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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...
Winning Copa America with Argentina was ‘Most Difficult’ Trophy of my Career – Lionel Messi
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Winning Copa America with Argentina was ‘Most Difficult’ Trophy of my Career – Lionel Messi

Six time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi has called the international silverware he won with Argentina, his most difficult trophy of his career so far. According to Messi, who now plays for PSG after two decades with Barca, Copa America glory with Argentina gave him "peace of mind" at international level. Messi suffered final heartache at the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Copa losses in 2015 and 2016 with Argentina. At a point he feared that he wouldn't win anything with Argentina but he captained Lionel Scaloni's side to a memorable victory, and says he has had a truly successful career. Messi speaking to ESPN said: "Everything I won was important and beautiful, but this was the most difficult because I went through many things. It was knock after knock. "I finally had...
James Rodriguez sent ‘500%’ warning by Colombia coach as he faces uncertain Everton future
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James Rodriguez sent ‘500%’ warning by Colombia coach as he faces uncertain Everton future

he South American playmaker has been overlooked by club and country of late, with two managers needing to be convinced of his worth James Rodriguez is currently out of favour with club and country, with the Everton playmaker being warned by Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda that he is going to need to reach "500%" in order to be drafted back into his plans. That could be a struggle for the South American as he remains on the fringes of Rafa Benitez's plans at Goodison Park, with no competitive minutes taken in for the Toffees this season. Niggling knocks have been frustrating James, leading to him being left out by Colombia, and Rueda - who saw a war of words sparked when the 30-year-old was removed from Copa America plans over the summer - says "100% is not enough" to earn favour aga...
‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest
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‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest

The Netherlands international forward did not get to cross paths with the Camp Nou icon, but is feeling settled in new surroundings Memphis Depay "couldn't even say hello" to Lionel Messi following his arrival at Barcelona with the Argentine icon heading out of Camp Nou, but the Dutch forward is enjoying life alongside Gerard Pique and Sergino Dest. The Netherlands international completed a switch to Catalunya over the summer having reached the end of his contract at Lyon, but experienced a sliding doors moment with the Argentine icon that also found himself a free agent. With Depay on Euro 2020 duty and Messi away winning the Copa America, the pair never crossed paths before taking on new challenges with Barca and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
How Lionel Messi made me cry like a baby – Gomez
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How Lionel Messi made me cry like a baby – Gomez

Sevilla star, Papu Gomez has narrated how Argentine superstar and national teammate, Lionel Messi made him cry like baby. Gomez won the Copa America with Argentina, doing so alongside Lionel Messi this summer. “He began to speak before the final and the truth is that I don’t remember the exact words because in no time I was crying,” he recalled in an interview with La Nacion. “He spoke about effort, about family… tears were falling down my cheeks like a baby. Gomez further described the Paris Saint-Germain No. 30 as the most normal and simple of all the Argentine national team players. He’s an absolute leader, a captain in every sense, because he shows it, he leads by example. “They always want to compare him to Diego [Maradona], they want him to shout and fight, Leo is...
Lionel Messi: Date PSG star will Make his Debut Revealed
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Lionel Messi: Date PSG star will Make his Debut Revealed

Paris Saint-Germain new signing, Lionel Messi, is expected to make his debut for the club at the end of this month as he continues his return to full fitness. According to Sky Sports, Messi, who is continuing to settle into life in France following his shock exit from Barcelona this summer, will play his first game for PSG against Reims on August 29. The Argentina captain is not yet match-fit to feature for PSG. PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino, had admitted that Messi, 34, still has catching up to do on his conditioning as he played for his country at the recently concluded Copa America and had a break after the tournament. Messi has not undergone a proper pre-season, and has missed PSG’s first two games of the new Ligue 1 season. Speaking at his post-match pr...
‘I stopped loving football’ – Argentina & Villa ace Martinez reveals how loan decision saved his career
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‘I stopped loving football’ – Argentina & Villa ace Martinez reveals how loan decision saved his career

The 28-year-old received scant opportunities to shine with Arsenal and ultimately put his foot down after going out on yet another loan spell Argentina and Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez admits he lost his love for football during his long years of inactivity at Arsenal, but finally turned the corner when he refused to let the club send him out on loan anymore. Martinez, 28, became a hero for both club and country over the course of 2020-21, following up his fine debut season with Villa in the Premier League with a memorable Copa America campaign as he helped the Albiceleste take the title. But the goalkeeper also knows what it is like to suffer for his art, having spent the best part of a decade in north London while barely featuring for the first team.
Ballon d’Or 2021: How Messi’s Departure from Barcelona Affects Chance of Winning
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Ballon d’Or 2021: How Messi’s Departure from Barcelona Affects Chance of Winning

