17 November 2011

Recovery work for Messi and Mascherano

The Argentinean internationals trained indoors at the Ciutat Esportiva after their two games for Argentina over recent day. Alexis Sánchez due back in Barcelona this Thursday evening.

The first team squad have been given a day off today, although a few of them did come into the Ciutat Esportiva to work out. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano both did some recovery work after their exertions for Argentina over the last few days, which culminated in the 1-2 win over Colombia.

Messi and Mascherano met up with Adriano and Afellay, who are both recovering from injuries, at the Ciutat Esportiva, whilst the other injured player in the squad, Pedro, is due to come in for some work this afternoon.

With Leo Messi and Mascherano both back in Barcelona, the only remaining international absentee is the Chilean Alexis Sanchez, who is due back on Thursday evening and should be in training with the full squad on Friday morning. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cristiano: "We are encouraged to be ahead of Barcelona"

On the draw for the European Championship in Portugal could be drawn in same group as Spain, admitted he expects not to meet the Red so soon. On the momentum of Madrid, thought to be reflected in the connection with the public, "which is very positive and it shows on the field."

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken to the press at an event in which it presented its new collection of boots and clothing. The Portuguese has acknowledged that both he and his companions are encouraged to have an advantage in the standings over the closest rival, Barcelona.

"Being ahead of main rival is always important. We are motivated," said the Luso, who wished not start talking about the classic Dec. 10 at the Bernabeu. "Right now we only think Valencia will be a tough game, very difficult. Try to do well and then we'll see. We are making our way and Barca yours. It is a lot for the Madrid-Barça. Do not think about revenge," said.

Following the issues relating to Barcelona, ​​Cristiano chose "not to make comparisons," but spoke of Madrid this year, which he "entertains people." "They like to see us play well, and for us is most important. We feel a positive connection with the audience, play well and people are happy and that is felt in the field."

Will clash at Mestalla on the striker believes "will be different from last year," when Madrid got him 6 goals against Valencia in their field. Cristiano recalls that the whole 'che' "very well this year, is third and will be different." Although it is also very well is the Madrid. The Portuguese said that "it may be the best since joining Madrid," but remember that "what matters is the end of the season did not start well and end badly. So we do nothing. If we continue as heretofore certainly win something."

About Jose Mourinho, his compatriot said not to have noticed any change in his attitude. "Stayed the same, as everyone always small changes, but could not say no." About Carvalho claimed to have been "happy and motivated" and confessed to be "zero concerned" about the Ballon d'Or on the provocations that receives said trying "not listening", and denied that he has crossed his mind to leave the League for the reason, since "they are momentary situations."

Changing the third Cristiano also got wet in the face to draw for the Euro, and admitted that he prefers not to be seen in the group stage with Spain. "I do not want (to Spain). All those are good teams, but I'd rather play them later." (via AS)

Messi, outstanding leader of the Castrol ranking

The crack heads the ranking culé with 39 goals and 22 assists on the last 12 months.

The Argentinian star of Barca, Messi is the undisputed leader of Castrol EDGE October ranking, followed by Germany's Bayern Munich, Mario Gomez.

Lionel Messi is the player who has been in contact with the goal between November 2010 and October 2011, scoring 39 goals and handing out 22 assists. Barca is also the top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals in 12 months.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been the surprise in qualifying, which has fallen from 3rd to 5th place for their ineffectiveness in front of goal. And, only 21% of the auctions have ended the Portuguese winger at the back of the net. The benefit of the fall of the Portuguese has been his partner Karim Benzema goes up to 3rd place by its share of following negotiations in the shot on goal, 68% in the 72 shots he has done in the past 12 months.

Other prominent names in the ranking are Barça Gerard Piqué (6 th place) and Eric Abidal (7 th place). FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in 13th place, is the best midfielder in the ranking. In 9 league games without Andres Iniesta last year, Barcelona won only 5. (via SPORT)

Alexis Sanchez: "My priority now is to get back in shape"

After playing the qualifiers for the World Cup with the Chilean Alexis Sanchez is now ready to return to the discipline of FC Barcelona to resume activity.

Before flying to Barcelona, ​​attended Chilean forward "ADN Radio Chile" and made clear his desire to regain his best, as before the injury, to shine in the Camp Nou:" My priority is to get in form again a few days because I was stopped by a nuisance. I felt a little tired, but it was normal because it came out of an injury. And now is trying to get in shape to be good. "

Alexis returns satisfied with the results achieved with Chile and said that now "is to psych in the two games that come and try to win them."

