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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth time

Messi is now one Ballon d’Or win ahead of Cristiano RonaldoBarcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca…

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Virgil Van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – who will be named Europe’s best player?

Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo: Can the Dutch defender do what Luka Modric did a year ago and beat the game’s two superstars to the award?Uefa will name its Men’s Player of the Year on Thursday with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk up against Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for the award.Last year,…

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Lionel Messi: Argentina forward banned from international football for three months

Messi and Argentina repeatedly criticised the refereeing at the Copa America and the use of VARArgentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.Barcelona forward Messi, 32, was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was…

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Lionel Messi & Argentina: What next after Copa America red card?

Blame Gonzalo Higuain for Lionel Messi’s lack of international success? The striker has missed some big opportunities over the years.Swap Jorge Burruchaga for Gonzalo Higuain and perhaps one of the doubts about Lionel Messi’s place in the pantheon would have been put to bed years ago.The eternal complaint: that Messi has not won a senior…

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Lionel Messi’s Copa America criticism ‘unfounded’ say South American football bosses

Messi and Argentina have repeatedly criticised the refereeing at the Copa America and the use of VARSouth American football bosses say accusations questioning the integrity of the Copa America are “unfounded” and “represent a lack of respect”.Argentina captain Lionel Messi claimed the competition was “corrupt” after he was sent off in their 2-1 third-place play-off…

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Copa America: Lionel Messi says ‘now starts another Copa’ for Argentina

Lionel Messi scored a penalty to equalise in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with ParaguayLionel Messi says “another Copa America starts” as Argentina face Venezuela in the quarter-finals in Brazil.Argentina were unconvincing in the group stage, losing to Colombia before drawing 1-1 with Paraguay.A nervy 2-0 win over Qatar booked a last-eight tie in Rio’s Maracana stadium…

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Copa America: Lionel Messi goal salvages 1-1 draw with Paraguay

The Barcelona forward is playing at his eighth major tournament with Argentina and has already lost four major finalsLionel Messi salvaged a vital point for Argentina as they struggled in a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Copa America in Belo Horizonte.The Barcelona forward’s 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from Paraguay’s Richard Sanchez.Argentina…

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Copa America: Lionel Messi means business as Brazil face up to pressure

Chile will be defending the Copa America trophy in BrazilBrazil are under intense pressure as hosts, Lionel Messi is desperate to end his Argentina trophy drought, and James Rodriguez is perhaps ready to shine on a major stage with Colombia again.There are storylines everywhere at the 46th Copa America, which starts on Friday.The injured Neymar…

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Lionel Messi: Why does Argentina’s captain struggle internationally?

He was too young, too shy, too special. Argentina have always known that Lionel Messi is a rare gem, to be treated with extreme care. But 14 years after his senior international debut, the Albicelestes still haven’t succeeded in bringing out his best. And the clock is ticking. When it comes to representing his native…

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward tops Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes

Messi has scored 603 goals in 687 games for BarcelonaBarcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.Juventus’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m…