23 November 2011

Santos says that Ronaldo wanted money Neymar

Santos's president, Luiz Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, affirmed that the ex-footballer Ronaldo pressed to "make money" with the possible transfer from the Brazilian to Real Madrid.

"Ronaldo was the first to speak on behalf of Real Madrid, after envoys came and the pressures were too great, the money being offered to the player was monstrous and the more I said no, the greater the appetite," said the leader in an interview published by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

De Oliveira Ribeiro said that the interest of Spanish football by Neymar emerged in the farewell match of Ronaldo, last June, first through the Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, and then by the top scorer in the history of global Real Madrid's request.

According to the manager, Ronaldo sought "on behalf of Real Madrid" and presented an offer of 37 million euros ($ 49.7 million), eight million less (about $ 10.7 million) that the clause the player had at that time to leave the Santos.

"He (Ronaldo) ceased to be a player and became an entrepreneur and naturally he wanted to make money, is their right," he said.

After the attempted transfer of the Brazilian striker to Real Madrid, Santos renewed his contract to ensure his stay until 2014, with a clause that allows Neymar earn 90 percent on advertising exploits the club with your name .

The leader went on to say that one of the reasons why Neymar rejected the offer from Real Madrid was the temperament of the coach of Real Madrid, the Portuguese Jose Mourinho.

"He (Neymar) plays at the club he grew up and loves next to his grandmother, parents, the child and why change that for a Real Madrid with a temperamental technical? There is a risk you are sent to haircut and require you to have to defend and to bargain and here he plays as he wants, "he said the manager. (via AS)

Coppola: "Messi is the best right now, but Diego is unique"

Maradona's ex-representative believes that the difference between Leo and Diego is his personality.

The Argentine Guillermo Coppola, ex-representative of Diego Maradona, considered that the crack of Barça, Leo Messi, who plays for Barcelona, ​​"is the best player of the moment, infinitely better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but Diego is unique."

In an interview for a magazine Argentina, Coppola explains that "the strong personality of Maradona makes the difference" with respect to Messi.

About Maradona, Coppola said, "many people have indicated to me as the man who hooked him, but it is not. I do not hide . I know the life I've been and what I did for a friend. Diego always showed so much damage that she met him in Barcelona, ​​but not surrounded by Spanish, but Argentines."

"Diego is a rebel," he adds , "and when interest is expressed, but because he really means it. This causes him to have encounters and also me. I was his left leg, the rest of the heart that he had, his father, loyal friend. And one day they arose, he felt that there were differences and reflected. No thought of love, what we had experienced together." (via SPORT)

AC Milan - Barça: San Siro set to decide who tops group

Alves, Iniesta, Adriano, Cassano and Gattuso amongst the players out. A Barça win would mathematically mean they finish top with one game to play.

San Siro hosts a classic of European football tonight when two of the continents giants –AC Milan and FC Barcelona –go head to head for the top spot in the Champions League Group H. The group winners would be in an ideal position for the first knock out round, with home advantage in the second leg. It's advantage Barça for the moment, with Guardiola's team enjoying a two point lead, but with Milan also already through to the quarter finals, the Italians could turn things around with a win, whilst for Barça a draw would probably suffice ahead of their final game against BATE.

Barça will be without four players: the suspended Alves and the injured Iniesta are probably the most important and Afellay and Adriano are also both out, which means that Guardiola will be forced to make changes –most notably at right back where Alves is a regular. Milan are also without two influential figures - Gattuso and Cassano, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the game in the Camp Nou, will play.

Between them, Milan and Barça have won 11 European Cups and Guardiola warned on the eve of the game that his players will need to put in "a perfect game" if they are to win and take the top spot against a Milan team who have won both their games at home in the group and earned a valuable draw at the Camp Nou with a typically effective display.

