Former Argentina striker Mario Kempes underwent heart surgery in the United States on Tuesday.The 60-year-old had six bypasses during the operation in Connecticut and was in intensive care following the procedure, according to ESPN.Kempes is most famous for being top scorer with six goals as Argentina won the 1978 World Cup.
Mario Kempes, 1978 World Cup and Golden Boot winner with Argentina, underwent heart surgery on Tuesday
Kempes scored twice in a 3-1 win over Holland in the 1978 World Cup final in ArgentinaThis included two in the final against Holland, which his country won 3-1.He scored 20 goals in 43 matches for Argentina and also played for Spanish side Valencia, where he was the leagues top scorer for two seasons.Kempes, now a commentator for ESPN, recently told Argentine media that the surgery was needed after tests showed he had very clogged arteries.
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(CNN) — Its a landmark that most players can only dream of, but for Lionel Messi it was just a matter of time.
In a career already groaning under the weight of milestones, Messi duly passed another one on Saturday scoring his 400th goal for club and country as Barcelona smashed six unanswered goals past Granada at the Nou Camp.
The landmark strike came in the 61st minute of the match — heading in Dani Alves volleyed cross — to put Barca 4-0 up after a goal from Ivan Rakitic and two from Neymar had all but wrapped up three points before the break.
Neymar completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute before Messi tucked away his 401st career goal late on to complete the rout and seal Barcas biggest win in La Liga this season.
Messi, still only 27 years old, has now scored 359 goals in competitive matches for Barcelona and 42 for Argentina.
I never imagined I could achieve anything like this in my career, Messi said on his pic.twitter.com/101Li25YIl— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats) September 27, 2014
Barcelonas win puts them top of the table with 16 points and a very healthy 17 goal difference — a stat helped not only by recent high-scoring wins but also by clean sheets in their opening six league games.
Two points behind are last years champions Atletico Madrid who also romped to victory on Saturday.
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Diego Simeone returned to the dugout following a touchline ban to see his team maintain their unbeaten start to the La Liga season with a 4-0 win against Sevilla.
First-half goals from Koke and Saul Niguez put Los Rojiblancos in control before two late second-half goals sealed all three points — a Raul Garcia spot kick made it three in the 82nd minute before Raul Jimenez made it four in the last minute of normal time.
The win keeps lifts Atletico to second, one point ahead of Valencia who travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday.
City rivals Real continued their recent run of form with a 2-0 win at Villarreal — Luka Modric and Ronaldo on target for the visitors.
Carlo Ancelottis side are now level on 12 points with Celta Vigo who beat Elche 1-0 on Friday.
Chelsea march on in EPL
Meanwhile in the English Premier League, Chelsea continue to dominate proceedings this term, picking up a fifth win in six matches with a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costas £32 million ($52 million) price tag is looking increasingly cheap as the Spanish striker netted for the eighth time since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
Costas 59th minute strike gave Chelsea a two-goal cushion after Oscar had opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Willian scored a third 11 minutes from time to ensure Jose Mourinhos side remain three points clear at the top of the table with 16 points.
Former Chelsea man Frank Lampard was on target again for his new club as Manchester City beat Hull City 4-2. The win keeps Manuel Pellegrinis side five points adrift of the top.
Manchester United also won on Saturday beating West Ham 2-1 at Old Trafford to move up to eighth in the table.
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie gave Louis van Gaals side only their second league win of the season.
Rooney was later shown a red card for a reckless tackle on Stewart Downing and will miss the next three league matches.
The days two big derby matches ended in 1-1 draws with Liverpool and Everton sharing the points at Anfield while Arsenal had to come from behind against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.
Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN) — Strolling between shelves crammed with his records, Zero Freitas pauses and finds another piece of music that he just must take home.
He is walking through a warehouse where there are about 250,000 records. The room seems to stretch away with his records but it is only a fraction of the collection. Most of his five million records are in a former candle factory nearby, and another 100,000 are kept in his home — for personal listening.
Freitas pulls from the shelf a copy of The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker. Marvelous, he chuckles. This is rare. Im going to have to take it home.
Which is a problem of sorts. Freitas is trying to consolidate and catalog his massive vinyl collection, but every day he ends up finding some treasure or other that he sneaks out of the cataloging collection and off to his private stockpile at home.
What I have at home is what I have mined over the course of my life, Freitas tells CNN at his warehouse in Sao Paulo. These days, its things that appear out of nowhere, that I didnt even know I was looking for.
Zero Freitas should always being to find the right piece of music.
Freitas, 62, calls himself a hunter of lost sound. He is a Brazilian bus magnate whose obsession has turned him into the owner of the largest known record collection in the world — an estimated five million singles, albums and old 78s.
Everyone thinks Im obsessed with albums, he says. But really its an obsession with memory and history, of Brazil and all of human kind.
For years he bought records — sometimes individual albums and sometimes entire vinyl collections — unnoticed.
In high school, he already had 3,000 and by the time he was 30 he had amassed roughly 30,000 albums. A recent agreement with Brazilian authorities has allowed him to import whole shipping containers full of aging records and his collection has ballooned.
When major international collectors or iconic shops like New Yorks Colony Records sold off their stockpiles, nobody really knew where they were going.
But earlier this month, the New York Times revealed that Freitas was the eclectic buyer behind many of the transactions.
Now Im being hunted, Freitas laughs. He says most of the interest has come from sellers, but also from people searching for an obscure piece of music.
He says: 90 percent of the time, people are looking for something from their childhood. Its often culturally irrelevant music, but for that person extremely important.
Freitas now wants to make his records available to the public as early as next year — in a kind of listening library that hell call a Musical Emporium.
He has hired 17 interns to help him. Most of them history students.
Wearing plastic gloves and surgical masks, they clean and dust the vinyl discs, photograph the covers and painstakingly catalog each album.
They get through about 500 records a day and have so far cataloged about 250,000. A drop in the bucket.
Freitas thumbs through some of the records from his personal collection that he brought in to show us: Wedding Album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono; a signed copy of Duke Ellingtons New Orleans Suite; and not one, but four copies of the first album made by Brazilian crooner, Roberto Carlos, Louco por Voce.
Just the other day, we found an autographed Arthur Rubinstein that I didnt even know existed! he says, referring to the classical American pianist.
But one of his most treasured discoveries, he says, is a rare recording of soprano Bidu Sayao, signed by the composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Freitas bought it on eBay for one dollar.