Messi A No-Show At Preseason Medical, But LaLiga Enters The Fray With Stunning Ruling

LaLiga on Sunday released a statement saying Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract was still valid, days after his shock announcement that he wants to leave the club and hours after he failed to attend a pre-season medical.

Messi's failure to show for his medical underlined the 33-year-old's determination to leave the club he has been with throughout his career.

The Ultimate Stadium Bucket List, Including Must-See Features And Crazy Designs

Despite the best attempts of stadiums built in the late 80s and early 90s to suck the soul out of everything, we’ve now entered an arms race in super-stadium building brought forth by mega-wealthy owners bent on redefining arenas as both works of art and places of entertainment. Still, there’s nothing like some of the weirdest stadium features that’ve withstood the test of time, and we’re more than happy to add some of the latest eccentricities to the fold.

Here are 15 designs and features that immediately capture the eye.

Video Of Player Breaking Elbow On Ad Board Provides Another Reason To Push The Damn Things Back

Newly promoted Stuttgart faced Liverpool over the weekend in a friendly match in Austria. The match ended up being not so friendly when Stuttgart forward Erik Thommy received a push from Joe Gomez that sent him reeling into the advertisement boards. The impact fractured Thommy’s elbow, and he'll now be out for several weeks.

I will warn you that this video is not for the faint of heart as the injury is a bit grim.

Watch Me Wear 10 Masks In 95° Heat During An Intense Soccer Workout To Prove You Can Still Breathe

The mask debate in this country is thankfully dying down. Despite lingering efforts to counteract mask-wearing, including an attempt from a USMNT player, the majority of people in the U.S. have agreed to cover their damn mouth.