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Lionel Messi signs Argentina shirt for pitch invader vs. United States

Lionel Messi acknowledges a fan who bowed down to worship him.

United States defenders found it hard to get anywhere close to Lionel Messi during the 90 minutes of Tuesday's Copa America Centenario semifinal, with the Argentina captain scoring one and making two goals to guide his side easily through to Sunday's final against either Chile or Colombia with a 4-0 win.

Messi's most difficult moment actually came before the second half kicked off, when a pitch invader approached him on the pitch and asked the superstar to sign his Argentina shirt.

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Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar gets tricky in the casino

When he's not busy mesmerising stadiums full of football fans around the world with his deft skills and dazzling footwork, Neymar can often be found firmly entrenched at a poker table somewhere.

Indeed, even when he's down on the casino floor the Brazilian star can usually find time to bust out a few tricks to pass the time -- as his recent appearance at the World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas duly proves.

Pedro return to Barcelona would not make sense

The ESPN FC crew react to Diego Maradona's comments that Lionel Messi doesn't have the personality to be a leader.

It's less than one year since Pedro Rodriguez said goodbye to Barcelona, the club he had joined as a 17-year-old in 2004. Lionel Messi, wearing a floral shirt with the top buttons undone and the sleeves rolled up, sat next to Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the front row of the press room at the club's Ciutat Esportiva training ground, watching on as Pedro explained his decision to move to Chelsea. Gerard Pique, Neymar and the rest of Barca's first team were also present.

There were no tears,...

Lionel Messi's understated demeanor belies the football giant within

ESPN's Chris Connelly assesses the impact of football star Lionel Messi's coming to America.

SEATTLE - They began chanting his name long before kickoff here on Tuesday evening. Lionel Messi was nowhere in sight, as Argentina's reserves didn't warm up on the pitch ahead of Tuesday's 3-0 win over Bolivia at CenturyLink Field. But there was a palpable buzz in the air among the fans in the stadium. Messi's presence could be felt before he could be seen. He has played in Seattle before, of course, when the Sounders met his Barcelona in 2009. But that, like the rest of his many previous appearances...

Neymar should heed latest lessons of Brazilian backlash to his lifestyle

Spanish prosecutors have requested that Neymar is tried for fraud in relation to his big-money move to Barcelona.

Few times in his punditry career has Roberto Rivelino looked so angry. Speaking on the TV show he co-anchors with fellow Selecao legend Zico on Brazil's Esporte Interativo, the 1970 World Cup winner gave the impression that he was going to use that fabled left foot to boot the studio table to the sky while discussing the fallout from Brazil's Copa America exit.

The now infamous Instagram post by absent captain Neymar right after the final whistle in Peru's 1-0 defeat of Brazil was the subject of...

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Neymar wins seat at World Series of Poker in two-table satellite

Neymar won a poker event in Las Vegas last weekend.

Brazil might have crashed out of the Copa America early, but at least Neymar went home a winner this weekend.

The Barcelona star, who is sitting out the Copa in favour of the Olympics later this summer, earned himself a seat at the World Series of Poker after winning a PokerStars event in Las Vegas.

While his Brazil teammates were preparing for Sunday's game against Peru in Massachusetts -- a game which they shockingly lost 1-0 -- Neymar was the last man standing in a two-table satellite event.

The...