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Neymar's UCL form among the best

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Lionel Messi only undisputed starter for Argentina - Jorge Sampaoli

Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi will continue to function in different roles with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and other Barcelona stars arrive for their medicals ahead of the upcoming season.

Lionel Messi "is the only undisputed starter" as Argentina face a must-win World Cup qualifier on Aug. 31 against Uruguay, manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Tuesday.

"I have had the good fortune to arrive with the national team at the time that Messi's ban was lifted," Sampaoli said during a news conference on Tuesday. "We have the best player in the world [in Messi]. From him the team is born."

Two-time world champions Argentina are currently fifth in their qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.


Neymar's Champions League success makes him one of world's best

Steve Nicol and Stewart Robson debate whether Coutinho is the only option to replace Neymar if he leaves Barcelona.
Stewart Robson explains why he is not sold on rating Neymar among the world's best players.
ESPN's Toni Collins reports from Barcelona training as Jordi Alba is the latest to comment on the Brazilian star's future.

Neymar has proven to be one of the most reliable Champions League performers since joining Barcelona in the 2013-14 season.

The 25-year-old, who has been heavily linked to a move to PSG in recent weeks, has scored 21 goals and assisted 15 others -- numbers that situate him among the best players in the past four years.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo (55), Lionel Messi (35), Robert Lewandowski (29) and Thomas Muller (23) have scored more Champions League goals than Neymar during that span.

In terms of assists,...

Chelsea keen to sign Barcelona's Sergi Roberto - sources

Cesar Azpilicueta chats with ESPN FC's Jason Dasey about Chelsea's Asian tour, Alvaro Morata and the club's title defence.
Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson assess Chelsea's preseason and the plethora of options available to Antonio Conte.

Chelsea are interested in Barcelona's Sergi Roberto but have yet to make an offer, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.

Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his squad ahead of their Premier League title defence and Roberto, 25, is among his list of targets.

The Spain international, who can play in midfield as well as defence, has a £37.5 million buyout clause in his contract.

Conte has made a new full-back one of his top priorities as he wants to bring in competition and...

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NBA star Pau Gasol announces new contract in Pique-like fashion

Count NBA star Pau Gasol among those paying close attention to the Neymar-to-PSG-but-maybe-not saga that has unfolded over the past week.

Upon signing a new three-year, $48 million deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, the six-time All Star and two-time NBA league champ paid homage to Gerard Pique's tweet seen 'round the internet to announce his good news.

His message: "Me quedo," which translates as "I'm staying."

Hmm, where have we seen that one before?

You may be wondering how Gasol...