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Soccer Stars And The Twitter Connection – Infographic

Soccer, Social Media – With Lionel Messi becoming the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or for the fourth consecutive year, it isn’t surprising he is the most talked about footballer on the planet, having amassed over 2 million tweets in one month. However he is overtaken by Christian Ronaldo whose 16 million followers on Twitter ensure he is never out of the news. Our infographic lets you see who is following who in the world of football on Twitter.

Source: Visual.ly, Bet.Unibet

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Soccer Is Life: Playing Against Lionel Messi? Get Ready – Infographic

Are you playing against Lionel Messi soon? Here is a graphic display of the 91 goals scored by Lionel Messi in 2012: From where and to where. Get ready!

Source: Visual.ly

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Lionel Messi Is Trying To Get Better – Watch Out Real Madrid

Pep Guardiola – Messi and Cristiano are playing in a different league

El Clasico is coming

El Clasico is coming up…Get ready

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Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish defends Andy Carroll, Santos' Neymar confesses admiration for Barcelona and Lionel Messi: Morning's Top Stories — The Beautiful Game (@iWorldCup) November 20, 2011

Colombia 1-2 Argentina; WC qualifier; Messi shines in win – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Colombia 1-2 Argentina; WC qualifier; Messi shines in win – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero saving Argentina from more pain after Javier Mascherano scored an own goal to put Colombia in front.

Lionel Messi will not join Barcelona on US trip – La Liga News | FOX Sports on MSN

Lionel Messi will not join Barcelona on US trip – La Liga News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Burned out and in need of rest. There is a good chance for a slow start into the Spanish league.

El Clasico, final battle for Spain – UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid. Real left with “the golden pineapple”?

On Tuesday we will finally find out who is the winner of “The Battle of Spain”. After almost three weeks of waiting and watching some passionate soccer, and everything around it, the World will sleep again. Well, for the most, the battle is already over. Indeed, it doesn’t look good for Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and team mates. While at the beginning of the series Real did well, the win of the Copa del Rey could now turn into “the win of the golden pineapple”.

What happened? The momentum, after the Copa del Rey final on Real’s side, has shifted. After Barca’s win in the first leg at Real, just a few believe Real still has a chance. Even “the special one”, Jose Mourinho, admitted that it looks impossible to turn this around. Moral is miserable, as the last league game on Saturday showed. Real losing at home against Zaragoza. Not that Barca did any better, they lost their league game as well, but they can afford it with an eight point lead. Plus, they played after Real already lost, so it is easy for them to excuse themselves for the loss. Conserve power for the second leg is a good excuse in this case.

A lot happened over the past three weeks. The two clubs really brushed each other up, on the field, as well as off the field. So much, that the Spanish national coach, del Bosque, complained about all the El Clasico’s. He is afraid that the outcome and all the fights on and off the field will impair moral in the Spanish national team. It might. Some of the fight’s on the field were so full of passion, that it is hard to believe that these players can be best friends again comes Wednesday morning.

Writing off Real? I warn from doing so. Can you imagine that Cristiano Ronaldo scores two or even three goals in one game? I can, it wouldn’t be the first time. I can also imagine that Iker Casillas has an amazing game and drives Lionel Messi & Co. crazy. Yes, no Sergio Ramos, no Pepe. Khedira is injured and out as well. Almost the entire defense is out for this important game. Well, there are still a few guys that can mix some concrete there, in the Real defense. Albiol and Carvalho for example might be nice guys off the field, on the field you need to get around them first. Besides that, can you imagine being a “bench player” and now coming in into such an important game? What better motivation do you need? If that doesn’t make you fight with the knife between the teeth, what will? I don’t think this competition is over for Real. I know, it is not for Mourinho and he will find a way to motivate his players, if that is even needed.

I am a firm believer in Jose Mourinho. A lot of people in soccer don’t like him, and I do think that he sometimes does ridiculous things, but he has the ability to get into opponents heads. He already, in public, declared that it is next to impossible to turn this around, but that is just a way to cover for what already everyone believes. He lost at home, he is missing important players, he can’t sit on the bench, the game is at Barca, nothing speaks for Real. However, I do not believe for a second that Mourinho is giving up. He will pull a rabbit out of his hat, at least he is trying.