Messi shocked the football world by informing Barcelona on Tuesday that he wanted to leave the team where he has played his entire professional career, was the record scorer and won four Champions League titles.
It is believed to be the first positive case at a professional sporting fixture in Australia since the Twenty20 Women's World Cup final in Melbourne on 8 March.
Robbie Fowler and his assistant Tony Grant went home to England in March when the season was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Australia's A-League inching closer to resumption after clubs, players accept pay cut
Australian football’s A-League, which suspended play in late March because of the coronavirus pandemic, is closer to resuming after organizers and players agreed a pay deal and to extend the league to 31 August.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Australia's A-League to resume in mid-July, contingent on agreement with broadcasters
Australia’s other major football codes have already announced their resumption, with rugby league recommencing later on Thursday, Australian Rules on 11 June and rugby union on 3 July
After months of turmoil, a new normal appears to be on the horizon for New Zealand's sporting landscape
With a new player in the TV market, no Radio Sport and the growth of streaming media, the way that New Zealand consumes sport is likely to change
Coronavirus Outbreak: Football in Australia, New Zealand ends after A-League suspends season indefinitely
Australian football's A-League has suspended its season indefinitely, bringing an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the coronavirus pandemic passes.
Coronavirus pandemic: New Zealand rugby, football teams indefinitely base themselves in Australia amid COVID-19 threat
The New Zealand Warriors rugby league team has decided to indefinitely base itself in Australia, separating players from their families, in the hope of continuing to play in Australia's National Rugby League as the coronavirus crisis continues.
Eriksson has coached several high-profile European club sides including AS Roma, Lazio, Benfica and Manchester City and was England’s first foreign manager between 2001-2006
ISL 2019-20: ATK centre-forward Roy Krishna's calm and confident play inspires Kolkata side to bloom in crunch situations
Speaking to Firstpost following ATK’s Christmas day win over the reigning champions, Krishna elaborated on his observations six months into life in India
ISL: ATK sign Fijian forward Roy Krishna from A-League side Wellington Phoenix FC for upcoming season
Former champions ATK on Tuesday unveiled Fijian forward Roy Krishna as their first International signing for the next Indian Super League season
Australia's professional female footballers secured a landmark pay rise Friday that will see them receive the same minimum wage as their male counterparts in a win for gender equality.
Hakeem al-Araibi trains with second-tier club Pascoe Vale in Australia, says he wants to play in A-League
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has resumed training in Australia and revealed a dream to play in the domestic A-League, but admits he is out of shape after two months in a Thai jail.
Bahrain insist on extradition of semi-professional footballer Hakeem Alaraibi from Thailand despite international outcry
The Australian government, human rights groups, world football's governing body FIFA and the International Olympic Committee have all called for Alaraibi's release
Manchester United to take on rivals Leeds United in friendly as part of pre-season tour of Australia
Manchester United confirmed their first two fixtures of their 2019 tour schedule will be against A-League team Perth Glory on 13 July before they take on Leeds in the city four days later.
Central Coast Mariners hiring Usain Bolt would be 'kick in the teeth' to footballers, says Perth Glory's Andy Keogh
Usain Bolt might have generated a fair amount of buzz around the A-League, but that has not been enough for other footballers to warm up to him, with many considering him to be not good enough.
Usain Bolt turns down professional contract from Maltese champions Valletta FC to remain in Australia
Usain Bolt has rejected offers from Maltese club Valletta FC to continue training with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia, where he is yet to receive a professional contract.
Sprint legend Usain Bolt offered contract by Maltese club Valletta FC, despite being on trial at Central Coast Mariners
Former sprinter turned professional footballer Usain Bolt has received a professional contract from Maltese club Valletta FC, who have promised Bolt the chance to play in a cup final.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt told to appear for drug test despite having no professional A-League contract
Sprint legend Usain Bolt has been asked to complete a doping test by the Australian Football Federation, despite not being officially registered with a club from the country yet.
Former sprinter Usain Bolt scores brace on first start for Central Coast Mariners in pre-season game
Usain Bolt bagged a brace in Central Coast Mariners' win over Macarthur South West United in a pre-season friendly fixture. The former sprinter has been chasing his dream of playing professional football since retiring from athletics.