Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record

first_imgBy Iain RogersLIONEL Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra’s six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday.The Argentina captain and four-time World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his first match exactly 10 years ago on a Thursday aged 17.Messi’s goals – he has 361 overall in 434 official games – have helped the Catalan club win 21 trophies during the past decade, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.Widely considered one of the best players in history, the 27-year-old has been showered with praise in the run up to the anniversary although his father Jorge insists his son is unaffected either by acclaim or criticism.“There are times when there is too much praise and other moments when the criticism is excessive,” Jorge Messi said in an interview with Spanish radio on Thursday.“You have to stop somewhere in the middle and simply look forward,” he added.“He (Lionel) reads and listens to everyone and I don’t know how he does it but he doesn’t attach much importance to either the good or the bad.“People don’t know him. He is a very normal lad, like any other. He spends time with his family, he has fun, he tries to enjoy life. He isn’t any different.”If Messi fails to equal or overtake Zarra’s mark on Saturday, his next chance will be in the La Liga ‘Clasico’ at Real Madrid a week later.The match falls the day after Luis Suarez’s ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup expires and the Uruguay forward could make his official Barca debut at the Bernabeu.Barca are looking to bounce back this season after missing out on major silverware last season for the first time in six years.They have made a solid start under new coach Luis Enrique and are two points clear of Valencia at the top of the standings after seven matches.Messi has six goals in those seven outings and it is a measure of how high he has set the bar in recent years that his tally this term is considered a meagre one by his standards.Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended Messi’s four-year reign as World Player by winning the latest award, has a jaw-dropping 13 goals in six La Liga appearances for Real and will be gunning for more when they visit Levante on Saturday.Real, who appear to have recovered from an early-season wobble, are four points behind Barca in fourth place, with Valencia, who play at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, in second and Sevilla, who are at Elche also on Sunday, third.Champions Atletico Madrid are fifth, five points adrift of Barca, ahead of their game at home to Espanyol on Sunday.Diego Simeone’s side slipped to a 3-1 reverse at Valencia in their last match, their first defeat of the campaign.last_img read more

City striker Aguero charged by FA with violent conduct

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been charged with violent conduct over an incident involving West Ham United defender Winston Reid, the FA said in a statement.The Argentine international now faces a three-match ban that would see him miss Premier League games against Manchester United and Bournemouth and a League Cup third-round tie against Swansea City.Aguero appeared to elbow Reid in the head on Sunday, a Premier League game City won 3-1. The incident was not seen by match officials so the FA has taken retrospective action.On Monday, Aguero withdrew from the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela due to a calf injury.Argentina host Uruguay on Thursday and then visit Venezuela five days later.last_img

