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`No one better than Messi`, says Man City boss Guardiola

Updated: Sep 13, 2016 15:36 IST      
`No one better than Messi`, says Man City boss Guardiola

Madrid [Spain], Sept.13 (ANI): Wading into the long-running debate of whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer on the planet, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come out in support of the Argentine talisman saying no one is better than the Barcelona star.

Ronaldo enjoyed a terrific season so far, inspiring Real Madrid to the Champions League glory before winning the Euro 2016 with Portugal following a 1-0 win over host France.

However, Guardiola believes no one is superior to Messi, who marked his short-lived international retirement with a 1-0 win over traditional rivals Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers earlier this month, the Marca reported.

The Spaniard also described Messi as the `best player` of the Champions League.

Messi played some of his best football and won two Champions Trophies under Guardiola, who led the Spanish giants from 2008-2012 before serving as Bayern Munich manager from 2013-2016.

Messi, who is among the frontrunners to win this year's Ballon d'Or title as well, won the coveted prize in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 in contrast to Ronaldo's record of victories in 2008, 2013 and 2014. (ANI)

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Kevin Mitchell Jr to step down as Gabba curator

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:58 IST     

Brisbane [Australia], Aug 21 (ANI): Kevin Mitchell Jr, one of the Australia's renowned cricket curators, has announced that he will bid adieu to his illustrious career following this year's Ashes Test in November.

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Dimitrov, Muguruza lift maiden Cincinnati Masters title

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:40 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A], August 21 (ANI): Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov continued to perform at his menacing best as he trounced Australian player Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to lift his maiden 2017 Western and Southern Open trophy in Cincinnati here on Monday.

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Lucknow [India], Aug 21 (ANI): Jaipur Pink Panthers held their nerve in the closing minutes to edge past UP Yoddha 24-22 in an exhilarating match of the in the Pro Kabaddi League here at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Aug 21 (ANI): Lakshay Sheoran and Manisha Keer won India a bronze medal in the mixed team trap competition of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Shotgun, presently underway in Porpetto, Italy.

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India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in first ODI

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 21:04 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): The Indian Cricket Team achieved yet another comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 20 (ANI): The Indian Football team have now broken all records having won eight games on the trot since the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Playoff Round 1 match against Laos on June 2, 2016.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], August 20 (ANI): Left-handed batsman Mominul Haque has been included in the Bangladesh squad for the first Test against Australia beginning in Dhaka on August 27 in place of Mosaddek Hossain, who is suffering from an eye infection.

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Indian spinners restrict Lanka to 216 in Dambulla ODI

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 18:15 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): India bundled out Sri Lanka for mere 216 runs in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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World No. 1 Nadal to begin 2018 at Brisbane International

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 16:46 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 20 (ANI): 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will begin his Australian Open build-up at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in January, the organisers said on Sunday.

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Birmingham [UK], August 20 (ANI): West Indies captain Jason Holder has called on each of his teammates to look themselves in the mirror and see where they can improve in the aftermath of the crushing defeat in the opening Test of the three-match series against England.

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India opt to field against Sri Lanka in ODI series opener

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 14:20 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): India won the toss and elected to chase in the opening ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], August 20 (ANI): Oinam Bemdem Devi, the flag bearer of Indian women's football over the past two decades was on August 18 named the winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Bembem becomes the second Indian woman footballer to win the award, the first being Shanti Mullick in 1983.

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Muguruza, Dimitrov eye maiden Cincinnati Masters` title

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 11:47 IST     

Cincinnati [US], August 20 (ANI): Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will face second seed Simona Halep in the final of the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.

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India come back from behind to beat Mauritius 2-1

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 11:16 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 20 (ANI): India came back from behind to register their eighth official win in international football when they made short work of Mauritius 2-1 in the opening match of the Tri-nation international football series at the Mumbai Football Arena yesterday.

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England rout Windies in Edgbaston Test

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 10:31 IST     

Birmingham [UK], August 20 (ANI): England crushed West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in their inaugural day/night Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday.

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Dambulla: India to take on Sri Lanka in first ODI today

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 08:28 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], Aug. 20 (ANI): The first One Day International of the 5-match series between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Dambulla today.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Aug 19 (ANI): Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who played his last Test for the national side in August 2015, has been recalled to the 14-man squad for the opening Test of the two-match series against Australia, beginning August 27 in Mirpur.

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Mumbai [India], Aug 19 (ANI): Ahead of India's first match against Mauritius in the Tri-nation International tri-series in Mumbai, national football coach Stephen Constantine has insisted that despite the recent good run, they are not in a position to overestimate their ability.

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Never felt Anil Kumble was strict: Wriddhiman Saha

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 14:34 IST     

Kolkata [India], August 19 (ANI): Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Saturday insisted that he never found former head coach Anil Kumble strict as his other teammates used to consider him.

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