644 goals and a Messi’s untouchable record!

Records are there to be broken but this one is untouchable. Messi beat Pele’s record of 643 goals for one club when he scored Barcelona’s third goal, and the 644th of his Barca career, in the 3-0 win against Valladolid on Tuesday. “To beat Messi’s 644 goal record, someone will have to score an average of 43 goals a season for 15 years….for one club,” Lineker, now a BBC presenter, tweeted alongside an incredulous icon. “This is a record that no one thought would ever be beaten. It will never…

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Never saw Lionel Messi as a rival: Cristiano Ronaldo says he has warm relationship with Barcelona star

They might have been the faces of El Clasico rivalry for close to a decade but Cristiano Ronaldo has said he never saw Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as his “rival”. The Juventus forward, who scored twice in their 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona on Tuesday, added he has always gotten along well with his nemesis as the two football legends met on the pitch for the first time since Ronaldo moved from Real Madrid to Turin in 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice from the spot and was at his vintage…

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'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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