Regarding the controversial scandal in the concentration in the Chilean team, said Alexis went page and be very happy with how everything went after the commotion in the template directed by Borghi.

"We are pleased by the people and for my companions, who left everything on the field. I and almost all of my teammates play for entrenandor. We are happy for him and the companions also. We are also pleased with the people that came to support and with the whole team feel a great joy, thanks to those people who supported us, "he said. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Deco: "Barça of Ronaldinho had more cracks than Messi"

The Portuguese, key to the team that won two league titles and the Champions of 2005 also admitted that Barça now has "more alternatives and solutions".

Deco was one of the pillars of Barcelona for four seasons at the orders of Frank Rijkaard, who was champion in two leagues and the Champions of 2006. A charismatic player with power in and out of the dressing that has opened a new debate at Barça.

The former Barcelona has commented in a recent statement on the team currently led by Pep Guardiola: "This team plays as a team and I think it's better than ours, really. But individually, I decided there were more people.'s Team Guardiola is more complete, with a total football and many solutions, but ours had more aces, "he said.

One boat that fue champion of Europe in 2006 with: Valdés, Oleguer, Rafael Marquez, Puyol and Van Bronckhorst, Edmílson, Xavi (Van Bommel) and Deco, Giuly, Eto'o and Ronaldinho. "Much Hubo questions around them Guardiola, but they were proved wrong. Got together a great team, and he will merit bearable Youth jugadores all you have done that", says Deco.

The midfielder, sees Barca favorite to take over the next Club World cup "everything can happen, because the Saints are a great team, and have a great coach and also Neymar, which is one of the best in the world this time. But Barça is more collective. " (via SPORT)

Club World Cup: Al Sadd or Espérance possible rivals in the semi finals

Winners to face Barça on 15th December in Yokohama.

he draw for the quarter finals of the Club World Cup was made this morning in Japan and FC Barcelona will play against the winners of the quarter final game between Al Sadd and Espérance (who play on December 11th ) in the semi final on December 15th in Yokohama.

The Qatar team Al Sadd are AFC Champions League winners after they beat the Korean team Jeonbuk in the final, whilst Espérance, from Tunisia, are the current African champions. The winner of the tie will face Barça in the competition's second semi final.

The first semi final will be between Santos and the Mexican team Monterrey, Kiwis Auckland City or the winners of the Japanese League. The Japanese and New Zealand teams meet in the qualifier to decide who meets Monterrey in the other quarter final to win the right to face Santos, who like Barça were guaranteed a spot in the semis, in the other semi finals.

Semifinals mexicanes

En els dos enfrontaments de semifinals previs dels anys 2006 i 2009, el Barça va jugar contra equips mexicans, i va aconseguir dues victòries, contra l’Amèrica i l’Atlante, respectivament. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Dani Alves presents its new "tires"

The full-back azulgrana hung on his Twitter account a photograph of his new boots which did not hesitate to qualify as nice as his "new tires".

Dani Alves already has new boots with which to pursue their meteoric career in the right lane of the Camp Nou.

Barca side Wednesday introduced its new footwear through its Twitter account.

Alves, represented by Adidas since late 2010, a spectacular design will look in their boots that combines black and electric orange.

It is not the first time the Brazilian full-back presents his new boots in society, but we already have well used. A few days ago and it did for that would wear with the Brazilian national team, while in special events like the Super Cup and Champions League final at Wembley, which is customary on the eve of the good match Alves present his new shoes. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Abidal did not want to be captain of the French

According to el diario, Abidal, 32, who does not want to become responsive to the press every time an incident occurs.

The French international Eric Abidal of Barcelona explained the coach Laurent Blanc does not want to wear the armband of the national team because it is "a responsibility that does not suit his character," published today 'L'Equipe'.

"I do not want to play that role," Blanc told reporters, who could give the responsibility to lead the "bleus" goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Philippe Mexes.

According to the newspaper, Abidal, 32, who does not want to become responsive to the press every time an incident occurs.

"If I have something to say about a particular point, I'll say is captain or not," confessed the player, who in the past had said he did not like the role of "leader" of the selection.

In the era Raymond Domenech during a game against Turkey in 2009, jumped right back into the field with the bracelet, but would not repeat the experience.

"If effort, not me. (...). It sounds fake to me Tell a referee between generations, raising his voice, giving relay coach, asked to change the schema, tactics ... no, that I am not, "he explained then. (via AS)

Messi is crazy to play against Zaragoza

After 24,000 kms. plane and two very tough matches, Messi is already thinking about Zaragoza.
On Saturday there will be rotations with Milan on the horizon, but Leo almost never rests.

