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Sevilla Coach Jorge Sampaoli Sums Up Peerless Genius Of Lionel Messi With One Great ‘Batman’ Quip

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Always good for a pithy quip, if ever anybody was going to sum up the genius of Lionel Messi in one sentence, it was probably going to be Jorge Sampaoli.

Talking to BeIN Sports,Sevilla's Argentinian coach was asked for a first-hand opinion of his fellow countryman, to which he replied...

Sampaoli en @beINSPORTSes: "Comparar a Messi con el resto es comparar a un gran policía con Batman".

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona Director Fired For Criticizing Messi

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Barcelona have sacked one of their directors after he appeared to suggest the club's record goalscorer and five-time Balon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was over-rated.

Asked about Messi's role in Barcelona's cup win over Athletic Bilbao – when the player scored free-kicks in both legs to put Barca through – Pere Gratacos said:

'It wasn't just Leo.

Messi indispensable to Barca – president

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists ensuring Lionel Messi's future at the Catalan giants is his top priority after a week littered with embarrassing series of PR own goals for the Spanish champions.

"Renewing Messi's contract is indispensable to our club," Bartomeu told Catalan TV station TV3 before Barca's 5-0 thrashing of Las Palmas on Saturday.

Messi indispensable to Barca – president

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists ensuring Lionel Messi's future at the Catalan giants is his top priority after a week littered with embarrassing series of PR own goals for the Spanish champions.

"Renewing Messi's contract is indispensable to our club," Bartomeu told Catalan TV station TV3 before Barca's 5-0 thrashing of Las Palmas on Saturday.

FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas Highlights | FCB - 5 : Las Palmas - 0

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I always try to help the team. Today we won but it is hard to say if it was one of the best matches of the season Luis Saurez

FC Barcelona secured their second win of 2017 with a 5-0 thrashing of Las Palmas at Camp Nou.

Suarez, Messi keep Barca on Madrid’s tail

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Barcelona (AFP) Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi continued his sensational form as Barcelona moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday with a 5-0 rout of Las Palmas.

Madrid remain very much in pole position, though, with two games in hand, the first of which comes at third-placed Sevilla on Sunday.

FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Full Highlights | FC Barcelona - 3 : Athletic Bilbao - 1

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FC Barcelona overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg with an efficient 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of Copa Del Rey 2016-17 Quarter Finals. Goals from the magic trio was enough to secure Barca the much needed progress and the much awaited first victory in 2017.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barca into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barca into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Suarez nets 100th Barcelona goal

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Barcelona (AFP) Luis Suarez became the third-fastest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona after reaching his century in just 120 games on Wednesday trumping even Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan volleyed home Neymar's cross in acrobatic fashion at the Camp Nou to put Barca 1-0 up on Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 clash and ahead in the tie on away goals with the scores level at 2-2.

Suarez nets 100th Barcelona goal

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Barcelona (AFP) Luis Suarez became the third-fastest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona after reaching his century in just 120 games on Wednesday trumping even Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan volleyed home Neymar's cross in acrobatic fashion at the Camp Nou to put Barca 1-0 up on Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 clash and ahead in the tie on away goals with the scores level at 2-2.

Some Urchin Has Stolen The Entire Top Half Of Lionel Messi’s Statue In Buenos Aires (Photo)

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While Cristiano Ronaldo was busy picking up his latest FIFA trinket on Monday, Lionel Messi was suffering the ignominy of having his entire upper body stolen.

To clarify, vandals somehow managed to scarper with the entire top half of the Messi statue that was unveiled on the Paseo de la Gloria in Buenos Aires only six months ago.

Murtaza Ahmadi meets his Idol Messi in Doha

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Remember the Afghan kid who became a internet sensation when his picture wearing a Plastic bag with Messi's name on it went viral; he met his idol Lionel Messi yesterday at the friendly between Al-Ahli and FC Barcelona in Doha.

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Barca vs Osasuna Goals and Extended Highlights | Barca Match Videos

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Two Goals from Lionel Messi and One from Luis Saurez helped Barca secure a much needed victory at the Estadio El Sadar Stadium against the home side Osasuna.

Perfect 10 for Messi in Barca cruise

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Barcelona (AFP) Arda Turan grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi socres his 10th Champions League goal of the season as a much-changedBarcelona still cruised past Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 on Tuesday.

Barca had already booked their place in the last 16 as Group C winners, but were looking for a morale boosting win after three successive draws, including the concession of a last minute equaliser to Real Madrid in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

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Barca vs Real Sociedad Copa Del Rey Highlights | Barca - 1, Real Sociedad - 0

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Barca Players celebrating Neymar Goal against Real Sociedad

FC Barcelona took a huge step towards qualification to next step in Copa Del Rey with and efficient 1-0 victory away against Real Sociedad. This was our first win at the Anoeta for ages; I don't remember when we win there last and may need the help of history books to trace that.

FC Barcelona vs Hercules Full Highlights | FCB - 7 : Hercules - 0 | Stellar Display Secures Copa Del Rey Progress

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FC Barcelona secured progress to the next round by demolishing Hercules at home 7-0 with Arda Turan securing another hat-trick. With this Barca move to next round with an aggregate score of 8-1.

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FC Barcelona vs Hercules Highlights Video | Barca -1 : Hercules - 1

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Barca could only secure a tame draw against Hercules in the first leg of Copa Del Rey Round of 32 match.

