Jun 28, 2016

Argentines beg Messi not to end international career

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s President Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi on Monday not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in ...

Messi says career with national team is over

Jun 27, 2016

Messi says career with national team is over

Lionel Messi says he’s quitting Argentina’s national team. Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night. His nation’s captain and career scoring leader ...

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

Jun 27, 2016

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

La Roja edges Argentina in penalty shootoutLionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina’s national team. Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile’s shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina ...

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Jun 19, 2016

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Lionel Messi had the ball along the sideline, closer to midfield than the goal, in what seemed to be a harmless position. One well-placed pass later, the ball was in the net and Argentina was on its way to a Copa America semifinal matchup ...

Jun 11, 2016

Messi notches quick hat trick

Lionel Messi scored a magical hat trick in 19 minutes as Argentina cruised into the Copa America quarterfinals with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower ...

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

Jun 7, 2016

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

On the day his grandmother died back home, Angel Di Maria’s mother asked him to stay with his team, stay focused, and represent his country well in Copa America. Di Maria scored in the 51st minute off a pass from Ever Banega, then later ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

May 31, 2016

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Barcelona’s five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros. Argentine-born striker Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, ...

Barcelona claims domestic double

May 23, 2016

Barcelona claims domestic double

Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish League trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a ...

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Apr 14, 2016

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to deliver as holder Barcelona was dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday after a stunning 2-0 defeat by Spanish rival Atletico Madrid. Barcelona’s star trio was kept in check by some tough defending ...

Apr 5, 2016

Spanish authorities probing Messi over offshore accounts

Spanish tax authorities said Monday they are investigating allegations of tax irregularities involving soccer player Lionel Messi after documents released by an international probe of offshore accounts. Messi’s family released a statement denying wrongdoing and threatened to sue media outlets that released the information ...

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Mar 17, 2016

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarterfinals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate. Leading the tie after Messi scored ...