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Missed Messi penalty costs Barcelona in cup derby defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat of the season, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby cup tie, racing onto Marc Navarro’s low cross to punish Messi for missing a 62nd-minute penalty and send the home crowd into raptures.

Suarez fires Barcelona nine clear in Sociedad fightback

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad on Sunday and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Suarez struck in the 50th and 71st minutes, his first a delightful chip from the edge of the area, after laying on Paulinho six minutes before the break to start the fightback from first-half goals from Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Juanmi.

Lionel Messi — ‘the 100 million-euro man’

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Paris (AFP) – Lionel Messi, who recently penned a lucrative new contract with Barcelona, could comfortably earn more than 100 million euros every year, according to a report released by France-based Mediapart.

Journalists from European Investigation Collaborations (EIC) claimed to have seen the details of the updated contract signed by Messi on November 25.

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.

Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.

Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.

Coutinho completes 160-million-euro Barcelona move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho officially joined Barcelona on Monday, completing a move from Liverpool thought to be worth 160 million euros ($192 million), making it the third richest transfer in history.

Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract in a ceremony alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Coutinho completes 160-million-euro Barcelona move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho officially joined Barcelona on Monday, completing a move from Liverpool thought to be worth 160 million euros ($192 million), making it the third richest transfer in history.

Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract in a ceremony alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Barcelona to unveil 160-million-euro Coutinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho is to be officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday as he completes a 160-million-euro ($192 million) move - the third richest in history - that he described as “a dream come true”.

The 25-year-old former Liverpool playmaker will be officially presented to the world’s media after Barca coach Ernesto Valverde predicted the Brazilian would comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

Barcelona to unveil $192 million man Coutinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho has described his 160-million-euro ($192 million) move to Barcelona as “a dream come true” with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the Brazilian will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old playmaker, the world’s third most expensive footballer after securing a long-desired transfer from Liverpool, will be officially presented to the world’s media on Monday from 1130 GMT.

Barcelona to unveil $192 million man Coutinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho has described his 160-million-euro ($192 million) move to Barcelona as “a dream come true” with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the Brazilian will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old playmaker, the world’s third most expensive footballer after securing a long-desired transfer from Liverpool, will be officially presented to the world’s media on Monday from 1130 GMT.

Barcelona to unveil Coutinho, the $192 million man

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho will be unveiled as Barcelona’s latest star recruit on Monday with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the world’s third most expensive footballer will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian playmaker was in the Spanish city on Sunday to tie up his 160-million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool but will only be presented on Monday to the media at 1130 GMT.

Barcelona to unveil Coutinho, the $192 milion man

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho will be unveiled as Barcelona’s latest star recruit on Monday with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the world’s third most expensive footballer will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian playmaker was in the Spanish city on Sunday to tie up his 160-million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool but will only be presented on Monday to the media at 1130 GMT.

Barcelona to unveil Coutinho, the $192 milion man

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho will be unveiled as Barcelona’s latest star recruit on Monday with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the world’s third most expensive footballer will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian playmaker was in the Spanish city on Sunday to tie up his 160-million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool but will only be presented on Monday to the media at 1130 GMT.

Messi marks new milestone in Barcelona victory as Coutinho waits

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over struggling Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory late on as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid.

Messi marks new milestone in Barcelona victory as Coutinho waits

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over struggling Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory late on as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid.

Messi marks new milestone in Barcelona victory

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory late on as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid.

Messi marks new milestone in Barcelona victory

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory late on as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid.

Messi can quit Barca, if Catalonia leaves Spain

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi has ensured he could become a free agent if Barcelona no longer plays in a major European league as a result of Catalan independence, Spanish media wrote on Friday.

According to a report in Madrid daily El Mundo, the contract Messi signed last November includes a clause that he must remain a Barcelona player only as long as the club is playing in “a top-level European league.

Messi can quit Barca, if Catalonia leaves Spain

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi has ensured he could become a free agent if Barcelona no longer plays in a major European league as a result of Catalan independence, Spanish media wrote on Friday.

According to a report in Madrid daily El Mundo, the contract Messi signed last November includes a clause that he must remain a Barcelona player only as long as the club is playing in “a top-level European league.

Dybala must ignore Messi, Ronaldo comparisons – Allegri

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Verona (Italy) (AFP) – Paulo Dybala should avoid worrying about comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to become the best player in the world, said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri Saturday.

The 24-year-old Argentine - linked with a possible move to Manchester United - has not hit the heights of last season despite scoring 14 goals in 19 Serie A games including a double in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Verona.

Dybala must ignore Messi, Ronaldo comparisons – Allegri

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Verona (Italy) (AFP) – Paulo Dybala should avoid worrying about comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to become the best player in the world, said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri Saturday.

The 24-year-old Argentine - linked with a possible move to Manchester United - has not hit the heights of last season despite scoring 14 goals in 19 Serie A games including a double in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Verona.

More than Messi — record-breaker Kane eyes getting better

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane insists he still has room for improvement after the Tottenham striker’s treble set a Premier League record and took him above Lionel Messi to finish as Europe’s leading scorer.

Kane’s 22nd-minute header in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Southampton at Wembley was his 37th goal of the year, moving him past Alan Shearer’s previous Premier League record, which was set when he played for Blackburn in 1995.

Dominant Barcelona move 14 points clear of Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona took a huge step towards regaining the La Liga title as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to open up a 14-point lead over the European champions.

In a recurring theme of this season Madrid were made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missing first-half chances as Barca took control after half-time.

Dominant Barcelona move 14 points clear of Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona took a huge step towards regaining the La Liga title as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to open up a 14-point lead over the European champions.

