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Sevilla’s Rakitic matches Kanoute and Dirnei’s feat against Real Madrid
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Sevilla’s Rakitic matches Kanoute and Dirnei’s feat against Real Madrid

The Croatia international became the third Los Nervionenses player to score and assist against Los Blancos in a league game Ivan Rakitic has equalled Frederic Kanoute and Renato Dirnei’s Sevilla record against Real Madrid. The 33-year-old Croatian midfielder set up Fernando before finding the net in Sunday’s 2-2 La Liga draw with Zinedine Zidane’s men.
We would find a place for Messi!’ – Rakitic jokes about Barcelona star joining him at Sevilla
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We would find a place for Messi!’ – Rakitic jokes about Barcelona star joining him at Sevilla

The 32-year-old has made the return to Sevilla after six years at Barcelona and wants his old team-mate to join him Ivan Rakitic joked Sevilla could find a place for Lionel Messi if the superstar decided to leave Barcelona. Rakitic, 32, has returned to Sevilla after a successful six-year spell at Barcelona, where he won four La Liga titles and a Champions League crown among numerous other trophies. Messi could also sensationally leave Camp Nou after telling the club he wants to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to make a free transfer, though the club insist that option is no longer valid and La Liga are taking their side.
Ivan Rakitic Set To Reunite With Sevilla
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Ivan Rakitic Set To Reunite With Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic is poised to seal a move away from Barcelona and return to Sevilla after an agreement was reached between the two sides. The midfielder was largely restricted to substitute appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, starting just 22 of his 42 outings in all competitions, and has been linked with a Sevilla reunion for some time. According to Spanish news outlet Marca, an agreement between Barcelona and Sevilla has been reached and the deal is done. The move is subject to Rakitic passing a medical, which he is currently in the process of completing. The Croatian international initially left Sevilla for Barcelona in 2014 after captaining the side to Europa League success that season. He sealed an €18m move to Camp Nou, and would go on to win four La Liga titles, ...
Rakitic wants ‘clarity’ over Barcelona future
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Rakitic wants ‘clarity’ over Barcelona future

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy, but he says he would prefer to remain at Camp Nou for the time being Ivan Rakitic is seeking clarity over his future at Barcelona amid ongoing rumours linking him with a summer move. The Croatian midfielder was reportedly offered the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain last summer as part of a deal that would have seen Neymar return to Spain, and he is said to be a potential target for Italian sides Inter and Juventus. The 32-year-old’s contract at Camp Nou expires in 2021 and he has lost his regular place in the first-team this season, having started just 10 of the 21 La Liga games in which he has featured. Although he would prefer to stay with the Spanish giants for at least another year, he says he is open to o...
Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team
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Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team

The Croatian midfielder has no plans to walk out the Camp Nou exit door before his current contract expires next year Ivan Rakitic has attempted to quash speculation over his future by insisting he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits that he has found a lack of regular playing time frustrating in 2019-20. Rakitic completed a €18 million (£16m/$19m) move to Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014 and has since racked up 299 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. The Croatia international has picked up four La Liga titles and a Champions League winners' medal during that period, establishing himself as one of Europe's top midfielders in the process.
Rakitic laughs off Barcelona exit talk despite approaching final 12 months of contract
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Rakitic laughs off Barcelona exit talk despite approaching final 12 months of contract

The Croatia international midfielder has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou for some time, but he claims to be happy with the Liga giants Ivan Rakitic has laughed off the latest round of rumours regarding his Barcelona future, with the Croatian adamant that he is not looking for a move. Transfer talk is nothing new for the 32-year-old midfielder, especially as he is now approaching the final 12 months of his current contract. He has paid little attention to the speculation in the past, amid talk of interest from the likes of Sevilla and Inter, and will not be altering that stance any time soon. Having been at Camp Nou since 2014, with 299 appearances for the Blaugrana, Rakitic insists he is happy in his current surroundings.
Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions
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Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions

Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona must be named champions if the season is abandoned. The Catalans sit top of the table as things stand with the season on hold due to the coronavirus, and the Croatian says their work so far this season should be valued. "We all want to play again and to win the league by playing," the midfielder told Movistar Plus. "But I also understand that if we can't come back, the season will have to end. "If we're first, then we have to be the champions." Players have been training alone from their respective homes throughout the quarantine period, but Rakitic is missing his usual habits. "It's already costing me a bit," he added. "I really want to touch the ball again, to feel the grass and the group work. "I want to continue working with the ne...
Ex-AC Milan chief Mirabelli: Rakitic deal so close; I learned so much
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Ex-AC Milan chief Mirabelli: Rakitic deal so close; I learned so much

