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Super League rebels Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca have paralysed themselves’ – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin
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Super League rebels Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca have paralysed themselves’ – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

European football governing body, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin  has stated that Juventus, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have “paralysed themselves” with their commitment to European Super League (ESL) plans. Nine of the 12 rebel clubs who signed up to the breakaway competition, announced in April, have withdrawn from the proposals amid a huge external backlash but Juve, Real Madrid and Barca are still in support of the idea, insisting football is facing an “inevitable downfall” without reform. UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs last week after previously agreeing “reintegration measures” with the other nine, who apologised for partaking in the infamous Super League scheme. With the three clubs in legal battles with UEFA, a champions league competi...
Real Madrid Leads Early Power Rankings Of The European Super League
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Real Madrid Leads Early Power Rankings Of The European Super League

On Sunday, AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur were announced as the 12 founding clubs in a new European Super League. A start date for this proposed Super League hasn't been announced yet, but we're not going to wait to figure out how these teams stack up. Given the teams' current form in domestic and European competitions, here's a look at how the squads rate: 1. Manchester City Under the careful direction of Pep Guardiola, Man City is cruising toward its third Premier League title in four years. Man City also eliminated Borussia Dortmund in UEFA Champions League play to reach the semifinals. If Man City can pull it off, a Premier League-Cha...
Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Footballer To Earn Crypto
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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Footballer To Earn Crypto

The world’s highly respected footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo collected about 770 Fan Tokens JUV ahead of Juventus’ match against Benevento on Sunday as a way of marking his record-breaking goal milestone. It’s the first time a footballer has been rewarded with Crypto which is becoming prominent in terms of fan interaction into the world’s most popular sport. Fan Tokens like $JUV permits Juventus fans to interact extensively with their football club and participate in various decisions through the Socios app. At the time of writing Chiliz the sport-based crypto, trading at $0.550926 with a daily trading volume of $1.07 Billion. Chiliz is up 0.03% for the day and currently has a market value of $3.077 Billion. The five-time ”World football of the year” would collect 770 JUV ...
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...
Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team
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Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team

Frank De Boer has been appointed as the replacement of Ronald Koeman who left the Netherland coaching position and joined FC Barcelona to end in 2021. Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the body governing the football in Netherland has appointed the former Ajax and Barcelona defender as Koeman's successor. He signed a contract till 2022 which means he would be leading the Netherlands into the Euros 2021 and Qatar World Cup in 2022. https://twitter.com/OnsOranje/status/1308814192527454208?s=20 Frank, 50, spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles; two KNVB Cups; three Super Cups; one UEFA Cup; one UEFA Champions League; and one Intercontinental Cup. He later spent five years in Barcelona, where he won the 1998–99 La Liga tit...
FC Barcelona Becomes 1st Sports Club With 10 Million Subscribers On Youtube
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FC Barcelona Becomes 1st Sports Club With 10 Million Subscribers On Youtube

FC Barcelona have become on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the first club in the world to reach the level of 10 million subscribers on YouTube. A new landmark for FC Barcelona. The Catalonia outfit becomes on Wednesday the first sports club in the world to have more over 10 million subscribers on their YouTube Channel. “FC Barcelona has reached a new landmark in its digital leadership by becoming the first club to have over 10 million YouTube subscribers. Barça’s top spot on the world’s biggest online video service has been consolidated by spectacular growth in the last two years, bothin terms of the number of followers and the number of videos viewed.” the club wrote on their website. “The NBA (14.7million) is the only sports channel that has more followers than FC Barcelona on Yo...
Lazio defender Luiz Felipe: I’m proud of Barcelona and Man City interest
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Lazio defender Luiz Felipe: I’m proud of Barcelona and Man City interest

Lazio defender Luiz Felipe admits he's flattered by interest from Barcelona and Manchester City. Barca sports chief Eric Abidal is in the market for a new centre-half this summer - and Felipe is on his radar. Felipe told Globo Esporte: “I saw that there were articles on the alleged interests of FC Barcelona and Manchester City. "Of course, I am happy and proud of it, because in one way or another, it proves that the work is done well and that people have seen and appreciated it. "I am a calm and very focused boy. I only think of leaving my mark on the history of Lazio."
Barcelona Confirm Deal for 21-year-old Striker
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Barcelona Confirm Deal for 21-year-old Striker

