• Davis Cup final: Argentina become champions after astonishing and historic comeback

    Davis Cup final: Argentina become champions after astonishing and historic comeback

    Argentina are the 2017 Davis Cup winners for the first time in their history after Juan Martin del Potro inspired an incredible comeback for his country against Croatia in the final.

    Croatia went down 3-2 on the final day despite leading 2-1 at the start of play.

    It was down to Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic to stop the tide against his side in the final match, but he was beaten in superb fashion by Federico Delbonis 3-6 4-6 2-6.

    Argentina’s comeback is just the […]

  • Fidel Castro – the man who saved Diego Maradona’s life

    Fidel Castro – the man who saved Diego Maradona’s life

    The Argentine legend owes a huge debt of gratitude to the revolutionary, whose relationship with the Napoli great means he is still around today.

    On Friday November 25, Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuba Revolution, passed away. His death was reported in a televised message by his brother Raul.

    “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening [03:29 UK time, Saturday],” he said before adding his brother’s immortal words: “Hasta la Victoria siempre!” – “always […]

  • Lionel Messi reveals the real reason for his new look this season after a summer of heartbreak

    Lionel Messi reveals the real reason for his new look this season after a summer of heartbreak

    But even the world’s best had to do some soul searching this summer – which explains why he decided to overhaul his appearance.

    And there was a valid reason for his sudden change of appearance which he revealed at a promotional event this week.

    After Argentina crashed out of Copa America following their final defeat against Chile, Messi wanted “to start from zero.”

    He said: “Behind the change in look there is a little bit of everything.

    “The craziness of the moment, to change […]

  • ‘Diego Maradona more of a fighter than Messi’

    ‘Diego Maradona more of a fighter than Messi’

    Cesar Luis Menotti feels the Argentina legend was more of a fighter than the Barcelona man and believes the latter is not happy with the national team.

    Former Argentina and Barcelona coach Cesar Luis Menotti believes the biggest difference between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi is that the former was more of a fighter because of the difficulties he endured throughout his life and career.

    Messi has often been likened to his illustrious compatriot for his style of play and the duo […]

  • Messi paid Argentina’s security staff during dispute with AFA – reports

    Messi paid Argentina’s security staff during dispute with AFA – reports

    Lionel Messi paid Argentina’s security staff out of his own pocket during a dispute with the nation’s football federation, according to reports.

    The Argentina Football Association has been in turmoil for over two years following the death of longtime chief Julio Grondona, and FIFA took control in June after president Luis Segura was charged with fraud.

    Former coach Gerardo Martino reportedly was not paid for six months before the Copa America this summer, while Olympic team coach Julio Olarticoechea said in August […]

  • ‘Di Maria still a great player’ – Saviola backs PSG star to shake off slump

    ‘Di Maria still a great player’ – Saviola backs PSG star to shake off slump

    The 28-year-old’s former team-mate insists his talent remains despite his struggles this season, while confessing Argentina have lost too many finals of late.

    Javier Saviola has backed Angel Di Maria to shake off his current patch of bad form and get back to his best for Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina, calling the midfielder a “great player”.

    Di Maria has struggled for PSG this season, scoring just once in 16 appearances, and has been linked with a January move to Inter.

    His struggles in […]

  • Messi: Argentina boycotting media over Lavezzi cannabis claims

    Messi: Argentina boycotting media over Lavezzi cannabis claims

    Accusations made against his international team-mate have angered the Barcelona forward, who starred in their 3-0 win over Colombia.

    Lionel Messi has revealed that Argentina’s players will boycott media duties following accusations made against attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi.

    Lavezzi is taking legal action after a journalist suggested he was left out of the squad because he had been smoking cannabis.

    Messi inspired Argentina to their 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Colombia on Tuesday with a stunning free kick and two assists.

    Afterwards, the captain […]

  • Argentina 3-0 Colombia: Messi magic settles qualifier

    Argentina 3-0 Colombia: Messi magic settles qualifier

    The Argentina international, and Barcelona superstar, scored a quite stunning free-kick in his country’s World Cup qualifier, prior to strikes from Lucas Pratto and Angel Di Maria.

     

    Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a much-needed 3-0 win over Colombia as they ended their four-match winless run in World Cup qualifying.

    Messi struck with a stunning free-kick in the 10th minute before setting up Lucas Pratto for a first-half header at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on Tuesday.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was […]

  • Bumpy plane ride too much for Argentina team

    Bumpy plane ride too much for Argentina team

    Lionel Messi had to reach for the sick bag on Monday as the plane carrying the Argentina team endured a bumpy ride from Buenos Aires to San Juan ahead of a World Cup qualifier.

    The Barcelona superstar and several of his team-mates took ill due to the turbulence during the journey to the city near the Andes where Argentina will face Colombia on Tuesday.

    The bout of illness will not stop Messi or any of his colleagues from playing in what is […]

  • Messi is ‘the best player in the world’ – Marquinhos

    Messi is ‘the best player in the world’ – Marquinhos

    Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has hailed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as “the best player in the world” after coming up against him in Brazil’s 3-0 2018 World Cup qualifying win against Argentina on Friday.

    Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Paulinho silenced Messi and Marquinhos’ PSG teammate Angel Di Maria in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, thanks largely to a concentrated operation performed by the hosts’ defence.

    Speaking with L’Equipe, Marquinhos said it took “a collective effort” at the back for Brazil to […]

  • Mascherano making no excuses for sorry Argentina

    Mascherano making no excuses for sorry Argentina

    Argentina were beaten 3-0 by bitter rivals Brazil in World Cup qualifying, and the defender insists that they must improve to make it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Javier Mascherano believes Argentina have no excuses for the damaging slump that has left their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in jeopardy.

    Fierce rivals Brazil ran out 3-0 winners in Belo Horizonte on Thursday, meaning Edgardo Bauza’s side have now gone four matches without a win.

    They lie sixth in […]