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LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Reveals How they can win title this Season
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LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Reveals How they can win title this Season

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has said they need four wins in LaLiga to win the title. The Catalans play Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday, knowing they will climb above them with a victory. However, their dreams of winning the league also depends on Real Madrid dropping points. Barca and Madrid are both on 74 points, but Zinedine Zidane’s men will win the title if the two sides finish level, thanks to their superior head-to-head record. But Laporta said: “I said before the weekend that if we win all five remaining games, we’re convinced we will win the league. “Now it’s four wins to win the title.” After Atletico, Barca finish the campaign with matches against Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar.
Messi ‘Offered 10-year Barcelona Contract’ for half Salary
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Messi ‘Offered 10-year Barcelona Contract’ for half Salary

Barcelona have offered Lionel Messi a new 10-year contract on half of his current salary, according to Deportes Cuatro. The club’s president, Joan Laporta, is desperate to keep the 33-year-old whose deal runs out at the end of this season. Messi is believed to be attracting interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. However, with Laporta back at the helm of the Spanish giants, the chances of Messi staying in Spain have increased significantly. But Messi will have to halve his current wages if he agrees and Barcelona are prepared to extend his terms by 10 years in a bid to cover his losses. That does not necessarily mean that the Argentine will stay at Barcelona, with the agreement also stating that the player wants a spell in the MLS after two years, when his...
LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves
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LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves

  Barcelona great, Andres Iniesta, has said “Barca without Leo is no longer Barca”, as he expressed his eagerness for Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Messi is out of contract at the Nou Camp in June and his future remains in doubt. However, there is cause for optimism, as the 33-year-old has a good relationship with new president Joan Laporta. Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Vissel Kobe, has admitted he wants to see Messi stay. He said, “My desire and I believe that of all Barca fans is that Leo can stay at Barcelona until he retires. “Barça without Leo is no longer Barça.”
Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona
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Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona

  Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, on Sunday arrived in Barcelona from Argentina, ESPN reports. It is understood that Messi Sr. plans to fly to Italy this week to handle some “personal issues” and that no talks have yet been scheduled with Barca. A meeting with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not yet been ruled out, but no date has been agreed on to begin negotiations over a potential new deal for Messi. Messi’s current contract expires in June and the 33-year-old has said that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision. Laporta, speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao, said he was “convinced” the Argentine would remain at Camp Nou. The Barca president is putting the finishing touches to the...
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...
Details of the first official meeting between Barcelona and Haaland’s representatives
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Details of the first official meeting between Barcelona and Haaland’s representatives

Breaking reports from ESPN claim that Barcelona has officially made the first move towards initiating the transfer of young starlet Erling Haaland to the Catalan club. While rumours of the transfer have been afloat for a long time, increasingly reliable reports are now claiming that a physical meeting has taken place. Club president Joan Laporta has met with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and his agent Mino Raiola in Barcelona. The meeting was not centred around any concrete agreements but rather to discuss the possibility of a transfer. According to Albert Roge, talks between Laporta, Barca’s new sporting director, Mateu Alemany, and Raiola went positively. The club reaffirmed their intention of signing Haaland, convinced that his salary would not be an issue. Laporta views Haal...
Erling Haaland’s Agent, Mino Raiola & Father Arrive In Barcelona For Talks
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Erling Haaland’s Agent, Mino Raiola & Father Arrive In Barcelona For Talks

Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland's father Alfie Haaland, and agent Mino Raiola have arrived in Spain for Barcelona talks. Haaland is expected to become a player in demand by many clubs at the end of the season. He has now scored 49 goals for Borussia Dortmund since he arrived from RB Salzburg. Clubs like Chelsea, PSG, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Manchester City are all interested in signing the 20-year-old. However, Barcelona's new president Joan Laporta has now taken the first step by meeting Haaland’s representatives in Spain today. Haaland's agent and father arrived in Barcelona in the early hours of today and were picked up by Barcelona staffs from the airport. Mino Raiola, Alfie Haaland, and Joan Laporta held a two hours meeting to discuss the plans ...
Guardiola Takes Decision on Signing Messi as Aguero Departs
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Guardiola Takes Decision on Signing Messi as Aguero Departs

