BARCELONA: Argentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the contracts he signs, the El Periodico daily said on Monday. The newspaper got access to Messi’s September 2013 statement to a judge and published extracts just a day before the five-time World Player of the Year and his father stand trial.
“I signed things, but I never look at the contracts. I don’t know what I sign,” he said.
NEW DELHI: National football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has achieved a historic feat as he became the first Indian to feature in a top-tier league match in Europe by turning out for his Norwegian side Stabaek FC. The 24-year-old Indian kept a clean sheet in his first Tippeligaen (Norwegian Premier League) start for Stabaek FC, helping them claim a dominant 5-0 triumph over IK Start.
SHAMKIR (AZERBAIJAN): Grandmaster P Harikrishna bounced back with an attacking victory over Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine in the fifth round of Shamkir Chess tournament here. After two back-to-back losses coming against Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Anish Giri of Holland in the last two rounds, it was important for Harikrishna to recover and he did that in style to reach back on 50% score just past the half way mark in the tenplayer round-robin tournament.