Exactly a year ago, Lionel Messi added a new chapter to his storied career when he set a new La Liga record of 253 goals, thanks to a hat-trick scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league.
The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club.
Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances while Argentina captain Messi, who was 17 when he netted for the first time in Spain’s top flight against Albacete in May 2005, needed 289 games to reach his record.
1974: Two all-time greats made their Test debuts in the first Test between West Indies and India in Bangalore – Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge.
1986: Facing the Vancouver Canucks, Wayne Gretzky becomes the 13th NHL player to score 500 goals and fastest to reach the mark.
1986: Mike Tyson KOs Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
2003: England win the Rugby World Cup, beating Australia 20-17 in the final.
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One of the greatest goalkeepers to ever play football, the ‘Great Dane’ was born on this day 52 years ago.
Schmeichel was a physically imposing and intimidating character between the sticks and is best remembered for a successful eight-year stint with Manchester United, which ended with him bowing out as a Champions League winner as United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in one of the most dramatic finals at the Nou Camp in 1999.
He won five Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Red Devils, having been snapped up for just £505,000 from Brondby.
He made well over 300 appearances for the club and also played for Manchester City and Aston Villa before retiring in 2003.
Schmeichel scored 11 goals during his career and is Denmark’s most capped player, with 129 appearances. He won the 1992 European Championships with the Danish Dynamite.
1968: Gary Sheffield, retired American baseball player who won MLB’s World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 (47).
1969: Sam Cassell, won three NBA titles with the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics. Now LA Clippers coach (46).
1983: Michael Dawson, footballer who plays for Hull City and formerly with Tottenham. Has four caps for England (32).
1985: Allyson Felix, American sprinter. Is the current Olympic 200m champion having won gold at London 2012 (30).