AS EXPECTED, MESSI MAKES FIFA SHORTLIST

It was not surprising that Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi was named on the three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award. The Argentina skipper was one of the three players who made the shortlist. Apart from Messi, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah were also named on the shortlist.

2021 was not the best year for Messi in terms of goals and assists, but it was the year that the petite magician finally managed to win an international competition for Argentina. He was the star man as Argentina ended their long wait for a major title by winning the Copa America tournament last summer. Argentina beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the tournament with PSG attacker Angel Di Maria getting the only goal of the game for the two-time world champions.

MESSI HITS BRACE AGAINST BRUGGE

Lionel Messi was back amongst the goals for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) after the Argentina senior national team skipper scored two goals in the 4-1 drubbing of Belgian champions Club Brugge during the Champions League Group A clash played at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.

PSG had already sealed a spot in the Champions League knockout stage before they played hosts to the team from the Belgian top flight in their final group game. The French top flight league leaders have to settle for second place in Group A behind leaders Manchester City after the 2-1 comeback defeat to the Premier League champions in their penultimate group game.

GUIDO RODRIGUEZ ON ARSENAL, SPURS RADAR

North London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both keen on signing Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez ahead of the winter transfer window which starts in a couple of weeks. This is according to the report from Fichajes which stated that the Argentina national team midfielder has become a hot commodity due to his impressive performances for Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.

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WORLD CUP: ARGENTINA LOSE MORE POINTS

Argentina lost more points in their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign after they were forced to a goalless draw by hosts Paraguay when the two teams met in a matchday 11 clash at the EstadioDefensores del Chaco in Asuncion on Thursday night local time. The two-time world champions created a lot of decent chances to win the game but lacked the necessary cutting edge in front of goal.

WEST HAM TRIED TO SIGN TAGLIFICO FROM AJAX BEFORE DEADLINE

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The summer transfer window is now closed for business and every club that could not complete their transfers this summer will have to wait until the January winter transfer window (the earliest) before they can think of venturing into the transfer market again. There are both winners and losers from the summer transfer window and while almost all the attempted transfers found their way through, there are some that were either not started on time or witnessed some sort of delay that meant that the transfer would not be a success. One of those failed transfers is the one that would have seen Ajax star Nicolas Taglifico sign for English Premier League club West Ham United.

WILL MESSI END HIS CAREER AT BARCELONA?

Following his agreement to sign a new contract at the club, there have been questions raised about whether or not Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the club.

The club captain almost left the Camp Nou last summer after shockingly and unexpectedly revealing that he was interested in going to try our a new challenge at another club. It was not easy getting him to sign a new contract due to the circumstances that surrounded the new deal he was offered but he has finally reached an agreement with the Catalan giants on signing the contract extension that will see him take a huge 50% pay-cut to still remain in their books.

CAN MESSI HELP ARGENTINA WIN THE COPA AMERICA?

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will have just one goal in mind while he is currently away on international duty with his country Argentina. Messi is already a legend of the game of football but while he has been richly successful with his club side FC Barcelona, he has not quite enjoyed the luck and success with his country's national team. One of the reasons he is still considered as a little bit incomparable to Cristiano Ronaldo is because he does not perform for Argentina as well as he does for Barcelona, and even some fans and past players have questioned his ability to perform on the biggest stage when his country needs him the most.

ASTON VILLA BEAT ARSENAL TO NORWICH STAR'S SIGNING

Arsenal have suffered yet another big transfer blow even before the official opening of the summer transfer window after it was confirmed that they have lost Emiliano Buendia to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa. Arsenal were looking like they would complete the signing of the Argentina international attacking midfielder in the past week after submitting an offer for him, but they have been beaten to the signing by Villa who appeared to be the more serious party between the two interested clubs.

REPORTS: MESSI COULD END CAREER IN ARGENTINA

At a time when Lionel Messi's career is currently having a huge question mark over it, fresh reports have emerged that the Barcelona captain could eventually end his career in his native Argentina. Messi is yet to commit his long-term future to Barcelona and has refused to sign a new contract at the club, sparking rumors that he could be walking through the exit door this summer.

Since after the transfer saga that ensued between him and the Catalan giants last summer, he has always made the news whether because he is pondering whether or not to sign a new contract, or whether he's considering moving to Paris Saint-Germain where he can reunite with his former teammate Neymar. The French club have been touted as one of his most likely destinations where he will end up if he eventually leaves Barcelona, but those rumors have started to die down a bit.

FIVE CLUBS QUEUE FOR AGUERO

Five clubs have reportedly made an offer to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. This is according to the report from French media outlet Foot Mercato which stated that as many as five teams are battling to sign the Argentina player on a free transfer.

Argentina national team striker Aguero would be a free agent in the summer after it was confirmed that he would be leaving Premier League table toppers Manchester City at the end of his contract. His Manchester City contract expires in a matter of three months.

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