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has abandoned his pursuit of Lionel Messi and the whole episode is now seen as “case closed”, according to Sport. ManCity has been seen as favourites to be Messi’s next club, should he make an emotional exit from the Nou Camp this summer. Messi tried to force his way out last summer, but under new manager Ronald Koeman and the returning president Joan Laporta, he appeared to be enjoying his football once more and looked set to stay. City was keen on signing Messi last summer but “they are throwing in the towel, convinced that the Argentine will renew with Barca”. Instead, Guardiola will now look to either Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane to replace the departing Sergio Aguero. The Etihad club confirmed on Monday that all...
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...
LaLiga Opens up on Threatening to Relegate Barcelona
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LaLiga Opens up on Threatening to Relegate Barcelona

  LaLiga has denied threatening to relegate Barcelona if the club elects a new president before depositing a mandatory €125m bank guarantee. Barcelona presidential candidate, Toni Freixa, claimed on Thursday that he and the other candidates, Joan Laporta and Victor Font, were informed by then acting president Carles Tusquets about the demand. The bank guarantee, which has to be ratified by LaLiga, is a way of protecting the club against being run irresponsibly. Freixa, who is a lawyer, also claimed he met with LaLiga president Javier Tebas in October, to discuss removing the rule of having the bank guarantee. LaLiga has however denied there was any contact between Tebas and Tusquets. It also explained that if the president-elect had not deposited the guarantee, t...
‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi
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‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi

New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at the club, barely hours after he was sworn into office on Wednesday, March 17. He won club elections last week and has returned to the helm of the club 11 years after leaving the post in 2010. With Lionel Messi nearing the end of his contract and rumors of him leaving the club due to his unhappiness at the club, Laporta has now appealed to the Barca star in a speech he made to members. Prior to his speech, Laporta and Messi, were pictured embracing prior to the new president's speech. Speaking to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Laporta said. "In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability," Laporta explained. "...
Barcelona Table Pre-contract Offer for Aguero
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Barcelona Table Pre-contract Offer for Aguero

  Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, has had a pre-contract offer from Barcelona, TyC Sports reports. Aguero’s deal at The Etihad ends on June 30 and he could return to Spain next season. Newly-elected Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, wants to unite Leo Messi with Aguero, his compatriot and friend. Although Messi’s future is still up in the air, if Aguero comes, it could help to convince the Barca captain. “Leo is not guided by money,” said Laporta on various occasions. This season, Aguero has played only 331 across 11 games, as he continued to struggle with injuries.
Laporta Elected Barcelona president for Second time, Speaks on Messi’s Future
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Laporta Elected Barcelona president for Second time, Speaks on Messi’s Future

Joan Laporta was on Sunday elected the new president of Barcelona. He returns to the position he previously held from 2003 to 2010. Laporta won ahead of rival candidates Victor Font and Toni Freixa. The Spanish club called the election on Sunday night, with Laporta winning with 30,184 votes and Font coming in second and Freixa third with 16,679 and 4,769 votes, respectively. Barca said 51,765 out of 109,531 eligible members had voted in the election. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, as well as the club’s former coach and current Spain boss Luis Enrique, all participated in the voting exercise. “I want to thank all the members for coming out to vote what has been the most important election in the club’s history due to [the effects of] the coronavirus pandem...
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...
Laporta Announces Names to Join him at Barcelona if he Wins Elections
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Laporta Announces Names to Join him at Barcelona if he Wins Elections

  Barcelona presidential candidate, Joan Laporta, has officially announced the individuals he will work with should he win the elections. Laporta, a former President of the club, along with vice presidential candidate, Rafael Yuste, revealed the two key additions to their project in a press conference on Thursday evening. Former goalkeeper of the club, Victor Valdes, was one of the names the sports chiefs have chosen to work with. The other is Mateu Alemany. Valdes is currently working as the coach of the youth team but will now have to return to the club if Laporta is elected. Yuste said that Alemany will be a great addition to the club due to his vast knowledge of the game. “Alemany has enormous knowledge of football at all levels. We will be happy to have him ...
Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta
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Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta

  Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has claimed that Lionel Messi “generates more” than he earns. Laporta made these remarks on Monday, a day after Messi’s “colossal” club contract was published in a Spanish newspaper, El Mundo. “Leo generates much more income than the money he costs. “We have done a study and he generates a third of Barca’s total income,” Joan Laporta, who is seeking to regain the presidency, told Rac1 radio. Messi is into the last six months of his current contract. El Mundo had published details of the deal signed in 2017 on Sunday. The report said Messi could have earned 555 million euros by the time the deal expires.
Barcelona Confirm Presidential Election Set For March 7
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Barcelona Confirm Presidential Election Set For March 7

Barcelona's presidential election will be held on March 7, the club confirmed. The club will have a new leader as Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa campaign to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu. The club's election had previously been scheduled for January 24, but the date was pushed back as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Barca has now settled on March 7 as the date the club elects its new president from a field that includes Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa. Members will be able to vote by mail and in person at six polling stations, which will be located at the Camp Nou in Barcelona as well as in Girona, Tarragona, Tortosa, Lleida, and Andorra.Barca The club said in a statement: "In accordance with the agreements of the Management Committee, dated Jan...
Messi backed to renew Barcelona contract with ‘no trouble’
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Messi backed to renew Barcelona contract with ‘no trouble’

The Catalans former leader believes their star will have no issues staying at Camp Nou Lionel Messi will "have no trouble" signing a contract extension at Barcelona, according to the club's former president Joan Laporta. Messi's future at Camp Nou has been a talking point amid turmoil at Barcelona, where the star is contracted until 2021. The Argentina international can leave the La Liga giants for free at the end of any season, sparking even further speculation over his future.
Ex-Barcelona President Reveal Why Barcelona Won’t Sign Griezmann again
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Ex-Barcelona President Reveal Why Barcelona Won’t Sign Griezmann again

Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has claimed Antoine Griezmann would no longer be welcomed at the club, because he “played games” on the transfer front. Last year, it appeared Griezmann was poised to move to the Nou Camp. The France winger then made a dramatic u-turn, airing his intention to remain with Atletico Madrid during an infamous video reveal. Talk of Barca retaining an interest in the 28-year-old has rumbled on from that point, with another approach mooted for 2019, but Laporta believes a loyal fan base have moved on. “They will decide what they think is best, but I think that most of the fans don’t want him. “This is mostly because of the price being quoted, I think it’s inflated, there are other players with great potential who can play Griezmann’s po...
I May Tell Truth About 2008 Barcelona Link One Day – Jose Mourinho
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I May Tell Truth About 2008 Barcelona Link One Day – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he will “one day tell the truth” about his potential move to Barcelona that fell through in 2008. In 2013, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that Mourinho had wanted to coach the club after leaving Chelsea. He emerged as a possible replacement for Frank Rijkaard but instead joined Inter Milan after Barca decided Pep Guardiola was better suited to the job. And speaking to Telefoot, he said: “Maybe one day I’ll be able to reveal the truth. No, no [not today]. “These are things in my career which I prefer to keep to myself. Maybe I will reveal them one day, when I will be old, old, old. Maybe.” In 2013, Laporta said Mourinho “wanted to come to Barcelona, but it wasn’t possible because we had decided to sign Guardio...
Barcelona’s Chief Negotiator Quits The Club
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Barcelona’s Chief Negotiator Quits The Club

Until now, Sanllehi had been the director of football and in charge of negotiations when it came to signing new players. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu will present a new sporting structure in the next general assembly, which will see the role of negotiator with other clubs and the likes of UEFA and FIFA be absolved into another position. In the new set-up, Pep Segura will continue as general manager, Robert Fernandez will stay on as technical secretary and both Jordi Mestre and Albert Soler are expected to remain as vice-president and sporting director, respectively. After 15 years of service in various roles, Sanllehi has decided to leave the club of his own volition having seen that he would not fit into the new system. The Catalan wanted to make sure that his departure was on ...
Barcelona Board Receives Vote Of No Confidence From Benedito
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Barcelona Board Receives Vote Of No Confidence From Benedito

Former Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito has lodged a vote of no confidence against the club’s current board. Benedito appeared in a news conference on Thursday to make the announcement, citing continued mismanagement at the top level by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell. “The serious institutional crisis at our club requires that the club’s members assess whether the current board still has our confidence,” he said. “If you are a club member and believe that to restore the club we love the board should resign, join up with the will of many other fans by signing the vote of no confidence.” To take the vote of no confidence to the next stage, Benedito needs the support of 15 percent of the club’s members within 14 days, which he esti...

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