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No Barcelona leeway over Messi wages
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No Barcelona leeway over Messi wages

Barca will not be allowed to bend the rules to keep star Barcelona will not be granted an increased salary cap by La Liga to allow them to keep Lionel Messi, according to Sport. Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, rejected a request from the Catalan to be given some wiggle room. Should Messi sign a new contract, Barca must reduce their wages to fit their star's deal under the league's salary rules.
Messi needs Barca and Barca need Messi’ – Xavi ‘would bet on’ Argentine signing new contract
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Messi needs Barca and Barca need Messi’ – Xavi ‘would bet on’ Argentine signing new contract

A former team-mate of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner still expects fresh terms to be thrashed out at Camp Nou Xavi "would bet on" Lionel Messi signing a new contract at Barcelona at some stage in the near future, once financial issues at Camp Nou are ironed out, with both sides of those discussions considered to "need" each other. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is technically a free agent after seeing his previous deal come to an end on June 30. No discussions are being held with other clubs, despite long-standing interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Liga giants have salary cap concerns to contend with before they can thrash out fresh terms with the talismanic presence.
‘You send Messi a melon, he turns it into caviar!’ – Griezmann lavishes praise on Barcelona star while denying any rift
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‘You send Messi a melon, he turns it into caviar!’ – Griezmann lavishes praise on Barcelona star while denying any rift

The Frenchman denied speculation that he and the Argentine do not have a strong relationship Antoine Griezmann has insisted his relationship with Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi is strong, saying the Argentine is so easy to play with it's as if he can turn a "melon" into "caviar." There has been speculation over the state of the pair's relationship since Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in 2019. The France star's uncle hit out at Messi last year, while his former advisor also said Messi's attitude toward Griezmann was "deplorable."
Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou
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Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou

A prolific Argentine frontman is set to become a free agent this summer and has seen a switch to Catalunya mooted for some time Sergio Aguero would be "a great signing for Barcelona", says Rivaldo, with a Blaugrana icon hoping to see another Argentine forward lining up alongside Lionel Messi next season. Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer is set to drop into the free agent pool, with a Premier League legend preparing to take on a new challenge at the age of 32. A switch to Camp Nou has been mooted for some time and Rivaldo - who has spoken in the past about the impact a deal for Aguero could have on Messi signing a new contract - is hoping to see a bargain agreement put in place by Barca.
I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020
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I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020

Inter star Lautaro Martinez has admitted that he was "very close to joining Barcelona" in 2020 and "even talked it over with [Lionel] Messi". Lautaro has emerged as one of the top young strikers in European football since joining Inter from Racing Club in 2018, attracting plenty of high profile admirers in the process. Camp Nou was touted as the most likely next destination for the Argentine when transfer talk reached its peak last summer, but he ultimately chose to stay at San Siro as Barca passed up the chance to meet his reported €111 million (£96m/$133m) release clause.
‘I’ll take this to my grave!’ – Barcelona wonderkid Moriba overjoyed after scoring first senior goal
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‘I’ll take this to my grave!’ – Barcelona wonderkid Moriba overjoyed after scoring first senior goal

The youngster's wonder-strike helped seal victory against Osasuna to keep Barca in touch with leaders Atletico Ilaix Moriba said he'll never forget his first Barcelona goal and "will take it to my grave" after he scored in a 2-0 win against Osasuna on Saturday. The 18-year-old collected Lionel Messi’s pass on the edge of the area before cutting on his left foot and curling a wonderful effort into the top corner, doubling Barca's advantage after Jordi Alba's first-half strike. The win moved Ronald Koeman’s side to within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid, who take on their city rivals Real on Sunday.
Barcelona boss Koeman slams Di Maria for ‘lack of respect’ over Messi comments
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Barcelona boss Koeman slams Di Maria for ‘lack of respect’ over Messi comments

