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A former Real Madrid player has come out claiming that Lionel Messi racially abused him – is this true? 


Alex Blower:

Former Real Madrid star and outgoing Everton loanee Royston Drenthe has accused Barcelona star Lionel Messi of using racist language when the pair played each other in Spain.
Drenthe was appearing on loan at Hercules at the time, with the Holland international accusing Messi of calling him a “negro” during the La Liga encounter.
The revelation came during an interview Drenthe gave with Dutch news website Nu.nl. Drenthe said:  “I played against him [Messi] many times and we always have problems with each other.
“You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, ‘negro, negro’. I understand that ‘negro’ in South America is very common, but we can not stand it.
“Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real, could explode if ‘negro’ was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped.
“When Hercules [the team Drenthe spent a year on loan with last season] played Barcelona, during the game I had a small altercation with him [Messi]. He gave me a hand in the match and again said a few times, ‘hola negro’.”
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I heard that Lionel Messi had broken yet another record in a Champions League second-leg semi-final match against AC Milan. What was this other record he broke? 


Jack Beresford:

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi broke the record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League campaign, following a match-winning double against AC Milan at the Nou Camp.

Scoring twice from the penalty spot, Messi’s goals helped Barcelona progress to the semi-finals of this season’s Champions league, but more importantly saw him set a new record with 14 goals in the tournament so far.

This beat the previous best of 12 goals in a single Champions League season, which was set by Dutchman Ruud Van Nistelrooy  with Manchester United in 2003 and equalled by the young Argentine last season.

Messi could go even further too, with a least  two more games left to extend the record further.

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