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Argentina asking Messi to play less for Barcelona

Officials for Argentina have asked national captain Lionel Messi to play less for Barcelona as the World Cup in Russia approaches. AFA president Claudio Tapia has pleaded with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to ask Barca boss Ernesto Valverde for less minutes, but it seems his plea has fallen on death ears. Messi has featured in 33 starts out of 39 games this season for the Catalan side, being left out of the match-day squad just three times. Valverde did leave Messi out of the starting line-up for the first…

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Lionel Messi wants Alaba, Alonso or Gaya at Barcelona

Lionel Messi has produced his own list of transfer targets for Barcelona ahead of the summer. Don Balon reports that the Argentine is keen for the club to find a suitable backup option for left-back Jordi Alba, with Lucas Digne deemed to not provide enough competition. Among those on the Barca star’s list are Bayern Munich’s unsettled David Alaba, and Spanish duo Marcos Alonso and José Gayá. Better competition needed Digne has started the last two La Liga matches but did not impress. He was substituted off just after half-time against…

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Diario Gol make outrageous claim Messi wants new Barca signing SOLD

An outrageous claim in Diario Gol has seen Lionel Messi reported to have told Barcelona to sell new signing Ousmane Dembele and replace him with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. Dembele arrived at the Camp Nou last summer as a direct replacement for Brazilian Neymar, who departed for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain. The former Borussia Dortmund man has failed to make an impact though, suffering two similar injuries which have seen him miss most of the current season. Philippe Coutinho’s arrival in the January transfer window is expected to…

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Who were the Hits & Flops from La Liga’s Round 21

We take a look back for the biggest performers and the worst in our Hits & Flops from the Round of 21 in La Liga. FLOP: Mario Hermoso The Espanyol defender had a game to forget against Leganes on Sunday morning after netting two own goals which saw his side lose 3-2. The 22-year-old did grab a goal back for the Catalan side, although the ball did come off his face, knowing little about it – but his error from Nordin Amrabat’s weak cross saw more pressure build on Quique…

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Spanish Papers: Always Messi!!!!

Lionel Messi scored a superb free-kick to save Barcelona’s unbeaten league record, beating Alaves 2-1 on Sunday evening. Former Manchester City forward John Guidetti has made quite the impression for Alaves since arriving on a six month loan from La Liga rivals Celta Vigo and it was his goal inside the opening 45 minutes that made Barca work hard for their three points. Guidetti found space after a good counter attack and his effort wrong footed Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who had previously denied the Swedish striker. Barca, who had 73%…

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Spanish Papers: Coutinho all set for Espanyol; Messi better than Ronaldo

After completing his move to Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho has been recovering from injury in a bid to make his debut against Alaves this coming weekend but as his recovery period has improved – it now seems he could face former club Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night at Camp Nou. The Brazilian midfielder will be a timely boost for Ernesto Valverde’s side after injury to Ousmane Dembele and he could help the Catalan side overcome a 1-0 deficit to cross-city rivals Espanyol. Moving away from Coutinho, Madrid…

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Team Spotlight: Barcelona B and its path to stardom

In the past six months, Barcelona have spent over £100m each on two attackers, flexing their financial muscle as they go in search of regaining the La Liga title and winning their first Champions League trophy in three years. Yet, it was not too long ago that all 11 players on the pitch had come through the ranks at the club, including their greatest youth product, Lionel Messi. La Masia has been hailed across the globe as producing the best young talent, with the boarding school-like academy drilling into children…

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La Liga News 

Cristiano Ronaldo caught on video mocking Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on video mocking Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to a mascot prior to his side’s 7-1 win over Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon. Standing in the Bernabeu tunnel before Sunday’s win, Ronaldo was told by a young mascot he and Messi were his favourite footballers. ‘For me, you are the best player in the world and Messi’, the youngster is heard saying, before Ronaldo responds saying ‘Messi is bad’. An early goal from Adrian Lopez for Depor on Sunday afternoon was enough to send the Santiago Bernabeu…

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Valverde delighted with Messi show

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has spoken about Lionel Messi’s masterclass against Real Betis on Sunday evening. Messi, who has been in excellent form this season, continued in that same vein, scoring an impressive brace against Quique Setien’s Betis, who pushed the Catalan side for large parts of the game. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring after a scoreless first half, before Luis Suarez (2) and Messi (2) also grabbed goals. And, Barca boss Valverde has heaped praise on the Argentine forward for his performance, which has further enhanced the club’s lead…

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Spanish Papers: Real Madrid return to being Real Madrid

Good Morning and welcome to our round up of the Spanish Papers, which look at Real Madrid’s 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and Lionel Messi’s masterclass against Real Betis. An early goal from Adrian Lopez for Depor on Sunday afternoon was enough to send the Santiago Bernabeu into disarray and further doubt on a Madrid side that have struggled to maintain any sort of standing with the top three sides, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia. However, the Madrid faithful did see their side bounce back and Spanish daily Marca…

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