Leo Messi has again emptied albiceleste shirt of Argentina's national team, that he loves to and the same as it costs so much trouble. They were two very tough and tense games against Bolivia and Colombia, played in full and pulling the cart because it assumes that the largest crack in a team with many cracks. And yet, after having been hit, kicked, Tarascan, a hundred balonazo ignoble insults of those who make your hair stand on end, today we pass through the FC Barcelona Ciutat Esportiva thinking after tomorrow's match against Zaragoza . Thinking about it because he wants to play, how you want to play them all the competition are to be. Best also for Barca is that the latest sensation with the albiceleste Messi is good: it comes from Colombia to lead the comeback, scoring one goal and making the second.

This moral triumph will ease the transfer involved have stuck another beating on airplanes of 24,000 kilometers and the consequences of such demanding games like Tuesday in Colombia, with a stifling heat and humidity and the need to lift a side marker. Now comes the day to day with the club, with the immediacy of a league match at Camp Nou in which Pep Guardiola, after regaining their 17 international, will set out to do rotations in the lineup, especially considering that the Next Wednesday will be at stake champion in the Champions League group in San Siro against Milan.

With the trot that leads, and if it were not so passionate a player like Messi play, probably against Zaragoza rest, at least initially. But the Argentine is a competitive animal, who wishes to stay with Barca and Argentina, so taking into account the previous closest call more attention not to play against Zaragoza who do so. Pep Guardiola must decide whether the Sabbath from the beginning has the best footballer in the world.

Has been told Mundo Deportivo, Messi and Javier Mascherano both have returned in good condition for its intense matches with Argentina. For now, the albiceleste parties are parked, which is certainly good news for the timing of the club. Also that those stoppages that FIFA has set in these early months of competition, for a time, and not interfere more in programming and champions of Europe, which is beginning to confront a stretch of the season with games of such importance as the San Siro Milan and Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, a little over three weeks away.

He returned last night with Mascherano and Brau
Lavezzi yesterday hung a picture of the return on his twitter. Appear Messi, Mascherano, the physio Juanjo Brau, Fernandez, Zabaleta and 'Kun'. (via MD)

[Former B player] Edu Oriol, an emigrant in search of a dream

Edu Oriol is one of the many players who, after passing through the youth ranks at Barcelona, ​​to be found life away from the Nou Camp to fulfill his dream. His was to play in First and Zaragoza gave him the opportunity he needed.

After two seasons at Barca subsidiary, in which won promotion to the Second, he decided it was time to leave and follow the footsteps of his twin brother, who plays for Villarreal. "I had the good fortune to his first team debut, but hopefully now have the chance to step on the Camp Nou and take off my spine," said the footballer. His role in the whole of Aragon has been low. After participating in the 0-6 against Real Madrid conceded in the Romareda, the Cambrils suffered a muscle injury that kept him a month and half standing. He returned in the final day against Sporting, playing the last five minutes, and now expects to achieve the regularity needed to "get a place in the team and earn the confidence of the coach." Edu Oriol acknowledges that, after passing through the club, had to "change the chip. The philosophy there is different from other teams. Here are suffering more because you have both the ball. " Zaragoza comes with the hope of getting something positive out of your visit to Barcelona, ​​but not too confident that the slowdown of choices can affect the performance of Pep's men: "It is a positive factor for us, but the potential is so great tired even capable of the best. They are a great team. " The paper highlights the player has acquired Thiago, with which the subsidiary agreed: "When I saw him train and thought it had no roof and if it continues and may become among the top five players in the world." Oriol also explains that "I talk a lot with Fontàs, I'm sure you end up with and take advantage of opportunities." Share with another exblaugrana costumes, Abraham Minero, which comes from an injury and although he started training yesterday, is doubtful for the Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

In Brazil admit that Messi is better than Neymar

If choosing the best player in the world by FIFA 2011 depended only Brazilian coaches and players, Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or, followed by the Santos's young forward Neymar Santos, said the portal GloboEsporte.

The site met the coaches and captains of the 20 clubs that compete for the Brazilian Championship, they voted, in order of preference, three best players of the season, similar to that adopted by the choice of personalities from FIFA fans from around the world. Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxembourg was the only one not to vote. All 39 respondents mentioned other Messi: Barcelona ended the star of the vote with 165 points, compared with 112 points won by Neymar. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, was ranked third with 47 points followed by three other players from Barcelona: Xavi (13 points) and Iniesta (six points) and the Brazilian Dani Alves (two points).

