Latest Lionel Messi News

CONCACAF to investigate after Canada's Bombito was targeted on social media with racist messages

Jun. 21, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — CONCACAF says it will investigate racist messages directed at Canadian soccer player Moïse Bombito on social media after he made a tackle on Lionel Messi during a 2-0 Copa America loss to Argentina on Thursday. The Canadian Soccer Association issued a statement on...

Messi and Argentina overcome Canada and poor surface, start Copa America title defense with 2-0 win

Jun. 21, 2024 01:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lionel Messi's passing brilliance got Argentina off to a winning start in the defense of its Copa America title, overcoming Canada and a poor playing surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Messi's through ball led to Julián Álvarez’s 49th-minute goal and the...

The 'Mes-si!' chants started more than an hour before Copa America opener, and he sets up both goals

Jun. 21, 2024 01:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The chants of “Mes-si! Mes-si! Mes-si!" started more than an hour before kickoff and kept up throughout Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Canada on Thursday night in the Copa America opener. Lionel Messi set up both goals on a night he played in his record 35th Copa...

Inter Miami beats the Columbus Crew 2-1 without Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez

Jun. 19, 2024 22:07 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ian Fray and Leo Campana each scored in the opening 22 minutes, and short-handed Inter Miami beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Wednesday night without Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez. Miami (12-3-5) played without Messi, Suárez and midfielder Matías Rojas...

Lionel Messi could be playing in his final tournament with Argentina at Copa America

Jun. 19, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — It's sad but true, Copa America could mark Lionel Messi's final chapter with Argentina's national soccer team. The World Cup winner will turn 37 during the tournament in the United States, which kicks off Thursday. He's clearly past his peak at Inter...

Kylian Mbappé's nose injury places doubt on his continued involvement in Euro 2024

Jun. 17, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Kylian Mbappé’s facial injury in France’s 1-0 win against Austria on Monday has put in doubt whether he will continue at the European Championship. An aerial head-on-shoulder collision with Austria’s Kevin Danso left Mbappé curled on the field...

Lionel Messi and Argentina will try for a 3rd straight major title in Copa America

Jun. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina will try to match Spain’s feat of three consecutive major titles when the Copa America kicks off Thursday night. Coming off championships in the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup, Messi will be four days shy of his 37th birthday...

MLS teams adjust to a summer of soccer without some of the league's biggest names

Jun. 16, 2024 14:57 PM EDT

Lionel Messi could miss as many as six games with Inter Miami if Argentina wins its way to the Copa America final. With 12 goals and a league-leading 13 assists, Messi has helped push Miami to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. Questions loom about whether Miami can...

Weghorst returns from World Cup clash with Messi and lifts Netherlands to beat Poland at Euro 2024

Jun. 16, 2024 12:55 PM EDT

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Being barked at by Lionel Messi in a testy post-game exchange that became a viral meme was a strange way for Wout Weghorst to leave the 2022 World Cup after his goals had set up an epic quarterfinal drama. The Netherlands forward's return to major tournament...

Yuya Kubo scores 3 times from 78th minute on to rally Cincinnati to 4-2 victory over Earthquakes

Jun. 16, 2024 01:00 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Yuya Kubo came off the bench and scored the final three goals of the match — all coming from the 78th minute on and all with assists from Luciano Acosta — to rally FC Cincinnati to a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Kubo, who...