Lionel Messi will be wearing the colours of another club from the 2021/2022 season. This follows Barcelona’s announcement on Thursday, that their captain will be leaving as a free agent. Messi’s contract with the LaLiga giants expired on July 1 and he was believed to have agreed fresh terms on half of his wages. However, the new contract could not be finalised “due to financial and structural problems [rules relating to the Spanish league],” an official club statement revealed. In three months, Messi is expected to win his record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or, no matter what team he represents at the time. After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season, the 34-year-old is widely expected to win the prize. The A...
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...
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Messi Returns to Barcelona to end Contract saga

Lionel Messi has arrived in Barcelona, as he prepares to pen a new five-year contract at Camp Nou, according to Sport. The deal is worth in the region of £250,000 a week. Messi is currently a free agent, as his old contract expired. The 34-year-old has been on holiday since helping Argentina win the Copa America earlier this month, but has returned to Barcelona on Wednesday. He already has a verbal agreement with the LaLiga giants over the new deal, which will see him take a 50% pay cut. Messi is expected to put pen to paper within the next week. The 10-time LaLiga winner has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barca in all competitions, including 38 goals in 47 appearances during the 2020/2021 campaign.
Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America
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Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has broken an Instagram record previously held by his biggest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, after winning the Copa America earlier this month. Messi finally won on the international stage, as Albiceleste beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final of the competition. Following that victory on July 10, Messi took to Instagram to celebrate their triumph, with a post. It was a picture of him in the dressing room, holding the trophy alongside the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!” As things stand, the photo has been liked more than 20 million times, thus making the image the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete. Ronaldo’s record lasted just under a year. The Juventus s...
Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or
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Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has already won the prize six times in the past – the most by any player in history. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America triumph in Brazil. With that victory, Messi has finally added an international title, which was the only silverware missing from his stunning CV. Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition for his individual brilliance for both club and country over the past 12 months. “He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. “Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the fa...
‘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.
Messi won’t be better than Maradona, even if he wins four World Cups in a row, says Kempes
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Messi won’t be better than Maradona, even if he wins four World Cups in a row, says Kempes

The forward finally won a major international honour with the Copa America, but an Albiceleste hero feels he still sits behind his late countryman Lionel Messi will never be able to better Diego Maradona "even if he wins four World Cups in a row", according to Argentina legend Mario Kempes. The forward finally ended his international drought with the Albiceleste after claiming a long-awaited maiden Copa America triumph against Brazil on Saturday. It leaves the World Cup as the lone major honour the 34-year-old is yet to collect for club - with Barcelona - and country, but now Kempes has claimed that, for all his achievements, he will always be in the shadow of his late compatriot, a cultural icon within his home country and around the world.
Messi contract talks ‘progressing adequately’
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Messi contract talks ‘progressing adequately’

TheLiga giants are still working on freeing up space in their salary cap that will allow a club icon to be tied down on fresh terms Contract talks with Lionel Messi are "progressing adequately", says Barcelona president Joan Laporta, with La Liga giants still hoping to get a talismanic presence tied to fresh terms. The Blaugrana are unable to put a deal in place at present as they have no room within their salary cap, meaning that costs need to be cut by sanctioning sales. Every effort is, however, being made to remain in close contact with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner that has dropped into free agency and just savoured long-awaited international glory with Argentina at the Copa America.
Messi Dedicates Copa America triumph to Maradona
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Messi Dedicates Copa America triumph to Maradona

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has dedicated their Copa America win over Brazil to his family and the late Diego Maradona. Messi finally won an international trophy, after they beat the Selecao 1-0 in Sunday’s final. Angel Di Maria netted the winning goal in the 22nd minute of play. “I want to dedicate this success to my family, who have always given me the strength to continue, to my friends whom I love so much, to all the people who support us and above all to 45 million Argentinians who have suffered so much with this dreadful virus,” Messi wrote on Instagram. Argentina had refused to co-host the tournament with Colombia due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. CONMEBOL eventually transferred hosting rights to Brazil at the last minute. Messi also paid tribu...
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.
Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has paid tribute to God as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the Copa America on Sunday morning. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half as Argentina defeated Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was promoted to the starting line-up for the final match, coolly lobbed over Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for the 22nd-minute winner. The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament. Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five). Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful ...
Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni
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Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni

A man hoping to help the six-time Ballon d'Or end his international barren run at the Copa America says a lofty standing is already secured Lionel Messi will go down as "the best footballer in history", with or without senior international honours, says Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni. One of the most decorated players of all-time boasts an enviable collection of accolades from his time at Barcelona, but an Olympic gold medal and U20 World Cup glory are all he has to show for many years of loyal service with his country. That could be about to change at this summer's Copa America, with a final date booked against old adversaries and defending champions Brazil, but Scaloni says Messi's standing at the very top of the game is already secure.
Copa America: Messi Mocks Colombian Player as Argentina Qualify for final
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Copa America: Messi Mocks Colombian Player as Argentina Qualify for final

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, mocked Yerry Mina, asking him to “dance now,” as they beat Colombia on penalties in the Copa America semi-final on Tuesday. Mina missed his side’s third penalty during the shoot-out. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Mina’s usual celebration style is to dance after scoring goals and he pulled out his trademark celebration in the quarterfinal after netting in the shootout win over Uruguay. However, after his kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez on Tuesday, TV footage cut to Messi shouting “dance now” at his former Barcelona team-mate from the halfway line. The footage also picked up Martinez’s efforts to put off Mina in the build-up to the penalty. “Look, the ball’s not on the spot,” he told the referee as the centre-back s...
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...
Copa America: Lucas Paqueta sends Brazil into final after win over Peru
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Copa America: Lucas Paqueta sends Brazil into final after win over Peru

Brazil on Tuesday morning defeated Peru 1-0 in the semi-final of the Copa America. Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the match in the first to ensure Brazil qualify for the Copa America final ahead of Peru. Neymar set up Paqueta to score the only goal as hosts Brazil beat Peru at the Olympic Stadium. The semi-final was a repeat of the last final, two years ago, when a Brazil team shorn of the injured Neymar also triumphed on home soil. Brazil will face either Argentina or Colombia in the final on July 11 at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. Argentina and Colombia will tackle each other in the semi-final on Wednesday morning.
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: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final
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Copa America: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, refused to focus on personal accolades as they beat Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday, to qualify for the Copa America semi-final. Messi scored a free-kick and laid on two assists, as they progressed into the last four. The 34-year-old’s goal was his 76th goal for Argentina, taking him to within one of Pele’s South American records. “I’ve always said that individual prizes are secondary, we’re here for something else,” Messi said. “We have an objective and we’re focused on that. “It was a hard match, we know how difficult an opponent they can be. The important thing is we’ve taken another step forward.”
Chelsea star Thiago Silva out to emulate AC Milan icon Maldini by playing into his 40s
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Chelsea star Thiago Silva out to emulate AC Milan icon Maldini by playing into his 40s

The Brazil international defender is 36 years of age, but he is showing no sign of slowing down and has no retirement plans Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has expressed a desire to emulate the efforts of AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini by playing on into his 40s. The vastly-experienced Brazil international will turn 37 in September, but he has committed to a 12-month contract extension at Stamford Bridge and is showing no sign of slowing down. Champions League glory was savoured with the Blues last season and, as he now chases down a Copa America crown with his country, Silva has no imminent retirement plans in place.
Messi becomes free agent as contract with Barcelona expires
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Messi becomes free agent as contract with Barcelona expires

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is now a free agent after his current contract with the club expired today, June 30. Although the 34-year-old is expected to agree fresh terms with the LaLiga giants, he can easily sign for another club as of today without any obstacles. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have previously shown interest in Messi. The player is currently away on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America and is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Barca when he returns LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, has warned Barcelona they might not be able to register Messi next season, if they don’t reduce their wage bill. Tebas insists the Catalans must ensure they remain within the league-imposed salary cap. Before the outbreak of C...
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.
‘It’s impossible not to smile back’ – Pele ‘rooting’ for emotional Neymar to break his Brazilian goal record
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‘It’s impossible not to smile back’ – Pele ‘rooting’ for emotional Neymar to break his Brazilian goal record