Among those who voted for "la Pulga" as the best in the world, Brazilian idol is former Barca forward Ronaldinho.También the coach of Atletico Goianiense, Helio dos Anjos, said they had no doubt that Argentina is the best on the planet today: "Messi is ahead of everyone else. You can not compare to anyone. It is the world's most complete player."

In total, eight of the 23 finalists of the FIFA list have been mentioned by the Brazilians surveyed, including Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich, and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez, Liverpool inglés.Schweinsteiger was voted coach Avai team, Toninho Cecilio, while Suarez was appointed as the third best on the planet by his compatriot Sebastian "Loco" Abreu, captain of Botafogo Rio de Janeiro. (via SPORT)

Luis García wants Barça

The forward has not forgotten its past as a player of Espanyol and looks forward to the match at the Camp Nou.

For Zaragoza forward Luis Garcia, Saturday's match at the Camp Nou will not be a game more. Player Espanyol's first team for six seasons, the player born in Oviedo was one of the most charismatic and beloved players by the Espanyol fans. Last summer headed for Zaragoza but has never forgotten that it was his home for the most successful years of his career. For this and for its past through the ranks at Real Madrid (he first-team debut in a match merengue Cup), the match against Barca is special to him.

Speaking to 'Esports Cope', Asturian forward spoke of the possibility of scoring against Barca," If I score a goal first remember my teammates and the fans of Zaragoza ", commented the player. Even then added that it would remember its past Espanyol: "As a parrot that I am, it is normal that I'm happy for Barca to score a goal."

The forward also had time to discuss the proposal made by the other day Barca president Sandro Rosell, about reducing the number of sixteen teams in the Spanish league. Luis Garcia, like most players and coaches modest equipment, has disagreed with President Rosell. "To me it seems very advantageous and does not seem right for the president of the club. Obviously, I respect their opinion, but do not share, "said the player zaragocista.

If nothing happens extraordinary, Luis Garcia, who has played every game of this league as a starter, will on Saturday 11 Can `initial Zaragoza. Author of three goals two of them against their former team, Espanyol, is next to the international Portuguese one of the maximum dangers of Zaragoza. Although he is only Barca scored a goal in 16 games (with Murcia, Mallorca and Espanyol), it seems clear that Luis Garcia will not hesitate if you can drill Victor Valdes' goal. And if successful, will remember his six years as a player of Espanyol. (via SPORT)

Barca-Rayo schedule changes

The match schedule changes again after the request of the Rayo Vallecano claiming to have the same time off the Barca box.

The match between Rayo Vallecano and Valencia, originally scheduled for Sunday November 27 at 18 hours, advances to Saturday 26 to 18 hours, and the match between FC Barcelona and Lightning, Camp Nou on Tuesday 29th 21 hours, instead of Wednesday 30.

With this change made by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, will attend Rayo's petition to contest the day 13 the same day as the Barcelona, ​​to thereby receive the same time off before facing each other in the advance party Week 17, the club vallecano. (via SPORT)

Baresi: "It will be interesting to test against the best team in the world"

The ex Milan captain Franco Baresi, welcomed the upcoming clash between his beloved team and FC Barcelona.

"A fascinating challenge and an event not to miss," he said on Milan's match and Barca next Wednesday at San Siro on the occasion of the Champions League.

"Barcelona are the strongest team at this time and will be interesting to test our level against the best training the world," he said. "There will be an incredible atmosphere and the stadium will be full," he added.

Regarding one of the stars of the Italian team, Thiago Silva, who has sounded for FC Barcelona, ​​Baresi said: "Thiago Silva? Is a great defense and I think he's happy to play for Milan and stay." (via SPORT)

Meira: "We are going to suffer at the club but we will try to surprise"

Portuguese Fernando Meira, who plays for Zaragoza, said that given the club the most important thing is that the team knows suffer without the ball.

In this regard he added that players are aware that zaragocista will spend most of the game behind the ball to be in possession of his rival but still try to keep a clean sheet. "Although Real Madrid and Barcelona are well above the other teams we've seen many surprises in the Spanish championship and I think we also played give and take points from which nobody expected," he added.

The Portuguese player believes that in order to get something on the ground Catalan Real Zaragoza should make a party "perfect." Meira has indicated that during this week his colleagues have already said almost everything and the staff is eager to do "something important to take points."

