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Messi reacts after making history in Argentina’s victory over Uruguay
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Messi reacts after making history in Argentina’s victory over Uruguay

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has expressed joy after making history in his side’s World Cup qualifier 3-0 win over Uruguay on Monday. Messi became the first South American to score 80 international goals as Argentina defeated Uruguay at Monumental. The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring for his side before Rodrigo De Paul made it 2-0 for Argentina before half-time. Lautaro Martinez then made it 3-0 for La Albiceleste in the second half. Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account after the game, said, “How nice to be able to enjoy these moments that we are living! Great triumph !!! Thanks again for how you make me feel.” “We played a great game. Everything worked out perfectly,” Messi further said at his post-match press conference. “Uruguay waits...
I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation
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I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has insisted that he was “told” to leave Barcelona after he returned to Camp Nou following his Copa America triumph with Argentina. Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The 34-year-old’s contract at Barcelona had expired, but there was an expectation Messi would sign fresh terms with the LaLiga giants. “I came back to Barcelona (from the Copa America in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of holiday that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me,” Messi told France Football. “I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature (on the contract). “But whe...
Argentina vs Bolivia: Messi Scores Hat-trick, Breaks Pele record
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Argentina vs Bolivia: Messi Scores Hat-trick, Breaks Pele record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to overtake Pele as the top international goalscorer in South American football history on Thursday as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in their 2022 World Cup qualifier. Messi pounced for his 77th, 78th and 79th international goals to keep Argentina firmly on course for a place at next year’s finals in Qatar against a Bolivia team languishing near the foot of the table. The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward, making his 153rd appearance for Argentina, drew level with Pele’s longstanding mark of 77 goals in the 14th minute, nutmegging a defender and then curling a sublime shot past Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. The Argentina captain then moved one clear of Pele in the 64th minute with his second of the night, surging into th...
Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match
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Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match

The two South American giants played just five minutes before the game ended under bizarre circumstances Brazil and Argentina's World Cup qualifier was thrown into chaos on Sunday when health authorities attempted to detain several members of the visiting team, causing the game to be suspended. Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were cleared to play the World Cup qualifier despite being accused of falsifying travel information upon their entry to Brazil, with mandatory quarantine and deportation advised by the Brazilian government for the trio and reserve Emiliano Buendia. The match had barely passed five minutes when scores of officers stormed the pitch, to the incredulity of both teams. But five hours after leaving the stadium under the threat of detainmen...
I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez
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I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez has said that he never wanted to join the club back in 2010 when they came to sign him. The goalkeeper said he wanted to stay at Independiente in Argentina. Arsenal signed Martinez as a teenager from Argentina. He went on to spend 10 years in London and made only 38 first team appearances in that time. He left north London on a string of loan spells, turning out for Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading. The goalkeeper finally proved his worth to Arsenal during the 2019-20 season when he made 23 appearances and winning the FA Cup. He then left for Aston Villa at the end of the season as he looked for – and found – guaranteed first team opportunities. The 29-year-old sai...
Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory
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Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory

Brazil host Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier less than two months after their Copa America final from less than two months ago. Depleted Brazil were second best for much of their trip to Santiago having seen 11 players prevented from joining the squad by their clubs due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions. Key English based players Alisson of Liverpool, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus were missing but crucially Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, was available. But they continued their perfect start to qualifying with a seventh win out of seven as Everton Ribeiro scored the only goal in a 1-0 away victory over Chile. Also, Argentina star Lionel Messi is a slight doubt after being subjected to a harsh tackle by Ve...
Ex-Chelsea, Man Utd striker, Falcao returns to LaLiga
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Ex-Chelsea, Man Utd striker, Falcao returns to LaLiga

Radamel Falcao has returned to LaLiga, after Rayo Vallecano confirmed his signing on Saturday. The 35-year-old striker joins the newly-promoted club following a two-year spell in Turkey with Galatasaray. Falcao came through the youth system at River Plate, before making his senior debut back in Colombia with Lanceros Boyaca. He then returned to Argentina with River Plate, before securing a move to FC Porto four years later. Falcao first played in Spain with Atletico Madrid, where he arrived from Porto in 2011. He then joined Monaco, from where he went on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea before moving to Galatasaray in 2019.
‘I didn’t give a f*ck about the No 7’ – Di Maria unconcerned by Man Utd number and reveals his ‘problem’ at Old Trafford
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‘I didn’t give a f*ck about the No 7’ – Di Maria unconcerned by Man Utd number and reveals his ‘problem’ at Old Trafford

