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Messi Exits, Argentina Wins Copa America Anyway

Team beats Colombia 1-0

(Newser) - Lionel Messi pumped his arms. The trophy bounced up and down in his grasp. Tears of frustration from an hour or so earlier had turned to laughs and hugs for the two-time Copa America champion and World Cup winner. Messi was forced to watch much of the match because of...

A Napkin That Spawned Messi's Epic Career Proves Pricey

Napkin bearing Barcelona's 2000 commitment to sign the future soccer legend sells for $965K

(Newser) - The famous napkin that linked a young Lionel Messi to Barcelona sold for $965,000 on Friday, British auction house Bonhams said, per the AP . An agreement in principle to sign the-then 13-year-old Messi was written on the napkin almost 24 years ago at a Barcelona tennis club. A more...

Messi's Coach Doesn't Expect to See That Again

Miami superstar sets MLS records with 5 assists and contributions to 6 goals

(Newser) - The New York Red Bulls held Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi to one goal on Saturday night. It was the five assists that did New York in. Miami won 6-2 on the strength of Messi's dazzling performance in support of Luis Suárez's hat trick, CNN reports. Messi'...

Angry Fans Chant 'Refund!' as Messi Sits Match Out

Tickets for the Hong Kong friendly soared to $625

(Newser) - Even Hong Kong's government weighed in Sunday when Lionel Messi remained on the bench during a pre-season friendly soccer match between his Inter Miami team and Hong Kong's team. Hong Kong Stadium's 40,000 seats sold out for the event, which ended in a win for Inter...

This Napkin May Fetch Nearly $400K at Auction

Impromptu document was the first 'contract' for 13-year-old Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Back in December 2000, Lionel Messi and his family were a little concerned that they hadn't heard anything in a while from FC Barcelona about signing the prodigy. So a lunch meeting was arranged among the player's father, Jorge; an agent; and club officials, the BBC reports. The...

Messi Auction Misses Record
Messi Auction Misses Record

Messi Auction Misses Record

Half-dozen World Cup jerseys bring $7.8M

(Newser) - Six jerseys worn by soccer superstar Lionel Messi during Argentina's winning run at last year's World Cup sold Thursday for $7.8 million, Sotheby's announced. The final price for the shirts, each worn during the first half of one of Argentina's games at the 2022 FIFA...

It Could Be the Priciest Sports Memorabilia Collection Ever Sold

Sotheby's to auction 6 shirts worn by Lionel Messi in winning World Cup run

(Newser) - Sotheby's is to auction six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's winning run at last year's soccer World Cup in Qatar and thinks they could become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at potentially more than $10 million. The auction house said Monday...

Messi Seals Winning Debut With Stunning Goal

Global star touches off Florida celebration in 94th minute

(Newser) - Some people paid hundreds and even thousands of dollars to see Lionel Messi's debut for Inter Miami—and to be able to say they were there. The team's owners committed well over $100 million to have moments like this. So far, it looks like money well spent. Messi...

Some Tickets for Messi's US Debut Have Eye-Popping Price

Soccer star's first US match is Friday

(Newser) - Soccer superstar Lionel Messi's US debut is planned for Friday, when he'll play his first match for Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer team he recently stunned the world by signing with . And to say it's a hot ticket is a bit of an understatement: A search...

Lionel Messi Stuns Soccer, Joins MLS

Argentinian star announces he'll play for Miami Inter

(Newser) - Lionel Messi has pulled off his latest stunning feat: He is headed to Major League Soccer, and joining Inter Miami. After months—years, even—of speculation, Messi finally revealed his decision to join a Miami franchise that has been led by another global soccer icon, David Beckham, since its inception...

World Cup Victory Parade Gets a Little Out of Hand

Argentine team was airlifted off bus in Buenos Aires chaos; one fan is dead, young boy in coma

(Newser) - The world is still celebrating the Argentine soccer team's World Cup win over France over the weekend, with exuberant fans scooping up Lionel Messi jerseys and celebrating on the star's Instagram page. The celebration got a little too wild in the nation's capital and elsewhere, however, leading...

A Messi Image Is Now the King of Instagram

Celebration photo has more than 62M likes

(Newser) - Lionel Messi vanquished France , and now he has vanquished the famous egg of Instagram. An image of Messi celebrating Argentina's dramatic World Cup victory had racked up more than 62 million likes as of Tuesday morning on on the soccer star's Instagram page , making it the most-liked image...

Some People Were a Bisht Upset by Messi's Garb at Trophy Ceremony

Others say the gifted garment is sign of deep respect

(Newser) - For football and soccer fans alike, it was an exciting World Cup, right down to the shootout in a wild final between France and Argentina, who took the trophy for the first time since 1986. They probably couldn’t have done it without the great Lionel Messi, who was in...

Messi, Argentina Top France in World Cup Final for the Ages

Penalty kicks decide champion after Mbappe scores hat trick in losing cause

(Newser) - In what analysts are calling one of the most exciting finals in World Cup history, highlighted by exceptional performances by the teams' biggest stars, Argentina defeated France on Sunday on penalty kicks to take soccer's championship for the third time. The shootout won 4-2 by Argentina took place after...

Argentina, France Are Counting On These Players

Teams have potential heroes beyond Messi and Mbappé

(Newser) - Lionel Messi will line up for Argentina and Kylian Mbappé will be on the opposite side for France on Sunday in the World Cup final in Qatar. Messi has been there before but lost in the 2014 final to Germany. Mbappé won the 2018 title after scoring a goal against...

Messi Leads Argentina to World Cup Final

Superstar scored 1 goal, set up 2 others in win over Croatia

(Newser) - Lionel Messi is back in the World Cup final with Argentina on his mission to win soccer’s biggest prize for the first time. And, at 35, he could hardly be playing any better. Messi converted a penalty and had a hand in the other two goals by Julián...

Messi, Argentina Celebrate
Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Shootout victory sets up match Tuesday against Croatia

(Newser) - Lionel Messi and his teammates hung around on the field for 20 minutes, taking turns dancing and jumping up and down in front of their celebrating, scarf-waving fans. Argentina was going to savor reaching the World Cup semifinals. Messi's quest to win soccer's ultimate prize is still alive....

It May Be the Biggest Upset in World Cup History

Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Sportswriters are running out of superlatives to describe Saudi Arabia's upset victory over powerhouse Argentina in the World Cup on Tuesday. CNBC calls the 2-1 win by the Saudis "one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history." The New York Times sees the loss for Argentina'...

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star

Paris Fans
Cheer Their
New Star

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star

Soccer great Lionel Messi is introduced but doesn't play yet for his new team

(Newser) - Lionel Messi wasn't in the lineup Saturday in Paris, but he was made to feel at home by fans. The newly acquired soccer great was introduced before Paris Saint-Germain's 4-2 victory over Strasbourg, the Sporting News reports. After receiving a standing ovation from the 49,000 fans at...

She's the Most Admired Woman in the World
10 Most Admired
Men, Women in World

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,...

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