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CNN —Lionel Messi helped guide Argentina to this year’s Copa América final after scoring in his nation’s 2-0 win against Canada in the semifinals on Tuesday. It means Argentina has now reached the Copa América final in six of the previous eight tournaments, with this being its second in row – the South American side won the 2021 title. It is not easy to be in a final again, to compete again to be champions,” Messi told TyC Sports after the match, per Reuters. Messi, possibly playing at his final Copa América for Argentina, then started finding his stride and went close twice before the end of the first half. Canada is now the 38th team that Lionel Messi has scored against while playing for his country, per Opta.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Julián Álvarez, , ” Messi, TyC, Jesse Marsch, Jacob Shaffelburg, Álvarez, Sarah Stier, Ballon d’Or, Enzo Fernández’s, Maxime Crépeau, it’s, ” Marsch, we’ve Organizations: CNN, Copa América, Canada, American, TyC Sports, Reuters, Messi, Inter Miami Locations: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sunday’s, Miami Gardens , Florida, Canada, Sunday's, Mexico
As far as the authorities in Gelsenkirchen were concerned, every precaution had been taken. And two imposing security guards stood at the edge of the tunnel that led to the locker rooms. As Portugal’s players trudged to the dressing room after their defeat to Georgia last week, a fan circumvented the additional layers of security by hurling himself over the top of the tunnel and jumping directly into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo. Rather than coming face-to-face with his hero, though, the interloper botched his landing and fell down a set of stairs. Ronaldo’s fame, at this stage, cannot really be overstated.
Persons: trudged, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rather, Ronaldo Locations: Gelsenkirchen, Georgia
FIFPRO‘An industry-wide issue’European club teams are preparing for a revamped UEFA Champions League – the most prestigious competition in European club soccer – which will see teams play at least an additional two games. Manchester City hoist the Club World Cup trophy in December 2023. Conflict between national teams and clubs over minutes could arise, star players could see the field less and league structures would have to change. Over 40% of World Cup players surveyed by Football Benchmark said that they experienced extreme or increased mental fatigue after the tournament. Instead, it’s the calendar and consultation process that need to change for those in the game.
Persons: England CNN —, , Maheta Molango, ” Molango, Amr Abdallah Dalsh, , Javier Tebas, Molango, Vinícius Júnior, Ballon d’Or, Ronaldinho, Jude Bellingham, Florencia Tan Jun, Wayne Rooney –, , David Beckham, Takumi Minamino, Simon Brundish, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Brundish, ” Brundish, Kevin C, Cox, David Terrier, ’ That’s, Richard Masters, you’re, Umberto Calcagno, FIFPRO, Jorge Mas, Lionel Messi, Henry Winter Organizations: England CNN, FIFPRO, ’ Association, PFA, CNN Sport, UEFA, League, FIFA Club, Manchester City, Reuters, La Liga, FIFA, des, Associazione Italiana Calciatori, CNN, Super League, Copa, Champions League, Vinícius, Madrid, Bellingham, Manchester United, Japan, French, AS Monaco, Sports, France, Football Benchmark, Premier League Chief, AIC, Inter Miami Locations: London, England, Wales, U.S, Canada, Mexico, Manchester, Europe, Real Madrid, Brazil, Bellingham, Qatar
“This is the best day in the lives of Georgians,” Kvaratskhelia told reporters after the game, per Reuters. But I think this is why we’re a strong team.”Cristiano Ronaldo shakes hands with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as he was substituted off in the second half. Ronaldo encouragementVideos on social media showed the team’s excitement in the locker room, with Kvaratskhelia wearing Ronaldo’s shirt. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo had been frustrated for much of the match but had given his shirt to an emotional Kvaratskhelia following the defeat. The Napoli forward also spoke to his childhood hero before the match and said Ronaldo had wished him luck.