In the match at the Camp Nou, Barça had much the better of the possession and created more chances, but failed to put away enough to see off a Milan team who scored in the first and the last minute of the game to draw 2-2. Tonight's game is likely to follow a similar script, with Allegri's team happy to sit back and let Barça come at them, something Guardiola's attacking philosophy always assures his team will try to do. A clash of styles maybe, but two teams with the same objective: topping Group H. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

UEFA impedes a homage to Tito Vilanova

The club had planned to wear T-shirts with the slogan 'Ànims Tito', but the refusal of UEFA and the lack of communication with Vilanova, have postponed a tribute to the duel with Rayo.

The azulgrana squad was shocked yesterday at the news of the operation of Tito Vilanova and planned to jump today turf San Siro with a shirt to support the team coach. A proposal has been sent and rejected during the ceremonial meeting between UEFA , Milan and Barcelona , which have come Amador Bernabéu and Chemi Terés.

The club has prepared some T-shirts with the slogan 'anims Tito' ('spirits Tito'), which were to be shown to have achieved the consent of UEFA and Vilanova own. But Barcelona has not obtained the permission of UEFA and has also failed to communicate with the convalescent Vilanova, so the club has postponed any tribute to the first match played at the Camp Nou, scheduled for Tuesday 29 against the Rayo Vallecano (21:00 hours).

Tito Vilanova was operated yesterday of the parotid gland by maxillofacial surgery team Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona. The operation lasted five hours and the result was satisfactory. The estimated time low is between 3 to 4 weeks.

On the other hand many Barca fans are concentrated at this time in the Piazza del Duomo, in a festive atmosphere before the clash between two big clubs in Europe. It is expected that some 5,000 to offer support to all Guardiola from the stands. (via AS)

Sacchi: "Barça is the best team in the world"

Arrigo Sacchi believes that Madrid "is very competitive but does not have the harmony of Barça". The Italian notes that "thanks to Barça, football is developed and is in continuous evolution".

Arrigo Sacchi has emphasized that " the Barca is the best team in the world. Thanks to Barça, football is developed and is in continuous evolution. Makes a beautiful game that everyone likes football. "

Speaking to 'Ona esportiva', the Italian coach has acknowledged that " the Madrid now very competitive, but does not have the harmony of Barça, although it is very close, very close. Mourinho and Pep are different but great coaches. "

Declarations of Costacurta Mundo Deportivo exclusively to the fact that Pep Barça does not happen to Barça what Cruyff in Athens, Sacchi said that " it is difficult to talk about two teams as diverse in time. Can not compare. (via MD)

Vidic: "Barça is the obsession of Manchester"

The English club captain, Nemanja Vidic, believes that Barça is the obsession of his team after the defeats in the finals of the Champions in 2009 and 2011.

The captain of Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, said in a recent delcare English in half the club is becoming "an obsession for the club" and that this is still a kind of "abuse" for them.

Vidic has seen the two defeats in the finals of the Champions, 2009 in Rome and 2011 in London by the group led by Pep Guardiola has said that reaching a third time, his team surely defeat to Barcelona. The centre-back, already winners of the competition in 2008 against Chelsea, is desperate to get his second title.

United's Serbian captain also said his team "can not play the way that makes the club to defeat them" and "must develop their own style to beat men of the quality of Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Vidic would argue these claims by analyzing past the end: "If you look at the two ends of 2099 and 2011, the way they played, were the best in both parties. We have our own way of playing and we are improving. It is not to make any revolution or do things differently, is simply to make the same game, but better. You can not copy the game the club. His way of playing, is compared to English football is a different world. " said centre-back Manchester. (via SPORT)

Walcott is objective of Barça

After meeting the interest in Gareth Bale, England ensures that the Arsenal is also intended at Camp Nou.

Speculate some English sites , the Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is now one of the main objectives of Pep Guardiola to become part of the Barça squad for the 2013 season. FC Barcelona coach would be interested in English art, which would have followed intensively during the past year and a half, during which time he has reached a high level. During this week, news broke that Barca president, Sandro Rosell, commented directly on the possibility of a transfer of Tottenham full-back Gareth Bale, but it seems that Walcott is the preferred option for Guardiola.

