2018 Season

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2nd in FIFA World Cup
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3dAdriana Garcia

Guatemala FA: Messi Argentina hiatus a shame

Argentina travel to the United States to take on Guatemala in Los Angeles on Sept. 7 without the Barcelona striker, who is taking a break.

Tevez: Messi must do what's best for him (0:45)
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4dAdriana Garcia

Messi exit 'would be understandable' - Tevez

Former Argentina international Carlos Tevez would not be surprised if Lionel Messi decides to permanently retire from the national team.

Tevez excited to face Messi in Joan Gamper Trophy (0:33)
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9dJonathan Smith

Guardiola annoyed by links to Argentina job

Pep Guardiola has rejected stories linking him to the vacant job as Argentina coach following the country's disappointing showing at the World Cup.

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10dAssociated Press

Maradona free to pursue fraud case vs. ex-wife

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona can pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. against his ex-wife claiming she misappropriated millions of dollars.

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13dTim Vickery, South America correspondent

Are Argentina's teams at a disadvantage?

The Copa Libertadores resumes this week with the last-16, but Argentina's clubs face being left behind given the switch to a calendar-year schedule.

Veron: Argentina need to stop relying on Messi (2:11)
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17dAdriana Garcia, ESPN.com writer

Messi dependence hurting Argentina - Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron believes Argentina must stop relying heavily upon Lionel Messi and has backed Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino to be the coach.

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20dAdriana Garcia, Spain correspondent

Messi, Ronaldo comments clarified by Simeone

Simeone admitted it was his remarks that emerged last month, analysing Argentina's downfall and Messi's contribution at the World Cup.

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25dAdriana Garcia, ESPN.com writer

AFA need Messi for financial reasons - Tebas

AFA president Claudio Tapia said Lionel Messi must continue to play for Argentina because the association benefits financially from his appearances.

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31dAdriana Garcia, Spain correspondent

No talks over new Argentina coach - AFA

Sampaoli, who took over last summer, left his job two weeks after the World Cup round-of-16 defeat to France.

Tevez: Messi is the soul of Argentina (0:54)
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32dESPN

Messi should not quit Argentina - Tevez

Messi appeared to struggle under the pressure of a disastrous World Cup campaign which saw Jorge Sampaoli sacked as Albiceleste manager.

RankingsFIFA World Cup

Goal Difference-3Tied-23rd
Goals Scored6Tied-9th
Assists6Tied-4th
Goals Conceded9Tied-30th