Barcelona have confirmed that 21-year-old striker, Carles Pérez has left the club to join AS Roma on loan. Barcelona made this known in a statement on their official website on Thursday. The statement read: “Agreement with AS Roma for the loan of Carles Pérez ‘The Italian club will pay the player’s wages and are obliged to pay 11 million euros for the player plus 3.5 million in add-ons once the loan period is over “FC Barcelona and AS Roma have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Carles Pérez until 30 June for a fee of 1 million euros. “The Italian club will pay the player’s wages and are obliged to pay 11 million euros for the player plus 3.5 million in add-ons once the loan period is over. Furthermore, FC Barcelona retains the right of first refusal on any ...
The Day Ronaldinho Introduced Kobe Bryant To A 17-year-old Lionel Messi
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The Day Ronaldinho Introduced Kobe Bryant To A 17-year-old Lionel Messi

The death of NBA great Kobe Bryant has shocked the sports world. Lionel Messi and several Barcelona players sent tributes to the late basketball star. While some talked about him purely as an icon, others, such as Messi himself, spoke about someone they knew personally. Bryant himself was an avid football fan and in particular of FC Barcelona and AC Milan. He became friends with Ronaldinho around the time the Brazilian established himself as the best player in the world playing for Barça. The former Laker once recalled when Dinho gave him what, at the time, was a shocking introduction. “A long time ago, right? Barcelona came to Los Angeles. Ronaldinho was a friend of mine; I was speaking to him. He told me, ‘Kobe, look, I’m going to introduce you to the player who will be t...
PSG offered Neymar to Manchester United but they turned him down
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PSG offered Neymar to Manchester United but they turned him down

The French club are desperate to get rid of Neymar but have now accepted he will only leave on loan and not for €180m. PSG are trying to find a solution to their Neymar problem this week. Despite the Brazilian's wish to rejoin FC Barcelona, it appears they are determined to talk with everyone else before calling Josep Maria Bartomeu. Neymar knows he is being offered around and one of those sides was Manchester United - but they turned him down. Before Ligue 1 begins this weekend, PSG want the situation resolved. The issues between the management and Neymar is beyond repair and know they must get him out before the season kicks off to avoid any further embarrassment. They spoke to United about taking Neymar on loan and Real Madrid have also asked about the Brazilian's availability...
PSG Ready to Sell Neymar
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PSG Ready to Sell Neymar

Paris St-Germain (PSG) are reportedly prepared to sell striker Neymar. The Brazilian joined the Ligue 1 side from FC Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros in August 2017. However, he missed large parts of the 2018/2019 campaign through injury and suspension and made just 17 league appearances, scoring 15 goals. PSG will consider selling the 27-year-old in the forthcoming transfer window if they receive a substantial offer, a report in L’Equipe said on Sunday. The report comes after comments from Chairman and CEO, Al-Khelaifi, about the attitude of squad members. “Players will have to be more responsible than before,” he told France Football. “It must be completely different. They will have to do more and work harder. They are not there for...
Naby Keita Out Of The Season, Set To Miss Nations Cup
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Naby Keita Out Of The Season, Set To Miss Nations Cup

