Lionel Messi is in the middle of his worst goal drought in 6 years, despite the fact it's only 4 games since he last scored
Lionel Messi has failed to score in just over 360 minutes of Spanish top flight football, which is his longest goal drought in club games in over six years. The Argentine has drawn blanks in each of FC Barcelona's last four La Liga games against Valencia, Levante, Real Betis, and Getafe. The last time he went as long without a league goal was during the 2013/14 season, when failed to score in eight consecutive matches. Despite his barren run, the 32-year-old is still both the top scorer and top provider in La Liga, having hit 14 goals and produced 12 assists for his teammates. In Europe's top leagues, only Italian side Lazio's Ciro Immobile has contributed to more goals so far this season, with 26 goals and six assists. Read more of our soccer stories here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Lionel Messi has failed to score in just over 360 minutes of football in the Spanish top division, and it's his longest goal drought for more than six years. The Argentine has drawn blanks in each of FC Barcelona's last four games in La Liga against Valencia, Levante, Real Betis, and Getafe. The last time he failed to score in that many consecutive matches was during the 2013/14 season, when he went eight games without scoring. While he's not been his usual self in front of goal however, Messi has chipped in more than enough for Quique Setien's side, producing six assists in the last three matches. After a shock 2-0 defeat to Valencia, Messi twice teed up youngster Ansu Fati as Barca beat Levante 2-1, before getting a hat-trick of assists in the following match against Real Betis. Against Getafe on Saturday, he provided the pass that led to Antoine Griezmann's opener in a 2-1 win. Messi's contributions this season, despite his recent barren run of goals, mean he is both the top scorer and top provider in La Liga, having managed 14 goals and 12 assists. Only one player in the whole of Europe has made more direct domestic goal contributions, with Ciro Immobile of Lazio, scoring 26 goals and providing six assists for a combined 32 contributions, compared to Messi's 26. Barcelona is currently second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Real Madrid, and next take on 16th placed Eibar om Saturday. Read more: 10 extraordinary records Lionel Messi still holds Lionel Messi has more power at FC Barcelona than the 'no-name coaches' it appoints, according to a club insider FC Barcelona signed a young player the media is calling the 'new Ronaldo,' and the club says he's already worth half a billion dollarsJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know
More like this (3)
• Ángel Vizcay says Getafe and Real Betis were paid to lose games• Former president Miguel...• Ángel Vizcay says Getafe and Real Betis were paid to lose games• Former president Miguel Archanco denies any match-fixingThe Spanish top-flight club Osasuna fixed football matches in an attempt to avoid relegation over two seasons, a court heard on Tuesday.The club’s former secretary said Osasuna had paid Getafe and Real Betis to lose against them in 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively and had made a further payment to Espanyol in return for a draw. Ángel Vizcay testified in the case led by the investigating judge Fermín Otamendi and brought against 11 men: six former Osasuna directors, three former Betis players and two estate agents also accused of being involved. Continue reading...
Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Monday night as he scored his first ever Serie A hat-trick...Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Monday night as he scored his first ever Serie A hat-trick for Juventus. His three goals against Cagliari saw him became the only player in history to have hit hat-tricks in Italy, England, and Spain's top divisions, as well as the World Cup. The 34-year-old managed one in the Premier League for Manchester United, one at the World Cup for Portugal, but an astonishing 34 in La Liga for Real Madrid. Juve won 4-0 on the night to maintain pace at the top of the Serie A table with leaders Inter Milan, whom beat Napoli 3-1 on the same night. Read more of our soccer coverage here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Monday night as he scored his first ever Serie A hat-trick for Juventus. The Portuguese star scored three as Maurizio Sarri's side swept aside Cagliari 4-0 at the Allianz Stadium, and in doing so, the 34-year-old became the only player in history to have hit hat-tricks in Italy, England, and Spain's top divisions, and at the World Cup. Ronaldo scored just one hat-trick in the Premier League with Manchester United, which came in a 6-0 thumping of Newcastle United back in January, 2008. He also managed just one for Portugal at the World Cup in a 3-3 draw with Spain in 2018. During his nine season spell with Real Madrid he hit an amazing 34 La Liga hat-tricks — the second most in history behind only Lionel Messi, who has scored 35. In all competitions, Ronaldo has managed 56 career hat-tricks, which equates to just over 23% of his 715 career goals. Another first for @Cristiano. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/NrjwtgIdJZ — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 6, 2020 Ronaldo opened the scoring for Juve on Monday shortly after the start of the second half, when he pounced on an under-hit pass across the Cagliari box from defender Ragnar Klavan, before rounding keeper Robin Olsen and slotting home. His second came from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, and the hat-trick was complete in the 82nd, just over a minute after Gonzalo Higuain had scored Juventus' third. "It was a good start to the year, but the important thing is the team," Ronaldo said after making history with his hat-trick, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "We created chances, and scoring is always important. "Our game is getting better game by game but we have to work and keep improving." The win ensured Juve maintained pace with Inter Milan, whom beat Napoli 3-1 on the same night, at the top of the Serie A table. Both teams are level on 45 points with 18 games played. Read more: Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted listening to music on an iPod that Apple hasn't updated in almost 8 years Cristiano Ronaldo wore the most expensive watch Rolex has ever made, valued at $500,000, to a conference in Dubai A statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been sawn off at the ankles and overthrown, and it's not even the first time it's been vandalizedJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know
Riyad Mahrez's stunning solo goal in which he dribbled past two defenders saw Manchester City come from behind to beat Chelsea
Riyad Mahrez's stunning solo goal completed a fine Manchester City comeback against Chelsea on Saturday. The...Riyad Mahrez's stunning solo goal completed a fine Manchester City comeback against Chelsea on Saturday. The Algerian dribbled between two Chelsea defenders, before taking a moment to look up and subsequently passing the ball nonchalantly into the back of the net in the 37th minute. City had gone behind in the 21st minute courtesy of an N'Golo Kante goal, however, was level just eight minutes later through Kevin De Bruyne. Mahrez's winner means City leapfrogged Chelsea in the Premier League table into third place, and kept alive its hopes of catching league leaders Liverpool, whom it trails by nine points. Read more of our soccer coverage here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Riyad Mahrez's stunning solo goal saw Manchester City end Chelsea's run of six consecutive wins in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea's fine recent form has seen it climb the to third in the English top division, and a win at The Etihad Stadium would have seen it secure that position for at least another fortnight, moving four points ahead of chasers City. Things got off to a perfect start for Frank Lampard's men, whose dominance in the opening proceedings was rewarded with an N'Golo Kante goal — the Frenchman holding off makeshift centre back Fernandinho to slot home in the 21st minute. However, that lead lasted less than lasted all of eight minutes, with Kevin De Bryune leveling the score courtesy of a fortunate deflection of the foot of Kurt Zouma. Though there was a slice of good luck in City's equalizer, its second in the 37th minute, which proved to be the winner, was all of Mahrez's doing. The Algerian picked the ball up on the right flank around 40-yards from goal, before driving at Chelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Emerson. While the pair appeared to have Mahrez covered, some superb footwork saw him jink between them both, after which he looked up and nonchalantly passed the ball into the far left corner of his goal. 😍 The Mahrez goal that put City in front...#MCICHE #PL pic.twitter.com/RJ6214aiQS — Marathonbet (@marathonbet) November 23, 2019 Raheem Sterling had made it 3-1 in the final moments, only to see his goal ruled out for offside by VAR. Mahrez's goal was his fourth of the season, and ensured City moved up to third in table, also ensuring it kept alive its hopes of catching league leaders Liverpool, whom it trails by nine points. Read more: Lionel Messi sent Borussia Dortmund's 15-year-old striker a selection of birthday presents which included a photo collage of himself Gareth Bale celebrated with a flag that read 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' after he helped secure his country's qualification to Euro 2020 A 19-year-old scores so many goals he's starting to sleep with his winning footballs, calls them his 'girlfriends,' and says Manchester United links are 'boring as f---' Real Madrid is reportedly considering spending more than half a billion dollars to snatch PSG's 20-year-old French forward Kylian Mbappe away from BarcelonaJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know