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CONMEBOL way above CONCACAF

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 By Tom Marshall

Lionel Messi admits Argentina FA criticism a mistake before Copa finals

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Copa America Centenario final, a rematch of last year's final which saw Chile defeat Argentina in penalties.

HOBOKEN, New Jersey -- Argentina striker Lionel Messi admitted he made a mistake with his vocal criticism of his country's FA, but refused to use the situation as an excuse should the Albiceleste lose their Copa America finals rematch against Chile on Sunday.

The Barcelona star made his feelings clear about the AFA on Thursday when he uploaded a photo to his social networks, with the clear message: "What a disaster the AFA are."

Argentina captain Messi didn't want to expand too much at the...

CONMEBOL way above CONCACAF at Copa America Centenario

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Copa America Centenario final, a rematch of last year's final which saw Chile defeat Argentina in penalties.

LOS ANGELES -- A major takeaway from this summer's Copa America Centenario is that CONMEBOL has put its excellence on display in comparison to the CONCACAF nations that took part. Argentina, Chile and Colombia clearly demonstrated the gap that exists between them and the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica, among others.

It's a question of quality, of players like Lionel Messi, Arturo Vidal and James Rodriguez. And just when we thought the gap between the two confederations was narrowing, the...

Argentina federation to have affairs managed by emergency FIFA panel

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Copa America Centenario final, a rematch of last year's final which saw Chile defeat Argentina in penalties.

ZURICH -- FIFA says it has taken control of Argentina's football federation from the current leadership and will help pick an emergency panel to manage its affairs.

FIFA announced the decision Friday, two days before the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team plays the Copa America Centenario final against Chile in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On Thursday, Argentina soccer body president Luis Segura -- a member of FIFA's ruling council -- was charged with fraud related to TV broadcasting rights.

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Lionel Messi has nothing to prove for Argentina - Sergio Romero

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Messi is the greatest of all time, if Croatia should be amongst Euro 2016 favourites, and Chelsea's EPL fate next season.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses what the Copa America Centenario means to Lionel Messi's legacy and the rest of the players competing in the tournament.
Gerardo Martino praises Lionel Messi's character following Argentina's 4-0 win over the United States.
ESPN's Bernardo Osuna breaks down a magical night in Houston for Lionel Messi, where he became Argentina's leading scorer with a brilliant free-kick.
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino says he was "very happy" after seeing Lionel Messi become the country's leading goalscorer during their 4-0 win over the USA in the Copa America Centenario semi-final Copa America Centenario semi-final.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero says it is good for his team that birthday boy Lionel Messi still has records yet to break, while Carlos Tevez says his erstwhile teammates deserve to win Sunday's Copa America Centenario final against Chile.

Messi, who turned 29 on Friday, has played 531 senior games and scored 453 goals while winning four Ballon d'Or awards and 28 trophies with Barcelona including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.

However, with Argentina he has just two trophies...

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Lionel Messi calls Argentina federation 'a disaster' after flight delay

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Copa America Centenario final, a rematch of last year's final which saw Chile defeat Argentina in penalties.

Lionel Messi blasted the Argentine Football Association, calling it a "disaster" after the national team's plane from Houston was delayed on Thursday.

Messi and Argentina comfortably defeated the United States in the Copa America Centenario semifinals on Tuesday, setting the stage for a rematch in the final with defending champion Chile at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

With the team's plane from Houston to New Jersey grounded on Thursday, Messi took to Instagram to voice his disgust with the AFA.

"Once...