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Prosecutors not against replacing Messi jail term with fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi’s 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday.

They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence - an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.

Prosecutors not against replacing Messi jail term with fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi’s 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday.

They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence - an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.

Barcelona unveil Eric Abidal as ambassador

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Barcelona (AFP) – Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who returned to top-flight football despite a liver transplant, was on Wednesday named as an ambassador for the Catalan club.

Barca said they had reached an agreement with the 37-year-old “to be an ambassador and representative of the club at different events in the next few years”.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Messi to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario

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Barcelona (AFP) – Football superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30, the Argentina striker revealed on Thursday.

“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.

Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

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Barcelona lose out on 'next Thierry Henry' as striker's destination revealed

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AS Monaco have confirmed they have completed the signing of Jordi Mboula from Barcelona on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old striker, who has a Congolese father and a Spanish mother came up through the ranks of the Catalan club’s famous youth system, La Masia. The teenager has left the La Liga giants and signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 outfit.

United make £30.6m bid for Barcelona and Guardiola's summer target

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Manchester United are interested in signing Benfica defender Nelson Semedo and are reportedly preparing a bid to secure his services.

The Red Devils completed their first summer signing last week as Victor Lindelof completed a switch to Old Trafford from the Portuguese outfit. The Premier League giants are now after the Swedish international’s former teammate, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Hector Bellerin issues response to Barcelona rumours

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Hector Bellerin Admits Family Has Moved Back To Spain

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Hector Bellerin's Arsenal future could be in doubt after he welcomed interest from Barcelona and admitted he needs to be playing Champions League football.

The Arsenal full-back started his career at Barca, and the Spanish club have long wanted to bring him back.

And though the Gunners are confident of keeping Bellerin this summer, their failure to qualify for Europe's elite competition could prove a problem.

Barcelona agree terms with Bellerin as potential move gathers pace

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Barcelona ready to bid £45m as Bellerin refuses to rule out move

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‘Let’s See What Happens’ – Arsenal Right-Back Hector Bellerin Openly Flirts With Idea Of Returning To Barcelona

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Having previously remained diplomatically schtum on the matter, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has broken his silence on the prospect of returning to his boyhood club, Barcelona.

Bellerin has always made a point of nippingtalk of a return in the bud, but his latest interview with Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo appears to show a tangible shift in stance, with the young full-back hintingseveral times that hemay be open to persuasion.

Would Arsenal really let Bellerin go to Barcelona?

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There are some worrying Arsenal transfer rumours about Hector Bellerin being sought after by Barcelona, but these reports have been around ever since the young Spaniard came into the Gunners first team, so why should we believe them now? The right-back has already shown his intent to stay at Arsenal for life when he signed [.

Real Madrid

Barcelona To Spend Big This Summer

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Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has said the club will make "big-name signings" as they look to strengthen new coach Ernesto Valverde's squad.

After missing out on the Liga title to Real Madrid last season and losing to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals, Barca understand that they need to refresh and strengthen a squad that looked a little jaded at times last season.

Who is the world’s most marketable footballer – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar?

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Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Report shows that Tottenham duo are individually worth more than Messi and Ronaldo

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The CIES Football Observatory research team has developed a report on the most expensive footballers around the globe right now.

With the help of parameters such as transfer fees of other players, performance for club and country, international status, contract, age and position, they have prepared a list of the most valuable footballers.

Real Madrid star overtakes Barcelona trio in the world's highest paid athletes list

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked as the world’s highest paid athlete by Forbes.

The Real Madrid star is undoubtedly one of the most popular sportsperson of his generation and it is hardly a surprise that the Portuguese is sitting on top of this list with an annual earning of around $93m.

United replace Real Madrid and Barca as richest club

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Manchester United top Forbes' Most Valuable Soccer Teams List for the first time in five years, with the club now worth £2.86bn.

1. United £2.86bn
2. Barcelona £2.82bn
3. Real Madrid £2.77bn
4. Bayern Munich £2.10bn
5. Manchester City £1.61bn
6. Arsenal £1.

10 Years Of Filthy And Fury: Pepe Set To Leave Real Madrid, Here Are His Greatest Hits

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Pepe has confirmed that he will be bidding farewell to Real Madrid this summer after spending the last 10 years studding shins and feigning headbuttsfor Los Blancos.

With PSG, AC Milan and a couple of clubs in England reportedly hovering, the 34-year-old Portuguese centre-half has today emitted a statement via Instagram to confirm that he will indeed be moving on to pastures new this summer.

UEFA IDEAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAM 2016-2017

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Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

Dani Alves vows to keep his Champions League promise to Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus full back Dani Alves has vowed to keep his Champions League promise to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the mega finale against Real Madrid on Saturday night.

Since his controversial exit from Barcelona last summer, Alves has been an integral part of Allegri’s side this season who are now on the verge of a historic treble.

