Tuesday’s Column: World Cup a likely stage for Messi & More

i-f5c5f00053f9a523c3fdd8ca3408b9e8-messitony.jpgArgentine Lionel Messi, seen here playing against the Galaxy last summer, could have one of those rare, dominating World Cup tournaments reserved for only the greatest of players, I contend in today’s column

Read it here.

Correction: The final quote in the story should have been attributed to Messi’s Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez. Thanks to the Barcelona (and Real Madrid) fans who pointed out the error of my ways. You can stop e-mailing now.


*After scoring five goals in five games for the Galaxy this season, some observers are wondering whether Edson Buddle could be a belated World Cup call-up.

*Simon Fuller quits Brand Beckham.

*Mexico opened its World Cup camp Monday for domestic players.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, the news that Simom Fuller is leaving Brand Beckham is a lot more important than people think. After all, it was Fuller (along with Tim Leiweke) who engineered Beckham’s move here, as much for marketing purposes as soccer. With Fuller leaving, does that mean that David Beckham is no longer marketable as an international icon? Would Terry Byrne take his place (I doubt it, since Byrne doesn’t have the acumen that Fuller has).

    I wonder what Good Ol’ Tim is thinking, right now?

    This Beckham business is looking more and more like a long-term fiasco for the Galaxy and MLS.


    Isn’t this what they said about C. Rinaldo 4 years ago?