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Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG
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Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG

  Brazilian star, Neymar told the new Barcelona board about his desire to return to Camp Nou in the summer, according to ARA. Sports journalist, Gerard Romero, also confirmed the report, adding that the Brazilian International has stopped the negotiations over his new contract with PSG. According to the report, the PSG star is well aware of Lionel Messi’s desire to remain in Barcelona. For this reason, Neymar, who left Barcelona a few years in a world-record transfer, wants to return to Camp Nou. The 29-year-old forward has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists for PSG in 19 appearances this season. Recall that Neymar’s former agent, Andrea Cury, had hinted that the Brazilian forward will play with Messi again at Barcelona. There are rumours about Messi movin...
Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland
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Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland

  Manchester City have abandoned their quest to land Lionel Messi from Barcelona. Pep Guardiola now favours a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to the UK Mirror. Messi had long been linked with a reunion with his former manager since last year, when he tried to engineer a move away from Spain. City were one of Messi’s two feasible destinations alongside Paris Saint-Germain. Now however, with talk that Messi may yet remain at Camp Nou, City have moved to make Haaland their first choice. Haaland’s representatives are expected to fly into England to hold talks with up to four clubs, as Haaland looks set to depart Borussia Dortmund imminently.
Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract
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Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has given newly-elected president, Joan Laporta, a list of demands he expects to be met before signing a new contract, according to Eurosport. Messi tried to force a move away from Spain last summer but ended up staying at Camp Nou. However, the 33-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Barca has grown increasingly confident of keeping Messi beyond this summer, following an upturn in results and Laporta’s return last month. However, Messi will not put pen to paper until he can see clear progress is still being made on and off the field. He also expects Barca to make astute signings, such as Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City, plus one marquee signing – possibly Borussia Dortmund star E...
Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent
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Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent

  Neymar’s former agent has hinted that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona again. There are rumours about Messi moving over to PSG having refused to sign a new contract with Ronald Koeman’s side but Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Barcelona instead. Cury, Neymar’s former agent, is backing Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou. Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of the Brazilian star returning to the Catalan outfit than Messi leaving for PSG. “Neymar has an open door at Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later,” Cury told Argentine publication El Litoral. “Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return to Barcelona,” adding that re-elected p...
Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours
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Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours

The Dutch head coach responded to the Blaugrana's links with the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a meeting with Real Sociedad Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing rumours of a potential transfer to Barcelona for Erling Haaland. Barca are one of several top European clubs being linked with a summer swoop for Haaland, who has been in prolific form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Koeman was asked to weigh in on the speculation ahead of his side's Liga clash with Real Sociedad this weekend, but gave nothing away with regards to the possibility of the Norwegian moving to Camp Nou in the near future.
Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri
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Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri

Barcelona youngster, Pedri, has said that he always tries to pass the ball to captain Lionel Messi when he gets it because every time the Argentine touches the ball, something happens. Pedri, who was called up to the Spain national team for the first time on Monday, said this following Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Huesca in the LaLiga at Camp Nou last night. The 18-year-old also praised Messi for the records he achieved against Huesca. “To play alongside Leo [Messi] is an absolute joy,” Pedri said at a post-match press conference after the game. “I enjoy going to training every day. “Whenever I get it [ball], I try to pass to him because every time he touches the ball, something happens. “It’s absolutely crazy what he’s achieving. He’s the best player in the world.” Barce...
It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record
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It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has reacted to equaling the club’s legend, Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for the Blaugrana. The Argentine captain said it’s a “great honour” for him to hit the landmark. Messi made his 767th outing for Barcelona in Monday’s 4-1 victory over Huesca in the LaLiga at the Camp Nou to match Xavi’s record for appearances. The 33-year-old’s brace and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s side all three points against Huesca. Reacting, Messi wrote on Instagram after the game, “it is a great honour to reach this number of matches played with FC Barcelona. “Thanks to all the colleagues who accompanied me over the years and to my family and friends for always being by my side.” Barcelona’s...
Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca
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Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has equalled the club’s legend Xavi Hernandez’s record for the most appearances for the Blaugrana. Barcelona made this known in a post via its website on Monday. Messi achieved the record after featuring in Barcelona’s LaLiga 4-1 win over Huesca last night. The match was Messi’s 767th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions so far. Xavi also featured 767 times for Barca before he left the LaLiga giants in 2015. Meanwhile, a brace from Messi and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s men all three points against Huesca at Camp Nou. The win over Huesca means Barcelona are now in the second position on the LaLiga table, with 59 points from 27 games. The Catalan club are four points behind league leaders...
Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG
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Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has reacted to his side’s exit from the Champions League on Wednesday. The Catalans crashed out to PSG in the last 16. The game between PSG and Lionel Messi-led Barcelona ended 5-2 on aggregate in favour of the Ligue 1 side. The first leg ended 4-1 in Camp Nou with the second leg tie ending in 1-1 in Paris, Kylian Mbappe cancelling out Messi’s opener. Addressing the press after the game Koeman said: “Okay, we are out, which is what counts in this sport. “But we leave with good sensations. We had opportunities to make things very complicated for our rival. “We were the superior team in the first half, taking big risks at the back with man-to-man marking. “Really, we deserved more for that effort. It should at least have been 2-1 to us ...
PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash
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PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been ruled out of their Champions League tie against Barcelona, after failing to recover from a thigh problem. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since picking up the injury against Caen on February 10. Neymar returned to light training, but PSG confirmed on Tuesday that this week’s second leg against Barca in the round-of-16 comes too soon. “He’s very sad. He was really looking forward to going to Barcelona. He loves Barcelona. “He’s a player who loves to play these games, he’s made for them,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. Neymar, who joined PSG from Barca for a world record €222million fee in 2017, also missed the first leg at Camp Nou, which the French champions won 4-1.
Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)
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Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)

Lionel Messi has now casted his vote in Barcelona's presidential election today on Sunday. Messi submitted his vote alongside his son Thiago at the Camp Nou. Over 110,000 Barcelona club members get to decide who will lead Barcelona over the next few years. The candidates for the Barcelona Presidential Election are Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Frexia. Messi came close to leaving Barcelona while Josep Maria Bartomeu was the club's President. The 33-year-old was unhappy about the direction of the club on and off the pitch. Messi can now leave Barcelona at the end of the current season for free. Barcelona's presidential race will be a key factor about if Lionel Messi stays or leaves the Spanish club. Voting started at 9am local time in Spain earlier today. Vo...
Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel
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Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel

  There was a clash between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi in the tunnel after their Copa del Rey game on Wednesday,” Diario AS reports. Barcelona, who were 2-0 behind going into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals at Camp Nou, forced extra time through Gerard Pique’s goal at the death and then went ahead to win it through Martin Braithwaite’s header in the added time to reach the final. They will now face Athletic Bilbao who defeat Levante 2-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday. Monchi had called Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman “crybaby” when Sevilla met Barcelona in the LaLiga at the weekend. After the Copa del Rey match, he was noticed by several Barca players as he made his way into Sevilla dressing room. The ar...
Neymar Preparing to Face Barcelona in Return leg
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Neymar Preparing to Face Barcelona in Return leg

  Paris Saint-Germain could have Neymar available, for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona next Wednesday. Neymar has been left out of the squad to play Brest in the Coupe de France on Saturday. But he has returned to partial training and manager Mauricio Pochettino is “very happy” with his recovery. Neymar has not played for PSG since suffering an injury in the 1-0 cup win over Caen on February 10 and missed out as they beat his former side 4-1 at Camp Nou. Speaking in a press conference on Friday, PSG coach Pochettino said: “He will not be here tomorrow but we are very happy with his development and we will see in the days to come if he can be part of the squad against Barcelona.”
Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Sevilla, Warns Against PSG
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Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Defeat Sevilla, Warns Against PSG

  Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has reacted to his side’s 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash on Wednesday night at Camp Nou. Koeman also warned that it would be difficult for Barcelona to overcome Paris Saint-Germain after losing 4-1 against the Ligue 1 champions in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie last month. Three goals from Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique and Martin Braithwaite ensured Barcelona defeated Sevilla to qualify for the final on 3-2 aggregates after losing 2-0 in the first leg last February. “It is easier to come back from 2-0 than to come back from 1-4,” Koeman told reporters after the game. “PSG have a great team and great players. We will start the game to win, to see if there is a chance to go through....
Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested
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Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested

  The Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has that said that his former club, Barcelona will get back to the top soon. Guardiola stated this while reacting to arrest of former president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, a development he described as “an uncomfortable.” Bartomeu slept in jail on Monday as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou. “It’s an uncomfortable situation but I hope it will finish well,” Guardiola said at his press conference. “He’s already innocent until the court proves he is guilty. “Only I’m concerned is that in one week we’ll have a new president. “It’s a difficult situation at Barcelona but the new man needs to have the courage to lead in the next years. As many people as possible can vote and lead the best club in th...
Todibo says Barcelona struggles are ‘not my problem’ as defender seeks permanent transfer
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Todibo says Barcelona struggles are ‘not my problem’ as defender seeks permanent transfer

The Frenchman is currently on loan at Nice, having struggled to make an impact in Spain, and admits to paying little attention to events at Camp Nou Jean-Clair Todibo admits to paying little attention to goings on at Barcelona after being sent out on loan again, with the defender, who is seeking a permanent transfer in the summer, saying that struggles at Camp Nou in 2020-21 are “not my problem”. The French centre-half was considered to be a hot prospect when snapped up by the Blaugrana from Toulouse in 2019, but little game time has been seen for – leading to loan moves being made elsewhere. Todibo is currently back in his homeland at Nice and admits that he would like to see a deal done that prevents him from having to head back to Catalunya at the end of the current campaign....
Barcelona Told Me I Can No Longer Play At A High Level – Luis Suarez
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Barcelona Told Me I Can No Longer Play At A High Level – Luis Suarez

Former Barcelona star man Luis Suarez has revealed why he left the club for Atletico Madrid after playing for them for 6 years. Luis Suarez made the move to Atletico Madrid last September after it was revealed he is no longer needed at Camp Nou. The statement was not accepted by everyone and even Lionel Messi condemned the way Suarez was treated by the Spanish side. Since joining Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez hasn't disappointed as he has continued his fine form in front of the goal and has helped the Madrid side stay top of the La Liga table. Speaking with France Football, Luis Suarez has revealed what Barcelona said to him that made him decide to join Atletico Madrid. “What really bothered me was when they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high le...
Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw
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Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw

  On Sunday, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, made history following his side’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz in the La Liga. Messi also surpassed the club’s legend, Xavi Hernández’s La Liga appearances for the Catalan club after Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz. A first-half goal from Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez ensured both Barcelona and Cadiz shared a point each at Camp Nou. According to OptaJose, Messi’s goal means the Argentine captain has scored in six La Liga games in a row (nine goals) for the first time since February 2019 (eight appearances). Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player with the most LaLiga appearances of 506, surpassing Xavi’s 505 appearances after the game. However, the 33-year-old is far from beating Real Betis’ Joa...
Messi Advised to Leave Barcelona Immediately
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Messi Advised to Leave Barcelona Immediately

