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Lionel Messi is One of the reasons why Argentina can still win the World Cup despite a Draw against Iceland

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The start of the world cup campaign for Argentina was not that good as they drew against the 6th seeded team, Iceland on Sunday. Iceland put up a great show in their defence and blocked the South American giants to clinch the game away from them. However, Argentina was offered few opportunities which could have converted and eventually they could have won the game quite comfortably.

The most talking point of this match was the missed penalty from the greatest of all time, Andres Lionel Messi. After Iceland equalized the goal of Aguero, Argentina was given a penalty, but was not converted as the Iceland Goalkeeper saved the shot off Messi. Though the team has now got only 1 point in the group table, here are the reasons why Argentina can still make it to the finals and win the world cup 2018.

1. Great Attacking Squad

There is no doubt about the fact that Argentina has one of the most powerful attacking squads in this tournament. With Lionel Messi leading from the front alongside with Dyabla and Aguero, the forward looks quite promising when compared to other teams. Moreover, Angel Di Maria will also be playing a role in the forward with his bag full of experiences. Thus, if Argentina can clear their group stages, there are some real chances that Argentina might lift the cup this year.

2. Impact of Lionel Messi

Be it his Club team Barcelona or his National team Argentina, Messi is one of those players who always leave an impact in the game as long as they are on the pitch. Thus, Messi along with their side, Argentina will have a great confidence boost as they face their opponents in the tournament. Moreover, with Lio’s current form, there are no doubts that this Argentinean team have the capability to win this world cup. The reason the same is, it is only Lionel Messi who took the teams this far, as they could have eliminated from the world cup qualifiers held earlier this year. It was Messi’s hat-trick which helped to swipe away Ecuador and qualify for the main tournament. Thus, presence of Lionel Messi will have a great impact in the squad and with the help of which Argentina can be the champions this year.

3. Points table

Argentina is playing in Group D, which is in fact not at all an easy group as it looks currently. With Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria, Lionel Messi’s team have to face some real challenges to qualify for the 2nd round of the tournament. With 3 points, Croatia is leading the group, followed by Argentina and Iceland with 1 point each. Nigeria is placed last in the group with 0 points. Thus, according to the statistics, if Argentina can win both of their remaining games then they will finish the group with 7 points. Croatia is playing really well and they might claim a win against Iceland. Thus, if Argentina focused on the pitch and claim 2 wins, Croatia and Argentina are the one who will be going for the next round from this group.

Argentina is now focussing on clearing the group stage as they faced a draw against Iceland, which could end their campaign. Thus, if they can qualify for the next round, Argentina has real potential to win this year’s world cup with ease.

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Football News: Lionel Messi banned for three months from International Football; Let’s Know Why?

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Ace Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has been handed over a ban of three months by the chiefs of the South American Soccer Organisation CONMEBOL during the ongoing Copa America League. Apart from the ban, Messi has also been penalized for a fine $50,000.

This ban is imposed on him because he is accused of corruption charges during the Copa America 2019 only. This came after his comments post the match against Chile in which Argentina emerged as the winners by 2-1 in the month of July during the third place match of the League.

Till now, no official statement or any sort of comments have come up neither from the Argentina Football Team nor Messi himself. But both the parties still have a chance of raising their voices against this decision as a window is still open for this.

This ban will stop the striker from playing four friendlies in the upcoming time which include two encounters in September and the other two in October. Argentina is lined up to play against Chile and Mexico which will be followed by Germany and one another clash in the following month.

If the ban does not get lifted, it will be a huge loss for Argentina as Messi is not only just their captain but also one of their best players as well and his presence in the side play a very crucial role.

All this got started after Messi spoke against the officials and went a step further to say that the officials are biased towards Brasil. He got booked for this statement and it would be interesting to see how this matter is further taken by him and his national team.

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La Liga History: Top 5 Greatest Players

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La Liga History: Top 5 Greatest Players

The La Liga is definitely one of the best football leagues all around the world at the moment where the quality of the game that is being offered is absolutely phenomenal. Over the years as well, this league has been able to produce some great performances from both players as well as teams.

This league has witnessed some of the all-time great players participating in it. This thing is still carried by players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo taking part with their respective clubs which makes it one of the most watched sporting leagues all over the world.

Here are five possible greatest players to play in this league who are selected on the basis of their La Liga numbers only and the kind of impact that they had on their clubs while playing.

La Liga Top 5 Greatest Players

#5 Andres Iniesta

One of the smartest footballers in the history of the game is Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta and features in this list at number five. Iniesta has so far won eight La Liga titles and 29 overall trophies.

