Argentina with and without Messi

I am not busting myths by saying that Argentina is not the same team with and without Lionel Messi. The Albiceleste are currently experiencing a rather difficult qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup and lot of the blame goes to the absence of La Pulga. Argentina won three out of three games when the man from Barcelona was playing (Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay) and only one of the seven in which he was not present (Colombia, 4 draws and 2 defeats). Argentina have only scored 11 goals and besides Messi (2), defender Gabriel Mercado (2) is the only player to have scored more than one goal.

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Mapas de goles esperados (Primera División Argentina 2016)

Mapas de goles esperados (explicación aquí) de los partidos de la fecha 7 en la Primera A 2016 (Argentina):

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Messi: a short preview of the Copa America 2015

Messi played two editions of the Copa America: Colombia 2007 and Argentina 2011. And as can be seen in this blog post; it does not seem to be his favorite tournament. He has scored only 2 goals in 10 games, and averages 0,21 goals per 90 minutes.

Previewing the Copa America 2015 in Chile, let’s see how he has done against Argentina’s opponents in the group phase:

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Copa América Warm-up

The Copa America 2015 is set to begin on Thursday (June 11th) and here you’ll find everything (probably not, but still some interesting things) you want to know about the oldest continental football tournament there is.

Copa America 2015: all groups
Copa America 2015: all groups


12 participants
 There are twelve teams participating in the upcoming edition. Here is the all-time ranking with the 12 teams highlighted:

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Lionel Messi: his finals and performance against Chile (and Claudio Bravo)

After having already won the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals this year, Messi is about to play his 18th one-legged final: the Copa America final against Chile, where he will want to take revenge for the last two finals he lost with the first squad of Argentina. A quick summary of his final and stats against Chile.
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