World fame rankings: Man City player a surprise entry in the most famous athletes list

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ESPN have released their World rankings of the most famour athletes on the planet right now and Cristiano Ronaldo has taken pole position in the list.

The Real Madrid star is undoubtedly one of the biggest celebrities football has ever produced and it seems that his brand value has helped him overtake Lionel Messi in popularity rankings.

Manchester United Become The First Club Worth 3 Billion Euros

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Manchester United have moved clear of Real Madrid as the most valuable football club in Europe, a report by auditors KPMG has found.

United have been valued at €3.004 billion, ahead of both Real (€2.895bn) and Barcelona (€2.688bn). KPMG had estimated Madrid and United as being worth €2.

Schedule of La Liga clubs playing in North America this summer

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With an exciting end to the 2016/17 Spanish season, Real Madrid won the title in La Liga while Barcelona defeated Alaves to win the Copa del Rey trophy.

After a brief break, both the Spanish giants will be heading to the United States to play a series of friendly games. Plus, Valencia will be heading to Canada for the first time in their history.

Schedule of La Liga clubs playing in North America this summer

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With an exciting end to the 2016/17 Spanish season, Real Madrid won the title in La Liga while Barcelona defeated Alaves to win the Copa del Rey trophy.

After a brief break, both the Spanish giants will be heading to the United States to play a series of friendly games. Plus, Valencia will be heading to Canada for the first time in their history.

La Liga

Everton transfer close, highly talented midfielder set to complete summer move

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Barcelona are close to sealing the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.

The Spaniard is all set to return to Camp Nou after his loan spell at AC Milan last season. The young winger failed to convince Ronald Koeman of his ability and was sent out on loan during the second half of the season.

Barcelona home jersey for 2017/18 features updated interpretation of Blaugrana stripes

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After winning the Spanish Supercup and Copa del Rey in the 2016/17 season, Barcelona will be ready to embark on their 2017/18 season with a brand new jersey that features an updated interpretation of the traditional Blaugrana stripes.

On the jersey, vertical red bands are cast against a deep royal blue to form the updated stripe composition.

Barcelona home jersey for 2017/18 features updated interpretation of Blaugrana stripes

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After winning the Spanish Supercup and Copa del Rey in the 2016/17 season, Barcelona will be ready to embark on their 2017/18 season with a brand new jersey that features an updated interpretation of the traditional Blaugrana stripes.

On the jersey, vertical red bands are cast against a deep royal blue to form the updated stripe composition.

Barcelona reveal 2017/18 Home Kit

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Spanish giants Barcelona have revealed their home kit for the 2017/18 season.

Designed by Nike, the new home kit has an updated interpretation of the traditional Blaugrana stripes with contemporary detailing. There are vertical red bands on top of a deep royal blue background.

The new kit also comes with the Aeroswift technology, for cutting edge performance.

Transfer News & Rumours

Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu discusses potential return to Barcelona

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Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has refused to get distracted from his international duty amid reports linking him with a potential return back to Barcelona.

The 23-year-old fell out of favor under Ronald Koeman last season and was soon offloaded to AC Milan in January until the end of the campaign.

Photo: Liverpool secure first summer signing, Barcelona target pictured at Melwood

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Liverpool have completed their first signing of the summer by capturing the highly talented midfielder Dal Varesanovic.

As per Daily Mirror, the Bosnian midfielder was a target for Barcelona as well but the Reds have moved swiftly to secure his services. Furthermore, the report adds that Liverpool have paid FK Sarajevo a fee of £43,000 for Varesanovic.

The Rest

Tottenham linked with Barcelona midfielder...but £25m ace would be smart signing

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According to reports from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have received offers from three clubs for midfielder Andre Gomes.

Mundo claim Juventus and Manchester United have made offers, but the report cannot settle on exactly which north London have shown an interest – it could be Arsenal or Spurs.

Reports: Dani Alves ‘Verbally Agrees’ To Join Man City, Currently Negotiating Juventus Exit

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It may have come ever so slightly out of the blue, but it looks like Dani Alves will be moving to Man City in the very near future.

Alves only joined Juventus last summer and spent an incredibly successful year at the Serie A champions, endearing himself to fans while defying naysayers who cited his advancing years as a reason to be cautious.

Beep: Barcelona Roll Out New 2017/18 Home Kit, Complete With ‘Barcode’ Style Stripes (Photos)

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Photo: Nike Football

Barcelona have rolled out a new home strip for 2017/18 which, as you can probably see, features updated interpretation of the traditional Blaugrana stripes and Aeroswift technology, for cutting edge performance replete with contemporary detailing.

Basically, Nike have given Barca's famous stripes the 'barcode' treatment, whileJapanese e-mall Rakuten replace Qatar Airways on the belly.