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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez, Mohd Faiz Subri up for FIFA Puskas award

ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels the usual suspects will be atop the list of the 2016 FIFA Best Player Award.

Corinthians attacking midfielder Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri are the three nominees for the FIFA Puskas award 2016 for the best goal of the year.

The three-player shortlist was whittled down from an original 10 goals, with the winner to be announced on Jan. 9, 2017.

Lionel Messi's long free kick in Argentina's Copa America 4-0 semifinal victory over the United States and Neymar's flick and volley for Barcelona against Villarreal were not included.

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui voted for Lionel Messi for FIFA The Best award

Lionel Messi's brace against Celtic gives him nine goals in just four Champions League games this campaign.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels the usual suspects will be atop the list of the 2016 FIFA Best Player Award.
Lionel Messi admits Barca's game against Real Sociedad is a must win to keep up with Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui says he has voted for Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi to win The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2016

Lopetegui selected Messi, 29, ahead of Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos for the new aware.

The 50-year-old told Cadena Cope: "I've never met a player like Leo Messi. I don't like to compare eras. I've never seen and nor do I think I will ever see someone with Messi's consistency."

The FIFA award for...

Lionel Messi, Argentina's media boycott backed by Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick and provided two assists to lift the Albiceleste to a much needed win over Colombia.
Alejandro Moreno talks how Brazil and Argentina are looking following the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.
Craig Burley doesn't put much stock into FIFA's world rankings and says it doesn't necessarily evaluate nations accurately.

Diego Maradona has come out in support of Lionel Messi and the Argentina players over their decision to boycott the media.

Argentina captain Messi announced after last week's 3-0 home win over Colombia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in San Juan that he and the rest of the squad would not speak to the press until further notice because they felt they were mistreated -- with an allegation made by one journalist about Ezequiel Lavezzi the final straw.

Asked about Messi's decision, the 1986 World Cup...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Edgardo Bauza refutes claims that Lionel Messi decides Argentina XI

Alejandro Moreno talks how Brazil and Argentina are looking following the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.

Head coach Edgardo Bauza refuted claims that Lionel Messi has a strong hand in the Argentina national team selection.

Messi scored a free kick and assisted two goals in Argentina's 3-0 CONMEBOL victory over Colombia last week in a World Cup qualifier, before leading the teammates to a media boycott after the game.

The reason given by the team was allegations from the media that Ezequiel Lavezzi was left out of the Colombia match because he was caught smoking cannabis.

Despite speculation that...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi happy at Barcelona but not Argentina - Cesar Luis Menotti

Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.
The guys respond to your tweets about Lionel Messi moving to the Premier League and the Wayne Rooney saga.
Luis Enrique praised Malaga's defence and insisted that the absence of Suarez and Messi did not play a part in the side's draw.
Barcelona failed to capitalise against 9-man Malaga without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Luis Enrique urged Lionel Messi to finish his career in Catalonia saying it would be the 'perfect story'.
Luis Enrique described Lionel Messi as the 'best player in the history of football' ahead of Barcelona's clash with Malaga.

Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona but not in Argentina, former Barcelona coach and fellow Argentinean Cesar Luis Menotti said on Monday.

Menotti, 78, blamed the environment which surrounds football in Argentina for the reason fans see a different Messi for Barcelona than for his national team and even suggested the Argentine Football's Association's (AFA) poor planning and preparation was responsible for failing to consistently get the best out of Messi.

"At Barcelona Messi is happy," Menotti said...