  Former Real Madrid defender, Oscar Ruggeri, has urged Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, to leave Camp Nou immediately his contract expires this summer. Rugger, a fellow compatriot with Messi, alleged that Barcelona have mistreated the Argentine captain, adding that the Catalan club is not respected any more by opponents in Europe. According to him, Barcelona kicked Messi’s close friend, Luis Suarez, out of the club last summer. Speaking ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Cadiz on Sunday, Ruggeri told ESPN: “Messi has to leave the club [Barcelona]. “He’s still the best, but all the teams have lost respect for Barcelona. “It is over. He has to go, they did a lot of things to him, and we have come to this. “They kicked out [Luis Suarez] and forgot he’s [his...
Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona
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Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has revealed that captain, Lionel Messi, will join Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer. Rivaldo believes Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat against PSG would be Messi’s last Champions League game for the La Liga giants at Camp Nou. Recall that PSG thrashed Barcelona in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe. “This heavy defeat against PSG will almost certainly be Messi’s last Champions League game with Barcelona at the Camp Nou,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “[Barcelona cannot give Messi] the real possibility of fighting for big trophies. “His future will be PSG, even more so given his display at the Camp Nou. They are a team that can give him the opti...
Barcelona vs PSG: Joe Cole Blasts Messi, Warns Guardiola over Signing Argentine
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Barcelona vs PSG: Joe Cole Blasts Messi, Warns Guardiola over Signing Argentine

Former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole has slammed Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, following the Blaugrana’s Champions League last 16, first-leg, 4-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Camp Nou. He also warned Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, over signing Messi. Cole believes Messi was not “emotionally engaged” and was “disinterested” during Barcelona’s tie with PSG, adding that it would be a “gamble” for Guardiola to sign him if he continues to play like that. Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a first-leg advantage over Barcelona ahead of the second leg next month. Speaking after the game, Cole told BT Sport: “Disinterested is the word. They (Barcelona) had no power, no togetherness. “Messi looked disinterested. It’s real...
Barcelona vs PSG: Pochettinho reveals Conversation With Mbappe
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Barcelona vs PSG: Pochettinho reveals Conversation With Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that his forward, Kylian Mbappe, told him that he (Pochettino) would win at Camp Nou for the second time of his managerial career. Pochettino disclosed this after PSG defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Tuesday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Mbappe and a strike from Moise Kean. “Great footballers create their own path, and those three goals have put him in the media spotlight,” Pochettino told a post-match press conference. “We had no doubts, and we are very happy for him [Mbappe]. “Confidence always has to be absolute, and he felt calm [before the game]. “He asked me yesterday in training: ‘How many times have you won at Camp Nou?’ I told him once. He answered: ‘Tomorr...
Champions League: Mbappé, Griezmann react as PSG demolish Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou
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Champions League: Mbappé, Griezmann react as PSG demolish Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou

Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday. And reacting after the game, the French said he had always wanted to give his team the best of his performance. Also, his national teammate and Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann, described the game as a bad one for him and his teammates, adding that they will now have to work until the last second in the second leg in France. Barcelona dominated the early stages of the game with Keylor Navas denying Griezmann before Lionel Messi scored from the spot after Layvin Kurzawa tripped Frenkie de Jong in the area. However, PSG responded emphatically with Mbappé firing in the equaliser, and struck twice midway through the second half. Mbap...
Barcelona Board Members Want Messi To Leave After Koeman Meeting
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Barcelona Board Members Want Messi To Leave After Koeman Meeting

Some members of the Barcelona board are not against Lionel Messi leaving the club, ESPN reports. Although some are hoping to persuade the 32-year-old to stay, others would not fight against Messi being sold under the right circumstances. Messi is believed to have met new manager, Ronald Koeman this week and admitted he sees himself more out than in at Camp Nou. Koeman himself is keen to keep the player and build his team around him. But the Argentine superstar is considering his future at the club, after a series of events in the last year, including bust-ups with former sporting director, Eric Abidal. On the pitch, Champions League exits against Roma and Liverpool have been followed by a first trophyless season since 2007/2008, with the shameful 8-2 defeat to Bayern Mun...
Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman
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Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman

The Blaugrana boss says it was a "tough decision" for the club to offload the striker, but one that he believes was correct at the time Ronald Koeman has admitted that Luis Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid "would have been better" for Barcelona. Suarez's hugely successful six-year career at Camp Nou came to an end when he left the club to join Atletico in a €6 million (£5m/$7m) deal during the summer transfer window. Koeman deemed the Uruguayan surplus to requirements after being appointed as the Blaugrana's new permanent coach, with the Rojiblancos ultimately winning the race for his signature ahead of Serie A giants Juventus.
Lionel Messi’s Monstrous €555 Million 3-Year Barcelona Contract
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Lionel Messi’s Monstrous €555 Million 3-Year Barcelona Contract

Spanish newspaper El Mundo claims it has obtained a copy of Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract, saying figures confirm the star player's deal is the biggest in sports history. According to the report, Messi would receive a maximum of €555,237,619 (US$673,919,105) over four seasons, if a series of conditions were met. The contract was agreed in November 2017 and expires on June 30 this year, when Messi will leave Camp Nou if there is no agreement with the club over an extension. Messi tried to leave Barcelona last summer, arguing that a clause in the deal allowed him to walk away for free, before eventually backing down. The size of Barca's financial commitment to Messi, 33, is one of a number of deals that have left the club's accounts in a perilous position. Their most r...
Man City Agrees To Sell Garcia To Barcelona For €3m
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Man City Agrees To Sell Garcia To Barcelona For €3m

Manchester City has agreed to sell Eric Garcia to Barcelona for EUR 3 million and, according to presidential candidate Victor Font, the player can play for free for six months due to the financial difficulties the club is facing. Over the past year, Garcia has been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou, and earlier this month he had reached personal terms with Barca. Until joining City in 2017, the 20-year-old started his career at the famed La Masia Academy in Catalunya, but his new contract at Etihad Stadium is set to expire in the summer. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to leave at the end of the season,” he told reporters at the weekend. “And [whether he leaves] now in this transfer window will depend on the clubs. “We’ll see until the end of the transfer window.” “We’...
‘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.  
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season
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Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season

Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Wednesday. Getafe, who have dropped to 16th in La Liga, will pay all of Alena’s wages as the 23-year-old looks to kickstart his career away from Camp Nou. “FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Carles Alena until the end of the 2020/21 season,” Barca said in a statement. Alena has long been circled as a potential star of the future after coming through at Barca’s La Masia youth academy but he has been unable to establish himself in the first team. He failed to make much of an impression during a loan spell at Real Betis last season and has made only five appearances for Barca this term under new coach Ronald Koeman. The...
Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez
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Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez

The Argentine seems set to leave Camp Nou at the end of 2020-21, with his future a hot topic for all of the club's presidential hopefuls Lionel Messi is the only player who can ensure Barcelona's value, according to presidential candidate Lluis Fernandez. Messi wanted to leave Barca last year, due to frustration with the club's board and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner ultimately elected to stay and see out his contract, which runs out at the end of the season, before Bartomeu and the entire Barca board resigned in October. There has been talk that Messi may choose to remain at the club he has been at since 2001, having helped them to 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues. However, Messi, who marked his 500th LaLiga appear...
Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut
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Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut

Barcelona were close to securing an agreement on Friday for a 122 million euros ($145 million) cut in players’ salaries this season to help offset the financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal, announced in a statement by the club, must now be ratified by the players “in the coming days”. The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures. Barca’s acting president Carles Tusquets has described the financial situation as “not dramatic, but very worrying”. Tusquets assumed temporary control following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last month. Restoring Barca’s finances will be one of the items on the top of the new p...
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu
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Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu

The former France international has urged his fellow countryman to seek a transfer away from Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann "no longer knows how to play football" with Barcelona, according to Bixente Lizarazu. Griezmann's career trajectory has stalled since his €120 million (£109m/$142m) move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019. The Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 games for Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano, but has so far been unable to replicate that prolific form at Camp Nou.
‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win
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‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win