"We know we're going to suffer but we will try to surprise," said the player Luso, who pointed out that now is a team Zaragoza "different" that started the championship being thrashed by Real Madrid, because then there were several new players and had hardly been able to train with other colleagues.

On the classification achieved by the national team for Euro after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina (6-2 in the round), the versatile player has indicated that he felt very happy, not only for victory but for the participation of two zaragocista it, Helder Postiga, who scored twice and Ruben Micael.

"They've been in the important moments of the match and will come with more confidence and desire to help the Zaragoza", stressed the Portuguese player also, that with respect to Postiga, considered that the striker scored two important goals for selection and for him and will return very well.

Curiosity has come when asked by Paraguayan Paulo Da Silva, who has been injured for his country, something that Fernando Meira unknown. "I knew who had been injured. I saw the summary of his party and not know he was injured," he said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] And with 34 ... Rafinha

He had mentioned on several occasions, and now finally seems to be that this Friday is going to make your dream come true: to extend the contract that keeps you connected to FC Barcelona until 2015 .

Thiago's little brother dazzled last season playing in the JuvenilA as a false centre-forward, and he made it so well that ended up enjoying minutes with Barça B. In the silver category it ended up disputing 504 minutes, distributed in ten games.

There are several qualities that holds this young but great player, and his undeniable quality that is compounded by its ability to attack, demonstrated mobility between the lines, and their commitment to the team and their physical ability, dedication and physical waste plasma in all its actions.

The sum of qualities have not gone unnoticed by Pep Guardiola . Pep gave him the opportunity to compete with the first team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey played with the Hospitalet. Rafinha entered the field in the absence of 14 minutes in place of Cesc Fabregas.

Needless to say, was delighted Rafinha its debut, and it will take em forget the day of its release with the first team. He himself declared that it was "a dream for any player of the quarry. It's unbelievable," adding in reference to the first team game, "jump into the grass and notes that intensity, that pace. It's like a movie, something from another the world. " So amazed as I was, Rafinha was asked at the time the alleged interest of Chelsea, in addition to that of Madrid, but the Blaugrana squad, in a test of youth who presided, said no costs or hair: "Hell, the truth is that I never hear about these things." (via MD)

[Technical File]
Full Name: Rafael Alcantara do Nascimento
Nickname: Rafinha
Position in the field: Midfielder
Number: 30 (though his first team debut to 34)
Place and date of birth: Sao Paulo Brazil, March 12, 1993
2006/2207. Infantil A FCB
2007/2008. Cadete B FCB
2008/2009. Cadete A FCB
2009/2010. Juvenil B FCB
2010/2011. Juvenil A FCB/Barça B

[Barça B] The renewal of Rafinha, falling

As he released this afternoon RAC1, the agreement between FC Barcelona and Rafinha's total contract for the expansion of the young player. In fact, on Friday Rafinha seal his signature on the new contract.

With the news of the extension of the contract ends the rumor that placed the little brother Thiago at Real Madrid, given the interest shown from the 'white house', also not forgetting the interest of Chelsea.

Previously, he had already given Rafinha active and passive desire to continue to defend the Barca shirt, partly for the trust you have placed in him Pep Guardiola, as demonstrated when he made ​​his debut with the first team in the game leg of the Copa del Rey at the Hospitalet .

Following the news released the renewal of Rafinha, could soon also announce the young Jonathan dos Santos , one of the pearls of the quarry Blaugrana. (via MD)

Thiago Alcántara: "I’m surprised with the amount playing time I've been given. It’s a great surprise”

The player doesn't understand the critiques Messi has been receiving, “it's a pleasure to play and train with Leo Messi”. “Cesc is a great player that pairs really well with me and the rest of the team”.

FC Barcelona’s midfielder, Thiago Alcántara, who was on international duty with Spain’s Under-21 squad, said that we wasn’t worries about the so called ‘FIFA virus’ during today’s press conference. Barça is to face Zaragoza this weekend in the League and Alcántara explained that “the fact that we’ve had complications in games after international breaks is fairly random. We’re back and we have the same desire to win as we did before.” He went on to say “the fact that the majority of Barça’s first team players are named to national squads is great, it shows the hard work the players put in at the Club.”

Thiago Alcántara, recent full time addition to the first team this season, said he was happy with the work he’s put in for the team, “I didn’t think I would be playing so much this season, I’m a bit surprised with the amount of minutes I’ve been given on the field. It’s a great surprise.” Alcántara also had words for his fellow midfielder, Cesc, “he’s a great player that pairs really well with me and the rest of the team.” The player also highlighted some of the deficiencies in his play that he intends to work on, “as time goes on you mature and evolve, in certain situations I would be too risky with my play. Playing out wide is more secure, easy and simple.”