The PSG star angered Barca's head coach by suggesting his international team-mate could join him in Paris next season Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has hit out at Angel Di Maria over the PSG forward's comments suggesting Lionel Messi could join him in Paris next season. Messi's contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season and PSG have been mentioned as a possible destination, in part because they are one of only a handful of clubs that could afford the Argentine star's massive wages. PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has opened the door to a move, telling France Football last month: “Great players like Messi will always be on PSG's list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it."
‘PSG have been disrespectful in Messi pursuit’ – Barca presidential candidate Laporta threatens to report Ligue 1 champions to FIFA
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‘PSG have been disrespectful in Messi pursuit’ – Barca presidential candidate Laporta threatens to report Ligue 1 champions to FIFA

The Catalan politician says he will take legal action against the Argentine's potential suitors if he is re-elected at Camp Nou Paris Saint-Germain have been "disrespectful" in their pursuit of Lionel Messi, according to Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who has threatened to report the Ligue 1 champions to FIFA. PSG have been strongly linked with Messi ever since his decision to hand in a transfer request at Camp Nou at the end of the 2019-20 campaign. The 33-year-old ultimately decided to see out the final year of his current contract with Barca after opposition from club officials and La Liga, but his long-term future remains up in the air.  
Revealed: Why Man City refused to sell Garcia to Barcelona
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Revealed: Why Man City refused to sell Garcia to Barcelona

The Spain international defender can leave for nothing at the end of the season but a late bid from the Liga giants was still rejected Manchester City would rather keep Eric Garcia as an extra member of the squad than sell him on the cheap after turning down Barcelona’s deadline-day move for the defender. Barca identified the Spain international as their top defensive target and made a late offer which reached around £9 million ($12m), plus add-ons. The offer was seen as unsatisfactory, however, as, while £4.5m of the add-on fees were seen as being realistically achievable, the final £2.7m was deemed practically impossible.
‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman
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‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman

The club legend reversed his decision to seek an exit this summer, citing his unwillingness to get involved in a legal battle Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that there is no conflict between himself and Lionel Messi, following the club legend's decision to reverse course and stay with the Catalan side. Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave the club following the 2019-20 season, a frustrating campaign that saw Barca fail to win any trophies and finish with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, the 33-year old reversed course earlier this month, telling Goal that he would stay at the club rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle.
LaLiga backs Barca, says Messi’s Barcelona contract still valid
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LaLiga backs Barca, says Messi’s Barcelona contract still valid

The 700m euros (£624m) release clause in Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract is still valid, La Liga has said. Messi, 33, informed the club on Tuesday that he wished to leave and did not attend a pre-season medical on Sunday. The Argentina forward plans to invoke a clause that would allow him to depart the club for free but Barcelona argue the deadline for that has expired. “In compliance with the applicable rule, La Liga will not approve a request to be de-registered as a player with the Spanish football federation, unless the amount in the release clause has been paid,” the body said in a statement. Messi was due at Barcelona’s training ground at 10.15am local time on Sunday but did not attend. The player’s lawyers plan to exercise a clause in his four-year contract, signed...
Suarez: Lautaro should stay at Inter despite Barcelona links
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Suarez: Lautaro should stay at Inter despite Barcelona links

The Argentinian striker has been urged to stay at the Serie A club by a former attacking star Former Inter and Barcelona attacker Luis Suarez believes Lautaro Martinez should stay with the Serie A giants. Martinez, 22, is reportedly being chased by Barca after scoring 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season. The 1960 Ballon d'Or winner, Suarez moved in the opposite direction during his playing career, leaving Barca for Inter in 1961.
Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte
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Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte

The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola are “the best two managers in the world”, says Aymeric Laporte, with the Leeds and Manchester City bosses considered to “know everything”. The man currently calling the shots at the Etihad Stadium has made no secret of his admiration for an enigmatic coach looking to lead fallen giants back into the Premier League. For Guardiola, Bielsa has shown how success can be enjoyed while sticking to the principles which make football so entertaining.
Barcelona Betraying the Plan that Made us Great’ – Bojan
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Barcelona Betraying the Plan that Made us Great’ – Bojan

The former Barca forward has urged those at Camp Nou to put more faith in the famed La Masia academy following recent transfer deals Barcelona need to stop “improvising” in the transfer market, says Bojan Krkic, with the Camp Nou giants urged to revert back to the “plan” which served them well in the past when home-grown talent was mixed with experienced recruits. The famed La Masia academy system in Catalunya has helped a number of iconic figures to become senior stars. Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are all-time greats, while the likes of Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas were taken back to their roots following spells elsewhere.
Tottenham boss Mourinho fighting to keep hold of Ndombele
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Tottenham boss Mourinho fighting to keep hold of Ndombele

