Argentina qualify for 2014 Brazil World Cup in a seven-goal thriller

Argentina has booked its place in the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in a seven-goal thriller that saw Lionel Messi score twice in a 5-2 destruction of Paraguay. Needing a win to confirm their place in next year’s tournament, Argentina enjoyed a perfect start with Messi converted a penalty and put his side 1-0 up…

Argentina meets Italy in exhibition football match dedicated to Pope Francis

Also in soccer news: Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Mario Balotelli’s Italy next month in an exhibition game dedicated to Pope Francis. The Italian federation announced the match would be held on 14th August at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The federation added that both squads would have audiences with the pope at the Vatican. Pope Francis,…

Messi overtakes Maradona to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s 4-0 victory over Guatemala to take his goal record to 35 and surpass the legend Diego Maradona’s international tally. The Barcelona forward appeared as a substitute in the recent world cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador. Messi opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a left-footed shot…

Barcelona footballer Messi accused of tax fraud

Argentine football superstar, Lionel Messi, who currently plays for Barcelona, faces Spanish tax fraud charges alongside his father, to the sum of €4 million euros (£3.4 million). Officials say that the 25-year-old Argentine forward and his father, Jorge Horacio, are suspected of filing fraudulent tax returns for 2007-2009. His salary from playing at Barcelona is…