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Lionel Messi

Argentina's Lionel Messi in action against Nigeria on June 26, 2018
Didier Deschamps hopes to "neutralise" Lionel Messi
Didier Deschamps intends to strangle Lionel Messi's influence on Saturday's World Cup clash between France and Argentina, but admits that it will not be easy to do so.
Jun 29, 18:01
Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match against Croatia on June 21, 2018
Preview: France vs. Argentina - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides predicted XIs, team news and a full match preview for the World Cup last-16 clash between France and Argentina.
Jun 28, 11:40
Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match against Croatia on June 21, 2018
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli hails "fantastic" Lionel Messi
Jorge Sampaoli sings the praises of Lionel Messi for being a "fantastic player" with an "amazing" human side who is "happy when Argentina wins".
Jun 26, 23:06
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina bravery secured World Cup win over Nigeria'
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praises his "brave" players for their battling 2-1 win over Nigeria, which was enough for a place in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.
Jun 26, 22:36
Argentina's Lionel Messi before the match against Nigeria on June 26, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Argentina World Cup win over Nigeria a huge relief'
Lionel Messi describes Argentina's 2-1 win over Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup, which edged the Albiceleste into the knockout stages, as "a huge release and relief".
Jun 26, 22:23
Nigeria's John Obi Mikel during a press conference on June 1, 2018
John Obi Mikel proud of Nigeria efforts despite World Cup exit
John Obi Mikel declares himself proud of Nigeria's efforts at the 2018 World Cup following the last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Argentina in Saint Petersburg.
Jun 26, 21:50
Marcos Rojo in Argentina training on May 21, 2018
Marcos Rojo: 'World Cup begins now for Argentina'
Argentina defender Marcos Rojo declares the 2018 World Cup underway for his nation following the Albiceleste's last-gasp qualification to the last 16 of the tournament.
Jun 26, 21:34
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action against Nigeria on June 26, 2018
Result: Argentina scrape through to last 16 of World Cup with late victory
Marcos Rojo scores a late volley as Argentina scrape into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria.
Jun 26, 20:54
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action against Nigeria on June 26, 2018
Live Commentary: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Argentina's 2-1 win over Nigeria, as the two-time world champions scraped through to the last 16.
Jun 26, 18:00
Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match against Croatia on June 21, 2018
Javier Mascherano: 'Lionel Messi desperate for good performance'
Argentina defender Javier Mascherano says that fellow countryman Lionel Messi is "desperate" to put in a good performance at the World Cup.
Jun 25, 12:57
Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match against Croatia on June 21, 2018
Preview: Nigeria vs. Argentina - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides predicted XIs, team news and a full match preview for the World Cup fixture between Nigeria and Argentina in Group D.
Jun 25, 11:17
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Report: Argentina mutiny against head coach Jorge Sampaoli amid World Cup woes
Argentina's players reportedly take charge of team selection and tactics from head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who is allegedly set to be sacked after the World Cup.
Jun 24, 11:52
Argentina's Diego Maradona lifts the World Cup trophy after helping his team to the 1986 title
Argentina legend Diego Maradona tears into dismal World Cup showing
Diego Maradona tears into Argentina's dismal showing at the World Cup so far and hopes that the players had a "punch-up" in the locker room after the 3-0 loss to Croatia.
Jun 23, 13:59
Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates with Sime Vrsaljko after scoring their second goal against Argentina on June 21, 2018
Luka Modric: 'Croatia must stay focused'
Croatia captain Luka Modric insists that his side must remain focused after reaching the World Cup knockout stages with a 3-0 defeat of Argentina.
Jun 22, 10:51
 Croatia's Ante Rebic celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal in the game against Argentina on June 21, 2018
Result: Croatia humiliate Argentina to progress into second round of World Cup
Croatia produce a standout performance in Group D at the 2018 World Cup in order to beat Argentina 3-0 and qualify from the second round of the tournament.
Jun 21, 20:53
Alfred Finnbogason celebrates with teammates after equalising during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Preview: Nigeria vs. Iceland - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides team news, predicted XIs and a full match preview for the World Cup Group D clash between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd.
Jun 21, 12:29
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Preview: Argentina vs. Croatia - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides team news, predicted XIs and a full match preview as Argentina look to bounce back from their draw with Iceland against Croatia in Group D.
Jun 20, 15:37
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev
Cristiano Ronaldo 'fuming over Antoine Griezmann wages'
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly grows further frustrated at Real Madrid after slipping behind Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann in terms of annual earnings.
Jun 20, 10:20
Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez on March 27, 2018
Hernan Dario Gomez: 'Panama will relish World Cup appearance'
Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez says that his side will relish the chance to compete at the World Cup.
