Mid-Day Ticker: Messi eyes Barca record, Kaiserslautern fires manager and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Messi eyes Barca record, Kaiserslautern fires manager and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Messi eyes Barca record, Kaiserslautern fires manager and more

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Lionel Messi is set to make Barcelona history yet again.

After some recent adjustments to the total goal-scoring tally, the 24-year-old striker is one goal away from tying Cesar Rodriguez for Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. La Vanguardia newspaper in Spain, in collaboration with Barcelona, revised Rodriguez's total tally down to 232 goals. It's a record that has stood for 57 years but could topple tonight when Barcelona welcomes Granada.

Messi has scored 51 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season, including 31 in league play. It's worth noting that Rodriguez's tally only includes goals scored in official games. The record tally for goals scored in both official and friendly games belongs to Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals in 357 games from 1912-1927.

Here are some more stories to keep your Tuesday going.

KAISERSLAUTERN FIRES MANAGER

Last-placed Kaiserslautern have announced the firing of manager Marco Kurz following the club's 4-1 defeat to Schalke over the weekend. Kaiserslautern sits in last place in the Bundesliga and has not won in 16 games. They are six points off safety with eight games remaining.

Kaiserslautern's last league victory came on Oct. 22 against SC Freiburg. Last season, Kurz finished seventh in his first stint in the Bundesliga since gaining promotion but it's unlikely Kaiserslautern will be able to survive relegation. Assistant coach Oliver Schaefer and goalkeeping coach Gerry Ehrmann will jointly take over on an interim basis.

TERRY OUT FOR CITY CLASH, TEVEZ SET FOR RETURN

Carlos Tevez could mark his return from sporting wilderness during Wednesday's clash between Manchester City and Chelsea. The temperamental Argentina striker has not appeared for City since refusing to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich in September. Tevez has apologized to City manager Roberto Mancini, who said Tevez could appear as a substitute.

Chelsea will be without captain John Terry for Wednesday's massive game. The 31-year-old defender re-injured his knee playing in Chelsea's Champions League game against Napoli last week. He had missed two weeks prior to the Napoli game. Terry could be fit for Saturday's game against Tottenham Hotspur.

HAVELANGE HOSPITALIZED WITH BACTERIAL INFECTION

Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has been hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro due to a bacterial infection. 

Havelange, 95, resigned from his post in the International Olympic Committee in December for "undisclosed health reasons." This allowed him to avoid sanctions for allegedly taking payments from a marketing firm during his tenure as FIFA president in the late 1990's. The doctor treating Havelange said he is suffering from septic arthritis, a bacterial infection of the joints that can prove fatal if not treated rapidly. The doctor said there is reason to be optimistic about a recovery but Havelange will remain closely monitored.

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What do you think of today's stories? Is Lionel Messi the best player in Barcelona history or does Alcantara hold that mantle? Did Kaiserslautern make the right call in firing their manager? Can Tevez make an impact despite the long absence?

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