Jürgen Klopp confirmed Naby Keita is set to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining what he described as a ‘very serious’ injury against FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening. The midfielder suffered an adductor issue in the early stages of the Reds’ trip to Camp Nou, forcing him from the field after just 24 minutes. Klopp revealed during his pre-Newcastle United press conference on Friday morning that Keita is set to be sidelined for around eight weeks. The manager said: “It was really unlucky. Bad news, he has a high-grade adductor injury; the tendon is ruptured, which keeps him out for at least two months. “Bad news for us obviously, but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up. “He was in a really good moment - a really, really good moment -...
Valencia Inflict 9th La Liga Defeat on Real Madrid
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Valencia Inflict 9th La Liga Defeat on Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s harrowing campaign continued as they fell to a ninth defeat in La Liga and their first since manager, Zinedine Zidane returned. NAN reports that Real Madrid were deservedly beaten 2-1 away by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday. Portugal international Goncalo Guedes fired Valencia into the lead in the 35th minute with a thumping shot from inside the area, which was too powerful for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Real Madrid had played well until conceding, but lost momentum after the goal and Valencia continued to threaten into the second half. They finally doubled their lead with a header by defender Ezequiel Garay from a corner in the 83rd minute. Karim Benzema headed in a consolation goal for Real Madrid in stoppage time. This was shortly after Zi...
Barca Fans Salute Wonder Boy, After Eight-goal Thriller
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Barca Fans Salute Wonder Boy, After Eight-goal Thriller

Although two late goals from the boots of Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez rescued FC Barcelona from defeat on Tuesday night, most fans of the Catalan club were unison in describing Nigerian wonder kid, Samuel Chukwueze, as the undoubted hero of the eight-goal thriller in Villarreal. The Super Eagles player who made his debut for the national team in the lone goal victory over Pharaohs of Egypt penultimate Monday in an international friendly in Asaba. Chukwueze was deservedly voted ‘Man of the Match’ of the Barcelona versus Villarreal clash which ended 4-4. He scored one goal and assisted in two other goals for the Yellow Submarines who were cruising to home win before Messi’s magic changed the rhythm for the two teams to share the spoils of the battle. THISDAY checks on FC Barc...
Manchester United Take Difficult Decision Ahead of Barcelona Tie
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Manchester United Take Difficult Decision Ahead of Barcelona Tie

Manchester United have hit back at Barcelona, over ticket prices for next month’s Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp. The LaLiga champions are charging visiting supporters £102 per ticket for the second leg. The figure is the most expensive single ticket price in United’s history outside of a major European final. In a swift reaction, the Red Devils have confirmed that they have taken the “difficult decision” of charging Barcelona fans the same price for the first leg at Old Trafford, in order to subsidise United fans making the journey for the away leg. “In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club. ...
Barcelona Terminates Midfielder’s Contract
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Barcelona Terminates Midfielder’s Contract

Barcelona have reached an agreement to terminate Sergi Samper’s contract with the club, an official statement confirmed on Monday. The 24-year-old was once considered the successor to Sergio Busquets after progressing from Barcelona’s famed football academy. However, Samper has suffered several injuries which has disrupted loan spells at Granada and Las Palmas. The Spanish midfielder was part of the Barcelona first team squad this season but did not make a single appearance. “The club would like to thank Sergi Samper for his dedication and commitment during his time at FC Barcelona and wishes him all the best for the future,” the statement read.
Iwobi’s Form Giving Barcelona Headache over Suarez
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Iwobi’s Form Giving Barcelona Headache over Suarez

There are strong indications that the hope of Spanish giants, FC Barcelona to push for a permanent move for Denis Suarez at Arsenal may not work out after all following the fine form of Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi. Suarez is on loan at Arsenal but the Catalan club is believed to be pressing for a permanent move for the midfielder in summer so that earning from the deal can be used to bring in quality legs to replace Barcelona’s ageing squad. But Iwobi has remained consistently in fine form since the Nigerian was promoted from the feeder team to the senior squad in the final years of Arsene Wenger at the North London club. Even the manager who took over from Wenger, Unai Emery has not been disappointed in the quality Iwobi has been adding to the Gunners output weekly. Rep...
Top 50 Players In The History Of Barcelona
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Top 50 Players In The History Of Barcelona

The FC Barcelona has seen countless sports stars during its rich history. Some names marked the spirits, others went unnoticed. Some, from the training center, are still today the pride of the prestigious institution of Barcelona. While it seems difficult to compare players who did not evolve at the same time, the Spanish daily SPORT wrote this exercise by making public a TOP 50 players who have marked the history of the club. It necessarily comes out a rather subjective list, classifying the legendary Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o Son in 21st position behind Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr or Javier Mascherano. The Cameroonian had 129 goals in 199 appearances with Barça ahead of the tenors of the ball to the image of Ronaldo, Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo or Diego Armando Maradona . It shoul...
Sevilla Vs Barcelona, See Team Line-up
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Sevilla Vs Barcelona, See Team Line-up

