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Lionel Messi’s disappointments with Argentina

Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi suffered more World Cup heartbreak with Argentina on Saturday, unable to match France’s firepower in a thrilling 4-3 World Cup last-16 tie.

Signs bad for Lionel Messi’s last chance to emulate Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi’s 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi seeks redemption against dangerous Croatia

Stung by his failure to avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi would love to make amends in their World Cup Group D match against Croatia on Thursday.

Ronaldo 1 Messi 0 in World Cup duel

Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi — revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland.

World Cup: Nervy Argentina seek Messi magic against Iceland

Lionel Messi’s Argentina aim to put a shambolic World Cup build-up behind them and make a statement in their opening match against tournament debutants Iceland on Saturday.

Neymar lands in Russia, Lionel Messi casts doubt over World Cup future

Brazil arrived in Russia on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit, as Lionel Messi cast doubt over his international future.

Lionel Messi says Argentina future depends on World Cup

Argentina captain Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performance at the World Cup in Russia.

World Cup: Argentina preparations rocked by controversy, injury

Lionel Messi’s Argentina must quickly refocus after finding themselves at the centre of an Israel-Palestinian spat over the cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following an unconvincing qualifying campaign.

Javier Mascherano: I hope Argentina can live up to Lionel Messi’s standards

Javier Mascherano believes that Lionel Messi is the key to Argentina's World Cup campaign - but warned he and his team-mates must do everything to help him succeed in Russia.

Mexico World Cup squad holds farewell party with 30 prostitutes

According to the TVNotas gossip magazine, nine members of Mexico’s World Cup squad partied with dozens of escorts at a private compound in Mexico City last Saturday following the team’s 1-0 win over Scotland at the Aztec Stadium.

Ivan Rakitic: Lionel Messi would have won 50 Grand Slams if he played tennis

Lionel Messi is such a dominant sportsman he would have claimed 50 Grand Slam titles if he was a tennis player, says Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic.

Argentina goalkeeper Romero out of World Cup after suffering knee injury

Argentina on Tuesday suffered a blow as goalkeeper Sergio Romero was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury.

Argentina names Lionel Messi, 22 others for World Cup

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has named his 23-man World Cup squad as he gets to face Iceland, Croatia and then Nigeria in the group phase of the Mundial in Russia. Predictably, the coach has included...

World Cup: Argentina must prepare well, take average teams seriously in Russia – Lionel...

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has warned his teammates to be wary of the ‘average teams’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Japan and Qatar will compete in 2019 Copa America

The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will include Japan and Qatar but no teams from North America will participate.

FIFA proposes staging a new mini-World Cup every two years

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.

Jorge Sampaoli: Lionel Messi matured enough to lead Argentina to glory in Russia

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has the talent and maturity to carry Argentina’s hopes of a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign this year, the national team’s manager Jorge Sampaoli says.

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez asks to miss Sweden against Chile friendly

Alexis Sanchez has joined Chile's squad for Saturday's game in Sweden despite asking to be excused from international duty following a "difficult" start to his Manchester United career.

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