Messi scores twice as Barcelona win friendly

Lionel Messi scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona beat second-division Girona 3-1 in a preseason friendly. Messi helped set up Philippe Coutinho, back from his loan at Bayern Munich, for the first goal after 21 minutes. The Argentine scored his first after 45 minutes, spinning on the edge of the penalty area and drilling a shot in off the base of the far post. He scored his second, with a deflected shot, after 50 minutes. Messi only returned to training at the start of last week after saying he wanted…

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Barca can't afford Depay, says Lyon president Aulas

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Tuesday that his Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu told him the Catalan giants could not afford Memphis Depay after reports in Dutch media a deal was almost complete. De Telegraaf reported earlier on Tuesday that Netherlands forward Depay was set to join compatriots Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Koeman at Barca this week in a transfer worth 25 million euros (US$29.6 million). Responding on Twitter, Aulas said: “The president of Barcelona told me on Sunday that Barca are really suffering from the Covid crisis…

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Messi had no choice but to stay at Barca due to 'bad advice'

The Argentina star was determined to leave but ultimately reversed his decision to avoid a legal battle with the club Lionel Messi was left with no choice but to reverse his decision to quit Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and agent Jorge, according to former Real Madrid player Hugo Sanchez. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shockwaves through the football world last week by informing Barca of his intention to leave. However, La Liga disputed Messi’s claim that he could leave on a free transfer courtesy of a clause in his contract, meaning…

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Messi tells Barcelona he's leaving: live updates and reactions

Leo Messi has sent a certified letter to Barcelona, communicating his intention to leave the club. The player intends to take advantage of a clause in his contact that allows him to unilaterally break the contract at the end of each season. Messi believes he can still break his contract with Barcelona Barcelona had understood that this clause expired at the end of each 31 May, meaning that the contract had automatically renewed for another year. However Messi’s lawyers argue that the season within the meaning of the clause did…

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Juventus Have Offered Cristiano Ronaldo To Barcelona And He Could Play With Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo could be snapped up for a bargain fee of £54m this summer as Juventus are prepared to build for a future without the Portugal captain. The 35-year-old Portuguese superstar has been in superb form ever since he left Real Madrid in a stunning £99.2m deal in 2018. But Ronaldo’s future in Turin has been in doubt after Juventus crashed out of the Champions League round-of-16 stage earlier this month. According to reports in Italy, Juventus no longer see the ex-Madrid and Manchester United star as ‘non-transferable.’ TuttoMercatoWeb reports that new…

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If Messi decides to leave, we have to change Barcelona's name

Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has joked that the Catalans will have to change their name should Lionel Messi depart the club. The 33-year-old La Masia graduate, who is the most prolific player in the Blaugrana’s history, played for a full 90 minutes as they lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last Friday. It was Barca’s biggest European defeat in history and their heaviest loss since 1946. It was also the first time since the 2005-06 season that neither Messi nor Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo made it to the semi-finals. This has fuelled speculation on Messi’s…

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Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith with a stunning goal, teed up by Lionel Messi. “It was the kind of goal only great players can score,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien. “He played a spectacular match.”…

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Messi scores 700th goal

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona suffered another blow to their La Liga title hopes after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Messi chipped in a penalty to reach another astonishing milestone at Camp Nou but twice Atletico hit back with spot-kicks of their own, Saul Niguez converting both after Barca took an early lead through Diego Costa’s own goal. The result gives Real Madrid the chance to move four points clear at the top of the table if they can overcome Getafe at home…

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Olimpik Tokyo: Chong Wei Ingin Tuntut Ilmu Dari Norza

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei mahu menuntut ilmu daripada Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria bagi mempersiapkan dirinya sebagai ketua kontinjen Malaysia ke Sukan Olimpik Tokyo. Bekas jaguh badminton negara itu, berkata banyak yang boleh dipelajarinya daripada Norza berdasarkan pengalaman beliau sebagai Presiden Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) dan Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) selain pernah menjadi ketua kontinjen negara ke Sukan SEA 2015 di Singapura. “Saya akui memang saya tiada pengalaman sebagai ketua kontinjen. Dulu saya atlet sepenuh masa tetapi selepas setahun bersara dilantik sebagai ketua kontinjen ke Olimpik. “Sudah pasti…

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Barca should have taken advantage of ‘worst’ Madrid says Pique

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique rued his side’s failure to take a stranglehold on the Liga title race as they lost 2-0 at Real Madrid in Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ after dominating the first half and failing to take their early chances. Barca went into the game with a two-point lead over Real in La Liga but now find themselves trailing their arch-rivals. Lionel Messi, Arthur Melo and Antoine Griezmann each missed clear opportunities but Real came out far stronger after the break and second-half goals from Vinicius Jr and Mariano saw them…

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