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What’s up with Lionel Messi at the 2014 World…

What’s up with Lionel Messi at the 2014 World Cup, Almost Won

Argentina star Lionel Messi
Argentina star Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is always said to be unable to do much for the Argentine national team . Because, the trophy run with Barcelona did not continue with Argentina.

Until finally, Messi had the opportunity to prove that he was capable of doing it for the sake of his beloved country. The opportunity came when Argentina entered the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

In the final, La Albiceleste challenged Germany, a team that had made hosts Brazil cry a lot in the semifinals because they were crushed 1-7.

Unfortunately, luck has not been in favor of Messi et al. Germany managed to secure their fourth World Cup trophy with a score of 1-0.

Argentinian Struggle

Argentinian Struggle
Lionel Messi’s action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium

Argentina got a relatively easy group at the 2014 World Cup. One of the giants in South America was joined by Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria.

All three matches were eliminated with wins. Although the goal that was escorted by Sergio Romero had broken three times.

Raihan nine points from three matches ensure Argentina as winners of Group F. They face Switzerland in the round of 16.

With great effort

Argentina star Lionel Messi is escorted by Paraguays
Argentina star Lionel Messi is escorted by Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron (back) during Friday’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Argentina’s journey in the knockout stages was arduous. Everything was passed with a thin score, even one of them was a penalty shootout.

Argentina only won 1-0 when they met Switzerland in the last 16 and Belgium in the quarter-finals. When facing Switzerland, Messi et al to reach extra round.

Argentina also had time to reach extra round when they met the Netherlands in the semifinals. However, as the score remained 0-0, the match went to a penalty shootout which was won by Argentina with a score of 4-2.

Final Party

The German national team won the 2014 World Cup
The German national team won the 2014 World Cup

Throughout the 90 minutes, Germany and Argentina always had a chance to score. One of Messi’s chances early in the second half was in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but his shot went wide.

However, poor finishing and a number of misfortunes made the match in normal time ended with the score 0-0. The game was continued into extra rounds.

Germany was finally able to score a goal that broke the deadlock and the only goal was created through Mario Goetze in the second half of extra time. Goetze executed a perfect volley to thrill the Argentine net.

Retired

Lionel Messi scored against Bolivia in the Conmebol zone 2022 World Cup Qualifier
Lionel Messi scored against Bolivia in the Conmebol zone 2022 World Cup Qualifier

After the failure in the World Cup final, Messi had several chances to win the title with Argentina. At that time, he managed to bring Argentina to the Copa America final twice with luck in the 2015 and 2016 editions.

Unfortunately in the two finals which both met Chile, Argentina lost on penalties. Three times the opportunity to bring the trophy to his beloved country failed to create.

Until finally Messi decided to retire from defending the Argentine national team. Until finally, the player nicknamed La Pulga came back in 2018.

First Degree

Argentinas players celebrate their success in winning the Finalissima after beating Italy 3 0
Argentina’s players celebrate their success in winning the Finalissima after beating Italy 3-0

Messi finally fulfilled his duties perfectly as an Argentine footballer. The 2021 Copa America trophy managed to become his first trophy with the Argentine national team.

The final was also special. Because, Argentina frustrate the toughest enemy resistance, Brazil in the final with a thin score 1-0.

2022 World Cup

Lionel Messi won the 2022 Finalissima after Argentina beat Italy
Lionel Messi won the 2022 Finalissima after Argentina beat Italy

Messi is not finished with Argentina. The 35-year-old will still play for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina joined in Group C which is again fairly easy. The three opponents that must be faced are Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

This edition of the World Cup is predicted to be the last stage for the seven Ballon d’Or winner. At the same time, it becomes another proof for Messi to treat his misery at the 2014 World Cup.

10 Most Expensive Midfielders Purchased by Manchester United Barcelona

10 Most Expensive Midfielders Purchased by Manchester United

10 Most Expensive Midfielders Purchased by Manchester United The Majority of Flops, Frenkie De Jong Following?

10 Most Expensive Midfielders Purchased by Manchester United
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong

 Manchester United are reportedly chasing the signature of Frenkie De Jong . This transfer has the potential to be one of the most expensive transfers this summer.

Since being appointed as Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag has asked the Red Devils management to bring in De Jong. The Barcelona midfielder is considered a key player so that United can play the game scheme desired by the manager.

But so far this transfer process is quite tough. Barcelona reportedly want a transfer fee of around 85 million euros for the midfielder’s transfer this summer.

If this transfer becomes a reality, De Jong will enter the list of the 10 most expensive transfers for Manchester United. Including the list of the most expensive midfielders bought by the Red Devils.

In their history, United had brought in a number of midfielders with expensive price tags. But most of them even flop at MU.