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is fighting to keep hold of Tanguy Ndombele. Despite his public criticism of the midfielder after last month's draw at Burnley, Mourinho still regards Ndombele highly. The Frenchman is being linked with a big money move to Barcelona this summer, but Mourinho doesn't want to give up on the player. The Spurs boss feels he can shake Ndombele and galvanise his game next season. Along with Barca, PSG are also interested in bringing the former Lyon star back to France this summe
Messi is greater than Maradona – Cassano
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Messi is greater than Maradona – Cassano

The Italian also believes his former Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo was "a football god" but rates the Barcelona legend above him Lionel Messi has "ousted" Diego Maradona as Argentina's greatest number 10, according to former Italy international Antonio Cassano. Messi's consistency over such a long period has made him the finest player Argentina has produced according to Cassano, who has called for Maradona's fans to accept that the Barcelona talisman deserves to be recognised as the best. Cassano helped Real Madrid to the 2006-07 La Liga title at the expense of Barca and Messi, but that success in Spain has not altered his opinion on the forward. "Maradona did something never seen before for four or five years, but Messi has done the same things for 15 years," he said in an i...
Real Madrid lose at Betis to hand top spot back to Barca
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Real Madrid lose at Betis to hand top spot back to Barca

Real Madrid failed to build on last week’s ‘Clasico’ victory as they lost 2-1 at Real Betis in a fiery match on Sunday and surrendered top spot in La Liga to Barcelona. Former Barca forward Cristian Tello grabbed the decisive late goal that saw his old team regain the lead in the see-saw title race. Real are now second on 56 points after 27 games, two behind Barca who beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Saturday to regain first place a week after losing 2-0 at the Bernabeu. Betis had gone ahead in the 40th minute after a moment of confusion as they appealed for a penalty when Sergio Ramos collided into Nabil Fekir but the loose ball landed at the feet of defender Sidnei who rifled it into the roof of the net. The Brazilian’s joy was cut short when he was penalised for tripping Marcelo ...
Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite Has One Of The Most Embarrassing Unveilings Ever
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Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite Has One Of The Most Embarrassing Unveilings Ever

Barcelona's new striker Martin Braithwaite endured a shocking unveiling yesterday after messing up during a skills showcase. The Danish international completed a controversial £16 million move from Leganes yesterday and was officially presented at the Nou Camp. In an empty stadium, the 28-year-old attempted to show off why Barca signed him but failed to do so. The former Middlesbrough man flicks the ball off his head to the ground and begins to dribble with it. He then attempts a 'rainbow flick' but completely messes up the execution. It's not the best of starts to Braithwaite's Barcelona career and his press conference didn't go to plan either. Many of the Spanish press seemed disinterested in asking him questions and instead direction questions to club president J...
Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban
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Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban

Pep Guardiola went to war with his former club Barcelona on Wednesday as Manchester City's manager defended his current employers in the wake of their European ban. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has "thanked" UEFA for banning City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, a shock sentence handed out on Friday which the Premier League champions plan to appeal. The Catalan club, where Guardiola remains a legend, have problems of their own after being accused of hiring a social media company to attempt to damage the reputations of figures such as the City boss and their own striker Lionel Messi. The reports, which Barcelona have vehemently denied, claim that the campaign was part of an attempt to strengthen the Barca board's position. But Guardiola reacte...
What now for Guardiola and Man City stars after Champions League ban?
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What now for Guardiola and Man City stars after Champions League ban?

