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KUALA LUMPUR - Lionel Messi siap-sedia untuk bersara daripada bola sepak antarabanga berikutan kekalahan Argentina kepada Chile dalam final Copa America 2016.

Buat tahun ketiga berturut-turut, Argentina terkandas dalam final sebuah kejohanan utama berikutan kekalahan dalam Piala Dunia 2014 dan Copa America 2015.

Bagi Messi, ia adalah kekalahan keempatnya dalam final sesebuah kejohanan – sesudah beraksi dalam kekalahan Copa America 2007 kepada Brazil – dengan Argentina masih kemarau trofi utama selama 23 tahun.

Bintang Barcelona itu mengakui final di Stadium MetLife itu hampir pasti adalah yang terakhir buatnya ketika menyarung jersi Argentina.

"Keputusan itu sudah pun dibuat. Setakat itulah," kata Messi.

"Saya sudah banyak mencuba. Ini adalah apa yang saya rasakan sekarang. Saya sangat sedih ini berlaku lagi.

"Saya terlepas sepakan penalti saya. Ia sangat penting. Cukuplah," katanya sebaik sahaja tamat perlawanan yang menyaksikan Argentina kale kepada Chile dengan penentuan sepakan penalti.

Messi, 29, yang baru-baru ini memecahkan rekod jaringan terbanyak pasukan kebangsaannya dengan gol antarabangsanya yang ke-55, menambah: “Saya memikirkannya dalam bilik persalinan. Bahawa ini adalah

CORDOBA - Lionel Messi scored his 50th international goal to help Argentina beat Bolivia 2-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The win put Argentina third in the South American group with 11 points from six matches, two points behind joint leaders Ecuador and Uruguay.

Ecuador suffered their first loss in the group, going down 3-1 in Colombia, while Uruguay scored a 1-0 home win over Peru.

Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado, who scored the winner in Thursday’s 2-1 away victory over

RIO Ferdinand has said comments from Cristiano Ronaldo that the Portuguese forward did not speak to him during Manchester United's Champions League-winning season were "unbelievable".

Both Ronaldo and the now-retired Ferdinand were key players for United when the Old Trafford club completed a Premier League and Champions League double in the 2007/08 season.

Ronaldo is now at Real Madrid and it was suggested to him during a press conference ahead of a last-16 Champions League tie against Roma

FRANCE : Manchester City left back Gael Clichy says his team can beat anyone in the world if they maintain their focus.

Manuel Pellegrini's men were undefeated in January apart from a League Cup semifinal first leg defeat that they managed to overturn.

But they had to come back from behind twice to salvage a draw at West Ham in the Premier League a week ago, and have already lost five league matches this season, including a defeat at mid-table Stoke City and a 4-1 home thumping by

FIFA presidential favourites Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Gianni Infantino look set for a tense battle at the polls following a final day of campaigning before Friday's election.

The UEFA general secretary and chief of the Asian Football Confederation remain the leading contenders to succeed former president Sepp Blatter at the Extraordinary Congress in Zurich, ahead of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale. 

Delegates arrived in Switzerland for the

LIVERPOOL could suffer the embarrassment of a mass exodus on Saturday with supporters' groups calling on fans to leave their seats during the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield to protest a rise in ticket prices.

Two prominent groups have urged spectators to walk out in the 77th minute to express discontent at the club's decision to charge 77 pounds for the most expensive ticket in Anfield's redeveloped main stand next season, up from 59 pounds.

Liverpool also announced this

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian players' challenge in the Cleveland Classic Squash Championship came to an end after two players lost in the opening encounter of the tournament held at Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio, United States on Saturday (Sunday Malaysian time)

The country's second player, Low Wee Wern who is seeded seventh, suffered a major upset after she were beatan by India's unheralded player, Dipika Pallikal; losing 2-11, 9-11, 11-9 and 9-11.

The national champion, Delia Arnold is also

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