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Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini is in the top 10 most expensive midfielders for Manchester United. The frizzy-haired midfielder was David Moyes’ only signing in the summer of 2013 for 32.4 million euros from Everton.

Fellaini strengthened MU for quite a long time. He made 177 appearances for the Red Devils, contributing 22 goals and 12 assists.

This figure is worse than his record at Everton, where he also appeared 177 times for the Toffees and scored 33 goals and 26 assists.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin is with Louis van Gaal

In the ranking of the nine most expensive midfielders Manchester United have ever bought is Morgan Schneiderlin. He was recruited from Southampton by Louis van Gaal for 35 million Euros.

Together with MU, the French national team player became a patient. He only dropped as much as 47 times in five years defending MU.

He also only scored one goal and one assist while defending MU. So he was released to Everton.

Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera

In the ranking of the eight most expensive midfielders ever bought MU is Ander Herrera. He joined the Red Devils in 2015 from Athletic Bilbao.

Throughout defending MU, Herrera can be said to be one of the favorite players of the Red Devils fans. Because he has great passion and always appears adamant throughout the game.

While defending MU, he was down in 189 total matches. He scored 20 goals and 27 assists for the Red Devils, which is quite a good record when compared to when he was at Bilbao, where he only scored 11 goals and 19 assists.

Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek

In the seventh place, the most expensive midfielder signed by Manchester United is Donny van de Beek. The midfielder was brought in by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from Ajax Amsterdam in 2020.

Two seasons with the Red Devils, Van de Beek is difficult to bring out the best. He still struggles to adapt to the rhythm of the game in England, so he sits mostly on the bench.

But the midfielder is determined to improve his career at Old Trafford next season, as Erik Ten Hag projects him to play in the United first team.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in the sixth place for MU’s most expensive midfielder. He was recruited from Borussia Dortmund with a dowry of 42 million Euros.

In his first season with Manchester United, the player performed brilliantly. He helped United win the Europa League trophy in the 2016/17 season.

But in the second season his performance declined, and finally he was used by Jose Mourinho to barter with Alexis Sanchez.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron
Juan Sebastian Veron

In 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson made a big surprise in the transfer market. He signed one of the best midfielders in Serie A at the time, namely Juan Sebastian Veron from Lazio for a ransom of 42.6 million Euros.

Veron’s performance is actually not too bad. He scored a total of 11 goals and 14 assists from 80 appearances for the Red Devils, but that performance was considered a failure given the very expensive transfer fee at the time.

As a result, he was released by Manchester United after two seasons with Chelsea. Where the performance is also not encouraging.

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic is the fourth most expensive midfielder for Manchester United. He was bought by Jose Mourinho from Chelsea in 2017 for 44.7 million Euros.

In his inaugural season, he performed poorly where he played in almost all the matches played by the Red Devils. However, his performance began to be disrupted by injury after that.

He was mostly on the bench in the Solskjaer era, and he only returned to play in the United first team at the end of the Ralf Rangnick era.

Fred

Fred
Manchester United midfielder Fred

Nemanja Matic is not the only expensive midfielder that Jose Mourinho has bought. At the start of the 2019/20 season, Manchester United signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

When defending the Ukrainian club, Fred did show a brilliant performance. But at MU, he underwent a slow adaptation, and his performance was not optimal because his position was shifted further back.

It was only at the time of Solskjaer that he showed a pretty good performance and got appreciation from the MU fans, even though his appearance was actually still fanciful.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes is the second most expensive midfielder ever signed by Manchester United. He was recruited from Sporting Lisbon for a ransom of 63 million Euros.

If you look at the other names on this list, Bruno can be said to be the best midfielder signed by Manchester United. His performance is commensurate with the price that must be paid MU.

He was the best MU player for two seasons, the choice of fans and players. He recorded 50 goals and 39 assists from a total of 126 appearances for the Red Devils.

Unfortunately his performance last season began to decline. So MU fans hope that Fernandes can rise again in the Ten Hag era later.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

In 2016, Manchester United broke the world transfer record. They paid 100 million Euros to Juventus to bring back Paul Pogba.

This transfer can be said to be an irony. Because in 2012 Manchester United released Pogba to Juventus as a free agent and they had to pay a very high price to send him home.

MU’s grief is increasing because Pogba can be said to be a ‘bogus investment’ for them. For six years defending MU, the midfielder was difficult to play consistently.

He left Manchester United this summer as a free agent again, and has been linked with a return to Juventus. He also had time to look for trouble by throwing scathing comments to MU in his dokuemter film.