The Argentina international forward flopped in England on the back of a big-money move that saw him handed an iconic jersey Angel Di Maria says he "didn't give a f*ck about the Manchester United No 7" after being handed the jersey at Old Trafford in 2014 and claims Louis van Gaal is the main reason for his failure in English football. The Argentina international forward generated plenty of excitement when making his £59.7 million ($82m) move from Real Madrid. However he flopped badly - leaving for Paris Saint-Germain a year later with just 32 appearances and four goals to his name - and a man who had an iconic shirt thrust upon him says the experienced Dutch coach was responsible for his inability to emulate the efforts of fellow No.7s such as Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cri...
Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut
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Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut

The forward hasn't appeared for his new club this season, but he has still been called upon by Lionel Scaloni at international level Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite being yet to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain. Messi hasn't seen a single minute of competitive action since helping Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final on July 11, but has still been making plenty of headlines due to a surprise change of location at club level The 34-year-old was forced to bring his 21-year career at Barcelona to an end last month due to the club's ongoing financial struggles, and he subsequently joined PSG on a free transfer, but supporters are still waiting to see the six-time Ballon d'Or winner make his first appe...
Messi agrees two-year contract with PSG and arrives in Paris to undergo medical following Barcelona exit
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Messi agrees two-year contract with PSG and arrives in Paris to undergo medical following Barcelona exit

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is close to joining the Parisians, having seen his 21-year stay at Camp Nou come to an end Lionel Messi has agreed a two-year contract to join Paris Saint-Germain and is expected to undergo his medical on Tuesday, Goal can confirm. The Argentina international star spoke tearfully on Sunday as he confirmed his departure from the club where he has spent the last 21 years. Messi is now set to arrive in Paris on Tuesday and, providing he passes the medical without a hitch, he will sign a two-year contract with PSG, which has the option of a further 12 months.  
Messi rejects Neymar’s no 10 Shirt, chooses new number at PSG
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Messi rejects Neymar’s no 10 Shirt, chooses new number at PSG

Lionel Messi will not wear the number 10 shirt at Paris Saint-Germain, according to Telefoot. The 34-year-old is set to complete a stunning move to the Ligue 1 giants as a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired. This means Messi will play for a different team for the first time in 21 years. The Argentina captain will also wear a new number, as he has turned down Neymar’s offer to take his no 10 jersey. Instead, Messi will wear the no 19 shirt for PSG. He had previously worn the number for Barcelona and Argentina. Messi is expected to sign a two-year deal with the French club over this weekend, with the option of a further year.
‘Nothing will be the same’ – Pique’s touching farewell to Barcelona team-mate Messi
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‘Nothing will be the same’ – Pique’s touching farewell to Barcelona team-mate Messi

The defender has been with the attacker since the start of his career and wished him the best as on his next move Gerard Pique says "nothing will be the same" without Lionel Messi at Barcelona. The Argentina star will not return to the Camp Nou outfit because, the club said, "financial and structural obstacles" set by La Liga are preventing them from tying him down to a new deal. After 21 years with the Spanish giants, Messi will look for another club to continue his career and Blaugrana team-mate Pique is sad to see him go.
Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge
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Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge

Ahead of the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award later this year, below are countries with the most awards in history. Countries like Germany, Argentina and Portugal are just some of the nations which have produced some of the most winners of the Ballon d’ Or. Germany is one of only three countries to have won an incredible seven Ballon d’Or awards, according to GiveMeSport. However, Italy’s Jorginho, Argentina’s Lionel Messi are expected to rival each other for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or following their impressive displays for both club and country. Below are countries with most Ballon d’ Or in history; Germany – Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981), Gerd Muller (1970), Lothar Matthaus (1990) and Matthias Sammer (1996) Netherlands – Johan Cruyff (1971, 1973,...
Barcelona ban Lionel Messi
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Barcelona ban Lionel Messi

