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Monday Kickoff: Messi, Ronaldo, Costa and more

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Ten of Europe's best players are vying for this year's biggest award, while a key member of Chelsea's attack could be staying at the club after all.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann headline this year's shortlist for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award. (REPORT)

Diego Costa reportedly has no intentions of leaving Chelsea, contradicting reports in Spain that said the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request.

This is Ronaldo’s chance to shine for Portugal

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The UEFA European Championships are deep into the knockout stages as teams are battling for their place in the finals. Portugal are one of the four teams left in the tournament and will face Wales in the semifinals. It may not be a big surprise to some that Portugal have made it this far in the tournament, but what does come as a shock is that Cristiano Ronaldo is really not the reason for their success.

Fußballer-Netzwerk um die Kapitäne der Euro 2016

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Diese Grafik zeigt, wie Fußballer über Google-Suchen miteinander verbunden sind. Ausgangspunkt waren die 24 Kapitäne der Teilnehmer an der UEFA Euro 2016. Von diesen aus wurden Fußballer unter "Wird auch oft gesucht" gesucht usw. bis zur 3. Ebene.Fußballer-Netzwerk um die Kapitäne der Euro 2016

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No one will ever match Lionel Messi, says Barcelona legend

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Barcelona legend and former midfielder Xavi Hernandez has claimed that there is no player in world football that can be compared to his former teammate Lionel Messi.

Messi faced a woeful summer after announcing his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s another defeat in a major tournament.

Portugal’s Euro victory adds another page in Ronaldo-Messi rivalry

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The common topic of conversation after Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy has been how Ronaldo has surpassed his arch rival after adding an international piece of silverware to his cabinet.

Both their summers on the pitch ended in tears. Lionel Messi was seen devastated after losing to Chile in the Copa America Centenario, which was his third straight loss in an international final.

Barcelona and Neymar declare their support to Lionel Messi after tax fraud sentence

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FC Barcelona and Brazilian forward Neymar have declared their support to Lionel Messi after the Argentine star was handed a 21-month sentence for tax fraud and a £1.7 million fine but is likely to escape serve time.

Messi also announced his shocking retirement from International football in the wake of his national team’s defeat in the final of Copa America last month.

Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud

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Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his father Jorge has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

According to BBC News, Jorge Messi was given the jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.

The Messis were found to have evaded tax on the player’s image rights and the Court of Catalonia has fined the pair and sentenced them each to just under two years in prison.

‘It Hurts To See Lionel In Tears’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Has Sympathetic Response To Messi’s Argentina Predicament

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Despite the pair being sworn mortal enemies, Cristiano Ronaldo has offered a sympathetic take on Lionel Messi's current international predicament.

Indeed, Ronaldo has admitted that it pained him to see Messi in tears after Argentina successfully upheld their 23-year trophy-less streak by losing out to Chile in the Copa America.

Lionel Messi’s legacy won’t be overshadowed by lack of success with Argentina

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Despite losses in the last two summers in major tournament Finals for Argentina and Lionel Messi, he somehow managed to keep his expression in check, as well as his disappointment. But by the third time last night at MetLife Stadium, the weight of the world, the internal turmoil at the Argentinian FA and the pressure seemed to collapse on his shoulders, and finally he could bear the weight no more.

Lionel Messi’s legacy won’t be overshadowed by lack of success with Argentina

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Despite losses in the last two summers in major tournament Finals for Argentina and Lionel Messi, he somehow managed to keep his expression in check, as well as his disappointment. But by the third time last night at MetLife Stadium, the weight of the world, the internal turmoil at the Argentinian FA and the pressure seemed to collapse on his shoulders, and finally he could bear the weight no more.

Lionel Messi & Half The Argentina Squad Set To Retire From International Duty After Losing Out To Chile In Copa America Final

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There were tears aplenty in the aftermath of last night's Copa America final, with Argentina eventually losing out on penalties to Chile on the back of120 goalless minutes in New Jersey.

Lionel Messi missed his spot-kick during the shoot-out, sending his effort sailing over the crossbar as Chile scrabbled their way to a 4-2 win and thus back-to-back Copa America titles.

Barcelona superstar retires from international football after Copa America defeat

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When Francisco Silva scored the winning penalty for Chile, Lionel Messi was seen kneeling on to the ground hiding his face, probably crying as well. He sat alone on the dugout bench with a look of a lost man. The five times Ballon d’Or winner was left distraught, heartbroken and shattered.

He is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats.

Messi ready for crowning glory in Copa America final

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New York (AFP) Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.