Persons: CNN —, Cristiano Ronaldo, Georges Mikautadze, ” Kvaratskhelia, ” Cristiano Ronaldo, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Kevin C, Cox, David Webb, , Willy Sagnol’s, Webb, ” Webb, Ronaldo, Ballon d’Or, Kvaratskhelia, , “ We’ve Organizations: CNN, Crusaders, Portugal, Reuters, CNN Sport, – Wales, Napoli, Georgian Locations: Georgia, Kvaratskhelia, Gelsenkirchen ., Tbilisi, Portugal, Wales, Iceland, Spain
“Can I ask you something?” he said when invited to justify Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued selection in Portugal’s starting XI. If Ronaldo doesn’t score, what else does he bring to the team apart from the histrionic gesturing of a frustrated traffic warden? “Do you know how many minutes Ronaldo played last season?” Martinez knowingly queried. Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo were all smiles moments after the captain had been furious with his team-mate (Friso Gentsch/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)Pitch invaders marked Ronaldo closer than Turkey’s ragged centre-backs. “You can understand it was a difficult moment — if those intentions are wrong, the players are exposed and in danger.
Persons: Roberto Martinez, , Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Ronaldo doesn’t, He’s, Arda Guler, Ronaldo, ” Martinez, Cristiano, , Fernando Santos, Goncalo Ramos, Conceicao’s, didn’t, Nuno Mendes, Bernardo Silva’s, Orkun, Joao Cancelo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Friso, Bernardo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Fernandes, Martinez, Fernandes ’, Will, Ramos, Germain, it’s, You’re, he’ll, Etsuo Hara Organizations: Saudi Pro League, Turkey’s, Georgia, Turkey, Portugal, Getty, Altay Bayindir, North, Portugal’s, Ronaldo, Paris Saint, selfies Locations: Portugal’s, Czech Republic, Leipzig, Portugal, Dortmund, Germany, Switzerland, Qatar, North Macedonia, Hamburg, Paris
CNN —Roberto Baggio, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in history, suffered head injuries when a group of armed criminals entered his Altavilla Vicentina home in northern Italy on Thursday evening, according to local police. The break-in happened during the European Championship match between Italy and Spain, which Baggio was watching on TV with his family, according to local media reports. Baggio tried to defend his family and was hit on the head with a gun, reports said. The total value of what was stolen has not been reported, according to local media. The villa and grounds had security cameras and police have not made any arrests yet, according to local police.
Persons: CNN — Roberto Baggio, Baggio, , ” Baggio, ANSA, Luca Zaia, Roberto Baggio, Zaia, ” Baggio –, Organizations: CNN, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Italian, Italy, Ballon Locations: Italy, Spain, Arzignano, Italy’s Veneto, Altavilla Vicentina
CNN —For just the second time in the tournament’s 108-year history, the Copa América will be played outside of South America. “Today, all I think about is to get well to the Copa América and play it. The squad for the 2024 Copa América is largely inexperienced, with 15 players on less than 10 caps for their country. UruguayPerennial overachiever Uruguay once again goes into a Copa América among the favorites to win the title. The nation of just 3.5 million people holds the joint record alongside Argentina for most Copa América titles won with 15.
Persons: Lionel Messi’s, Messi, , ” Messi, Ángel Di María, Catherine Ivill, Lionel Scaloni, , he’s, ” Scaloni, Leo, Di María, West Ham’s Lucas Paquetá, Neymar, Brazil’s, Vinícius, , Fernando Diniz, Dorival Júnior, Vinícius Jr, Marcelo Bielsa, Argentina –, Ander Gillenea, Luis Suárez, Giménez, Ronald Araújo, Federico Valverde, Matt Turner, Tim Weah, Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah, Folarin Balogun, Ron Jenkins, Gregg Berhalter’s, , Juan Antonio Pizzi, Ricardo Gareca, Marcelo Hernandez, Alexis Sánchez, Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel, Cafeteros, Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, Luis Díaz, James Rodriguez, David Ospina, Yerry Mina Organizations: CNN, Copa, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF Nations League, Nations League, América, Brazil, Messi, Argentine, Star, , Copa América, , Beijing, Getty, England, USA, Real, La Liga, League, overachiever, Argentina, CONCACAF, US, Panama, Uruguay, Copa Américas, Roja, La Roja, Qatar Locations: South America, United States, US, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Qatar, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Real Madrid, Uruguay, overachiever Uruguay, AFP, Colombia, Washington, Bolivia, Russia, Peru, Paraguay, Albania, France, Marseille, Colombia Colombia
CNN —Soccer star Sam Kerr has signed a new contract with current Women’s Super League (WSL) champion Chelsea, the club announced Thursday, but not before giving her fans a minor scare. According to BBC Sport, it was Kerr’s idea to tease the fans around the news of the contract extension. Kerr has become one of the best players in women's soccer. Former Chelsea manager Hayes had made it her mission to convince Kerr to move to the WSL club back in 2019. Sonia Bompastor’s recent arrival as the new Chelsea manager marks a new era in west London, but retaining Kerr will help steady the ship.