Barcelona have banned captain, Lionel Messi, from participating in the club’s training. AS reports that Messi will not be training at Barcelona until he signs a new contract with the Camp Nou club. The Argentina captain has been a free agent since July 1. Despite an announcement that the Barca number 10 would sign a five-year contract, the deal is yet to be signed. Due to Barcelona’s financial struggles, Messi has been forced to accept a pay cut in order to remain at the club. The deal will reportedly see Messi take a 50 per cent pay cut. Messi’s previous contract expired on June 30, meaning that he has been a free agent since July 1 but he is unlikely to agree terms elsewhere. Messi is currently enjoying an extended holiday after representing his country at the Copa A...
Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy
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Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy

Nigeria's D’Tigers have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering their third consecutive defeat in group B to Italy. The game, which was played in the early hours of Saturday, July 31, at the Saitama super arena, finished 80-71 as the Nigerian team was dumped out of the 2020 Olympics, having lost their first two games against Australia and Germany. D'Tigers were ranked 4th team for the Olympics prior to their arrival. The team led by coach Mike Brown, had many Nigerians believe they were going to triumph at the Olympics after they defeated both Argentina and the USA in friendly games before Tokyo 2020.
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Mexico to face South Korea in Olympics quarter-finals after beating South Africa

El Tri beat France to a place in the final eight, while Brazil will take on Egypt in the next round Mexico will play South Korea in the quarter-finals of the Olympics after beating South Africa 3-0 in their final group game. El Tri's victory on Wednesday saw them finish second in the group behind Japan, who claimed top spot after beating France. France's 4-0 defeat by Japan was the second time they had conceded four goals in the tournament, while Argentina and Germany also failed to make it through to the knockout stages.  
‘I’ve never seen Messi so happy’ – Paredes takes pride in helping Argentina icon break trophy duck
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‘I’ve never seen Messi so happy’ – Paredes takes pride in helping Argentina icon break trophy duck

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder helped his country to continental glory at the Copa America, with major silverware finally secured Leandro Paredes admits he has "never seen Lionel Messi so happy" after helping an Argentina icon to break his international trophy duck at this summer's Copa America. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner has finally got his hands on major silverware at senior level with his country, with an all-time great adding to the enviable collection of honours he has secured with Barcelona. The relief as Messi hoisted a continental crown aloft was clear for all to see, with the 34-year-old now expected to commit his club future to Barcelona after reaching the end of his contract at Camp Nou.
Messi sends thank you message to 100-year-old fan who has noted down every goal the Barcelona star has scored
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Messi sends thank you message to 100-year-old fan who has noted down every goal the Barcelona star has scored

The Argentina international, who recently won the Copa America, sent a video to a man that has chronicled his entire career Lionel Messi sent a heartfelt thank you video to a 100-year-old fan that has spent years making a note of every goal scored by the Barcelona and Argentina star. The fan, named Hernan, has made a note of each goal on paper, where he writes down the date, opponent and the number of goals scored by Messi on the given day. Hernan's grandson revealed his grandfather's hobby on social media in an appeal to the Barcelona icon and the dedication to chronicling Messi's career has earned him a thank you message from the man himself.
Olympic Games: Egypt’s target is to reach second round in Tokyo – Hegazi
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Olympic Games: Egypt’s target is to reach second round in Tokyo – Hegazi

The Pharaohs will start their mission against Spain on 22 July before facing Argentina three days later Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi has explained how their main target is to make sure they reach the second round during the Tokyo Olympic Games, which starts next week. Hegazi, who features for Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad, is confident they will make it to the next round if they take it a game at a time, despite being pooled alongside Spain, Argentina, and Australia. "I am so happy that I was picked by the coaching staff. It is a huge honour for me to participate in the Olympics for the second time in my career after 2012 in London." Hegazi, who will captain the side, said as quoted by egypttoday.com.
Lionel Messi Survives bomb scare at airport
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Lionel Messi Survives bomb scare at airport

