Barça goalie Claudio Bravo told Fox Sports recently that he can’t imagine the club without Lionel Messi as a player. That’s a sentiment probably felt by the majority of Barça fans, although no club should rely on just a single player for its results. While Barcelona does have some depth, all too often when Messi is injured the squad just doesn’t perform.
Bravo says that Messi still has age on his side and doesn’t see him leaving soon, whatever rumours are doing the rounds at the moment.Source: Inside Spanish Football
FC Barcelona is on top of Group F after winning their match against Paris Saint-Germain last night at the Nou Camp thanks to goals from Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
The visitors were the first to score with ex-Barça player Ibrahimovic putting the ball past Ter Stegen inside 15 minutes, but Messi equalised soon after set up by Mascherano and Suarez. That goal was Messi’s 75th in the Champions League. Although possession was tipped in Barcelona’s favour, both teams had opportunities but it wasn’t until the closing minutes of the first half that Neymar put the ball into the visitor’s net.
Back on for the second half and with Xavi and Ratikic brought on by Luis Enrique. It wasn’t until the 76th minute that the next goal came. Neymar shot at the PSG goal and Suarez scored off the rebound to effectively seal the win for Barcelona. Both teams came close to scoring again, but the score was to end 3-1 to Barcelona and a very welcome victory.
0-1 Ibrahimovic (min 14)
1-1 Messi (min 18)
2-1 Neymar (min 40)
3-1 Suárez (min 76)
FC Barcelona beat RCD Espanyol 5-1 last night in the city derby that saw Lionel Messi score his third hat-trick in four matches and taking his career goal tally to more than 400.
The visitors were first to score when Sergio Garcia managed to put the ball out of the reach of Claudio Bravo. Barça were caught unaware when they looked to the ref for an apparent foul on Busquets, while Espanyol closed in on the Barça goal to score.
Stunned to go down, Barcelona was soon attacking the Espanyol goal, although not making the play count. Espanyol came close to scoring a second, only to be saved by Bravo but just as it looked as though Barça would go into the break behind, Suarez and Xavi set up the ball for Messi to put inside the post and equalize seconds before the half time whistle.
Back in after the break, it didn’t take long for Messi to put Barcelona in the lead with his second of the night and minutes later Pique made it 3-1. With a win almost assured the home side settled back a little but in the 77th minute things came together with Alba’s long pass to Pedro who scored goal number four for Barça and if the job wasn’t already done, three minutes later Messi scored his third of the night off a Pedro assist.
0-1 Sergio Garcia (min 12)
1-1 Messi (min 45)
2-1 Messi (min 49)
3-1 Pique (min 52)
4-1 Pedro (min 76)
5-1 Messi (min 80)
Following the incident last Sunday when Leo Messi was struck by a bottle thrown by a Valencia supporter and slightly injured, the Argentine striker was shown a yellow card for wasting time by the referee. The ref wasn’t aware of the incident and so Barça appealed the decision.
It seems a bit harsh that it wasn’t overturned in the end. What do you think?Source: Irish Times
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer have all been nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award by FIFA. Messi won the award three years straight between 2010 and 2012 with Ronaldo in second place in the two latter years, while Ronaldo took the trophy for himself in 2013, relgating Messi into second place.
The 2014 award will be anniounced in Zurich on 12th January 2015 and streamed online via the FIFA website.Source: FIFA
The daughter of Telmo Zarra, who was the top scoring player in the Spanish League until Leo Messi broke it last weekend, has disputed Messi’s record as he required more games than her father to exceed him. She says he father scored 251 goals in 278 games while Messi scored 289 games to get to the same figure and so his record stands.
It’s a little sad when things get to this stage. We’re counting the total goals scored, not average goals per match. Messi’s achievement doesn’t lessen that of Zarra, but it doesn’t paint his daughter in a particularly good light. The comments were made on Cope radio which is right wing and Catholic.Source: Soccar Laduma
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique recently said Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Ballon d’Or in 2013, adding that while team mate Lionel Messi is a footballing “genius” he was perhaps not as obsessive or hard working as Ronaldo. Pique knows the Madrid star from his time at Manchester United and says he likes and knows well.
He also describes Messi as the best player in the world and believes he will adapt better as he gets older.Source: Marca
Valencia CF has said the person responsible for injuring Lionel Messi after the Sergio Busquets scored on Sunday will be banned from the Mestalla for life if he can be identified. The Argentine player received treatment for a minor cut on his head after being struck by the bottle but his protestations to the referee earned him a yellow card.Source: Goal.com
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has denied he’s trying to lure Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona. Reports have circulated saying Mourinho and Messi have spoken on the phone with the idea of signing for the London club as early as January. However, Mourinho says it is just gossip by the mediaSource: Latin Post