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Messi Hits 500 League Goals As Inter Miami Cruise Past Orlando

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Lionel Messi has hit yet another remarkable milestone in his legendary career after reaching 500 league career goals with Inter Miami following his brace against Orlando City on Saturday.

Florida rivals Orlando finished second in the Eastern Conference last season and have been considered contenders for this season’s MLS Cup but they were outclassed by Inter Miami from the outset.

Suarez had lacked sharpness and match fitness in his first two outings but the prolific 37-year-old top scorer for Gremio in Brazil last season put aside any doubts about his continuing ability in the final third.

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I’m very happy for him, that he was able to score. We were calm anyway, we know what Luis is and what he is capable of doing and everyone knows it,” Messi said.

He is like that, when you least expect it he solves a game for you like he did today, with the goals and the assists.”

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Suarez took just four minutes to get Inter Miami on the scoreboard and his first goal for his new club came in emphatic style, meeting a low cross from Julian Gressel with a thumping first-time shot inside the near post.

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Seven minutes later and Suarez had doubled his tally with Gressel again the provider to the Uruguayan, who showed good close control in the box before burying into the corner.

Inter Miami were in total control and the crowd lapped up some delicious touches from Messi but it was his former Barcelona teammate Suarez who was doing the damage.

Robert Taylor made it 3-0 in the 29th minute after the excellent Gressel split the Orlando defenders, finding Suarez, who unselfishly picked out Taylor for a simple tap in.

Messi then struck a trademark, curling free-kick from 30 yards out against the upright and minutes later he provided a classy through ball to Suarez, who found the net. But his hopes of a hat trick celebration were denied by an offside flag.

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Orlando came out aggressively after the break, seeking a possible way back into the game and they were frustrated when Martin Ojeda’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Inter Miami quickly found a groove, Messi firing inches wide in the 54th minute and then Gressel blasting against the bar after a clever exchange with Suarez.

Another of Inter Miami’s ex-Barca quartet, left-back Jordi Alba, created the fourth when he burst down the flank, played a one-two with Suarez and clipped the ball goalwards.

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Orlando captain Robin Jansson’s desperate clearance flew out off the bar and Messi was on hand to put the ball home.

Suarez looked keen for his hat trick but, when found in space in the inside left channel, he looked up and spotted Messi at the back post and found him with a perfectly weighted left-foot cross, which the Argentine headed into the far corner.

Inter Miami, with seven points from the opening three games, return to action on Thursday against Nashville in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

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“We’re doing well, we’re enjoying it, we’re growing,” Messi said. “Today was an important match to win, to continue on this path of growth and this has to make us very strong for everything that’s to come.”

Earlier, defending MLS champions Columbus Crew were held to a 1-1 draw at unfancied Minnesota United.

Colombian striker Cucho Hernandez put the Crew ahead with a strike from the edge of the box in the 58th minute but Minnesota snatched a point deep in stoppage time through Tani Oluwaseyi.

MLS 2023 runner-up Los Angeles FC fell 3-0 in snowy conditions at Real Salt Lake, with Andres Gomez delivering a brace for the home side.

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The game was played on a snow covered field and LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo was fuming with the decision to let the game go ahead.

“It was an absolute joke we had to play today. It was one of the worst professional sporting events I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said.

“I feel terrible for the players that we put them through this. The game could have and should have been called (off). In my opinion, it was an absolute disgrace we had to play today.”

The Los Angeles Galaxy enjoyed 3-1 win at San Jose in their all-Californian clash.

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PICTORIAL: Nigeria, Other Countries’ Official Uniforms For Paris 2024 Olympics

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The Paris 2024 Olympics will be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024, in Paris, France.

In anticipation of the grand event, countries around the world have unveiled their official uniforms, showcasing a blend of tradition, innovation, and national pride.

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Nigeria will be competing in 11 sports at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Here’s a visual journey through some of the stunning uniforms, starting with Nigeria’s unique design:

NIGERIA – Designed by Actively Black

Sierra Leonne – Designed by LABRUM

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Mongolia – Designed by Michel & Amazonka

Brazil – Designed by Riachuelo

USA – Designed by Ralph Lauren

South Korea – Designed by Musinsa Standard

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Czech Republic – Designed by DECENIO

Great Britain – Designed by Ben Sherman

France – Designed by  LVMH

Germany – Designed by Adidas

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tops List Of Highest Earners In Saudi Arabia Pro League [Top 10]

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Al Nassr captain, Cristiano Ronaldo currently tops the list of highest earners in the Saudi Pro League.

The Portugal forward is ahead of the likes of Karim Benzema and Neymar on the list.

Recall that Ronaldo moved to Al Nassr in January 2023 after his contract with Man United was terminated.

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However, according to Capology, Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in the Saudi Pro League, earning a staggering €200 million annually.

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Behind the former Juventus star are Neymar and Benzema who earn €100 million each.

Here are the top 10 highest-paid players in Saudi Pro League:

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr) – €200m

Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad) – €100m

Neymar (Al Hilal) – €100m

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Riyad Mahrez (Al-Ahli) – €52.5m

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Sadio Mane (Al Nassr) – €40m

Kalidou Koulibaly (Al Hilal) – €34.7m

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al Hilal) -€25m

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Al Hilal) – €25m

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N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad) – €25m

Aymeric Laporte (Al Nassr) -€24.5m

 

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Transfer: Monaco Sign Nigerian-born Forward, Ilenikhena

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Ligue 1 giants, AS Monaco have completed the signing of Nigerian-born forward, George Ilenikhena, DAILY POST reports.

Ilenikhena joined the former Ligue 1 champions from Belgian Pro League outfit, Royal Antwerp.

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The 17-year-old only linked up with Antwerp from Amiens SC last summer.

The forward enjoyed an impressive campaign with Antwerp, scoring 14 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions.

Monaco paid €20m to secure his services.

 

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