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Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

Rosario, Argentina | AFP | Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday. Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the …

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Supreme Court confirms Messi 21-month suspended jail sentence for fraud

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal. The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio …

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Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid won their 33rd La Liga title and first for five years as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season helped seal a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday.Ronaldo got Madrid off to the perfect start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema’s close …

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Things get Messi for Iranian lookalike

Tehran, Iran | AFP |  Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week. So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan over the weekend …

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Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee, a ban that will see the striker miss out on decisive qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting …

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Colombia plane crash: What we know

The same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Argentine national football team — with Messi on board  La Unión, Colombia | AFP | Here’s what we know — and don’t know — about flight LMI 2933, which crashed into the Colombian mountains Monday night with a Brazilian …

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Tough love: psychology of Argentina’s Messi relationship

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Like neurotic parents, Argentines swung from criticism to unconditional love for their star footballer Lionel Messi this week, providing the soccer-mad nation’s many therapists with rich material for psychoanalysis. Fans’ frustration at the superstar’s missed penalty in Sunday’s defeat to Chile in the Copa …

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Messi retires from international football

East Rutherford, UNITED STATES | AFP | Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America. The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a …

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