Recently crowned FIFA Best Player of the Year Lionel Messi bagged another record in the Champions League after his contribution to Barcelona during the away game at Sparta Prague FC of Czech Republic.
The Barcelona skipper opened the scoring to set his team on the way to a slim 2-1 win at the home of Sparta Prague.
This means that he has now scored against 33 different teams on the Champions League stage thus equalling the record of retired Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The win over Sparta Prague in their Matchday Three clash ensured that Barcelona have opened up a three-point lead at the top of Group F.
Barcelona started Matchday Three in second place behind Borussia Dortmund with the two teams on four points apiece but the German Bundesliga giants have been demoted from top spot to the third spot after the defeat at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
Borussia Dortmund were beaten 2-0 by hosts Inter Milan who are now up to second place in the Group F table behind leaders Barcelona.
Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva scored the goals for Inter Milan either side of thy halftime interval as the Nerazzuri picked up their first win of the competition.
Chelsea Contact Barcelona Winger Over Potential Transfer
Chelsea have reportedly contacted Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele over a potential move to Stamford Bridge next summer.
This is according to the report from Spanish media outlet El Desmarque which said that the Blues have sounded out his representatives over a move to West London with the reigning Europa League champions expected to be active in the transfer market after their ban was overturned partially last week.
Chelsea had been slapped with a two-window transfer ban by world football’s governing body FIFA earlier this year for breaking the rules relating to the transfer of young players.
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The FIFA ruling was appealed by Chelsea and subsequently thrown out by the body’s Appeal Committee thereby leading the Blues to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
According to the CAS verdict delivered on Friday, Chelsea had the ban reduced from two windows to just one window which has already been served in the summer.
Chelsea can now sign players as from the winter transfer market which opens again next month.
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has endured a frustrating time at the Nou Camp since his transfer to the club in 2017.
His form has been affected negatively by several injury problems.
How Messi Set Another La Liga Record Revealed
Messi was at his very best as he helped Barcelona to a convincing win over the newly promoted team in one of the week 16 La Liga games played on Saturday.
With the result, Lionel Messi was able to set a new record for the most hattricks in the history of Spanish La Liga.
Messi (35 hattricks) was able to break the record of long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo (34 hattricks).
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He opened his account against Real Mallorca with the second Barcelona goal after French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann had given the home side the lead at the Nou Camp.
Real Mallorca star Ante Budimir halved the deficit for his team before Messi restored the two-goal advantage for Barcelona with his brace.
Barcelona went 4-1 up with Luis Suarez’s first goal of the game shortly before the halftime interval.
Ante Budimir pulled another goal back for the visitors in the second half before Lionel Messi wrapped up the game with his hat-trick seven minutes from time.
Lionel Messi has now scored 12 goals in just 10 La Liga games.
He was recently named the Ballon d’Or Award recipient to take his tally to six Ballon d’Or titles.
Luis Suarez Snubs Ronaldo For Best Striker List
Ronaldo was conspicuously missing from the list from Barcelona star Luis Suarez.
The list of the best strikers is headlined by Barcelona pal and teammate Lionel Messi who was at the forefront of the five-man lost from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The list had Brazilian football legend Romario in fifth position, while ex-Brazilian international star Ronaldo was named in fourth position by Uruguayan national team star Luis Suarez.
His former Uruguayan national teammate Diego Dorian came in third spot, while Argentine football legend Gabriel Batistuta was in second position behind Lionel Messi.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has not had the best of seasons at Juventus and that was compounded by his position during the Ballon d’Or Award ceremony on Monday night.
The Juventus player finished third at the end of the voting process for the Best Player Award.
Ronaldo finished behind Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk in second place and Lionel Messi in first position.
Argentine international Messi has now won six Ballon d’Or titles which is more than any other player.
Arsenal, Liverpool Join Barcelona In Race To Sign Nigerian Attacker
Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have joined the race to sign young Red Bull Salzburg attacker Karim Adeyemi according to the latest reports emanating from the Spanish media.
Karim Adeyemi is on loan at Austrian second-tier Liefering where he has scored eight goals in 13 appearances.
According to Spanish media outlet SPORT, Arsenal and Liverpool have joined Barcelona in the race to sign the young attacker.
The 17-year-old joined Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg in July 2018 and he was then loaned to Liefering.
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The Nigerian-born player has been able to paint Liefering with goals this season and that has attracted the interest of the biggest clubs in Spain, England and Germany.
