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Football News > Messi & adiZero Silences Bernabéu





If anyone was going to shatter Real Madrid's Champions League dreams in dramatic style, it had to be the little Argentine. Lionel Messi's two goal extravaganza all but booked a date with Manchester United at Wembley in May. In an ugly encounter scattered with theatrics and petty fouls, the magic of Messi enlivened the clash in the closing stages.

Lionel Messi took his incredible goal tally to 52 for the season, while taking his Santiago Bernabeu goal count to six. The adiZero wizard finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute after some superb wing-play from substitute Affelay. Just twelve minutes later, Messi provided a moment of genius, dancing through he Madrid defence in a breathtaking solo effort to tap-in one of the most spectacular goals of the season.



For adidas, their adiZero talisman provided the boots with another moment of worldwide publicity as Cristiano Ronaldo and his CR Superfly's were left in the shadows. For all of the extravagant designs, advertising campaigns and bright colours the Nike Mercurial range can offer, they will always have one disadvantage – Lionel Messi wears adiZero.



Madrid fans will question the manner in which Barcelona left Madrid with a 2-0 lead, but despite the protests, Barcelona look to be heading to Wembley to take on the biggest force in English football. Could we be in line for another boot-kissing celebration in a repeat of the 2009 Champions League final?

Have your say on last nights controversial El Clásico and join the conversation with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Only published comments... Apr 28 2011, 09:33 AM by Soccer_Boots

Comments

 

YBJ_92112 said:

well done to barca... although i cant stand busquets - he's such a pansy every time he gets tackled on confronted he hits the deck.  It seems when a big team plays barca someone is always going to get sent off (normally because of alves), and it ruins the game

April 28, 2011 10:52 AM
 

Jae10 said:

nice job

brca

April 28, 2011 10:59 AM
 

10unknown96 said:

nice job messi, but i hope real can turn this around.

April 28, 2011 11:05 AM
 

adipred32184 said:

Pepe didn't deserve a straight red.  Yellow was more appropriate for the studs-up challenge.  Messi is a beast, and the pace of Affelay is going to keep causing problems for defenders.  Visca el Barca!!!!!!!!!!!

April 28, 2011 11:10 AM
 

prodirectstar123 said:

messi kissing  f30i wat a shocker

April 28, 2011 11:14 AM
 

prodirectstar123 said:

messi got big feeeeeetttttttt

April 28, 2011 11:15 AM
 

cesc_the_best said:

Ronaldo is still better

April 28, 2011 11:27 AM
 

goonerman1990 said:

first van persie red card, now Pepe.

April 28, 2011 11:31 AM
 

millwall f.c said:

diabolical joke barca are, sure they play great football but they are ruining football. football as it is is becoming less and less of a contact sport and barca are completely taking out the contact with all there diving and cheating. if you touch them they go down holding there leg screaming as if they had been shot, then they all surround the reff. hate barcelona the cheaters

April 28, 2011 11:43 AM
 

Ratchet said:

Barca dramatise unfair contact like almost every professional team does. In this game against RM, I think they were simply giving RM back what they were giving to them. RM kept diving and intentionally trying to injury Barca, so Barca did it back.

April 28, 2011 11:47 AM
 

Ratchet said:

And C'mon, Van Persie deserved that red card. Frankly, he should have gotten it when he tried to gouge Alves' eyes out.

April 28, 2011 11:48 AM
 

yeesang said:

Sure Barca play beautiful football but only 30mins max out of 90 mins. They spend too much time passing the ball back to their half again, again and again. It gets rily boring when u think of them as being the best team with so many talented players and they can't attack madrid 11 v 11. I don't understand why the ref didn't book messi and alves for his acting gestures.

April 28, 2011 11:51 AM
 

javiheavy said:

80% possession, Barça is control Barça is FOOTBALL

April 28, 2011 11:54 AM
 

D keeper.. said:

now u wil kno the real,,D keeper

April 28, 2011 11:57 AM
 

Matthew5 said:

Daniel Alves would be a better actor than a footballer, with all the false acting that he did in the match to get Pepe sent off.

April 28, 2011 11:59 AM
 

cesc_the_best said:

LOL barcelona had 80% possesion and scored 2 goals with messi and the 2nd was a solo run from him

if there wasnt messi .......

