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Mesut Özil is one of the brightest and most promising young players in the world these days known for his finnesse and innovative game along with a knack for providing strikers with perfect assists. He plays for the German national team and the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid as an attacking midfielder.
Born on 15th October 1988, Özil is basically from Turkish descent. He came into limelight after the 2010 World Cup where he was nominated for the Golden Ball. He's been a member of the German Youth national team since 2006 and a member of the German national team since 2009. He joined Real Madrid in August 2010.
There's a lot more than just being a assist to Özil's game. He's crafty and calm in his play and knows where and whom to provide the ball for a goal. At times, Özil can perform as a striker as well and his goal against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup is a proof of that.
Messi broke the club record of 232 official goals set by Cesar Rodriguez during the 1940s and 50s when he coolly lobbed home his second of the match in the 67th minute to put Barca back in the lead after Granada had fought back from two down to 2-2.
Barca substitute Cristian Tello then added a fourth before Messi completed his eighth hat-trick of the season in the 86th minute to put his side 5-2 ahead.
There was still time after that for Granada, who had cancelled out early strikes from Xavi and Messi with second-half goals from Diego Mainz and Guilherme Siqueira, to pull another goal back when Siqueira slotted in his second penalty of the night after Dani Alves had been sent off.
However, Barca had already done enough to claim the win that puts further pressure on Madrid, who face a potentially tricky trip to Villarreal tomorrow night.
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Pep Guardiola would like to keep him with the Catalan giants as he have promoted him from B team and giving him 8 appearances in last few months.
Tello, also showed signs for a bright future in his first appearance when he netted the ball just in nine minutes and have already scored four goals in his all appearances for Barcelona despite being played as a substitute.
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Top Scorer in Champions League Knockout Stage: Another Milestone for the Argentine native Barca Boy
At the age of only 24, Lionel Messi has surpassed many records in club football playing for Barcelona.
The Ballon d’Or winner for strikes late in the evening for Barcelona against Bayern Leverkusen to make it 19 in the knockout stage to break former Real Madrid striker Raul’s score of 18 goal in his knockout stage matches in Champions League.
On Valentine’s day Messi gifted himself a gift in shape of record for highest goals in knockout stages of UEFA Champions League, here in Germany against Bayern Leverkusen.
Barceloa was back in the match as soon as second half started as captain Puyol struck an header down to Real Madrid goal for the equalizer and a superb pass of Messi was well followed by an awesome finish from Eric Abidal to make it 2-1 for Barcelona and go to the next leg in their home ground with a 1 goal lead in aggregate.]]>
Fans said last season was crazy because of non-stop El-Clasico encounters in which Real and Barca met four times in 18 days of end of April and few days of May, total 6 times in last season and a total of 7 times in Calendar of 2011.
But if that was crazy, then you are surely going to get crazier as more El-Clasico action coming up this season.
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Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona may be the best side in the history of the Catalan Club. Their passing skills along with their game play often scares the opposition and prevent drama or some tough game in the field. But it can’t be said about the Dream Team of 1993-94 season. Loosing against Atletico Madrid earlier in the season, despite of a sensational hat trick from Romario, Cruyff’s Men knew they couldn’t loose any more points. Cruyff once again looked towards Romario for a show stopping performance.
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Two goals from Messi and one each by Xavi and Fabregas helped the Spanish and European Champions of last season to become the World Champions second time in three years.
Also, the star for Barcelona in this match, Lionel Messi claims his personnel award beating Neymar (Santos) and Xavi (Barcelona) to become Club World Cup player of the tournament.
Barcelona, who were favorites in this match dominated their opponents throughout the match. Exerting pressure resulting in goals from Adriano, Maxwell and Kieta. Although, celebrations were muted by a serious injury sustained by David Villa who could be out for a long period.
Barcelona now face the Brazilian side Santos to win the Club World Cup second time. First Club World Cup victory came in Abu Dhabi in 2009.