Friday, January 22, 2021
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The Portuguese talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo has become only the second male player to score 100 international goals in the history of football.

Ronaldo’s surgical free kick and his second goal in the 72nd minute of the game, has left him just 8 goals behind Ali Daei’s record, who has netted 109 times for Iran. Portugal beat Sweden 2-0 on Tuesday, as the 35-year-old who had missed Portugal’s Nations League opener against Croatia on Saturday with a toe injury led the line for Portugal.

“I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now I will go for the record. It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way,” Ronaldo said, reported news agencies.

It’s almost two weeks after the Barcelona legend,Lionel Messi, who had earlier told his club he wanted to leave, but Messi has returned to training with the team on Monday.

Messi, after reluctantly changing his mind, trained with the team to prepare for the new season. He practiced separately from the rest of the squad because he still needs to undergo a second coronavirus test before rejoining them.

Last week, Messi wasn’t happy with Barcelona but has decided to stay in order to prevent getting into a legal battle with the club. Messi wanted to leave for free but the club said the contract clause he invoked had already expired, so he has to stay at least until the end of his contract in June 2021.

Messi told the club he wanted to leave on August 25 and had not reported for the squad’s required coronavirus testing a week ago. He also had not showed up when his teammates resumed training last week.

The Spanish league begins this weekend, but Barcelona will not start its season until the end of the month with a home game against Villarreal.

In men’s tennis, the previous 13 Grand Slam trophies have been won by one of the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. But now, after No.1 seeded Djokovic’s ouster from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a tennis ball, whoever emerges as champion will be the first-time major trophy winner in men’s tennis since 2014, when Marin Cilic won the US Open. 33-year-old Djokovic was the clear favourite after reigning US Open champion Nadal pulled out, citing concerns about travelling amid the pandemic, and Federer, sidelined after two knee operations, not in the field.

29-year-old Pablo Carreno Busta was locked in a tight battle with Djokovic in the fourth round of the tournament when the world number one was sensationally defaulted after swatting a ball to the back of the court, inadvertently striking a line judge following a point. Djokovic, who was trailing Busta 6-5 in the first set, angrily smacked a ball behind him.

The ball flew right at the line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck. The chair umpire, after deliberations with line referee and tournament manager, announced that Djokovic was defaulted, despite the latter’s pleadings.

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