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SHOCKING! Diego Maradona claims Lionel Messi 'staged' international retirement - Here's why

SHOCKING! Diego Maradona claims Lionel Messi 'staged' international retirement - Here's why

This however is not the first time Maradona has criticised Messi.

Premier League 2016-17: Gameweek 3 - Preview

Premier League 2016-17: Gameweek 3 - Preview

"We will try to win and keep our good streak," Juan Mata said.

Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win second UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win second UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Ronaldo, 31, beat team-mate Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann to pick his second continental best player award in Monaco today.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he's `scared` of retirement

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he's `scared` of retirement

The 66-year-old Frenchman, who will celebrate his 20th anniversary as Gunners coach in October, has one year left on his current contract at the Emirates.

Greg Clarke succeeds Greg Dyke as English FA chairman

Greg Clarke succeeds Greg Dyke as English FA chairman

Clarke, who was also Leicester City Chairman, will begin his duties on Sept. 2, two days before England start their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign

FIFA panel opens probes into South Africa match-fixing cases

FIFA panel opens probes into South Africa match-fixing cases

Investigations by FIFA have concentrated on warm-up matches South Africa played against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in May 2010 ahead of the World Cup which the country hosted.

Last season `the best of my career`: Cristiano Ronaldo

Last season `the best of my career`: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo scored three goals en route to the final of the tournament to equal France`s Michel Platini`s record of nine goals in the European Championship finals.

Sepp Blatter in last fight against six-year FIFA ban

Sepp Blatter in last fight against six-year FIFA ban

A full investigation and trial by FIFA's in-house court found Blatter and Platini both guilty of ethics violations. 

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza keen on reducing Lionel Messi's workload

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza keen on reducing Lionel Messi's workload

Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, are currently third in South American qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia after six matches.

WATCH: PRODIGY! This 11-year-old from Odisha slum will now train at Bayern Munich

WATCH: PRODIGY! This 11-year-old from Odisha slum will now train at Bayern Munich

He is one of the few who were selected for an all-expenses-paid junior football camp to Munich.

Rio Olympics: Pele congratulates Brazil on football gold

Rio Olympics: Pele congratulates Brazil on football gold

The Brazilian legend, who declined a request to participate in the Rio 2016 opening ceremony due to ill health, also praised organisers for a successful Games.

Barcelona thrash Real Betis 6-2 in La Liga opener; Lionel Messi hit twice, Luis Suarez scored hat-trick

Barcelona thrash Real Betis 6-2 in La Liga opener; Lionel Messi hit twice, Luis Suarez scored hat-trick

Barca coach Luis Enrique handed new signings Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne their league debuts.

EPL 2016-17: Gameweek 2, Saturday football — Liverpool rocked by Burnley, Manchester City stroll

EPL 2016-17: Gameweek 2, Saturday football — Liverpool rocked by Burnley, Manchester City stroll

Jurgen Klopp`s Liverpool enjoyed the most eye-catching result of the Premier League`s opening weekend when they won 4-3 at Arsenal.

England no 1 Joe Hart can leave Manchester City, says Pep Guardiola

England no 1 Joe Hart can leave Manchester City, says Pep Guardiola

Guardiola, who joined the club from Bayern Munich in June, said he had in the past had many players who "had problems" but stayed and improved.

Decoding the I-League and Indian Super League merger

Decoding the I-League and Indian Super League merger

Owners of not just Goan but all I-League clubs have every right to feel hard done by.

Premier League 2016-17: Don't expect Paul Pogba fireworks, says Jose Mourinho

Premier League 2016-17: Don't expect Paul Pogba fireworks, says Jose Mourinho

Pogba makes no secret of his desire to usurp Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the Ballon d`Or.

Lionel Messi, Arda Turan lead Barcelona to a romping 3-0 win over Sevilla in Super Cup second leg

Lionel Messi, Arda Turan lead Barcelona to a romping 3-0 win over Sevilla in Super Cup second leg

Barcelona withstood the early pressure and it took just 10 minutes for them to open the scoring.

Champions League playoff: Sergio Aguero hits treble despite two penalty misses in Manchester City's 5-0 first leg win over Steaua Bucharest

Champions League playoff: Sergio Aguero hits treble despite two penalty misses in Manchester City's 5-0 first leg win over Steaua Bucharest

Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam were held 1-1 at home by Russians Rostov while Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb also had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Austrians Salzburg.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Late Diego Costa strike gives Antonio Conte winning debut

Chelsea vs West Ham: Late Diego Costa strike gives Antonio Conte winning debut

The bearded Costa collected a header from new signing Michy Batshuayi and thumped it low beyond West Ham goalkeeper.