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.

MESSI SEEK TO MAINTAIN GOOD FORM

Argentina national team skipper Lionel Messi has been in good form for his club, FC Barcelona since the turn of the year. The Argentina football superstar has found the back of the net regularly this year despite the setbacks in the form of small injury issues and suspension.

The Barcelona captain has scored six goals in as many games in all competitions this year and he would be hoping to continue that good form when Barcelona travel to the capital to take on opponents Granada in the Copa Del Rey for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. Lionel Messi and Barcelona will need to overcome Granada in the quarterfinals if they want to progress into the final four.

Argentina Eases Their Way to the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest event of football in the world and all the football playing nations fight to get a place in this tournament. There are hundreds of countries that play football but only 32 of them get a chance to see their names on the fixture. Argentina is one of those teams which have played since the inaugural FIFA world cup event. They won 2 titles of this FIFA world cup in the year 1978 and 1986. But for the 2022 event of FIFA World Cup Argentina also is going through the qualifying round.

In the qualifying matches, Argentina beat Bolivia with a result of 2-1 in the La Paz. This is the ground where they haven’t registered a victory in the last 5 years. Though Bolivia took a 1 goal lead in the match, Argentina managed to draw the result of the match in their favor. Before that, they beat Ecuador by 1 goal and started their journey of the qualifiers with an emphatic win. The coach Lionel Scaloni took the charge of the team and he wanted his team to go to the main round without losing a single match.

Lionel Messi says the forthcoming El Clasico against Real Madrid is complicated

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has said that the Blaugrana could have a complicated game on their hands against Real Madrid in midweek. The Catalan giants are scheduled to face their El Clasico rivals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and Messi anticipates a tight encounter with Los Blancos bound to stay compact and play on the counter-attack.


Speaking to Marca, the Argentina international said that Los Blancos are easier to play at the Bernabeu where they usually prefer to play on the attack. He added that the same is always not the case at the Camp Nou where they tend to play with a more cautious approach, he told: "When we play at the Bernabeu, many more spaces are generated.

Messi Backs Lionel Scaloni to be successful with Argentina

Lionel Messi has claimed that Argentina have been able to find an excellent coach in the form of Lionel Scaloni even if the public’s reaction has been completely positive. Scaloni is one of the youngest international managers at just 41 years of age. Most of his career may have been spending spree, but he has started being a manager with the Argentina national team. After starting out with the Argentina team as an assistant in the 2017-18 campaign, he was appointed as the caretaker in 2018 and the permanent role following suit soon.


Interestingly, Scaloni has not been able to enjoy a stellar playing career and he was predominantly known for his time with Deportivo La Coruna, whom he represented in 200 appearances from 1988 to 2006.

Griezmann looking forward to working with Messi at Barcelona

Barcelona’s newest signing Antoine Griezmann has said that he is looking forward to working with Lionel Messi on a day-to-day basis. The France international was strongly linked with the Blaugrana since the beginning of March and the club have eventually landed his signature after triggering the £108m release clause on his Atletico Madrid contract.

Speaking at the unveiling, Griezmann told that he is excited to work with Messi after watching the Argentina international weave his magic for the Blaugrana over the years, he quipped: “I'm looking forward to seeing what [Lionel] Messi is like on a day-to-day basis in training. Playing next to him will be an incredible joy. I'm very happy, I'm very excited and I'm looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates. It's a new challenge and new targets. These are important things and I hope I can do as well as I can. All of them - La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They're the club's goals and my goals.”

Valverde marvels at Lionel Messi as Barcelona star continues to shine

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on the performances of Lionel Messi in the lead-up to the La Liga clash against Real Sociedad. The Blaugrana recently progress to the semi-final stage of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate triumph over Manchester United and Messi made a key contribution towards the outcome with a brace in the second leg.

Speaking in a pre-match conference, Valverde said that the club are enjoying the performances of Messi, who recently scored 40 goals for the tenth successive season, he said: "I would like to have an assortment of words but what can I say about Leo? He is breaking all the records, and those he will still beat. He makes the public always expect something special from him, and he delivers it. We know what he is, what he means from a global point of view and we are enjoying that."

Valverde confirms Lionel Messi will undergo examination on bruised nose

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that Lionel Messi will undergo a medical examination on a bruised nose suffered during the first leg of the Champions League tie against Manchester United on the road. The Argentina international picked up the injury after he was clattered by Chris Smalling during the first period, and his performance was thereafter unimpressive with signs that he had not completely recovered from the blow.

Speaking after the game, Valverde said that Messi was far from comfortable with the proceedings on the field after he took a big blow on his nose through a Chris Smalling challenge. He added that a thorough examination over the same would be made by the club’s doctors to determine the extent of the damage, he told: “It’s clear that he was not more comfortable playing after that. He took a big blow and he will have to be examined by the doctors. We will have to see how Messi is, but he has a big bruise.”

Javier Saviola backs Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to World Cup success

Former Argentina international Javier Saviola believes Lionel Messi has the credentials to guide Argentina to success at the 2022 World Cup. The Barcelona star has failed to win a single international trophy through his career and he recently experienced disappointment at the summer World Cup where the nation were ousted at the round of 16 stage.

Speaking to Goal.com, he said: "Messi, unfortunately, has not yet managed to win any trophy or tournament for the national team and the Argentine fans are very demanding. I was Leo's colleague, I know what he feels about the country and how much it hurts when things don't go as he would like. The most important thing is to trust that everything will go well and I believe that the next World Cup will be for Argentina."

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