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Lionel Messi gets World Cup pep talk from Oprah Winfrey in Argentina

Lionel Messi is aware there are many people around the world who want to see him finally lift a World Cup with Argentina this summer, but he probably didn't realise Oprah Winfrey was among them.

Messi, 30, has been offered some advice from an unlikely source in Winfrey, the American TV and movie star.

"Messi, this message is for you, and this is the thing, you already know this in advance: You go deep, you go deep, and you find the strength inside yourself," Winfrey, one of the most influential...

Borussia Dortmund's offer for Lautaro Martinez arrived late - Racing chief

With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

Borussia Dortmund's offer to sign Lautaro Martinez "has arrived too late" with Racing Club set to honour their agreement to sell him to Inter Milan..

"We received an offer from Dortmund [on Monday] but Racing can't do anything because we already have a deal in place with Inter and we will respect what we agreed," Racing Club president Victor Blanco told Argentinian radio Radio Continental.

"I also think the player has everything done with Inter. I really don't see any chances of that being modified....

 By PA Sport

Lionel Messi trains with Argentina teammates at Manchester City facility

Lionel Messi hopes that Argentina will reach another World Cup final, but admits he's focusing on the group stage first.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi training at Manchester City along with his Argentina teammates on Tuesday.

Argentina have based themselves at the Premier League leaders' City Football Academy ahead of their friendly against Italy at the Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Messi arrived to join up with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and was present at a training session open to media in the afternoon.

Also present but not participating was City striker Sergio Aguero, who has been sidelined with a knee injury...

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World Cup squads: Who is on the plane to Russia, and who is in limbo?

Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.
Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.
Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.

The international break gives countries a chance for another look at their squads, with the World Cup looming. 

ESPN FC has correspondents for each team at the World Cup, and they've assessed the state of play in the country they're covering.

Here's a look at who has booked their tickets for the plane to Russia (assured of a place in their World Cup squad), who is in the departures lounge (could make it, could miss out) and who is stuck in traffic (likely to miss out) as the race to reach the...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi: Chocolates and fizzy drinks made me throw up

Shaka Hislop gets heated over Steve Nicol insisting Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Pelé was.

Lionel Messi has revealed the reason he no longer gets sick and vomits on the pitch during games: a simple change in his diet.

The Barcelona forward admitted in 2014 that it happened to him "all the time" after vomiting while playing an international friendly with Argentina.

"I ate badly for many years: chocolates, fizzy drinks, and everything," Messi told La Cornisa TV. "That is what made me throw up during games. Now I look after myself better. I eat fish, meat, salads. Everything is...