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BREAKING: Mourinho will take charge of Roma from next season

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Roma have officially announced Jose Mourinho will be the new head coach and has signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi.

After having announced the departure of current coach Paulo Fonseca after the season, La Lupa have now confirmed Mourinho will take over ahead of next season.

“The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” the club said in an official statement.

Vice-President Ryan Friedkin said the Giallorossi are ‘thrilled’ to announce the arrival of the former Inter coach.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family,” club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said.

“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

“The appointment of José is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”

Mourinho was sacked from his position at Spurs last month and has now penned a deal with the Giallorossi.

“After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for Roma,” Mourinho said.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.”

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Ghana disqualified from 4x100m World Relays Final

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Ghana’s 4x100m men’s relay team were disqualified from the World Relays final after breaking changeover rules.

The team initially finished third in the final behind Brazil and South Africa with a time of 39.11s but minutes after the race and time confirmations, drama ensued as Brazil and Ghana were disqualified.

Ghana’s team was disqualified after breaking changeover rules. The final changeover took place outside the authorized zone.

Ghana’s disqualification came as a result of a late changeover – Rule TR 24.7 between the pair of Azamati and Joseph Manu.

In the process, it means South Africa, Italy, Japan and Denmark were the only four out of eight competing teams to record times in the men’s 4x100m.

On a slightly brighter side, the decision is subject to an appeal from team Ghana.

The quartet of Benjamin Azamati, Safo-Antwi, Joseph Paul-Amoah and Joseph Manu simultaneously have already secured Ghana a place at the Olympic Games and the World Athletic Championship in the heats on Saturday.

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Messi scores his 50th freekick for Barcelona

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Lionel Messi scored the 50th freekick of his Barcelona career during their 3-2 win over Valencia on Sunday night.

The Argentine bent his effort just out of Jasper Cillessen’s reach, with the ball finding its way into the back of the net via the upright.

That was Messi’s third goal from a freekick this season – after strikes against Granada and Athletic Club – and, as mentioned, his 50th in all competitions for the Blaugrana.

The most freekicks the 32-year-old has scored in one season was in 2018/19, when he netted eight times from a dead ball. He did so seven times each in 2015/16 and 2017/18.

His first freekick goal arrived in the 2008/09 campaign, while he also netted five of them last season.

 

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Messi goes 12 consecutive seasons scoring 25 goals or more in LaLiga

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The Argentine has already equaled his numbers from last season, strengthens his chances of winning another pichichi trophy and is level with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot.

Leo Messi scored two more goals against Getafe, which could have been three if he had not handed the penalty to Antoine Griezmann. With a brace on in Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Getafe, the Argentine reached 25 goals in LaLiga, equaling the figure he hit last season, with seven matches still to play. This tally of 25 goals puts him at the top of the ‘Pichichi’ table, four ahead of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Messi is now level with Cristiano Ronaldo in second place in the fight for the Golden Boot, although Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who leads the scoring charts with 35 goals, seems unattainable, but you never know with the man from Rosario.

Messi’s story is magnified if we look back and see that he has already scored 25 or more goals in LaLiga in twelve consecutive seasons. An hugely impressive feat that speaks for itself and one that will leave a mark in the history of Spanish football for generations to come. And the fact is that since the 2009/10 season, when he scored 34 goals, his records have been anything but normal, with 2011/12 campaign being particularly exceptional, where he reached 50 goals.

A brief review of his goals over the last 12 years in LaLiga, which have led him to conquer seven ‘pichichis’ (the eighth is coming soon), leave little doubt as to why Messi is considered the best player in the history of the sport: 2009/10 (34), 2010/11 (31), 2011/12 (50), 2012/13 (46), 2013/14 (28), 2014/15 (43), 2015/16 (26), 2016/17 (37), 2017/18 (34), 2018/19 (36), 2019/20 (25) and 2020/21 (25). For those who want to do the math: 415 goals in twelve seasons.

This incredible goal-scoring record for twelve consecutive years has helped him lift seven La Liga titles and with the possibility of an eighth in the next few weeks. Along with Atlético Madrid, Barcelona are the only team that depend on themselves to life the league title. Curiously, in Pep Guardiola’s last season, 2011/12, despite being the one in which he scored the most goals in LaLiga, 50, Barca didn’t win the title. Nor could Messi over three other seasons: 2013/14, 2016/17 and 2019/20, despite scoring 90 goals between the three.

Before analysing these twelve consecutive seasons with 25 goals or more, his numbers in LaLiga were already more than respectable: 2004/05 (1), 2005/06 (6), 2006/07 (14), 2007/08 (10) and 2008/09 (23).

Messi hits unbreakable numbers

In total, Messi has scored a whopping 469 goals in 514 games in LaLiga, to which we must add 191 assists(on Thursday he provided one to Ronald Araújo from a corner). These are absolutely unrepeatable figures.

Finally, his numbers in 2021 are unquestionable: he has been able to score 23 times in the last 22 games, leading the team to an impressive late comeback in LaLiga, where they have taken 54 points from the last 63, and has led the team to lift its first title, the Copa del Rey, in the last two years.

Source:All Football

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