'Difficult' for Messi to stay at Barca, Jorge Messi says

BARCELONA: Jorge Messi, father and agent of Lionel Messi, said on Wednesday he thinks it will be “difficult” for his son to stay at Barcelona. Messi senior landed in Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of talks with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu about the striker’s intention to leave this summer. Messi senior flew in from the Argentine city of Rosario, landing at the private terminal in Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Wednesday morning. Asked by reporters about the possibility of Messi staying, Jorge Messi said: “Difficult.” He was then asked…

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Man City ‘to pay Lionel Messi record £450m over five years with £225m BONUS as his dad gets set to meet Barcelona’

MANCHESTER City are ready to offer Lionel Messi a staggering £450million over five years if he leaves Barcelona, reports claims. The 33-year-old – who has one year left on his contract at the Nou Camp – expressed his desire to depart Catalonia after the club were humiliated by Bayern Munich. Speculation regarding his future intensified over the weekend after Messi snubbed coronavirus testing in Barcelona. There has even been talk that Messi has spoke to Guardiola where he told him he believes he can win two Ballon d’Or titles at the Etihad. And now Italian…

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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, Ronaldo and Neymar the world’s best-paid footballers

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar remain the three best-paid footballers in the world, according to a study by France Football magazine. The study estimates the income of the world’s highest-paid players by adding their estimated gross salaries and income from image rights to bonuses earned last season. As a result, the publication calculates Barcelona star Messi’s total annual income as 131 million euros (US$141 million). That puts the Argentine ahead of Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward second on the list with 118 million euros of estimated income. Paris Saint-Germain’s…

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says they “have to believe” Wednesday’s El Clasico against fierce rivals Barcelona will go ahead.

The La Liga match was originally scheduled for 26 October but was postponed because of fears of civil unrest in Catalonia. Both sides are level on 35 points but Barca top the table on goal difference. “In games like this you’ve got to produce your best throughout the 90 minutes,” said Zidane. The game has been delayed by two months after days of protest took place in Barcelona as nine Catalan separatist leaders were convicted of sedition over their role in the referendum and handed jail sentences of between nine…

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth time

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time. It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga. Virgil van Dijk was second – one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth. Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, was third in the voting England defender Lucy…

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Lionel Messi scored an injury-time penalty as Argentina rescued a draw in their friendly with South American rivals Uruguay in Tel Aviv.

Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez had given Uruguay a second-half lead from a free-kick before Martin Caceres handled in the area. The Argentina captain nonchalantly rolled in his second international goal in as many matches. Edinson Cavani opened the scoring but Sergio Aguero levelled for Argentina. Messi was in the mood from the outset as he rode four challenges in the first half before retaining possession and picking himself off the floor to spin the nearest defender and play the ball wide. The forward, who scored on his first Argentina…

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