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For Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

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Diego Maradona tells Argentina to 'let Lionel Messi have his holidays'

Stars have urged Lionel Messi to reconsider his retirement as a statue in the No. 10's honour was unveiled.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is urging his countrymen to leave Lionel Messi alone after Messi's decision to retire from the national team following their loss to Chile in the Copa America final.

In an interview on La Red radio, Maradona also ridiculed people who have criticized Messi for missing his shot as Chile won a penalty shootout to take the title. Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, questioned those who find fault with a football star's play "without ever having...

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...

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Lionel Messi spotted still in Albiceleste shirt, gives Argentina hope

A statue to Lionel Messi is unveiled in Buenos Aires.
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.
The FC crew answer your tweets about the Copa America, Messi and the England managerial opening.

Argentina striker Lionel Messi single-handedly sent an entire country into panic mode during the weekend when he publicly announced his decision to retire from international duty.

The Barcelona star was clearly hurting after missing the first penalty in Argentina's Copa America final shootout defeat to Chile.

As his compatriots began to realise he was serious, Messi was promptly inundated with an avalanche of attempts to persuade him to change his mind.

Indeed, the entire South American nation is...