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Samuel Umtiti has exclusive agreement with Barcelona - Lyon

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol predict the Euro 2016 quarterfinal fixtures.

France and Lyon centre-back Samuel Umtiti is not headed to Barcelona yet, although Lyon owner and chairman Jean-Michel Aulas said on Wednesday that there is an "exclusive agreement" for the player to join the Catalan club and talks are ongoing.

The Blaugrana outfit have been heavily linked with the Lyon defender, and L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that the two clubs have reached an agreement to close the transfer as early as Thursday evening. 

The France international's move is reportedly worth...

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi: Whose international career is better?

The Euro After Dark crew discuss whether Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are true successes without international triumphs.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: you can't have a debate about their greatness without comparing them to each other. Much like the Joker and Batman, polar opposites who are defined in each other's image, we've come to assess Messi and Ronaldo against each other, not in a vacuum but as a tandem. It's the privilege and curse that comes with being the two best players on the planet right now.

We were reminded of this dynamic at the start of Euro 2016, when Iceland defender Kari Arnason pointedly...

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Argentina 1986 team better 'because we beat Germany' - Diego Maradona

Luis Segura spoke out about Lionel Messi's announcement that he's retiring from the national team - urging the star forward to change his mind.
A statue to Lionel Messi is unveiled in Buenos Aires.
The FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi's international retirement harms his chances of being called the greatest ever.
Juan Pablo Sorin says Lionel Messi's retirement from international football is a disaster for the game.
Argentinian fans express sadness following Lionel Messi's retirement from international football.

Argentina great Diego Maradona, who earlier in the week was sympathetic about the Albiceleste Copa America final loss to Chile, on Wednesday changed tack and said that the 1986 World Cup-winning team were far superior. 

The 1986 World Cup is highly regarded as the setting where Maradona sealed his legacy as an all-time great. Many have attributed Argentina's second World Cup title single-handedly to Maradona's performance.

"For us, we become an even greater team with each second that passes...

Luis Suarez expects Lionel Messi to change mind on Argentina retirement

A statue to Lionel Messi is unveiled in Buenos Aires.

Luis Suarez is confident his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi will reconsider his early retirement from Argentina duty.

Messi, 29, unexpectedly announced that he was planning to end his international career after the Copa America Centenario defeat to Chile, which represented a third consecutive loss in three years in a major final for Argentina. 

Uruguay star Suarez, though, said he was hopeful that Messi, who had served as Argentina's captain, would reconsider.

"Knowing Leo, for sure he will...

Juventus striker Paulo Dybala rejected Barcelona this summer - Mascardi

Palermo forward Paulo Dybala says he would swim to Barcelona were the Catalan club to come in for him this summer.
Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo lauded Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi as the world's best player, following the latter's retirement from international football.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest rumours regarding Ander Herrera and Alexandre Lacazette.

Barcelona have had a bid for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala turned down, according to the man who brought him to Europe.

Gustavo Mascardi, whose agency also represents Juan Manuel Iturbe, says that the Spanish club offered twice as much for Dybala as Juventus paid Palermo for his services a year ago, but that the Argentina international has opted to remain in Turin.

"There are always lots of temptations in the transfer market, but Paulo has shown that he has clear ideas," Mascardi told La Gazzetta...