The Frenchman remains focused on his job despite speculation that pressure on his position was mounting Zinedine Zidane insisted he was unfazed about silencing Real Madrid's critics after recording a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. After Ansu Fati cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener, Sergio Ramos scored a 63rd-minute penalty and Luka Modric sealed Madrid's win at Camp Nou. Zidane was under pressure at the helm after back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, but Madrid moved top of La Liga after Saturday's win.
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Returning Ramos spot on in second straight Clasico success
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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Returning Ramos spot on in second straight Clasico success

Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a vital victory at bitter rivals Barcelona in which Sergio Ramos netted from 12 yards. Sergio Ramos returned to win and score a game-turning penalty in Real Madrid's 3-1 Clasico victory at Barcelona on Saturday. Madrid captain Ramos was substituted in last week's home defeat to Cadiz and missed the subsequent shock reverse against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League as the Spanish champions crept towards a crisis ahead of their first meeting with Barca this season. But the centre-back was fit to start for the crunch LaLiga clash at Camp Nou and drew a second-half spot-kick from Clement Lenglet to restore Madrid's lead after Ansu Fati had cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener in a frantic start.
‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay
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‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer, but has been talked into honouring his contract Lionel Messi’s reputation would be “very damaged” if he were to leave Barcelona, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Argentine forward did push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer. Having become disillusioned with life in Catalunya on the back of a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner felt the time was right to take on a new challenge.
Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger
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Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger

The former Arsenal boss believes the France international forward is being held back by being played out of position at Camp Nou Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Antoine Griezmann is unable to express himself with Barcelona because he is overshadowed by Lionel Messi. Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, having established himself as one of the world's best forwards while winning the World Cup with France. After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club. The forward has yet to score in four appearances for Barca this season, all in La Liga, but W...
Barcelona players backed by Spanish Footballers’ Association in pay cut showdown
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Barcelona players backed by Spanish Footballers’ Association in pay cut showdown

According to the union, the Camp Nou club could see themselves wrapped up in legal battles if they attempt to push through their current plans The Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) has thrown its support behind Barcelona's playing staff, who were not present on Wednesday as club officials held a meeting to discuss a blanket wage reduction for all staff members. It is reported that those in charge of the Catalan side are looking to reduce all salaries, club-wide, by around 30 per cent, but players have made it known via burofax that they will reject any proposal made by the club as they have not been given the chance to sit in on discussions. The players want to be involved in the talks – which are set to culminate within 15 days – before any action is taken and will more th...
Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona
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Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona

Luis Suarez bid farewell to Barcelona on Thursday morning ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan has spent six years at the Camp Nou, winning numerous trophies, but will now head to Diego Simeone's side on a free transfer, albeit with six million euros in add-ons. As Suarez tried to say goodbye to Barcelona, there were a few occasions where he was clearly overcome with emotion as he struggled to get his words out amidst tears. "Apart from a player... a human being who has feelings goes," was one of Suarez's most emotional lines. https://youtu.be/YQh2mgHTaaU
Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move
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Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move

A fresh face at Camp Nou claims a former team-mate at Juventus was pleased for him when the opportunity to head for Catalunya came about Cristiano Ronaldo did not try and talk Miralem Pjanic out of a move to Barcelona despite the Juventus superstar boasting strong ties to Real Madrid. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent two seasons playing alongside Pjanic in Turin. The Bosnian midfielder was, however, to become the subject of a trade agreement involving Brazil international Arthur.
“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona
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“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona

Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o, has stated that he is happy Lionel Messi has agreed to remain at Barcelona, but warned the club to sign more players so the club won't be reliant on Messi. Messi wanted to leave Camp Nou recently, but changed his mind after his father and agent, was warned by the club that he could face legal issues if he doesn't obey his contract. Eto’o who played for Barcelona between 2004 and 2009, scoring 130 goals and winning eight titles there, says he is happy that Messi is now settled for the season “I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house, but at Barca, we need other players with Blaugrana DNA. Messi alone is not enough,” Eto’o said at a La Liga event as reported by TuttoMercato. “You need to look for players on t...
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’
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‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’