Persons: Sam Kerr, Emma Hayes, Kerr, Chelsea, , Alexander Canillas, Aitana Bonmati, Ballon, Hayes, Sonia Bompastor’s Organizations: CNN — Soccer, Super League, Chelsea, US, BBC, Chicago Red Stars, Champions League, Blues Locations: London, soccer, Barcelona
CNN —FIFA is facing a legal challenge over the world governing body’s “unilateral” decision to set the international match calendar – notably an expanded 32-team FIFA Club World Cup – unions representing soccer players said in a statement on Thursday. CNN has reached out to FIFA for comment on the legal action. As their union, we have a duty to intervene and to enforce their legal rights as employees. Manchester City lift the Club World Cup trophy in 2023 - the competition is set to expand from seven teams to 32 in 2025. Francois Nel/Getty ImagesIn addition to the larger Club World Cup, all three European club competitions will be expanded to 36 teams for the 2024/2025 season.
Persons: , , David Terrier, “ It’s, Maheta Molango, , Molango, Gianni Infantino, ” Infantino, Francois Nel, Vinícius Júnior, Ballon d’Or, Ronaldinho, Vinícius Jr, Jude Bellingham, Wayne Rooney –, David Beckham Organizations: CNN, FIFA, FIFA Club, English, ’ Association, des, FIFPRO, European Court of Justice, of Fundamental, Commerce, PFA, World League, of Football, FIFA Congress, Manchester City, Champions League, Europa League, Conference League, Manchester United Locations: FIFPRO Europe, Europe, United States, Brussels, FIFPRO, Bangkok, Manchester, Real Madrid, Brazil, Madrid, England, Bellingham
New York CNN —Logan Paul’s Prime drink has some new competition in the form of the G.O.A.T. And the drink is also a new foray into non-alcoholic drinks for Mark Anthony Brands, as Americans consume less alcohol. Más+ by Messi is a low-sugar drink containing electrolytes and vitamins without artificial sweeteners, colors or caffeine. Hydration and energy drinks are projected to be a $60 billion market by 2032, growing roughly 6% annually, according to Precedence Research. “Gen Alpha is up for grabs, and that is who these new generation energy drinks are aiming to capture especially as they enter teenage years.”
Persons: New York CNN — Logan, Lionel Messi, White, Mark Anthony Brands, Messi, Miami Punch, Ballon, Seltzer, Andrea Hernández, , , ” Hernández, Alpha Organizations: New, New York CNN, Soccer, Paul’s, Gatorade, Miami, Inter Miami, Orange, Major League Soccer, Messi, Beverage Co, Research, BodyArmor, CNN Locations: New York, Miami, America
CNN —Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is the first to admit “it’s kind of crazy” the way his season has panned out. “It’s kind of crazy, you know, I don’t think anyone would have expected this – me being in the Champions League final, especially where I came from. I don’t think I’ve fully recovered yet on that part, but I’m trying my best to get over that,” Sancho admitted to CNN Sport. Sancho proved a constant threat against PSG throughout the two legs of the Champions League semifinal. The last player to better that mark in the Champions League?
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CNN —Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play in his 11th international tournament for Portugal later this year, after the 39-year-old was named in his nation’s squad for Euro 2024. It seemed as though Ronaldo might have made his last appearance in a major international tournament at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Ronaldo made his first tournament appearance for Portugal at Euro 2004. Darren Walsh/Action Images/ReutersHowever, Ronaldo will not be the oldest player in the Portugal squad. “His communication, his positioning mean that, when he’s fit, he’s a very important player.”Portugal will play Turkey, Georgia and Czech Republic in Group F at Euro 2024.