April 28, 2011 12:10 PM
 

Steven4vapor said:

Screw you messi

April 28, 2011 12:10 PM
 

GUNBOII said:

Can some one tell me, in the first picture, is Messi wearing F30?! :O From the back it does :|

April 28, 2011 12:25 PM
 

Getsuga04 said:

idio...

April 28, 2011 12:44 PM
 

admir86 said:

messi's 2nd goal bloody brilliant

April 28, 2011 12:47 PM
 

D keeper .. said:

@GUNBOII you cant see his feet in the first picture they are his arms. and his face

April 28, 2011 12:53 PM
 

football king said:

  Messi scored nice goals but the rest of the match was boring

April 28, 2011 12:53 PM
 

Faresb13 said:

wolfng stark (reffere ) is with barca .... him

April 28, 2011 12:55 PM
 

Sebbe said:

2 goals vs Madrid

April 28, 2011 1:29 PM
 

manny92608 said:

Nice job still hoping for the best for madrid

April 28, 2011 1:29 PM
 

pali2704 said:

I'm a Real fan but Barca was better. Messi is the best in the world. Hope Real will play football next time (at Nou Camp) and leave UCL with their chin up. Kaka, Benzema, Higuain on the bench ... come on Mou, wtf !?!

April 28, 2011 1:50 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

Messi the Messiah - not only for Barca but for the match itself tarnished by ugly confrontations and play acting.

It seems like Barca has adopted Cristiano Ronaldo's playbook and upstaged CR in the acting, diving, and pleading with the ref department.

[idealism] If I were a billionaire, I'd challenge both RM and Barca to a fair game for the second leg without any cards.  If both teams abide by that contract I'll make substantial donations to charity organizations of each team's choice under their name. [/idealism]

Alas, in an organization led by Sepp Blatter, such things would never be allowed to happen.

April 28, 2011 2:33 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

@pali2704

Never liked Mourinho but was beginning to respect him especially after the second Classico match (league game @ Bernabeau) for the strategy that kept Barca off their pace.  That was his genius.

Yesterday, however, he was back to win at all costs mode like any other mediocre manager and put Madrid in defensive mode rather than showcase their extravagant and effective attacking squad.

Add to the post-game tirade about the world vs. him - at least show some grace and concede to Messi's brilliant goal - he may be a tactical genius, but not an admirable human being.

April 28, 2011 2:44 PM
 

next messi said:

when pepe tackled alves(should hav been yellow) all of the barca players crowded around da ref which didnt help....and i agree with the 1st comment YBJ....and did messi wear F30s??

April 28, 2011 2:59 PM
 

next messi said:

when pepe tackled alves(should hav been yellow) all of the barca players crowded around da ref which didnt help....and i agree with the 1st comment YBJ....and did messi wear F30s??

April 28, 2011 2:59 PM
 

Cooper4 said:

Look at the heel of Messi's boots in the second picture, the heel looks like the F30 heel to me?

April 28, 2011 3:04 PM
 

Ratchet said:

Am I seriously the only one who thinks RM were diving just as much, if not more, than Barca? Not to mention that they started it. RM were playing dirty. Barca just tried to even the playing field. And to be honest, it was only Alves and Sergio that did anything wrong in that matter, with Sergio being the only actual diver. Compared to RM? Several consistent divers, as well as players intentionally fouling Barca.

April 28, 2011 3:05 PM
 

Ratchet said:

They're leather F50's. As far as I am aware, they don't make the orange F50's in leather commercially, so they would be custom made for him. And they don't make F30's in leather at all. They are NOT F30's, so stop saying it.

April 28, 2011 3:07 PM
 

D keeper .. said:

they have the f30 sole plates anf f30 laces

April 28, 2011 3:14 PM
 

Manik11 said:

Are you kidding me? Those are F30's and that picture's from 2009

April 28, 2011 3:44 PM
 

scoop said:

i think barcelona deserved to win considering they had possession  71% percent of the game even though i would have rather seen real madrid win. But i lost all respect for dani alves now, the way he dove like a little girl ruined the game and thats the only part i hate about pro soccer.

April 28, 2011 3:52 PM
 

stlight said:

Busquets and Di Maria should have been booked for diving, Pedro as well, Lass should have been booked for his sheer amount of bad fouls. Pepe did a stupid challenge and when you go in like that you leave yourself up to the ref and nowadays studs up is automatic red. Overall Barcelona deserved the win by going out and trying to attack and play football.