Sevilla takes on Spanish La Liga champions FC Barcelona in a mouthwatering tie at the Ramon Sanchez Stadium. Sevilla would hope to grab maximum points from a Barcelona who haven’t been impressive lately. See line up below Sevilla: Vaclik, Sergi Gomez, Kjaer, Ben Yedder, Banega, Wober, Navas, Sarabia, Rog, Promes, Mercado. Subs: Soriano, Amadou, Roque Mesa, Munir, Andre Silva, Franco Vazquez, Arana. Barcelona: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, G. Pique, S. Umtiti, Jodi Alba, Rakitic, Vidal, Sergio, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez.
Barca Striker Alcacer Signs $26m Dortmund Deal
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Barca Striker Alcacer Signs $26m Dortmund Deal

Borussia Dortmund have taken up the option to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer for 23 million euros ($26 million), the Spanish club confirmed on Friday.  Barca said in a statement that Dortmund will also pay five million euros in additional fees for the 25-year-old while retaining a five per cent stake of any future sale. “Borussia Dortmund has taken advantage of the permanent transfer option in the agreement with FC Barcelona reached last August for the player Paco Alcacer,” the statement read. Alcacer joined Barcelona for 30 million euros from Valencia in 2016 but his playing time was limited at the Camp Nou and he moved to Dortmund on loan last summer. The Spaniard has been a revelation since then, scoring 16 goals in 20 games for club and country this season, while h...
Real Madrid Appoint Solari Until 202
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Real Madrid Appoint Solari Until 202

European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday. The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager in place of sacked former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago. Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday. He played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane. The former France captain became the club’s coach and won three UEFA Champions League titles in a row before stepping down. Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopeteg...
Spain Rejects Re-opening Probe Into Abidal’s Liver Transplant
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Spain Rejects Re-opening Probe Into Abidal’s Liver Transplant

A Spanish court has rejected re-opening a probe into the 2012 liver transplant of FC Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal as asked by prosecutors due to a lack of fresh evidence, it said Friday. Abidal Prosecutors in July asked for an investigation into allegations the football club illegally bought a liver transplant for their cancer-stricken ex-player be reopened after a court filed the case for lack of evidence. They also asked a judge to order Abidal’s cousin to undergo a medical probe to prove he donated part of his liver to the former player to treat his cancer. In the ruling, the judge at the Barcelona court justified her denial to re-open the case by an absence of “any new evidence.” She added it was impossible to order Abidal’s cousin Gerard Armand, who lives ...
Barcelona, Girona, LaLiga Seek Permission From Spanish FA to Stage Match In The US
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Barcelona, Girona, LaLiga Seek Permission From Spanish FA to Stage Match In The US

FC Barcelona, Girona FC & LaLiga seek permission from Spanish Football Federation to stage match in the US The request comes after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders 11 September 2018.- FC Barcelona, Girona FC and LaLiga have requested permission from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to stage the matchday 21 fixture between Girona and Barcelona, scheduled to be played on 26 January, at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in a 20:45 CET kick-off. The request, signed by Girona FC President Delfí Geli and LaLiga President Javier Tebas, was submitted to the RFEF late Monday. The submission has been made after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders. One of the elements of the request is the compensation offered to ...
Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea
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Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea

A Nigerian journalist and former worker in Bayelsa State Government, Eberiye Christopher was over-joyed yesterday after his favourite team, Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 3-0 at Camp Nou in Spain. The hardcore Barcelona fan who couldn’t contain his excitement, ensured his whole family including his baby daughter wore Barcelona jerseys to celebrate the Spanish club’s Champions league qualification. Mr Christopher continued with his excitement as he shared a picture of him flying the Barcelona flag on his way to work this morning in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital. According to him; ‘he’s going to a suburb in Yenagoa this morning to receive some decamped fans from Chelsea to Fc Barcelona‘. Barcelona put on a spectacle on the Nou Camp stage as they beat Chelsea to seal their place i...
“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...
Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting
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Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been installed as the favourite to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. Conte's days at Stamford Bridge look to be numbered after a 4-1 defeat to Watford meant that the Blues suffered back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time in 23 years. The Italian coach dismissed the notion that he was concerned about his future, but indicated his time may be coming to an end. "I'm not worried," Conte said. "Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. I try to do everything. If it's not enough, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.” A number of successful managers have been tipped to replace the 48-year-old if he is sacked by the Chelsea board, with Luis Enrique leading the race with odds of 2/1 from BetVictor. Enr...
Philippe Coutinho Makes Debut As Barca Book Cup Semi-Final Spot
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Philippe Coutinho Makes Debut As Barca Book Cup Semi-Final Spot

Holders FC Barcelona reached the King’s Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Espanyol to overcome a first-leg deficit on a night when new signing Philippe Coutinho made his debut. Early goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi calmed the nerves at the Nou Camp on Thursday. This was after Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid, as well as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, had been knocked out of this season’s competition by unfancied opponents. Facing city rivals Espanyol was a potential banana skin for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who lost last week’s first leg 1-0. But FC Barcelona were rarely troubled in front of a vibrant Nou Camp. Barca’s new Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho was given a standing ovation when he came on to take his bow in the second-half. He had arrived fr...
Ex-Barca Player Mascherano Joins Chinese Super League Side For Reported €5.5m
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Ex-Barca Player Mascherano Joins Chinese Super League Side For Reported €5.5m

Mascherano leaves FC Barcelona after seven and a half seasons. The defender is expected to pocket 19 million euro for his two season deal in China where he joins up with fellow country man Manuel Pellegrini currently manning the Hebei bench. The player has been given limited playing time this season under Ernesto Valverde and with his strong desire to represent Argentine at next summer's World Cup has decided to "pursue his own happiness". Barcelona remove another high wage bill from their outgoings with Mascherano reported to earn 5.5 million euro per year at the club.
Florentino Prepared To Listen To Offers For Cristiano Ronaldo
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Florentino Prepared To Listen To Offers For Cristiano Ronaldo

Florentino Pérez has given the go-ahead to agent Jorge Mendes, (Cristiano Ronaldo's representative) to listen to offers for the forward. Portuguese sports daily Record report the news just after AS revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is anxious to leave Real Madrid after feeling a sense of betrayal with Florentino failing to keep his word and offer him a contract that stretches beyond his current deal that expires in 2021. Cristiano's ideal destination would be a move back to Manchester United, where he played between 2003 and 2009 before his big money move to the Spanish capital although reports suggest that an Old Trafford transfer could be complicated due to the high wage demands the striker from Madeira would insist on. High earner It's expected that offers for the forward will be forth...
Turkish Media Suggest Superlig Return For Arda Turan
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Turkish Media Suggest Superlig Return For Arda Turan

Turkish media are reporting that the current  FC Barcelona player is close to signing a deal that will seal a move to Basaksehir Istanbul, the side that currently the Turkish top flight. The reports indicate that Barca will accept to keep paying half of the player's salary with Basaksehir covering the remaining 50% and the Turkish club have even commenced preparations for the midfielder's presentation at their winter base in Antalya. Arda Turan has stated on countless occasions that the only Turkish side that he would play for would be his boyhood team of Galatasaray. The player's agent Ahmet Bulut maintains that he is in current negotiation with an English, Italian and Chinese team. The 30-year-old player took to his social media platforms stating that "much lies is written about me". ...
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. ...
Messi’s Brother Out Of House Arrest On €100,000 Bail
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Messi’s Brother Out Of House Arrest On €100,000 Bail

