By Andy Gray
June 24, 2014

Lionel Messi: Off The Pitch

Lionel Messi turned 27 today and girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo serenaded him with a Happy Birthday Flipagram. Much has been written about Messi's amazing performance on the field, but what about life outside the lines? The above gallery should give you some indication. From a goodwill trip in Africa to the beaches of Ibiza with Roccuzzo, here's a look at the fabulous life of Lionel Messi.

World Cup News

Uruguay defeated Italy to knock Gli Azzurri out of the tournament but all anyone is talking about, understandably, is Luis Suarez biting an opponent (again!) and Mario Balotelli's flying kick to the head of Alvaro Pereira ... In light of Suarez's despicable behavior, here's a history of biting in sports ... Fans are so unhappy with the referee's performance during the Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria game that they've started a petition on ... The latest World Cup bracket ... All 32 World Cup countries, as seen from space ... There is now an official White House petition to invade Portugal.

LeBron News

LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Heat and is now a free agent. SI's Rob Mahoney has a look at how this impacts the Heat (check out their new Big Three!) while fans on social media weighed in on the news as well.

Lovely Lady Round-Up

Esquire has a special World Cup edition of the "Women We Love of Instagram" and it features the great Jeisa Chiminazzo ... Hannah Ferguson appears in the new issue of Galore ... Maria Menounos is vacationing in Bora Bora ... The 20 most Googled women of all time.

10 Stupidest Trophies In Sports

My only problem with this list is the inclusion of the Larry O'Brien Trophy, mostly because anything that spent time with Samantha Hoopes shouldn't be considered stupid.


Jerry Sandusky is entitled to his $4,900/month pension from Penn State, according to a Pennsylvania arbitrator, including back payments from October 2012, when his conviction on 45 charges of child molestation led the state to end his benefits.

LeBron's Next Career Move?



Odds and Ends

Stephen Strasburg quit chewing tobacco because of Tony Gwynn's death ... Oregon has new helmets with that popcorn ceiling design that's been in every NYC apartment I've lived in ... The P.A. announcer at Wimbledon doesn't know the name of last year's champion ... This recruit isn't sure whether to attend Penn State or Ohio State, so he made a hybrid uniform with both teams ... Manny Machado now has his own line of salsa ... Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone lyrics sold at auction for $2 million ... Twelve things we learned from Mindy Kaling this year ... I'm loving the Joan Rivers-Kristen Stewart feud.

Lionel Messi's Greatest Moments

We showed you Messi off the pitch to lead Hot Clicks. Here are his best moments on it.

Luis Suarez's Five Craziest Moments

In recognition of the notorious biter.

Jimmy Kimmel's Bellyflop Contest

I love how they make the men wear the smallest swimsuits imaginable.

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