He is one of the best Spanish players as well as he creates a great contact with his teammates while on the field which plays a crucial role in setting up the stage for the striker to score the goal.

#4 Xavi Hernandez

Another player from Barcelona features in this list and it’s their another all-time great midfielder Xavi Hernandez. He is also one of the greatest midfielders in the history of La Liga and hence, appears in this list at four.

So far, Xavi has won eight La Liga titles and besides that, he has almost all possible club titles to his name that a football team can achieve. Also, it’s quite astonishing to believe that Xavi made around 180 successful assistances with Barcelona FC.

#3 Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s quite hard to believe that Ronaldo won just a single La Liga title in his entire career so far. This doesn’t do justice at all to the second highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga.

The Portuguese star made 252 appearances for La Liga in which he managed to net the ball for 274 times which makes him the only player to have a goal scoring ratio of more than 1 amongst the players with a minimum of 100 goals.

#2 Lionel Messi

The Barcelona players continue to rule this list as this time it’s one of the greatest players football has ever produced, Lionel Messi. With already 28 trophies in his cabinet, Messi is undoubtedly one of the best players of this generation.

The Argentinian is also the highest goal scorers of La Liga and has also won the award for Best Player for a staggering six times. He also has eight La Liga titles alongside Iniesta and Xavi.

#1 Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento is one of the fastest players in the history of football and it was almost a treat to watch him play on the field with the ball. He kept everyone awestruck on the field and is truly a legend of the game.

Gento has a staggering 12 titles to his name and not just that, he also captained Real Madrid to nine La Liga titles which definitely makes him the greatest La Liga players of all-time.

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La Liga 2019/20: Top 3 Golden Boot probables

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Every edition of La Liga is full of excitement, thrill and some great display of skills by the players involved in it. There are speculations made even before the start of the tournament regarding the teams and players who can do well and those who can’t do well. The three big names names that are always there on everyone’s positive list are Barcelona FC, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

These three teams went a step ahead in strengthening their attack as they added a few more powerpack players u their respective lineups. The likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo Goes, Joao Felix, and Antoine Griezmann have joined these teams respectively for this season of La Liga which will these sides to increase their supremacy.

The ‘Golden Boot’ award is given to the player that has the most number of goals at the end of a particular and this was given to Barcelona’s ace player Lionel Messi (34 goals) in the previous season for netting the ball 15 times more than the player succeeding him. Here are the three possible contenders that can win this award at the end of the Spanish championship.

Top 3 Golden Boot probables

#3 Luis Suarez (Barcelona FC)

Luis Suarez (Image Courtesy: Barcelona FC Website)

The first player to appear in the forward from Barcelona, Luis Suarez who has been in red-hot form since his transfer to this team. He has scored 31 goals in this edition of La Liga so far and that too after missing out from playing the matches during the first six weeks.

Suarez moved to Barcelona in 2014 after his wonderful display of skills at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The club already had Messi as one of their forward players and there were chances of him being overlooked but that was never the case as the Uruguayan continued to impress all throughout his journey so far.

#2 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

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It’s quite surprising to see the name of Karim Benzema in this list as this player was overshadowed when Cristiano Ronaldo was a part of Real Madrid a few time back. After Ronaldo got shifted to Juventus and Madrid’s another important striker Gareth Bale struggling with injuries, Benzema shone at the very right moment.

Benzema was brilliant last year as well where he was at the second spot in the list of most goals scored by a player, just behind Lionel Messi. This year he has great chance of bettering that record and finishing at the pole position.

#1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona FC)

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The number one position in this list has to definitely go to Lionel Messi who topped this list last year as well and it’s not surprising to see him here. Since Messi’s debut, no other player has been able to score more goals and assists than the Argentinian which makes him arguably one of the best players of all time.

Messi staggered 36 goals in the last season which was 15 more than the second placed Benzema who is his biggest competitor in this edition as well. There is no doubt in saying that Messi has the maximum number of chances in topping the list this year as well.

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Top 10 Football Stadiums

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Top 10 Football Stadiums

Football matches never fail to pull spectators as there are always some star attraction involved to it and the kind of fan following attached to this sport is quite massive. It is undoubted to say that football is definitely one of the most followed sports all around the world with its viewership breaking all kinds of records every year.

Watching a football match or any other sporting event live in the stadium is a different ball game altogether which cannot be achieved by watching it on TV sets. Here we will talk about the 10 best football stadiums where the experience of watching a game is better than watching it at any other stadium.

