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    Piers Morgan claimed that 'even Messi knows' that Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest footballer in history after sharing a hilarious picture on Thursday night. Ronaldo took part in Portugal's World Cup opener with Ghana and made history by becoming the first player ever to score in five consecutive World Cup competitions. As the 37-year-old celebrated with his trademark 'SIU' celebration, he wandered in-front of a banner featuring his Argentinian counterpart and Morgan took the opportunity to share the moment with a cleverly worded caption. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated in-front of a Lionel Messi banner after scoring against Ghana Piers Morgan (R) was quick to suggest 'Messi knows' Ronaldo is the best player of all time Taking to his social media on Thursday, Morgan wrote: 'Even Messi knows' with a goat emoji added at the end to represent the acronym; greatest of all time.  Veteran forward Ronaldo netted from the spot just after the hour mark to break the deadlock against Ghana in their first group game on Thursday evening.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Cristiano Ronaldo...
    RAHEEM STERLING was pictured on a zipwire while visiting his birthplace Jamaica this week. And his gradual slide downwards from the very top reflects how the striker’s time at Manchester City has gone over the last 16 months. 1The most goal contributions for Pep Guardiola teams Accepting Chelsea’s offer — which could hit £55million — for the England international is a sound business move from the Etihad hierarchy. Factor in Sterling’s £300,000-a-week wages as well and the difference between selling him now and letting him walk away for nothing next summer is about £70m! It would have gone against club policy to allow such a valuable asset to drift into the final 12 months of his contract. But even so, allowing Sterling to join a top-four rival represents something of a gamble by Pep Guardiola. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES LATEST Chelsea 'submitting £14m Cristiano Ronaldo BID', new home kit REVEALFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners As recently as February, the City boss admitted how pivotal the 27-year-old has been to the...
    ACHRAF HAKIMI is reportedly looking to QUIT Paris Saint-Germain after falling out with Lionel Messi and Neymar. Journalist Daniel Riolo claims the flying full-back is ‘fed up and wants to leave’ as PSG’s South American stars ‘don’t speak with him’. 2Achraf Hakimi is looking to quit PSG after just one seasonCredit: Splash 2Hakimi is reportedly not talking to PSG's South American stars including Lionel Messi and NeymarCredit: AFP Hakimi, 23, only joined the French side from Inter Milan last summer for £55million. The former Real Madrid star rejected advances from Chelsea in order to sign for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. But Hakimi has struggled to replicate last season’s form, scoring three goals in 32 games. Indeed, the attacking wing-back has come under fire for his lack of contribution in the final third. READ MORE SUN STORIESDEFOE'S DONE Prem goal legend Defoe retires aged 39 as ex-Spurs star calls time on career And Riolo says Hakimi is now going ‘crazy’ at PSG after falling out with Messi, Neymar and other South American teammates. The claims come amid speculation over Messi’s future, with...
    THIS is the incredible moment Barcelona star Pedri left an opponent with his egg on his face and fans stunned with an outrageous nutmeg. The 19-year-old turned on the style as his side romped to a 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the LaLiga. 2Barcelona star Pedri produced an incredible backheel nutmeg against Athletic BilbaoCredit: Twitter 2The moment of madness had the Camp Nou crowd up off their feetCredit: Twitter Barcelona really might have another “Midfielder of the Decade” with Pedri pic.twitter.com/9uym4Nwgd8— FUT Stephen A (@FutStephenA) February 27, 2022 His incredible moment occurred with Barca leading 2-0 going into the final ten minutes of the clash. The midfielder was on the byline and under pressure from Mikel Balenziaga with seemingly nowhere to go. But Pedri made his opponent look silly as he produced a stunning backheel nutmeg to escape him. The Camp Nou was delighted with what they were witnessing as the crowd erupted with applause for the magic they had just witnessed. Even his team-mate Ronaldo Araujo could not believe it as he raised his hands to his head...
