Central & South America

Messi Explains His Worst Form In 13 Years And Talks About 2021

Lionel Messi has admitted the ill feeling between him and Barcelona over his attempt to leave the club in the close season has affected his form this season, in which he has posted his lowest goal and assist tallies in 13 years.

Messi caused consternation at Barça when he sent the club a burofax (official notice) that he wanted to leave in August, but then president Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked the move and the Argentine committed to stay this season to avoid a legal battle. He has less than seven months left on his contract and is able to negotiate with other clubs from January.

Has MLS Caught Up To Liga MX?

The talk of whether Major League Soccer has finally caught up to Liga MX is always a hot one. Especially with the Concacaf Champions League semifinals going on right now, LAFC may have the support of a whole league behind it. 

The 2020 MLS All-Star Game, which would have put Liga MX All-Stars against MLS All-Stars was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. Also canceled were the 2020 Leagues Cup and 2020 Campeones Cup. The 2021 MLS All-Star Game under the same format is still planned, so fingers crossed everyone. 

Concacaf Legend Jerry Bengtson Becomes First Pro To Wear Mask During Match

The 2020 Concacaf Champions League resumed last night with leg two of Olimpia versus Montreal — 280 days after the Honduran side had disappointed 23,000 fans inside the Impact’s Olympic Stadium by snatching a crucial 2-1 road win. 

Despite having to play the return leg at Exploria Stadium in Orlando — where the remainder of the competition will be staged — Olimpia advanced on away goals after Montreal could only find one through Amar Sejdič. 

Thierry Henry is out; Olimpia plays Tigres in the semifinals on Saturday. 

Neymar Suffers Gruesome Ankle Injury

Lyon handed PSG a 1-0 loss at the Parc des Princes on Sunday to move into second place in Ligue 1 and send the home side down to third, but the result was much more devastating than that — Neymar was stretchered off in injury time after an awful tackle from Thiago Mendes that resulted in a straight red card.

Ugly Legal Battle For Maradona’s Fortune Begins Between Ex-Partners, Children And Many Others

Lawyers are gearing up to do battle over the estate of Diego Maradona, estimated at between $10 million and $40 million and disputed by the soccer great's children, ex-partners and many others.

The legal wrangling began within days of Maradona's death from a heart attack in Buenos Aires on Nov. 25.

"I do not know if they are not hurting sufficiently or if they wanted to be the first in line, but it's insane because everyone will be able to participate," said lawyer Mauricio Dalessandro, who worked with Maradona for several years.

This Is How The Round Of 16 Of The Copa Libertadores Went

It is one of the best tournaments in the world where there are no big favourites, ever. In the Copa Libertadores, there are many candidates to win the trophy and surprises are not uncommon. Here is a review of what the Round of 16 has been, in the absence of the second-leg match between Boca and Internacional de Porto Alegre still to come later.

Flamengo Threatens Lawsuit Over Rival Botafogo’s Banner In Rio Derby

RIO DE JANEIRO — Flamengo beat Botafogo 1-0 on Saturday but the derby match was overshadowed by a controversy over Flamengo’s threat to take the home side to court over a banner on display at their Rio de Janeiro stadium.

With the stands empty because of the coronavirus pandemic, Botafogo draped banners around the seats with one reading: “We Care About Lives Here.”

Montevideo's Estadio Centenario Declared National Historic Monument

Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario has been declared a National Historic Monument.

The stadium was also recognized in 1983 by FIFA as the only Historical Monument of World Football.

It was built in 1930 to host the first FIFA World Cup and to mark the 100th anniversary of Uruguayan independence.

Not only did Uruguay win the 1930 World Cup there, they have won each of the 4 Copa Américas hosted at the stadium.

The stadium will continue to be preserved as a center for soccer culture in Uruguay.

Argentines To Boycott Rugby Team For Failing To Adequately Honor Maradona

BUENOS AIRES — The fallout over the Argentina rugby team’s much-criticised tribute to Diego Maradona extended further on Tuesday with some Argentines saying they will boycott the side because of what they consider an inadequate homage to the late soccer great.

The Pumas, as the team are known, used what looked like black electrical tape as armbands in their Tri-Nations test loss to New Zealand on Saturday and many Argentines felt their tribute paled in comparison to the All Blacks'.

The Legend Of Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats of the sport.

He proved himself from an early age, and found success on the club and international levels of play.

There were ups and downs in his career, but his impact is undeniable.

He had many legendary moments, and we only cover a few in this video.