Argentina star man Lionel Messi might not appear at the forthcoming World Cup next year in Russia, going by the results the team is posting.
A world Cup without the Barcelona star can be imagined as the South American side continually fall short of the magic expected of them, even with the diminutive magician featuring.
Other top stars like Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and the rest might also sit out the world event in the summer of 2018. They have another chance against Venezuela when both sides clash on their ground in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
The team would likely have to go to the playoffs where they would compete against the Oceania winner New Zealand. With the form of the Kiwis, the Copa America finalists should not expect a walk in the park. Burnley star Chris Wood is in top form and he recently netted a hat trick. The Kiwis would be desperate to frustrate and possibly complete the demystification of Lionel Messi and the Argentinean side. Read more
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi said that he is excited about the new season and that he wants to win trophies with the club.
The player has just signed a new contract with Barcelona that will make him the most expensive player having played for the club.
Indeed he has signed a three year extension on his current contract and will see him leave the club when he is 34 years old.
Lionel Messi said that he will be preparing himself well for the new season and that the objective of the team will be to regain the Spanish title which they have lost to Real Madrid. He believes that it is also important that Barcelona challenge for the Champions League and that the players are ready to give their best.
Lionel Messi said that he is still hungry and that he still wants to win trophies with the Spanish side. He said that they currently have a good team and that it is up to the players to deliver the goods if they want to win trophies. Read more
Lionel Messi has a contract with Barcelona which extends until 2018 but recent rumors have been suggesting that the Argentinean player is edging closer to a new deal that could see him remaining at the Camp Nou beyond what it currently has stipulated.
The 29 year old forward has once again proved why he is considered to not only be the best in the world but also the best playr in the history of the game as he edged the victory against Real Madrid when they faced off on April 23.
The diminutive star scored 2 goals which helped Barcelona in defeating Real Madrid with a final scoreboard of 3-2 and it’s rumored that the head chiefs want to reward Lionel Messi by offering him a new and improved contract.
As each year and season passes by, there are rumors which link Messi with a potential move to another club. It has not been any different this time around as the current season of 2016-17 is about to reach it’s end and managers are already thinking about how they can upgrade their respective squads, Lionel Messi is one of those players that any club would love to have.
This is another reason of why Barcelona are believed to be working towards offering Lionel Messi with a new and better deal that would keep the Argentinean player past 2018 which is what it currently has written on his deal with the Catalan club. Read more
Argentina football legend Juan Roman Riquelme has opened up on what he feels about the two biggest stars in the game: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Villarreal player claims that Spanish side Real Madrid and Argentina would suffer if both stars were to stop playing now.
“Argentina without Messi is a normal team, but this of course the best player in the world. The same thing would happen to Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo,” Riquleme told Chilean media.
Both players have revolutionized the game, with the competition between them being the fiercest in the history of football. Read more
Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s sensational forward, was supposed to be in Egypt sometime this month on a medical tourism campaign, but has agreed to the postponement of his visit till February next year.
The postponement of his visit, came on the heels of the bombing of a church in Cairo, Egypt last Sunday.
Messi, whose visit was aimed at the promotion of Egypt’s Tour n’ Cure Hepatitis C. medical tourism campaign will now wait till February next year before making his visit, according to the website of Prime Pharma, the organizers of the visit.
Tamer Wagih, the CEO of Prime Pharma, who are the organizers of the Tour n’ Cure mentioned that Messi, five time winner of the Ballon D’Or, sent his condolences to the bereaved families in the church attack on Sunday, as he also noted that he understands their reason for postponing his visit, as necessary security measures.
The church bombing in Egypt, which occurred at the St. Peter’s and Paul Church, Cairo, left no less than 25 persons dead, and possibly more than 40 others injured. Read more
Regarded as one of the best players to have represented Argentina at the international stage, Juan Roman Riquelme has certainly been missed from the international scene since his retirement in 2008.
