FC Barcelona star Luis Suarez has defended Argentina captain Lionel Messi in the wake of recent criticism of his performances at the Copa America. Lionel Messia s performances with Argentina have been under scanner again following the loss of Argentina to Chile in the Copa America final. Messi was a shadow of the player who took FC Barcelona to a treble glory as the Spanish side won all the trophies they participated in thanks to some magical performances by the Argentina captain. The final performance by Messi in Copa America saw the player coming under heavy criticism by the legendary Diego Maradona among others, who questioned if Messi was Swedish or Argentine. Suarez to the defence Luis Suarez, however, feels that the criticism in the direction of the FC Barcelona superstar is very harsh and has leapt to his defense. “Ita s inconceivable to criticise the best player in the world. Wea re all human and Leo was the first […]

Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Diego Godin says Lionel Messi plays better with FC Barcelona because he is shown too much respect by his La Liga opponents who are more interested in taking selfies than tackling him. Lionel Messi’s performances with Argentina have been under scanner again following the loss of Argentina to Chile in the Copa America final. Messi was a shadow of the player who took FC Barcelona to a treble glory as the Spanish side won all the trophies they participated in thanks to some magical performances by the Argentina captain. Diego Godin reckons that defenders in South America tackle Lionel Messi more, unlike La Liga defenders who are only looking to click selfies with the FC Barcelona super star. “It’s different in South America. There they mark him a lot more,a Godin told Uruguay television Teledoce. a Sometimes we mess around, among teammates, and we say: In Spain before playing the games they take a photo […]

Lionel Messi’s father has defended his son following the criticism leveled at the FC Barcelona forward for the Copa America final loss with Argentina. Lionel Messi was left heartbroken after Argentina suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final. It was the second time in 12 months that the FC Barcelona star had finished on the losing side in a major final following Argentinaa s extra-time loss to Germany at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. a This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team,a Messi had said before the final of Copa America against Chile. a As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close.a The FC Barcelona star has taken to his social media account to express his disappointment and thank the fans after Argentinaa s 22-year wait for a major silverware was extended by […]

Argentina is gripped by a debate over FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who was devastated by losing the Copa America final and has withdrawn into a shocked isolation.   Some obervers in his home country say criticism fired at the FC Barcelona star could force him to take a break from national duty. The 28-year-old football genius left the pitch ashen-faced after Argentina lost the Copa America to Chile in a 4-1 penalty shootout in Santiago on Saturday. The scenes were reminiscent of last year’s World Cup final when Germany beat Argentina in extra time. Then ‘Leo’ left in tears. The FC Barcelona super star first tasted a major defeat in 2007 when Argentina lost 3-0 to old rivals Brazil in the Copa final. Messi finally posted a statement on his facebook account late Monday. “There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” he said. “But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you […]

Jorge Sampaoli will stay on as coach of Copa America winners Chile until the 2018 World Cup despite hinting he might seek a new challenge, the Chilean Federation president declared on Monday. “Sampaoli is not going. The continuity of the coach until the 2018 World Cup in Russia is assured,” Sergio Jadue told national television. . “There is an agreement with Jorge. This matter is closed.” Jadue’s comments came after Sampaoli hinted at a possible departure in the wake of Chile’s historic win over Argentina in the Copa America final. Though he has a deal with Chile until the 2018 World Cup finals, the Argentine told sports daily Marca that it could be too difficult to better their achievement in defeating his native country 4-1 on penalties after Saturday’s final ended goalless. “I have a contract but we have to look at the situation and see what happens,” the 55-year-old Sampaoli was quoted as saying. Sampaoli said he was studying […]

Lionel Messi has told of the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina with experts warning the player could retire from the national team. Messi finally posted a statement on his facebook account late Monday having hidden his devastation at losing another major final since the 4-1 penalty shootout defeat by Chile on Saturday. “There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” Messi said. “But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.” Messi, 28, has now lost one World Cup and two Copa America finals and still has to win a major international event despite his success with Barcelona. Argentina, beaten 1-0 by Germany in last year’s World Cup final, have now not won a major title for 22 years. The FC Barcleona man left the pitch ashen faced […]

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi has bemoaned how his Copa America final heartbreak is a football pain like no other in a message of gratitude to Argentina supporters. Lionel Messi was left heartbroken after Argentina suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final. . It was the second time in 12 months that the FC Barcelona star had finished on the losing side in a major final following Argentinaa s extra-time loss to Germany at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. a This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team,a Messi had said before the final of Copa America against Chile. a As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close.a The FC Barcelona star has taken to his social media account to express his disappointment and thank the fans after Argentina’s 22-year wait for a major […]