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Messi's Copa miss brings Argentine Whitecap Laba to tears - The Province

If you wanted a window into how deeply some soccer players feel about their national teams, you just had to see Matias Laba arrive at Whitecaps practice Monday. The Argentine defensive midfielder couldn't hide his disappointment with Sunday's loss to ...and more »

Lionel Messi retires: Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez backs forward to play for Argentina again - The Independent

Luis Suarez believes Barcelona team-mate and Argentina forward Lionel Messi will reconsider his decision to retire from international football. The 29-year-old, five-time Ballon d'Or winner made the shock announcement after missing a penalty in the ...and more »

Argentina president calls for nation to take care of Messi - SBS - The World Game

Argentina president Mauricio Macri revealed his discussion with Lionel Messi as he tried to convince the star to remain with the national team. Source: Omnisport. 29 Jun 2016 - 10:24 AM UPDATED 29 Jun 2016 - 10:24 AM. The 29 year-old stunningly ...and more »

Diego Maradona On Lionel Messi's Retirement: 'Leave Him Alone' - Newsweek

Diego Maradona at Green Point Arena, Cape Town, July 2, 2010. Maradona has urged Argentina fans to leave Lionel Messi alone. Chris McGrath/Getty. Share. Sports Lionel Messi Diego Maradona Argentina. Diego Maradona has urged Argentina fans to leave ...and more »

Could Barcelona's Lionel Messi Do A U-turn on Argentina Retirement? - Newsweek

Lionel Messi at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, June 26. Messi could peform a u-turn on his decision to retire from international football. Mike Stobe/Getty. Share. Sports Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona. Lionel Messi may be a prolific winner at club ...and more »

Lionel Messi statue unveiled in Buenos Aires as Argentina president says he hopes to tempt star to reverse shock ... - Daily Mail

The president of Argentina said on Tuesday he hopes to meet Lionel Messi next week and convince him to return to the national team. President Mauricio Macri said he had spoken by telephone with Messi after he announced his shock retirement from the ...and more »

Suarez sure Messi will return for Argentina - SBS - The World Game

Luis Suarez is confident Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will return to playing for Argentina in the future. Source: Omnisport. 29 Jun 2016 - 10:06 PM UPDATED 29 Jun 2016 - 10:06 PM. Following Sunday's 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa ...and more »

Messi statue unveiled in Argentina amid pleas for his return - BBC News

A bronze statue of Argentine football star Lionel Messi has been unveiled in Buenos Aires just days after the player announced he was retiring from the national team. Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Larreta Rodriguez unveiled the statue on the shores of the ...and more »

Lionel Messi Needs To Reverse His Retirement - The Federalist

This little man has done things with a soccer ball on his foot that would make Pele blush. He shouldn't let international championship losses end his storied career. By David Marcus. David Marcus. By David Marcus. June 30, 2016. An old joke asks, “How ...and more »

Dear Lionel Messi, Please (Please!) Don't Quit Argentina - FiveThirtyEight

Over the past half dozen years, you have been far and away the best player in the world's most popular sport, but we know you've been having a bit of a rough time of late. You've been dealing with tax evasion charges. You've dealt with injuries, and ...and more »