The numbers speak for themselves. Lionel Messi has played six matches in Argentina's World Cup qualification campaign, notching five wins and one defeat. In the eight games he has missed, however, Argentina have accumulated one win, four draws and three defeats. Messi's four-match suspension was handed down Tuesday morning, and he still has three more games to miss; after the 2-0 defeat in Bolivia, his absence casts serious doubt on his country's capacity to qualify.
His ban -- four games for...
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed that that he played football as a kid in his local jail in Chile.
Sanchez, who grew up in the Chilean city of Tocopilla, is well known for his passion on the football pitch.
And the Chile international told Arsenal Player how this hunger for the game led to him playing wherever and whenever he could as a youngster -- even if it meant going in goal.
"I wanted to be a professional footballer from when I was small," he said. "My mental approach was always...
Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez was given a speeding ticket and must appear in court after being clocked driving at 155 kilometres per hour (96 mph) in the Buin area, south of Santiago, during a free afternoon given to the Chile national team.
Police fined Sanchez on Saturday, and his court date was set for April 12.
La Roja were beaten 1-0 in Argentina in a key World Cup qualifier last week, and Juan Antonio Pizzi's side now need a win over Venezuela.
Three points on Tuesday -- when...