23
Mar

Lionel Messi becomes Clasico’s all-time top scorer in Barcelona win

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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 4-3 win at Real Madrid on Sunday, becoming the rivalry’s all-time leading scorer with 21 goals in the process. Before his hatter, which included two penalties, Messi was tied with Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano on 18 goals. And if you’re wondering (you are), Cristiano Ronaldo also scored on Sunday and currently has 13 ‘Clasico’ goals.

Messi also passed Hugo Sanchez for second place in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts (he now has 235 goals) with the hat trick, and notched yet another historical first:

The goal that broke Di Stefano’s mark, Messi’s first of the day, was a classic Barcelona tiki-taka masterpiece. Watch it below:

22
Dec

Pedro leads Barcelona comeback with 9-minute hat trick

They call this time of the year the “season of giving,” but Barcelona winger Pedro seemed perfectly fine taking away three points from Getafe on Sunday.

With Barca down 2-0 in the first half, Pedro selfishly scored three goals in a span of just over eight minutes to turn the match on its head. Getafe, who to that point looked on their way to a special holiday upset win, never recovered from Pedro’s Christmas trick and ended up going home 5-2 losers. Ouch.

As for Pedro, that match ball will make for a nice gift to himself under the Christmas tree.

4
Dec

Luis Suarez makes history with Norwich hat trick

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Canary killer Luis Suarez scored a first-half hat trick against Norwich in a span of just 20 minutes on Wednesday, making him the first Premier League player ever to score three hat tricks against the same side. Suarez previously scored two hatters against Norwich in April and September of last year.

The fact Suarez needed just five career meetings to accomplish this feat against the Canaries is simply astounding. The way he did so, too, is breathtaking. Suarez’s first goal was an audacious 40-yard strike that lobbed the keeper, while his third was a brilliant blend of control, technique and power, making a defender looks very silly in the process.

Watch Suarez’s goals below:

Just for good measure, the Uruguayan added a fourth goal in the second half with yet another masterfully taken direct free kick. That brought his career goalscoring tally against Norwich to 11 goals.

Suarez now leads the league in scoring with 13 goals, two more than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. And remember, Suarez sat out the first six games of the season for his bite attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season.

Is there any doubt that he is the league’s best player at the moment?

21
Nov

Zlatan: I didn’t applaud Ronaldo’s hat trick (With video!)

Comments made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the rounds on Thursday, with the Swedish talisman denying reports he applauded Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable hat trick.

“Was I applauding Ronaldo? No, I was just trying to encourage my team-mates,” Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via the London Evening Standard.

"I clapped my hands to cheer them up and motivate them for the last few minutes.

Lucky for us, there’s video evidence to prove it:

This video shows Zlatan and Ronaldo’s reactions to their respective goals, and it’s quite telling. Considering you can see Ibra clapping his hands and encouraging teammates after CR7’s first and second goals, it seems the Swede’s side of the story holds water.

But there’s more to be seen in this video. It really should be enjoyed in its entirety, but some of our favorite moments:

  • Ronaldo glancing up to see the replay of his first goal, because who wouldn’t want to see that again (49 second mark)?
  • A two-fer! Ronaldo’s utter disbelief when Zlatan heads in his first, and Ibra’s steely stare at Pepe after scoring (2:25 mark).
  • An upset Cristiano attempting to spit on the ground after Zlatan scores his free kick, but hocking a nice rope of saliva onto his chin.
  • Pepe getting pulled off the Portuguese pile after Ronaldo’s hat trick (5:35 mark).

Let’s hope these two match up again real soon, and more videos like this emerge.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

20
Nov

Portuguese announcer goes absolutely nuts over Ronaldo

Monday’s epic tilt between Portugal and Sweden really whet the soccer world’s appetite for the magic of the World Cup.

It’s a shame we have to wait seven months for such intensity. And, with all apologies to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we’ll still be glued to our TVs, especially with performances like Ronaldo’s on Monday.

Thankfully for the announcer of this video, that seven-month layoff might give him just barely enough time to rest his pipes after going bananas for CR7.

His reaction to Ronaldo’s first goal is great, but we’re quite partial to his squeals after goal No. 2. Skip forward to about the 1:10 mark to set up that gem.

"Obrigado, Cristiano!"

June can’t come soon enough.

27
Oct

Freiburg keeper achieves rare hat-trick of howlers

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Dazed and confused: Baumann can’t believe his own performance (Image: Getty)

Being a goalkeeper is a tough gig. Either you’re the hero, or the zero.

In Oliver Baumann’s case, it was clearly the latter on Sunday. Though Freiburg lost 3-0 to Hamburg — a scoreline that would indicate thorough domination by the away side — it was Baumann who practically determined the outcome by himself, committing three gruesome errors that lead to all three goals.

Watch:

Perhaps Baumann was just in the Halloween mood and tricked all the home supporters? Because that’s some scary-bad goalkeeping.

Baumann, Freiburg’s captain and actually one of the better goalkeepers in the Bundesliga last season, will want to erase this game from his memory as soon as possible. He should expect, however, to be tested with a lot more long balls for the rest of the season!

18
Sep

Lionel Messi closes in on Raul’s Champions League record

Lionel Messi became the second player in Champions League history to score at least 60 goals, breaching that mark with this amazing free kick goal to open the scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Ajax.

You could almost see the fear in goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer’s eyes as Messi stepped up to take it, and sure enough, the best player in the world did what we all expected him to.

Here, watch it again. Try not to drool.

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Messi would later add two more goals for a hat trick, further closing in on Raul’s record of 71 Champions League goals. It also was a nice response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick last night for Real Madrid.

He probably sang the tune “Anything you can do, I can do better” while he did it, too.

17
Sep

Ronaldo passes Henry on all-time Champions League scoring list

Entering Real Madrid’s Champions League opener, the storyline to watch was whether or not Gareth Bale would make his UCL debut for Los Blancos, and how he would fare. Bale eventually did, coming on as a second-half substitute. However, it was that other $100 million man who stole all the spotlight on Tuesday, as Cristiano Ronaldo — fresh off a new contract extension with Real — netted a hat trick to move past Thierry Henry for fourth place on the all-time Champions League scoring list. 

Tied with Henry on 50 goals apiece to start the day, Ronaldo left the former Arsenal and Barcelona star behind him by scoring two goals in quick succession around the hour mark of the match. Both were as easy as they come for Ronaldo, who simply had to tap in on both occasions. To seal the hat trick, though, Ronaldo opened his box of tricks, making three Galatasaray defenders look like schoolboys with a few silky moves before going top shelf past keeper Fernando Muslera.

Just look at that last one again. And again. And a few more times:

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4
Sep

Sydney Leroux nets perfect hat trick in nine minutes!

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"Leroux! Leroux! Leroux is on fire!"

In the US Women’s National Team’s 7-0 shellacking of Mexico last night, forward Syndey Leroux stole the show with a remarkable feat.

Leroux scored a perfect hat trick — achieved by scoring one goal per header, one with the right foot and one with the left — in just nine minutes! And just for good measure Leroux added a fourth goal, all in just a span of twenty minutes before halftime. Watch them all:

The 23-year-old Leroux was making just her sixth start in her 39th game for the USA and upped her goal total to 21 for her career. She’s still 140 goals shy of Abby Wambach’s international goalscoring record (Wambach scored one goal last night), but if Leroux keeps this pace up, who knows how close she can get in ten years, when she reaches Wambach’s age!