Govt disregards welfare of sugar workers – Gaskin

first_imgAs Government pursues its plans to shut down multiple sugar estates across the country, the welfare of thousands of sugar workers becomes of prime concern, Economist Ramon Gaskin said on Saturday.According to Gaskin, confidence in the authorities to protect workers’ rights is weak in light of the injustices currently being meted out against several hundreds of displaced workers who had been attached to the Wales Estate.In a telephone interview with ((Guyana Times)) on Saturday, Gaskin said the promise made by Cabinet that Government would ensure the best interests of the workers are upheld is nothing but sheer rhetoric and political propaganda. He urged onlookers to ignore the pretension and observe for themselves the reality of the situation.“Sending home people at Wales has proven to be a problem, and there are only a couple hundred people there. If they go and close all those estates, what will happen to the people?” the commentator rationalised.This Administration plans to privatize the Skeldon Estate and close down the Rose Hall and Enmore estates, according to well-placed sources. Reports indicate that the Administration has developmental plans for the estates at Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion. Only recently, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press briefing, confirmed that proposals have been made to fold more estates across the country, but he refused to divulge more information in this regard.Gaskin strongly believes that havoc would be wreaked and that the economy would collapse into a greater economic calamity if the coalition pushes ahead with its plan.“GuySuCo has about 17,000 people. To keep three estates, it means you will have to send home about 10,000 people. I am not sure Government has worked out how to do that,” he stated.RetrainingGaskin noted that, already, Government is refusing to pay several workers their severance packages and is seemingly forcing them to work at an estate 22 miles from their place of living. He lamented the economic turmoil which would prevail if workers are thrown on the breadline without a proper plan to retrain them to ensure they continue contributing meaningfully to society.“They are not focusing on what is going to be done with workers who are being dislocated in the reorganization. They need to be trained for other jobs outside of sugar. Where is the master plan that Government has to deal with 10,000 people? What are you going to do with 10,000 people?” he asked.Gaskin, who has been studying the sugar industry since 2003, contended that investments must be made now to ensure sugar workers are retrained in plumbing, carpentry, masonry, block making, meter reading, among other important skillsets.Bottom-lineAccording to the economist, the bottom line is that sugar production is viable only at the Skeldon Estate.“Skeldon is the most problematic estate, but Skeldon is the best of the lot, because Skeldon has the capacity to do cogeneration and sell power to GPL,” Gaskin explained.He referred to a report which documented that the cogeneration sale for one year was a whopping $9 billion. Moreover, he called out the union body for its advocacy for Government to continue subsidizing the industry.“Unrefrigerated fish”The economist also suspects that because of the potential of Skeldon, Government is embarking on secretive discussions to sign deals with companies to take over the lucrative estate. Already, two companies have approached the Government with proposals to take over the Skeldon Estate.In one instance, a secret Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Trinidad company D. Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) – which has no experience in the field, to produce bulk rum, develop solar power, and produce ethanol at that location.The other company is an Indian firm which was introduced to Government by the son-in-law of the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Shrinath Ispat Limited said it wanted to take over the management and operation of the entire estate, including sugar manufacturing and cogeneration of power divisions.“The whole thing is starting to acquire the odour of unrefrigerated fish. What do they think this is at all? This is Jubilee Park? No, this is serious business!” Gaskin remarked.Government is yet to officially issue a statement on the proposals, and Gaskin believes the secrecy in which the discussions are being undertaking is a sign of bad faith.“It’s not transparent, it is corrupt; it is self-serving and self-dealing,” he posited, noting that it seems like another ‘Parking Meter Deal’ in the making.last_img read more

Why Liverpool should bring in this perfect Luis Suarez replacement

first_img Marco Reus is the man Liverpool need to replace Suarez and here’s why 1 Liverpool fans have been excited by rumours the club is looking at Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Marco Reus. Here, WhoScored.com tell us if he is the man to help fill the Luis Suarez void. Check out WhoScored.com for lots more brilliant Liverpool stats.The departure of Suarez to Barcelona means Liverpool have the funds to strengthen their squad before the Premier League season gets underway. The Reds recently confirmed the arrival of Lazar Markovic from Benfica on Tuesday and while the Serbian is a good acquisition, a more experienced name would go some way to easing the loss of last season’s top goalscorer.Reus has been linked with a potential switch to Anfield as Liverpool look to put the reported £75m Suarez money to good use. Only four players bettered Reus’ 7.90 WhoScored.com rating in the Bundesliga last season, highlighting what a superb 2013/14 campaign the 25-year-old had.While he is more a left winger than a striker, signing Reus would still be a real statement of intent by Liverpool. The German’s 13 Bundesliga assists was than any other player last season and Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert would welcome his creative qualities. Only Max Kruse with 98 played more key passes than Reus’ 90 in Germany’s top tier last term.However, he has proven that he is more than capable of scoring, too. Only Robert Lewandowski (20), Mario Mandzukic (18) and Josip Drmic (17) netted more league goals than Reus (16) last season, while the flamboyant attacker averaged more shots per game (3.7) than anyone else, displaying a supreme level of confidence in his striking ability.Mario Gotze’s decision to leave Dortmund for Bayern Munich 12 months ago meant Reus had to step up his game and he did not disappoint. His performances warranted a place in the Germany squad for the World Cup, but an ankle injury suffered in the friendly win against Armenia last month meant he was forced to sit out Brazil 2014. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that Reus’ club form would have guaranteed him a place in national manager Joachim Low’s starting XI.As you will see on WhoScored.com, his style of play highlights a tendency to cut inside, which would benefit Liverpool, with Reus often moving onto his right foot from the left wing to go for goal. While Suarez would regularly be the focal point in Brendan Rodgers’ attack, the Uruguayan also favoured cutting inside from the flank before unleashing goal-bound efforts.Suarez may have eclipsed Reus in the goal charts, but with Dortmund having 17 different scorers last term compared to Liverpool’s 12, that is little surprise. Only Steven Gerrard matched Reus in terms of assists and a more creative force in the attack line would allow Sturridge to build on the 21 league goals he scored last season.While it remains to be seen whether Reus could instantly reach Suarez’s level should the Reds firm up their reported interest, the Dortmund star has the potential to match his exploits in Liverpool’s fluid attack. He may have insisted he will not leave Dortmund this summer, but with rivals Bayern strengthening considerably, a new challenge in England may appeal to him.Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have already signed on the dotted line, and with the Markovic deal also done, an attacker should not be the priority for Rodgers. However, if Liverpool are in the hunt for the closest like-for-like Suarez replacement, Reus undeniably fits the bill.For more stats on Liverpool target Marco Reus, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

