Sport Lionel Messi pledges 'fight' as Argentina eye World Cup

21:10  15 june  2017
21:10  15 june  2017 Source:   AFP

Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case - press

  Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case - press Spain's state prosecutor would accept substituting a fine of 255,000 euros (224,554 pounds) for the 21-month prison sentence handed down by a Barcelona court to soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud, Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Friday.Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros.Spain's Supreme Court rejected in May an appeal by the Barcelona football star and stood by a Catalan regional court's 21-month prison sentence.

BUENOS AIRES: Lionel Messi vowed to "keep fighting " as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year's tournament in Russia. The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying

Lionel Messi vowed to "keep fighting " as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year's tournament in Russia. The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Chile in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2017© Provided by AFP Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Chile in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2017 Lionel Messi vowed to "keep fighting" as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year's tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

"365 days left to Russia, let's keep fighting for the dream!" Messi wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday, as Argentina bid to avoid missing the finals for the first time since 1970.

Argentina see off Brazil at packed MCG

  Argentina see off Brazil at packed MCG Argentina have scored a 1-0 win over world No.1 Brazil in a high-quality friendly at the MCG.Lionel Messi's Argentina have given new coach Jorge Sampaoli a dream debut, defeating Brazil 1-0 in a high-voltage Superclasico de las Americas at a sold-out MCG.

Lionel Messi vowed to "keep fighting " as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year's tournament in Russia. The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying

Great expectations: The eyes of the world were on Lionel Messi to produce something great. Coat of paint: Lionel Messi shoots narrowly wide to miss opening the scoring for Argentina in the Maracana. Dream is over: Lionel Messi looks to the ground after Germany win the World Cup at the Maracana.

Arch-rivals Brazil became the first side to qualify for Russia in March, but Argentina trail fourth-placed Chile by a point with four matches left to play.

Jorge Sampaoli's side would face a two-legged play-off against the winners of the Oceania region -- New Zealand or Solomon Islands -- should they finish fifth.

Argentina, without the suspended Messi, crashed to a 2-0 defeat in Bolivia in their most recent qualifier, but the Barcelona star's four-match ban for swearing at an assistant referee has since been overturned by FIFA.

He can now return when qualifying resumes in August with a clash against Uruguay, followed by matches against Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

Argentina have won only one of eight World Cup 2018 qualifiers played without Messi, compared to five out of six won with him on the pitch.

Back from injury, Lionel Richie to tour with Mariah Carey .
Lionel Richie is ready to hit the road with Mariah Carey for his "All the Hits" North American tour after a knee injury in March forced him to postpone the venture. Richie and Carey are joining forces for the first time on tour, kicking off on July 21 in Oakland, California."I must tell you, I was so happy when she (Carey) said yes. My next thing was, 'Really?' It's going to be one of those evenings where you are going to just ... it's going to be pretty fun," the "All Night Long" singer said.Richie was coy when asked if he and Carey would duet on the tour - and if so, which song they would choose.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!