Lionel Messi Is All Alone - Deadspin

DeadspinLionel Messi Is All AloneDeadspinIt's a funny thing, talking about what an athlete deserves. Sports are the ultimate results-oriented business, where no matter how much you love your mother or how kind and considerate you are to lovers and waiters or even how well you played in any ...and more »

Football: Messi to miss World cup? - The Straits Times

The Straits TimesFootball: Messi to miss World cup?The Straits TimesA disappointed Lionel Messi, who hit the post in the second half against Peru, trooping off with his men after their match in Buenos Aires. Argentina have not scored from open play for more than 450 minutes.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE. Published.and more »

Argentina on brink of missing World Cup; Messi's last chance - Miami Herald

Miami HeraldArgentina on brink of missing World Cup; Messi's last chanceMiami HeraldAfter missing chance after chance against Peru, Lionel Messi looked skyward as if seeking divine intervention. Even that may not be enough to prevent Messi and Argentina from missing their first World Cup since 1970. This grim reality is setting in for ...and more »

Argentina coach Sampaoli still 'confident' of WC berth - The Sentinel

The SentinelArgentina coach Sampaoli still 'confident' of WC berthThe SentinelBuenos Aires, Oct 6: Argentina football coach Jorge Sampaoli said he believes his team will participate in next year's FIFA World Cup despite a goalless draw with Peru that left them outside the qualification places. The two-time World Cup winners must ...and more »

Unthinkable! Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualification in jeopardy - Economic Times

Economic TimesUnthinkable! Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualification in jeopardyEconomic TimesA World Cup without Argentina and Lionel Messi? Unthinkable, right? After the events of Thursday night at La Bombanera, home to Boca Juniors, the impossible is very much possible. Peru held on for a 0-0 draw, with Messi striking the post and his ...and more »

World Cup without Lionel Messi edges closer to becoming reality - wtkr.com

wtkr.comWorld Cup without Lionel Messi edges closer to becoming realitywtkr.comOn the face of it, as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes inside Boca Juniors' iconic La Bombonera, Argentina's goalless draw against Peru didn't seem too bad. Argentina, with Lionel Messi at the heart of every move, had tried desperately to get their ...and more »

'Messi Gets Pissed Off When Not Given The Ball' – Xavi - Nigerian Observer

Nigerian Observer'Messi Gets Pissed Off When Not Given The Ball' – XaviNigerian ObserverFormer Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed Lionel Messi gets “pissed off” if he's not given the ball. The duo played alongside each other in Catalunya, winning seven Liga titles together, until Spain international Xavi left for Qatari club Al Sadd ...and more »

Football: Messi, Argentina on verge of World Cup catastrophe - New Zealand Herald

Football: Messi, Argentina on verge of World Cup catastropheNew Zealand HeraldArgentina's Lionel Messi gestures during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko). NZ Herald. Share via email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show ...and more »

Argentina's fate hangs in the balance after lacklustre Peru draw - The Hindu

The HinduArgentina's fate hangs in the balance after lacklustre Peru drawThe HinduTwice champion and 2014 runner-up Argentina is in serious danger of failing to reach the 2018 World Cup finals after being held to a 0-0 draw by Peru on Thursday. Lionel Messi's side is on 25 points in sixth place in the 10-team South American group ...and more »

South America World Cup permutations: Argentina and Chile in danger - SkySports

SkySportsSouth America World Cup permutations: Argentina and Chile in dangerSkySportsArgentina could fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since Mexico 1970 after Peru held them to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires on Thursday. Four South American teams will qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team going into a play ...and more »

Lionel Messi returns to training with Argentina after Peru draw as they prepare for win-or-bust World Cup qualifier ... - Daily Mail

Daily MailLionel Messi returns to training with Argentina after Peru draw as they prepare for win-or-bust World Cup qualifier ...Daily MailArgentina were back in training as soon as possible following another disastrous result in what has been a forgettable World Cup qualifying campaign. Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Nicolas Otamendi were seen shaking off their heavy legs on Friday ...and more »

Tim Vickery: Argentina rely on Lionel Messi too much, their decline was predicted back in 2008 when they won Olympic ... - The Sun

The SunTim Vickery: Argentina rely on Lionel Messi too much, their decline was predicted back in 2008 when they won Olympic ...The SunA WIN at Ecuador on Tuesday will guarantee Argentina a place in a World Cup play-off against New Zealand. Draw, though, and they are probably out – and given that the game takes place at altitude, conditions the Argentines detest – then there is a ...and more »

Audio: Why Messi can't produce 'Barca' magic with Argentina now - Myjoyonline.com

Myjoyonline.comAudio: Why Messi can't produce 'Barca' magic with Argentina nowMyjoyonline.comArgentina may not qualify for the World Cup, or they might in the end, but to what end really?. After missing out four finals with this hugely talented squad, Star man Lionel Messi has easily come in for criticism. But how genuine is this censure? does ...and more »

Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago ruptured knee ligaments but demanded to play on to help World Cup fight - The Sun

The SunArgentina midfielder Fernando Gago ruptured knee ligaments but demanded to play on to help World Cup fightThe SunARGENTINA star Fernando Gago ruptured his knee ligaments but still pleaded to play on to help his country's desperate fight to qualify for the World Cup. A goalless draw against Peru means Argentina are now sixth in qualifying and needing to beat ...and more »

The Staggering Stat That Shows Argentina Are A One Man Team - SPORTbible

SPORTbibleThe Staggering Stat That Shows Argentina Are A One Man TeamSPORTbibleArgentina's hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup took a severe hit following a goalless draw against Peru, last night. Despite boasting some of the most gifted attacking players in world football, La Albiceleste have been utterly dreadful in ...and more »

Argentina coach: 'I am still confident that we will be at the World Cup' - Sporting News

Sporting NewsArgentina coach: 'I am still confident that we will be at the World Cup'Sporting NewsArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli remains confident his team will qualify for the World Cup despite being held to a draw by Peru on Thursday. Lionel Messi produced some moments of magic in Buenos Aires, but the hosts were unable to break through in the ...and more »

Messi, Argentina edge closer to missing World Cup - The Express Tribune

The Express TribuneMessi, Argentina edge closer to missing World CupThe Express TribuneSHOOTING BOOTS MISSING: Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires by Peru, leaving the two-time world champions outside the automatic qualification places as they head into the final round of fixtures next Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP. MONTEVIDEO: ...and more »

Argentina Q+A: With Lionel Messi leading the line, the 2014 World Cup finalists should be flying... so where has it ... - Daily Mail

Daily MailArgentina Q+A: With Lionel Messi leading the line, the 2014 World Cup finalists should be flying... so where has it ...Daily MailA boring argument used to go along the lines that Pep Guardiola wasn't so great at Barcelona; that the junior grounds staff could have picked the team and won titles if they had Lionel Messi available. It has taken some time but that thread of debate ...and more »

ANALYSIS: Will Messi miss his last World Cup? - Premium Times

Premium TimesANALYSIS: Will Messi miss his last World Cup?Premium TimesThere is every probability that the best football player on the planet, Lionel Messi, and his Argentina team will be missing from next year's World Cup – and it could be his last chance to emulate the great Diego Maradona! Argentina currently lie sixth ...and more »

Will Argentina qualify for World Cup 2018 if they beat Ecuador in Quito? - The Sun

The SunWill Argentina qualify for World Cup 2018 if they beat Ecuador in Quito?The SunARGENTINA are very much in the last chance saloon as they travel to Quito to take on Ecuador in their final World Cup qualifier. Jorge Sampaoli's side have now gone five competitive matches without any of their players scoring from open play. Lionel ...and more »