The PSG forward is now just nine behind the Selecao's all-time top scorer after netting against Peru on Thursday in the Copa America Pele says that he is rooting for the "always smiling" Neymar to break his all-time Brazilian goal record of 77 after the Paris Saint-Germain forward took his tally to 68 by scoring against Peru. Neymar was in tears after scoring for the Selecao in a 4-0 win over Peru in the Copa America, explaining how it had been a difficult few years for his nation and that he just wants to make his people proud. And Pele, widely considered one of the greatest players ever, commented that it was "impossible not to smile back" when watching Neymar express himself on a football pitch.
Messi: Argentina were never too dependent on me
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Messi: Argentina were never too dependent on me

The Barcelona star weighed in on the national team's past and present ahead of the Copa America   Lionel Messi says he doesn't believe that Argentina have ever been overly dependent on his contributions as he said the team is currently "on the right track" ahead of the Copa America. Messi has long been one of the best players in the world but, despite incredible success on the club level and on a personal level, international trophies have eluded him with Argentina. He'll have a chance to remedy that once again this summer at the Copa America but, after years of critiques saying that Argentina rely on Messi too much, the man himself says he doesn't believe that has ever been the case.
Brazil Supreme Court allows Copa America to go ahead
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Brazil Supreme Court allows Copa America to go ahead

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled Thursday the country can host the Copa America despite the coronavirus pandemic, clearing the way for the troubled football tournament to go ahead in three days. In an extraordinary virtual session, a majority of the high court's 11 justices decided against plaintiffs who argued the South American championships posed an unacceptable health risk. Various judges however ordered the government to take additional safety measures. "It falls to (state governors and mayors) to set the appropriate health protocols and ensure they are respected in order to avoid a 'Copavirus,' with new infections and the emergence of new variants," wrote Justice Carmen Lucia in her ruling. The three cases before the court were the latest - and perhaps the last - edge-of-...
COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil
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COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil

New doubts gathered Tuesday over the Copa America five days from kickoff, as Brazil's Supreme Court agreed to consider blocking the troubled tournament and the Brazilian national team's players said they were against holding it. Organisers are battling the odds to pull off the South American football championships this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. It has forced them into a last-minute search for an emergency host country that ended with the controversial choice of Brazil last week. Brazil's Supreme Court said it would rule Thursday on two requests to block the 10-nation tournament, which is scheduled to open Sunday and run through 10 July. Chief Justice Luiz Fux said given the "exceptional nature of the case," he had decided to have the full 11-member court take u...
CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021
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CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021

  South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced that the 2021 Copa America will be played in Brazil after original hosts Colombia and Argentina had to pull out of holding the tournament. CONMEBOL made the announcement on Monday, just thirteen days before the tournament is set to begin. Colombia and Argentina had to pull out due to political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Copa America will begin on June 13 and end on July 11. Meanwhile, Brazil is one of the countries in the world worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the second-highest death toll of over 460,000 so far and more than 16.5 million cases. Brazil won the Copa America in 2019 after beating Peru 3-1 in the final.
Liverpool Striker, Taiwo Awoniyi Granted UK Work Permit
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Liverpool Striker, Taiwo Awoniyi Granted UK Work Permit

  Liverpool striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has been granted a UK work permit ahead of the 2021/2022 season, Goal reports. However, the Nigerian may be on his way out of Anfield, with the Reds receiving offers from at least, seven clubs. Awoniyi signed for Liverpool in 2015, but has spent the past six years on loan, because of his failure to obtain a work permit. He has spent this current campaign with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. This week, Awoniyi was finally granted a UK work permit and will now be eligible to play in the Premier League. Liverpool plan to involve him in the first part of their pre-season schedule, enabling him to finally train with Jurgen Klopp’s senior group and perhaps feature in some friendly fixtures while a host of first-team players who are a...
Footballer Gonzalo Higuain loses mum after battle with cancer
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Footballer Gonzalo Higuain loses mum after battle with cancer

Former Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mum, Nancy Zacarias’ has died after losing a long battle with cancer. She died aged just 64. The news came just days after the Higuain, 33, and his brother Federico, 36, made MLS history after both scored in the same game in Inter Miami's 2-1 win at Philadephia Union. In a statement on Wednesday, April 28, Inter Miami revealed it was saddened to hear of Nancy Zacarias’ death on Monday as it offered its condolences. The club wrote: “The Inter Miami CFC family is saddened to hear of the passing of Gonzalo and Federico Higuain’s beloved mother Nancy Zacarias. “Our deepest condolences go out to our players and their entire family during this difficult time. “We give the Higuains our full support as they cope w...
Argentina Can End Wait For Title With Copa America 2021 – Messi
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Argentina Can End Wait For Title With Copa America 2021 – Messi