Jun 18, 13:29
Cristiano Ronaldo grabs his third during the World Cup group game between Portugal and Spain on June 15, 2018
Preview: Portugal vs. Morocco - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides predicted XIs, team news and a full match preview for the World Cup fixture between Portugal and Morocco in Group B.
Jun 18, 12:05
Croatia's Luka Modric in action with Nigeria's John Obi Mikel during the World Cup group-stage match on June 16, 2018
Luka Modric: 'Pressure is on Argentina'
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric says that all of the pressure will be on Argentina when the two teams meet in their second Group D clash at the 2018 World Cup.
Jun 17, 14:59
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Hannes Halldorsson: 'I did homework for Lionel Messi penalty'
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson reveals that he studied Lionel Messi's past penalties to help earn his side a point against Argentina.
Jun 17, 12:58
Neymar, Willian and Paulinho celebrate during Brazil's international friendly with Austria in June 2018
Roberto Carlos: 'Willian, Neymar will be best players at World Cup'
Former Brazil international Roberto Carlos backs Willian to be "the best" player at the World Cup alongside Neymar.
Jun 17, 12:24
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Javier Mascherano: 'Iceland were strong defensively'
Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano admits that his team struggled against Iceland's defensive tactics in their 2018 World Cup opener.
Jun 16, 21:48
Sergio Aguero scores the opener during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Sergio Aguero: 'Lionel Messi is human'
Sergio Aguero claims that Argentina teammate Lionel Messi simply proved that "he is human" with his penalty miss against Iceland.
Jun 16, 21:15
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on June 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Argentina deserved to beat Iceland'
Lionel Messi stresses that Argentina were superior to Iceland in their World Cup opener and deserved to get more out of the Group D opener than a 1-1 draw.
Jun 16, 19:48
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina must come up with alternate strategies'
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli admits that he needs to come up with alternative tactics following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Iceland at the World Cup.
Jun 16, 18:17
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina, Iceland game uncomfortable for Lionel Messi'
Jorge Sampaoli admits that Lionel Messi had an "uncomfortable match" as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their World Cup Group D encounter in Moscow.
Jun 16, 17:35
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Hannes Halldorsson: 'Saving Lionel Messi penalty a dream come true'
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson admits that saving a penalty from Argentina star Lionel Messi in their 1-1 World Cup draw is "a dream come true".
Jun 16, 17:00
Alfred Finnbogason celebrates with teammates after equalising during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Result: World Cup debutants Iceland hold Argentina to memorable draw in Group D
Lionel Messi misses a second-half penalty as Argentina are held to a 1-1 draw against Iceland in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Jun 16, 15:54
Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson on June 2, 2018
Heimir Hallgrimsson: 'Iceland have no magic formula against Lionel Messi'
Heimir Hallgrimsson admits that Iceland have no "magic formula" to keep Argentina's Lionel Messi at bay when the two teams lock horns in the World Cup.
Jun 16, 13:21
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Team News: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero start for Argentina against World Cup debutants Iceland
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero start as Argentina get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway against tournament debutants Iceland.
Jun 16, 13:03
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli names Argentina starting XI for World Cup meeting with Iceland
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli names his starting XI for Saturday's World Cup Group D opener against Iceland a day before the match.
Jun 15, 21:00
Argentina players celebrate during their international friendly with Haiti in June 2018
Preview: Argentina vs. Iceland - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the 2018 World Cup action as Argentina and Iceland get their campaigns underway in Group D at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.
Jun 14, 22:16
Morocco players celebrate after scoring during an international friendly with Slovakia in June 2018
Preview: Morocco vs. Iran - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the 2018 World Cup action as Morocco and Iran get their respective Group B campaigns underway at the St Petersburg Stadium.
Jun 14, 17:10
Germany's Thomas Muller during training ahead of the 2018 World Cup
Will Thomas Muller make World Cup history in Russia?
With less than a week to go until the 2018 World Cup, Sports Mole looks at Thomas Muller's chances of making history as he bids to become the competition's leading scorer.
Jun 14, 10:21
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Who will win the World Cup Golden Boot?
With less than week to go until the start of this summer's World Cup, Sports Mole looks at some possible contenders to win the Golden Boot.
Jun 14, 10:20
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on June 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Progress for Argentina at World Cup won't be easy'
Argentina forward Lionel Messi suggests that the South American nation are prepared for a tough set of fixtures during the group stages of the World Cup.
Jun 13, 17:52
The Argentina team line up before their friendly game with Haiti on May 29, 2018
World Cup preview: Argentina
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews Argentina's chances of going one better than four years ago, when they were beaten in the final.
Jun 13, 10:30
The Denmark squad line up before their friendly with Sweden on June 2, 2018
World Cup preview: Denmark
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews Denmark's chances as they return to the competition after missing out four years ago.
Jun 13, 09:00

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