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Lionel Messi welcomes PSG break with masterclass as Argentina set 30-match unbeaten streak

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Lionel Messi was relishing the chance to take a welcome break from life at Paris Saint-Germain as he turned on the style in Argentina’s 3-0 World Cup qualification win over Venezuela. The 34-year-old was on target and could have had a handful of assists after showcasing his magical ability just about every time he touches the ball.

The confidence was oozing through the former Barcelona man with every touch of the ball, while there were also several mesmerising dribbles and drops of the shoulder.

Had his team-mates – namely Angel Correa – been able to finish, Argentina would have run riot in Buenos Aires against the bottom-placed side.

Nonetheless, it’s now job done for Argentina who move on to Wednesday’s trip to Ecuador as they continue their preparations for the World Cup. They are now also undefeated in 30 matches (21 wins, nine draws).

This was potentially their final home game before the tournament as they prepare to face Italy at Wembley in June. Talks are also underway over other fixtures outside of South America.

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Back in France, there is an uncomfortable atmosphere that is creating doubts over Messi’s long-term future in Paris.

The club’s supporters are still furious over PSG’s collapse in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men had led Real Madrid 2-0 on aggregate before they fell apart as Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick.

After briefly recovering with a 3-0 win over Bordeaux in which the players – including Messi – were booed, the Ligue 1 leaders were then hammered 3-0 on the road at Monaco.

The result has created huge doubt over the future of Pochettino, who could now struggle to make it until the end of the season.

There is huge tension and an uncomfortable atmosphere around the club, with the dressing room also sapped of confidence.

Reports even suggest Messi is actively keen to return to Barcelona, where he has been impressed by the work of former team-mate Xavi.

The ship now looks to have sailed but one thing is for certain – Messi found his enjoyment for the game once again with Argentina.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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