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s plans to leave his country Argentina were put on hold after a bomb scare at Rosario airport, which delayed his private jet leaving as reported by Mirror UK on Wednesday. Messi was set to return to Spain for his summer holidays on Tuesday after leading Argentina to the Copa America victory following a 1-0 win over Brazil last weekend at the Maracana Stadium. But a few hours before the 34-year-old was due to leave Argentina, a man claimed to have a bomb in his suitcase. Argentine security swiftly enforced their emergency protocols, evacuating the airport and halting all flights as well as Messi’s jet from leaving. “At 11:50 am, the airport security police (PSA) activated the preventive emergency plan due to a situation of suspicion. The buildi...
Gadzama tips D’Tigers for medal
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Gadzama tips D’Tigers for medal

Gold medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, Fidelis Gadzama, says D’Tigers stand a chance of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which starts in eight days. D’Tigers defeated two of the top four countries in the world — USA and Argentina — in the three pre-Olympics exhibition games they played in the last four days. They became the first African country to beat Team USA in basketball, after winning 90-87 on Sunday, before seeing off No.4 ranked Argentina 94-71 in their second game on Monday. They were however unlucky against Australia, ranked No. in the world, losing 108-69 on Wednesday. Speaking with our correspondent, Gadzama who won gold in the 4x400m event at the Sydney Games, also listed Ese Brume and Tobi Amusan as the country’s other medal hopefuls. “I believe basketball de...
Copa America: CONMEBOL announces team for Tournament [Full list]
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Copa America: CONMEBOL announces team for Tournament [Full list]

  CONMEBOL has announced the Copa America 2021 team of the tournament. The Copa America 2021 ended on Sunday morning with Argentina beating Brazil 1-0 in the final. Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half to give Argentina the victory against Brazil. Below is CONMEBOL’s Copa America 2021 team: Forwards: Diaz, Neymar and Messi. Midfielders: Yotun, Casemiro and De Paul. Defenders: Estupinan, Marquinhos, Romero and Isla. Goalkeeper: Martinez
Messi’s Rivals for Ballon d’Or this year revealed [Full list]
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Messi’s Rivals for Ballon d’Or this year revealed [Full list]

Argentina and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s reported rivals for this year’s Ballon d’Or have been revealed. According to Mundo Deportivo, Messi, who won Copa del Rey with Barcelona this year, will battle Chelsea and Italy hero, Jorginho, as well as France midfielder, N’Golo Kante for the Ballon d’ Or. The 34-year-old won his first trophy for Argentina last weekend as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final at the Maracana Stadium, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal. The Barcelona number 10, who scored the most goals at Copa America, also won the player of the tournament. Meanwhile, Kante has been tipped to win the Ballon d’ Or following his outstanding display for Chelsea against Manchester City as they won the 2020/21 Champions League. Kante also w...
Nigeria Basketball Federation dedicates D’Tigers wins over US & Argentina to the late Sound Sultan
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Nigeria Basketball Federation dedicates D’Tigers wins over US & Argentina to the late Sound Sultan

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has dedicated D’Tigers victories over Team USA and Argentina to the memories of Sound Sultan. The late musician, a well known basketball fan, helped develop the game in Festac area of Lagos. He died in the early hours of Sunday, July 11 while the Nigerian basketball team was registering a historic 90-87 victory over Team US in an Olympic friendly. He died following a 4-year battle with angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma. Following the Nigerian basketball team's comfortable win over Argentina on Tuesday, the fourth-best team in the world, the NBBF took to its verified Twitter page to dedicate the two massive wins to the late singer. “We dedicate the victories against the US & Argentina to the late Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sul...
Saraki Congratulates Nigeria’s D’Tigers for beating Argentina 94-71
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Saraki Congratulates Nigeria’s D’Tigers for beating Argentina 94-71

  Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigeria’s Men Basketball Team, D’Tigers, for defeating Argentina in an exhibition match ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. D’Tigers had defeated Team USA in a stunning performance on Saturday. Team Nigeria dominated with a 94-71 win over fourth ranked Argentina. Saraki in a post via his Twitter page commended D’Tigers on their 23-point win against Argentina. He stated that the nation’s men’s basketball team, who over the weekend became the first African side to defeat the United States of America, continue to make the entire nation proud. He tweeted: “Another inspiring performance by D’Tigers (@NigeriaBasket) on the road to the #TokyoOlympics! Well done guys, you keep making the entire nation proud!” Sa...
Atletico Madrid sign De Paul in €35m deal from Udinese
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Atletico Madrid sign De Paul in €35m deal from Udinese

