Lionel Messi has been chided by Argentina teammate Martin Palermo, who claims the Barcelona star lacks the leadership qualities that Diego Maradona had when he led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.
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"I would have loved to finish my career at Chelsea, one of the top clubs in the Premier League and in Europe and I admit they were my number one option when my contract expired last summer. I was a little disappointed when we could not come to an agreement on a new contract because at one point, I thought we would get there. Up until quite recently, playing again in the Bundesliga [was] not in my mind at all, but here I am."
How do you reflect on your time at Chelsea?
It's a special club where I spent four great years. We won many trophies in my time there, with the fantastic league and cup Double last season, two other FA Cup victories (2007, 2009) and the League Cup (2007) giving me great memories. Right from the moment I signed in 2006, I was treated very well by the people at the club and there was always a great spirit in the squad. We had many champions in the team, six or seven national team captains, and yet our biggest asset was unity, with all these top class players putting egos in their pockets for the good of the team. It's pretty unique in my opinion.
Nicolas Anelka has been banned for 18 matches by the French Football Federation (FFF) over his conduct at this summer's World Cup.
Eric Abidal, the fifth player summoned to the hearing, escaped any sanctions.
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