The France international struggled for consistency during his first season at Camp Nou, scoring just 15 goals across all competitions Antoine Griezmann is capable of being La Liga's top goal-scorer next season if he is played in the correct position, according to ex-Barcelona defender Andrea Orlandi. Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last term, Griezmann underwhelmed for much of his first campaign at Camp Nou following his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid. That was illustrated by Quique Setien's decision to leave him on the bench for the entirety of Barca's 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo
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Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo

Lionel Messi will not be booed by Barcelona supporters if he stays at Camp Nou and can still bow out of the club on a high, according to the club’s iconic former player Rivaldo. Talks between Barca and Messi’s agent and father Jorge are ongoing after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner last week informed the LaLiga giants of his desire to leave. Messi reportedly hoped to trigger a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free, but Barca are of the opinion his €700million release clause still stands. Manchester City and Inter have been strongly linked, but Jorge Messi indicated on Thursday the forward is considering staying in Catalonia for another year. Should that prove to be the case, Rivaldo does not believe the Argentina international will be given a tough time b...
“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board
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“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has expressed a desire to leave Camp Nou, but discussions have been held with the Blaugrana board. Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has hinted at a compromise being reached at Barcelona which allows his son to remain at Camp Nou until the summer of 2021. The Argentine forward’s representatives arrived in Catalunya on Wednesday for showdown talks with the Blaugrana board. Jorge Messi told reporters upon touching down that he did not “know anything” when it comes to his son’s future. He was, however, to discuss the matter with under-fire Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu amid mounting speculation suggesting that a stunning separation could be on the cards. Barca's dismissal of Suarez shows Messi is not their only problem. Messi has spent his...
‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo
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‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo

The ex-Blaugrana star is pleased to see his fellow Brazilian delivering on expectations in France after coming through a testing period in his career Neymar has no reason to rejoin the “chaos” at Barcelona, admits Rivaldo, with the Brazilian forward told he is making the right career call in sticking with Paris Saint-Germain. A possible return to Camp Nou for the South American superstar has been speculated on ever since he bid farewell to the Liga giants in 2017. At one stage, Neymar was very much open to the idea of heading back to familiar surroundings.
Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports
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Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports

The Argentina international believes his contract with the Camp Nou club is up and has distanced himself from the side further Lionel Messi is set to take another step away from Barcelona by not showing for training on Monday, with the Argentina international of the belief that his contract with the club is over, Goal can confirm. Messi stunned the footballing world when he presented the club’s board with a transfer request following the conclusion of what was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Catalans, insistent that he had a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer. La Liga has quashed those hopes by siding with Barca, who claim that clause expired in June, on the issue, meaning that if he is to leave, any club will have to meet his b...
Lionel Messi To Report To Barcelona Training Tomorrow
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Lionel Messi To Report To Barcelona Training Tomorrow

Lionel Messi has reportedly been advised to continue attending Barcelona training for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, Messi informed club officials that he wishes to leave Camp Nou this summer, allegedly citing a free transfer clause in his contract. However, with that option having expired on June 10, Barcelona will rebuff any attempts from the 33-year-old to depart the club without a fee being involved. Although negotiations regarding an exit are likely to be prolonged, TyC Sports suggests that Messi has been told to continue with business as normal. The Argentine's legal representatives are said to be wanting the forward to turn up at training on Monday in a bid to avoid handing Barcelona any leverage behind the scenes. Messi, who has less than 12 months on his...
Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract
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Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract

A new era is being ushered in at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in the managerial hot seat following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. The Dutchman has already started making plans for his first year at the helm, with wholesale changes to the squad expected after the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years. Lionel Messi could be the first out the door in the coming weeks, as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has submitted a formal transfer request amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It was gathered that Suarez is also being touted for the exit, having been informed by Koeman over the phone that he does not feature in his plans for the upcoming campaign. The Uruguayan strike...

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