Messi Breaks Another Ronaldo Record

With a swish of his magic left boot, Lionel Messi broke yet another record as his stunning trademark free-kick sealed a comprehensive win against Sevilla.

The strike was his 420th in La Liga, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 419 goals scored in Europe’s ‘top five’ leagues — Spain, England, Germany, Italy and France.

Despite finishing the match with just nine men on the pitch, Barcelona hammered Sevilla 4-0 to stay within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

The home side scored three goals in eight first-half minutes, the first an acrobatic effort from Luis Suarez, before Messi wrapped up the three points late on.

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Sunday’s four-goal haul took Barcelona’s total scored under coach Ernesto Valverde to more than 300, with Messi, unsurprisingly, leading the charts with 97.

“I think the result at half-time was probably a bit misleading,” Valverde said after the match. “We were able to finish our chances, they weren’t. Before we scored the first goal, they caused us problems because they had men getting forward out wide.

“Once we got the goal, I think that open game they wanted to play allowed us to create chances ourselves. Teams start pressuring you but you have to make it last 90 minutes.

“As the first half went on, their legs got tired and that’s when you can find the space. The game opened up even more and we finished it off.”

Real Madrid survived a second-half scare to beat Granada and retains its two-point cushion at the top of the table.

Five Eritrean footballers abscond in Uganda

Five players with Eritrea’s under-20 national football squad have absconded in Uganda and have sought asylum, reliable sources have confirmed to BBC Tigrinya.

The players disappeared from their hotel and did not show up at their training ground, reports say.

The team travelled to Uganda to play in the regional Cecafa under-20 Challenge Cup tournament.

Human rights groups say thousands of Eritreans have fled the one-party state because of rights abuses and to avoid national service, which is compulsory and indefinite.

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The chairman of the tournament’s organising committee, Aimable Habimana, said the five players went missing from their hotel in Jinja, a city on the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

“We have decided to beef-up security around their hotel and the team so that we end the tournament on a good note,” he is quoted as saying.

Eritrea have been performing well at the tournament, making it through to the semi-final, where they will face Kenya.

When asked by officials about the absence of the players during a training session on Tuesday, Eritrea’s coach Haile Efrem Alemseghed said some of his players were sick, the Daily Monitor reports.

This is not the first time Eritrean footballers have absconded during tournaments.

In 2013, Uganda granted asylum to 15 players and the team doctor, who disappeared during the 2012 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup.

French Ligue 1 Club,Nice sack striker for stealing team-mate’s €70k watch

French Ligue 1 club Nice have sacked Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted stealing a watch worth a reported £62,000 from team-mate Kasper Dolberg.

Denmark forward Dolberg, 21, had his watch stolen from the dressing room on 16 September and reported the theft to police.

Striker Diaby-Fadiga, 18, has represented France at Under-18 level.

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“Nice and Lamine Diaby-Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday,” said a club statement.

“Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the changing room, and the subsequent admission of the player, the club decided to cancel its contract with the forward with immediate effect.

“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir [Red and Black] family.”

Dolberg moved to Nice from Ajax in the summer, while Diaby-Fadiga had been with the club for three years.

Nice, sixth in Ligue 1, play away at third-placed Nantes on Saturday.