What a signing! Four Man City players Liverpool could sign in Sterling deal

first_img Stevan Jovetic – The Montenegro international has been starved of game time at the Etihad Stadium this season. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the other Manchester City players that could be included in a deal for Sterling. – Such is the regularity that City dip into the transfer market, the 25-year-old is now languishing towards the bottom of an expensively assembled strike force. Jovetic has only been able to show glimpses of his talent at City, given that he has rarely been given regular game time, but could thrive elsewhere. Liverpool may have signed Danny Ings but they are still in need of more firepower in the final third. Aleksandar Kolarov – The powerful left back has been strongly tipped to leave City this summer, with Serie A his most likely destination at present. Could he be persuaded to stay in the Premier League? – The 29-year-old has been in and out of Manuel Pellegrini’s side for some time. Gael Clicy’s slightly more reliable defensive work is often preferred to the Serbian’s boisterous forages forwards, but the latter’s delivery from wide areas, and willingness to attack, would suit Liverpool well. Brendan Rodgers’ needs to strengthen on both sides of his defence and the acquisition of a proven international defender would be a welcome one. Kolarov could also play at wing back, meaning that others would no longer have to be shoehorned into an unnatural position. 4 4 Edin Dzeko – What a signing the 29-year-old striker would be; the answer to Liverpool’s attacking woes? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the final Manchester City player that could be included in a deal for Sterling. – Attempts to sign the Bosnia and Herzegovina striker would be ambitious, but it is not clear whether Dzeko is willing to settle for a prolonged spell on the substitutes bench next season. Wilfried Bony’s arrival has put the 29-year-old’s place in the side under threat and, with Sergio Aguero the club’s undisputed first choice, Dzeko faces the prospect of becoming a fringe player. At Liverpool he could provide the physical presence and power that Rickie Lambert has failed to produce and become the spearhead of Brendan Rodgers’ attack alongside Daniel Sturridge. Raheem Sterling is off.The England international has burned several bridges at Anfield, thrown his toys out of the pram and is in the process of forcing a move away from Liverpool Football Club.However, he won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap.The Merseysiders have recently rejected a £25 million bid from Manchester City for their prize asset and are believed to value him at double that price.Whether Brendan Rodgers will actually secure such a hefty sum for the 20-year-old remains to be seen, but talkSPORT believes that the Northern Irishman could be missing a trick.Rather than squeezing the most amount of money as possible out of the Citizens, he could look to include one of City’s players as a makeweight in the deal for Sterling.Find out which Manchester City players would be valuable additions to the Reds’ squad by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. Bacary Sagna – The full back is yet to settle in Manchester following his move from Arsenal last summer. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the other Manchester City players that could be included in a deal for Sterling. – The Frenchman knew that he would struggle to usurp Pablo Zabaleta when he swapped north London for City last summer and managed a measly nine Premier League appearances this season. Sagna could be adverse to another move and may fancy his chances of edging out the Argentine next season, but Liverpool would be able to make him their first choice following the departure of Glen Johnson. Sagna’s presence would add a wealth of experience to the Merseysiders’ far from formidable rearguard. 4 4last_img read more

