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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)

CSA suspends Tsotsobe on match-fixing charges

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 23:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], April. 24 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday charged former Proteas bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel ("the Code").

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Pregnant Serena surges back to World No. 1 spot

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 20:45 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Just few days after announcing her pregnancy, American tennis star Serena Williams surged back to the world number one spot in the latest rankings issued by Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Monday.

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Apr.24 (ANI): Steel Plant Sports Board produced a superlative performance as they hammered The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 9-0 in their Pool A clash on the fifth day of the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) 'A' Division at Aishbagh Stadium here on Monday.

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Skill India candidates get felicitated by Delhi Daredevils

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 19:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Skill India, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils met several candidates trained under Skill India at IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) here in the national capital on Monday.

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Nadal surges to fifth spot post Monte Carlo triumph

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 19:10 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has climbed up to the fifth spot in the latest ATP rankings after clinching a record 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Veteran batsman Younis Khan, who became the first Pakistani cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket, has dedicated his milestone to his nation.

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Happy B'day Paaji: Kohli wishes `cricket hero` Tendulkar

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): As legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turns 44 today, his apprentice and current skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter to wish his `cricket hero` a very Happy Birthday.

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Manny Pacquiao 'not done yet' with boxing

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:05 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has said he wants to show that he has `not done yet in boxing` when he defends his world title against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, all-rounder James Faulkner and fast bowler Peter Siddle were among the biggest names to miss out on the Cricket Australia's list of centrally contracted players for the 2017-18 international season.

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Super Boxing League to bring thrilling action to India

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Olympic medalist and two-time world champion boxer, Amir Khan is all set to promote boxing in India in association with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the launch of Super Boxing League (SBL), which will see the participation from top pugilists from India and abroad.

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Rohtak [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Hockey produced a dominant performance as they thrashed the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 9-0 in their Pool A clash of the 7th Senior National Championship 2017 (Women) 'A' Division here on Monday.

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Sri Lanka recall Lasith Malinga for Champions Trophy

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:56 IST     

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Apr 24 (ANI): Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has been named in 15-man squad for the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales in June.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 24 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has asserted that his next target will be his home event in Barcelona, where he owns nine titles and not the French Open.

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Younis Khan becomes first Pakistani to score 10000 Test runs

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:40 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Veteran batsman Younis Khan has become the first Pakistani cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket as his team reached reach 201-4 in reply to West Indies' 286-10 on the third day of the rain-affected first Test here at the Sabina Park, Kingston.

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Jamaica Test: Pakistan reach 201-4 in reply to Windies' 286

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:12 IST     

Jamaica [West Indies], Apr 24 (ANI): Gritting half centuries from Babar Azam and veteran Younis Khan helped Pakistan reach 201-4 in reply to West Indies' 286-10 on the third day of the rain-affected first Test here at the Sabina Park, Kingston.

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Wellington [New Zealand], Apr 24 (ANI): New Zealand pacers Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne and all-rounder Corey Anderson all have been named in the 15-man squad for the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales in June.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Even after taking retirement from the game, Sachin Tendulkar captured the imagination of all cricket fans and he continues to do the same till date.

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Madrid [Spain], Apr 24 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal as his team defeated Real Madrid 3-2 and come back to the top of La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.

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I-League: East Bengal triumph over Minerva Punjab

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 09:19 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): East Bengal managed to return to winning ways, securing a 3-1 victory over Minerva Punjab in an I-League encounter at the Barasat District Sports Stadium here on Sunday.

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Rohtak (Haryana) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 11-0 on Day 4 of 7th Senior Women National Championships 2017 (A) Division on Sunday.

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