Lionel Messi is convinced that the 2021 Copa America can bring his wait for major honours with Argentina to a close, with Goal learning that the Barcelona superstar is excited by another shot at international glory. Despite boasting the most distinguished of CVs at club level – one that includes 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns – senior silverware with his country has eluded a six-time Ballon d’Or winner. A gold medal was secured at the 2008 Olympics, to go with an U20 World Cup win in 2005, but that is as good as it has got for Messi when turning out for the Albiceleste. Argentina and Colombia will be joint hosts of the next Copa, with a tournament set to be played out between June 11 and Jul 10 presenting Messi with an opportunity to deliver on home s...
Everton chief Brands keen on Grealish, but wants Everton Soares first
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Everton chief Brands keen on Grealish, but wants Everton Soares first

Everton chief Marcel Brands is keen on Jack Grealish - though the Aston Villa captain isn't a priority. Sky Sports says Brands feels he needs to invest in a number of other positions before a move for the Aston Villa midfielder could be considered. Brands needs a right winger or right sided attacking midfielder and feels Grealish is not the player to fill that role. That role could be filled by Gremio attacker Everton Soares. Ancelotti remains a big fan of Soares, who he first tracked when manager of Napoli. Other clubs, including Napoli remain interested. Ancelotti was impressed with the 23-year old's performance in last summer's Copa America and hopes to form a potent partnership with Soares' Brazilian international partner and good friend, Richarlison
Emre Can excited as Dortmund to resume training in groups of two
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Emre Can excited as Dortmund to resume training in groups of two

It remains unclear when the football campaign will return but the German giants will get back to work on Monday Borussia Dortmund will return to training on Monday but will be restricted to groups of two as they look to navigate restrictions in place as a result of the coronavirus. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought football across the world to a halt and forced football’s governing bodies to delay Euro 2020 and this year’s Copa America by 12 months. While there is no news on when the leagues will return to action, Dortmund are working to keep their players fit and are taking measures to limit the risk of infecting players and staff. Midfielder Emre Can is looking forward to getting back to work, even if he will not be with all of his team-mates. “It’s important that we go ...
Messi Returns To Argentina Squad After Three-Month Ban
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Messi Returns To Argentina Squad After Three-Month Ban

Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina's squad for friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay next month, after his three-month international football ban ended. The Barcelona forward, 32, was sent-off in Argentina's Copa America third-place play-off win over Chile on 6 July. He was later banned after claiming the Copa America was "corrupt". Messi, who has scored five goals for Barcelona this season, missed four matches for Argentina during his ban. Argentina face Brazil in Saudi Arabia on 15 November and Uruguay in Israel on 18 November. Argentina Full squad: GOALKEEPERS Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Emiliano Martinez, Esteban Andrada DEFENDERS Juan Foyth , Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Marcos Rojo, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Taglafico, Nehuen ...
Lionel Messi made Argentina team cry with Copa America speech – Angel Di Maria
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Lionel Messi made Argentina team cry with Copa America speech – Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria has said what Lionel Messi told his teammates after Argentina's defeat to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America that left "everyone in tears." Messi captained Argentina in the tournament but they lost 2-0 to would-be champions Brazil in the semifinals on July 3 before going on to finish third. "Messi said some beautiful words when we were eliminated by Brazil," Di Maria told ESPN Argentina. "Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. "That we had not been together much as some had not been called up [to the senior team] before. Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. "He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day. That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were ther...
Messi Banned From Playing For Argentina For 3 Months And Fined $50k
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Messi Banned From Playing For Argentina For 3 Months And Fined $50k

The Conmebol has suspended Lionel Messi for three months after his statements during the Copa América. The Argentine will also have to pay a fine of 50.000 dollars CONMEBOL has published the sanction to the Argentina captain for his controversial statements against he was sent-off in the game against Chile. The Argentina captain accused the organization of corruption after receiving a red card during the 3rd/4th Play-Off match against Chile as he believed that Conmebol had been favouring Brazil throughout the tournament. The suspension begins from today, August 3, and will last for 90 days, in which Messi will only miss three games for the Albiceleste, three friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany. Therefore, Messi will be able to feature in the qualifying matches for ...
Valverde backs Griezmann to flourish alongside Messi and Suarez
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Valverde backs Griezmann to flourish alongside Messi and Suarez

