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Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes Lionel Messi is 'best' player in world

SAO PAULO - Normally a reserved man who avoids hype, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella isn't shy about declaring Lionel Messi to be the best player in the world.Comparing the Argentina captain with Arjen Robben, of the Netherlands, and Brazil's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-08/argentina-coach-alej
Lionel Messi lifts Argentina past Bosnia in World Cup match

RIO DE JANEIRO - Lionel Messi scored a stunning second-half goal to push staggering Argentina to a 2-1 victory over World Cup debutant Bosnia on Sunday in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-06-15/lionel-messi-lifts-a
World Cup roundup: Lionel Messi helps Argentina win group, advance to knockout stage

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in its last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner.Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-06-25/world-cup-roundup-lionel-messi-he
Lionel Messi posts hat trick, becomes Barcelona's all-time leading scorer

BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat trick to lead Barcelona in 7-0 rout of Osasuna in La Liga play Sunday, ensuring...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-03-16/lionel-messi-posts-h
Lionel Messi's injury not as bad as first thought

BARCELONA, Spain - Grimacing in pain after he nearly scored his record-equaling 85th goal of the year, Lionel Messi rolled around on the ground clutching his left knee and thought he might be headed for an extended injury layoff.Instead, his...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2012-12-06/lionel-messis-injury
Lionel Messi, Abby Wambach earn FIFA Player of the Year honors

ZURICH - Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-01-07/lionel-messi-abby-wa
Argentina tops Italy without star Lionel Messi

ROME - An Argentina side without Lionel Messi beat Italy 2-1 Wednesday in a friendly match honoring Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan from Argentina.Gonzalo Higuain put...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-08-14/argentina-tops-italy
Germany tops Argentina in extra time, wins World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-07-13/germany-tops-argentina-extra
World powers Germany, Argentina to collide in World Cup final

...JANEIRO - The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.When Lionel Messi's Argentina takes on Germany in today's World Cup final, it looks at first glance like a meeting between brilliant...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-12/world-powers-germany
Stomach ailment might sideline Netherlands star Robin van Persie

...said he would not rush into deciding whether Van Persie is fit to play at Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina."I have to make a decision tomorrow. I'm not going to do that today. We have more than a day...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-08/stomach-ailment-migh