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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi says he'll play for Argentina, despite criticism

Lionel Messi collects the UEFA Best Player in Europe award as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is forced to look on.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on Lionel Messi winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe award over Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi said he has no plans to let harsh media criticism from back home in Argentina affect him and that he will continue to represent the Albiceleste as long as coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino needs his services.

"I never said that I wasn't going to play any longer with the national team. More than how they killed me [media], they weren't going to kill me any more," Messi told ESPN FC radio on Thursday as he received his award for UEFA Best Player in Europe. "I am used to...

Atletico Madrid clear Angel Correa for Argentina squad

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says it is a benefit that there is so much competition for starting places at the club.

Emerging Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa has been cleared by his club to join the Argentine senior squad for September friendlies.

Correa, 20, join Atletico from Argentine club San Lorenzo for an initial fee of around €6 million last summer, but then did not play any club football during the 2014-15 season after undergoing an operation on a serious heart condition.

The Rosario-born player finally made his Atletico debut in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 La Liga opening weekend victory...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Carlos Tevez defends Lionel Messi against Argentina critics

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Paul Mariner address the recent comments made by Argentina national team manager Gerardo Martino concerning Lionel Messi's potential break from the national team.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop responds to your tweets in response to his comments that Lionel Messi may not be the best ever if he does not win any silverware with Argentina.
The ESPN FC crew react to Lionel Messi's inability to win silverware with Argentina, but Steve Nicol disagrees with the entire argument with the added pressure on Messi.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets and debate whether or not Diego Maradona could have won this edition of the Copa America if he had been on the team in his prime.

Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez came out in defence of his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi in the latest chapter of that country's debate over criticism towards the Barcelona striker based upon the Albiceleste's international failures.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner was criticised last month by some in the Argentine media following his team's penalty shootout defeat to hosts Chile in this summer's Copa America final, with even former Argentina coach Diego Maradona questioning his performances.

"If...

 By Sam Kelly

Nicolas Otamendi and Manchester City underline Argentina influence in Prem

Nicolas Otamendi has increased the Argentina contingent at Manchester City after sealing his move from Valencia.

The summer transfer window in 2014 might prove a turning point in English football's relationship with Argentine players.

Argentines were no strangers to English clubs beforehand but seemed to explode in numbers around a year ago, with the likes of Willy Caballero, Angel Di Maria and Esteban Cambiasso among others moving to English clubs.

Some of those moves turned out to be more successful than others, but with Argentina having long been seen as one of the world's biggest exporters of footballing...

 By Tim Vickery

Erik Lamela faces important weeks ahead with Tottenham

Erik Lamela was seen as a special player during his days at River Plate.

Some eyebrows were raised in surprise when Erik Lamela was named in Argentina's squad to face Bolivia and Mexico early next month.

The announcement came just a few days after the attacking midfielder's relationship with fans at his English club, Tottenham, hit a new low.

Brought off the bench just over an hour into the home game against Stoke, with Tottenham leading 2-0, he made not the slightest impact as the visitors took control and hit back to equalise.

The logic of his coach Mauricio Pochettino...