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For Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

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 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Lionel Messi goes platinum blond for new season

With a new season set to begin imminently, Lionel Messi has adopted a fresh new look to go with it.

Indeed, as debuted on Instagram by his longtime partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, Messi has taken the plunge and opted to join the growing legion of footballers who are favouring a return to the metallic peroxide look.

cambio d look�� #blondeboy

A photo posted by AntoRoccuzzo88 (@antoroccuzzo88) on

Like a bearded Annie Lennox. Nice.

Editor of Who Ate All The Pies (@waatpies), Chris has worked for Shortlist, Metro and a smattering of other football blogs.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi show national pride amid differing fortunes

The ESPN FC panel dives into the ever-raging debate about Ronaldo vs. Messi, and if this Euro 2016 win gives Ronaldo the edge.

Both their summers ended in tears. Lionel Messi, devastated after losing to Chile in the Copa America Centenario, his third straight loss in an international final; Cristiano Ronaldo, stretchered off the field in the 25th minute of the Euro 2016 final, only to see his agony turn to tears of joy as Portugal defeated France to lift the trophy.

Portugal's success and Argentina's defeat means that Ronaldo now looks likely to take back that Ballon D'Or from Messi. He has achieved the one thing that...

 By Chris Wright

Lionel Messi's wayward penalty could pocket one fan thousands of pounds

While it brought Lionel Messi nothing but misery, the final ball the Argentinian star kicked in a competitive international match is reportedly set to make one particular football fan an awful lot of money.

An emotional Messi announced his retirement from the national team in the aftermath of Argentina's recent shootout defeat against Chile in the Copa America final, in which he blazed his penalty over the bar.

That wayward ball was smuggled out of the stadium by Chilean supporter Pedro Vasquez,...

 By Tim Vickery

Gerardo Martino's resignation is the latest setback for Argentina FA

The ESPN FC panel breakdown Gerardo Martino's resignation from the Argentina national team and where the blame truly lies.

Four men out. Two South American coaches lost their jobs during the Copa America Centenario: Brazil sacked Dunga, and Paraguay's Ramon Diaz resigned. On Monday, Bolivia decided to part company with Julio Cesar Baldivieso, and in Tuesday's bombshell, Argentina's Gerardo Martino decided he could take no more.

The background to his resignation is the chaos in which the Argentine Football Association is wading. The institution has been caught off guard by the FIFA scandals, which have poured more...

 By Sam Kelly

Lionel Messi's apparent retirement caused by Argentina FA in chaos

At around midday on Monday, the offices of the Asociacion de Futbol Argentino (AFA) received an anonymous phone call to inform them that there was a bomb in the building. The identity of the caller is still as yet unknown but such a chaotic scene was entirely in keeping with the situation within the institution over the past few weeks and months, a situation that, until the bomb threat, seemed to reach its most dramatic head with the apparent international resignation of Lionel Messi after Sunday...

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...