Neymar vs Mbappe – the next great rivalry?

Rivalries exist throughout the game. In France, we have PSG v Marseille, Marseille v Lyon, and numerous other derby games. But what about rivalries between players? In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seemed to spur each other on to new heights of greatness at their respective clubs. Well, imagine if they both played for…

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Can Atletico Madrid capitalize on a summer of shortcomings?

The La Liga has essentially been a duopoly for years, as the romanticism of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona clashed against Real Madrid’s flashier Galacticos. But there’s one team who is looking once again break the mould: Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the defining stars of the game, even outside the country, achieving milestones…

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Messi’s Three Touches: A Step-By-Step Guide To Saving Your Country In Style

For two matches, Leo Messi’s 2018 World Cup narrative looked doomed. Messi himself seemed to believe the hype that he could resurrect the spirit of Diego Maradona and single-handedly lead Argentina to the Jules Rimet trophy. But his play was insipid, and his body language signalled immense stress and self-consciousness. It seemed that Messi had…

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This is Argentina

Nobody can deny that Argentina are blessed in terms of footballing talent and history. However, despite 16 World Cup appearances to their name, Argentina nearly missed out on a spot in Russia. Under-performance, together with instability and complacency, stood in Argentina’s way during qualification, and are things that they will need to avoid in the…

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