The World Cup winner has been tipped to slot right in alongside the Argentina duo up front for the Blaugrana this season New boy Antonie Griezmman will likely settle well alongside Barcelona veterans Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez when the trio link up for the new season, says coach Ernesto Valverde. The striker, who arrived from Atletico Madrid as the Blaugrana's biggest recruit of a busy off-season so far , made his second appearance for the club inSaturday's 2-0 friendly win against Vissel Kobe in Japan. The La Liga champions, who also lost to Chelsea in Saitama on their pre-season tour, return to Spain now ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, where they will link up with Argentina duo Messi and Suarez following the duo's extended post-Copa America break.
CONMEBOL hand Messi $1500 fine for ‘corruption’ comments during Copa America
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CONMEBOL hand Messi $1500 fine for ‘corruption’ comments during Copa America

The Argentina star suggested that this summer's competition was rigged in favour of hosts Brazil CONMEBOL have handed Lionel Messi a $1500 fine for his inflammatory comments about the federation’s “corruption” during this summer’s Copa America.Additionally, the Argentina star will serve a one-game suspension for the red card he received against Chile in the competition’s third-place match. Messi went off on the South American federation earlier this month, but they have responded with a negligible fine and no further suspension beyond the automatic one-game punishment for a red card. After being sent off against Chile, Messi skipped the Copa America medal ceremony, clearly still upset about his red card in the third-place game and what transpired in his nation’s semi-final defeat to...
Juventus fans dreaming of Neymar – Zambrotta
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Juventus fans dreaming of Neymar – Zambrotta

The former Juve star believes that the Bianconeri could potentially add the Brazilian to their squad Juventus fans are dreaming of signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, says Gianluca Zambrotta. PSG have confirmed Neymar wants to leave the Ligue 1 champions, with a stunning return to Barcelona mooted. But Juve are also reportedly interested in the Brazil superstar, who missed his country's Copa America triumph with an ankle injury.
Dani Alves To Receive £200,000-A-Week Wage At New Club In England
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Dani Alves To Receive £200,000-A-Week Wage At New Club In England

Brazil captain, Dani Alves is set to join Premier League giants, Arsenal as a free agent. According to The Sun, the 36-year-old experienced right-back is willing to accept a £200,000-a-week wage to link up with his former manager, Unai Emery at Emirates. Alves has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Tottenham and Inter Milan in recent weeks. He is currently on a free agent after he left Paris Saints-Germain last month. The former Juventus and Barcelona star is currently on holiday after winning the 2019 Copa America with Brazil earlier this month. Speaking on his future, Alves recently said: “Now I’m free, but I still have a lot to accomplish in my career. “The only thing that I can say is that the club that sign me will sign a true champion.”
Manchester United midfielder Fred gets married
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Manchester United midfielder Fred gets married

Fred got married this weekend and is expected to soon link up with his Manchester United teammates on their pre-season tour. The Brazilian midfielder was a surprise omission from United's 28-man pre-season tour squad named by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this month and the club confirmed he and Matteo Darmian were both left out due to personal reasons. Fred is believed to have booked his wedding for last weekend as he had hoped to be named in Brazil's squad for the Copa America, which ended on July 7. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder married Monique Salum in a more private setting last year and this year's ceremony appears to have been arranged to give the bride and groom the chance to celebrate with friends and family.
Brazil Winger, Everton Soares Confirms Offer Amid Arsenal Link
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Brazil Winger, Everton Soares Confirms Offer Amid Arsenal Link

Gremio winger, Everton Soares has admitted that he has an offer on the table to leave this summer. The Brazilian has been linked strongly with Arsenal, with the Premier League side opening talks over the transfer during the Copa America. Unai Emery is weighing up whether to make an official offer and Everton has now broken his silence on the transfer speculation. “Right now I have an offer on the plate, but I can’t say the name of the club in question.   “Just as I cannot promise that I will be here again on Thursday to play against Bahia. We’ll see,” Soares said, according to UOL. It is believed that Gremio want a minimum of £36million for Everton and have indicated they will not open discussions with any club who is unwilling to meet that asking price.

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