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What's trending: Messi hits No. 300; Rooney and Lloris injured

Here are the top stories from Wednesday:

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored his 300th Liga goal as Barcelona took on Spoirting Gijon. The Argentine forward added his 301st just minutes later.

MAN UNITEDWayne Rooney has not been included in the 18-man travelling squad for Thursday's Europa League game at FC Midtjylland. And The Times say he's out for two months.

- After Cristiano Ronaldo said he did not have much of a relationship with many of his Old Trafford teammates, Rio Ferdinand has revealed the United players used to "murder" the Portuguese over his tight jeans

-  Manchester United fans are planning a protest against ticket prices on Thursday after being charged £71 to attend the club's Europa League game at FC Midtjylland. 

TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino says Hugo Lloris is likely to miss Tottenham's next two matches against Fiorentina and Crystal Palace after suffering a shoulder injury in the dying moments of Sunday's 2-1 win at Manchester City.

FIFA: FIFA has announced that Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has been issued with a fine and a warning for his initial failure to cooperate with the Garcia Report into corruption within football.

REAL MADRIDCristiano Ronaldo walked out of a news conference on Tuesday after objecting to a question on his ability to score away from home. ESPN FC's Craig Burley says the Real Madrid star should rise above the media's antics

WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo says he knows why Lionel Messi decided against scoring himself when he passed to Luis Suarez from the penalty spot in Barcelona's victory over Celta Vigo. The ESPN FC team discuss his comments here.

WATCH: ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti thinks Roma have reason for optimism in their Champions League round-of-16 meeting with Real Madrid. 

CHELSEA: Guus Hiddink says Chelsea are still in the race for the Champions League quarterfinals after losing the first leg of their round-of-16 clash with PSG 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.

WATCH: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on his role in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opening goal for PSG.

- WATCH: The ESPN FC crew discuss which team hold the advantage ahead of the second leg between Chelsea and PSG. 

PSG: Hebei China Fortune have announced the signing of Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain.

- Zlatan Ibrahimovic suggested after Tuesday's 2-1 win over Chelsea that he is open to returning to Serie A.

BAYERN MUNICH: Robert Lewandowski has told Sport Bild that he is aware of interest from abroad but is open to signing a new contract at the Allianz Arena

- Medhi Benatia has resumed full training to help ease the club's defensive injury crisis.

ARSENAL: Wednesday's Transfer Talk leads on the Daily Mirror's claim that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is mulling a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp says Joel Matip, who will join on a free transfer from Schalke in the summer, has saved the club millions

- WATCH: ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Matip has all the right credentials for Liverpool.

MAN CITY: Vincent Kompany has posted a video on Facebook saying he was touched and surprised by the support of fans during the injury problems which ruled him out for more than three months.

- Manchester City appear to be set to use some of their youth players in the FA Cup against Chelsea after several were left out of an under-21 game. 

JUVENTUSAlex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado could both miss the Bayern Munich game in the Champions League's round of 16 due to injuries.



Come back tomorrow for another roundup of the trending stories across world football.


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