Tag: Goals

This is a huge question that only the player or those really close to him can answer.

Why would Neymar leave the successful Barcelona team where he is celebrated and well paid? After their 4-0 defeat in the first leg in the hands of Paris St Germain, many thought the Spanish side would be knocked out. However, Neymar almost singlehandedly restored parity before Barca pulled the greatest comeback ever in European football.

Neymar grabbed a brace and one assist in seven minutes to put the Blaugrana on a sound footing to move past the French soccer giants.Lionel Messi scored a penalty that Neymar was fouled for before the team tipped the game in their favour. Neymar was praised as much as many other members in the team like Luis Suarez. However, Messi was named the hero of the night. It is obvious that Neymar needed his own turf, where he could run riot and his praises be sung.

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Those who had been visualising Lionel Messi in the Sky Blues’ shirts will have to come out of their dreams as there have been signs dropped by the family of the Argentina international that he is likely to go ahead with his Barca career only.

It is understood that Messi’s dad has conveyed to some of his acquaintances in the Spanish media that he has been in touch with the chairman of Barca himself and has already had discussions with him over the various aspects of the new contract.

But, the thing is that he is presently out of the country and there are only so many points that can be discussed through a telephone call. So, it’s just a matter of him arriving back home and having a face to face conversation with the chairman before there is an official announcement of the extension.

Barcelona has nobody, but, its own officials to blame for fuelling different kinds of rumours about Messi because it’s only them who, through their statements, had been hinting that the club couldn’t just give the striker whatever he was going to demand.

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Prosecutors demanded for charges of fraud and corruption to be filed against Neymar, Barcelona and Santos in relation to the Brazil international’s move to Barcelona.

The club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell have also been included in the case which was brought up by Brazilian investment company, DIS.

National Court judge, Jose de la Mata previously thrashed the case out of the court in July over a lack of evidence that’s more than reasonable doubt, but that decision was overturned last month. At the moment, the prosecution has now called for the charges to be processed again.

The Brazilian Investment Company claim they are due a 40% share of the transfer fee that Barcelona paid to sign Neymar from Santos in 2013, which is claimed to have not been received in full, given the secrecy over the full cost of the transfer.

Barca initially claimed that Neymar cost a total of €57m, as time passed on, another price was later disclosed to be a lot greater, and with Bartomeu claiming over €100m was ultimately spent on the transfer of the Brazilian international to Camp Nou.

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Barcelona move closer to the title by beating Sporting Gijon 6-0.

With Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid winning earlier on the day, Barcelona had to win if they wanted to recapture their first place. And they did it brilliantly by scoring 6 goals in a one-sided encounter.

It was Gijon, however, who started the game well and even had an opportunity through Menendez. The latter, however, fired a weak shot at the Barcelona goalkeeper. However, Messi will not commit the same mistake. 60 seconds later, Barcelona was ahead thanks to a Messi header. The goal help to calm down some nerves and Barcelona began to play more freely.

They will create some occasions before the break but will be denied several times by the Sporting Gijon goalkeeper and defence. First, it will be Suarez that will get his shot deflected and secondly it will be Neymar that would be denied. This means that the game reached half-time with the score at 1-0.

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Luis Enrique could not have imagined a better way for him to kick-off his managerial career in Barcelona than how it developed as the 45 year old Spanish manager pushed the Spanish club to a treble.

Barcelona secured the Spanish League as they had 2 more points than their nearest rivals Real Madrid meanwhile in the Copa del Rey, Luis Enrique’s squad claimed a 3-1 triumph over Athletic Club during the finals and lastly, Barcelona overcame Juventus in the finals of the Champions League.

The Spanish club managed to lift all the major trophies and they are now undeniably considered to be the best team in the world.

All of these accomplishments are very difficult to do for any manager or any team and it’s even more complicated for someone who was going through his debut season.

After such an impressive opening season for Luis Enrique, he was awarded with a contract extension as Enrique penned a new deal with the club which extends until 2017.

Luis Enrique originally had a contract with Barcelona which reached 2016 but the president of the Spanish club, Josep Maria Bartomeu was so impressed by what Enrique achieved that he offered a contract extension

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