    MOROCCO boss Vahid Halilhodzic has declared Hakim Ziyech wouldn't be selected for the national team 'even if his name was Lionel Messi'. The Chelsea wide-man hasn't featured for his country since last June and has been part of an ongoing row with Halilhodzic. 2Ziyech has been banished from Morocco duty for his 'behaviour' not justifying selectionCredit: AFP 2Morocco boss Halihodzic has said Ziyech wouldn't be included 'even if his name is Messi'Credit: AFP Ziyech was not part of the Morocco squad that made it to this year's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals before being dumped out by Mo Salah's Egypt. And the 28-year-old won't be called up again by Halilhodzic any time soon because his 'behaviour' doesn't merit it. His record at international level (16 goals in 35 games) led to questions from reporters after the defeat to Egypt as to why he wasn't playing at Afcon. But Halilhodzic hit back: "The players I have selected are the best in the country. "I don't select a player who can unbalance the group. Not even...
    LIONEL MESSI is not even in the top 50 dribblers in Europe - but Adama Traore is the No1. The Paris Saint-Germain forged a sterling reputation for his dazzling dribbles and mazy runs in the red and blue for Barcelona. 4Adama Traore is the top dribbler in Europe's big-five leagues with 11.24 per 100 minutes 4Lionel Messi did not even make the top 50 but Neymar was fifth on the listCredit: Getty But Messi has struggled for form since his incredible transfer to the French capital in the summer. And according to CIES Football Observatory's latest research, his dribbling stats are way down. Taking into consideration players to make at least 40 dribbles across Europe's big-five leagues, Traore tops the list with a whopping 11.24 per 100 minutes of action. That is more than FOUR dribbles more than second-placed Rafael Leao of AC Milan. And Newcastle's fan-favourite Allan Saint-Maximin joins them on the podium with 7.02. Renne's Kamaldeen Sulemana (6.44) pips PSG superstar Neymar (6.28) with Alphonso Davies (6.14) next on the list as the Bundesliga's only representative....
    BARCELONA have made a better start to this season than last - despite having no Lionel Messi and the pressure mounting on Ronald Koeman. The LaLiga giants strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante at the Nou Camp yesterday. 3Barcelona remain unbeaten after six games this seasonCredit: Getty Memphis Depay scored an early penalty, Luuk de Jong grabbed the second on 14 minutes before the returning Ansu Fati rounded off the scoring in injury time. That win moved Barcelona on to 12 points from six games - three victories and three draws. As well as remaining unbeaten, Barca have scored 11 and conceded five to have a goal difference of +6. The shock back-to-back stalemates against Granada and then away at Cadiz within four days last week meant Koeman was feeling the heat and talk of the sack escalated. They now sit sixth but could climb to third within two points of leaders Real Madrid by winning their game in hand. But compared to last season, it is actually an improvement - despite losing talisman Messi on...
    08/13/2021 at 5:16 PM CEST Sampaoli opposed the arrival of Messi to the French competition. An arrival, which added to that of Sergio Ramos or Achraf, and the already usual Neymar, Mbappé or Verrati, It would make a league that has been growing in recent years less competitive. The Argentine coach was critical of his signing: “It reminds us that power is stronger than justice & rdquor;, he claimed. “Recruiting the best player in the world further increases the gap with other clubs & rdquor ;, added. Greater visibility that does not compensate for Leo’s compatriot: “Everyone will watch Ligue 1 thanks to his presence, but it also means that equity is moving away & rdquor;he explained. “Hopefully Leo has a good time, be happy and enjoy this very competitive, difficult and different contest. For us it will be a special motivation. All eyes will be on here & rdquor ;, he said. “He is a strawberry for the league, he is the best player in the world playing in France,” he...
    LIONEL MESSI could NOT play for Barcelona for free even if he wanted to due to Spanish law. The legendary attacker's contract at Barca expired in June, and the club spent the last few months trying to find a way to re-sign messi within the bounds of their salary cap. 2Messi bid farewell to Barca at the Camp Nou on SundayCredit: GETTY IMAGES But as confirmed on Friday, the club were unsuccessful in their efforts to keep Messi at Barca despite the player being willing to take a 50 per cent wage cut. And now Messi is reportedly set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. Some football fans questioned why Messi didn't just play for Barcelona for free. But European football expert Colin Millar explained why it wouldn't have been possible for Messi to do that. On Twitter, he explained the legal issues behind it: "It would have been legally impossible for Lionel Messi to play for free at Barcelona. "Any new contract is, by Spanish law, required to be a minimum of 50 percent of previous wage (this is...
