Lionel Messi Current Affairs - 2019
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Barcelona FC has won Spanish La Liga title 2019 by defeating Levante FC by 1-0 goals. In the final match held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. the lone winning goal for Barcelona was scored by club’s Argentine superstar and team captain Lionel Messi at 61st minute. This was Barcelona’s overall 26th La Liga league title in club history and eight in last 11 years.
About La Liga
It is one of world’s most popular men’s top professional football division of Spanish football league. It was founded in 1929. It is also known as Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) or The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División.
Each season lasts from August to May, with 20 teams contesting. Each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for 38 matchdays.
India’s talismanic football team captain Sunil Chhetri (33) became joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi. He achieved this feat after he scored his 64th goal in match between India and Kenya in Intercontinental Cup summit clash in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In this match, Chhetri scored two goals.
Sunil Chhetri’s performance
It was Chhetri’s 102nd international match, making him only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia. In terms of goals scored, he and Messi are behind Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 81 goals on his name from 150 matches.
Chhetri and Messi are currently in joint 21st position in all-time list of goal scorers. Chhetri is just one goal below former Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba (65 from 104 matches). In terms of number of goals per match, Chhetri is better than Meesi (who is currently considered as best player in the football world). Chhetri has scored 0.62 goals per match as against 0.52 of Messi (64 goals from 124 matches). He is also better goal average than Cristiano Ronaldo (0.54 per match).