The playmaker played with some of the best players in world football during his time in Europe with Barcelona amongst other clubs. He has spoken about the state of the national team at a very difficult time. Argentina have been without a major trophy for more than two decades, but the fans have been left extremely hurt following the last three years.
After losing in the World Cup 2014 final, the national team went on to lose in successive Copa America finals against Chile. It has been regarded as one of the greatest disappointments in Argentine sport history. Yet, even more incredible is the fact that this team was unable to win the titles even with Lionel Messi in the team.Riquelme says that Messi is clearly the best player of the world has ever seen. Read more
Argentina national team coach Edgardo Bauza says Barcelona have not come in with a request to rest Lionel Messi for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The player is reportedly tired after having been involved in football action continuously for the last four years. His performance has declined during the 2015-16 season and it was a major factor in the club being unable to lift the Champions League title. The 29-year-old has been experiencing problems with his hamstring just before the start of the World Cup qualifiers for Argentina. The player ended the 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday with a little discomfort.
It was later learnt that his left hamstring had been giving him problems and it was advised that the problem may increase if he takes part in the World Cup qualifiers. After having just convinced him to return to the national team, managerBauza was facing a tight situation with regard to the availability of the player. He has dismissed suggestions that Barcelona have requested him to leave out Messi for the upcoming game against Uruguay and Venezuela. The game against Uruguay will be seen as the toughest from the Argentine camp’s view. The potential absence of Sergio Aguero makes it even more imperative for Argentina to have the presence of Messi on the pitch.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will be coming up against Celtic when the Spanish club take on the Scottish club in the International Champions Cup this weekend.
It represents a throwback to the meeting between the teams a few years ago in the Champions League. Lionel Messi managed to perform at his brilliant best and overcome a stubborn Celtic team. Since then, a lot has changed in the world of football especially concerning with these two clubs. Barcelona have gone on from success to success while Celtic have been struggling to make a significant impact in European football in the last few years
The poor form in Europe over the last few years has led to the dismissal of Ronny Deila. It has resulted in the arrival of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to Celtic Park. Ahead of the meeting between the two teams, Messi has spoken about how the absence of Celtic in the Champions League will create a huge void. Celtic almost came close to being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers but they were rescued by a late equaliser from Leigh Griffiths. It means that the Scottish club still remain with a chance of getting into the group stages since Astana of Kazakhstan will be coming to Celtic Park for the return leg.
Luis Suarez has states that his Barcelona teammate will play for Argentina again.
Lionel Messi has announced his international retirement after losing the Copa America final to Chile. He was the culprit of missing a penalty in a shootout and clearly appears to be devastated after the result. When asked after the match whether he will be representing the country again, Lionel Messi stated that this was his last appearance for his country as it is too hurtful to lose another final
Since that day, there have been many football legends that have called for Messi to reconsider his decision, but the Argentina forward has yet to make another statement.
Argentina national coach Gerardo Martino stated that Lionel Messi understands why he has been left out of the Olympic team.
He said that he had taken the decision to protect Messi from being burned out.
Indeed, Lionel Messi will have to participate in the Copa America first with the national team. Martino said that he felt that Messi will need a break after a long season in Europe and that it would have been insane to make him play in two major tournaments. For him, Argentina can manage without Messi in the Olympics but not in Copa America.
He said that things would have been different if there were no Copa America this year but with the current schedule it is preferable for Messi to avoid playing in the Olympics.
He compared the situation to Brazil where they have taken the decision to play Neymar only in the Olympics instead of the Copa America. Martino said that he will strengthen the Olympics team in defence where he felt that there is a need.
Martino believes that Argentina will have to make some compromises in both tournaments. Clubs will be unwilling for their players to participate in both competitions and it is important that he find a right balance for the teams. He believes that taking part in the Copa America will provide enough time for Messi to recover and to participate in his club’s pre-season training camp. Read more