The former Barca boss has insisted he will see out last 12 months of his Etihad contract but two-year European ban casts doubts over his future UEFA have delivered a damning verdict on Manchester City, but for the Premier League champions, the matter is a long way from being over. The European governing body have handed City a two-year ban from the Champions League and a €30 million fine (£25m/$33m) for a “serious” breach of Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate with their investigation. The fallout from the decision could be wide-reaching and instantly calls into question the long-term futures of manager Pep Guardiola and many of the star names of City’s highly-talented squad.
Filipe Luis hopes Neymar returns to Barca for the good of Brazilian football
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Filipe Luis hopes Neymar returns to Barca for the good of Brazilian football

While the former Atletico star would like to see his international team-mate return to the La Liga champions, he knows it will not be easy. Filipe Luis said he hopes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returns to La Liga champions Barcelona for the good of Brazilian football. Neymar wants to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG, with a move back to former club Barca on the cards two years on from his world-record €222 million (£199m/$249m) exit. Real Madrid are another possible destination for Neymar, whose future is dominating headlines during the off-season.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper’ – Neymar appears in Barca shirt alongside cryptic biblical message
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No weapon formed against you shall prosper’ – Neymar appears in Barca shirt alongside cryptic biblical message

The striker took to scripture in an apparent attack on his critics, but it was the shirt worn in the Instagram clip that gave most pause for thought Neymar has added fuel to rumours of a Barcelona return by posting a video containing an image of himself in the club's shirt - alongside a cryptic message from the Old Testament. Just two years after leaving Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer, the Brazilian is angling for another transfer. Catalunya appears to be his favoured destination, as a battle rages between himself, Barca and PSG over his future.
Griezmann to sign Barcelona contract on Monday
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Griezmann to sign Barcelona contract on Monday

Griezmann to sign Barca contract on Monday Atletico Madrid release clause set to be paid on Friday Antoine Griezmann is expected to undergo a medical and sign his contract with Barcelona on Monday, according to Sport. Barcelona are expected to pay the €120 million (£108m/$135m) release clause in Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid contract on Friday, but will not finalise the transfer until after the weekend. The France international is due to travel to Barcelona from Ibiza on Sunday before having a medical, with the forward then holding a press conference alongside club president Josep Maria Bartomeu at Camp Nou.
Liverpool will not be intimidated by Barca, says Klopp
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Liverpool will not be intimidated by Barca, says Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp insists that the upcoming visit to Camp Nou tomorrow holds no fear for his side ahead of Champions League showdown with Barcelona, reports goal.com. The Reds will play the first leg of their semifinal away in Catalunya, before deciding the tie in front of their own fans in Anfield on May 7. But they are in for a daunting challenge in the opener, with Barca enjoying a run of sparkling form at home so far in the competition. Editors’ Picks Ernesto Valverde’s men have won four out of five matches at Camp Nou in this year’s Champions League, with only Tottenham taking a draw against a weakened squad; while in the knockout stages Lyon and Manchester United were dispatched 5-1 and 3-0 respectively to end the tournament for both of those respective sides. Kl...
Guardiola Refuses to Hit Back at Valverde Over De Jong
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Guardiola Refuses to Hit Back at Valverde Over De Jong

Ernesto Valverde was critical of Pep Guardiola's contact with Frenkie de Jong, but the Manchester City boss wants an end to the issue Pep Guardiola opted not to hit back at Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde following his criticism of Manchester City’s approach for Frenkie de Jong. The Ajax midfielder has agreed a deal to join Barca for the 2019-20 season in an €86million deal, but De Jong confirmed in an interview he held talks with both Paris Saint-Germain and City manager Guardiola before choosing LaLiga's leaders. Valverde was unimpressed with this revelation, telling reporters: "You cannot talk to a player who has a contract. It's not in my code. Everyone has their way of acting. I have nothing more to say." Ahead of City's Premier League game away to Newcastle United...
Barcelona Identify Player That Will Be Sold To Fund Neymar’s Return
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Barcelona Identify Player That Will Be Sold To Fund Neymar’s Return

Barcelona are considering selling Philippe Coutinho in order to fund a move for Neymar, according to the Evening Standard. It is believed that Coutinho is edging closer to a sensational exit just a year after joining the club from the Reds. The midfielder has started only one of Barca’s last five matches and his influence on the team has started to wane following the resurgence from Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Arthur. Barca are now stepping up efforts “behind the scenes” to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain with that purchase funded by the offloading of Coutinho. PSG still face major questions from UEFA over their Financial Fair Play compliance and could be tempted into selling if an offer matching their world record £199million outlay on Neymar is matched....
Barcelona Manager, Valverde Drops Bombshell On His Future
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Barcelona Manager, Valverde Drops Bombshell On His Future

