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see photos : L.messi's statue destroyed again

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someone is not happy somewhere in buenos Aires

The bronze statue was chopped off just above the ankles, with the main "body" left lying on the pavement.

It is the second time the statue, which was unveiled in June 2016, has been targeted by vandals. Police said the motive was unclear.


Messi recently saved Argentina's 2018 World Cup place when he scored a hat-trick against Ecuador in October.

Russian coach told me to ignore Nigeria – Brian Idowu

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Nigerian fans would have watched one of their own strutting his stuff in Russia’s colours at the 2018 World Cup if the European country had not dilly-dallied.

Perhaps Brian Idowu would have jumped at the opportunity to represent the country where he was born.

SPECTACULAR MESSI TURNS ON THE STYLE AS ARGENTINA HEADS TO RUSSIA, ALEXIS AND VIDAL TO MISS THE WORLD CUP

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The striker's incomparable talents came to the rescue in Quito as a 3-1 victory meant Argentina sealed their place in Russia Cometh the hour, cometh the man. An entire nation sat in front of their televisions on Tuesday, biting their nails and waiting for inspiration to come from a single diminutive individual with the No. 10 on his back. And Lionel Messi, the Messiah and the Albiceleste's hat-trick hero, did not disappoint. Argentina's 3-1 triumph over Ecuador that sealed qualification was tense, scrappy, and more than a bit fortunate. But ultimately their magnificent captain put in the display 43 million people were waiting for to drag them kicking and screaming into the 2018 World Cup. With another result it may even have proved Leo's final game with the national team – it would at least have been difficult to imagine him soldiering on for another five years for another crack at the apple in Qatar The result itself was anything but a foregone conclusion. Aficionados of…

ARGENTINA AND THEIR TROUBLING WOES IN FRONT OF GOAL

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Argentina's World Cup hopes are on the line as they go into the final qualifiers - so why do so many of their world class players under-perform? It is a conundrum that has puzzled and frustrated a succession of coaches, and ultimately in all but a few cases cost them their jobs. For the last decade Argentina have boasted a collection of forwards who are not just the envy of any national team, but arguably every football club on the planet. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria and now Mauro Icardi are just some of the players accustomed to making the net bulge week in, week out for their clubs. In Messi, moreover, Argentina field a man who is unquestionably the greatest of his generation, and who has inspired Barcelona to unprecedented success. But when it comes to the international arena that undeniable talent often seems to evaporate. The failure to resolve the conundrum of why the world's best strikers fall flat with Messi and the Albiceles…

Argentina on another copa america rampage beats USA 5nil

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HOUSTON - Argentina superstar Lionel Messi hailed his team's feat of reaching the Copa America Centenario final as having plenty of merit.

Argentina defeated the United States 4-0 on Tuesday night at NRG Stadium, and now will play in a final for the third straight year, after contesting and losing both the 2014 World Cup final against Germany and the 2015 Copa America final versus Chile.

The Barcelona striker believes the run is a great achievement for the team, but is hoping for a better outcome when they face the winner of the Colombia-Chile match in the other semifinal on Wednesday night.

Diego Maradona has gastric bypass surgery again in bid to lose weight

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Diego Maradona is recovering well and "feeling fine" after undergoing gastric bypass surgery for the second time.
Maradona, 55, is aiming to lose 30 to 35 kilograms (66 to 77 pounds) over the next year and hopes to lose 75 kilograms in total, Dr Carlos Felipe Chaux said.
Dr Chaux has performed both of Maradona's gastric surgery, the first of which was 10 years ago in Colombia, and said the new surgery -- which took place in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo -- was needed "because he had gained weight, and to correct a gastrogastric fistula."
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