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Messi Equals Xavi’s Barça Appearance Record, Celebrates With Golazo

With his 767th Barcelona appearance coming in Monday’s LaLiga match against Huesca, Lionel Messi equalled Xavi’s record for most in the legendary Blaugrana shirt.

Right before kickoff, the club released a video in which Barcelona stars past and present congratulated the 33-year-old on his remarkable feat of otherworldly consistency and longevity.  

Spain World Cup Qualifying Squad Has Room For Pedri, But Not The World’s Most Expensive Keeper

MADRID - Luis Enrique has named four uncapped players in Spain's 24-man squad for the upcoming triple header of World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo later this month.

Barcelona's 18-year-old forward Pedri, Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sánchez, Eibar attacker Bryan Gil and fullback Pedro Porro of Sporting are the new faces in a squad that only contains six players from Spain's “big three” clubs.

Valencia’s Yunus Musah Commits International Future To USMNT Over England

MADRID - Valencia forward Yunus Musah has committed his international future to the United States, U.S. Soccer said on Monday.

Musah, who turned 18 in November, was eligible to represent Gregg Berhalter's side as he was born in New York to a Ghanaian mother who was on holiday visiting relatives at the time.

Zinedine Zidane Lost For Words Trying To Explain Eden Hazard’s Latest Injury Setback

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he is at a loss to explain forward Eden Hazard's latest injury setback.

The Belgian international joined Real in a $178.83 million deal in 2019 but has been blighted by injuries, making 25 LaLiga appearances since signing.

After returning from a muscle problem for the final 15 minutes in Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 win over Elche, Zidane said Hazard will miss Tuesday's Champions League home last-16 second leg with Atalanta.

Getafe Player’s Dive Was So Bad He Immediately Got Up And Tried To Pretend It Didn’t Happen

While we’d love for the VAR to fix all of soccer’s officiating problems, the truth is that it hasn’t really curbed one of the game’s most frustrating problems: simulation. Because any bit of contact can be picked up by the VAR, players are almost rewarded for going down under slight contact. 

But there has to be that contact, and if there is none, VAR will undoubtedly punish any offender trying to fool the refs. 

Karim Benzema’s Scrumptious Volley Saves Real Madrid (Again)

For the second time this week, Karim Benzema has rescued Real Madrid late. The Benzema goal vs Elche in the 91st minute — his second of the day — completed a 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday, as Los Blancos at least briefly jumped ahead of Barcelona into second place in LaLiga.

Move Over England, Spain Is Now The Real Master Of The Long Ball

Football was changed forever in the 1950's by a man named Charles Reep, a retired Wing Commander from the British Royal Air Force. After watching and meticulously analyzing hundreds of soccer games, Reep came to the conclusion that the majority of goals in soccer come from moves of three passes or fewer.

This simple deduction shaped British football from that point on, changing it from a game based on individual dribbling ability and guile into a long ball jamboree and war of field position. Thus, England became a country known for aerial duels and rough and tumble soccer.

Neymar Called Messi To Convince Him To Go To PSG

PSG star Neymar has reportedly contacted Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 between PSG and Barcelona to convince him to leave the club and agree to play for the Parisian side next season.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, the Brazilian star called ‘La Pulga' before Joan Laporta had been appointed as the new president of Barcelona and insisted that he should accept PSG's proposal to play together again.

Atlético Madrid President: "I Am Always Against VAR"

The president of Atlético de Madrid, Enrique Cerezo, declared himself "always against VAR (video refereeing)" after the derby in which his team drew 1-1 against Real Madrid, in which the white side claimed a penalty for a handball by Felipe that the referee Hernández Hernández dismissed.

¿Qué Tipo De Brujería Es Esta? Las Cinematográficas Celebraciones De Suárez Y Benzema En El Derbi Madrileño

Fue un buen derbi madrileño. Terminó 1-1 con dos golazos: uno de Luis Suárez para el Atlético y otro de Karim Benzema, hacia el final del partido, para el Real Madrid. Hubo polémica y el resultado también le dio candela a un Barcelona que por mucho tiempo parecía muerto, pero que hoy está más vivo que nunca. Todo se vio más increíble que nunca con el uso de una cámara que le dio un look cinematográfico a cada uno de los festejos. 

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