Lionel Messi notched a hat trick this weekend in Barcelona’s win over Sevilla — his 251st, 252nd and 253rd goals in La Liga. This broke the record previously held by Telmo Zarra, who played for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s, scoring 251 league goals. Messi is still only 27 years old and is going to score a lot more goals for Barça.
Messi is at the point where he is so good that his last name might as well be turned into an adjective to describe greatness. Between 2007-08 and last season he averaged 35+ goals per year in La Liga. Impressive, no? A, shall we say, Messi-ian feat.
YouTube uploader iNJRHD put together a 30+ minute clip of all 253 league goals by Messi. The video begins with Messi’s first goal –set up by Ronaldinho where he chips the Albacete goalkeeper with ease, a clear sign of things to come from the Argentine master.
I’m not sure if this guy is breaking a law or not, but what he did is pretty disgusting. Watch as a senior Everton supporter casually strolls through the stadium walkway, only the pick a booger and wipe it on a lady’s head.
The troubling part of his pick-and-wipe is there’s no way it’s the first time he’s done something like this — it’s just the first time a television camera caught him doing it. Someone find this boogerman and throw him in jail!
The Tel Aviv derby between Hapoel and Maccabi was marred by violence on Monday after a shirtless fan ran onto the field and attacked Eran Zahavi, who had scored an equalizer for Maccabi from the penalty spot earlier in the match. Zahavi, an Israel international, formerly played for Hapoel and was sent off by the referee. From there the match turned into chaos as fans from both sides ran onto the field. It was subsequently abandoned at halftime.
Hapoel manager Eyal Berkovic, who played for Southampton, West Ham, Celtic, Blackburn, Manchester City and Portsmouth, said: “This was not a game of football, it was war.
“I’m stunned and ashamed to be involved in football on a day like today.
“Both clubs and both sets of supporters must be severely punished for what happened here.”
Tel Aviv police confirmed that 10 people had been arrested which prompted further brawling outside a city courthouse on Tuesday. Video footage showed the fans flailing wildly on the street and hitting each other with belts and sticks for several minutes.
James Rodriguez flashed some of that World Cup magic this afternoon in Real Madrid’s game vs. Granda in La Liga. Words don’t exactly come close to doing the goal justice, so just watch. You know you’re a special player when you can routinely make the incredible — a left-footed volley into the upper 90 in this instance — look effortless.
Bayern Munich beat Hamburger SV 3-1 in the German Cup on Wednesday. That’s not much of a surprise, considering Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe, while HSV is one of the worst near the bottom of the Bundesliga standings. However, Hamburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny still managed to put his body (part) on the line — painfully — in the loss when a shot drilled him right in the groin.
Or, as whomever was calling the match for British television said, the family jewels.