Persons: CNN — Cristiano Ronaldo, Ballon d’Or, Roberto Martinez, “ Cristiano, It’s, who’s, ” Martinez, Ronaldo, , Fernando Santos, Darren Walsh, Pepe, Organizations: CNN, Portugal, Saudi, Portugal’s UEFA Nations League, Al, UEFA, Porto, European, Champions League, Sporting Lisbon, Czech Republic, Czech Locations: Europe’s, Saudi Arabian, Portugal, Greece, Portugal’s, Qatar, ” Portugal, Turkey, Georgia, Czech, Czech Republic
CNN —Jude Bellingham celebrated winning his first ever La Liga title with his mother, posting a picture on Instagram of the two hugging with the legendary Santiago Bernabéu Stadium stretching out behind them. We had a lot of continuity from the first to the last game.”When Bellingham joined Real Madrid, expectations were high for the young Englishman. Jude Bellingham celebrates with Real Madrid fans after winning the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City. He scored 10 goals in his first 10 games, won La Liga’s player of the month for August and quickly displayed his knack of finding late winners, rescuing Real late on against Getafe in September. It isn’t just his goalscoring that has proven so effective for Real Madrid.
Persons: CNN — Jude Bellingham, Santiago, Rodrygo, Ballon, Carlo Ancelotti, , Realmadrid, , Jude Bellingham, Molly Darlington, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé, “ Jude Bellingham, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Zidane, Steve McManaman, “ There’s, I’ve, Cádiz, CNN’s Amanda Davies Organizations: CNN, Liga, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, La Liga, Bellingham, El, Barcelona, League, Manchester City, Reuters, Champions League, La, Real, Getafe, Spanish, Marca, TNT Sports, TNT, Warner Bros . Locations: Bellingham, La, Spanish, Madrid
CNN —Lionel Messi’s start to the new Major League Soccer season has been impressive, even by the Argentine great’s lofty standards. Inter Miami sits atop the MLS Eastern Conference after a brilliant start which has included six victories in 11 games. In front of 65,612 fans – a new attendance record for a Revolution home game – Messi set two MLS records. “People come to every stadium to see Leo, that’s true, but they also want their team to win,” Miami head coach Gerardo Martino said in Spanish postgame, per the MLS. He has also contributed significantly to the transformation of Miami’s fortunes, helping the team win its first trophy last August, as well as taking it to the top of the Eastern Conference standings this campaign.
Persons: Lionel Messi’s, Messi, , – Messi, Maddie Meyer, Tomás, Benjamin Cremaschi, Luis Suárez, Leo, that’s, Gerardo Martino, “ We’re, ” Messi, Ballon d’Or Organizations: CNN, Major League Soccer, Inter Miami, New England, Gillette, MLS Eastern Conference, MLS, Messi, New, , Miami, Argentina, Chase Field, Nashville SC, Eastern Conference Locations: Argentine, Miami, Spanish
CNN —Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain both reached the semifinals of the Women’s Champions League with dominant performances to set up two thrilling clashes in the last four. “Tonight was a good example of what my team are,” Barcelona head coach Jonatan Giráldez added. However, the French side stamped its authority on the match in the opening stages and deservedly broke the deadlock after 27 minutes thanks to Chawinga’s unerring left-footed finish off the post. PSG will rightly feel confident going into the semifinal against European powerhouse Lyon, with the team currently on a 22-match unbeaten run and 11-game winning streak at home. Thibault Camus/AP“It was a good game, there are many reasons to be satisfied,” PSG head coach Jocelyn Prêcheur said, per UEFA.
