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Lionel Messi triumphantly presented his latest Ballon dOr award,  the eighth in his legendary career,  to Inter Miami CF fans at DRV PNK Stadium, in U.S. on Saturday, Nov 11, 2023.

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World's best soccer player ruled out for match against Costa Rica

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Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lionel Messi (36), who has been named the world's best player a record eight times by the International Association Football Soccer Federation (FIFA), will miss Argentina's upcoming friendly against Costa Rica to be held this month.

According to the Argentine Football Soccer Association, Messi will be out of action for the next few weeks because of a right hamstring injury. 

The Argentina Team captain was substituted early in the second half of last week's 3-1 win over the Nashville Team in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) Champions Cup because of an injury.

Messi was part of Argentina's team for the international match against Costa Rica, which will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California, United States.

The game has been scheduled for 8 p.m. PDT, or about 10 p.m. Costa Rica time. Tickets to the match cost between $100 and $500 and are available on the Ticketmaster website.

The Costa Rican Soccer Federation is anticipated to announce the match's local and international television broadcasters in the following days.

Messi plays as a forward goal scorer position and captain for both the U.S. Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and the Argentina Soccer National Team.

Argentina Soccer National Team is the current World Champion, having won the 2022 World Cup.

What should the Costa Rican squad do to win the match against the current World Champion Team?
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