The older brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been released from house arrest after paying a 100,000-euro bond, Argentinian media said Tuesday. Matias Messi, 35, was sentenced to house arrest in his hometown in Rosario, 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Buenos Aires, last week for possession of a gun. The detention came after he was found in a drifting and blood-stained motorboat on November 30, apparently after hitting a sandbar. Police found a pistol hidden on board the boat. It was the second time the star’s brother had been arrested for possession of a firearm. The offense carries a jail sentence of between three-and-a-half and eight years. The conditions of his bail mean that he can move freely around Argentina but cannot leave the country.
Tough Teams Await Super Eagles After Group Matches
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Tough Teams Await Super Eagles After Group Matches

Nigeria will have to be at its best in all the group matches and hope for good fortune to realize its ambition of getting to the quarterfinal of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Some pundits actually believe that the Super Eagles must win Group D to have any realistic chance of crossing the second round. According to the draws, qualifiers from Group B will in the second round meet with their counterparts from Group C, which include France, Australia, Peru and Denmark.France, Germany, Spain, and Brazil are the countries tipped by the pundits to win Russia 2018 simply because of the quality of players in their teams and the results of their matches in the last two years. And so, if Nigeria finished behind Argentina in Group D, the Super Eagles will meet France in the second round, that is if Les...
Eric Abidal Remembers An Early Confrontation He Had With Pep Guardiola
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Eric Abidal Remembers An Early Confrontation He Had With Pep Guardiola

The former Barcelona player and club ambassador said “at the start it was complicated. I was the father of the family and we were in the United States getting ready for the season. Guardiola came to me and told me to stop speaking in French with Thierry Henry. I told him “don’t talk to me like this I am not a child, and two, if I can’t speak in French with Henry why are the Catalans speaking in Catalan among themselves? “The argument got worse and the tension rose and I had to speak to the president to explain it.” The incident did not end up affecting Abidal’s opinion of Pep. “He’s a coach with great class. I learned every day from him.”
Goalkeeper Buffon Throws His Shorts Into The Crowd After Barcelona Match
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Goalkeeper Buffon Throws His Shorts Into The Crowd After Barcelona Match

Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon,yesterday, wowed a football fan after the Champions League clash with Barcelona, by giving him his shorts. The 39-year-old goalkeeper decided to shake things up and throw his shorts into the crowd. Buffon saluted the supporters in the Juventus Stadium for getting behind their side in the 0-0 draw against Barcelona. The fan who caught the iconic stopper’s shorts showed them off for the cameras. Buffon then made his way over to the tunnel in his pant. Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for and captains Serie A club Juventus. He also captained the Italy national team until his international retirement in 2017. See more pictures below;
Lionel Messi’s New Friend At Barcelona Is Almost Twice His Size
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Lionel Messi’s New Friend At Barcelona Is Almost Twice His Size

After training, a curious image appeared when Lionel Messi went to find his car to leave the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Barca's No.10 bumped in to Barça Lassa player Kevin Seraphin who, at 2.08 metres, doesn't exactly go unnoticed. The two crakcs greeted each other and had a photograph taken with each other. The French basketball player quickly posted it on to his social media accounts. He wrote: "When going to have a work out on your day off and you see some coworkers. Hola Leo Messi !" The photograph caused a lot of fuss on social media. Firstly, because it's featuring two genuine cracks, and secondly because of the height difference between the two.
Don’t Worry About Messi Renewal, Valverde Tells Barcelona Fans
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Don’t Worry About Messi Renewal, Valverde Tells Barcelona Fans

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says fans should not worry about Lionel Messi's contract renewal. The 30-year-old agreed a new deal in July but the La Liga leaders are still to announce the signing of the document. The delay in the process has led to increased speculation over Messi's future, with the Argentina star available to hold talks with clubs in January over a possible free transfer next year, assuming the contract remains unsigned. However, Valverde has offered some advice to any supporters who are concerned about the prospect of Messi leaving Camp Nou. "I'd tell them not to worry, and to watch Messi play and realise that he isn't worried. It's a pleasure to watch him," he told a news conference on Friday. Barca resume La Liga duties on Saturday with a trip to Leganes, who ar...
Real Madrid Will Have 900 Supporters Cheering Them On Against Atletico
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Real Madrid Will Have 900 Supporters Cheering Them On Against Atletico

