Lionel Messi becomes Barcelona's most decorated player with Spanish Super Cup win

Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona to become the most successful player in the Catalan club's history.

Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league.

Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned

Sevilla's defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 89th after Ter Stegen fouled former Barcelona forward Aleix Vidal.

Pablo Sarabia opened for Sevilla in the ninth, when the video assistant referee overruled an offside call in the first use of VAR in Spanish competition.

Gerard Pique equalized three minutes before halftime when he finished off a free kick by Messi that hit the post and ricocheted off the back of goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik - and again off the upright - before falling to the Barcelona defender.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.

The Super Cup is played between the previous season's league and Copa del Rey winners. Since Barcelona won both competitions,

Sevilla played the match as the Copa runners-up after losing 5-0 in last season's cup final to Barcelona.

Played in Tangier, Morocco, this was the first Spanish Super Cup held outside Spain and the first time it was played as a single match, instead of a two-leg series.

In this  Saturday May 27, 2017 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Barcelona said Wednesday July 5, 2017, Argentina forward Lionel Messi has agreed to extend his contract that will tie him to the Spanish club through June 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)
Lionel Messi celebrates Source: Associated Press


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Paul Pogba's Manchester United future in doubt after Premier League opener

Two years after returning to Manchester United from Juventus, Paul Pogba's future at Old Trafford has looked in doubt amid an increasingly strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

The France World Cup winner did captain United yesterday and netted a penalty in the 2-1 victory over Leicester.

But post-match comments stirred fresh intrigue. Although Premier League clubs can't sign players until January, Pogba could still be sold to a leading European league this month.

"There are things and there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined," Pogba told reporters, before walking off.

Paul Pogba
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All Whites star Ryan Thomas to join Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven

All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas' remarkable rise in Europe has taken the next step with an agreement in place for him to join Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.

Thomas, 23, has been playing in Holland since 2013, making 143 appearances in all competitions for PEC Zwolle.

However, his performances haven't gone unnoticed, with PSV agreeing a fee for the versatile midfielder.

PEC Zwolle fans' tribute to All Whites star Ryan Thomas
PEC Zwolle fans' tribute to All Whites star Ryan Thomas Source: Twitter/PEC Zwolle

Still subject to a medical, Thomas will join PSV on the eve of the Eredivise season opener, sitting out PEC's first game this weekend.

"I think it's time to take the next step in my development," Thomas told the club's official website.

"I learned a lot at Zwolle. The fact that I can now show what I have in store at a top club like PSV is fantastic."

Ryan Thomas of PEC Zwolle Source: Getty


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