Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, delivered another master class by scoring from two direct free kicks during their clash with Espanyol yesterday. The Argentina International won both free kicks from his trademark marauding runs into the channel and also went on to convert both.
The five times ballon d’or winner tormented the opposition defence from the kick off to the end of the match in what suggests that he was trying to prove a point after being dropped outside the best three during this year’s edition of the ballon d’or award. The award was eventually won by Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric.
The Argentina superstar had never finished outside the best three in the last ten years until it was revealed that he finished fifth in this year’s edition.
As a result of his impressive display during the clash which suggests that really the Argentine is a wizard at the round leather game, fans have been on social media launching a sarcastic jibe at the organizer of the award after the Argentine finished in fifth place.
What they are saying:
Can’t believe Messi has scored more freekicks than any other club in Europe since 2014. That is absolutely ridiculous
— tag (@mxdric) December 9, 2018
Messi is the most underrated player in history
— Chris Slater (@chrisslater199) December 9, 2018
Messi can't win the honours forever. Even Modric won't say he his a better player than Messi. Y all should chill and stop wildin.
— Ibn (@Ibnnnn267) December 9, 2018
Premier League Reveals When Fans Will Return To Stadium
The Premier League has said it is optimistic that “we will see fans back in the stadiums next season”. However, the crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.
Football will resume on June 17, following a three-month shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Games will be played behind closed doors at venues yet to be decided.
Masters also disclosed that some of the remaining matches in this season’s competition could be played at neutral venues. However, a decision on that will be reached by the end of next week.
English Premier League Set To Resume June 17
The English Premier League (EPL) season is set to resume on June 17, with games between Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.
According to reports, the matches are the two games in hand before a complete fixture list would then be played from June 19 to 21.
Recall that on Wednesday, all the 20 clubs in the league vote unanimously to begin contact training.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11.
No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.
Man Utd Manager, Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Team
Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.
Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai is reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.
“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two. But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”
Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United.
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