The Argentina international arrives at Wanda Metropolitano on a deal that will take him through to 2026, mere days after claiming Copa America glory Atletico Madrid have secured the capture of Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese in a €35 million (£30m/$42m) deal on a five-year contract, the club has confirmed. The Argentina international joins the Rojiblancos on a half-decade-long deal through 2026, mere days after winning the Copa America with his country. His capture marks the first major piece of business for Diego Simeone's side as they look to push on from last season's title triumph in La Liga and defend their crown this coming term - and speaking after his medical was completed on Monday, the midfielder expressed his delight at sealing the switch to Spain from Italy.
Copa America final: What I told Messi after Argentina beat Brazil – Neymar
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Copa America final: What I told Messi after Argentina beat Brazil – Neymar

Brazil forward, Neymar, has revealed that he told Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, ‘son of a bitch, you beat me’ following his country’s Copa America final 1-0 defeat to La Albiceleste on Sunday morning. Neymar, a former club teammate with Messi during his time at Barcelona, said this while breaking his silence on Brazil’s defeat to Argentina at the Maracana Stadium. Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal sealed Argentina’s 1-0 victory against Brazil. Reacting, Neymar, in a post via his Instagram account on Monday, wrote, “Losing hurts me, it hurts me… it’s something I still haven’t learned to live with,” Neymar wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday, when I lost, I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I saw playing. “My friend and brother MESSI, I was sad and I ...
Copa America final: Chelsea’s Thiago Silva reveals why Argentina defeated Brazil
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Copa America final: Chelsea’s Thiago Silva reveals why Argentina defeated Brazil

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has said that Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday morning because the Albiceleste neutralised Seleção players during the encounter. According to Silva, Brazil didn’t play the way they wanted to play against Argentina in the first half. Winger, Angel Di Maria was the hero for Argentina as his 22nd-minute chip-over goalkeeper Ederson ensured they won the Copa America at the Maracana Stadium. “We’ve to congratulate our opponents,” Silva told local television at the Maracana Stadium after Brazil’s defeat to Argentina. “Argentina neutralised our players and it was very difficult to come back after going a goal down. He added: “We were not able to play the way we wanted to in the first half and in the second they de...
What Messi Told Me After Argentina Won 2021 Copa America – Di Maria Opens Up
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What Messi Told Me After Argentina Won 2021 Copa America – Di Maria Opens Up

Popular Argentine footballer, Angel Di Maria has said that superstar Lionel Messi’s comment after Argentina won the 2021 Copa America made him happy. Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina their first major title in 28 years on Sunday as they beat Brazil 1-0 in 2021 Copa America final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s brace gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador. Di Maria got the winner midway through the first half when he lobbed Ederson after full back Renan Lodi failed to cut out a long-through ball. Superstar Lionel Messi won his first trophy with his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America fin...
Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win
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Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win

Lionel Messi ended his wait for an international trophy after Argentina defeated Brazil 1 - 0 at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro  to win the 2021 Copa América on Sunday morning. Shortly after the game, the superstar footballer shared the special moment with his loved ones. He picked up his phone and FaceTime his family including his wife to celebrate with them. Watch the video below.
Messi said it was my final!’ – Argentina hero Di Maria revels in ‘unforgettable’ Copa America triumph
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Messi said it was my final!’ – Argentina hero Di Maria revels in ‘unforgettable’ Copa America triumph

The Paris Saint-Germain winger scored the goal that ended his country's international trophy drought Angel Di Maria revealed that Lionel Messi told him the Copa America final would be his moment to shine as the duo helped Argentina seal a long-awaited triumph over Brazil. Di Maria scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over the Selecao, helping Messi get his hands on an elusive senior international trophy. The Paris Saint-Germain star's strike came after he was forced to miss several big games in recent years due to injury issues, including the 2016 Copa America final, making this summer's triumph all the sweeter.
Copa America: Neymar weeps as Messi’s Argentina end 28-year trophy drought, break Brazil record
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Copa America: Neymar weeps as Messi’s Argentina end 28-year trophy drought, break Brazil record

