Videos: On This Day - June 24 1987: The greatest ever? Soccer star Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina forward, is born

Lionel Messi, pictured after scoring all four goals in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Arsenal in April 2010


1938: BBC Television covered a Test match for the first time when they screened part of the second Test against Australia from Lord's. The highlight of the match was Walter Hammond's 240 in England's first innings.

1995: South Africa won the Rugby World Cup on home soil with a 15-12 victory against New Zealand in Johannesburg.

2004: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard confirmed his desire to remain at Anfield despite reported interest from Chelsea.

2006: Tennis great Andre Agassi announced at Wimbledon he would retire after that year's US Open.

2009: The FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association reached an agreement to stage a unified championship the following season, ending the threat of a breakaway series.

2010: American 23rd seed John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 in the first round at Wimbledon. The match was the longest in professional tennis history.

2011: Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga was suspended from all cricket for three months, backdated to May 9, after being found guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation.

2012: England were knocked out of Euro 2012, losing 4-2 on penalties in the quarter-finals to Italy in Kiev. The game ended 0-0 after extra-time.

2013: Rafael Nadal went out of a grand slam in the opening round for the first time in his career after losing 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (10/8) 6-4 to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon.

2014: Luis Suarez found himself at the centre of another biting storm in Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy which sent them through to the last 16 of the World Cup. The then Liverpool striker clashed with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and was later banned by FIFA from all football for four months, as well as nine international matches, and ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs.

2014: England bowed out of the World Cup with a goalless draw against Costa Rica which ensured they would finish bottom of Group D, with the Central Americans and Uruguay progressing.

2016: Tyson Fury's world heavyweight rematch with Wladimir Klitschko was postponed after the British boxer suffered an ankle injury. The fight never happened and Fury later vacated the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, citing problems with depression.




Robbie McEwen (cycling) - former sprinter, born 1972.

Luis Garcia (soccer) - former Barcelona, Liverpool and Spain winger, born 1978.

Shunsuke Nakamura (soccer) - former Celtic midfielder, now back in Japan with Jubilo Iwata, born 1978.

Juan Roman Riquelme (soccer) - former Argentina, Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors playmaker, born 1978.

Declan Fanning (gaelic games) - Footballer and hurler, the Killenaule man played right wing-back for the Tipperary senior team, born 1979.

Kevin Nolan (soccer) - Notts County player-manager, formerly of Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham, born 1982.

Stuart Broad (cricket) - England and Nottinghamshire seamer, born 1986.

Lionel Messi (soccer) - Barcelona and Argentina forward, born 1987.

Micah Richards (soccer) - Aston Villa defender, born 1988.

David Alaba (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Austria defender, born 1992.


1 In which year did Frank Bruno beat Oliver McCall to become a world heavyweight champion, Ajax beat AC Milan to win the Champions League final and Stephen Hendry beat Nigel Bond to win the World Snooker Championship?

2. 'The Green Monster' is a popular nickname for a field wall at which baseball stadium?

3. Who is the only person to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award three times?

4. Which county won the 2004 GAA Ulster SFC title?

5. Besiktas took which future England striker on loan during the 1988-89 season?

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Today (Saturday, June 24)

GAELIC GAMES: Saturday Game Live: Down v Monaghan (Throw-in 7.00pm). Coverage of the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final from Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Presented by Jacqui Hurley, with analysis from Ciaran Whelan and Tomas O Se. 1830.

RUGBY UNION: First Test, New Zealand v British and Irish Lions - Sky Sports 1 0730; Test, South Africa v France - Sky Sports 1540.

SOCCER: FIFA Confederations Cup, New Zealand v Portugal - ITV4 1530; European Under-21s Championship, Italy v Germany - Sky Sports 1 1940, Czech Republic v Denmark - Sky Sports 2 1940; MLS, New York Red Bulls v New York City FC - Sky Sports 5 1830; Chinese Super League, Tianjin Teda v Guangzhou R&F - Sky Sports 5 1230.

MOTOR RACING: Formula One, Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice and qualifying - Sky Sports F1 1045 and 1300, Sky Sports 1 1300, Channel 4 1055 and 1255, eir Sport 1 1355; World Touring Cars qualifying from Portugal - Eurosport 2 1530.

TENNIS: AEGON Championships from London - BBC One and Eurosport 1 1315, BBC Two England 1630, Gerry Weber Open from Halle - Sky Sports 3 1200 and 1500; AEGON Classic from Birmingham - Eurosport 2 1130, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 1 1400.

CRICKET: ICC Women's World Cup, England v India - Sky Sports 2 1000.

GOLF: BMW International Open from Munich - Sky Sports 4 1300; Travelers Championship from Connecticut - Sky Sports 4 1800; Walmart NW Arkansas Championship - Sky Sports 4 2300.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, practice and qualifying from Assen - BT Sport from 0800.

HOCKEY: Women's Hockey World League semi-finals, New Zealand v Australia followed by Malaysia v Belgium, South Korea v Holland and Italy v Scotland - BT Sport/ESPN 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900.

SNOOKER: Riga Masters - Eurosport 1 0900.

SAILING: America's Cup - BT Sport 1 1730.

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins - BT Sport/ESPN 2100.

RACING: Royal Ascot - ITV and STV 1330; Down Royal Racing - BBC Two Northern Ireland 1500.

Tomorrow (Sunday, June 25)

GAELIC GAMES: The Sunday Game : Des Cahill is joined by a panel of guests to present highlights and discussion of the weekend's GAA fixtures. 2130

CRICKET: Third Twenty20 international from Cardiff, England v South Africa - Sky Sports 2 1400; second one-day international from Port of Spain, West Indies v India - Sky Sports 3 1355.

MOTOR RACING: Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports F1 from 1230, Channel 4 from 1300, eir Sport 1 1355; World Touring Cars from Portugal - Eurosport 2 1700.

SOCCER: FIFA Confederations Cup, Germany v Cameroon - ITV 1430, Chile v Australia - ITV4 1530; MLS, Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders - Sky Sports 1 2055.

TENNIS: AEGON Championships from London - Eurosport 1 1330, BBC Two England 1400, Gerry Weber Open from Halle - Sky Sports 5 1200; AEGON Classic from Birmingham - Eurosport 2 1215.

GOLF: BMW International Open from Munich - Sky Sports 4 1100; Travelers Championship from Connecticut - Sky Sports 4 1800; Walmart NW Arkansas Championship - Sky Sports 4 2300.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, race from Assen - BT Sport 2 from 0730.

HOCKEY: Men's Hockey World League semi-finals, England v Holland and Argentina v Malaysia - BT Sport 1 from 0915.

SNOOKER: Riga Masters - Eurosport 1 0900, Eurosport 2 1430 and 1830.

SAILING: America's Cup - BT Sport 1 1745.

BASEBALL: MLB, match TBC - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Mon).


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