Man United fans didn’t waste any time laughing at Guardiola and Man City

first_img1 Man City’s 4-0 loss to Everton was Pep Guardiola’s heaviest defeat in a league game as manager Man City lost 4-0 to Everton and United fans wasted little time in mocking their rivals as well as manager Pep Guardiola.The defeat was the City boss’ heaviest defeat in league football since he became a manager and as you’d expect Twitter was littered with jokes at his expense.City are in fifth place, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea and after the game the club’s fans were critical of the age of some of their players as well as the team’s full-backs.last_img

‘Nemanja Matic sale could cost Chelsea the title and give it to Man United’

first_imgRay Wilkins claims Chelsea may have handed the Premier League title to Manchester United by selling them Nemanja Matic.The Serbian midfielder was named man of the match on his Premier League debut for United on Sunday in the 4-0 victory over West Ham.Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday, Wilkins spoke of his amazement that Matic was allowed to move to Old Trafford by Chelsea chiefs in a £40million deal.And he warned the decision could prove a costly one for the 2016/17 champions, who suffered a shock defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the new season.“What an amazing impact that was yesterday from Nemanja Matic,” said the the ex-Chelsea star and assistant boss, as well as one-time United captain.“I am a Chelsea supporter, I buy my season tickets at Chelsea, and I want to know whose educated decision that was to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United for £40million because it certainly wasn’t Antonio Conte’s.“As a Chelsea supporter, I want to know who made that decision. After winning the league with such a devastating midfield duo of [N’Golo] Kante and Nemanja Matic, why are we selling one of them?“Yesterday you saw what Matic can do. It could cost Chelsea the league and give the Reds the league.”last_img read more

Remember these deals? Michael Emenalo’s five worst signings at Chelsea

first_imgMichael Emenalo will probably be remembered more for his part played in some of Chelsea’s worst signings than for the quality he helped bring to the club.Forget Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante, it’s those who failed to light up Stamford Bridge that left many questioning his decision-making in the transfer market.talkSPORT.com, then, has picked Emenalo’s worst five signings since he became technical director of Chelsea in July 2011 – scroll through the gallery above to see who features.MORE: THE TOP FIVE SIGNINGS UNDER MICHAEL EMENALO 5 4. Loic Remy, £10.5million from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014 – Remy spent three years at Chelsea and contributed very little in his time at the club. Injuries spoiled his time in south west London and he eventually left for Las Palmas in the summer having made only 32 league appearances during his stay. 5 2. Abdul Baba Rahman, £21.7million from Augsburg in August 2015 – It’s easy to forget Rahman is still a Chelsea player. He’s yet to make an impression at Stamford Bridge, but Antonio Conte has suggested he could be seen before the end of the year. The 23-year-old suffered an interior cruciate ligament injury in January while on international duty and his return to fitness will be his final chance to prove he’s worthy of a place. 5 3. Papy Djilobodji, £2.2million from Nantes in September 2015 – After leaving for Sunderland at the start of the 2016/17 season, Djilobodji insisted he wasn’t given a fair chance by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. He made only one appearance under Mourinho – as a 93rd-minute substitute in a 4-1 League Cup victory over Walsall – and that was it. He’s now on loan at French side Dijon after spells at Werder Bremen and Sunderland. 5 5 5. Juan Cuadrado, £23.3million from Fiorentina in February 2015 – see more of Michael Emenalo’s worst signings at Chelsea by clicking the arrow above – When Cuadrado finally left Chelsea for good in September 2016, he revealed “doing everything” to seal his exit. After only seven months at Stamford Bridge, he signed a loan deal with Juventus and wasn’t seen again in a competitive game for the Blues. 1. Marko Marin, £6.5million from Werder Bremen in April 2012 – Marin made so few appearances for Chelsea – he played just 143 minutes in total in the Premier League – that it’s hard to remember how he performed. Once labelled the ‘German Messi’, the attacking midfielder hugely failed to live up to his reputation. He was a Blues player for four years before agreeing a permanent deal with Greek outfit Olympiakos in August 2016.last_img read more

