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Lionel Messi is throwing Argentina off balance

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says the effects of losing with Argentina have taken their toll on Lionel Messi's confidence.
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The World Cup is the culmination of a process. Teams have fought to be there. They are battle hardened and ready, clear about what they are trying to do.

The Copa America is the opposite. It is the start of a new process, kicking off a new cycle of competitive games. That is even more true about Brazil 2019. Qualification for the 2022 World Cup starts later than usual -- next March rather than this October. That has taken away some of the urgency of the current tournament -- seen most clearly in...

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While horse riding wasn't involved, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero took to the polo pitch to train alongside Argentine star Adolfo Cambiaso.

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If you hadn't heard, there's a new "New Lionel Messi" in town and his name is Takefusa Kubo, who has just signed for Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old prodigy has joined Real's Castilla youth team from FC Tokyo, having previously spent time training in Barcelona's academy ranks earlier in his teens. That ended badly when FIFA ruled...

The Two Messis: Why has the world's best player won it all with Barcelona but failed with Argentina

When Lionel Messi finally retires, few could argue against him being considered one of the game's best-ever players. He loves his job and has been doing it at an elite level for over a decade. He is recognized by his peers, his rivals and the entire world of soccer. He largely avoids controversy on the field and rarely speaks to the media, which limits the opportunities for anything other than his play to do the talking.

What he has achieved in his career stems from his prodigious talent but is...

Colombia can plunge Messi and Argentina into further despair

Gab Marcotti dissects the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fans and finds it "odd" how supporters of one generally dislike the other.
While horse riding wasn't involved, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero took to the polo pitch to train alongside Argentine star Adolfo Cambiaso.

In the opening few days of Copa America action, one game leaps out. The continent's best two teams in last year's World Cup -- Brazil and Uruguay -- are likely semifinalists. The next best pair are Argentina and Colombia -- and these two heavyweights meet each other in Salvador's splendid stadium on Saturday.

Brazil and Uruguay share a certain continuity. They have retained the coaches who took them to Russia last year, with Uruguay's Oscar Washington Tabarez in charge of La Celeste since the start...

Toe Poke Daily: Obama's message for Messi - 'Few people achieve great things on their own'

Hugo Lloris reflected on Spurs' historic comeback against Ajax and said that all the credit belongs to Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff.
The FC crew discuss what Harry Kane's role should be for Tottenham in the Champions League final, having just rejoined training this week.

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Barack Obama just happened to be in South America when he brought up Lionel Messi.

There aren't many people who are in a position to offer advice to Lionel Messi, but...

Messi the one constant in a much-changed Argentina squad for Copa America

Lionel Messi is back in the side but Lionel Scaloni (right) has also called in a lot of new faces for the 2019 Copa America.

Lionel Messi remains very serious about winning a senior title with Argentina.

The quest will surely come to an end with the next World Cup in three years' time. Next year there is a Copa America on home ground -- the 2020 competition is being shared between Argentina and Colombia but even so, Messi has signed up for this year's edition, which kicks off next month in Brazil.

Argentina bizarrely go into the competition under an inexperienced caretaker coach, the former international right-back Lionel...