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Lionel Messi was left ‘astonished’ after watching Riqui Puig in Barcelona training

Remember the name, Riqui Puig. Barcelona have a rising star on their hands in Puig, the 19-year-old midfielder who looks destined for a bright career at the Camp Nou. In August, AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso labelled Puig “spectacular” after his performance in a pre-season fixture against the Serie A club. “I heard about him […]

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Pele takes things too far with harsh comments about Lionel Messi after the Ballon d’Or

Safe to say it hasn’t been the best week for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. On Monday the Argentine not only missed out on the Ballon d’Or for a third year running but placed a disappointing fifth in the rankings. Luka Modric won the award, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe occupying the rest of […]

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Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet speaks honestly about Lionel Messi and the Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or finally came to an end on Monday night as Luka Modric won the prestigious award. Not since 2007 has a player other than Messi or Ronaldo been crowned the winner, when Kaka was named the world’s best. But times are changing and Modric’s victory shows […]

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Ernesto Valverde has blasted the Ballon d’Or result after Luka Modric’s win

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible decade-long dual over the Ballon d’Or was resoundingly ended this week when Luka Modric deservedly claimed the crown. The magical little Croatian has had an incredible year. He played a massive part in Real Madrid claiming yet another UEFA Champions League title while gathering a glut of individual awards […]

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Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez talked changes – Real now have two January targets

Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League trophy back in May – but it’s all gone wrong since then. Zinedine Zidane left soon after delivering those trophies in just two and a half years as boss, leaving some very daunting shoes to fill. Spain boss, Julen Lopetegui, was the man who eventually said yes […]

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Ousmane Dembele’s latest behaviour has angered Barcelona staff again

Ousmane Dembele’s ever-growing rap sheet has threatened to derail his Barcelona career. Signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for an initial fee of £96.8 million, the 21-year-old has scored just seven league goals since arriving at the Nou Camp. For a player who was expected to replace Neymar, he hasn’t been good enough. Those stats […]

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Solari, on Vinicius: When it’s inevitable, a player will end up playing

Ahead of Real Madrid‘s Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen, temporary coach, Santiago Solari, didn’t give any clues about his starting XI, but he did take time to praise Vinicius Junior. With two wins under his belt already, another for Solari could see his candidacy for the position full-time enhanced. “I want Vinicius to be a fully-fledged first-team player but that process has to be […]

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Luis Enrique: Jordi Alba? He’s at a very high level, but has always been the same…

Without giving anything away whilst attending the Atletico Madrid-Dortmund Champions League game, Spain coach, Luis Enrique, suggested, when asked, that Jordi Alba has always played at his current high level. On Thursday, the squad list for the games against Croatia and Bosnia will be released, and many expect Alba‘s name to be on it. “Jordi Alba? He’s at a very high level, but has always […]