The rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been one of the much talked about elements in the world of football over the last decade.
The rivalry has especially grown in recent years as the two players have become more successful. There is a suggestion that Ronaldo does not like Messi very much and that the Argentine is quite the opposite. Ronaldo has always split the fans in terms of popularity, as many believe that he is quite arrogant. Once again, the opposite has been regarded as character of Messi.
The Argentine has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is widely regarded as the standard on which players are ranked, an incredible five times in his career and it is the current world record. Ronaldo is probably the only player who can hope to beat this achievement as he has three titles so far. Read more »
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza managed to convince Lionel Messi to come out of international retirement just a few months after he announced his exit from the national team.
The decision to retire from international duty was taken by Messi after watching his team suffered three consecutive disappointments in major finals. The Barcelona superstar was unable to prevent defeat in the Copa America 2015, 2016, and the World Cup 2014. The defeat in the Copa America came against Chile while the World Cup loss came against Germany. Despite having won all major honours with Barcelona, Messi is still without a major title at international level.
After having just convinced the player to come out of retirement,Bauza has warned the rest of the team that the presence of Messi alone will not solve all the problems. Lack of team effort is widely regarded as the reason for Argentina being unable to win major honours despite having come so close. The over reliance on Messi has also been attributed as one factor and this could change under the regime ofBauza. Fortunately, Argentina have a wealth of attacking talent in the form of Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, and Angel di Maria. All these players can complement Messi and can even perform when he is unavailable.
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Many say that Messi is like none other. Unlike other star players, he has certain attributes that make him unique.
He is known for his gentlemanly manners and for his dedication to the game. These are attributes that make him special, besides his legendary football playing skills. The forward player of Barcelona has been going through trying times, but his fans and country have stood beside him. Indeed, the Copa America loss was not felt as badly as by Messi.
As he announced his retirement from international football which is still being refuted by his countrymen and high officials in the football world, he is also facing a new dilemma. There have turned up cases of tax fraud against him, but fans can take heart in the knowledge that, he would not have to serve jail sentence but would be on probation. Read more »
Argentina striker Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football after Argentina’s defeat in the Copa America. Lionel Messi was culprit of missing a penalty in the shootout in the match that opposed Argentina to Chile.
Lionel Messi made a declaration after the game and said that he would not play for the national team again. He stated that it is fourth final that Argentina has lost and that he cannot take it anymore as it hurts too much. He was disappointed the way the match ended and losing the final again is too much.
Lionel Messi has enjoyed unprecedented success with his club Barcelona where he has won 8 Spanish titles, four Champions League trophies, and numerous domestic cups. However, he was failed to achieve something big with Argentina. The only medal he won with Argentina was a gold medal at the Olympics tournament in 2008. There was hope that Messi and Argentina would have won the Copa America Centenario, but this dream as well was shattered by Chile.
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Lionel Messi will travel with Argentina for their training camp despite having to testify at his trial in Spain.
Lionel Messi is currently involved in a Spanish tax fraud trial and is set to appear before the court in the days to come.
He is supposed to appear before the judge on the 2nd of June but by this time Argentina will be in a training camp. Indeed, a few days later, the Argentina team will be taking part in their first game of the Copa America, and it will be important for Messi to take part in this camp.
It appears that Messi will have to fly back to Spain from the training camp to attend the trial and then return to the Argentina training camp.
Gerardo Martino has already confirmed that Messi will be joining the training camp in Argentina just a few days after playing in the Copa del Rey final with Barcelona. The coach stated that Messi will be joining the camp and then fly back to Spain to take part in the trial. The likely outcomes of the trial might be hefty fines for the Barcelona and Argentina player.
Once back to Argentina after the trial, Messi will again have to travel a long distance to Santa Clara where Argentina will be playing their first game against Chile. This will be a great occasion for them to avenge their defeat against Chile in the last Copa America. Read more »
Leo Messi, World Footballer of the year, has come out to deny being involved in the Panama scandal. His whole family denied the allegations on Tuesday that he was involved in the Panama tax evasion scandal after the forward was named as one of the key figures accused of shady offshore dealings in the Panama Papers Scandal.
The family said via a statement: “The Messi family wants to make clear that Lionel Messi has not carried out any of the acts attributed to him, and accusations he created a tax evasion plot, including a network of money laundering, are false and insulting. The Panama Company to which they refer to is a totally inactive company that never had any funds or any open current accounts.”
The Panama papers scandal broke out on Monday when a collation of media groups released a year-long worldwide investigation into documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm. The scandal named several key individuals and society elites involved in shady offshore financial dealings.
Others accused include close allies of Vladmir Putin – the Russian president, Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, family members of Chinese president Xi Jinping. Read more »