Former AC Milan chief Massimiliano Mirabelli has revealed how close he came to signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. At the time, Rakitic was in talks over a new deal at Camp Nou. Mirabelli told calciomercato.com: "I will reveal something that I have never told anyone before. "When I worked for Milan, I went to Barcelona to try and sign Ivan Rakitic. He was negotiating a new contract with Barça and I was hoping he would listen to other offers for his future. "We got to his place and from the garage a lift took us up to his house. He was excited, he told me that if he didn't renew with Barcelona, he would seriously have considered our offer. "That chat marked me. I met a champion who had nothing other than football in his head. His daily life is built around his sporting...
Barcelona offering Lautaro Martinez €49M deal to quit Inter Milan
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Barcelona offering Lautaro Martinez €49M deal to quit Inter Milan

Barcelona are willing to offer Lautaro Martinez a massive contract to tempt him from Inter Milan. Tuttosport reports Barça are willing to offer Argentina international Lautaro, who has been given the thumbs up from his Albiceleste teammate Leo Messi, a seven-year deal with an annual wage of €7m - €3m more than the renewal offer he has on the table from Inter. The contract will consist of a five-year fixed arrangement with the option of two additional seasons until 2027. Inter have resigned themselves to the loss of the in-demand striker this summer, with his agent Alberto Yaqué admitting that he is in contact with other clubs. Inter won't just hand Lautaro away and his minimum release clause of €111m can only be activated until the middle of July. Inter won't budge on that valu...
Neymar’s Move To Barca Is Now Officially OFF As He Has Agreed To Stay At PSG
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Neymar’s Move To Barca Is Now Officially OFF As He Has Agreed To Stay At PSG

NEYMAR will stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club failed to agree a deal with Barcelona, according to reports. The Catalan giants were hopeful of completing a deal worth up to £236million before the deadline on September 2. That move included £182m in cash plus Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo, as well as Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan. But the deal remained hugely complicated with speculation that Dembele had no desire to spend the year in Paris with the French giants. And according to Sky Sports, PSG have pulled the plug on any move after Neymar agreed to "fulfil the remainder of his contract and commitments." Last night PSG sporting director Leonardo hinted that a move had hit a snag because the terms "didn't suit" them. He said: "Our position on a potentia...
Barcelona Offer £90m Plus 2 Players For Neymar
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Barcelona Offer £90m Plus 2 Players For Neymar

Barcelona have made a £90m offer plus two players for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Sky in Germany. The La Liga club have given PSG a list of six players that could be included in the deal, including Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, and Malcom. The identity of the sixth player is not yet known. It is understood the French club want over £200m for the 27-year-old. Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Neymar had told PSG he wanted to leave, while their manager Thomas Tuchel admitted on Wednesday that he knew the Brazilian was keen on an exit before the Copa America. PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week that Neymar could leave PSG “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, while also confirming “superficial contac...
Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout
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Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout

Premier League clubs are on red alert as it emerges Barcelona are planning a £220m-plus clearout this summer. Mundo Deportivo says Manchester United, Chelsea, ArsePhilippe Coutinho nal and Tottenham look most likely to profit from the major clear-out, with the most high-profile name on the list. Ivan Rakitic could be the next casualty of the club's clear-out, but Barcelona legend Rivaldo has also urged the star to snub a move and stay at the Nou Camp. Arsenal and United have been linked to him, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to tie-up a £48m move to replace the departing Ander Herrera. Malcom has fallen out of favour under coach Ernesto Valverde, making just 12 league appearances last season, but Barca will still demand £45m for the Arsenal and Spurs target. Andre Gom...
Rivaldo Speaks on Rakitic Move from Barcelona to Man United this Summer
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Rivaldo Speaks on Rakitic Move from Barcelona to Man United this Summer

Former Barcelona star and Brazil legend, Rivaldo, has urged midfielder, Ivan Rakitic to snub a move to Manchester United this summer’s transfer window. Rakitic has drawn interest from Man United in recent days with Barcelona placing a £48 million price tag for the Croatia international. But Rivaldo has now advised the 31-year-old to reject a move to Old Trafford and extend his stay with the La Liga champions. “There are rumours circulating about Ivan Rakitic possibly going to Manchester United but, while United is a big club with great tradition, I think the Croatian still has enough football to keep playing for Barcelona, as he is a great player,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “United are passing through a bad moment, but their tradition is huge and any big player would like to pl...
Rakitic Set To Leave Barcelona Because This Happened
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Rakitic Set To Leave Barcelona Because This Happened

Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, is set to leave the club in this summer’s transfer window after captain, Lionel Messi, convinced the club’s board to sign Ajax midfielder, Frenkie de Jong. According to Dario GOL, the 31 year old branded Messi a ‘betrayer’ after the Argentine captain moved for De Jong, 22, to take Rakitic’s position next season at the club. The Spanish newspaper claimed that Rakitic, who has spent five years at Nou Camp, has also told his Croatia team-mate, Luka Modric, that Messi keeps interfering in making transfer decisions at the club. Rakitic has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan and Manchester United respectively in recent weeks. Speaking on his future at Barcelona, Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo last week: “I cannot explain where this infor...
Barcelona Suffer Injury blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash
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Barcelona Suffer Injury blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash

Barcelona have been handed a significant injury blow ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi final trip to Liverpool on Tuesday. Their key player, Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out to injury. Barca head to Anfield with a 3-0 advantage from the first-leg in Catalonia. Dembele was forced off during their 2-0 loss to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Barcelona confirmed after the game the 21-year-old has a hamstring problem. However, Ernesto Valverde’s men will be well rested for their trip to England as their entire starting XI from their first leg victory did not participate in the defeat against Celta Vigo. First team stars such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and ...
Barcelona’s Gameplan Against Liverpool Revealed
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Barcelona’s Gameplan Against Liverpool Revealed

Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic has revealed their gameplan against Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi final clash on Wednesday. The Croat said his side knows exactly what to expect from Jurgen Klopp’s men. Liverpool have scored 18 goals in their last six games, including a 6-1 aggregate thrashing of Porto in the quarter-final ahead of their trip to Camp Nou. Rakitic had played against Klopp’s teams during his time playing for Schalke in the German Bundesliga. And the midfielder admits Barcelona cannot allow the Liverpool forward line to start wreaking havoc. Talking about Klopp, Rakitic told Echo, “I really, really respect him as a coach. “I loved playing against his teams. “He has always had really organised, really tight teams. You can ...
Champions League: Barcelona’s Squad Against Lyon Revealed
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Champions League: Barcelona’s Squad Against Lyon Revealed

Barcelona have released their line-up that will tackle Lyon on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at Camp Nou Stadium. Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 20 players through the club’s official website. Valverde’s men head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Lyon in the first leg encounter played last month. Below is the Barcelona squad against Lyon: Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen. Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet, Jeison Murillo, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti. Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Carles Aleñá. Forwards...
Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game
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Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game

Barcelona vs Sevilla: Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona vs Sevilla game ended 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller that never looked like ending in anything other than a home win. Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi’s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement after the Barcelona vs Sevilla game read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.” It means Messi will also miss the Champi...
Neymar Wants To Return To Barca
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Neymar Wants To Return To Barca

Neymar regrets his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG and is desperate to return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season, according to a new report in Spain. Mundo Deportivo claims that the Brazilian has offered to rejoin the Spanish giants ‘several times’ already and that a big-money deal is ‘not impossible’. Neymar is said to have grown tired with life in Paris and wants to move back to Barcelona – and be reunited with Lionel Messi. Mundo Deportivo say that his relationship with the Argentine is a key factor, as are his friendships with the likes of Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic. Neymar is said to regard Barca as ‘his club’ and he has not been motivated by playing in Ligue 1, with PSG already eight points clear at the top of the table. The French champions were easily beaten by Re...
England Can Compete With Croatia’s Modric, Insists Rcalled Barkley
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England Can Compete With Croatia’s Modric, Insists Rcalled Barkley

Barkley had to watch from afar as Real Madrid’s Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic outclassed England’s midfield in a 2-1 World Cup semi-final win for Croatia in Moscow. Three months on, the two sides meet again in the Nations League on Friday and Barkley is just one of a host of young midfielders drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad looking to make an impact. At 24 and with 22 caps under his belt, Barkley is a senior figure compared to many of his new team-mates. Leicester’s James Maddison, and teenagers Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho have all received their first call-ups. And Barkley believes the future is bright with England’s youth teams excelling along with the senior side’s run to a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. “It’ll be a challenge. You saw in the World Cup how gre...
Neymar Returns To Barcelona, Meets Ex Team Mates
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Neymar Returns To Barcelona, Meets Ex Team Mates

Neymar was given a hero’s welcome as the now-Paris Saint-Germain star headed back to Barcelona to see his old team-mates. The Brazilian star, 26, took some time away from his PSG duties as he met up with Luis Suarez, Rafinha, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Neymar left the Nou Camp last summer in a world-record £198million deal, but is clearly still loved by his former team-mates. The PSG superstar posted a series of images on social media as he got reacquainted up with the Barcelona superstars. Captioning a picture of himself and Rakitic, Neymar said: “I’m glad to see you, mate.” To Barca stopper Ter-Stegen, he wrote: “Did you miss me, haha.” And to his former partner in crime up front, Suarez, Neymar said: “Missed you brother.”
Ivan Rakitic Ready To Play In The Copa del Rey Final
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Ivan Rakitic Ready To Play In The Copa del Rey Final