April 28, 2011 4:28 PM
 

deron said:

Anyone else noticed Messi's studs on the last picutre ??

Looks like the f30 studs :D

April 28, 2011 5:02 PM
 

10unknown96 said:

yes in the last pic he is wearing f30's but in pic 2 he's definitely wearing f50's

April 28, 2011 5:17 PM
 

10unknown96 said:

To all those claiming UEFA refs are biased towards Barca: That's total crap!! Any neutral observant would have acknowledged that the ref was impartial.

April 28, 2011 5:18 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

F30 debate:

Yes, it is F30 or whatever.  As Manik correctly noted, the last picture was from 2009.  Pay attention to the uniform he's wearing.  Messi wore orange F50 all the way last night.

@stlight:

I also wondered how Lass got away without any booking.

April 28, 2011 5:32 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

Messi's second goal is now one of my top 5 beautiful goals this season:

Stankovic (vs. Schalke) the volley from midfield less than 30 sec from kickoff

Ibrahimovic (vs. Lecce) long distance lob.

Messi - 2nd goal last night.

Rooney (vs. Man City) the overhead kick

Eren Zahavi (vs. Lyon) another overhead kick

April 28, 2011 5:42 PM
 

bdub481 said:

If you just look at possession, the stats are not even close.

April 28, 2011 5:43 PM
 

isalman said:

2005: Liverpool vs AC Milan = The Winner is Liverpool

2007: Liverpool vs AC Milan = The Winner is AC Milan

2009: Barcelona vs MU = The Winner is Barcelona

2011: ???

I hope Barcelona defeat MU for the second time.

April 28, 2011 5:55 PM
 

Johnny23 said:

http://youtu.be/1-OMZyuFEOw

Look at the video if you still think that alves deserved that red card.

@10unknown96 it's hard to argue that the refs aren't because messi committed 4 fouls in a row near the end of the game and the ref didn't warn him nor give him a yellow for the hand ball while he was on the floor.

Overall Barcelona played better than Madrid but the way they won is just disappointing, Barcelona came into the game wanting to play a man up and they certainly got that what a class team haha.

April 28, 2011 5:59 PM
 

conalldinho said:

messi never liked the studs on the f50i so he had fixed studds put in. if u luck at the sole of the shoe in other pictures it says f50

April 28, 2011 6:19 PM
 

DJ SUPADAN said:

...hahahaha all the haters are mad at barca or messi, just face the facts and man up! messi was better than your entire squad that day!!!! and if you turn on any match on any given day with any team your going to see someone rolling and crying in false pain!

April 28, 2011 6:20 PM
 

AdiGooner said:

Did anyone else spot Xabi Alonso wearing the Adipure SL? :)

April 28, 2011 7:02 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

@AdiGooner

I thought it looked a little different from Adipure IV but did not occur to me - he must have blacked out all the gold accents.

April 28, 2011 8:00 PM
 

Destined4Peace said:

Let me say this very clearly, MESSI WEARS F30's!!!!!!!!!!!! The heal counter is f30, almost all the weight in a boot is at the heel counter, all he does is wear leather over the f30's.... It's a f30 boot with leather.... Wouldn't mind one of those......

April 28, 2011 8:02 PM
 

leomessi1113 said:

prodirect 123 rlly its messi kissing f50i

April 28, 2011 9:12 PM
 

imcr7 said:

well done but he would still be nothing with out his barcelona midfielders . Hope fully my Madristas can turn this around next game . RONALDO OVER MESSI all day still

April 28, 2011 9:16 PM
 

Dom said:

messi wears f50 with f30 sole due to an old injury

April 28, 2011 9:33 PM
 

barc4b0y said:

Messi the Man.

April 28, 2011 10:24 PM
 

Leandro_Messi said:

Eso Messi!!

Demostrando Cual Es El Mejor Equipo Del Mundo ... !

April 28, 2011 10:37 PM
 

Leandro_Messi said:

y kien es el mejor :DD

April 28, 2011 10:42 PM
 

ongaro910 said:

affelay is a prodigy in the making

great speedy player

great goals

messi is the best

April 28, 2011 11:48 PM
 

JB7. said:

another bad ref taking centre stage in a big game. no one pays to see the refs... maybe real can pull a miracle off at the camp nou!!!

