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LaLiga: How Messi made history with Barcelona in 10th league titles

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Lionel Messi came off the bench last night to score the only goal against Levante which gave Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday.

And by winning the title, Messi made another history by becoming Barcelona’s first player to win 10 league titles.

The Argentine’s first title at Camp Nou came in 2005 when he was 17 years old and he was also a fringe player when he collected his second La Liga medal a year later.

However, Messi has been the talisman behind Barca’s last eight triumphs, which the players celebrated by wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Eight out of 11, the extraordinary seems normal’.

Before Messi came of age and inspired a side coached by Pep Guardiola to the 2009 crown, Real Madrid had 31 titles while Barca had 18.

Messi came off the substitute bench last night to score his 597th La Liga goal to secure the title against Levante.

Barca now have 26 league trophy, closing to within seven of Real Madrid’s record 33.

“Messi is the centre of all our successes,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters at Camp Nou.

“It’s obvious that while he has been at Barca, the club have won a glut of trophies and league titles.

“If I had to give a name above anyone else it has to be his. He marks our style and his competitive drive pushes everyone else forward.”

Messi, who became club captain at the start of this season, overtook predecessor Andres Iniesta’s nine league crowns with the club and joined a select group of players to have lifted 10 titles with one club in Europe’s top five leagues.

Former Real Madrid winger Paco Gento holds a Spanish record of 12 league titles and his old teammate Pirri lifted the La Liga trophy 10 times.

Ryan Giggs, a former Manchester United winger, holds the most league titles in Europe’s top five leagues with 13 Premier League triumphs, while his former teammate Paul Scholes collected 11.

Gianluigi Buffon, the veteran Italian goalkeeper, won 11 Serie A titles with Juventus, although two of those triumphs were later stripped from the Turin club due to the Calciopoli corruption scandal.

“Messi is the best in the world,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the press.

“Today he came on late but when he comes on things always happen. He is the leader and he is magic.”



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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