For Messi's many millions of admirers, the five-time world footballer of the year has already achieved enough in his glittering career to be considered in the same bracket as Pele and Diego Maradona.

Messi ready for crowning glory in Copa America final

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New York (AFP) Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.

For Messi's many millions of admirers, the five-time world footballer of the year has already achieved enough in his glittering career to be considered in the same bracket as Pele and Diego Maradona.

No Messi in Argentina squad for Rio Olympics

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino on Thursday named part of his squad for the Rio Olympics but superstar Lionel Messi was not included after being chosen for the Copa America instead.

The full list of 22 will be revealed in the coming days but not before Sunday's final of the Copa, where Argentina take on holders Chile.

Maradona tells Argentina ‘don’t come back’ without Copa

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina football legend Diego Maradona told his national team not to bother coming back home if they don't win the Copa America Centenario on Sunday.

"We will certainly win on Sunday... and if we don't win, they shouldn't come back," Maradona, 55, told Argentina television channel C5N.

Maradona tells Argentina ‘don’t come back’ without Copa

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina football legend Diego Maradona told his national team not to bother coming back home if they don't win the Copa America Centenario on Sunday.

"We will certainly win on Sunday... and if we don't win, they shouldn't come back," Maradona, 55, told Argentina television channel C5N.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Some days I take the bus home, just to touch home

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We got Lionel Messi versus Steve Birnbaum, a Argentina-Chile final, a USA-Colombia 3rd place match, a completed Euro 2016 group stage, the end of international Zlatan and Iceland and the Irish continue to give us the warm feels in today's Freedom Kicks.

Happy Thursday, ladies and gentlemen.

Messi eyes Copa crown for Argentina after goalscoring milestone

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi's goalscoring exploits at the Copa America Centenario have rewritten his country's record books and left Argentina on the brink of a first major title for 23 years.

But if Argentina are to avoid a fourth straight defeat in a major final when they take the field in New Jersey on Sunday, the chances are they will have to do something they have never done before in the Messi era: score.

Messi eyes Copa crown for Argentina after goalscoring milestone

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi's goalscoring exploits at the Copa America Centenario have rewritten his country's record books and left Argentina on the brink of a first major title for 23 years.

But if Argentina are to avoid a fourth straight defeat in a major final when they take the field in New Jersey on Sunday, the chances are they will have to do something they have never done before in the Messi era: score.

Copa America: Lionel Messi Breaks Argentina Goal Record With Laser-Guided Freekick Against USA (Video)

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It was only really a matter of time anyway, but last night Lionel Messi finally moved past Gabriel Batistuta's long-standing goal record for Argentina to go clear at the top of the all-time pile.

Messi scored Argentina's third goal in a 4-0 win over the US in the Copa America semi-finals to notch his 55th international goal, having equalled Batigol's career tally of 54 earlier in the tournament.

Barcelona superstar creates new record and leads Argentina to Copa America Final

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi produced a masterclass performance as Argentina secured a convincing 4-0 victory over the United states to ease into the final of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday.

Ezequiel Lavezzi, who fractured his left arm during the game and won’t play any part in the final, opened the scoring for the Albiceleste before Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to make it 2-0.

Messi goleador histórico de la Selección Argentina.

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Argentina venció (4-0) a Estados Unidos (anfitrión) por la semifinal de la Copa América (Centenario) 2016 y pasó a la final. En el partido Lionel Messi convirtió (de tiro libre) su gol número 55 con la camiseta de la Selección Argentina quebrando el récord que ostentaba Gabriel Omar Batistuta (54) y pasando a ser el goleador histórico de la albiceleste.

Copa America: Manchester United's £85m target scores twice, new record for Barcelona superstar

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Argentina booked their place in the Copa America final after demolishing the US 4-0 on Tuesday night in Houston. Lionel Messi scored one and set up two goals as the Albiceleste made it to the final for the second successive Copa editions.

Jurgen Klinsmann had to make several changes to the starting line-up following suspensions to some of his key players: DeAndre Yedlin returned to left back position after missing out the quarter-final tie against Ecuador through suspension.

USMNT blown out by Argentina in Copa America semifinal

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It wasn't much of a competition as the US were easily bested by Lionel Messi and Argentina.

The United States national team managed to make the semi-final of the 2016 Copa America, but they weren't going to make it any farther if Argentina had anything to say about it. The US were thoroughly dominated by Lionel Messi and co.

