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Messi demands Abidal name names after dressing room criticism

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi has hit back at Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal after the Frenchman blamed slackness in the dressing room for the departure of recently-fired coach Ernesto Valverde. In an interview with Spanish daily Sport Abidal said that under Valverde, who was sacked in mid-January, many players had been unhappy, …

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Messi says tax problems made him want to leave Barcelona

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi has admitted he wanted to leave Barcelona when he was under investigation from the Spanish tax authorities but insists now he intends to finish his career at the club. In an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, Messi also said he had expected Neymar …

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Messi, Rapinoe win FIFA Player of the Year awards

Milan, Italy | AFP | Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women’s prize to cap a historic year for the United States’ World Cup icon. Barcelona striker Messi’s victory in Milan was a surprise as he edged out Virgil …

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Sterling not on same level as Messi, Ronaldo, says Guardiola

Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola would love Raheem Sterling to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Manchester City manager is not sure if any player will be able to equal the feats of that legendary pair. Others have recently been comparing Sterling …

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Van Dijk, Lucy Bronze take UEFA Player of the year honours

Monaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Thursday, edging out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Lucy Bronze took the women’s prize. Dutchman Van Dijk starred as Liverpool won their sixth European Cup last season with a 2-0 Champions League …

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Copa America starts afresh in quarters, says Argentina’s Messi

Porto Alegre, Brazil | AFP | Argentina will start from afresh in the Copa America after averting disaster with Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Qatar that sent them into the knockout stages, star Lionel Messi said. Goals from the Barcelona icon’s forward partners Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero were enough to propel …

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Messi is sports world’s highest earner: Forbes

New York, United States | AFP | Lionel Messi was the world’s highest paid athlete over the past year, Forbes reported on Tuesday in its annual sporting rich list. Barcelona and Argentina star Messi dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world’s highest earner, raking in $127 million via salary …

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Messi still driven to win with Argentina, insists Aguero

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Lionel Messi still “loves” the Argentine national team despite more than a decade of disappointments, international team-mate Sergio Aguero said on Thursday as the pair prepare for the Copa America in neighboring Brazil. Despite trophy cupboards laden with club accolades, both Messi and Aguero have …

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