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FC Barcelona - 4 : Borussia Monchengladbach - 0 All Goals and Highlights | Barca Match Videos

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FC Barcelona completed a spectacular 4-0 victory against Borussia Monchengladbach in their final group stage match of UEFA Champions League. Messi continued his goal scoring record scoring his tenth in group stage.

La Liga

Manchester United Top Barcelona And Real Madrid In Deloitte Money League

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Real Madrid might be European and World Champions but Manchester United have knocked them off their perch atop the Deloitte Money League for the first time in more than a decade.

Jose Mourinho's side, benefiting from a return to the Champions League, posted a world record revenue of £515.3 million over the course of the 2015-16.

Where to find Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona, you've come to the right place.

Barcelona head to the Basque Country on Thursday to play the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian. Just as Real Madrid lost their first leg on Wednesday, Barcelona shouldn't take anything for granted in their match against Sociedad.

Where to find Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona, you've come to the right place.

Barcelona head to the Basque Country on Thursday to play the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian. Just as Real Madrid lost their first leg on Wednesday, Barcelona shouldn't take anything for granted in their match against Sociedad.

Man Utd expected to sign world class star for £100m; Club wants Chelsea star as replacement

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid tipped to be his next destinations.

The Spanish international had a training ground row with manager Antonio Conte recently and was dropped against Leicester City as a result of that.

CIES predictions: These four PL clubs will finish in top 4; Real Madrid will be La Liga champions

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CIES Football Observatory has presented a predictive analysis of the final rankings of the top five European leagues. The research group has made the prediction based on a multivariate statistical model taking into account the offensive and defensive performances of big-5 league teams until the 31st of December 2016.

3 To See: Manchester City v Arsenal team news, Melbourne derby and Barcelona’s must win game

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beIN SPORTS nets 1.4 million viewers for el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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beIN SPORTS' coverage of the first el Clasico of the 2016/17 season between Barcelona and Real Madrid was watched by an average of 1.433 million viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español combined.

An average of 913,000 people watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 520,000 tuned in to watch the game on beIN SPORTS, according to Sports TV Ratings.

beIN SPORTS nets 1.4 million viewers for el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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beIN SPORTS' coverage of the first el Clasico of the 2016/17 season between Barcelona and Real Madrid was watched by an average of 1.433 million viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español combined.

An average of 913,000 people watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 520,000 tuned in to watch the game on beIN SPORTS, according to Sports TV Ratings.

Manchester United

‘I Do Not Think I’ll Return’ – Former Man Utd Boss Louis Van Gaal All But Confirms Retirement

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Louis van Gaal has all but confirmed that he has retired from management after knocking back a potentially lucrative offer to coach in Asia.

The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last May, two days after winning the FA Cup.

However, what started as an extended sabbatical is now looking like a permanent retirement from football, with Van Gaal citing "family reasons" (believed to be the recent sudden death of his son-in-law) for not wanting to wade back into the mire at the age of 65.

Everton winger: This former Manchester United player has the ability of Neymar

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Everton winger, Yannick Bolasie, says that Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Zaha has footballing ability like Neymar.

Zaha joined Palace from Manchester United in 2015 after a difficult time at Old Trafford.

Liverpool

Neymar Ranked As Most Valuable Player In World

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According to a new list from the CIES Football Observatory, Barcelona striker Neymar is the most valuable player in the world, with a value of €246.8m, £141.8m more than the current world record, the €105 million paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba.

Neymar's teammate Lionel Messi comes in second €170.

Most Expensive Players: Man Utd midfielder, Chelsea star feature in Top 10 alongside Ronaldo and Messi

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Barcelona forward, Neymar, has the highest transfer value among all the players in the the top five leagues in Europe. The Brazilian superstar outranks his club teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.

CIES, who has developed a unique approach to estimate, on a scientific basis, the transfer value of professional football players, has made a list of top 100 expensive players around Europe.

Not Coutinho: Barcelona join the race to sign in-form Liverpool midfielder

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Barcelona have joined Juventus in the race to sign Adam Lallana. The England midfielder has produced outstanding performances for Liverpool this season, and have caught the attention of leading European clubs. According to reports from the Times, there could be a bidding war in the summer for him if the former Southampton midfielder does not agree upon an Anfield contract extension in the interim.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of Premier League sides clash in the English Football League Cup Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, as each seeks to reach the finals of the prestigious knockout tournament.

Southampton play the hosts as they welcome Liverpool to St. Mary's Stadium in leg one of their semifinal match.

Klopp Tells Barcelona To Forget About Coutinho

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Jurgen Klopp has repeated his desire to keep Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked to Coutinho, who has been one of the star performers under Klopp this season with six goals and five assists in 14 matches.

Ahead of Coutinho's return to the first-team fold in Liverpool's EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton on Wednesday, Klopp outlined his desire to have the Brazilian at his disposal for many years.

The Rest

Alexis Sanchez admits one-mn-euro tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Monday admitted defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 983,443 euros ($1 million) while playing for Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Chile international's confession could see him receive a fine and possibly a non-custodial prison sentence.

Giving evidence via video link from London, Sanchez "recognised a tax error which he has settled with the Spanish Treasury," a judicial source said.