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Here’s Why Some Of Messi’s Argentina Teammates May Retire With Him

Well, Lionel Messi had a crappy weekend. After breezing through the group stage and knockout rounds of Copa América Centenario, Messi and the albicelestes looked like the favorites to raise the trophy versus Chile (despite Chile’s 7-0 humiliation of Mexico).


Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, did this when the match went to penalties:

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

Yep. He hit the ball over the crossbar. Fans couldn’t believe it…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

And when Chile won, Messi couldn’t hold back the tears.

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

After the match, Messi shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international football.


“It’s been four finals [that we’ve lost]… this isn’t for me,” said Messi to TyC Sports. Btw, he’s retiring from Argentina’s national team, not from the sport.


After his announcement, lots of people criticized Messi for “giving up.”


Some said his decision to not play for Argentina — he’s still going to play for his club team, Barcelona — was proof that he wasn’t a “winner.”


Messi, who has been criticized* for not carrying Argentina to a title, may be retiring to end the criticism. But he may have other reasons for quitting Argentina’s national team.

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on


*It’s gotta be rough when two of the world’s greatest players, Pelé and Maradona, are videotaped discussing your lack of leadership skills.


Messi could be unhappy with Argentina’s fútbol federation, which has been accused of corruption for decades. A few days before the Copa América final, Messi fired shots at Argentina’s federation via Instagram:


“Once again waiting on the plane while we wait to leave for our destination. God, the AFA is such a disaster,” wrote Messi. He later apologized for the comments (but he didn’t take down the Instagram post).


That same week, AFA president Luis Segura was removed from his post after he was charged with corruption.

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CREDIT: Credit: C5n / YouTube

Segura is accused of orchestrating shady deals related to TV rights in Argentina. Wondering just how sketchy Argentina’s federation can be? Last year, after the death of then-AFA president Julio Grondona, the federation cast a vote to elect a new president. The federation’s 75 members returned a 38-38 vote — btw, that adds up to 76.


Messi isn’t the only one who announced his retirement. Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano is also hanging up his cleats for Argentina.

Desde las 4 tomando mates en el predio .

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on


Several others, including Sergio Agüero, Angel Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi, are also rumored to be retiring from Argentina’s national team.

Vamos Argentina !!!!

A photo posted by Sergio Leonel Agüero (@aguerosergiokun16) on


Why? Some speculate it’s their way of protesting against a federation that is rife with corruption. If true, that could be eight players gone (including Messi), which is clearly a sign that something isn’t quite right with Argentina’s national team.


Or maybe it’s all just a scheme to save Messi from further criticism…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

READ: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Is Calling For A Repeal Of Its Kneeling Policy During The National Anthem

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Teammates Give Friend One Last Soccer Goal To Honor His Life After Being Killed By Police

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Teammates Give Friend One Last Soccer Goal To Honor His Life After Being Killed By Police

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There are protests against police brutality taking place across the world. The death of George Floyd sparked global anger about how people are treated by police officers. In Oaxaca, the people offered a touching tribute to a young boy killed by police.

This was the scene of a funeral in Oaxaca, Mexico honoring a teenage boy.

The young boy, identified as Alexander Martinez, was killed by municipal police in Oaxaca. Martinez was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico and had been back in Oaxaca for four years. The young boy was a soccer player with a promising future.

People immediately took notice of the phrase over the goal.

Martinez’s teammates gave him a chance to score one last goal before being buried. The team met at the field where they played and he scored one last goal.

People who have seen the tweet are stricken with the irony that the goal has the words “Un Gonierno para Todos.” This translates to “A Government for Everyone.” The boy’s death, to some people, proves the hollowness of the slogan.

People are comparing this young man’s death to the death of George Floyd.

While the circumstances are much different, people are angered that the young boy was killed by the police for no reason. There is no concrete explanation as to why Martinez was shot.

It has been reported that Martinez and a friend were at the convenience store buying a soda when they were shot by police. People believe that it was a case of mistaken identity turned deadly when the boys ran from police who were shooting from a squad car.

The tribute is a touching example of athletics for some.

The video is very emotional. After the goal is scored, the teammates rush the coffin and pile on top grieving for their friend’s untimely death.

Rest in peace, Martinez.

Our thoughts are with your friends and family.

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