Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Soccer Feb 8, 2017

Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off. Suarez fired in a rebound from Messi's shot to put ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Soccer / World Cup Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina's Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi's return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who ...

Soccer Nov 5, 2016

Nominees named for FIFA award

Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA player of the year award. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante were named Friday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante ...

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Soccer Sep 3, 2016

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Lionel Messi's triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a groin injury that has forced his withdrawal from Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela. Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following its Copa America final defeat in June, scored ...

Soccer Aug 13, 2016

Messi won't quit national team

For the love of his country, Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national team. Messi said Friday that he is returning despite "a lot of problems" involving the country's federation, which is mired in financial ...

Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist

Soccer Jul 18, 2016

Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the 10-player shortlist to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for last season. Fan favorite Will Grigg missed out but got as many points as Paul Pogba. Ronaldo is joined by Pepe, his teammate on European champion ...

Soccer Jul 3, 2016

Argentines beg Messi to return

Hundreds of fans of Lionel Messi have gathered in the rain in Argentina's capital to ask that the soccer star return to the national team following his shock retirement from the squad. Messi announced his decision to leave Argentina's national team after it lost to ...

Messi says career with national team is over

Soccer 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 with 55 ...

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

Soccer 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 4-2 ...

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Soccer 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 with ...

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

Soccer 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 assisted ...