New PB as Ciaran McGonagle wins third Donegal Half Marathon

first_imgCIARAN MCGONAGLE of Letterkenny AC won his third Donegal Half Marathon in a row today – setting a new personal best time in the process.McGonagle finished in one hour, 13 minutes and 13 seconds to claim the Dessie Larkin Perpetual Shield.Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News Pix McGonagle won from Finn Valley AC pair John McElhill and Mark McPaul.“The conditions were tough out there. Even during the warm up you knew how strong the wind was on the way out. The plan was to keep it steady for the first half and take it on a bit in the second – and that’s how it unfolded,” McGonagle said.“There was a group of five of us working into the wind and just before the turn I picked it up a bit and opened up a bit of a gap. I kept it steady and managed to stay ahead to the finish.“It’s a really well organised event and great credit to the organising committee for their efforts. The numbers were great to see and hopefully this is a race that will continue to go from strength to strength.” Maria McCambridge, representing Dundrum South Dublin, won the female category, ahead of Rosses AC’s Helen McCready and LAC’s Monica McGranaghan.Maria McCambridgeJust under 500 participants lined out for the event – up from the 340 who took part in the 2018 version.The day was tinged with emotion as Dessie Larkin, the Chairman of the Donegal Half Marathon, who sadly passed away this year, was remembered. His wife, Mary, took part in the race and also presented the Shield in memory of her late husband.Race director, Brendan McDaid, paid tribute to all those who volunteered and helped make the event a success.“We got great reaction from the competitors and everyone seemed happy. We had about 100 volunteers and with their help, that of the Red Cross and the gardai, it meant that things ran smoothly and everyone got back safely,” he said. “This is the first year that we are without our Donegal Half Marathon chairman, Dessie Larkin, who sadly passed away earlier this year.“It was an emotional day for his family, and particularly for his wife, Mary, when she crossed the finish line. She said she had angel wings today because she got around the course much quicker than she had expected.“It’s nice, too, that Ciaran McGonagle from Letterkenny AC is the first name on the Dessie Larkin Perpetual Shield.”The relay event (3 x 7k) had 12 teams competing, with Smells Like Team Spirit taking th honours in 1:45.49. D&L Road Runners were second in 1:47.48 and Donegal Derry Vibers third in 1:48.41. New PB as Ciaran McGonagle wins third Donegal Half Marathon was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Donegal Half MarathonCiaran McGonagleDessie LarkinJohn McElhillLetterkenny ACMaria McCambridgeMark McPaullast_img read more

Chelsea name same team that beat Man City against Brighton, Giroud snubbed

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Brighton vs Chelsea match previewHowever, it looks like star player Eden Hazard will play in the false 9 position like he did against City, with Pedro and Willian supporting him in attack.On his team selection, Sarri said: “In Napoli I was used to playing with a solution like this [a front three without a traditional number nine]. This is very important for us, to have continuity or it is impossible to stay in the top four.“It is important to stay very close to the top four. I want to see continuity from the mental point of view and the tactical point of view. We need to get 80 points to get into the top four.”There are also only places on the bench for England internationals Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Latest Premier League News deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Maurizio Sarri has somewhat surprisingly named the same Chelsea team that beat Manchester City last weekend for their clash at Brighton.Olivier Giroud appeared to be a shoe-in to start the game especially after Alvaro Morata sustained a knee injury during the Blues’ Europa League draw at Vidi on Thursday night. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Meanwhile, Brighton welcome back Glenn Murray to their starting line-up after the striker returned from a shoulder injury.Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo, Gross, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Murray, MarchSubs: Saltor, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Locadia, Andone, SteeleChelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, WillianSubs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri Eden Hazard is likely to be playing in the false 9 position no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 2 REVEALED REVEALED tense huge blow gameday cracker Glenn Murray returns to the home side’s foldlast_img read more