The Croatian had his hand operated on after suffering a finger fracture but on Thursday was able to train normally after missing the last couple of matches, ahead of Saturday's clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Valverde will be able to take his whole squad to Madrid on Saturday and pick from everyone for the game. Rakitic has been absent since sustaining the injury against Roma in the Champions League.
Chelsea Not Just About Eden Hazard – Ivan Rakitic
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Chelsea Not Just About Eden Hazard – Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is wary of Eden Hazard, but warned his team there was more to Chelsea than just the star attacker. The La Liga leaders visit Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. Hazard, who has scored six goals in his past six games, shapes as being a major threat to Barca. But while Rakitic is aware of the Belgium international’s talent, he said his team could not afford to simply focus on Hazard. “For me, he is [world class],” the Croatian told a news conference. “He’s maybe the most important player for Chelsea, but we know Chelsea are not only Hazard. “For sure, we have to be ready to stop him, we know he’s really fast and goes one against one. His last games, he’s in very good form so we have to be read...
Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi
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Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi

Nigeria and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, is looking forward to Super Eagles repeating the sensational defeat of South America power-house, Argentina, when both countries meet in their group stage game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Last November in Krasnodar, Russia, the three-time African champions pulled a stunning 4-2 defeat of Argentina in an international friendly. Iwobi, 21, who scored a brace in that game, similarly got the winning goal that qualified Nigeria for the World Cup against Zambia in Uyo last October. Although Nigeria’s victory was attributed to the absence of Argentina’s inspirational forward, Lionel Messi, Iwobi told BBC yesterday that Eagles are capable of an encore in summer. “Argentina were missing their star man (Lionel) Messi, but we were also missing s...
Rakitic: Messi Is The Best Of All Time
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Rakitic: Messi Is The Best Of All Time

Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo, but insists that Messi is the best of all time. Ronaldo claimed his fifth Golden Ball on Thursday, to level with Messi on the number of awards won. And even though Rakitic respects the Madrid star, he stands with his teammate, who he believes is the best. “You already know my opinion and I have a lot of respect for Cristiano, who is one of the best in history,” the Croatia international said, via Mundo Deportivo, after a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday. “But he has played with the best player in history, which is Leo Messi. There is only one number one, Messi. “Those who come behind are unlucky enough to have coincided with him.”
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...
Cries Of Freedom As Barca Continue Record-Breaking Run
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Cries Of Freedom As Barca Continue Record-Breaking Run

Barcelona continued their record-breaking start to a La Liga season by beating Sevilla 2-1 thanks to Paco Alcacer’s double on Saturday in an atmosphere at the Camp Nou marked by the political upheaval in Catalonia. A huge Catalan flag and banners reading “justice” in Catalan and English were displayed before kick-off after eight ministers of the Catalan government deposed by Madrid were detained pending a possible trial for their roles in the drive for Catalan independence. Loud cries of “freedom” also rang around Europe’s largest stadium sporadically throughout the 90 minutes. Two other banners reading “Freedom for political prisoners” and “Europe shame on you” were held up by the Barca singing section behind one of the goals. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde last week joked such ...
Lionel Messi’s Message After His Exhibition Against Juventus
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Lionel Messi’s Message After His Exhibition Against Juventus

Messi was not only scorer of two goals, but he also created the other one for Ivan Rakitic, his cross was not cleared properly and was thumped home by the Croatian. The Argentine, who beat Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in four meetings, also hit the post. After the game, Messi wrote on social media, in Spanish and in English: "Great night and a good result to begin our European journey."
Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes
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Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes

Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned a collapse in the defensive standards that humbled Barcelona five months ago following Juventus' 3-0 Champions League Group D defeat at Camp Nou. Juve shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season's quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust proposition this time around. A brilliant Lionel Messi goal put the hosts in front towards the end of a first half as even as the second period was one-sided. Messi created Ivan Rakitic's goal and helped himself to another as a Juve defence without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and still adjusting to life without Leonardo Bonucci provided increasingly flimsy resistance. "We played a good first half but when...
Messi Is Awarded As All Football Player Of The Week
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Messi Is Awarded As All Football Player Of The Week

