messi is likely to miss Argentina’s opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Messi scored one goal in the 2019 Copa America.

On the other hand, the hosts Brazil won the 2019 Copa America crown after beating Peru by 3-1.

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Virat Kohli Is The Leading Cricketer In Instagram Rich List 2019

Indian captain Virat Kohli is the top cricketer in “Instagram Rich List 2019”.

Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket history. At present, he is the no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman. For a long time, Kohli is delivering consistent batting performances.

Recently, HopperHQ has released the Instagram Rich List 2019. Virat Kohli is the only cricketer among the top 16 sportspersons in Instagram Rich List 2019. Earning $196,000 per post, Kohli is standing in the ninth position among the sportspersons in Instagram Rich List 2019.

Virat Kohli is in the second position among the Indian celebrities in Instagram Rich List 2019

Virat Kohli, Instagram Rich List 2019
Virat Kohli

Meanwhile, the Indian captain is in the 23rd position in the overall Instagram Rich List 2019. Among the Asians in the Instagram Rich List 2019, Kohli is in the second position as he is standing just behind of another Indian celebrity, Priyanka Chopra. Bollywood and Hollywood star, and Miss World 2000 winner, Priyanka Chopra is in the 19th position as she earns $ 271,000 per post.

During calculation time, Kohli had around 36.1 million followers on his official Instagram account. At present, the Indian captain has 38.1 million followers on that account.

Among the sportspersons, Kohli is ahead of Luis Suarez, Conor Mcgregor, Mohammed Salah, Serena Williams etc.

Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the sportspersons table

Portugal and Juventus football star Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the sportsperson list of the Instagram Rich List 2019. Putting behind Neymar junior and Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is earning $975,000 per post.

Virat Kohli, Instagram Rich List 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazilian football star Neymar junior is standing in the second position as he earns $722,000 per post. Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is in the third position with the $648,000 per post earning.

Virat Kohli, Instagram Rich List 2019
Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior

Among the other football stars, former English footballer David Beckham is in the fourth position while Ronaldinho, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are in the sixth, seventh and eighth positions respectively.

Here is the list of top 16 sportspersons in Instagram Rich List 2019

Rank Name Location Cost Per Post
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Europe $975,000
2 Neymar South America $722,000
3 Lionel Messi South America $648,000
4 David Beckham UK $357,000
5 LeBron James USA $272,000
6 Ronaldo Moreira South America $256,000
7 Gareth Bale UK $218,000
8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Europe $200,000
9 Virat Kohli Asia $196,000
10 Luis Suarez South America $184,000
11 Conor McGregor UK $169,000
12 Mohamed Salah Africa $165,000
13 Stephen Curry USA $142,000
14 Serena Williams USA $124,000
15 Ronda Rousey USA $67,700
16 Floyd Mayweather USA $60,500
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Rahul Dravid Visits Camp Nou To Witness Barcelona Victory, Calls Messi ”A Genius”

The legendary batsman of India Rahul Dravid is having some quality time off the field. The former skipper of Indian National Cricket Team made a visit to the Camp Nou to watch Barcelona winning the game. In the video posted by the Football club, Dravid was seen showering praises on Messi for his exceptional play.

Rahul Dravid has always been a huge fan of Football. He often finds his time to witness matches when he is off from his National Duty. As there is nothing much for him to do with the Indian Premier League, it seems like Dravid would like to spend time by taking the honour.

It’s a huge honour – Rahul Dravid

In fact, Rahul Dravid visited the Camp alongside his family. Speaking after the game, the iconic cricketer quoted that he is honoured to be in the stands and watch players like Messi and Saurez playing on the field. Further, he went on to add saying that he had a great time with his family.

Rahul Dravid, Lionel Messi
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“It’s incredible, it’s a huge honour, it’s one of the things I’ve always wanted to do, come to Camp Nou and watch a football game. To be here and experience the atmosphere, it’s absolutely electric. To be able to watch players like Messi and Suarez play live, it’s fantastic for me and my family,” said Dravid in a video posted on the football team’s social media channels.

On Messi:

Messi has always been the star of the game and always takes the headlines, whenever he is on the field. Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid is no exception, as he too showers words of praise on Messi for his great gameplay.

Messi outshines Dembele in 3-1 Barcelona win over Leganes

“He’s an absolute genius. It’s incredible to watch what he does and to watch him live… One thing to see with Messi is how fantastic he is with the ball but it is incredible to see how good he is without the ball and how he is able to find spaces. I don’t think there’s been a better player than him ever. It’s fantastic to watch him live,” Dravid said.

However, it seems like Rahul Dravid had a great time with the team. After the completion of the game, Rahul was honoured by giving him the Jersey of the team. On the work front, Rahul Dravid will coach the youngsters once the Indian Premier League 2019 conclude.

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Messi stars as Barcelona beat Espanyol

Madrid, Dec 10: Leo Messi was at his mercurial best, scoring with two free kicks and setting up Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele for further goals as FC Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 win away to local rivals Espanyol.

Messi opened the scoring with a magnificent free kick in the 16th minute on Sunday and created space for Ousmane Dembele to curl home Barca’s second of the game, reports Xinhua news agency.

Luis Suarez added a third on the stroke of halftime to virtually assure the win and Messi put the icing on the cake with another brilliant free kick with 25 minutes left to play.