In a recurring theme of this season Madrid were made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missing first-half chances as Barca took control after half-time.

Dominant Barca win El Clasico 3-0, move 14 points clear of Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona took a huge step towards regaining the La Liga title as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to open up a 14-point lead over the European champions.

In a recurring theme of this season Madrid were made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missing first-half chances as Barca took control after half-time.

Dominant Barca win El Clasico 3-0, move 14 points clear of Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona took a huge step towards regaining the La Liga title as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to open up a 14-point lead over the European champions.

In a recurring theme of this season Madrid were made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missing first-half chances as Barca took control after half-time.

From Cruyff to Cristiano – the boot deal bonanza

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and the rest of the world’s top footballers may earn eye-popping salaries but the sums they make from long-running boot deals can be equally astounding.

In July 2017 the new face of French football, Kylian Mbappe, pursued by Europe’s elite clubs, caused a frenzy of excitement by announcing on Twitter he had a big announcement to make.

Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d’Or to Bernabeu

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or to an adoring Santiago Bernabeu before Real Madrid’s clash with Sevilla on Saturday.

Ronaldo pulled level on Thursday with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the only two men to have won the annual award for the best player in the world five times.

Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d’Or to Bernabeu

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or to an adoring Santiago Bernabeu before Real Madrid’s clash with Sevilla on Saturday.

Ronaldo pulled level on Thursday with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the only two men to have won the annual award for the best player in the world five times.

Fifth Ballon d’Or fitting record for great Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – For much of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career he has been in direct competition with Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, both for club and individual honours, so it’s fitting that the Real Madrid superstar has the same number of Ballon d’Or awards.

Ronaldo beat Messi and seven of his Champions League-winning Real teammates on Thursday to claim the award for the second straight year and fifth time overall, drawing level with Messi and reaffirming his place as equal partner in the greatest player rivalry the game has ever seen.

Fifth Ballon d’Or fitting record for great Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – For much of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career he has been in direct competition with Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, both for club and individual honours, so it’s fitting that the Real Madrid superstar has the same number of Ballon d’Or awards.

Ronaldo beat Messi and seven of his Champions League-winning Real teammates on Thursday to claim the award for the second straight year and fifth time overall, drawing level with Messi and reaffirming his place as equal partner in the greatest player rivalry the game has ever seen.

FC Barcelona

On This Day in Football: Messi reaches Barca milestone

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On this day in 2010, Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal for Barcelona and became the youngest player in the club’s history to reach that milestone.

Barcelona met Sevilla in a league encounter, having already played them twice and losing out in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey in the previous month.

FC Barcelona - 3, Levante - 0 | Barca secures First Win of 2018 | Barca Match Videos

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FC Barcelona continued their run to another League title with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Levante at the Camp Nou. This is the first victory of Barca in 2018 and it came in style with goals from Messi, Saurez and not to be missing Paulinho.



FC Barcelona scored the first victory of 2018 with a a 3-0 demolition of Levante at the Camp Nou in a night every attention was on the new visitor, Philippe Coutinho.

Isco Fires Back At Reports Of Player Unrest With Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid star Isco has angrily dismissed reports that he refused to continue warming up during the weekend's el clasico against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 thrashing at the Bernabeu with Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal also finding the net, a result that all but ended the title race in Spain.

Barcelona ready to pay £132M to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

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Few can argue that football has gone absolutely mad nowadays, with the amounts being thrown around for players in transfer markets.

It seems like Barcelona aren’t yet satisfied with how they’ve splashed out the £198 million in transfer fees received for Neymar last summer. They spent £97 of those in bringing in Ousmane Dembele, the Borussia Dortmund man who certainly has a lot of talent but is miles away from being the finished product.

On This Day in Football: Independiente beat Liverpool, Messi sets new record

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On this day in 1984, Argentinean club Independiente beat Liverpool 1-0 to win the Intercontinental Cup.

Played in front of 62,000 fans in Tokyo’s National Stadium, Liverpool were stunned by a sixth minute strike from Independiente’s 19-year-old striker Jose Percudani. The young attacker made a darting run towards the d-box to receive a long pass from midfield before slotting the ball neatly past Bruce Grobbelaar with a left footed finish.

Videos

Lionel Messi Scoring 5 in a Match | Barca Match Videos

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Lionel Messi wrote Champions League history when he scored five goals in a single match in the 7-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in UEFA Champions League Quarter Final of season 2011-12. We don't get to see the scoop over the Goal Keeper's head nowadays. Those days that was a regular thing he did; luckily he hasn't stopped scoring tons of goals.

Top 5 Lionel Messi Performances at Santiago Bernabeu | Barca Match Videos

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Santiago Bernebeu has been Lionel Messi's favourite hunting ground away from Camp Nou. The records speaks for itself. With the latest goal in this edition Lionel Messi became the highest scorer in 'El Clasico' history. He also have scored the highest number of 'El Clasico' goal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Farewell Kaka: Bask In Every Single One Of The 104 Goals Tricky Ricky Scored For Milan (Video)

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Earlier in the week, Kaka announced that, with his Orlando City contract now expired, he is now officially retiring from football.

It was reported that two of his former clubs, AC Milan and Sao Paulo, offered short-term deals to the 35-year-old but, after consulting with his friend 'upstairs', the former World Cup winner decided to knock it all on the head.

The Rest

‘Nobody Can Do What I Do, I’m The Best Player In History’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Fifth Ballon d’Or Win By Positively Drowning Himself With Praise

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Cristiano Ronaldo kept his obsessive quest to win seven Ballon d'Ors and sire seven children before he's put out to pasture (yes, he actually admitted this out loud) by winning trinket number five in Paris last night.

The Real Madrid man beat Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place respectively to win the award for the second year in a row.