Thursday Kickoff: Messi sets record, Copa Libertadores and more

Thursday Kickoff: Messi sets record, Copa Libertadores and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Messi sets record, Copa Libertadores and more



Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid received most of Wednesday’s attention for their performances in the UEFA Champions League, but over in Spain, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner was setting yet another record and helping Barcelona increase its lead atop the La Liga table.

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st career La Liga goals, becoming the first player in history to surpass 300 Spanish league goals en route to helping Barcelona to a 3-1 win vs. Sporting Gijón on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Brazilian club Corinthians won its first game of the Copa Libertadores, 1-0, on the road vs. Cobresal in Chile, while Bolivian club The Strongest, Atletico MG and Mexican side Toluca also won on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Pachuca, Cruz Azul and Chivas Guadalajara all won their Mexican Copa MX matchups on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Chairman of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee Dr Cornel Borbély has recommended lifelong bans from soccer for former CONMEBOL vice-presidents Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue. (REPORTS)

Liverpool are reportedly interested in acquiring Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan during the summer transfer window. (REPORT)

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka revealed it would be his “dream” to play in the English Premier League, but also said he does not know how realistic is. (REPORT)


SBI took a closer look at the potential draw scenarios involving the U.S. Men’s National Team’s group ahead of the official Copa America Centenario draw on Sunday. (REPORT)

Obafemi Martins confirmed via his personal Twitter account on Monday night he will join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. (REPORT)

Speaking to Extra Time Radio, Harry Shipp explained how he was shocked to find out he had been traded to the Montreal Impact, but is ready to give everything he’s got for his new club. (REPORT)

Behind a Cristiano Ronaldo strike, Real Madrid cruised to a 2-0 win on the road vs. Roma, while Wolfsburg held on for a road win of its own against KAA Gent. (REPORT)

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