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Messi informs Barcelona he wants to leave

Lionel Messi, who joined Barcelona in 2000, has helped the club win ten La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League crowns.

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Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants.

According to ESPN, the club confirmed that they were notified by Messi of his decision via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties.

The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 2-8 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.

Messi (33) has a contract until 2021 but has grown disappointed with events on and off the pitch at Camp Nou in recent months.

Coach Quique Setien was sacked after the Bayern loss. Messi met with Setien’s replacement, Ronald Koeman, last week, telling him that he had doubts about his future in Catalonia.

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Video of Virat Kohli asking wife Anushka Sharma if she hass eaten goes viral

A concerned Virat Kohli is seen asking Anushka Sharma if she has eaten in a new video from Sunday’s IPL match. The cute exchange is going viral on the internet.

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Cricketer Virat Kohli’s sweet exchange with his wife, actor Anushka Sharma, is going viral. In a video, he is seen on the field as he gestures to her, asking if she has eaten. She gave him a thumbs-up from the stands. They are then seen having a brief conversation through hand gestures.

The video is from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), which is taking place in the UAE. Anushka came to cheer for Virat and his team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their match against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. She was seen in a red dress and large golden hoop earrings.

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Anushka is often spotted in the stands during RCB’s matches. Earlier this month, she was seen clapping for Virat and even blowing kisses at him as he hit a half-century against CSK.

Virat and Anushka are expecting their first child in January. They shared the happy news on Instagram, along with the caption, “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021.”

Last month, Anushka said that motherhood was ‘humbling’. Sharing a picture of herself, she wrote on Instagram, “Nothing is more real & humbling than experiencing creation of life in you. When this is not in your control then really what is?” Virat showered love on the photo and commented, “My whole world in one frame.”

Recently, Virat shared a picture of him and Anushka, taking a dip in the sea. The photo, a silhouette, was captured by his RCB teammate AB de Villiers.

Anushka was last seen on the big screen in 2018 in Aanand L Rai’s Zero, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Though she has not announced her next project as an actor yet, she has been busy with her production ventures, such as Amazon Prime Video series Paatal Lok and Netflix original film Bulbbul.

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Bumrah uses short route to success, completes 100 wkts in IPL

The right-arm India pace bowler got the better of Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu’s patience, after he kept bouncing him and then eventually dismissed him.

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Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is known for bowling yorkers, but on Wednesday he used searing short balls to get rid of three key Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen, and complete 100 wickets in his Indian Premier League (IPL) career.

The right-armer’s effort restricted Mumbai Indians total to well below 200 runs.

Bumrah, who got most of the wickets early in the tournament with a mix of deliveries, most of which were fuller or good length, has towards the back-end of the tournament found his scalps with short pitched deliveries that have caught the batsmen by surprise.

On Wednesday, he got rid of skipper Virat Kohli, RCB top scorer Devdutt Padikkal, and all-rounder Shivam Dube with short deliveries that either cramped them for room or could not be tamed at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Kohli tried to pull a short delivery as RCB, in good position, tried to force the pace. The RCB and India skipper top-edged the shot and was taken at mid-wicket. It was Bumrah’s 100th IPL scalp.

Devdutt Padikkal, who looked good for a century fell for a 45-ball 74 as he tried to hit a short of length delivery fired into his body but was caught at long leg.

Shivam Dube couldn’t keep a bouncer down and was taken at deep mid-wicket.

Bumrah’s first big catch in this tournament off a short ball came against Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell, who was surprised by a sharp, rising one, and tried to back away and duck but couldn’t. He was taken by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.

In another game, Nicholas Pooran of Kings XI Punjab was looking good at 24 off 11 balls but then fell to a Bumrah short one, getting caught at long leg.

The right-arm India pace bowler got the better of Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu’s patience, after he kept bouncing him and then eventually dismissed him.

While speaking to media, the fast bowler on Tuesday had said that he assesses pitches and then bowls as per the conditions.

“It’s very difficult to just say, ‘oh you should just bowl yorkers, you should just bowl slower ones’. You have to be very proactive and smart with what approach you want to have and how the wicket is helping as well. So, all of these things I keep in mind and try to do what I can,” he said.

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IPL Cricket: We were in the game until 17th over, says Virat Kohli

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Abu Dhabi : Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday felt that his team was in with a chance of beating Mumbai Indians (MI) until the 17th over of the latter’s innings during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

RCB missed a chance to take a two-point lead at the top of the table after losing to MI by five wickets.

“We were in the game until the 17th over and that was a decent effort by our bowlers. It’s basically up to the gut of the captain and the conditions, we thought Dale and Morris for initial swing, and Washy in the powerplay. We needed a few wickets there, but their batsmen did a good job,” said Kohli after the match.

RCB were restricted to 164/6 after they collapsed from 131/3 to 139/6 between the 16th and 18th overs. Suryakumar Yadav then scored an unbeaten 79 off 43 balls to lead MI to victory with five balls to spare.

“It was a strange phase of batting,” said Kohli of the last five overs of RCB’s innings. “Everything went to the fielders and these kind of things happen. They bowled in good areas in the last five overs and stopped us 20 runs short.”

The defeat leaves RCB on 14 points and they remain second due to their net run rate being higher than third-placed Delhi Capitals. They are also only two points ahead of fourth-placed Kings XI Punjab and fifth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders.

“This is always going to happen — some teams peak early and some do better later. As we can see, the teams in the lower half are turning out some really good performances now. When it’s a top-two clash, it will always be intense and in a competition like the IPL, you can’t expect any team to back down and be blown away,” said Kohli.

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