Lastly, addressing the critiques Messi has received while playing for Argentina, Alcántara said he doesn’t believe that Messi suffers from “Barçadependency,” and that it was normal that the Argentine’s play was better when he played for Barça, because “he’s known the players here for a long time and you get used to how they play.” Alcántara added, “it’s a real joy to be able to play games and train alongside Leo Messi, he’s a one of a kind player. I don’t understand the critiques, but you have to respect them.” Thiago Alcántara finished by saying “Messi should always play.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Training session with all the internationals minus Messi, Mascherano and Alexis

FC Barcelona had most of its internationals back for today's training session. Cuenca and the Under-17 squad players Bañuz, Calvet, Moreno, Grimaldo and Oliván trained with the first team.

Barça’s first team squad was almost back to full strength for this Wednesday's training session at the Cuitat Espotiva Joan Gamper as regulars Pinto, Maxwell, Keita and Fontàs were joined by the eight Spanish internationals; French international, Abidal; Brazil's, Dani Alves; and Spain's Under-21 player, Thiago Alcántara.

After having played their World Cup qualifiers, the South American internationals, Messi, Mascherano and Alexis Sánchez are scheduled to return to training in the coming hours.

To train with a full squad, Barça’s technical staff called up Isaac Cuenca and five Under-17 players: Miguel Bañuz, Pol Calvet, Alex Moreno, Alejandro Grimaldo and Brian Oliván. The injured players Pedro, Adriano and Afellay continued to work on their recuperation programmes. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Barça B enjoys a day of go-karting

The Barça B squad enjoys the day off at Club de Karting in Vendrell. Eusebio's men are to play Murcia this Saturday.

The Barça B squad had a group building day this Wednesday. The players, the Under-21 internationals included, and the coaching staff made their way to El Vendrell (Baix Penedès) this morning to test their go-karting skills.

After the team enjoyed a meal together at the cavas near to the Club de Karting facility, Rubén Miño and Cristian Tello showed that their skill wasn’t restricted to just football as they showed up their teammates on the rain soaked asphalt.

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, the team will return to training as they prepare for the away match against Murcia. The game will be this Saturday at 18:00 h. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Leo Messi made his debut for Barça's first team eight years ago

On November 16th, 2003, Leo Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona's first team under Frank Rijkaard.

Leo Messi’s first game with the FC Barcelona’s first team was on November 16th, 2003. Barça, trained by Frank Rijkaard, was playing in the inaugural game of the Estadio do Dragao, built to host the 2004 Euro Cup, against Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto. One of Barça’s debutants was a seventeen year old youngster, Leo Messi, who at that time played in Barça’s Under-17 side. Messi, despite his age, showed his quality in the game that the Portuguese side ended up winning 2-0.

Messi, playing with the number ’14’ on his back, was subbed in for Fernando Navarro on the 75th minute. This Wednesday marks the eighth year since Messi made his debut for the first team. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Neymar: "Barca is without doubt the best club in the world"

The crack of Santos shows his interest in playing in Europe one day while his great sympathy for the men led by Pep Guardiola in a recent statement. Also considers it an honor to face Messi clubs in the World and confesses that he sees as a favorite to win the next Ballon d'Or.

The crack of Santos, Neymar, has shown great interest in playing one day in Europe, and especially his admiration for FC Barcelona in a recent statement to the magazine France Football. The Brazilian believes that men are led by Pep Guardiola in a special class and want to meet in a possible final at the World clubs. "They are aliens and if we can play against them will be a pleasure and great honor., Would be the dream final, but first we must think of the first game, the more dangerous"

In addition, the front ensures that one day dreams of playing in the old continent, .. "I dream of playing in Europe. I do not know when, but I'll go one day. So far is clear: I was here. I thank two great clubs, two giants of world football, for their interest, but in life there a choice and my choice is to stay at Santos. "

About the Ballon d'Or, who is nominated, he says: "I think Messi will win it, what he does in the club is incredible. The second? Cristiano Ronaldo. Did I third? No, no." Also praises the Argentine when he defends himself against the criticism he received Brazil in the last Copa America, "not always win the best. Even Argentina, which was the host, also failed, and with Messi, the best in the world.
Finally, spoke about his recent renovation with Santos until 2014 and noted that "at the moment is clear: I'm staying here. I thank two great clubs, for their interest, but in life you have to choose and my decision is to stay at Santos. (via SPORT)