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

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

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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.

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*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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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 .

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

Vamos Argentina !!!!

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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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READ: Watch Lionel Messi Score An ‘Impossible’ Goal During Training

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Becky G Turns the Party in “Rotate” with Burna Boy

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Becky G Turns the Party in “Rotate” with Burna Boy

Becky G is coming through with the best bangers of the year so far. On Feb. 25, she collaborated with Nigerian artist Burna Boy for the commanding “Rotate.”

Today’s top soccer stars appear in a Pepsi commercial with “Rotate.”

Becky G and Burna Boy first premiered “Rotate” in a Pepsi Max commercial filled with soccer stars. In the “Fizz to Life” clip, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba jump out of their photos on the walls. Shanice van de Sanden and Jadon Sancho also appear in the visual.

“‘Rotate’ to me is a celebration,” Becky G said in a statement. “I think it’s evident that fútbol holds a special place in my heart and having Burna Boy join me on this made sense because ultimately I wanted to embody the perfect pre-game song that gets the blood flowing, makes you want to dance and enjoy the sport.”

Becky G really said, “Figure 8!”

Not only is “Rotate” a nice jingle, but the whole song was released this week, and it’s so much bigger than its Pepsi placement. The reggaeton music that Becky G has immersed herself in meets the Afro-beats courtesy of Jamaican hitmaker Di Genius. The Mexican-American pop star takes over the dance floor in Spanish and English. Burna Boy scores a goal with his triumphant verse that elevates this global anthem. Becky G is ready to turn the party with Burna Boy.

“Rotate” is Becky G’s first taste of new music in 2021. Her last album, Mala Santa, was released in 2019 and it featured the hits like “Sin Pijama” with Natti Natasha and “Mayores” with Bad Bunny.

Read: Chiquis And Becky G Release Video For Spanish-Language Version Of Dolly Parton’s Hit Song ‘Jolene’

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most iconic shows in the Spanish-language world. The tv show spawned some of the most beloved characters, including the namesake of the show. FIFA21 is getting in on the fun of highlighting the character to honor its 50 years of touching lives.

You can wear a special Chavo del Ocho uniform in FIFA21.

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most culturally important shows in the Spanish-speaking world. The Mexican sitcom gifted us Chavo del 8 and Chilindrina and we are all better for knowing those characters. The show, which ran for almost nine years, is still celebrated and loved today.

The uniforms are available for only a very short time.

FIFA 21 players can access the uniform between Dec. 10 to 13. The outfit isn’t outright free. Players have to accomplish three challenges and will then be granted access to the Chavo del Ocho kit. Who wouldn’t want a chance to play in the Chavo del Ocho kit?

Soccer players who wear the kit in the game are excited to be part of the celebration.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to be part of video game history. It isn’t every day that a video game version of yourself gets to wear an outfit that gives praise to one of the greats. If there was ever a highlight in life, this would definitely be one of them.

Some are thinking of it as a sweet homage to Chespirito.

Roberto Mario “Chespirito” Gómez y Bolaños is responsible for some of Mexico’s most important characters. The actor brought several characters to life on the television but none more iconic than Chavo del Ocho. If it were not for Chespirito, we would have never got to see Chapulin Colorado fight off the bad men or Chavo del Ocho interactions with La Chilindrina.

Who else is getting excited about the debut of these kits?

READ: Snapchat Added A ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Filter And People Across The Internet Are Happy AF

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