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Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 20
Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick to fire Argentina to the World Cup courtesy of a crucial 3-1 win over Ecuador.
Next Game: Argentina vs. Iceland - Saturday, June 16 at 2pm in World Cup
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Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
AFA president Claudio Tapia calls for Lionel Messi to play less for Barcelona
Argentina's national football association president Claudio Tapia calls for Lionel Messi to spend less time on the pitch for Barcelona ahead of the World Cup.
Feb 13, 12:42
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Gabriel Batistuta: 'Argentina have not adapted to Lionel Messi'
Former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta believes that Barcelona have adapted to Lionel Messi better than his country, and so have yielded more reward.
Dec 13, 17:52
Jorge Sampaoli in charge of Chile in 2015
Jorge Sampaoli optimistic about Argentina hopes after Diego Maradona jibe
Jorge Sampaoli defends Argentina's chances of success at next summer's World Cup, despite heavy criticism from Diego Maradona.
Dec 1, 20:27
Mauricio Pochettino keeps it casual during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth on October 14, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino hopes for England, Argentina clash at World Cup
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he hopes that England and Argentina are drawn against each other in Friday's World Cup draw.
Nov 30, 17:18
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
England fall below Italy in FIFA world rankings
England fall one place below Italy in FIFA's latest world rankings despite the Azzurri having failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Nov 23, 20:11
Pep Guardiola embraces Sergio Aguero during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley on October 21, 2017
Pep Guardiola: Sergio Aguero in "perfect" health
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists that Sergio Aguero is in "perfect" condition and is fit enough to face Leicester City on Saturday.
Nov 17, 14:21
Sergio Aguero in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Everton on August 21, 2017
Sergio Aguero cleared by doctors to return to Manchester City
Sergio Aguero will be assessed by Manchester City's medical team ahead of next weekend's trip to Leicester City after being taken to hospital for checks on Tuesday night.
Nov 15, 09:10
Sergio Aguero in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Everton on August 21, 2017
Sergio Aguero hospitalised after fainting during Argentina friendly
Sergio Aguero is taken to hospital after falling ill during Argentina's friendly against Nigeria.
Nov 14, 20:14
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Lionel Messi explains early exit from Argentina camp
Lionel Messi hopes that his week-long break will help him enter next year's World Cup finals in peak fitness for Argentina.
Nov 12, 20:10
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Jorge Sampaoli talks up Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero partnership
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli says that he is happy with the link-up play on show from his players in the 1-0 win over Russia.
Nov 11, 21:11
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Argentina forward Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi returns from international duty with Argentina early, but it is not thought to be injury related.
Nov 11, 20:09
Sergio Aguero celebrates opening the scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley on October 21, 2017
Sergio Aguero: 'Excessively tight seat belt reason for rib injury'
Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero believes that an excessively tight seat belt was to blame for a broken rib in September's car crash in Amsterdam.
Nov 9, 20:30
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Lionel Messi: 'We want to avoid Spain'
Lionel Messi reveals that Argentina are desperate to avoid Spain in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Nov 9, 14:03
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Lionel Messi angered by claims he holds big influence in Argentina set-up
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi hits out at accusations that he chooses the coaches and players for the national team.
Nov 8, 21:50
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Argentina forward Lionel Messi: 'Spain team to avoid at World Cup'
Argentina's Lionel Messi tips Brazil, Germany and Spain as the favourites to win next summer's World Cup, admitting that he would like to avoid the latter in particular.
Nov 8, 16:30
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Ernesto Valverde: 'Lionel Messi starting to look tired'
Ernesto Valverde admits that Lionel Messi "is tired after games" following a busy start to the season, but believes that he is still capable of hitting his top levels.
Oct 15, 14:04
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Javier Mascherano to quit Argentina duty next year
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano targets World Cup success next summer with Argentina before retiring from international football.
Oct 12, 16:41
Paulo Dybala in action for Juventus in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio on May 17, 2017
Paulo Dybala: 'I'm lucky to see Lionel Messi up close'
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala describes himself as "lucky" to be able to see Lionel Messi up close.
Oct 11, 17:31
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia?
Sports Mole rounds up who has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far, and how they got there.
Oct 11, 12:25
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Argentina star Lionel Messi: 'Everything went perfectly for us'
Argentina hat-trick hero Lionel Messi says that "everything went perfectly" in a dramatic win over Ecuador, which resulted in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Oct 11, 11:46

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