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Lionel Messi Misses Crucial Penalty, Days After Cristiano Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi joined his rival Cristiano Ronaldo in missing a crucial penalty, but his disappointment was overshadowed by Emiliano Martinez’s heroics for Argentina.

Argentina advanced to the Copa America semi-finals after a tense penalty shootout victory over Ecuador. While Messi and goalkeeper Martinez made different headlines, it was Martinez’s performance that stole the spotlight.

 

Martinez, known as the king of penalty shootouts, came up clutch to inspire Argentina to the Copa America semi-finals.

Lionel Messi Misses Penalty for Argentina

The quarter-final clash ended 1-1 after regular time, with a dramatic late equalizer from Ecuador forcing the decision to penalties.

Messi, stepping up first for Argentina, saw his effort comfortably saved by Ecuador’s Moisés Ramírez, adding to the captain’s recent struggles from the spot for the national team.

A dejected Messi was consoled by Ecuador’s goalkeeper after the miss, reflecting the emotional toll of the moment.

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Ballon d’Or 2024: Spain Coach Snubs Vinicius and Bellingham, Picks Euro 2024 Best Player as Favourite

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The debate over who deserves the 2024 Ballon d’Or continues to divide fans and pundits. Initially, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior were the frontrunners, especially with their performances leading up to the European Championship and Copa America.

However, their outings in these tournaments have seemingly diminished their chances.

Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, fresh off leading La Roja to victory in the European Championship, has weighed in on the matter. Following Spain’s 2-1 triumph over England in the final at Olympiastadion on Sunday, July 14, the 63-year-old coach revealed his pick for the prestigious award.

De la Fuente’s team, widely praised as the best at the tournament, secured their reputation with a well-deserved victory. Consequently, de la Fuente’s endorsement carries significant weight, further shaking up the Ballon d’Or race.

 

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PSG Tables €200m Bid for Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia

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French giants PSG have reportedly made a stunning €200m bid for Napoli stars Victor Osimhen and Khvicha  Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen, whose summer transfer market release clause is €130m, could be sold for €100m as Napoli appears ready to offload the Nigerian international. The proposed deal splits as €110m for Osimhen and €90m for the Georgian winger.

Reports from Corriere dello Sport indicate that PSG and Saudi club Al Ahli are keen on signing Osimhen. However, the striker dreams of playing in the Premier League and is not considering a move to the Saudi Pro League.

Despite the offer, Napoli has maintained that Kvaratskhelia is not for sale, having previously rejected a €110m bid from PSG in June. The Serie A champions remain firm on their stance regarding the talented winger.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in the 25-year-old Osimhen but have balked at the full €130m release fee. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis might accept a lower offer if it arrives soon, allowing the club to pursue Romelu Lukaku, their primary target.

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Transfer News Live: Chelsea Renew Pursuit of Osimhen with Blockbuster Swap Deal

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Chelsea is reigniting their interest in Napoli’s star striker, Victor Osimhen, by reportedly offering one of their top talents in a blockbuster swap deal.

The transfer saga surrounding Osimhen continues to unfold. Despite having a verbal agreement to leave Napoli this summer, no European club has met his €130 million release clause.

 

Chelsea’s Tempting Offer for Osimhen

According to transfer expert Rudy Galetti, Chelsea is determined to secure Osimhen and is proposing a deal that includes Cesare Casadei, Romelu Lukaku, and a significant cash sum.

 

New Napoli manager Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with Lukaku, his former Inter Milan star, but negotiations have been challenging. Chelsea is also looking to offload Armando Broja and Trevoh Chalobah, though Napoli has shown no interest in these players.

 

With Arsenal reportedly out of the race for Osimhen, Chelsea remains hopeful that Napoli will accept their swap deal to finalize this high-profile transfer.

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