Argentina Wiretap

Lionel Messi After Winning Copa America: 'This Team Deserved It'

Jul 11, 2021 12:47 PM

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final, with Lionel Messi winning his first international senior trophy with Argentina.

Messi had previously lost three Copa finals and a World Cup final.

"I can't explain how happy I feel. I've been sad many times [with Argentina after tournaments] but I knew it would happen and there's no better moment. This team deserved it," said Messi after the match. 

Messi was named the Player of the Tournament after scoring four goals and registering five assists.

Messi also paid tribute to manager Lionel Scaloni.

"It's to the merit of [Scaloni] because of everything he's done and what he's built. The process with him started three years ago and it's been constant growth. He knew how to build a spectacular group, a winning group. He deserves the recognition. It's been a long time since Argentina were champions of South America, and we've won it again under him."

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Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Lionel Messi Worried About Contracting COVID-19 During Copa America

Jun 14, 2021 8:12 AM

Lionel Messi revealed he worries about contracting COVID-19 as Copa America begins. 

"It worries us because it is a risk for everyone catching COVID-19," he told reporters. "We try to be careful but it's not easy. These things happen."

"We'll try to do all we can so no one gets it but sometimes it doesn't depend solely on ourselves."

Messi is not believed to have been vaccinated, even though the South American Football Confederation said in April it had received vaccinations and aimed to give all international players shots before the Copa America kicked off.


Tags: Argentina, Barcelona

CONMEBOL Pulls Copa America From Argentina

May 31, 2021 12:07 AM

CONMEBOL pulled this summer's Copa America from Argentina due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Colombia was previously dropped as a co-host because of protests against President Ivan Duque.

The tournament is scheduled for June 13 through July 10.

CONMEBOL added that a new host would be announced "soon."


Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Copa America

Copa America Postponed Until 2021

Mar 17, 2020 1:09 PM

CONMEBOL postponed this summer's Copa America until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus," said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez.

The tournament will now be rescheduled between June 11th and July 11th. The tournament will take place in Argentina and Colombia.

The decision comes on the heels of UEFA suspending the European Championship until 2021.



Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Copa America

Edinson Cavani Says Confrontation With Messi A 'Part Of Football'

Nov 19, 2019 3:09 PM

Edinson Cavani spoke of his confrontation with Lionel Messi during Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Argentina.

Cavani reportedly challenged Messi to a fight, to which Messi responded "whenever you want."

"It's part of football, Clasicos are like this. The truth is that it was at times a game that had friction, there were challenges and things that are part of football, especially of South American [football]," said Cavani.

Messi also made headlines for a confrontation with Brazil manager Tite last week. 

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Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Copa America

Messi Brought Argentine Teammates To Tears, Says Angel Di Maria

Oct 3, 2019 2:31 PM

Lionel Messi took on a more vocal role for Argentina during the 2019 Copa America, according to Angel Di Maria.

"Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. That we had not been together much as some had not been called up [to the senior team] before. Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day. That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were there and gave what they gave at the Copa America, it was because they more than deserved to be there. Once he finished, everyone was in tears because it touched everyone's hearts, especially the youngsters," said Di Maria.

Argentina lost to Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals in the tournament.

Di Maria said he's seeing an evolution in Messi.

"The important thing is that Leo is like this. I like this Messi."

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Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Basque Country To Play Friendly Versus Argentina

Aug 29, 2019 1:39 PM

The Basque Country will play a friendly against Argentina on October 13th.

The match will take place at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.

The two sides last met in 1922, with Argentina winning 4-0 in Buenos Aires.

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Tags: Argentina, Game Recap

Messi Receives Three-Month Conmebol Ban

Aug 3, 2019 11:19 AM

Conmebol has suspended Lionel Messi for three months following comments he made during the 2019 Copa America.

The organization also fined Messi $50,000.

Messi accused Conmebol of favoring Brazil following Argentina's 2-0 loss in the semifinals.


Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Messi Blames 'Corruption' For Red Card, Conmebol Hits Back

Jul 7, 2019 2:14 PM

Lionel Messi blamed his comments made last week criticizing the officiating after Argentina's loss to Brazil for his red card in the third-place match against Chile.

“We don’t need to be part of the corruption that we’ve suffered at this tournament. Medel is always right at the limit. With a yellow that would have been the end of it for both of us, but well, maybe what I said recently had an impact," said Messi.

Argentina won the match 2-1. Messi received the second red card of his career.

Conmebol responded to Messi's accusations. 

“These accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the participating players and the hundreds of professionals of Conmebol, an institution that since 2016 has been working tirelessly to make transparent, professionalize and develop South American football," released the federation in a statement. 

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Tags: Argentina, Chile, IQ

Messi Criticizes Ref Following Loss To Brazil

Jul 3, 2019 7:07 PM

Lionel Messi criticized the officiating following Argentina's 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semifinal.

“He [the referee] was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way. It’s not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties. But today, they didn’t even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at," said Messi.

Messi was especially critical of a sequence before Brazil's second goal in which Argentina argued for a penalty. 

The Guardian

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Game Recap

Messi On Copa America: I Want To Win With Argentina
The Copa America begins on June 14th in Brazil.


Gonzalo Higuain Retires From International Play
Higuain scored 31 goals in 75 appearances for Argentina.

BBC Sport

Lionel Messi To Skip Remainder Of Argentina's Matches In 2018
Lionel Messi is not sure whether he will play in the 2019 Copa America.


Argentina Parts Ways With Jorge Sampaoli
Jorge Sampaoli was previously manager of Chile and Sevilla.

RealGM Staff Report

Javier Mascherano Announces Retirement From Argentina
Javier Mascherano has played his last match with Argentina.


Diego Maradona Treated By Paramedics Following Argentina's Win
Diego Maradona had been expressive throughout the match and displayed his middle fingers after Argentina's match-winning goal.


Mascherano Denies Reports Of Argentina Revolt Against Jorge Sampaoli
Argentina was defeated by Croatia 3-0 in their second group stage match after a 1-1 tie against Iceland.


World Cup Snapshot: Croatia 3, Argentina 0
Luka Doncic and Croatia shocked Argentina with a 3-nil result.

RealGM Staff Report

World Cup Snapshot: Argentina 1, Iceland 1
Lionel Messi's missed penalty kick proved critical.

RealGM Staff Report

Barcelona Trying To Sign Cristian Pavon Upon Messi's Recommendation
Lionel Messi has been impressed by Cristian Pavon.

Sergio Aguero Undergoes Knee Surgery
Sergio Aguero could miss the rest of Manchester City's season and his fitness for the World Cup with Argentina is in doubt.


Argentina Hopes Lionel Messi Plays Less For Barcelona Leading To WC
Lionel Messi has featured in all 23 of Barcelona's La Liga matches this season along with five Copa del Rey matches and all six Champions League matches.

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Lionel Messi Pleased With Personal Life, Football Life At 30 Years Old
Lionel Messi feels fortunate to have another opportunity in the World Cup.

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Lionel Messi Hopes Argentina Avoids Spain In World Cup
Argentina is in Pot 1 alongside Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Russia and France.

Sports Illustrated

Xavi: Messi Gets Pissed Off If He's Not Involved In Game
Argentina has sometimes struggled with their balance incorporating Lionel Messi.


Jorge Sampaoli Leaves Sevilla To Become Manager Of Argentina
Jorge Sampaoli has viewed managing Argentina as his dream job.

Press Association

FIFA Rescinds Four-Match Ban Against Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but will return for critical matched against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru.

The Guardian

Brazil Takes No. 1 Spot In FIFA Rankings For 1st Time In Six Years
Four of the top five spots are now held by South American nations.

Dale Johnson/ESPN

Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches By FIFA For Insulting Referee
Argentina will be without Lionel Messi for four of their final five World Cup qualifiers.

The Guardian

Lionel Messi Returns To Argentina National Team
Lionel Messi announced his retirement immediately following Argentina's Copa America loss to Chile.

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