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Lionel Messi feeling mental, physical strain of years at top - Gerardo Martino

The ESPN FC panel discuss why Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as some of his fellow countrymen after Angel Di Maria took home Argentina's Olimpia de Plata trophy.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has suggested that Lionel Messi is currently dealing with the mental and physical results of having been the focal point in so many games over the last decade for club and country.

Messi, 27, has already played over 500 senior club and international matches since making his Barcelona debut in October 2004 -- winning every trophy available with the Camp Nou club, and playing in three World Cups with Argentina.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner was troubled by persistent...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Angel Di Maria voted Argentina Player of the Year ahead of Lionel Messi

The ESPN FC panel discuss why Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as some of his fellow countrymen after Angel Di Maria took home Argentina's Olimpia de Plata trophy.

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has beaten off competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to win Argentina's foreign-based Player of the Year.

Di Maria, 26, was part of the Argentina squad that reached the World Cup final in the summer, while he played a key role in helping former club Real Madrid finally claim La Decima -- their 10th European Cup -- last season.

The Albiceleste international, who also picked up Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup winners' medals with Madrid...

By ESPN Staff
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Di Maria beats Messi for top Argentine award

The ESPN FC panel discuss why Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as some of his fellow countrymen after Angel Di Maria took home Argentina's Olimpia de Plata trophy.

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Argentinian footballer Franco Nieto dies after being hit by brick

Franco Antonio Nieto, a player in Argentina's third-tier Aimogasta League in La Rioja province, died on Wednesday due to complications after being hit by a brick four days earlier during post-match fan violence.

Nieto's death brings the toll to 15 this year in football-related deaths in Argentina. The non-profit group Salvemos al Football (Let's Save Football) made the announcement on Thursday.

Nieto's club, Tiro Federal, were 3-1 up against Chacarita with 15 minutes left to play on Saturday when...

 By Chris Wright

Ex-Newcastle flop dresses up as 'fake' Caniggia for charity match

Former Newcastle United flop Daniel Cordone caused a bit of a scandal in Brazil at the weekend when he played in a veterans game and impersonated ex-Argentina star Claudio Caniggia.

After being advertised as taking part before the game, Caniggia himself wasn't able to play in Sunday's charity tie between Argentina and Brazil, with Cordone stepping in as a body (and hair) double.

According to reports, the big screens at the Arena das Dunas in Fortaleza displayed graphics before the game that showed...