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  • Factbox - Lionel Messi's 10 greatest Barcelona goals

    MADRID (Reuters) - Following is a selection of 10 of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's greatest goals for the Spanish club. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. * A…

    Reuters
  • Factbox - Messi's next targets after La Liga record

    MADRID (Reuters) - Following is a selection of targets and achievements that still elude Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades…

    Reuters
  • Messi sets La Liga record of 253 goals

    BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra…

    Reuters
  • Factbox - Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi

    MADRID (Reuters) - Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. Born June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. EARLY CAREER *…

    Reuters
  • Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra's Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed. Yet that is what the pint-sized…

    Reuters
  • 10-man Atletico beaten by managerless Sociedad

    La Liga champions Atletico Madrid remain four points behind leaders Real Madrid as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at managerless Real Sociedad after being reduced to 10 men. Sociedad are expected to announce the appointment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes in the coming days and on this…

    AFP
  • Moyes to take over Real Sociedad - reports

    Madrid (AFP) - Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to make a return to football with La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, various Spanish media sources reported on Sunday.

    AFP
  • Messi targets more history, Suarez a first goal

    Lionel Messi continues his quest to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga just days after equalling a similar feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit Almeria on Saturday. Messi drew level with Real Madrid legend Raul on 71 Champions League goals with a brace as Barca bounced…

    AFP
  • Ronaldinho abuse reveals soccer racism in Mexico

    Mexican football got a boost in September when former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho - a two-time FIFA player of the year - joined modest local club Queretaro. Mexico has a history of racism on the pitch. Carlos Trevino, a former official of the Queretaro state government, launched an attack…

    The Associated Press
  • Valencia up to second, Sevilla blow chance to move top

    Valencia moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid in second with an impressive 3-1 win away to Villarreal on Sunday. Earlier, Sevilla passed up the chance to move top as they were beaten 1-0 away to Athletic Bilbao thanks to Aritz Aduriz's stunning early strike. The top five remain…

    AFP
  • Suarez hurt by 'unjust' defeat on home debut

    Luis Suarez remains without a victory in a Barcelona shirt as the Catalans suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Celta Vigo on his home debut on Saturday. Barca had been unbeaten in the league until the Uruguayan's bow away to Real Madrid last weekend, but consecutive defeats have seen them slip to third…

    AFP
  • Barca target Clasico bounceback on Suarez's home debut

    Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The Catalans' defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu was their first in the league since coach Luis Enrique…

    AFP
  • Bale still out as Madrid go to Granada

    Madrid (AFP) - Welsh star Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's trip to Granada in La Liga on Saturday having failed to recover from an abdominal muscle injury.

    AFP
  • Sevilla go joint top, Atletico win at Getafe

    Sevilla moved joint top of La Liga alongside Barcelona as two late goals from Denis Suarez and Carlos Bacca gave them a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Sunday. Champions Atletico Madrid also moved to within two pointes of the leaders as they were 1-0 victors at 10-man Getafe thanks to Mario Mandzukic's…

    AFP
  • Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut

    Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema. Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being…

    AFP
  • Messi targets record as Suarez debuts in Spanish El Clasico

    Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million…

    AFP
  • 'Sick' Serie A in fight for survival - Juve boss

    Italian football will die unless fans start flooding back to the stadiums and Serie A regains its global status, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli predicted on Friday. According to Agnelli, Serie A "in 10 years will generate the same revenue as the Bundesliga (in Germany), barely half the Liga…

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