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Argentina's world class forwards were instrumental in a 2-1 away win over Chile last night that gave the visitors a three-point lead in the standings as the South American World Cup qualifying campaign takes a break until March.

<b>11. LIONEL MESSI </b><br/>
<b>Total earnings: </b>£24.9 million <br/>
<b>Salary/winnings: </b>£12.7 million <br/>
<b>Endorsements: </b>£12.2 million <br/>
Lionel Messi is now regarded as the best footballer in the World, slightly above Christiano Ronaldo. Messi broke the 39 year record for most goals in a European club season in 2012 when he finished the season having netted 73 times. He won FIFA player of the year three times and his biggest endorsement is from Adidas.

Lionel Messi poses headache for Argentina's South American rivals

Stopping Lionel Messi is the primary concern of South American teams facing Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers. This week it is Uruguay's turn.

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Cheering crowds greeted more than 1,000 indigenous protesters as they entered Bolivia's capital, La Paz, after a two-month march from the Amazon lowlands.

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Bolivia's President hopes a highway through virgin land will lead to prosperity &ndash; but indigenous groups are furious

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Butch Cassidy, the Wild West bandit and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, did not die in a shootout 1908 in Bolivia as popularly believed but survived and lived the rest of his days in Washington state, according to a book collector and a writer.

Video: Thousands stranded in snowy Bolivia

Bolivia appeals for help as it is hit by the worst snow in 20 years.

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The apparent serenity of these two women, dressed in traditional Bolivian attire, offers no hint as to the scripted violence about to be unleashed.

Costa Rica stun nine-man Bolivia in Copa America

Teenage striker Joel Campbell shone as Costa Rica's second string team beat nine-man Bolivia 2-0 to push hosts and tournament favourites Argentina into third place in Group A at the Copa America on Thursday.

Messi is slammed after Bolivia draw

The group stages of the Copa America, with only four of the 12 teams being eliminated, were supposed to be a glorified non-event, a chance for the big guns to ease themselves into the tournament and jockey for the easiest route to the final.

Coca leaf drug row in Bolivia

The Bolivian government is renouncing the UN's anti-drug convention because it classifies coca leaf as an illegal narcotic.

Only Copa America joy can cure Argentina's Plate pain

Messi &amp; Co must beat Brazil and end 18 trophyless years to make a country smile again
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