May 5, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT
You’re taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.
So said Sonny Corleone to Tom Hagen as the jaw-wired Mike suggested the Turk and dirty police commissioner had to go. And if you squint and stare for long enough, Lionel Messi sure looks like a young Al Pacino (if a little more Tony Montana than Michael Corleone):
Of course, Mike eventually got his way, and today, Leo got his. Again.
With four goals in today’s Barcelona derby against Espanyol, Lionel Messi is now on 50 for the La Liga season, 72 in all-competitions.
In the three games since Barcelona was shown out of Champions League, Messi’s been as hyped as a movie drug lord protecting his last pile of coke. Taking all the talk about not stepping up against Chelsea and Real Madrid very personally, Messi’s scored nine times in the last seven days.
Here’s today’s insanity. For those wondering, “only” 10 of his Liga goals have come from the spot.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a 50th goal than recognizing the man who constructed the team around you. After converting his second penalty of the day, Messi runs over to thank Pep Guardiola (who looked thoroughly un-entertained on the first goal).
Also, note Messi’s eyes in the replay of the first penalty kick conversation. Right has his plant leg hits the ground, he looks up to see where the `keeper’s going.
If I tried that, I’d miss either miss the ball entirely or John Terry it, but any coach that wants me to take a penalty kick deserves what they get.
Aug 30, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
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Aug 30, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
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Aug 30, 2015, 4:38 PM EDT
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Aug 30, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
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Aug 30, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT
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Aug 30, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
The Manchester United manager believed his club got so comfortable on the ball that they lost their focus.
Aug 30, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT
Reports indicate the Saint-Etienne medical staff was initially afraid that the young striker had suffered a heart attack, but it appears the issues are just heat related.
Aug 30, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
The Red Devils thought they’d picked up points at the Liberty Stadium, but Bafetimbi Gomis had other ideas.
Aug 30, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
Juventus was in for the Schalke winger, but Wolfsburg now need a replacement for Kevin de Bruyne.
Aug 30, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT
Wolfsburg tried its darndest, but Kevin de Bruyne still decided to leave in favor of a crowded Manchester City squad.
Aug 30, 2015, 10:42 AM EDT
Manchester United has started the season strong, but they take on a team that beat them twice last season.
Aug 30, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT
Graziano Pelle grabbed the opener and Dusan Tadic finished it off with a brace as Southampton flew to its first win of the year.
Aug 30, 2015, 9:29 AM EDT
Could Valdes be forced to stay with Manchester United despite his obvious wish to leave?
Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM EDT
Oh the season hasn’t started yet? Jamie Maclaren wasn’t aware.
Aug 30, 2015, 7:50 AM EDT
Ronald Koeman must pick up a win fast or risk seeing Southampton in a serious early season hole.
Aug 30, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT
A single coach had yet to be fired as we approach the start of September, but that changed as Montreal made a change.
Aug 29, 2015, 11:37 PM EDT
The playoffs look a might big ask of RSL, as they sit rock bottom, 10th place, in the Western Conference.
Aug 29, 2015, 11:08 PM EDT
Three losses in a row for Sporting KC, and the team with the highest points-per-game total is slipping in the West.
Aug 29, 2015, 8:37 PM EDT
Man United fell twice at the hand of Swansea City in 2014-15. On Sunday, Louis van Gaal takes his crack at revenge.
Aug 29, 2015, 6:34 PM EDT
Michael Bradley powered TFC to a 2-1 victory in the 401 Derby, and essentially locked up a playoff place in doing so.
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