    MANCHESTER CITY are confident about their chances of signing Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to reports. Kane, 28, has signalled his intention to leave in order to win silverware, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to keep him. 3Manchester City are convinced they can sign Harry Kane this summer Levy is demanding £150million for his star man and City are confident of striking a deal, even if they have to show a little patience, report the Evening Standard. City's hopes of landing the striker would have been boosted last week after Kane failed to show up for training. Kane may also have been buoyed by Pep Guardiola's admission that he is keen to sign the England captain. And Kane reportedly remains City's number one target, with a move for free agent Lionel Messi believed to be unlikely. And it seems Tottenham are lining up a replacement for Kane in Lautaro Martinez. Inter Milan have reportedly accepted a £60m offer from Spurs for the striker, 23, who scored 17 goals in 38 league games last term. BETTING SPECIAL - GET...
    (CNN)Its motto is "More than a club," a theme that bullish Barcelona President Joan Laporta riffed on at a media conference on Friday as he insisted that the La Liga team "is above" even Lionel Messi.Laporta was addressing the media the day after Barcelona announced that Messi, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, would not be signing a new deal after 19 years at the Catalan club.Barcelona said that both parties had reached an agreement over a new contract, but the club's dire financial situation and La Liga's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations meant it couldn't be signed."Renewing Messi carried certain risks [...] but we cannot put the club at greater risk," Laporta told reporters."You have to put feelings aside, you have to look at numbers with a cold head. We wanted La Liga to be more flexible, but this is no excuse. We knew the rules and what we have been left with from the previous board makes it all impossible.Read More"The club is above everything, even the best player in the world," he added.READ:...
    LIONEL MESSI must agree an even bigger pay cut to return to Barcelona, according to reports. The Argentine has agreed to halve his enormous wages in order to pen a five-year deal. 4Lionel Messi is currently a free agentCredit: Reuters But no announcement has yet been made, as Barca still can't afford it. According to The Athletic, the Catalan club have a spending limit of around £136million imposed by LaLiga - due to £1.3bn worth of liabilities accrued during Josep Maria Bartomeu's ill-fated tenure as club president. Barca could spend around four times that figure three years ago, but their financial landscape has changed completely. Consequently, new signings Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero are currently unable to be registered. And with Messi now a free agent, Barcelona would not be allowed to register him either. The Argentine, having tried to leave last August, is happier now at Barcelona since Joan Laporta returned as club president in March. But they still require a huge fire sale in order to keep the 34-year-old on the books. Matheus Fernandes had his...
    Getty Barcelona captain Lionel Messi did not even feature in the Catalan giants’ final game of the 2020-21 season on Saturday at Eibar but still managed to make more La Liga history. The Argentine has finished the season as the top scorer in Spain’s top flight to win the Pichichi trophy for a record-extending eighth time in his career. It’s also the fifth season in a row that Messi has finished top of the pile, a feat that has never been achieved before. Lionel Messi is the first player in LaLiga history to be crowned top scorer in FIVE consecutive seasons. He surpasses Alfredo Di Stéfano and Hugo Sánchez (both 4) to claim yet another record. ???? pic.twitter.com/6r9BMsnYdK — Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 22, 2021 Messi ended the campaign with 30 goals from 35 appearances to finish seven goals clear of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Villarreal striker Gerard Romero. The Barcelona captain missed Saturday’s win at Eibar after being given permission to take a break ahead of his involvement at the Copa America this summer with...
    New York : Lionel Messi will play two World Cup qualifying matches with the albiceleste this month. Photo: AGUSTIN MARCARIAN / EFE Lionel scaloni, the DT of the albiceleste selection, arrived at the airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prepare for the South American qualifying matches heading to Qatar 2022 that the team has agreed against Uruguay and Brazil, there He spoke about the current level of Messi and the possible absences in his call. At a press conference, the coach said that “La Pulga” is fine and that when he wears the national jersey “he is even better.” “Messi he’s fine and when he’s with us he’s even better. Hopefully everything continues in this way, “he replied when asked about the Barcelona forward. Is Messi better in Argentina than in Barcelona? Scaloni says yes… ???? https://t.co/6t4iuNTWHP pic.twitter.com/h65dmtnvos – FOX Sports (@FOXDeportes) March 3, 2021 The Blaugrana attacker was called up for the friendly duels that the national team has scheduled against Uruguay, on March 26, and against Brazil, on March 30. of the same...