Barcelona Academy director Patrick Kluivert is a big admirer of the player but he will have to contend with two Premier League teams namely Arsenal and reigning European champions Liverpool in the quest to sign the player.
German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also in the mix of the clubs keen to sign Karim Adeyemi who was signed for around £2m by Red Bull Salzburg last summer.
A recent report from the Daily Mail claimed that Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg rejected a transfer fee of £15m for him.
Billionaire Plotting Ambituous Swoop For Messi, Guardiola
French billionaire Bernard Arnault has reportedly been linked with an ambitious swoop for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
This is according to the report from La Repubblica which revealed that the billionaire wants to buy Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and thereafter try to lure both Messi and Guardiola to the club.
Bernard Arnault is the third richest man in the world as confirmed by Forbes.
The Frenchman has a net worth of €107m to make him the third richest man.
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He wants Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola at AC Milan in what could be a farfetched target for him.
Messi was recently crowned the best player in the world for the sixth time after winning the Ballon d’Or award on Monday.
The Barcelona superstar was level with arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo on five Ballon d’Or titles before the recipient for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award was revealed earlier this month.
Messi had earlier won the Ballon d’Or Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
On his part, Pep Guardiola has won the last two Premier League titles at Manchester City but faces a big hurdle to make it a hat-trick of wins in the league with his team currently trailing leaders Liverpool by 11 points after 15 league games.
Ansu Fati Signs Contract Extension With €170m Release Clause
Young Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati has signed a new deal to keep him at the Spanish La Liga outfit for the long haul.
The news of his contract extension at Barcelona was announced on Wednesday.
Ansu Fati has signed a new contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.
His release clause has improved from €100m to €170m with the new contract.
Ansu Fati signed his first professional contract in the summer with the hope that he will feature for the Barcelona youth teams.
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The 17-year-old winger has enjoyed a meteoric rise at Barcelona this season after making 11 appearances for the Spanish La Liga champions this season.
His release clause is expected to increase to €400m once he has fully graduated to the first team at Barcelona.
Ansu Fati has contributed to the successes recorded at Barcelona this season with the Nou Camp giants fighting for three trophies this season.
Barcelona are the pacesetters on the Spanish La Liga table this season after recording 31 points from the 14 league games played this season.
The Spanish champions are level on points with arch-rivals Real Madrid at the La Liga summit with a better goal difference.
Barcelona are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League from Group F.
Eden Hazard To Miss El Clasico Clash With Barcelona
Real Madrid have been dealt a big injury blow following the news that star player Eden Hazard will miss the El Clasico clash with arch rivals Barcelona.
Summer signing Eden Hazard has suffered a fractured ankle and would miss the blockbuster El Clasico meeting with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.
He suffered the injury from during the recent Champions League game at home to French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Eden Hazard was subbed off during the PSG game following the injury he sustained via the tackle from Belgian international teammate Thomas Meunier.
Eden Hazard has not enjoyed an extended run in the Real Madrid team mainly because of injury problems.
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The 28-year-old forward signed for Real Madrid from Premier League giants Chelsea in the summer in a club-record deal.
Real Madrid paid around €100m to sign Eden Hazard who had one year remaining on his contract at Chelsea.
Eden Hazard spent seven successful years at Chelsea with two Premier League titles and two Europa League titles.
The Belgian international signed for Chelsea from French Ligue 1 outfit Lille for a fee of around £32m.
He won the Premier League title under former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Ballon d’Or Award Breakdown Revealed To Show How Messi Beat Van Dijk
At the latest Ballon d’Or Award ceremony on Monday night, Lionel Messi was named the award recipient ahead of the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane.
France Football are the organisers of the Ballon d’Or Award and they released the voting results earlier this week with Lionel Messi beating Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk by seven points only.
Lionel Messi garnered 686 votes ahead of Van Dijk who had 679 votes.
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The Barcelona and Argentine national skipper has now won six Ballon d’Or titles to edge clear of Cristiano Ronaldo who has five Ballon d’Or titles.
Liverpool centre back Virgil Van Dijk is the closest defender to winning the Ballon d’Or Award since ex-Italian international Fabio Cannavaro won the award in 2006.
Van Dijk has been instrumental to the recent success recorded by Liverpool but he was unable to beat Messi to the much coveted Ballon d’Or Award.
Liverpool are the reigning European champions and they were heavily represented in the top ten of the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
The Reds had four representatives with Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker also making the top ten.