Record-breaker Messi fires Argentina into Copa final

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time record goalscorer as the two-time world champions outclassed the United States 4-0 to reach the Copa America Centenario final here Tuesday.

Messi curled in a magnificent 32nd-minute free-kick to become Argentina's all-time record scorer with 55 goals as the United States' campaign ended with an emphatic defeat in front of a 70,858 crowd at Houston's NRG Stadium.

Record-breaker Messi fires Argentina into Copa final

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time record goalscorer as the two-time world champions outclassed the United States 4-0 to reach the Copa America Centenario final here Tuesday.

Messi curled in a magnificent 32nd-minute free-kick to become Argentina's all-time record scorer with 55 goals as the United States' campaign ended with an emphatic defeat in front of a 70,858 crowd at Houston's NRG Stadium.

United States vs Argentina Copa America semifinal recap: Messi and Argentina too good

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The 4-nil scoreline is not fair to Argentina. They dominated all facets of play. The USMNT will play in the third place game on Saturday night.

There are few teams in the world that can keep up with Lionel Messi. Surround the magician with a supporting cast that also contains several of the world's best and Argentina is nigh unstoppable.

United States vs. Argentina Copa America 2016 TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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It's the biggest match the United States has played in two years. Tonight, they take on Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinals.

After a slow start, the Copa America Centenario has kicked into high gear, and tonight's semifinal promises more of the same. In the red corner, we have the host nation, the United States.

United States vs Argentina, Copa America Centenario 2016: News, highlights, analysis

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On Tuesday the 21st of June the USMNT faces its toughest contest since 2009, when it beat Spain in the Confederations Cup. Argentina is the consensus #1 team in the world. Messi is probably the best player in the world. They are so deep in the attack even without Di Maria they are crushing teams. FS1 and Univision have the broadcast from Houston's NRG Stadium.

Let’s Watch Some Soccer: Day Who-Cares-It’s-USA-vs-Argentina

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The Euros are still grinding on as the group stages wrap up, but the main event today for most of us can only be one thing: the United States vs. Argentina in the semifinals of the Copa America.

With the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi (Sorry, Christiano Ronoldo), on one side — plus some other pretty good players — and a depleted but organized USA on the other, tonight's match has all the makings of a slaughter.

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Notes from Curtin’s presser, Steel falls short, Reading thumps, Union U-18s in USSDA quarterfinals today, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference. Bethlehem ends road series with loss in Toronto. Reading thumps Evergreen FC 7-1. Union U-18s face PDA in USSDA playoffs quarterfinal. More.

Union injury update, more news

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“Not happy”: Union home unbeaten streak snapped, results wrap, more

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Union lose at home. Bethlehem draws on the road. Wild Reading-OC game. US falls to Colombia. Messi says he's done with international play. More.

Copa America 2016

Monday Kickoff: Bravo, Ibrahimovic and more

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While the world continues to react to Lionel Messi's apparent decision to quit the Argentina national team, a major star could be closing in on his long-awaited move to Manchester.

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says he wants Messi to reconsider his plans to retire from the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi says he's done playing for Argentina after latest championship loss

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As if losing a third straight major tournament final wasn't painful enough for fans of Argentina's national team, the big news after Sunday's Copa America Centenario final may have hurt even more.

A dejected Lionel Messi said he is done playing for Argentina, making the statement in the wake of Argentina's 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Chile on Sunday night.

USMNT preparing for challenge of taking on Messi in Copa America semifinal

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Jurgen Klinsmann is widely recognized as one of soccer's masters of the goalscoring art.Now over a decade into his managerial career, Klinsmann has more authority than most when it comes to recognizing true greatness in the game of soccer and, ahead of the U.

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FAIL: Peruvian Side Alianza Atletico Make Total Hash Of The ‘Messi-Suarez’ Penalty (Video)

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Alianza Atletico could only manage a goalless draw against Huancayo in the Peruvian top flight, and that's despite being presented with a golden opportunity to break the deadlock 20 minutes into the second half.

Indeed, Alianza managed to win themselves a penalty. Unfortunately, the tried to be clever dicks about the whole thing andduly attempted to recreate the old 'tandem penalty' routine as popularised by Coppens and Piters, Cruyff and Olsenand, more recently, Messi and Suarez.

If You’re A Real Madrid Fan You Need to Appreciate Messi : Here Are 5 Ways

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Lionel Messi of Barcelona has scored over five hundred goals for club and country. He probably has that many assists as well. And let's not even begin to count the number of defenders he has left for dead in his wake since putting on a Barcelona shirt. So you don't need any more convincing from [.