The sides meet on November 18 for the first Madrid derby in history to be played at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Zinedine Zidane has taken his Real side to third place in LaLiga and they currently sit level on points with their Madrid counterparts, with only a three goal difference separating them. There were questions surrounding the allocation due to Barcelona not receiving any tickets when they played the Rojiblancos last month, but this was because Atleti's partners and sponsors took their allocation.
Jean-Michal Seri On Barcelona Interest And Staying With Nice
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Jean-Michal Seri On Barcelona Interest And Staying With Nice

The Nice player has given an interview to France Football in which he made it clear that the whole situation is now in the past. "I don't really want to remember everything that happened," he said. "There was a difficult period when I was with the national team. The market closed when I was in Gabon. "I was focused on the games with my national team and when I returned to Nice I left it all to one side. For me, it's all forgotten. I turned the page and thought about the game against Monaco." The Ivory Coast midfielder admitted that "it affected me, but now I look back with perspective. I focused on what I know, playing football. There was no other solution than to get back playing. "Anything else wouldn't have served for anything. I admit it wasn't easy. But now there's nothing in my h...
Nolito Says That Sevilla Teammate “Lenglet Could Play For Barcelona”
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Nolito Says That Sevilla Teammate “Lenglet Could Play For Barcelona”

His teammate and former Barça player Nolito was asked about the rumours surrounding Lenglet and says that he is more than ready to play for Ernesto Valverde's side. "Lenglet's a great player and I want him in my team," Nolito said. "I think he has the level to play for Barça. There's no reason for him to be jealous of the defenders they have. He's learning and he will be one of the best centre-backs in Europe if he continues like this." Nolito also felt that Sevilla deserved more at Camp Nou last weekend: "At San Mames [against Athletic Club] we didn't deserve to lose. Sevilla try to compete against all teams, the same at home as away. Little by little, we're playing better. Against Leganes, Spartak and Barça we played well."
Barcelona Shelve Plans To Sign Yerry Mina In January
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Barcelona Shelve Plans To Sign Yerry Mina In January

Ernesto Valverde currently has two options to back up main centre-backs Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, namely Thomas Vermaelen and Javier Mascherano. Both of these players have insecure futures at the Camp Nou but are not expected to leave until the summer, with Vermaelen's fate effectively sealed and his colleague's insecure given that he will be 34 at the end of the campaign. However there is also the small matter of Barcelona's deal with Mina's current club Palmeiras for the Colombian, which is set at an already agreed 9 million euro fee for a July 2018 move. That means that, should the Catalans want to buy Mina in advance of that date, they will have to go back to the negotiating table and such an outcome has been ruled out by technical secretary Robert Fernandez. Perhaps the only...
Barcelona Confirm Sergi Roberto And Andre Gomes Will Be Out Of Action For 3-5 Weeks
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Barcelona Confirm Sergi Roberto And Andre Gomes Will Be Out Of Action For 3-5 Weeks

The goalless draw in Athens against Olympiacos brought not one but two injuries for Ernesto Valverde's squad. The FC Barcelona medical services have confirmed that Sergi Roberto and André Gomes will be out of action for between 3-5 weeks. The Catalan midfielder was replaced against the Greeks just before the break in the Georgios Karaiskasis and test have confirmed that he has a hamstring strain in his right leg and will be out for around five weeks. The injury comes just at the wrong time for Sergi Roberto as he has been an important part of Valverde's squad so far this season with 14 appearances in 15 matches in La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. André Gomes came on against Olympiacos with just 15 minutes to go to replace Denis Suárez and picked up a thigh injury in hi...
Barcelona ‘To Bid For Monaco Midfielder Thomas Lemar’
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Barcelona ‘To Bid For Monaco Midfielder Thomas Lemar’

