Lionel Messi: The greatest goalscorer and player La Liga has ever seen

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COMMENT: The Argentine forward now leads the Primera Division’s all-time scoring charts after surpassing a mark set in 1955. Spain’s top-flight has never seen anything like Leo
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer

When Telmo Zarra passed away at the age of 85 in February 2006, his long-standing Liga goals record appeared unbeatable. Back then, Lionel Messi was in only his second season at Barcelona and had scored just seven times in La Liga. But eight years on, he has eclipsed the brilliant Basque and is now not only the Primera Division’s greatest goalscorer, but also the finest footballer to ever grace Spain’s top-flight.

Messi surpassed Zarra’s magical mark of 251 Liga goals with his hat-trick in the 5-1 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou on Saturday and, at the age of 27, could go on to smash the record over the next few seasons at Barcelona. Even though he has adopted more of a playmaker role this term under Luis Enrique, there are plenty more goals still to come from the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Zarra watched Messi before his death, yet the legendary Athletic Club striker never witnessed the Argentine in all his goalscoring glory. Back then, Leo was a winger with plenty of promise, but far from the finished article.

It was in 2006-07 that the forward made the world sit up and truly take notice as he scored a carbon copy of Diego Maradona’s famous World Cup goal against England by beating a series of defenders in a remarkable run and finish at home to Getafe in the Copa del Rey.

But it was in 2008-09 that his goalscoring really reached new heights as Pep Guardiola took over and the Catalan club went on enjoy the most glorious era in its entire history, amassing 14 out of a possible 19 seasons in four fantastic seasons. And Messi was the undoubted star.
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Messi’s scoring peaked in Guardiola’s final campaign in charge as he netted 73 goals in 2011-12 and an amazing 50 in La Liga – still the highest tally managed by anyone over a single season in the Primera Division.

By then, the Argentine was operating in a central position after Guardiola and assistant Tito Vilanova moved Messi to a false-nine role in the 2009-10 campaign. “There were many games in which I thought ‘this kid is one of the best we have and there are days when he is out there on the wing when we struggle to get the ball to him’. And I wanted him to participate [as much as possible], so we moved him inside.”

And participate he did, playing a pivotal part in the team’s extraordinary success during the Guardiola era. “Without Leo, we would be a very good team and we would be competitive,” the Catalan coach said during his time at Camp Nou. “But we wouldn’t have been able to achieve all that we have if he were not with us.”

With 38, 47, 53 and 73 goals in his four full seasons under Guardiola, Messi also made his mark on the Liga scoring charts with 138 Primera Division strikes in that time. The Argentine added 46 more league goals under Tito Vilanova in 2012-13 and achieved the remarkable – and unprecedented – feat of netting against all 19 teams in La Liga consecutively.

“Leo scores a spectacular amount of goals,” Vilanova said in 2012. “Sometimes you stop and think about the great, great players who score in seven or eight seasons what Messi scores in only one. And his are not normal goals either – most of them are wonder goals.”

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Even in an injury-interrupted 2013-14, Messi managed 28 more in La Liga under fellow Rosario native Gerard Martino and his 10 strikes in the Primera Division this term have seen him surpass Zarra to become the competition’s greatest goalscorer.

“The fact that the record has stood for so long (since 1955) gives you an idea of what Zarra was,” said Jose Angel Iribar, former Athletic goalkeeper and a friend of the former Spain striker. “Zarra was tall, svelte and fast. He was a very complete player, he was modest and he was humble. Up there, wherever he is, he would be proud that Messi has broken his record.”

And the striker’s daughter, Carmen, echoed those words. “My father would be happy. We are Athletic fans in my house, but he would have been thrilled. Messi is a noble person on and off the pitch.”

Comparing different eras is always difficult and Messi has played in slightly more games than Zarra (289 to 277). Greats such as Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas also made an incredible impact in times gone by, while more recently the likes of Hugo Sanchez, Raul, Xavi and, of course, Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo have pushed the boundaries of the impossible.

But with assists aplenty and so much more to his all-round game, Messi is surely now not only the greatest goalscorer La Liga has ever seen, but also the finest footballer in the competition’s history as well. And he is far from finished yet.

22 year old Femi Junaid stabbed to death in Stockwell, London

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22year old Babafemi Junaid (pictured above) was found with stab wounds in a car which had collided with a bus around 6pm on Friday February 7th.

The police believe Femi had been stabbed in Clapham Road, near Stockwell underground station, south London and had then got into his car which then collided with the bus as he tried to drive away.

Femi, who is from Peckham, was rushed to the hospital where he later died. A Metropolitan Police statement said a murder investigation is now under way. No arrests have so fare been made.

