Standing at just 1.48m tall, few expected Messi to make it at the top level but his immense talent was obvious from the start and it continued to blossom year after year. Messi has gone on to score a club record 634 goals in 731 official first-team appearances which not only is more goals than any other player in Barcelona’s history, but more than the tallies of the second, third and fourth highest on that list combined. Loading… Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under KoemanHe has won 33 trophies for the club including 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while he has won five Ballon d’Or awards.The platitudes are endless for a player who many consider to be the best player to have ever played the game and for whom Barcelona fans can enjoy for at least one more season yet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona are celebrating 20 years since star player Lionel Messi joined the club with his two decades outlined in an extraordinarily comprehensive report in Marca. Messi joined the club, aged just 13, on 17 September 2000 with the dream of becoming a footballer at the Camp Nou and he initially joined the youth ranks of the Blaugrana. Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look Incredible10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?
Willie Mullins saddled the odds-on favourite in Nichols Canyon, who was already a Grade One winner, but he was an early casualty as he unseated Ruby Walsh, and stablemate Mckinley was pulled up shortly afterwards when racing in second place. Sizing John (11-1), highly regarded by Henry de Bromhead, made all under Johnny Burke and sprinted away from his two remaining rivals in the straight to beat Sub Lieutenant by six and a half lengths. Des McDonogh unleashed a second smart debutant in the space of two days as Theophilus made a smooth introduction to the winter game in the Paddy Power ‘Number 1 For Live Streaming’ 3-Y-O Hurdle. Just 24 hours after Fiscal Focus made a winning big-race start at 33-1, lowering the colours of Willie Mullins’ well-fancied Kalkir, Theophilus was sent off at just 4-1 in the same Jackie Bolger silks. No great shakes on the Flat, he travelled well and when another Mullins odds-on shot, Buiseness Sivola, faded at the top of the straight, Theophilus kept on willingly to beat a couple of fellow newcomers in Hostile Fire and Battle Hymn by six and a half lengths in the hands of Danny Mullins. McDonogh said “He got a superb ride from Danny. He was idling a bit in front and will be better in a better race. At the moment the two of them (including Fiscal Focus) will be aimed at the Triumph. Fiscal Focus is different gravy. I must say I am in awe of him. I may need a double horsebox now for Cheltenham!” There was a big turn-up in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle as Champion Bumper winner Silver Concorde was made to look ordinary by Blair Perrone. Tony Martin’s five-year-old was beaten a long way on his hurdling debut at Cork but looked a different proposition in the hands of Denis O’Regan, who was initiating a double for the yard. Silver Concorde, a winner on the level since his Cheltenham success, was not fluent at the last for Davy Russell but such was Blair Perrone’s superiority, it is unlikely the blunder had any bearing on the result. The 10-1 chance came home two unextended lengths clear of the 1-3 favourite. Martin said: “He needed the run badly at Cork the last day. He’s always showed us he’s a good horse at home. The plan was to stalk the favourite and hopefully take him on as late as possible, and it worked out perfect. He’s a big horse and will make a chaser.” An eventful renewal of the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown went the way of Sizing John. The silver lining for Mullins was that his Douvan beat the winner easily when they met earlier in the season. It capped a great 10 minutes for De Bromhead, who had just captured the Desert Orchid Chase with Special Tiara at Kempton. “There were a few incidents but it’s great to win and a nice bonus. Our lad nearly ran out when the loose horse came by him. I’m delighted for Johnny as it’s his first Grade One win,” said the trainer. “I was disappointed with him at Gowran, but they told me Douvan is very highly regarded. I always thought he wanted better ground and the plan was to back off him after this and look to the spring.” Teenager Burke said: “I’ve had two Grade Two winners, but that’s my first Grade One. “He did it well. I’ve always held him in high regard, ever since the first day I saw him. I remember riding against him in a bumper in Limerick one day and he always stuck in my mind since that day. He was very impressive in Naas and, to be fair, he bumped into a well above-average horse in Gowran (Douvan), and he’s proved himself today at the highest level. “I wasn’t aware of what was going on behind but when I saw the loose horse come by me as we turned into the back straight, I knew that was Ruby’s then, so that was our main danger gone. “I was keen to make it a test in front and he’s done it the hard way. He had to go out in front and make his own race of it – that’s tough old going for a four-year-old, and on that ground, too. He will improve as he’s only a four-year-old and he’s big as well, so wait until he sees a fence.” Press Association
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen a team shoots 50 percent from the field and forces 34 turnovers on defense, it’s pretty hard to lose.That’s what happened Sunday afternoon as the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team crushed Division II opponent Winona State 87-37 at the Kohl Center. The win ended the Badgers’ short-lived preseason, in which they finished a perfect 2-0.The Badgers dominated all facets of the game. They jumped out to an early 12-8 lead, followed by a 24-0 run that lasted just under 10 minutes. Winona State guard Shelby Krueger broke up the scoring drought with a pair of free throws. The Warriors didn’t hit a field goal for another four minutes.Badgers forward Danielle Ward had a game-high 21 points while shooting 9-of-11 from the field. She also chipped in on the glass with eight rebounds.Ward was not the only Badger post player to put up impressive numbers Sunday. Caitlin Gibson, Brittany Heins, and Mariah Dunham had 12, 11, and eight points respectively.”The post play has arrived,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said excitedly. “When you have [three] post players in double figures, that’s great.””[Danielle] is a quick, unbelievably fast, athletic post, and I’m more of a big, ‘sit on the block, muscle my way around’-type of post,” Gibson said.This tandem, along with Heins coming off the bench, should be a lethal combination throughout the season.Stone did say she will entertain the idea of putting all three on the court at the same time.Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jolene Anderson had a modest eight points, but added six assists in only 24 minutes.”Jolene was very unselfish today and did a great job sharing the ball,” Stone said.Freshman Rae Lin D’Alie played well both offensively (6 points, 3 assists) and defensively (2 steals) in a starting role.The 5-foot-3 point guard applied intense on-ball pressure all game long, forcing countless Warrior turnovers, which is why Stone inserted her in the starting lineup before Thursday’s first preseason game.D’Alie is one of many impressive newcomers on this Badger squad, but the team’s depth is making it hard for Stone to solidify a consistent rotation.”I like our starting lineup right now,” Stone said. “It may be the same, and it may change.”Though a 50-point blowout can lift a team’s confidence, Stone knows her team has a lot of work to do, especially from the free-throw line, where they shot just 60 percent.However, Stone was not the only coach impressed with the Badgers’ play on Sunday. Warriors head coach Scott Ballard had no answers for the onslaught of cardinal and white.”I thought [the Badgers’] depth is probably better than a lot of people might think,” he said.Along with forcing 34 turnovers, the Badger defense compiled 19 steals and two blocks, while allowing the Warriors to grab only eight offensive rebounds.”We really focused on ball pressure and just denying reversal passes,” Gibson added. “That was really crucial for our defense. That’s how we’re going to break teams down.”Despite being on the losing end of such a lopsided score, Ballard sees some positives from the trip to Madison.”It was a great experience to come to the Kohl Center [and play in a] hostile environment,” he said.