Lionel Messi has won every individual award imaginable, but now he can add another trophy to his shelf.
For the first time in his career, Messi was named La Liga’s Player of the Month for January.
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It’s hard to believe, but somehow the Barcelona superstar had never won this honor before. Despite winning a record five Ballon D’or trophies as the best player in the world, this trophy had eluded Messi since its inception in 2013.
Messi scored six goals in six January matches as Barcelona sit atop the La Liga table, currently holding a three-point lead over Atletico Madrid.
Despite their dominance in La Liga, this is only the second time a Barcelona player has won this monthly award, as Neymar took home the honor in November of 2015.
The United States women’s national team looks to keep rolling through CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a match with Mexico on Saturday.
Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, is again the scene after the Yanks battered Costa Rica 5-0 on Wednesday.
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A win over Mexico would move the USWNT into the all-important semifinal, where a win would gain them entry into this Summer’s Olympic Games.
Mexico staged a blowout of its own on Wednesday, cruising past Puerto Rico 6-0 thanks in large part to a hat trick from Maribel Dominguez.
Mexico has only beaten the USWNT twice in history, and only the 2010 Gold Cup semifinal is considered official.
In recent history, the USWNT beat up Mexico 5-1 last year, and thrice in 2014 by a combined score of 15-0. Expect very little to change with an energized, impressive U.S. side on Saturday.
Week 26 of the Premier League season is here. This will be a lot of fun with massive games at both ends of the table.
If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.
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Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out.
With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the longshots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.
BASICALLY, FREE MONEY
Arsenal 3-2 Leicester City – (Sunday, 7 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
Norwich City 0-2 West Ham – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, USA) – [STREAM]
Man City 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur – (Sunday 11:15 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
Sunderland 0-2 Manchester United – (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
DON’T TOUCH THIS…
Everton 2-1 West Brom – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
Swansea 1-1 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]
Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]
Chelsea 3-2 Newcastle – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”
Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]
Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool – (Sunday, 9:05 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]
There’s plenty to like about Leicester City’s run to the top of the Premier League, but perhaps nothing is more enjoyable that its manager’s musings.
Claudio Ranieri, the Tinkerman himself, has provided some of the best quips of the season.
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Make way for some more gems, from LCFC.com:
“I think we work so hard to achieve this level. We want to stay at this level. It’s no pressure for us. The pressure was at the beginning to start well, to carry on and maintain the standard of our performance.“Now we are safe and we want to fight with respect with all our opponents. Face to face, we play with our strength and they play with theirs. If we win, fantastic. If we lose, next match.“I think the pressure is on the other teams. We have pressure for our little gap. We continue to dream with our fans and we want to continue to dream. Nobody wake us up please!”