Neymar broke down in tears after Argentina defeated his team, Brazil, a 1-0 win in the Copa America final on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. With the victory, Argentina ended a 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. Messi’s Argentina won the Copa for the first time since 1993, while injury meant Neymar was not part of the Brazil squad which triumphed in 2019. Neymar failed to lead Brazil to their 10th Copa title, while Argentina added to their 14 continental crowns. Argentina have won six games in a row, including their semi-final victory over Colombia, and are unbeaten across their past 20 games. Before the final, Brazil were undefeated in their past 13 games and have only conc...
Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Superstar Lionel Messi won his first trophy with his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday. The victory at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s brace gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador. It was the first time in six editions playing at home that Brazil had failed to lift the trophy. And while 34-year-old Messi’s odyssey has come to an end, Brazil’s Neymar, five years his junior, is still without a major title at international level having ...
Brazil vs Argentina: Messi, Neymar clash in quest for Copa America glory
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Brazil vs Argentina: Messi, Neymar clash in quest for Copa America glory

  The Copa America 2021 final will be a mouthwatering clash between Brazil and Argentina. On Saturday night, at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the two South American heavyweights will battle it out for glory. The Selecao will be led by Neymar, who has been instrumental in their progress to the final. Brazil is looking to defend the title it won two years ago on soil. For Lionel Messi and Albiceleste, they are seeking continental glory after 28 years. Messi, 34, is leading the race for the Golden Boot with four goals and has also set up five more. The last time both countries met was in a friendly match, where Messi netted the winner in the 13th minute. Argentina come into this game boasting a 19-game unbeaten record in all competitions. T...
Highest Goal Scorers at Copa America [See list]
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Highest Goal Scorers at Copa America [See list]

  Ahead of the Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil on Sunday morning at the Maracana Stadium, below are currently the top scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the tournament. Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Colombia’s Luis Diaz are tied in the race to finish top scorer at the Copa America. Messi and Diaz both have four goals each at the tournament. Messi’s teammate, Lautaro Martinez has three goals alongside Peru’s Gianluca Lapadula. Below is Copa America highest goal scorers ahead of final tie between Argentina and Brazil; 4 goals – Lionel Messi (Argentina), Luis Diaz (Colombia). 3 goals – Gianluca Lapadula (Peru), Lautaro Martinez (Argentina). 2 goals – Neymar (Brazil), Euardo Vargas (Chile), Andre Carrillo (Peru), Yoshimar Yotun (Peru), Papu...
Argentina vs Brazil: All you need to know about Copa America final
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Argentina vs Brazil: All you need to know about Copa America final

Argentina will play Brazil in the Copa America final on Sunday, July 11. Argentina had defeated Colombia in the semi-final on penalties, while Brazil beat Peru 1-0. Both teams have faced each other 111 times in the past. Argentina have won 46 matches, while Brazil have won 40 matches and the remaining 25 matches ended in a draw. The last time both sides came face-to-face was in a Superclasico de las Americas fixture in November 2019. Argentina had won the encounter courtesy of a Lionel Messi strike. Brazil are the current holders of Copa America, having won the title on home soil in 2019. Their key player, Neymar, sat out that tournament through injury, meaning that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is still looking for a first winners’ medal with Brazil. The match kick...
Copa America final: Neymar slams Brazilians supporting Messi, Argentina to win
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Copa America final: Neymar slams Brazilians supporting Messi, Argentina to win

Neymar has hit out at Brazilians who are supporting Argentina to win the Copa America final on Sunday at the Maracana, because they support Lionel Messi. Brazil became the host of this year’s Copa, after CONMEBOL confirmed Argentina and Colombia would no longer stage the event. SporTV journalist, Fabiola Andrade, is among those who have publicly come out to support Argentina in the final. Andrade explained her controversial decision on Instagram, stating that “I love Brazil, Brazilian football…I have several Argentine friends. But I’m not going to root for Argentina in the Copa America final because of them, no,” adding that Messi “needs to win a title with his country’s shirt! For justice!” But Neymar posted on Instagram: “I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot...
Messi hails Argentina shoot-out hero Martinez as a ‘phenomenon’ after they reach Copa America final
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Messi hails Argentina shoot-out hero Martinez as a ‘phenomenon’ after they reach Copa America final

