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Messi and Ronaldo: The view from home

Argentina vs. Portugal 7 days ago

Tevez's return the talk of Argentina

Argentina Nov 14, 2014

Ten years of Lionel Messi

Barcelona Oct 15, 2014

Caravario: Messi and Martino reunite

Argentina Oct 10, 2014

Assessing the state
of two old rivals

Argentina vs. Brazil Oct 10, 2014
5 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet again

Are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo friends? The two best players in the world went head-to-head again on Tuesday when Argentina met Portugal in a friendly and, naturally, the amateur body language experts were out in force to analyse their interactions.

In that spirit, let's take a look at the couple ourselves. First, in the Old Trafford tunnel, there appeared to be genuine affection between the two. 

Once they...

5 days ago

Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina

Argentina head coach Tata Martino believes his side did not deserve to lose 1-0 to Portugal after having the majority of the game's chances.

MANCHESTER, England -- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off at Old Trafford, a friendly in which Raphael Guerreiro gave Portugal the 1-0 win over Argentina at the death. Here are three points from the match. 

1. Messi and Ronaldo draw a rare blank

They are forever together, much as it may irritate both. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, men who have taken their games to a greater height because of competition from the other, players whose trophy...

 By Tim Vickery
7 days ago

Argentina vs. Portugal caps lively week for South American teams

Both Argentina and Croatia head coaches found positives with their side's efforts, after Tata Martino's men won 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

There is no doubt about it: The most eye-catching match involving a South American national team on Tuesday is Argentina vs. Portugal, a gift for the headline writers.

There is, of course, the meeting of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo -- but there is so much more. The match takes place at Manchester United's Old Trafford, which means a much-hyped return for Cristiano Ronaldo to the ground where he first became a global superstar, and where, some believe, he will one day return.

- How Argentina...

7 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo -- the view from Argentina and Portugal

ESPN FC's Santiago Solari believes the only friendly will be between Argentina and Portugal but not Ronaldo and Messi.

When Argentina and Portugal meet in Manchester on Tuesday, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in the colours of their national teams for just the second time.

Ahead of the Old Trafford friendly, Nicolas Baier and Andy Brassell discussed the "view from home" of Messi and Ronaldo.

How are Messi and Ronaldo viewed in their home countries by fans of the national teams?

Nicolas Baier: Messi is regarded as the best player in the world and the biggest star of the team. In time,...

Nov 14, 2014

Carlos Tevez to Argentina -- The return everyone is talking about

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Gab Marcotti agree that Carlos Tevez's integration into the Argentina squad was the main headline in their game against Croatia.

And then one day Carlos Tévez reappeared. After years of clamoring and a controversial exile associated with internal team politics, the current Juventus striker has recovered his Albiceleste uniform.

Late in the second half of the friendly against Croatia's B team, the "Apache" came on for Sergio Aguero and played well in the center of the attack, like a beast in the penalty box. And he didn't waste any time dropping back to show the foolish onlookers that he also knows how to be a playmaker.


 By Michael Cox
Nov 13, 2014

Lionel Messi showing some promising signs in a new Argentina role

Both Argentina and Croatia head coaches found positives with their side's efforts, after Tata Martino's men won 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Whenever the subject of the greatest player in the history of football is debated, the 47th minute of this year's World Cup final might figure highly in the argument. It was that minute when Lionel Messi dragged a left-footed shot wide of the far post, his best opportunity to win a tense, tight final, and put himself alongside Pele and Diego Maradona as World Cup winners.

Messi can, of course, still be considered the all-time greatest without a World Cup to his name, especially because in the modern...