The Daily Telegraph report that Barca are showing interest in the France international as they face having to reshape their midfield next summer. They are looking for a long term replacement for Andres Iniesta, and with their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho continuing to be frustrated by Liverpool, are now considering Lemar instead. Arsenal almost signed Lemar on transfer deadline day in the summer for a club record £90million, and although the deal fell through the Gunners remain keen. There is a complication, however, in that Arsenal were only able to bid £90m after accepting a bid for Alexis Sanchez, which also fell through. Sanchez is set to leave on a free next summer, along with Mesut Ozil, with both showing little inclination to extend contracts that expire in 2018. The situation l...
Max Allegri Confessed To Being “Disappointed” With Juventus
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Max Allegri Confessed To Being “Disappointed” With Juventus

A victory here would’ve secured their qualification for the Round of 16, but after Bruno Cesar opened the scoring for the hosts, Gonzalo Higuain snatched a late equaliser. “It’s disappointing, as we had the chance to seal qualification and we didn’t do it. Now we’ve got Barcelona and then Olympiakos, so it’s all still up in the air,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium. “I am disappointed because the first half was ugly, the second was better, and we were a bit too chaotic. We should’ve been more organised. “We’ll keep the result tonight, which was the only good thing about the performance, really. “It was all so simple, we had to win here and then it’d all be done, we would be qualified. Evidently this team needs to feel fear in order to perform. It’s all still open, we have to go to Athens...
Gonzalo Higuain: “The Important Thing Was Not To Lose”
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Gonzalo Higuain: “The Important Thing Was Not To Lose”

Bruno Cesar had put the hosts in front, but the Bianconeri fought back to equalise with a late Higuain dinked finish over the goalkeeper. “It was tough. Barcelona won here with an own goal, they started strong and it’s an important point. Now we need to recover and prepare for Sunday,” Pipita told Mediaset Premium. “The important thing was not to lose against a great side, we still have a three-point advantage over them and hope to secure qualification in the next two rounds. “I always try my best to help the team. We picked up an important point in a difficult arena.”
Ramos: “Winning LaLiga From Eight Points Back Is Possible”
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Ramos: “Winning LaLiga From Eight Points Back Is Possible”

Sergio Ramos spoke to Onda Cero's El Transistor radio show and spoke about Real Madrid's loss to girona on Sunday and the possibility of coming back from eight points behind Barcelona in LaLiga. "It's true that the mood is not pleasant, it's not good, because when you are at a club like ours we are not used to losing many games. You don't really get used to this feeling but it's true that you have to accept in but in a bittersweet way, but not too sweet, especially knowing our objectives like winning LaLiga. We can't give up points on the way and when you drop one, or three like we have in this instance, it hurts," he said. In terms of analysis after the game, Ramos says, "The normal thing, when you win, is that you talk more and other issues are raised about things but Sunday's circumst...
Ernesto Valverde Jokes About Neymar’s Possible Return To Barcelona
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Ernesto Valverde Jokes About Neymar’s Possible Return To Barcelona

The Barça coach, who spent three years coaching the Greek side, was questioned on Neymar's visit to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper over the weekend to catch up with his old teammates. It's led to reports that the Brazilian already regrets his decision to leave Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and Valverde was asked if he'd take him back. "Neymar to return!?" he said before offering a smile. "What a question... I always like these questions. People like to try and push me to say something." More seriously, he added: "Let’s see what happens in the future but what am I going to say? I think it’s best if I say nothing really…"
PSG Coach Emery Denies Reports Neymar Is Disengaged At video Sessions
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PSG Coach Emery Denies Reports Neymar Is Disengaged At video Sessions

Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has denied reports that Neymar is disengaged during video review sessions. The Brazil superstar is set to return to the PSG line-up, having been forced to sit out last Friday's 3-0 home win over Nice after being sent off during a 2-2 draw at Marseille the previous weekend. The €222 million man has scored 10 times in 11 matches since arriving from Barcelona in August but recent questions have been raised over his commitment to the collective for the Ligue 1 leaders. Speaking at a pre-match news conference, Emery refuted such suggestions and denied reports Neymar doesn't pay attention during video session with his team-mates. "Neymar came here with the desire and motivation to work together with the club," he said. "He has all the qualities needed,...

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