5 Premier League Stars Who Could Join Barcelona Barcelona

5 Premier League Stars Who Could Join Barcelona

5 Premier League Stars Who Could Join Barcelona
The Barcelona squad celebrates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, Wednesday (11/05/2022) early morning

Barcelona wants to do better in the 2022-2023 season. Therefore, the Spanish giants began to increase the strength of their squad in the transfer market this summer.

Barcelona showed inconsistent performances in the 2021/222 season. They failed miserably in La Liga and the Champions League.

Last season’s failure made Barcelona want to improve. They are exploring the transfer market to recruit new players.

There are many players who are targeted by Barcelona in the transfer market this summer. Some of them play in the Premier League competition.

Here are five Premier League stars who could move to Barcelona next season.

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen scored a goal against Malmo FF, Thursday (21/10/21) early in the morning. Chelsea won this match 4-0

Andreas Christensen has been playing for Chelsea for a long time. The 26-year-old defender played 34 games in all competitions for the Blues in the 2021/22 season.

Christensen is certain to leave Chelsea this summer. The Danish defender’s contract expires on 30 June 2022 and has not been extended.

After his career in England ended, Christensen agreed to move to Barcelona next season. He digaet with the status of a free transfer alias free.

Raphinha

Raphinha
Leeds United player Raphinha

Raphinha has been able to impress with Leeds United so far. In the 2021/22 season, Raphinha made 36 appearances in all competitions with 11 goals and 3 assists.

The Brazilian player has also played a big role in helping Leeds stay in the Premier League this season. He is now a hot commodity in the 2022 summer transfer market.

A number of top Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in recruiting Raphinha. The 25-year-old is reportedly also a target for Barcelona.

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves.

Barcelona want to strengthen its midfield in the transfer market this summer. They are reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton midfielder Ruben Neves.

The Portugal national team player has strengthened Wolves since 2017 after being imported from Porto. Neves played 36 matches across competitions scoring four goals and providing two assists.

Barcelona had to spend a lot of money to secure the services of Neves. Wolverhampton reportedly only want to sell him in the figure of 50 million pounds this summer.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal celebration in the postponed Chelsea vs Arsenal match in Week 25 of the Premier League 2021/2022

Cesar Azpilicueta is a defender and captain of Chelsea. The Spaniard still has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023.

However, Azpilicueta has expressed his desire to return to his hometown. Barcelona have long shown interest in Azpilicueta.

According to reports, Chelsea will only charge Azpilicueta for under 5 million euros. The experience of Azpilicueta is clearly needed by Barcelona to strengthen the right side of his defense.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (left) celebrates after scoring against Leicester City in the Premier League match on Friday (20/5/2022)

Marcos Alonso’s contract expires in June next year. However, he has decided not to extend his stay with the Blues.

Alonso reportedly wants to leave Stamford Bridge in the transfer market this summer. Barcelona is touted as his new port later.

In the 2021/22 season, Alonso played a lot because Ben Chilwell suffered a serious knee injury. The 31-year-old played 46 games scoring five goals and six assists.

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Bayern Munich legend: Moving to Barcelona is a setback,…

Bayern Munich legend: Moving to Barcelona is a setback, Lewandowski!

Moving to Barcelona is a setback

Bayern Munich legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has asked Robert Lewandowski to cancel his move to Barcelona. He considered the striker wasting his career if he moved to Barcelona.

Almost a decade, Lewandowski is an icon for Bayern Munich. He led Die Roten’s attack line well and successfully led FC Hollywood to win various trophies.

But the togetherness of the two parties threatened to end this summer. Lewandowski has confirmed that he will not renew his contract so he has the potential to leave this summer.

Rummenigge thinks Lewandowski will only destroy his career if he moves to Barcelona. “I can’t understand why he [Lewandowski] would want to move to Barcelona,” Rummenigge told Bild.

Read the legend’s full commentary below.

Worse

According to Rummenigge, moving to Barcelona is a big loss for Lewandowski. Because Barcelona is considered worse than Bayern.

So he considered the striker better to cancel his intention to defend Barcelona next season.

“With Barcelona’s current squad, can he [Lewandowski] win more trophies than Barcelona? Can Barcelona offer him something better? I don’t think so,”

Better Survive

Rummenigge hopes Lewandowski will change his mind. He wants the striker to stay at Bayern and if possible extend the contract there.

“Robert is irreplaceable at FC Bayern, and he is still needed by this team even though he is 34 years old. No striker can guarantee goals as much as him, and Robert is a top class player,”

“We all have to pray that Robert stays, because he is what makes the Bundesliga interesting. You have to do whatever it takes to keep him,” he said.

Tough Negotiations

According to information currently circulating, the process of Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona is still quite tough.

Barcelona are reportedly still struggling to meet the demands of the price set by Bayern Munich for the striker.