Persons: Germain, Ballon, Aitana Bonmatí, Fridolina Rolfö, Patricia Guijarro, Barça, Lyon, Tabitha Chawinga, Korbin Albert, Marie, Antoinette Katoto, Bonmatí, Barça hasn’t, Tomine Svendheim, Guijarro, Caroline Graham Hansen, Fridolina, Albert Gea, , Jonatan Giráldez, deservedly, Chawinga’s unerring, Albert, Katoto, Thibault Camus, Jocelyn Prêcheur, it’s, Organizations: CNN —, Paris Saint, Women’s, League, Norwegian, Brann, Chelsea, PSG, Women’s Champions League, Lyon, Rolfö, Reuters, UEFA, , ” Barcelona, ” PSG, European, Parc des Princes Locations: CNN — Barcelona, Paris, Thursday’s, Norway, Barcelona, ” Barcelona, Parc des
CNN —Age, they say, is just a number – an adage that appears to ring true for soccer star Lionel Messi. “The truth is I haven’t thought about it yet,” said Messi, who turns 37 in June. “Today, I try to enjoy it day-by-day, enjoy every moment without thinking about it more than that. Messi celebrates winning the World Cup with Argentina in 2022. Asked about what will factor into his decision to retire, Messi said: “The moment that I’m not at the level to deliver, that I’m not enjoying it, that I’m not helping my teammates.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Messi, hasn’t, Ballon d’Or, , it’s, Cristiano Ronaldo, aplenty, Nassr, Carl Recine, Reuters Messi, I’m, , ” Messi, Argentina’s, El Savaldor Organizations: CNN, Argentina, La Liga, Barcelona, Reuters, MLS, Inter Miami, Leagues, Eastern Conference, El, Inter, New York Locations: , Portugal, Saudi Arabian, Costa Rica, New York City
The 25-year-old’s double led the French side to a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad in San Sebastián, Spain, giving it a 4-1 victory on aggregate over the two legs of their round-of-16 clash. Such was the power of his goal that the strike actually broke the net, leaving a hole behind between post and net. Mbappé doubled PSG’s lead on the night and effectively finished off the tie 11 minutes after halftime with another trademark goal. Mbappé scores PSG's second goal against Real Sociedad. Alvaro Barrientos/APAlthough Mikel Merino scored late on to give Real Sociedad some consolation, the evening was all about Mbappé and his excellent outing.
Persons: Kylian Mbappé, Germain, Mbappé, Alejandro Remiro, Alvaro Barrientos, Mikel Merino, “ We’re, , ” Mbappé, Luis Enrique lauding, ” Enrique, France’s, Mbappé –, Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, Rio Ferdinand, , … Mbappé, don’t, Mbappé’s, ’ ”, Owen Hargreaves, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Nazario, Hargreaves Organizations: CNN, Paris Saint, Champions League, Real Sociedad, PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, TNT Sports, France Locations: Paris, San Sebastián, Spain, , England
CNN —Lionel Messi produced a memorable piece of skill during Inter Miami’s 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, the opening game of the MLS season. In possession on the edge of the Real Salt Lake box, Messi looked to get a shot away while injured opponent Andrew Brody lay on the ground in front of him. And he showed some speed too,” Miami coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said of the 2022 World Cup winner’s performance, according to ESPN. The star-studded side started to deliver on those expectations in Wednesday’s curtain-raiser to the new season, with Messi at the heart of Miami’s best moments. Messi’s first full season in the US has seen a huge ticket demand for Miami’s games, and Wednesday was no exception.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Messi, Andrew Brody, Ballon, , Gerardo “ Tata ” Martino, ” Messi, Miami’s, Luis Suárez, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Robert Taylor, Zac MacMath, Suárez, Diego Gómez, MacMath, Diego Gómez's, Megan Briggs, Justen, Julian Gressel, Messi’s, Gómez, Busquets ’, Drake Callender Organizations: CNN, Inter, Real, Real Salt Lake, MLS, Miami, ESPN, , Chase, Barcelona, Messi, Salt Lake, Inter Miami, Martino’s Inter Miami, Leagues, Salt Lake’s, LA Locations: Real Salt, Salt, Miami, Real Salt Lake, Carson , California
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi and Inter Miami closed out their tumultuous Major League Soccer preseason with a 1-1 draw against Messi's boyhood club, Newell's Old Boys on Thursday night. Messi checked out of the game Thursday with Inter Miami's Luis Suárez in the 60th minute. Photos You Should See View All 33 ImagesShanyder Borgelin put Inter Miami ahead 1-0 with a header in the 64th minute, and Newell's Franco Díaz tied it in the 83rd minute. Inter Miami set off on a global tour of exhibition games aimed at promotion and marketing, featuring Messi and the Uruguayan star Suárez. Inter Miami was outscored 12-7 in its first five games before a win in Hong Kong.
