Welcome back, Lionel Messi! After ‘retiring’ from international play, the soccer star has returned to team Argentina. They play Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier match on Sep. 1 and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see every moment. Click to watch.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is still a few years away, but the action is already heating up, as two major teams south of the equator will clash in an epic qualifier match. Argentina will welcome their CONMEBOL (aka the South American Football Confederation) rivals to the Estadio Malvinas Argetinas in Mendoza, Argentina. A win will bring one team closer to the World Cup tournament, while a loss could spell doom! The match begins at 7:30 PM ET so be sure to watch every thrilling second!
Fans can catch this match via beIN Sports official live stream (after entering in their cable info.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ARGENTINA VS URUGUAY WORLD CUP QUALIFIER LIVE STREAM
The biggest story going into this match might be how Lionel Messi, 29, said he wasn’t going to take part. Following Argentina’s devastating loss to Chile in the Copa America final, the “World Footballer of the Year” said that he couldn’t handle having his heart broken any more. “The national team is over for me,” he said. Yet, it seems this retirement was as real as UFC Conor McGregor’s, 28, as Messi returned to the team without missing a single match.
“Maybe his retirement was staged to make us forget about the three final loses,” Argentina head coach (and legendary soccer star) Diego Maradona, 55, said, per CBS Sports, referencing their World Cup final defeat in 2014 and the last two Copa America losses. Or perhaps Messi, after getting slapped with a 21-month jail sentence and a undergoing a blonde makeover, just needed to work through his pain before getting back to work.
While Messi threatened to sit out this game over his broken heart, several Uruguayan players threatened to boycott the match over money, per the Indian Express. Several players, including Luis Suarez, 29, and Edinson Cavani, 29, were planning to strike unless the Uruguayan Football Association signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Nike. The association was being pressured by local TV rights holder Tenfield to sign a deal with Puma that was four-times less lucrative. Yikes! If none of the players show up for the game, it could cost the country more than millions of dollars – they could lose their shot at the Word Cup!
Who do you want to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Uruguay or Argentina?