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Lionel Messi’s older brother Matias has a tattoo of Lionel Messi (Picture)

Lionel Messi has a lot of fans. When you are one of the world’s best players in the world’s best sport, that goes with the territory. If we have learned anything from the story about his mother chasing his ex with a frying pan, it’s that Messi’s family is protective of him. Little did we know, however, that his brother is his biggest fan.

The gentleman you see in the photo above is Messi’s older brother, Matias Messi. The tattoo he has on his left shoulder is one of Lionel. According to Sport.es, Matias describes Lionel as “from another planet.” Just when we thought the kid who had Lionel’s face shaved into the back of his head was the world’s biggest Messi fan…

H/T Dirty Tackle

Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic tears knee ligament while playing with dog

Here’s our promise to you from LBS: If the ridiculous injuries keep coming to close out the week, we’ll just keep posting them. Within the past 36 hours, we have had no choice but to flood our page with the bizarre misfortunes of athletes from various sports. To recap, we’ve had David Price injuring himself while toweling off, David Robertson spraining his foot by falling down the stairs, and a Colorado quarterback breaking his foot by walking. Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic may top them all. According to Yahoo! Sports, Arnautovic tore a ligament in his knee on Thursday while playing with his dog.

“Marko has informed us of this incident,” Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said. “This is frustrating as we are now with one option less (in attack) for the coming weeks.”

Team doctors estimate Arnautovic will miss at least six weeks. According to the story, he was outside playing with his dog when his foot got caught up in the grass and his knee twisted. I’d be lying if I said my dog had never knocked me on my can before while playing in the yard, but I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid serious injury. In other words, I feel Arnautovic’s pain. Except I don’t, if that makes sense.

Talk about one of those weeks.

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for sharing the story with us

Soccer player Ezequiel Schelotto breaks up with ‘too sexy’ girlfriend at parents’ urging

Soccer player Ezequiel Schelotto broke up with his girlfriend, reportedly because his parents thought the model gave their son a bad image. Schelotto is a 22-year-old Argentine winger who plays for Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A. He began seeing model Mariana Diarco in December, but recently broke off their relationship, she confirmed.

Various foreign reports say Schelotto ended the relationship because his family did not approve of Diarco. Some Italian reports even say the family thought Diarco was “too sexy.”

Maybe I’m speaking out of turn, but I would think having a sexy girlfriend is exactly what parents would want for their son. Or maybe that’s just what the son would want, whereas the parents would want a nice girl.

In any case, Diarco has modeled in Maxim and even posed nude in Playboy. I guess it’s understandable why parents would be uncomfortable with their son dating someone whose nude pics are posted across the internet, but hey, the kid’s 22, let him have some fun.

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Ecuadorian soccer fan Christian Calvache reportedly killed for refusing to share beer

A Liga de Quito soccer fan from Ecuador died earlier this week from brain trauma during a match. The fan, 26-year-old Christian Calvache, reportedly suffered a “severe head injury” after another fan punched him in the head and he fell, hitting his head on the grandstand seats. According to a translation of the story from Terra.com, the victim’s brother says Calvache was punched by the opposing fan because he refused to let him have a sip of his beer.

The man who threw the punch has reportedly been identified, but his name has not been revealed.

Unfortunately, Calvache’s death is part of a recent pattern of violence having to do with soccer matches in South America. Not only have fans been attacked by fans of opposing teams, but also ones from the same team. Instances like this one can truly never be understood.

H/T NESN

Gust of wind results in insane own goal (Video)

This is why playing soccer in hurricane-like conditions can be tricky. And if you must, keep the ball on the ground. During a friendly match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Maccabi Haifa goalie Assaf Mendes attempted to boot the ball downfield to his teammates. As you can see from the video that 101 Great Goals shared with us, the end result was quite the opposite and he ended up scoring an own goal.

If someone has ever told you to not piss into the wind, this is exactly what they were talking about.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Tottenham’s Louis Saha explains why soccer players like prostitutes

Young soccer stars are constantly dealing with the temptations of sex addiction, fancy cars, and money. Well, we don’t know if that is the case for certain, but we believe Tottenham’s Louis Saha when he says it is. In a recent interview promoting his autobiography, Saha spoke about the difficulties of satisfying your urge for sexual conquests while remaining out of the public eye. The answer for many, he says, is reaching out to a prostitute.

“Footballers aren’t all the same,” Saha explained according to the Daily Mail. “The bling, the sex-addicted nature, the big cars – all that exists. But because of that, the bad judgments seem to take over.

“Let’s be honest: women are the greatest temptation. For a young player, it’s an Achilles heel. They can quickly be taken in, seduced by the girl who will cash in with a kiss-and-tell to the newspapers. So it’s hard to know who to trust and you become paranoid where women are concerned. Some players therefore prefer to use escorts.”

Sounds like common sense to me. You don’t see any prostitutes coming out of the woodwork and claiming they had sex with Tiger Woods, do you? No. That’s because it’s just business. I don’t go around bragging about how I blogged all day because that’s my job. Same goes for an escort — regardless of who their clients may have been. Saha’s reasoning is sound and should be adhered to by all young soccer professionals who are facing the same struggles he once had to face.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Even Novak Djokovic thinks soccer needs instant replay

It’s amazing that a sport as popular as soccer has yet to join the 21st century when it comes to using technology. The glaring need for instant replay to review important plays was magnified during the 2010 World Cup. FIFA has resisted, but even tennis player Novak Djokovic knows it’s time for them to take the next step:

“I still don’t understand why they don’t have technology in football! Its incredible,for most global sport in the world!!” Djokovic tweeted Saturday.

It’s unclear what game inspired the tweet, but his point is valid. In tennis they use the hawkeye system to review line calls. Though the hawkeye system is flawed, it’s still a vast improvement over relying on the calls of the judges. Soccer could use some replay too when it comes to controversial calls.