Persons: — Lionel Messi, Ballon d’Or, Gerardo “ Tata ” Martino, Messi, Martino, Inter Miami's Luis Suárez, Borgelin, Newell's Franco Díaz, Messi's, Suárez, Leo, Luis Suarez, ” Martino, Luis, fizzling, ___ Organizations: Inter Miami, Major League Soccer, Messi's, Newell's, FC Barcelona, Inter Miami's, Messi, MLS, Uruguayan, ” Inter Miami, Salt Lake Locations: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla, Rosario, Argentina, Hong Kong, Salt
CNN —Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi expressed regret Tuesday over not being able to play in a friendly match in Hong Kong. Messi, who plays for Major League Soccer team Inter Miami, did not step onto the pitch to play against a Hong Kong XI on Sunday, causing outrage among fans. A sellout crowd of 40,000 attended the match in Hong Kong, but the occasion ended acrimoniously when fans booed, jeered and called for ticket refunds as Messi remained on the bench. Even the Hong Kong government said it was “disappointed” that the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner wasn’t brought on during the match. Messi added that he could understand why people were upset that he had not participated in the match, but expressed hope that Miami could play in Hong Kong again at some point.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Messi, ” Messi, clamoring, jeered, , Ballon, wasn’t, Gerardo “ Tata ” Martino, Luis Suárez Organizations: CNN, Major League Soccer, Inter Miami, Hong, Hong Kong XI, Inter, Miami, Wednesday, Vissel Locations: Argentine, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kobe, Vissel Kobe
Hong Kong CNN —The Hong Kong government’s repeated requests for Lionel Messi to play in a sell-out soccer match went unanswered Sunday, a city official said, as cheers turned to jeers for the Argentine soccer legend. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government, which provided more than $2 million in grants to the match organizer, also said it was “extremely disappointed” the star did not play. Fans make their feelings clear after Lionel Messi's Hong Kong no-show. ‘We do feel a bit scammed’“Messi mania” had captured Hong Kong with Inter Miami’s arrival on Friday as fans swarmed the Major League Soccer team’s hotel. Meanwhile, the stadium reached full capacity during the Inter Miami’s open training session the evening before the match.
Persons: Hong Kong government’s, Lionel Messi, jeers, , Messi, Ballon, Kevin Yeung, XFEST, Lionel Messi's, Justin Chin, Yeung, , ” Yeung, Gerardo “ Tata ” Martino, , ’ “ Messi, , Ada Kam, Luis Suárez Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Hong Kong, Inter Miami’s, Hong, Hong Kong XI, Culture, Bloomberg, Getty, Inter, Major League Soccer team’s, CNN, Nigeria Locations: Hong Kong, Hong, Argentine, Lionel Messi's Hong Kong, Miami, Inter Miami’s, Tokyo, China, Argentina, Hangzhou, Ivory Coast, Beijing
HONG KONG (AP) — Lionel Messi stayed on the bench for the full 90 minutes on Sunday as Inter Miami defeated a Hong Kong XI 4-1 in the latest stop on the MLS team’s preseason Asian tour. Messi played the final seven minutes of the losing effort but a tight hamstring kept the eight-time Ballon D’or winner on the sidelines in Hong Kong along with Uruguayan forward and former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez. The fans who filled the same arena a day earlier at least saw the 2022 World Cup winner in an open training session along with Miami co-owner David Beckham. Robert Taylor opened the scoring for Miami five minutes before the break with a curling shot from the corner of the area. Miami finishes its Asian tour in Japan on Wednesday as it takes on Vissel Kobe.
