Bale scores on Real Madrid debut

WELSH winger Gareth Bale has scored in his first Real Madrid appearance since his world-record transfer.
Starting on the right-wing in the Spanish giants’ clash against Villarreal as part of a three-pronged attack for Real Madrid, Bale didn’t waste much time with an easy tap-in to draw Real Madrid level after his team fell a goal behind – before performing his signature hand heart celebration.

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Transfer Deadline Day – Kaka disappointment for Premier League clubs

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MANCHESTER United and Arsenal fans will miss out on seeing Kaka this coming season after the Real Madrid Galactico agreed a deal with Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years – having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 – and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner to return to Serie A, beating the two british clubs and another unnamed Serie A team to the signature.
A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.

Keeper inspires internet craze Thibauting

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CHELSEA’S on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is making an impression both on and off the pitch.
The Belgian stopper is already making a name for himself as a goalkeeper of note with La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
But off the pitch his dramatic diving saves have led to a new planking-style internet craze, Thibauting – where people replicate a Thibaut dive in a random location.
Already a new blog has been set up to capture the Thibauting phenomenon – although Goaltastic suspects that one blog will not be enough very soon…

Special One not a grand enough title for Mourinho

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THE Special One Jose Mourinho has decided that the title no longer does him justice – and from henceforth would like a new title.
Reflecting on his win in Spain’s La Liga, which adds to his two English, two Italian and two Portuguese titles, he decided The Only One would be more appropriate.
He said: “Like me or not, I am the only one who won the world’s three most important leagues.
“So, maybe instead of the ‘Special One’, people should start calling me the ‘Only One’.”

Messi sets all-time goalscoring record

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STRANGE it should come in a season when by their own exacting standards Barcelona have unravelled somewhat – but tonight Lionel Messi set the all-time goalscoring record.
It has been on the cards for a while – and last season I thought it might be about to happen, with Messi then close to usurping legends like Dixie Dean.
But tonight, via the medium of Gary Lineker’s Twitter account, I heard the news.
Take it Gary: “With 3 goals tonight, Messi with 71 goals has more goals in one season than any player in any league, anywhere, any time ever!”
Since then, Messi added another in an undoing of Espanyol – taking his tally to 72 goals in a season.
Messi, I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say it again – Goaltastic salutes you.
Wowsers.

All hail Lionel Messi

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LIONEL Messi.
234 goals in 314 appearances for Barcelona, courtesy of a hattrick tonight, breaking the all time club scoring record.
49 goals in 64 Champions League games, the competition’s fourth top scorer ever. Also the only to score five goals in one Champions League match.
Captain of his country.
Three Fifa Ballon d’Or ‘s, a Fifa World Player of the Year and a Uefa Best Player in Europe Award.
Five La Liga titles, five Supercopa de Espana, one Copa del Rey, three Champions League titles, two Uefa Super Cup titles, two Fifa Club World Cup titles and an Olympic Gold.
24 years old.
Quite simply, we are not worthy.

Injured footballer ran himself over at petrol station

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VALENCIA midfielder Ever Banega is facing a long spell on the sidelines after breaking the tibia and fibula in his left leg in a freak car accident.
Banega, 23, will undergo surgery on the injury and Valencia said in a statement that the Argentina international could be absent for around six months, although they will give an update after the operation.
Although Valencia only confirmed that Banega had been hurt in an accident involving his own car after leaving training today, it is reported that the injury occurred when the midfielder failed to put the handbrake on at a petrol station and, after the car moved, his leg was caught between the wheel and the curb.