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Messi to miss Morocco friendly after injury on international return Madrid

Messi miss Morocco:Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Morocco next week after picking up a groin injury in the shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as he made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup. Barcelona star Messi started the fixture following a self-imposed eight-month exile in which he missed six

Maradona wants to coach Argentina

Buenos Aires, Nov 15 : Maradona wants to coach Argentina. Football legend Diego Maradona has expressed a desire to return as coach of Argentina’s national team after their 2-4 loss to Nigeria in a friendly. Tuesday’s result in the Russian city of Krasnodar follows a torrid period for the Jorge Sampaoli side, who only secured

Barcelona best for Neymar: Suarez

Madrid, Nov 9 : Barcelona best for Neymar: Suarez. Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez has asserted FC Barcelona was the best place for Brazilian star Neymar and he tried his best to convince him to stay at the club. Neymar was sold to French football club Paris Saint-Germain from FC Barcelona on a world-record fee

'Ronaldo and Messi are both the best' - Figo can't choose between Barca & Madrid stars

‘Ronaldo and Messi are both the best’ – Figo can’t choose between Barca & Madrid stars

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are “both the best in the world”, according to former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Luis Figo. The Argentine and Portuguese forwards continue to set the standard when it comes to the planet’s finest footballer.Figo is the latest to be quizzed on which of the iconic duo can be considered

Messi free-kick goal puts Barca in Copa del Rey quarters

  Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored a brilliant free-kick goal against Athletic Bilbao to book a quarterfinal berth for FC Barcelona at the Copa del Rey tournament here. The Catalans, on Wednesday came into the clash at Camp Nou having lost the first leg 1-2 but were able to rally and win 4-3 on aggregate thanks

Ronaldo, Messi head FIFA’s shortlist for player of the year award

Zurich: Superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi along with English Premier League champions Leicester City’s trio — Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante — lead the 23-man shortlist for global football governing body FIFA’s men’s player of the year award. The contenders for the coveted award, titled The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 award,

Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Griezmann are Henry’s top four for Ballon d’Or

Kolkata: Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry on Tuesday billed Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoinne Griezmann and Gareth Bale as top contenders to win the Ballon d’Or this year. “One of Bale, Leo, Ronaldo and Griezmann could win the Ballon d’Or, Henry told reporters here at a promotional event of a leading kit manufacturer. France

Messi returns for Argentina qualifiers vs. Brazil & Colombia

Buenos Aires: Having fully recovered from a groin injury, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named on Friday in Argentina’s squad to face Brazil and Colombia in the next round of World Cup qualifiers. Messi has been in fine form for Barcelona since coming back from his latest niggling injury, scoring four goals in two matches,

Messi ruled out of Venezuela qualifier

Buenos Aires: Argentina striker Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela with a groin problem, national team coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday. “Unfortunately, he won’t be able to play. We can’t take any risks. We spoke with the doctor and it’s the sensible thing to do. It must be

Messi wins it for Argentina in WC qualifier

La Serena (Chile): Superstar Lionel Messi marked his return to the international fold by edging Argentina past Uruguay and to the top of the table in South American qualifiers for the 2018 football World Cup. Despite their defeat on Thursday, the Uruguayans head the pack as one of the three teams that lie neck and

Messi strikes back as Argentina sink Uruguay

Mendoza (Argentina):  Lionel Messi marked his return from short-lived international retirement with the only goal as 10-man Argentina defeated Uruguay 1-0 to score a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifying victory. Messi, who had dramatically announced the end of his international career in June following Argentina’s Copa America Centenario final defeat to Chile, scored via a

Messi is the best of all time: Villa

New York: Lionel Messi is the “best footballer of all time” and the Argentina superstar should continue playing for his national team, his former club teammate David Villa has said. After announcing his retirement from international football after Argentina’s Copa America loss to Chile earlier this year, Messi on Friday said he would like to

Messi leads Barcelona to 3-2 win over Sampdoria

Barcelona:  Argentine superstar Lionel Messi scored two goals and assisted the third as Spanish football champions FC Barcelona beat Italian side Sampdoria 3-2 to win the Joan Gamper Trophy. Played annually in honour of Barcelona’s Swiss-born founder Gamper, the match marks the end of the pre-season for the Catalan club, who were looking to rebound


Pele urges Messi not to quit Argentina

Rio De Janeiro: Brazil legend Pele has become the latest high-profile name to call for Lionel Messi to retract his decision to retire from international football. Messi announced he would no longer play for Argentina after missing a penalty in the Copa America final shootout defeat by Chile last Sunday. “In the last 10 years,

Breaking: Messi retires from international football

 London: Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Chile won the Copa America final. “For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” Messi said on Sunday night. The 29-year-old was making his 112th appearance

Martino backs Messi after Maradona’s criticism

Chicago (Illinois): Argentina coach Gerardo Martino on Friday contradicted Argentine legend Diego Maradona saying that their current poster boy Lionel Messi is a great leader on the pitch. Argentina skipper Messi was subjected to criticism from Maradona on Thursday who said that the FC Barcelona icon “lacks (the) character to be a leader”. “He’s (Messi)