April 29, 2011 12:06 AM
 

Miguel Barrera said:

siempre va a ser lionel messi el mejor futbolista que yo a mirrado

April 29, 2011 1:09 AM
 

jpo0310 said:

I'm a huge barca fan but i will say that alves, pedro, and busquets were disgracfull with their simulation. Affelay was inspirational and i hope to see him play many more games.

April 29, 2011 1:52 AM
 

YBJ_92112 said:

@Ratchet - Alves deserves to have his eyes gouged out lol...

April 29, 2011 2:00 AM
 

polloAhuevo said:

messi made magic

April 29, 2011 4:08 AM
 

isalman said:

*****FC Barcelona

2009/10 Liga

2009/10 World Club Cup

2009/10 European Super Cup  

2009/10 Spanish Super Cup

2008/09 Champions League

2008/09 Liga

2008/09 Copa del Rey

2006/07 Spanish Super Cup

2005/06 Champions League

2005/06 Liga

2005/06 Spanish Super Cup

2004/05 Liga

******Argentinian National Team

2008 Gold Medal Beijing'08

2004/05 World Cup Under-20

*****Individual awards

2009/10 Golden Boot

2009/10 Spanish League Top Scorer

2009 FIFA World Player

2009 Ballon d'Or

2008 2nd best FIFA WORLD PLAYER

2007 2nd best FIFA WORLD PLAYER

*****Conclusion

He always plays awesome anywhere.

Not only in Barcelona but also in Argentina.

So he is very reasoanable to be the best palyer in the world.

It's is fact, i'm sure.

April 29, 2011 5:39 AM
 

neckovski10 said:

what a player...absolutely amazing...great goals!!!

April 29, 2011 7:57 AM
 

Ratchet said:

No one is questioning that in the last picture he is wearing blue F30i's. That was due to the different studs.

It is the people saying that Messi is wearing orange, leather F30's now that are wrong. They are F50's with a custom heel for extra support.

And saying almost all of the weight of the boot is in the heel is ridiculous.

April 29, 2011 10:21 AM
 

larrylaz said:

What makes me laught is soccer bible are quick to talk about Messi and his goals and the game and completely miss that Madrid won the cup !!!! A d ronaldo socred and shut up the (best player in the world) hate!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2011 11:29 AM
 

Ratchet said:

Does anyone even care about the Copa del Ray? Most of us wouldn't have watched it if it wasn't Barca vs Real Madrid. If Cristiano scored 2 goals against Barca in the semi final, then this article would be about him.

April 29, 2011 1:07 PM
 

Ratchet said:

Lets not forget a few days back SB was all about Ronaldo and his new boots.

April 29, 2011 1:09 PM
 

LADA said:

@ nedved what about cani's midfield strike for villareal thats gotta crack the top #5 ??

April 30, 2011 12:46 AM
 

kamaljeanty said:

messi will not be the worlds best player because ronaldo was worlds best player when his was  20 21 22 23 24 then messi became no 1 so in a few years there will be a new one but for me it's CR7 4 ever:)

April 30, 2011 4:35 PM
 

gallas13 said:

70ish % possession, fraid you cant argue. i will concede that barca dived etc, which was poor, but real madrid hack deliberately, dive and never have the ball, noone can say thats the right way to play football. also noone can argue messi is the best player in the world (in fact very close to the best player of all time) and ronaldo was ineffective in the champions league and didnt trouble puyol at all. xavi, iniesta and messi are all better players than ronaldo

April 30, 2011 8:22 PM
 

MatsBale3 said:

The last picture is from the champions league finale in 2009, after Messi scored his goal :D

May 1, 2011 1:25 AM
 

CR7 ARG said:

AGUANTE MESSI!!! JAJAJ

May 1, 2011 7:22 AM
 

Jimberino said:

BTW....You can buy the orange f50's in leather (messi ones) from the adidas store in Central London, was there yesturday.....

May 1, 2011 7:24 PM
 

Red Devils 4 Life said:

boot kissing rubbish man United will beat Barca's diving and theatrics

May 1, 2011 11:40 PM
 

DrRoma08 said:

new adipure IV and adizero Colors on www.soccer.com/Navigation.process

May 2, 2011 1:12 AM
 

pcm19 said:

agree w/ YBJ_92112...Busquets the biggest diver maybe next to drogba. but wow what a second goal from messi, he went past 5 defenders by himself

May 3, 2011 1:05 AM
 

pcm19 said:

also agree w/ Red Devils 4 Life. UNITED!!!

May 3, 2011 1:06 AM
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