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UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Copa America: Lionel Messi fails again with Argentina

Another elimination for Argentina and another missed opportunity for Lionel Messi to succeed with the national team. Messi’s streak without a title with Argentina has been extended after a 2-0 …


Barcelona’s fall highlights team’s Lionel Messi-dependency

Lionel Messi wasn’t able to come to the rescue this time. Messi has come up with extraordinary goals and incredible assists for Barcelona over the years. And it was his …


Lionel Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday. After a 0-0 first-leg draw, Luis Suarez …


Lionel Messi breaks right arm, out for about 3 weeks

Lionel Messi has broken a bone in his right arm and will be sidelined for about three weeks.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, not Lionel Messi, stars as France ousts Argentina 4-3 from World Cup

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. The loss could be the end of Lionel …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Lionel Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. Messi failed to give his team the lead when …


World Cup could end debate on whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is better

No player in modern soccer history has enjoyed a better run than Cristiano Ronaldo has had since the last World Cup.


Barcelona wins Spanish league title with Lionel Messi hat trick

Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning the Spanish league title for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d’Or award as best player

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award as the world’s best player of the year for a record-equaling fifth time, moving him level with Barcelona star …


Lionel Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.


A look at some of 2016’s most inspiring sports moments

We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired – and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two …


Messi hurts hamstring, doubtful for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers

Barcelona says that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.


Argentines rally to urge Messi to return to national team

Hundreds of fans of Lionel Messi gathered in the rain in Argentina’s capital on Saturday to ask that the soccer star return to the national team following his shock retirement …


Messi, Argentina face Chile in Copa America final rematch

Another year, another final for Lionel Messi and Argentina.


Lionel Messi leads Argentina over U.S., into Copa America final

Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain. The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored …


Lionel Messi will play against Panama

Lionel Messi is ready to play again. At a key moment, too.


In brief: New York Rangers clinch playoff spot on third try

The New York Rangers needed three tries before finally getting the win that clinched a postseason berth.


Coach says Lionel Messi will skip Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Lionel Messi will skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in six months because his coach Gerardo Martino says he needs some rest.


Carli Lloyd of the U.S. is named FIFA world player of the year, and Jill Ellis is coach of the year

Carli Lloyd won soccer’s highest individual honor by being named FIFA’s women’s world player of the year and her coach, Jill Ellis, who was chosen FIFA’s top women’s coach for …


Lionel Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud

Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.


Lionel Messi fails again with Argentina’s national team

Lionel Messi has come up short again in his attempt to succeed with Argentina’s national team. Messi looked nothing like the star that he is with Barcelona on Saturday, and …


Messi sets goal mark

Lionel Messi has yet another reason to be considered among the very best to have played football as he became the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer with 253 on Saturday. …


In brief: Lionel Messi scores twice to lift Barcelona, ties Champions League goals record

SOCCER: Lionel Messi scored twice to tie Raul Gonzalez’s career record of 71 Champions League goals, and Barcelona won 2-0 at Ajax on Wednesday night to advance to the tournament’s …


John Leicester: Messi missing signature World Cup moment

SAO PAULO – The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is leaving his best for last. In the most important World Cup match to date in his epoch-shaping …


World Cup notes: Argentina’s Alejandro Sabella says Lionel Messi is the ’best of them all’

SAO PAULO – Normally a reserved man who avoids hype, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella isn’t shy about declaring Lionel Messi to be the best player in the world. Comparing the …


Ghana sends two home before match

BRASILIA, Brazil – Ghana threw Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng out of its World Cup squad for disciplinary reasons on Thursday, plunging the team into further chaos just hours before …


FIFA World Cup roundup: Germany draws 2-2 with Ghana

Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and tied the World Cup scoring record in the process. Germany was held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday in Fortaleza, …


Relief for France

Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France eased into its World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday …


Messi finishes with 91

Lionel Messi finished his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012, helping Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday night that the team dedicated to …