#10 First National Bank Stadium: Johannesburg, South Africa

Opened in 1989, First National Bank Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Africa and has also hosted the final match of 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Host Teams- Kaizer Chiefs, South African National Football Team

Inaugural: 1989

Capacity: 94,736

#9 Estadio Azteca: Mexico City

This is one of the largest stadiums in the world and is famous for hosting the FIFA World Cup finals in the years 1970 and 1986. Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal also came at this ground only.

Host Teams- Club America FC, Mexican National Football Team

Inaugural- 1966

Capacity- 105,064

#8 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza: Milan, Italy

This stadium is also known as the San Siro and is famous for hosting notable fixtures like 1965 and 1970 European Cup finals and 2002 Champions League final.

Host Teams- AC Milan, Internazionale

Inaugural- 1926

Capacity- 80,018

#7 Signal Iduna Park: Dortmund, Germany

Home to Borussia Dortmund, Signal Iduna Park is quite a massive stadium and was also to host the matches during the group stage of 1974 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup matches.

Host Teams- Borussia Dortmund

Inaugural- 1974

Capacity- 80,645

#6 Allianz Arena: Munich

This is one of the most beautiful stadiums all over the world but the capacity is a bit less as compared to a lot of other stadiums. This ground hosted the final match of 2012 Champions League.

Host Teams- Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich

Inaugural- 2005

Capacity- 71,437

#5 The Maracana: Rio de Janeiro

This stadium hosted one of the most classical matches ever played in the history of football that was played between Brazil and Uruguay during 1950 FIFA World Cup and a record attendance of 1,99,854 was present at the stadium at that time.

Host Teams Brazilian National Football Team

Inaugural- 1950

Capacity- 78,838

#4 Old Trafford: Manchester, England

This iconic stadium is also popularly known as ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ which is a home ground to The Red Devils and is located in the heart of Manchester City.

Host Teams- Manchester United

Inaugural- 1910

Capacity- 75,631

#3 Santiago Bernabeu: Madrid

It is home to one of the most successful clubs of Europe, Real Madrid which has some great players Ferenc Puskas, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo. This also hosted massive games like 1957, 1969 and 1980 European Cup finals, 2010 Champions League final and 1982 World Cup final.

Host Teams- Real Madrid, Spanish National Football Team

Inaugural- 1947

Capacity- 85,454

#2 Camp Nou: Barcelona, Spain

Camp Nou is definitely one of the most iconic stadiums in the history of football and there is a long, detailed history attached to it. This stadium also hosted the 1989 European Cup final and 1999 Champions League final.

Host Teams- FC Barcelona

Inaugural- 1957

Capacity- 98,757

#1 Wembley Stadium: London

The number one stadium to appear in this list is the Wembley Stadium in London which is without any doubt deserves to be at this spot. This iconic stadium is also popular for hosting the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals and 2012 Olympic football final.

Host Teams- England National Football Team

Inaugural- 2007

Capacity- 90,000

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Football History: Top 5 Free Transfers of All-time

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Top 5 Free Transfers of All-time

Player transfers in football never fail to make headlines as there is a lot of controversy and money involved in them. Players are even transferred for a fee of millions of euros and the record of the most expensive transfer in the history of football is currently with Neymar as the Brazilian shifted from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain for a whopping amount of €222.

There are some transfers that even take place without any money behind it as they occur for free of cost. Here, we will talk about five biggest transfers that took place for free.

#5 Sol Campbell (Spurs to Arsenal)

The transfer of Sol Campbell is one of the best ever transfers that took place so far. He moved to Arsenal in 2001 and helped them in winning two Premier League titles after that. He ended his career with 195 appearances for them and helped in laying their success map.

#4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United)

Who could have ever believed that a player like Zlatan Imbrahimovic will be transferred for free to any football club. This incident took place in 2016 and before that, Imbrahimovic had a great time with PSG where he scored 113 goals in just 122 matches. Zlatan played with United till 2018 before shifting to LA Galaxy.

#3 Paul Pogba (Manchester United to Juventus)

Paul Pogba is one of the best footballers who is currently playing at the moment. Pogba made around 125 appearances for Juventus and also helped them in making to the finals of 2015 UEFA Champions League. Also, it is interesting to note that Manchester United signed back Pogba for a whopping £89 million after letting him go for free.

#2 Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan to Juventus)

Juventus is quite famous when it comes to grabbing great players for free at the trading window. Pirlo joined Pogba and they helped Juventus to form one of the best midfielders at that time. During his reign with The Old Lady, they won four Serie-A titles, a Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups.

#1 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich)

The number one player transfer to feature in this list is of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014 which took all by surprise. After his transfer, Munich were successful in winning two Bundesliga titles, one DFB Pokal and a Supercup and that too in just two years.

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