Persons: — Lionel Messi, Saudi Arabia’s, Messi, Ballon, Luis Suarez, David Beckham, Robert Taylor, Henri Anier, Jorn Andersen, Lawson Sunderland, Miami’s, Leonardo Campana, Ryan Sailor, ___ Organizations: Inter Miami, Hong, MLS, Hong Kong, Miami, Saudi, Uruguayan Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong, Nassr, Riyadh, Barcelona, Japan, Kobe
Hong Kong CNN —Thousands of soccer fans in Hong Kong were left disappointed when Argentine superstar Lionel Messi failed to take to the field in a friendly match for Inter Miami on Sunday. What started with overwhelming cheers and rapture ended in boos and calls for refunds in the sold-out, 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium. Inter Miami — out to prove a point having gone winless during a worldwide pre-season tour — comfortably defeated a Hong Kong XI 4-1 in an event branded as Tatler XFEST Hong Kong. According to Reuters, tickets went on sale in December and cost between 880 and 4,880 Hong Kong dollars (about $113 and $624). “This whole Messi in Hong Kong thing has been building up for quite some time.
Persons: Lionel Messi, , Messi, Ballon, Hong, “ Messi, Luis Suárez, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Louise Delmotte, David Beckham, Messi ”, , XFEST, Suárez, , Gerardo “ Tata ” Martino, Leo, Luis, ” Martino, apologetically, Hong Kong, “ Leo, Suarez, ” Suárez, Martino, Yapp Hung, Yapp, Messi superfan Christer Leung, ” Leung, Lionel, Lam Yik, Reuters “ Messi Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Argentine, Inter Miami, Hong Kong Stadium, Inter Miami —, Hong, Reuters, CNN, Miami, Al, MLS, Major League Soccer, Hong Kong XI, fai, Messi, Argentina, , Inter, USA, Sports, Ardent, Argentina national, Australia, Nigeria, Vissel Kobe Locations: Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, America, China, Beijing, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Hangzhou, Japan
At the center of that growth are newer genres of Afrobeats — the renowned blend of distinct West African music styles — and amapiano, which fuses South African kwaito with African jazz, house music and soulful vocals. The 2022 track became the first led by an African artist to hit 1 billion Spotify streams and has the record for the most weeks — 64 — spent on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart. And some tracks meld the genres under the African music umbrella. That reach is particularly interesting considering that African music is produced for its people, embodying all aspects of their lives from their culture and experiences to their struggles, LeriQ says. The continent leads mobile device web traffic in the world, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration, translating to more market opportunities for artists.
Persons: , Burna Boy’s, Rema’s, Selena Gomez, , Joey Akan, , Burna, , Musa Keys, Boy, Istanbul's, Rema, Davido, Tina Davis, Olamide's, Angélique Kidjo, LeriQ, Nay, Mitego, Chika Anene, gatekeepers, Eric Wainaina, G’bemi Ereku, Nigeria —, Jhello, ” ___ Mureithi, Maria Sherman Organizations: FIFA, International Federation of, Phonographic Industry's, Spotify, Afrobeats Intelligence, UEFA Champions League, Pew Research, U.S . International Trade Administration, United, Afro Nation, AP Locations: ABUJA, Nigeria, Nigerian, Saharan Africa, African, South Africa, Africa, Tanzania, Abuja, Kenyan, Lagos, United States, Statista, Nairobi, Kenya, Johannesburg, Los Angeles
The women’s award finalists are 2023 World Cup winners Aitana Bonmatí and Jenni Hermoso of Spain, plus Linda Caicedo of Colombia. “The Best” awards represent FIFA’s version of the older and more prestigious Ballon d’Or prize. The awards ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo theater in west London includes men's and women's awards for best coach, best goalkeeper and the Puskas Award for best goal. Messi, Mbappé and Haaland also comprised the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award, which Messi won for an eighth time in October. The women’s eligibility period covered performances from Aug. 1, 2022 through the World Cup final last August.
Persons: , Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, Aitana Bonmatí, Jenni Hermoso, Linda Caicedo, , Puskas, Messi, Mbappé, Haaland, Spain’s, Bonmatí, Ballon d’Or, Spain's Alexia Putellas, ___ Organizations: Ballon, Hammersmith Apollo, Messi’s, Mbappe’s, England, Barcelona, Spanish, Champions League, FIFA Locations: Spain, Colombia, London, Messi’s Argentina, Mbappe’s France, Qatar, Sydney, Australia
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