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted he might not stay at the club beyond this season. The former Athletic Bilbao boss took over at the Nou Camp in 2017 and led the club to the league and cup double last season. Barca currently sit top of La Liga and remain in contention in the Champions League. But Valverde said: “I do not know what I will do next season. In this football, who knows? We all know how things are. I never think long or long term. “For us, two months are a very long term. If you win a game, everyone is happy and if you lose, everyone is watching you. “What I want is for everyone to be satisfied with the work. But we are not going to cheat. “If you do not win the League, everyone looks at the coach because it is marked like that. I try to mee...
Barca Should Learn From Real’s Post-Ronaldo Form- Cruyff
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Barca Should Learn From Real’s Post-Ronaldo Form- Cruyff

Real Madrid’s form after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a “warning” to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to Jordi Cruyff. Ronaldo-Messi Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giants. Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo’s absence and are eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barca, although they hold a game in hand. Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club’s former midfielder Cruyff urged them to learn from Madrid’s mistakes. “What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport. “Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you...
Spurs Can Cause Barca Upset, Says Pochetino
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Spurs Can Cause Barca Upset, Says Pochetino

Tottenham Hotspur can defeat Barcelona at the Nou Camp today to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages, their upbeat coach Mauricio Pochettino has said. Spurs must equal or better Inter Milan’s result at home to already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven to clinch a last-16 spot that looked improbable after just one point from their opening three group games before consecutive home wins over PSV and Inter. Pochettino’s opposite number Ernesto Valverde said earlier on Monday that he would make a number of changes to his team, with Barca already qualified as group winners, but Tottenham’s Argentine coach is taking nothing for granted. “We’re going to be ready to compete in the best condition that we can,” Pochettino told a news conference on Monday. “I’m optimistic, I t...
Suarez Doubt For Spurs Over Knee Injury
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Suarez Doubt For Spurs Over Knee Injury

Luis Suarez faces a fight to be fit for Barcelona’s last Champions League group game against Tottenham after the club confirmed on Monday he had sustained a knee injury. Luis Suarez Barca have already qualified for the knock-out stages but their match against Spurs on December 11 could help decide who finishes second in Group B. Suarez will be out for around two weeks, meaning he also misses Wednesday’s game away to PSV Eindhoven. A club statement read: “He will follow biological therapy with stem cells as a treatment for discomfort in the right knee and will be out for around two weeks.” Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic have been included in the travelling squad, however, after both recovered from injury. Arthur Melo (adductor), Sergi Roberto (hamstring) and back-up goal...
Atletico Look to Leapfrog Barca
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Atletico Look to Leapfrog Barca

Atletico Madrid have a chance to take advantage of a topsy-turvy La Liga campaign when they host champions Barcelona today with the chance to take thetop spot this weekend despite their own patchy form. Diego Simeone’s side are just a point behind leaders Barca despite having drawn five times and lost once, together as many matches as they have won. They are battling to overtake Barca alongside Sevilla and surprise package Alaves, who are both on 23 points with Atleti. Sevilla could potentially be leaders on Sunday night despite languishing in 13th place in September. Even Real Madrid are in touch, just four points back despite having gone more than eight hours without a goal at one point and having been without a permanent coach for two weeks before Santiago Solari was upgraded from ...
My El Clasico Experience As Barca Player – Emmanuel Amuneke
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My El Clasico Experience As Barca Player – Emmanuel Amuneke

Former Nigeria and Barcelona winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, who is the current Tanzania head coach, has shared his El Clasico experience while playing for Barca. While speaking in an interview with CompleteSports, retired Super Eagles star, Emmanuel Amuneke, who played for FC Barcelona during his prime days, opened up on his experience on the big clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, popularly called, El Clasico. Here are excerpts from the chat; You played in only one El Clasico during days at Barcelona. Could you share with us how the build-up was like back then? Na war that time o! Players looked up to that game, and even a good game in the Clasico would see them keep their place in the team. I had one good experience with Barcelona and I was happy we won. Our coach then ...
Champions League: Barcelona Through To Last 16 After Inter Draw
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Champions League: Barcelona Through To Last 16 After Inter Draw

Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League round of 16 despite Mauro Icardi snatching a late 1-1 draw for Inter Milan at the San Siro. Icardi struck in the 87th minute to grab the draw just four minutes after a neat curling strike from substitute Malcom gave Barca the lead. Barca were on the front foot from kick-off and Ousmane Dembele forced Inter keeper Samir Handanovic into the first of a series of fine saves with a sharp curling strike just a minute into the game. Inter struggled to string passes together under the weight of Barca’s pressing, and Handanovic had to be at his best to stop fine efforts from Luis Suarez and former Inter player Philippe Coutinho putting the away side ahead before the break. Icardi grabbed the equaliser at the death, taking adv...
Rakitic: Real Madrid Were Not Clever
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Rakitic: Real Madrid Were Not Clever

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has described Real Madrid as ‘not very clever’ when chasing an equaliser during Sunday’s El Clasico. File: Real Madrid Players Marcelo’s goal early in the second half reduced Barca’s advantage to 2-1 before Luka Modric hit the post and Karim Benzema missed a glorious header, while the hosts ran out 5-1 winners. “Madrid were not very clever when they had the opportunity to equalise,” Rakitic told reporters, as cited by Marca. “We were able to get lots of bodies in the box and fight to make sure we stayed in front, then we were in a position to react. We played a great match from the first minute to the last, we were totally superior in the result and in the performance’’.
Barca Want £133m From Man Utd For Alba
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Barca Want £133m From Man Utd For Alba

Barcelona  have indicated that they will not entertain selling  Jordi Alba  for a cut-price fee. File: Barca The Spaniard’s contract situation has allegedly led to  Manchester United  identifying Alba as a potential signing but according to  Sport, Barcelona have little interest in coming to an agreement over his departure. The report claims that the Catalan giants will demand that any interested clubs shell out £133m – Alba’s release clause – to secure the player’s signature in one of the next two transfer windows
No Messi Or Ronaldo But Clasico Could Still Define Season
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No Messi Or Ronaldo But Clasico Could Still Define Season

The biggest game will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo yet Sunday’s Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be as feisty as ever with plenty riding on it for the first time since 2007 club football’s arguably. Real Coach Julen Lopetegui has come in for fierce criticism this season, having presided over a run of five games without a win. The team going eight hours and one minute without scoring before Tuesday’s unconvincing 2-1 triumph over Viktoria Plzen that saw the team whistled off the pitch by their own fans. Ronaldo and Messi Local media reports suggest that any sort of negative result away to their great rivals could spell the end for the 52-year-old at the Bernabeu. “We came from a run of quite a lot of games without winning and the objective ...
Real Struggles Spice Up Madrid Derby Against Resurgent Atletico
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Real Struggles Spice Up Madrid Derby Against Resurgent Atletico

Diego Simeone described Atletico Madrid’s sluggish start to the season as a wake-up call but it was Real Madrid’s nightmare in Seville that threw a whole new complexion on Saturday’s city derby. Atletico were seven points adrift of the top of La Liga after drawing to Eibar two weeks ago, and it was not out of the question their rivals were loading up for a knock-out blow at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend. ‘Atleti’ were staring at the possibility of a double-digit deficit which, even as early as October, would have been a big gap to close. “This is a wake-up call,” Simeone said at the time. “It is the best thing that can happen to us.” But after back-to-back wins Atletico come into Saturday’s game just two points behind Barcelona, who top the table on goal difference, an...
BREAKING: Leganes Stun Barcelona
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BREAKING: Leganes Stun Barcelona

Leganes’ Spanish midfielder Oscar Rodriguez (C) celebrates his team’s second goal during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP Gerard Pique made the mistake and Ernesto Valverde will take his share of the blame after Barcelona slipped to their first defeat of the season against Leganes on Wednesday. Pique committed the decisive error, his fluffed clearance allowing Oscar Rodriguez to score Leganes’ second of two goals in two incredible minutes, and claim a 2-1 victory at Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Nabil El Zhar had nodded in an equaliser just 68 seconds before and by the end Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous early voll...
Awards Don’t Change Who I Am – Iniesta Believes Respect More Important Than Ballon d’Or
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Awards Don’t Change Who I Am – Iniesta Believes Respect More Important Than Ballon d’Or