The Aston Villa goalkeeper made three saves to send the Albiceleste through to face Brazil Emiliano Martinez has been labelled a "phenomenon" by Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi for his three shoot-out saves to clinch their Copa America semi-final win over Colombia on Tuesday. The 28-year-old earned his first international cap last month following a standout club season at Aston Villa, and has now made himself a hero for the Albiceleste. Colombia had forced the shootout with a 61st-minute goal from Luis Diaz that cancelled out an early Messi-assisted strike by Lautaro Martinez, but Argentina's goalkeeper ensured a place in the final against Brazil on Saturday.
Copa America: I want Argentina in the final – Neymar
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Copa America: I want Argentina in the final – Neymar

  Brazil forward, Neymar Jr, has said he hopes to face Argentina in the final of this year’s Copa America. Neymar was speaking after they beat Peru 1-0 in Monday’s semi-final. Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal in the 35th minute, as Selecao booked their place in Saturday’s decider at the Maracana stadium. The second semi-final between Argentina and Colombia will be played Tuesday. “I want Argentina, I am cheering them on,” Neymar said with a smile. “I have friends there and in the final Brazil will win.” The last time the two countries met in a Copa America final was in 2007. That year, Brazil beat Argentina 3-0. It would not only pit the tournament’s only unbeaten teams against each other, it would also be a showdown between two former Barcelona teamma...
Underestimated’ Kante, not Messi, deserves 2021 Ballon d’Or – Somalia’s Haibeh
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Underestimated’ Kante, not Messi, deserves 2021 Ballon d’Or – Somalia’s Haibeh

The French midfielder is more deserving of the individual accolade and not the Argentina and Barcelona captain, according to the Ocean Stars manager Somali national team manager Said Abdi Haibeh claims N’Golo Kante deserves to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or and not Lionel Messi. Messi, 34, has emerged as one of the leading contenders to win the individual diadem as various of his rivals have fallen by the wayside after their countries crashed out of Euro 2020. Although Barcelona endured a lacklustre 2020-21 campaign, the Argentina captain boasts of 33 goals and 13 assists in all competitions – which puts him in pole position to claim the prize for a record seventh time.
Copa America Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed
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Copa America Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed

The last four teams standing in the Copa America have been confirmed. They are Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru. Hosts Brazil had earlier booked their place in the semi-final, where they will face Peru. On Sunday, Argentina thrashed Ecuador 3-0 with Messi starring for his country. Colombia overcame Uruguay on penalties in the second quarter-final tie of the day. Both teams will now face each other for a place in the final. The semi-final games will be played on July 5 and 6 respectively, while the final is billed for July 10.
Copa America: All confirmed quarter-final fixtures out
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Copa America: All confirmed quarter-final fixtures out

The eight countries that qualified for the quarter-final of the ongoing Copa America have been confirmed following the conclusion of the group stage fixtures in the early hours of Tuesday. Uruguay defeated Paraguay 1-0 to book their place in the Copa America quarter-final. Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1 to also qualify for the last eight. The eight countries are Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. The quarter-final will start on Friday and end on Sunday. Below is Copa America last eight fixtures in full: Peru vs Paraguay Brazil vs Chile Uruguay vs Colombia Argentina vs Ecuador
Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player
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Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player

  Lionel Messi scored twice as he became Argentina's most capped player in their 4-1 win Copa America win over Bolivia. The Barcelona forward, 34, made his 148th international appearance, to take Javier Mascherano's record. Messi set up Papu Gomez's sixth-minute opener, before scoring a penalty and adding a second just before half-time to extend his record goals tally to 75. Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani scored a 21st-minute penalty as Uruguay beat Paraguay 1-0. Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez also scored in Argentina's win and the team are now unbeaten in their last 17 games. They take on Ecuador in the quarter-finals on Sunday, while Uruguay play Colombia on Saturday. Hosts Brazil play Chile, while Paraguay face Peru.
Paredes sees Mbappe being more Ronaldo than Messi as PSG midfielder discusses playing with superstars
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Paredes sees Mbappe being more Ronaldo than Messi as PSG midfielder discusses playing with superstars

