Is Messi gunning for Dixie Dean’s record?

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THIS weekend Barcelona forward Lionel Messi extended his lead in the scoring charts, putting daylight between himself and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
His goal against Mallorca puts him on 26 for the season to date, compared to Ronaldo’s 24.
Talk about a two horse race – the next best striker, teammate David Villa, has 17 so far.
Putr this stark contrast to the rest of Spain’s La Liga – Messi alone has more goals than Mallorca, Racing Santander, Deportivo, Hercules, Sporting Gijon, Zaragoza and Almeria, and is level with Levante and Osasuna’s squads too.
In all competitions, Messi has already hit 42 compared to last season’s 47 – could Everton legend Dixie Dean’s 67 goals in the 1927-28 season be under threat for the first time?

Rooney escapes disciplinary action

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MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney will face no disciplinary action for striking Wigan’s James McCarthy with his elbow at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Television replays clearly showed Rooney swipe McCarthy on the back of his head with an elbow after the midfielder had appeared set to block the Manchester United striker’s run in an off-the-ball incident.
At the time referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick and, after contacting the official today, the FA have been told the official feels he administered the appropriate action.
Despite the aggression shown by the England international in what seemed an unprovoked attack, the referee’s report leaves the governing body powerless to launch disciplinary proceedings against the 25-year-old, who went on to score in the United victory.

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League Update – Gameweek 27

IT WAS a Gameweek to remember this week, with two squads posting triple-figure scores – sixth placed Debbie Does Gallas (104) and new entry Daisy’s Dogs (102).
The latter’s score sees the newcomer move straight into second place, putting pressure on league leader, the newly-renamed Catalogue Of Errors.
As a result, nearly every team slips down the rankings – with only Your Mum FC (8), Partizan Endmorvia (9), VZ Vampires (10), Squeegee Men (11), philsforest (15) and So Long Sousa! (19) on the up.
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Fans plans croak it due to toads in the road

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FREIBURG fans will have to find a new way to hop it after their match with Wolfsburg on Saturday – as the main road from their stadium will be shut due to migrating toads.
The Bundesliga side said they would close one of the access roads to departing fans to keep it clear for the amphibians who will be making their annual trek.
A spokesman said: “As an environmentally-engaged club Freiburg takes the migration into consideration and asks its supporters for understanding.”

Where’s Wally? On the right wing

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ARIS Thessaloniki were left red-faced when Manchester City visited in their Europa League clash this week, after a blunder by production staff put a photoshopped team photo in the official match programme.
The picture, lifted from the internet in error, featured about 60 players, most of whom aren’t City players, but transfer rumours previously linked with moneybags Manchester City – such as Kaka, Torres, Messi and more.
The tongue-in-cheek picture even featured fictional character Wally of Where’s Wally fame – although I’m not sure City would have signed him, I’ve heard he tends to go missing in matches.
The Greek club were so embarrassed they immediately recalled the programmes and pulped the lot.

Don’t mess with the Zlatan

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AFTER he was attacked by Italian maniac Gennaro Gattuso – whose butt is now being probed by UEFA – the hard man credentials of Joe Jordan were being talked up.
but if today’s reports are true, then another person added to his reputation as a fearsome individual – the rich man’s Peter Crouch, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
According to the stories, another fight broke out inside the tunnel in Tuesday’s clash between AC Milan and Spurs, with Gattusso and Sebastian Bassong squaring up.
But the Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic intervened, picking up one player under each arm, calming the situation.
One report said “His directness – not to mention his strength – were the source of some amusement among the players.”

Posh Spice couldn’t sing, says Victoria Beckham

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DESPITE finding fame as an international pop star, Victoria Beckham has admitted that she isn’t a very good singer.
The WAG, who shot to fame as Posh Spice and even enjoyed a brief stint as a solo artist, confessed to her poor pipes in a recent interview.
Revealing how she prefers to dabble in the fashion world nowadays, she said: “I sang for a while. Not that well, but I sang.
“I enjoyed it but I feel that I’ve found an arena that I feel I can compete in in my own way.”