Forget about March Madness, we’ve got Messi Madness. The man who seems to be able to score hat tricks at will has now surpassed Barcelona’s all-time goal scoring record with a whopping 234 career goals. Also in today’s news we give you an update on Muamba’s condition, today’s schedule for some exciting table-shaking EPL matches, and much more. Happy Hump Day soccer fans. Here’s your daily dose of football news:
The big news today is the accomplishment of Lionel Messi. The 24-year old Argentinian scored a hat trick in yesterday’s match giving him a total of 234 goals in his career with Barcelona and 54 in all competitions this season. The Spanish champions’ won 5-3 over Granada but the real accomplishment goes to Messi. And with weeks left in the season to score more goals, will anyone ever be able to surpass his record?
English Premier League
Fabrice Muamba continues to rest comfortably and remains in the hospital after suffering a heart attack on Saturday during the FA Cup tie at Tottenham. We will keep you updated on his progress here on Aerys Soccer.
While the Aston Villa v Bolton match was postponed due to their respect for their Bolton teammate Fabrice Muamba, the Blackburn v Sunderland went on as scheduled. Blackburn stay adrift of relegation by pulling out a 2-0 win thanks to goals by Junior Hoilett and Yakubu.
There are some very exciting and well-anticipated matches scheduled this afternoon which could likely juggle things around on the very tight upper half of the EPL table:
Manchester City host Chelsea
Tottenham host Stoke City
Everton host Arsenal
QPR host Liverpool
Chelsea manager Roberto Mancini has announced that Carlos Tevez may not make an appearance in today’s big match against Chelsea. Mancini would like to see the Argentinian cry baby make three to four substitute appearances before he is ready for a full 90 minutes.
Veteran EPL players Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and Frank Lampard of Chelsea are on the short list as possible signings for Chinese team Guizhou Renhe. The Chinese Super League is expected to spend big money this summer to improve their clubs. Renhe is following in the footsteps of Shanghai Shenhua, who signed Nicolas Anelka this past January.
Rumors claim Roberto Di Matteo conspired against former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas in order to get him sacked and take over his job. Di Matteo, the interim coach for Chelsea, denies the claims. The Italian has led the Blues to four wins in four matches.
Understandably, the FA have decided to change the date of the FA Cup final match. The match was originally scheduled to be played on the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster where 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death. Liverpool will meet either Everton or Sunderland in the final, now scheduled for April 14.
UEFA have announced that the 2014 Champions League final will be played at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Juventus advances to the Italian Cup Final after drawing 2-2 with AC Milan yesterday. An extra time goal by Mirko Vucinic pushed Juventus on as the two-game series ended in a score of 4-3.