    BARCELONA host Paris Saint-Germain in a tasty-looking Champions League clash on Tuesday night - with their combined XI worth a staggering £536million. The two sides famously met in the last-16 stage in the 2016-17 tournament, with the Spaniards winning a thrilling tie 6-5. 12Barcelona and PSG's combined XI of fit stars is worth £536m Having lost the first-leg at the Parc des Princes 4-0, Barcelona needed a miracle to progress. And they got just that as they stormed to a last-gasp 6-5 win, scoring THREE times from the 88th-minute onwards to book their spot in the last-eight. Fans can only dream of another tie that exciting, but with some huge names on show, there's always the chance for fireworks. We take a look at a combined XI of Barcelona and PSG stars, worth over half a billion pounds. And that figure would be higher if not for injuries to Neymar, who's valued at £115m by Transfermarkt, and Ansu Fati (£72m). But who makes the cut in terms of pure value? Check out the team below... GK - Marc-Andre ter Stegen...
    LIONEL MESSI will receive a whopping £35million bonus from Barcelona even if he QUITS this summer. Over the weekend, the Argentine legend, 33, appeared to have his bumper £492m contract leaked by Spanish outlet El Mundo. 3Lionel Messi is set to pocket a £35m from Barcelona this summer - even if he quitsCredit: AFP or licensors Within the document, Messi was revealed to receive a host of bumper bonuses, including renewal and loyalty fees. However, it's now ben claimed the wing wizard will also receive a mega pay-day to QUIT the club. Incredibly, even if Messi decides to finally walk away from the Nou Camp after 17 years to join Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, he will pocket a staggering £35m payout. That is half the fee Messi would rake in should he decide to stay. ⚽ Read our DEADLINE DAY BLOG for the very latest transfer news As part of his £123m per year deal, the Argentine also pocketed a £102m signing-on bonus in 2017. Every year since then, the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner has commanded...
    NIKE have signed Brazilian prodigy Kauan Basile to a long-term deal at the age of just EIGHT. The Santos youngster has set tongues wagging after his skills at the Brazilian giants' youth ranks were spotted on social media. 2Kauan Basile, 8, his signed his first official contract with NikeCredit: Instagram @mengonisports In fact, Basile is already being touted as the future of Brazilian football such is the hype surrounding the genuine wonderkid. And now Nike have snatched him up, offering him a lucrative deal while he is aged younger than Lionel Messi when he signed his first contract with the sporting goods giant. Basile has been offered a three-year guaranteed deal, with an option for a further two years should his progression continue. Even at the END of his contract, Basile will be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike. Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13. Real Madrid hotshot Rodrygo was even younger than those two at the age of 11....
    Bestselling books of 2020 Worst Places To Spend Your Golden Years and Where To Retire Instead FC Barcelona will keep paying Lionel Messi until 2025 even if he leaves the club, because hes owed $48 million in unpaid bonuses © Getty/Nicolo Campo Lionel Messi is allegedly owed $47 million by Barca. Getty/Nicolo Campo Even if Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona this summer, he will still be putting a huge dent in the club's finances for years, because he's owed $48 million in unpaid bonuses.  La Vanguardia reports Barcelona will pay Messi the sum in eight separate installments between this summer and 2025. Messi, who handed in a transfer request last summer, is free to talk to other clubs as of this month with his contract expiring in June.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Even if Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona this summer, the Argentine will still be putting a huge dent in the club's finances for years to come due to $48 million he is owed in unpaid bonuses.  Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reports Messi's most recent contract...
    Lionel Messi is allegedly owed $47 million by Barca. Getty/Nicolo Campo Even if Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona this summer, he will still be putting a huge dent in the club's finances for years, because he's owed $48 million in unpaid bonuses.  La Vanguardia reports Barcelona will pay Messi the sum in eight separate installments between this summer and 2025. Messi, who handed in a transfer request last summer, is free to talk to other clubs as of this month with his contract expiring in June.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Even if Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona this summer, the Argentine will still be putting a huge dent in the club's finances for years to come due to $48 million he is owed in unpaid bonuses.  Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reports Messi's most recent contract at the Camp Nou, which he signed in 2017, included a bonus of $96 million, which was to be paid in two equal installments on top of his $74 million annual wage. The Spanish publication says the payment of both installments has...
