Argentina's third-largest city had dared to dream but was left disappointed after the city's most celebrated son Lionel Messi announced he was staying at Barcelona. When Messi told the Spanish giants last week he wanted to quit the club, some back in his home town and at Newell's Old Boys, the club where he played junior football, allowed themselves to imagine the 33-year-old superstar returning home to play for his boyhood team.
Argentine president Alberto Fernandez has urged Lionel Messi to finish his career in his home country. The Barcelona forward spent several years in the academy at Newell's Old Boys in Rosario before moving to Europe as a teenager.
After six years sprinkled with goals that have brought Barcelona 13 trophies, Luis Suarez may be heading for an unceremonious exit from the Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was Barca's second-highest scorer last season behind captain Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina's first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined US$1,500 by South American soccer's governing body.
Argentina's fury at their Copa 2019 exit prompted reports they could play in UEFA, a suggestion which has been swiftly denied by the governing body. UEFA has denied reports it would entertain inviting Argentina into its European competitions following the 2019 Copa America.
Murtaza Ahmadi, whose picture in 2016 donning a plastic home made Argentine national football jersey pretending to be that of Lionel Messi went viral leading the actual Barcelona FC star to meet him personally and give him a real shirt, is now one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war, as his family has left their home in southeastern Ghazni fleeing a Taliban large-scale offensive.
Mbappé is the man of the day. The player of the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) was the great figure of the game in which France surpassed by 4-3 to Argentina and advanced to the quarters of the 2018 Russia’s World Cup. With two goals from Mbappé, one from Pavard and a penalty from Griezzman, the “Bleus” beat the Argentine selection. Di María, Mercado and Agüero where the authors of the Argentine goals.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) used in the Russia World Cup has been praised by many, but also strongly criticized by some. One of those who does not see the benefit of VAR is Iran’s coach, Carlos Queiroz. The Portuguese-born manager says the new system has not only created confusion but also, according to him, taken the game away from the fans.
Ex Brazilian president Lula da Silva might be in prison, but that has not stopped a Brazilian TV station from hiring him as a World Cup commentator. “This is not a joke,” said Jose Trajano, who hosts the daily program at the Sao Paulo-based VTV network on which Lula, who was in office from 2003 to 2010, is talking about the competition.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to accept a €18.8m fine and a suspended jail term to settle tax evasion charges. The Real Madrid and Portugal footballer, 33, was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m, charges he denies.