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help see off Espanyol in the Catalan derby and take Barcelona top of La Liga. Messi collected Ivan Rakitic's pass before curling in the opening goal and added a second from close range following Jordi Alba's pull-back. The Argentina forward completed his 38th Barcelona hat-trick when he finished off from another Alba cross.
Lionel Messi  Showed Once More Against Espanyol On Saturday, He Is The M, S And N
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Lionel Messi Showed Once More Against Espanyol On Saturday, He Is The M, S And N

The Catalan club may be creaking with discontent off the pitch with the board but Messi provided the perfect remedy on it with a virtuoso performance, grabbing three goals in a comprehensive win. First a dribble and clinical finish, then he slid home another and guided a third into the corner as he helped put four points between them and Real. Luis Suarez may have also got on the scoresheet but the night was all about Messi once again. There was also good news in midfield where Ernesto Valverde appears to be getting the best out of Ivan Rakitic following a disappointing last season and he was ever-present, driving forward and providing a good link-up for Messi. New signing Ousmane Dembele may have had pressure on his shoulders but he did not show it during the half hour he was given and...
Barcelona Midfielder Rakitic Ruled Out Of Croatia’s Key World Cup Qualifier
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Barcelona Midfielder Rakitic Ruled Out Of Croatia’s Key World Cup Qualifier

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has suffered an injury that has ruled him out of Croatia's World Cup qualifier in Turkey on Tuesday.Rakitic appeared in the 1-0 home win over Kosovo that was played over two days due to a waterlogged pitch, but was substituted in the second half.Head coach Ante Cacic revealed after the match the 29-year-old had thigh pain in both legs.Rakitic will consequently miss the key tie in Eskisehir due to an injury described as "slight", with Cacic keen not to risk worsening the problem.Croatia are top of a closely contested Group I, two points clear of Ukraine and a further one ahead of Iceland. Turkey are five adrift in fourth.Barcelona are back in action with a Liga derby against Espanyol on Saturday.
Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover
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Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Spanish football season’s opening act in the Super Cup, first leg on Sunday (2000GMT) needing to dispel doubts they have fallen further behind their rivals following Neymar’s departure. The Brazilian’s world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain just days before the start of the campaign deprives a Barca side that missed out to Madrid for the Spanish title for the first time in five years last season one of their most dangerous weapons. Barca’s immediate attempts to find a replacement in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund have so far fallen short. New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde therefore has a tactical conundrum on his Camp Nou bow to fill the void alongside Lionel Messi and Luis S...
Barcelona To Activate Asensio’s Release Clause
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Barcelona To Activate Asensio’s Release Clause

Barcelona are ready to pull off a big coup, by triggering Marco Asensio’s release clause. According to Diario Gol, Barca are considering a swoop for Asensio, who plays for their arch-rivals, Real Madrid and are prepared to meet his £72million buy-out clause. The Catalans continue to explore several options, as they prepare to put the money generated by Neymar’s record-breaking sale to Paris Saint-Germain to good use. Their chase of Liverpool playmaker, Philippe Coutinho, is dragging on with the Reds refusing to do business at any price. Barcelona have already seen two bids rejected and there are speculations that they may include midfielder Ivan Rakitic is a third offer for Coutinho.
Barcelona Star Ivan Rakitic Turns Captain Jack Sparrow
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Barcelona Star Ivan Rakitic Turns Captain Jack Sparrow

If we did not tell you which footballer was dressed as a pirate in the pictures below, you could probably travel to World's End searching for the answer and still not find it. On Sunday evening, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic shared a very unusual set of pictures on social media. They showed him dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, complete with bandana, eyeliner and long black wig. He wrote on Instagram: 'When Althea and mum get bored, they change papi into Jack Sparrow' - referencing his wife and four-year-old daughter. His wife, Raquel Mauri, also posted the pictures of her husband to her personal Instagram page. She wrote: 'Sunday afternoons with model papi, we become pirates' - indicating this might not even be the first time.
The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid
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The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid

Neymar's €222 million (£198m) release clause was supposed to be prohibitive, but PSG have paid it. And that begs the question: who else might be ripe for a mega transfer? Spanish clubs are really the only ones who deal in release clauses at such a high level, so what are the top players of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly available for? Note: None of these amounts are officially revealed by the clubs and are based on reports. BARCELONA Source: Sport The superstars Lionel Messi - €300m Luis Suarez - €200m Gerard Pique - €200m Sergio Busquets - €200m Andres Iniesta - €200m Worth a bid Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - €200m Rafinha Alcantara - €75m Samuel Umtiti - €60m Lucas Digne - €60m Sergi Roberto - €40m Gerard Deulofeu - €35m Too much money Jordi Alba - ...

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