    LIONEL MESSI is reportedly set to pocket £200k-a-week until 2025 from Barcelona - even if he leaves for Manchester City. The Argentinian legend's future still remains unclear as his iconic reign of success at the Nou Camp appears to be coming to an end. 2Lionel Messi will pocket a fortune from Barcelona until 2025, even if he leaves this summerCredit: Getty After his failed attempt to secure an exit last summer and seal a reunion with Pep Guardiola at City, he is expected to depart at the end of the season. Messi, 33, recently admitted Barcelona were in a ‘really bad situation’ with ‘no money’ for Ronald Koeman to transform the ageing squad. Speculation of a transfer away from the Catalans intensified further when Emi Rousaud, a presidential election candidate for the club, also claimed the forward’s current salary was ‘unsustainable’ and they could not afford to continue paying him that rate. However, Marca claims Barcelona are still set to be hit in the pocket whether he goes or stays. They state Messi will bank a whopping €39million (£34.8m) at...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO will once again go head-to-head with Lionel Messi for a prestigious individual honour in the race for The Best Fifa Men’s Player award 2020. The pair - who have won 11 Ballons d'Or between them - join Robert Lewandowski on the three-man shortlist for the end-of-season honour. 4The best players of 2020, according to quantitative analysis from Carteret 4Cristiano Ronaldo is only the 11th-best player of 2020, say the statsCredit: Getty Images - Getty But according to the stats, Ronaldo isn't even among the top TEN players of 2020, let alone top three. Research from Carteret Analytics have been crunching the numbers all year. The company have looked at how each player in world football has helped their side win football matches and calculated their own individual 'Carteret Rating'. And despite Lewandowski being favourite for the 2020 award, Messi has the highest rating of all players this year. The Argentine, 33, hasn't had the best season by his own phenomenally high standards. But even then, Messi has a rating of 317.4 - miles ahead of Ronaldo down in...
    BARCELONA will have to pay Lionel Messi a £30million loyalty bonus at the end of the season even if he leaves, reports say. The Argentinean legend's contract expires in the summer, meaning he can walk away from the club for nothing. 2Barcelona will reportedly have to pay Lionel Messi a £30m loyalty bonus at the end of the season even if he leavesCredit: Getty Images - Getty And he could do so £30m richer as part of the deal he signed in 2017, according to ESPN. The contract he penned three years ago is said to have included a £60m loyalty bonus. And Messi was already paid half of that back in February, with the rest due when his contract expires in June. It means he will receive the money regardless of where he is playing his football next season. Messi tried to force his way out of the Nou Camp this summer after handing in a transfer request. He believed his contract allowed him to leave for free at the end of each...
    THINGS are bound to look better after a 4-0 win. I’m not talking about West Ham’s against Wolves, although that certainly brightened our start to the season. AFP or licensors 6 LIonel Messi decided to stick around at Barcelona – but it might just be for one more season No, it was Barcelona’s against Villarreal. In Catalonia at least, Barca are regarded as the biggest club in the world, the best-supported club in the world — with the best player in the world. The fact they failed to win LaLiga last season, they haven’t won the Champions’ League in five years, lost a fortune and two managers in a few months and that Lionel Messi was set to go elsewhere a few weeks ago is considered by millions of supporters to be temporary and misleading. That may well be. But even the current Barca are regarded by the owners as a mess brought about by the policies of the people who voted them onto the board. Because, as you may well know, the club is owned by the...
    Prestigious private New York City preschools face closure as parents rethink school, city life UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons are rationing toilet paper and hand sanitizer as fears of panic buying return. One worker said their store was worse than a bad Christmas. Lionel Messis relationship with FC Barcelona crumbles even more as he slams the club for its treatment of Luis Suarez © Getty/Juan Manuel Serrano Arce Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez. Getty/Juan Manuel Serrano Arce Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for its treatment of club legend Luis Suarez. Suarez was told in a brief phone call in August that he was surplus to the requirements at the Camp Nou. He signed for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six year spell with Barcelona during which he scored nearly 200 goals.  "You deserved a send-off matching who you are," Messi said. "Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for...
    Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez. Getty/Juan Manuel Serrano Arce Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for its treatment of club legend Luis Suarez. Suarez was told in a brief phone call in August that he was surplus to the requirements at the Camp Nou. He signed for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six year spell with Barcelona during which he scored nearly 200 goals.  "You deserved a send-off matching who you are," Messi said. "Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for its treatment of club legend Luis Suarez, who signed for rival club Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Suarez, who scored just shy of 200 goals and won 13 major honors during his six year stay at the Camp Nou, was told by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he was no longer needed at the club by way of a short and brutal phone call in August. After a...
