Category: La Liga

Lionel Messi is breaking records left and right in the Spanish league

Lionel Messi is breaking records left and right in the Spanish league written

Lionel Messi is now the leading goalscorer in European Champions League history after he scored a hat trick for his team, Barcelona in its 4-0 win against the Apoel Nicosia. Raul, a former Real Mandrid forward held the leading goal scorer record in the Champions League with 71 goals but now Messi has scored 74 goals in this league.

How long it to Messi to break the record

Messi has scored the goals after only 91 appearances in the league. Raul who previously held the record, had scored 71 goals after appearing for 142 times in the Champions League. However, the player was unlikely to continue holding this record after Christiano Ronaldo and Messi had rewritten the history books. Messi started the night in the same position with Raul but after 38 minutes, he broke the record and then added other two goals for a later good measure. The player is now sitting three goals clear of Ronaldo who hopefully will feature for Real Madrid against the Swiss Side Barsei on Wednesday. messi

Considering that Lionel Messi is 27, this latest landmark is one of several he has reached in the most recent years. This great Barcelona player and whose future in the club is questionable did hit the news headlines last weekend after he scored another hat trick in a 5-1 win against Sevilla. The 251 Spanish League goals record of Telmo Zarra had stood for 59 years and it would only take a brave man to bet against the Messi’s remaining longer. Messi will possibly extend his 253 goals record in coming years and still extend the record he has set in the Champions League.

Total goals

In all competitions, Messi has scored 369 goals for Barcelona and also registered 91 times during an amazing 2012 and this was after beating Gerd Muller, the former best of 85 in the calendar year. The 2011-12 campaign was among his most successful after he scored 68 goals – 50 of them coming in only 37 league games and having used his left foot to score 44 of the goals and his head to score one of the goals.

Messi, who has also won the honored Ballon d’Or four times between the year 2009 and 2012, appeared in 21 consecutive matches in the league which helped him score against the many clubs in the top Spanish league fight. With Barcelona safely through to the competition’s next stage and following a poor campaign last year, hopefully, Messi will inspire the team to the Champions League glory.

Liverpool’s former player Luis Suarez who scored his first goal after joining Barcelona is among the men who are eager to assist Messi attain this. In Cyprus Suarez scored the team’s opening goal while Messi took over and scored three goals to secure their win. Barcelona is now sitting one point behind the Paris Saint-Germain which won their match against Ajax, 3-1 to remain at the top.

Messi is not the only striker from Argentina who hit a hat trick on Wednesday. Sergio Arguero also scored three goals for Manchester City enabling them to defeat Bayern Munich 3-2. The team trailed 2-1 to the 10 men Bayern Munich but within the last five minutes Aguero managed to score twice and kept his team’s hopes for qualification alive. Bayern which has already passed through the knockout stage suffered the nightmare start after Mehdi Benatia was dispatched due to a professional foul on Sergio Aguero.

Five past Barcelona greats to rival ‘MSN’

Messi, Suarez and Neymar – or ‘MSN’ as they are frequently labelled – are no doubt three of the most talented footballers you will ever see. Messi may go down as the greatest ever player to play the game in fact, but Suarez and Neymar are not far behind, the trio terrorising defenders in Spain and throughout Europe currently.

However, Barcelona has a great tradition of superb players, in particular renowned for the success under Dutch manager and former star Johan Cruyff. Under his guidance from 1988 to 1996, the club won multiple honours including four La Liga titles in a row at the start of the ’90s. But more so, Cruyff developed and built the playing style and philosophy that we still see today, the intricate passing, pace and attacking flair are a direct result of Cruyff’s guidance.

Many of the players on this list will come from the so-called Dream Team under Cruyff in fact, such was the significance of that side. Although his influence on Barcelona is almost as great as a player, he is omitted from this list in preference to players who played during his coaching career and after, as a way of highlighting his influence in shaping the club in modern times.

Other familiar names to not feature include Diego Maradona – a short stint at the club prior to his Napoli move was moderately successful but tempestuous, and Gary Lineker whose 42 goals in 103 games mark him down as one of England’s best ever footballing exports. But the players on this list should all be considered equally impressive in their time as ‘MSN’ are today.


PSG throw the door open, Juve slam theirs shut – the winners and losers from across Europe

The European first legs were embarrassing for English teams, as only Manchester City managed to record a win.

But in the end, there was no need to fear those pesky Europeans. All three English teams are through in the Europa League, and with Manchester United drawn with Liverpool in the next round, at least one English team will make the quarters of the Europa League. Rejoice. Nice work propping up the coefficient, lads.

City and Chelsea, meanwhile, have varying degrees of opportunity in their Champions League second legs. Are we winding the clock back a decade when the Premier League reigned supreme? Probably not.

This week’s European round-up is sick of taking in the sights of imposing medieval cathedrals and is packing up to interrail off to somewhere sunnier. We sleep uncomfortably on overnight trains – with one eye open and one hand firmly clasped around our backpack at all times – so you don’t have to; and all to bring you the winners and losers from across the continent this weekend.

You’re welcome.


Arsenal, Man City & Man United on alert as Real Madrid prepare to cash in on £25m midfielder


According to reports from Mirror Football, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have been put ‘on alert’ by news that Real Madrid are ready to sell Isco. The 23-year-old has struggled to impact at the Bernabeu since arriving from Malaga in summer 2013, where he’d previously claimed Europe’s prestigious Golden Boy award and enjoyed talisman status under Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini. He’s managed just 16 starts in La Liga this term and failed to prove worthy of a more prominent role in the side, recording just one goal and four assists despite being able to supply some of the most formidable goalscorers in European football in attacking trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. It appears Real Madrid are finally ready to cut their losses on the Spain international and according to Mirror Football, a number of Premier League clubs are willing to take him of the La Liga giants’ gigantic hands. Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are all reportedly monitoring Isco’s situation ahead of the summer transfer window, whilst Chelsea could also express an interest once Antonio Conte takes the managerial reigns at Stamford Bridge.