President Jonathan asks his Chief of Staff Mike Oghiadome to resign

Mike Oghiadome

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, President Jonathan has asked his Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadome to resign. Oghiadohme, 55, was indicted by security operatives in the messy financial misappropriation scandal currently rocking the NNPC.

Oghiadome was a two-term serving deputy Governor of Edo State under Lucky Igbinedion. His sack is with immediate effect.

APC is Like The Church of Satan – Pastor Tunde Bakare

Tunde-Bakare-1_0The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and former Vice Presidential candidate under the Congress for Progressive Change, Pastor Tunde Bakare has likened the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress to the Church of Satan in a parable.

“APC is like a newly opened church of Satan with the evil as a Pastor which could not be distinguished by Nigerians from a true living Godly Church and hence could be mistaken for a real Church, even when it was made of thieves (Legitimate Pen Robbers), that is why they ganged up against Local Government fiscal Autonomy using crumbs from stolen accumulated wealth to bribe their thievery colleagues at Federal and State house of Assembly.” Tunde Bakare said

“It is very clear that 5 Governors of APC in the west is far richer than their state and they have looted every penny from their state purse. People should be careful of this Rogues,” he added. Source: Daily Times

Washington Post not publishing alleged Obama/Beyonce affair

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Reputable French news source Glamour Paris claims The Washington Post will blow the whistle on an alleged affair between Beyonce and President Obama tomorrow Tuesday February 11th, but nah, that’s not happening because the story is fake!

The Washington Post said the rumor that it will run an Obama/Beyonce shocker is ‘definitely not true’

“It’s definitely not true,” a spokesperson for the Post confirmed in an email

Paul Walker leaves entire $25 million fortune to his 15yr old daughter

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Paul Walker was worth $25million when he died tragically at a young age in November 2013 and he left every single dime to his 15 year old daughter, Meadow Rain Walker. No kobo for his mum, dad, siblings and even longtime girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell

According to TMZ, the late actor appointed his father Paul Sr. as the executor of the will, who has since filed the will with a probate court, and his mum, Cheryl Walker, as Meadow’s legal guardian and the guardian of the teenager’s $25 million fortune.

Confusion in Osun state as students wear religious clothes to school

Osun O MergerThe Baptist High School, Iwo, Osun State was in a state of chaos and confusion yesterday Tuesday Feb 4th as some students of the school came into the school premises wearing their religious apparels such as Hijab, choir robes, white garments, fetish veils and Orunmila attires, ditching the approved uniform by the state government. And later during their assembly time, the students all sang songs that were associated with their religious beliefs.

According to reports, the students were registering their displeasure at the state government for the introduction of Unified School Uniforms for all schools irrespective of religious beliefs. The Christians who are owners of the school were protesting the new policy on education set by the state government that allows Muslim students to wear Hijab to Christian’s mission public schools.
The new policy of school reclassification by the state government, which was introduced last year has been causing a lot of problems in the state, because it introduced the merger of most of schools, and because some of the schools are faith-based, there’s chaos. The Christian schools do not want Muslim students wearing Hijab to school but the state govt has made it legal, thus the continued protest…

Former Nigerian Olympian athlete jailed for life in South Africa for murder

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Former Nigerian Olympic athlete, Ambrose Monye (pictured above), has been sentenced to life in prison in South Africa for the murder of 26 year old Channelle Henning (pictured right).

Monye, who participated in the Seoul Olympic game in 1988, is accused of killing Henning as she drove out after dropping her young son at the Morning Star Montessori Preschool in Faere Glen, East Pretoria South Africa on the 8th of November 2011. He and another accomplice, Andre Gouws, who was also sentenced to life in prison, were contracted to kill the woman by her estranged husband.

After denying their involvement in the shooting death for almost two years, the men finally confessed to being involved in the gruesome murder.

According to Andre Gouws testimony in court this morning, Channelle and her husband, Nick have been on a custody battle for their young son for a while. Nick then decided the best way to have full custody of his son was to permanently get rid of his wife. He then contacted Andre Gouws to help carry out the murder with a reward of a million rand if successfully done. Andre then contacted Monye to help facilitate the killing with a promise to pay him 50,000rand. Continue…

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The husband, Nick

Ambrose then contracted two men, Gerhardus (Doepie) du Please and Willem (Tattoo or Pike) Pieterse who carried out the murder. The two men are already serving 18-year jail terms, following their guilty pleas to the murder charge.

Described by the investigative team as the kingpin of Pretoria’s underworld, Ambrose has a history of being involved in murder cases. In 2011, he was arrested and later released in South Africa for allegedly beating a man to death. Ambrose runs a security firm in South Africa.

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