The Argentina international is in the fortunate position of playing alongside some iconic figures for club and country Leandro Paredes plays and trains with Kylian Mbappe on a daily basis at Paris Saint-Germain and considers the French forward to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo in the talent stakes than Lionel Messi. The Argentina international is well placed to pass that judgement as he plays alongside six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi when representing his country. The combative 26-year-old midfielder also works with Brazil superstar Neymar at club level, allowing him to assess the ability of some of the finest performers walking the planet.
Napoli’s Osimhen not the player that drives me crazy’ – Maradona Jnr on Super Eagles striker
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Napoli’s Osimhen not the player that drives me crazy’ – Maradona Jnr on Super Eagles striker

The West African joined the Serie A outfit from Lille and has since scored 10 goals in 24 matches Diego Maradona Jr. has conceded Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen is not the sort of player he is crazy about, but still likes his technical ability. The 22-year-old joined Napoli from Ligue 1 side Lille and in his debut season in Serie A, he went on to score 10 goals in 24 league matches, with three assists as well. The son of the late Argentina legend Diego Maradona is, however, optimistic the attacker will have a better 2021/22 season after settling in at the club.
Copa America 2021: Six countries qualify for quarter-finals
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Copa America 2021: Six countries qualify for quarter-finals

A total of six countries have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing Copa America 2021. The countries are Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. Uruguay booked their place in the Copa America quarter-finals on Thursday after beating Bolivia 2-0. Argentina and Chile booked their places in the Copa America quarter-finals last Monday. Argentina top Group A with seven points, while Paraguay is in the second position with six points. Meanwhile, Brazil have already qualified from Group B. The Seleção currently top the group with 9 points. The knockout stage starts with the quarter-finals on July 2 and 3.
Lionel Messi Receives ”Funny Gifts’ Including ”holy water” from his Argentina teammates on his 34th birthday
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Lionel Messi Receives ”Funny Gifts’ Including ”holy water” from his Argentina teammates on his 34th birthday

Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who turned 34 on Thursday June 24, celebrated his birthday with his Argentina teammates inside their team hotel in Brazil. He was surprised with several funny gifts in packs of bags with one of them containing a white plastic gallon with " holy water" in it. While bringing out the gifts, Messi could be seen laughing at the sight of some of the gifts. Watch the video below.
Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals

  A total of three countries have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing Copa America 2021. The countries are Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Argentina and Chile booked their places in the Copa America quarter-finals on Monday. Both countries top Group A with seven and five points respectively. Argentina defeated Paraguay 1-0, while Chile played 1-1 with Uruguay. With four matches left to play in Group A, Paraguay have three points, Uruguay one, and Bolivia zero, meaning they all still stand a theoretical chance to go through to the last eight. Meanwhile, Brazil have already qualified from Group B. The Seleção currently top the group with 6 points.
Messi Overtakes Ronaldo to Become Highest Scorer of Free kicks
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Messi Overtakes Ronaldo to Become Highest Scorer of Free kicks

Lionel Messi’s goal for Argentina in their 1-1 draw with Chile at the Copa America, has seen him surpass Cristiano Ronaldo, as the active footballer to score the most free kicks. He has now scored 57 free kicks in his career, one more than Portugal captain, Ronaldo. Messi is however five goals short of Diego Maradona’s record of 62 free kicks. The Barcelona superstar also became Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer in official games with his strike, bagging his 39th goal in 98 games and overtaking Gabriel Batistuta. Messi has scored a total of 73 goals for Argentina. The 33-year-old also joined Americo Tesoriere (1920-25) as the only player to have featured in six Copa Americas for Argentina.
Arsenal Misses out on Emiliano Buendia as Aston Villa agree club-record transfer fee of £40m for the Argentine Midfielder
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Arsenal Misses out on Emiliano Buendia as Aston Villa agree club-record transfer fee of £40m for the Argentine Midfielder

Aston Villa have announced they have reached a £40million agreement to sign Norwich star Emiliano Buendia, handing Arsenal a huge transfer blow after they also showed interest to also sign him. The 24-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty with Argentina and is set to have his medical before completing his move to Villa on Tuesday after a World Cup qualifying game against Colombia. Villa confirmed the agreement on Monday morning, adding the transfer for Buendia will be completed after Argentina play Colombia on Tuesday evening. The fee Villa will pay could rise to nearly £40m with bonus add-ons. Buendia was named Championship player of the season for 2020-21 following Norwich's promotion to Premier League. He scored 15 goals and registered 17 assist...

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