VALVERDE: MESSI’S FIFTH PLACE FINISH IS ABSURD

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has spoken against Lionel Messi finishing in fifth place in the Ballon d’Or. He did congratulate Luka Modric for finishing as the top person but felt Messi should have finished higher on the list.

Many have queried the basis for voting over the past years, asking if individual or team efforts mattered sometimes and then not so much other times. Also, it seems players of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are more likely to clinch the personal honour especially of recent.
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Barcelona Win Freezed By Jordi Alba Over Internazionale In The Lionel Messi Absence

Barcelona appeared through their first test in the absence of Lionel Messi who is injured. Barcelona has earned convincing win of 2-0 at home on Wednesday against Internationale to take control on the Group B of the Champions League. In the 32nd minute, Rafinha begins scoring opposite the club he was and where he spent the second half of his last season. It was ahead of Jordi Alba late strike extended the clean beginning of Barcelona in the European campaign.

In the absence of Messi, who got sidelined because of the broken arm, Barça was deficient of their original skill and the guests made up the 1st opening. Gradually, the hosts of competition built the momentum, with a couple of tame Rafinha efforts saved comfortably by Samir Handanovic and Clément Lenglet the defender also missing two opportunities in the first half-hour of the match.
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Barcelona’s Eyes On Adrien Rabiot

The transfer window is closed but few clubs; especially Barcelona continues to keep a tab on players belonging to other sides. The Catalonian giants Barcelona are still keen to welcome Adrien Rabiot into their team latest by next year. The PSG midfielder has been Barcelona’s top priority to sign for the club from the beginning of summer post; the player did not wish to renew his contract with his current club, PSG. The French international is being convinced by the club to resign, but he is quite firm with his decision to leave the French club soon as the contracts expires.

Barcelona is hopeful and waiting, although they should be careful, especially after what happened in the last season with Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona was quite clear that they would be in agreement as the deal was on the verge of closing. The team was so sure about it and they started to address it in the media as well. They continued to take required steps as they were anticipating the arrival of Griezmann. The No 7 Jersey was not given to Philippe Coutinho as it was saved for the Frenchman. Well, just before the commencement of the World Cup, there came a surprise when the Frenchman refused to be a part of Barcelona. It was a great opportunity, but the player refused to take it up as per Jordi Mestre, the vice president of Barcelona.
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BARCELONA SIGN MALCOM FOR £36.5 MILLION

La Liga giants Barcelona have strengthened their team with the addition of Brazilian winger Malcom. The Catalan side confirmed that they have completed the deal worth £36.5 million. Roma was the heavy favourites to sign the 21-year old but the La Liga champs beat them to it.

Roma had reached an agreement with Bordeaux for the player, as per reports. However, Barcelona came in and closed the deal. It remains to be known if the Italian side would be seeking a legal case, depending on how formalized the talks were with Bordeaux.
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Barca Force Draw In Catalan Derby

La Liga giants Barcelona played a 1-1 draw in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on Sunday. It was rainy and the pitch was waterlogged but the game continued. Barcelona are unbeaten in the league but they almost lost that record against their derby rivals.

This was the third meeting between both sides in two and half weeks after they met recently in the Copa Del Rey quarter final. Espanyol were the side that ended Barca’s unbeaten run in the Cup and their only loss so far this term. When they met in the Copa del Rey first leg, Espanyol won 1-0 with Lionel Messi losing a penalty. Barca won the reverse fixture to qualify on 2-1 aggregate. Continue reading Barca Force Draw In Catalan Derby