Lionel Messi speaks exclusively to ESPN about his future with Argentina leading up to, and after, the World Cup in Russia. In an interview with ESPN’s Diego Monroig, Lionel Messi hits back at claims he makes the decisions for Argentina. Lionel Messi has told ESPN he was in the dark right up until the very
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo explains what it means to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award for a fifth time. Argentina great Diego Maradona admitted it “hurt his soul” to hand the Best FIFA Men’s Player
The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi’s standing among the greatest players of all time. Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi’s impact on Argentina’s qualification for the World Cup. After Ecuador scored in the first minute, Lionel Messi took over and scored three goals to punch
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ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti believes Jorge Sampaoli will employ his experience and make Argentina a force at Russia 2018. Jorge Sampaoli puts his life goal into perspective after naming his Argentina squad for a pair of November friendlies. Matias Kranevitter, Diego Perotti and Sergio Aguero were the surprise choices by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for
Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi’s impact on Argentina’s qualification for the World Cup. Jorge Sampaoli says he gets emotional coaching Lionel Messi, whom he calls the best player in history. The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi’s standing among the greatest players of all time.
Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Alejandro Moreno explains why Argentina could find it difficult to get the result they need at Ecuador. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predictor ahead of the final round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Craig Burley says Sergio Aguero should not have been traveling abroad two days before Man City’s big match against Chelsea. Jonathan Smith reports from Man City’s training ground where Pep Guardiola speaks for the first time since Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash. Shaka Hislop assesses Man City’s ability to adapt now that
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a stellar 2016-17 season with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running after being included the final shortlist for the 2017 award along with Lionel Messi and Neymar. The trio had been named in an initial 24-man list of nominees last month and
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia. Just over a week after guiding Saudi Arabia to a fifth World Cup, Bert van Marwijk has been replaced as head coach by Edgardo Bauza. In a shock move, Argentina’s Bauza leaves his post in charge of United Arab
The FC panel discuss the implications of Argentina and Uruguay’s WCQ game, and its implications both on and off the field. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris discusses the team’s mentality ahead of their crucial WCQ against the Netherlands. Attacker Anthony Nwakaeme says he deserves the call-up to Nigeria for their crunch World Cup Qualifiers vs. Cameroon.
Argentina stars Juan Sebastian Veron and Carlos Tevez were among the names on the hackers’ list. Carlos Tevez, Juan Sebastian Veron and Dirk Kuyt have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three of the players permitted to use otherwise-banned medicines during the 2010 World Cup. Tevez and Veron are two of five Argentina players
Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez will stage an event on Aug. 30 to launch their bid for the 2030 World Cup. It is about to be made official. Next week, Uruguay and Argentina will announce their wish to host the 2030 World Cup and thus celebrate the centenary of the tournament.
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli says the only player guaranteed to start for the national team is Lionel Messi. Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has been left off the Argentina squad as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero made his return for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Coach Jorge Sampaoli omitted Higuain in his 23-man squad, which will face
ESPN’s Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. Herculez Gomez shares his thoughts on how the United States would factor into a three-nation World Cup bid. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina and Uruguay are going ahead with plans to make
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Former Barcelona greats Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and others have all arrived in Argentina for Lionel Messi’s wedding. It would appear that the summer of the Lionel Messi mural is most definitely upon us, with not one, not two, but three portraits of the Barcelona star cropping up over the course of the past
Former Barcelona greats Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and others have all arrived in Argentina for Lionel Messi’s wedding. Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi’s legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers. In honour
Lionel Messi might not be medicine, but he can feel like it. Watching Messi with a ball at his feet is a testament to the rest of our possibilities. Maybe we aren’t so terrible, because he’s one of us. He can make us seem better than we are. He rewards so many different kinds of
Ernesto Valverde says he’s heard nothing but confidence that Lionel Messi and Barcelona will agree on a new contract. Lionel Messi ranks third on ESPN’s World Fame 100 rankings, but which footballer tops the list? A theme park carrying Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s name is to launch in China, it has been confirmed. The Messi