Andres Iniesta maintains he is unconcerned over never winning the Ballon d'Or after calling time on his celebrated Barcelona career. Iniesta announced on Friday he will leave Camp Nou at the end of this season, with Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan widely expected to be his next destination. The 33-year-old is arguably the most unfortunate victim of the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era as far as individual awards are concerned. He finished as runner-up to long-time Barca colleague Messi in 2010 despite scoring the winner in that year's World Cup final for Spain, while he came in third in 2012 after being named player of the tournament at a triumphant Euro 2012. France Football, the magazine behind the prestigious gong, took the unusual step of apologising for not...
Barcelona Legend Andres Iniesta To Leave Club At The End Of The Season
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Barcelona Legend Andres Iniesta To Leave Club At The End Of The Season

"This is my last season at Barcelona." Iniesta said, in tears. "This was a decision which took a lot of thought. Barcelona are the best club in the world and they have given me everything. "This club deserves the best version of me and in the near future I will not be able to give that. "It is best for me to leave this club feeling important, still winning titles. "It is very difficult for me to say these words but I am so thankful to everyone at Barca and La Masia who made me who I am." The Barcelona captain had earlier claimed that he would announce his decision this week after Barcelona beat Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final to defend the title last weekend. Andres Iniesta, now 33, has spent his whole career life at the Catalonia club. He was an integral part of the Ba...
‘I Am Talking With Atletico’ – Barca Target Griezmann Addresses Possible Exit
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‘I Am Talking With Atletico’ – Barca Target Griezmann Addresses Possible Exit

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed he is in talks with his club, as rumours surrounding a possible move to Barcelona continue to circulate. The France international's goalscoring abilities have made him one of European football's hottest properties. As well as Barcelona, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have been linked with Griezmann. And speaking after scoring 10-man Atletico's equaliser to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in their Europea League semi-final first leg, he admitted his future was up in the air. "My future with Atletico? We are talking with the club to see what we can do," Griezmann explained to COPE after the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium. Atletico were reduced to 10 men less than 10 minutes into the encounter when Sime Vr...
“Though I’m A Barca Fan, I Can’t Deny That Ronaldo Is The Most Hardworking Player In History” – Olamide
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“Though I’m A Barca Fan, I Can’t Deny That Ronaldo Is The Most Hardworking Player In History” – Olamide

Nigerian rapper, Olamide has just made a controversial post on social media which has not gone down well with some of his Barcelona fans. The ‘Science Student’ crooner shared a post in which he basically praises the work ethic of Cristiano Ronaldo even though he is a Barcelona supporter. According to the singer, though he’s a fan of Barcelona, he can’t the fact that Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most hardworking player in history. In a bid to promote his soon to be released single, C. Ronaldo, he gave a quite controversial caption that has now got his fans talking. Because I’m a Barcelona fan is not enough reason for me to deny that C.Ronaldo is great and the most hardworking player in the history of football . Gbefun ��� make God no deny you your right . Update...
Neymar Wants To Return To Barcelona
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Neymar Wants To Return To Barcelona

Neymar already regrets moving to Paris Saint-Germain and is seeking a shock return to Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish media on Friday. In the same week that PSG crashed out of the Champions League, and only seven months after he joined the club for a world record 222million euros ($264 million, Neymar´s future has become uncertain. Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims the Brazilian, recovering from surgery on a broken foot in Brazil, has made contact with Barca to ask how he can engineer a return. The article adds Neymar has explained he made a mistake in leaving the club, was wrong to want independence from Lionel Messi and has been disappointed by the standard of opposition in Ligue 1. Barca, however, is not the only club Neymar is reportedly targeting as a ...
Griezmann Happy To Bring Joy To Atletico Madrid After Passing Century Of Goals
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Griezmann Happy To Bring Joy To Atletico Madrid After Passing Century Of Goals

