Lionel Messi acknowledged that his disappointing record from the penalty spot is something he must continue to work on.
Messi, 31, missed four of the eight penalties he took last season for club and country, including one against Iceland for Argentina at the World Cup.
In total, he has missed 24 penalties during his career, and he even handed spot-kick duties to Luis Suarez in Barcelona's win over Huesca before the international break despite being one goal away from a hat trick.
"I would like to...
Lionel Messi sobbed uncontrollably after Argentina Copa America Centenario loss, says strength coach
One of Lionel Messi's most difficult moments with the Argentina national team was following the loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario in 2016, according to Elvio Paolorosso, who was the team's strength coach under Gerardo Martino.
After losing the World Cup final in 2014 to Germany and also missing out on the Copa America in 2015, Paolorosso said that Messi crumbled after Argentina lost their third straight major tournament during that summer of 2016. The veteran strength...
Atlanta United manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino has said the Argentina Football Federation (AFA) has not contacted him about a return to coach the national team, and stressed that he is under contract with Atlanta.
On Tuesday, club representatives declined to comment to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about reported talks between the AFA and Martino, who managed Argentina from 2014-16 after a spell at Barcelona in 2013-14.
"I have not spoken to anyone from Argentina and additionally, I am currently...