    MARCUS RASHFORD admits he was blown away by Lionel Messi’s “unbelievable” technique when the pair faced each other for the first time. The Manchester United striker told the Financial Times he was in awe of the Barcelona skipper’s ability to create space despite having “everybody else move ” around him.  4Marcus Rashford was awestruck by Lionel Messi's skills in his first game opposite the Barcelona starCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Old Trafford star, 22, reflected on the eye-opening moment he came up against Messi, 33, in the flesh and being awestruck by his world class abilities.  Rashford said: “The way [Messi] finds spaces, he’s unbelievable.  “When I played against him for the first time, that’s what I said to Jesse [Lingard, a team-mate] at half time. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news “He doesn’t move, but he’s everywhere, because he lets everybody else move.”  Rashford and his United team-mates lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace this evening in their first match of the new Prem season.  And the Old Trafford starlet was presented with a...
    MIKEL ARTETA can’t hide his excitement at the prospect of Lionel Messi coming to the Premier League with his former club Manchester City. The Arsenal boss has been closely monitoring developments at Barcelona since Messi stunned the club with his transfer request. 4Mikel Arteta wants Lionel Messi in the Premier LeagueCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail 4Messi could sign for Arteta's old club Man CityCredit: Manu Fernandez Ambitious City are leading the chase for the Argentine superstar and Arteta says: “If Messi comes to England we’re all going to enjoy it. “I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a young boy and it’s sad to see the best player in football history leaving that club. “He has been linked with more clubs than any other player in the world but even if he comes to one of our Premier League rivals it will be good for football. “If you want to have the most competitive league in the world you need to have the best players. And in my opinion Messi is the greatest of all time. “I remember...
    IT’S a tale as old as time, English football’s most enduring fantasy. Lionel Messi rocking up in a Manchester City shirt and proving he can do it on a cold Tuesday night at Burnley - a date the Premier League fixture compilers would feel obliged to fix up for him. 4Lionel Messi reportedly wants to leave Barcelona this summerCredit: Getty Images Each time Messi wants Barcelona to replace the club president or head coach or each time the Argentinian maestro fancies a pay rise, ears prick up at the Etihad. And in the unlikely event that Messi leaves the Nou Camp, surely no club in possession of a good fortune could possibly turn him down. Least of all City - who have been aiming to rebuild Barcelona in east Manchester for several years now. First came the suits - director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano. Then their great chum Pep Guardiola. And then City produced the sort of liquid-gold football served up during Barca’s greatest era - at domestic level, if not in the Champions League....
    U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people eating breakfast at home Messi wonder goal lifts Barcelona into Champions League quarterfinals, and his brilliance could carry them even further (video) It wasn’t even that Napoli did anything wrong. It created chances. Its passing completion percentage was exactly the same as Barcelona’s. In fact, Napoli shaded possession against a team not often beaten in that area. And still Napoli lost 3-1 Saturday and 4-2 on aggregate. Because the other team had Lionel Messi and they didn’t. This is the cruel, zero-sum arithmetic that is necessary for Messi to exist. There is only one of him, and therefore only one team can have him.  © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Lionel Messi scored a brilliant goal against Napoli and also drew a penalty as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort) That team remains Barca. And in Saturday’s resumption of the Champions League round of 16 tie between his side and Napoli, a full five...
    New York — The French technician assures that he wants the best players in the world in the Spanish League The theme of the day in the Spanish Leagueof course it is the alleged pause that Lionel Messi put in his renovation negotiation with Barcelona, with whom the contract ends in 2021 and He has not left anyone indifferent, not even Zinedine Zidane. #SPORTS An audio that claims that Leo stopped the negotiations for its renovation, shook the Barça fans and caused the reaction of the technician Zinedine Zidane.https: //t.co/PXxzO0sJZY – PublinewsGT (@PublinewsGT) July 3, 2020 A reporter from El Larguero, a program that revealed Messi’s intentions, he asked the French technician about this possibility, to which he answered with surprise but clearly, well Zidane wants Messi as a rival yet: â € œI don’t know what’s going to happen. He is in this League and we love the best. What will happen I don’t know, â € the French coach replied, thus avoiding conflict.
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