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Lionel Messi open to playing in 2026 World Cup

Fri, 03 Feb 2023 - 12:04 GMT

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni would love to see the superstar -- who is one of only six players to compete in five World Cups -- suit up for the next World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Special ticket for Ronaldo v Messi match fetches $2.6 mln in Saudi Arabia

Fri, 20 Jan 2023 - 11:30 GMT

The Saudi government's entertainment arm said on Twitter that Mushref Al-Ghamdi, general manager of real estate group AqarOne, was the highest bidder for a "Beyond Imagination" ticket.

Argentine tattooists swamped by demand for Messi tributes

Thu, 22 Dec 2022 - 11:45 GMT

In Argentina, where soccer generates something akin to a religious fervor, millions of men and women took to the streets on Tuesday to give the national team a hero's welcome as they toured the capital by bus after returning from Qatar.

Messi's 'Maradona moment' faces formidable French final hurdle

Fri, 16 Dec 2022 - 11:32 GMT

After a mesmerising month of upsets, when several brash outsiders threatened soccer's status quo, the World Cup final will have a familiar feel on Sunday when two of the sport's super-heavyweights go toe to toe, each seeking a third title.

Maradona is watching us from above and pushing us, says Messi

Sat, 10 Dec 2022 - 08:28 GMT

Lionel Messi said Argentina have felt the presence of the late, great Diego Maradona throughout their World Cup campaign, including on Friday when they beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach the semi-finals.

Messi and Scaloni expect hard fight with old rivals Netherlands

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 - 12:39 GMT

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni predicted a tough but beautiful encounter with the Netherlands when the sides meet in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Magic Messi fires Argentina into World Cup quarters

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 - 12:32 GMT

Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona's tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

In Maradona's shadow, Messi strives for Argentina's forever love

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 11:34 GMT

Lionel Messi's passionate performances at the Qatar World Cup are earning him oodles of love from Argentines, but their old favouritism for Diego Maradona may resurface unless he brings home the trophy on his final attempt.

Argentine fans find faith again after Messi leads World Cup revival against Poland

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 06:31 GMT

Argentines renewed their hopes in the country's national soccer team after it defeated Poland 2-0 on Wednesday, booking a place for the team led by star Lionel Messi in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Messi on World Cup mission in 'Last Dance' for Argentina

Thu, 03 Nov 2022 - 09:34 GMT

Lionel Messi has won nearly 40 trophies for club and country in an illustrious career but the Argentine forward's glittering resume has one major omission -- a World Cup winner's medal.

Messi is counting the days until the World Cup

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 - 11:52 GMT

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he is counting the days until the World Cup and believes his team have a good chance of winning the tournament.

Messi powers Argentina past Honduras in Miami

Sat, 24 Sep 2022 - 12:28 GMT

Lionel Messi scored twice and Argentina dominated Honduras 3-0 on Friday in Miami.

Benzema, Ronaldo and Haaland nominated for Ballon d'Or, Messi misses out

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 - 11:37 GMT

Seven times reigning winner Lionel Messi was not nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or for the first time since 2005.

Laporta hopes Messi finishes career at Barcelona

Fri, 29 Jul 2022 - 01:33 GMT

Laporta is hopeful that the 35-year-old will be able to return to Barca before he hangs up his boots.

Messi's Argentina outclass Italy to win 'Finalissima'

Thu, 02 Jun 2022 - 03:02 GMT

Messi, who lit up the evening with a series of trademark dribbles, was hoisted into the air by his team mates who danced jigs of joy on the lush Wembley turf.

Messi tops Forbes' highest-paid athletes list

Thu, 12 May 2022 - 11:11 GMT

Messi earned $130 million, a figure which includes $55 million of endorsements, during the 12-month period ended May 1, 2022.

Pochettino confident he and Mbappe will stay at PSG

Fri, 29 Apr 2022 - 12:21 GMT

Pochettino's position came under scrutiny after PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16.

Argentina appeal decision to replay World Cup qualifier

Sat, 23 Apr 2022 - 04:20 GMT

An official with the association said Argentina would take their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Messi left to pick up pieces at PSG after jeers and Champions League failure

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 - 11:20 GMT

Unhappy Paris Saint-Germain fans targeted the Argentine as well as Neymar during the 3-0 win over Bordeaux that followed the club's spectacular Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid.

PSG fans whistle their players, with exception of Mbappe

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 - 03:19 GMT

The exception was Kylian Mbappe. The volume rose for the names of Neymar and Messi.

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