After being criticised for 'shushing' his side's fans, the star striker reiterated his focus is on pleasing the crowd as he continues to shine Antoine Griezmann says he is trying to bring joy to Atletico Madrid fans after drawing criticism for 'shushing' supporters in a match earlier this year. Griezmann gave a mesmerising individual display for Atletico on Wednesday, scoring all four goals in a 4-0 demolition of Leganes that saw Diego Simeone's men move within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona. A second hat-trick in four days after a treble against Sevilla on Sunday indicates Griezmann is one of the world's hottest players, with his first strike against Leganes bringing up his 100th Atleti goal in all competitions. "You have to enjoy it, I'm trying to give people joy,...
Luis Suárez Shows New Arrival Coutinho Around At Barça
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Luis Suárez Shows New Arrival Coutinho Around At Barça

Wearing Barcelona's official training outfit, Philippe Coutinho got to know his new team mates. Luis Suárez acted as host with help from Paulinho, in introducing the new Blaugrana player to  Messi, Piqué, Busquets and Iniesta. Luis Suárez, who played a key role in the operation to bring him to Camp Nou and who will now be in charge of helping him settle in, remained at his side throughout. “Philippe is now just another member of the family”, Ivan Rakitic said on Sunday. Injury delays Coutinho Barcelona debut Coutinho will spend the next few days training apart from the group as he arrived carrying a thigh muscle injury but Barça medical staff are confident that he will be fit to make his debut in under three weeks. The Brazilian won't be able to play in Sunday's game against Real Socieda...
Coutinho Signing Might Have Won La Liga For Barcelona – Simeone
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Coutinho Signing Might Have Won La Liga For Barcelona – Simeone

Diego Simeone believes Barcelona have taken "a very important step" towards the La Liga title with the signing of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazil star completed his transfer to the Catalans on Monday for a reported fee of €160 million, a record outlay for the club and the biggest fee ever paid by a team from Spain. With Barca unbeaten after 18 league games and already nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, Simeone fears Coutinho's arrival could prove to be a decisive blow in the title race. "It's healthy and important that someone has the chance to sign players like Coutinho, although he can't play in the Champions League. It makes La Liga much stronger," the Atletico boss told a news conference. "With the gap that Barcelona have, it's a very important step." Atle...
Messi To Leave Barcelona If Catalonia Gains Independence
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Messi To Leave Barcelona If Catalonia Gains Independence

Lionel Messi could leave FC Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe’s top four leagues. El Mundo, a leading Spanish newspaper, on Friday reported this, citing a clause in his new contract. Barca’s all-time top goalscorer signed the contract in November, seven months before his old deal expired. It runs until June 2021 and contains a 700 million euro (£623 million) buy-out clause. But, according to the Spanish daily, it would also allow the five-times World Player of the Year to leave the club where he has spent his entire career for free. This will be if Catalonia’s independence push resulted in Barca exiting Spain’s top flight, and not joining either the English Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A. ...
Coutinho To Barcelona Is “Very , Very , Very Close”
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Coutinho To Barcelona Is “Very , Very , Very Close”

The front pages of Wednesday’s Catalan sport newspapers are dominated by the Brazilian playmaker, who reportedly has told Liverpool he does not wish to play for them again. The former Inter player was excluded from the New Year’s Day win at Burnley, fuelling rumours his exit from Anfield was edging closer. Diario Sport report he is ‘very, very, very close’ to moving to the Catalan giants with El Mundo Deportivo concurring that officials of Barca are currently in England to negotiate a deal. The reports suggest the Spanish league leaders will pay in the region of €150m for the Brazil international, with The Times and The Daily Telegraph among the British press reporting similar figures.
Barcelona ‘Prepared To Pay £132m For Coutinho’
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Barcelona ‘Prepared To Pay £132m For Coutinho’

Spanish newspaper Sport claim that the La Liga giants have accepted that they must smash their transfer record to seal a deal for the talented playmaker. Coutinho was keen on a move to the Nou Camp last summer, but Liverpool rejected three huge bids from Barca, the last of which was worth £119m. However, the Anfield club's resistance has not put off the Spanish champions, who remain determined to add the former Inter Milan star to their ranks. According to Sport, agents representing Coutinho recently met with Barcelona to agree personal terms and plan an 'assault' on Liverpool. The popular newspaper also claim that the club are ready to pay the £132m fee in installments and that they are confident of signing the 25-year-old early next month. Coutinho handed in a transfer request durin...

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