FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi set a single season scoring record in the Champions League main tournament with his 13th and 14th goals tonight. When also including the former Champions Cup and preliminary rounds to a CL season, the single season record (by José Altafini (1962/1963) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (2002/2003) was also tied.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi converted a penalty against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, thus promoting this match to the 100th in the Premier League in which he has scored at least once. Tonight’s was his 206th La Liga match meaning that he has not scored in 106 league matches. FC Barcelona’s track record in the 100 matches in which he nets at least once is 91 wins, eight draws and one defeat (4-3 against Atlético Madrid in 2009). Messi’s La Liga goal total has reached 155.
FOOTBALL - One of the people helping us to regular Infographics has pointed out to us that there are three teams from the Euro Club Index Top 20 that are riding seven-match winning streaks in their domestic leagues. As championship races are heating up, find out here who those three teams are. They are ‘en fuego’.
Tom Boonen can’t lose. Or at least that’s how he feels when he mounts his bicycle these days. The Belgian cyclist won the Gent-Wevelgem classic on Sunday after already finishing first in the E3 Prijs on Friday. For a Belgian cyclist, that’s the equivalent of winning the Europa League in football on home turf. There’s only one thing bigger and that awaits him next week: the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).
FOOTBALL - By scoring his 12th career hat-trick in La Liga and the seventh in this season, Lionel Messi raised his career club total in official matches to 234 and past the previous record of 232 by César Rodríguez. And that is not all. It was stat-o-rama at the Camp Nou tonight.
TENNIS - All’s Wells that ends in Indian Wells and for Rogerer Federer the year has certainly started well. After withdrawing from Doha, being eliminated in the Australian Open and losing to John Isner in the Davis Cup, Federer has been ‘en fuego’. He has won three tournaments on the trot, Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells, beating the same John Isner in the men’s singles final of the latter.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi became the first player in CL history to score five goals in a single CL game. On seven previous occasions, a player had scored four, one of them being by Messi himself (against Arsenal in March 2010). And that was not the only mark he broke or equalled.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi has often been criticised for not producing as many goals for Argentina’s national team than for club side FC Barcelona. Looking to spend the weekend on the La Liga sidelines suspended, Messi decided to let it all hang out for the ‘Albiceleste’, bagging his first career hat-trick for Argentina on Wednesday.