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Football News-8 August 2022

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Lionel Messi surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele to break yet another goal-scoring record| www.barcauniversal.com

Former Barcelona captain and PSG superstar Lionel Messi has now become the player with the most non-penalty goals in football.

The legendary striker scored in Paris-Saint Germain’s 1-0 win over Lyon to take his tally to 672 non-penalty goals, surpassing Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of 671 goals.

The 34-year-old, who was rightly adjudged as the Man of the Match on Sunday night, achieved the feat while playing 150 games fewer than his Portuguese counterpart.

The Argentina international found the back of the net with a cheeky finish from the box. Interestingly enough, two former Barcelona players combined for the goal as Neymar provided his eighth assist of the season in all competitions to set Messi up.

Atletico Madrid fans caught on film racially abusing Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr| www.standardmedia.co.ke

Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid was overshadowed by some abhorrent racist chanting aimed at Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr. before the match.

Atletico Madrid fans were on Sunday filmed racially abusing Vinicius Jr. outside their Metropolitano Stadium ahead of the Madrid derby.

In a video published on social media by radio station Cope in the build up to the game that Real went on to win 2-1, chants of ‘Vinicius is a monkey’ were heard from a large number of Atletico supporters outside the Wanda Metropolitano as Real Madrid’s team bus arrived at the ground.

Jules Kounde reflects on Chelsea & Man City interest before Barcelona move| www.90min.com

Barcelona defender Jules Kounde has admitted he was close to joining Chelsea this summer but was quickly convinced to move to Camp Nou by current manager Xavi.

Then at Sevilla, Kounde had been on Chelsea’s radar for years. He came close to joining in 2021 and was among the top targets of the 2022 summer window, but despite having a bid accepted first, Chelsea watched on as Kounde opted to move to Barcelona instead.

Phil Neville impressed by Wayne Rooney response after racism complaint in MLS game| www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

DC United manager Wayne Rooney had to deal with an alleged racism incident during his side’s loss to former team-mate Phil Neville’s Inter Miami.

Jamaican international Damion Lowe was the subject of an alleged racial slur by DC United’s Taxi Fountas, who has substituted immediately by the former Everton and Manchester United star.

Rooney held talks with Inter Miami boss Neville on the touchline and made the decision to haul his star man off with allegations of racism being made against Fountas.

Thomas Tuchel ‘much appreciated’ by major European club| www.sportbible.com

Bayern have been crowned champions of Germany for the past 10 seasons, often winning at a canter, last failing to do so thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund in 2012.

However, they have had a poor start to the latest campaign and on Saturday lost 1-0 to Augsburg, which came on the back of three draws in-a-row in the league.

They’re already five points behind surprise leaders Union Berlin, after just seven games, and, whilst they’d still be favourites for the title, manager Julian Nagelsmann is now under pressure.

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright tell David Moyes what his West Ham priority is ahead of Wolves clash| www.football.london

Former England strikers Alan Shearer and Ian Wright have told West Ham United manager David Moyes that he must focus on working out his best attacking line-up during the international break.

After seven games of the Premier League season, the Hammers sit 18th in the top-flight standings and have scored just three goals in the league campaign, despite bagging 12 goals in four matches in the Europa Conference League.

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