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04:06

Messi beats C Ronaldo to set new goal record


Barcelona on Saturday, confirmed in a post on their official website that their captain, Lionel Messi, has surpassed Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, to set a new goal record in Europe’s five biggest leagues after scoring against Real Sociedad.


The Catalan club defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 in La Liga on Saturday, thanks to Messi’s late penalty to send them back to the top of La Liga table.

Messi’s strike against Sociedad means the Argentine captain now has 438 goals in his 474th La Liga games.

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The 32-year-old now has a goal ahead of Ronaldo, who has scored 437 times in 540 games for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.


Messi is now the all-time top scorer in the five major European leagues (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1).

The Barca number 10 led the table until January 25, when Ronaldo overtook him with a goal against Napoli.

Six weeks later, Messi leads the way again.

Messi and Ronaldo have been the most prolific scorers in Europe of all time.

The duo has been regularly competing with each other for individual honours.

Messi has won six Ballon d’Ors, and Ronaldo has won five. Dailypost
01:36

Barcelona: Messi expects to be out for 'a little while' in unfortunate injury blow



The Argentine superstar strained a calf muscle in training but expects to be sidelined for only a short period of time



Lionel Messi expects to be out of action for "a little while" after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.

The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga's champions after his post-Copa America holiday.

The 32-year-old will miss Barca's pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem.

Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.

"I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while," he wrote on Instagram.

"I'm grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.

"It wasn't to be this time, but we'll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone." (Goal)
04:16

Sports: Copa America outburst: Messi banned for three months


Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned from playing for his national team for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticised the South American football governing body during the Copa America.



The 32-year-old Barcelona forward had accused CONMEBOL of “corruption” after he was sent off against Chile during the third-place play-off during the tournament in Brazil, which ended last month.

Messi was angered by two incidents during the June-July Copa hosted by bitter rivals Brazil.

Argentina were denied two penalty claims in their 2-0 semi-final defeat to the hosts, after which Messi claimed Brazil were “managing a lot in CONMEBOL these days.”

And when he was harshly dismissed in the next game, which Argentina went on to win 2-1, he couldn’t contain his anger.

“Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they’re ruining it a bit,” Messi said.

He was given his marching orders after a first-half scuffle with Chile captain Gary Medel in which television pictures suggested he’d done little wrong.



The CONMEBOL statement on its website didn’t specify why Messi was being punished but said it was related to articles 7.1 and 7.2 of its disciplinary regulations.

One such clause refers to “offensive, insulting behaviour or making defamatory protests of any kind.”

Another clause mentions “breaching the decisions, directives or orders of the judicial bodies.”

The ban means only that Messi will miss a handful of friendly matches as Argentina’s next competitive fixture is not until the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar begin in March.

However, he has already received a one-game ban from CONMEBOL for his red card against Chile meaning he’ll miss the first of those.

Argentina have two friendlies lined up in the United States in September against Chile and Mexico and another in October away to Germany.

Messi would miss all three of those but be free to play for his country again in November.

AFP

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