The former Southampton player, enforcing contracts in a year, but the operation would not be easy. Course, would benefit if Arsenal do not qualify for the Champions got the next season. Arsene Wenger has a new concern.

The Arsenal player was sent and polled by the Catalan club during the summer, but not elaborated on the interest of both parties. It is said that Barcelona are willing to offer up to 35 million euros for the player, a significant figure given the fact that the player is still young enough to put the firm in long-term contract and having men and Villa and Alexis on the team, nevertheless, remains a top priority for Pep. (via SPORT)

Messi generates almost three times as many goals as Ibrahimovic

Leo has 24 points and 11 passes for only 9 +3 Ibra.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not tired of repeating that his divorce from Pep Guardiola started "when Leo Messi chose to appease" erected in the figure on which gravitated Barca attack. The Swede, used to be the 'vedette' in all the clubs, is now the reference axis of the Milan but the numbers of both are leaving Zlatan below.

Leo is the number one in the world, as evidenced by 24 goals and 11 assists officers that amount so far this season with Barça. In total, he has participated in 35 goals, nearly triple the offensive contribution in Milan Ibra. The crack 'Rossoneri' has nine goals in all competitions and only three assists. There is no debate. And contrary to what happened with Guardiola, of their mouth has not left neither a word against Massimiliano Allegri to sometimes retard their position and to nurture of balls for before to Robinho and Pato, already of turn. (via MD)

Pep tested yesterday at the San Siro with a four back

The coach placed in 3-top to Villa, Messi and Alexis.

While Pep Guardiola this season has surprised several parties implementing the 3-4-3 system, apparently yesterday the technician will be faithful to the classic 4-3-3 Milan has always used. This was tested yesterday on the lawn of San Siro in the previous session and shock, but surprise, it will fray before the group coached by Allegri tonight, with Villa, Messi and Alexis in forward position.

Of the four previous shock Champions League group stage of Barça has played this season in any of them opted for a defense of three, making us think that nothing can change his mind today. In front is one of the giants of Europe, with Ibrahimovic and Robinho to the head. The Rossoneri were already able to draw at the Camp Nou in the last minute even though Barça did more credit for the win.

The 15 minutes of training prior to Barca's Champions League match are the ones that are open to the press for imposition of the UEFA. This is where in most cases you can check the good feeling that prevails in the locker room. Yesterday, however, it was noted that concerns about the state of Vilanova was very present among the technical staff and the players. The beginnings of a smile, but much less than usual. Without his right hand, Pep chatted most of the session with Altimira Aureli, trainer and intimate Vilanova.

Barca third kit used today, with the green jersey, to avoid confusion with Milan, which will go from 'Rossoneri'. (via MD)

Milan-Barça: For the leadership and for Tito

Barca want to leave the group settled in San Siro with Ibrahimovic. The costumes, 'touched' by the operation of Vilanova, want to dedicate the victory.

Kill two birds with one stone and spend a prestige victory Tito Vilanova . With that goal now jump (20.45 h) renewed Barça lawn to San Siro to clinch the top spot in Group H of the Champions League and become a formality the visit of BATE Borisov in the last day hours after that the operation in the parotid gland of the inseparable right of Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova , shake the dressing room first reported by Pep at the same Camp Nou before starting journey, and then all Barcelona.

Thanks to the two points, a draw would give almost always capital 'field factor' in the second round, but the triumph over Milan would also save effort against the Belarus four days before heading to the Santiago Bernabeu in the league. In his first season, Pep Guardiola held three wins in three starts of the playoffs (today can emulate full) and, with nothing at stake, Shakhtar got a team full of substitutes. After four days, eleven players ranked different. Repeat this plan goes for confirming its status as European champions in one of the largest temples football and show who is still the reference.

He has served morbo . Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic , hipermotivado goals to sing a few feet from Guardiola, but Leo Messi Also, pay per loco Others Account pending. After he settles in San Mames faux pas, lead him to Argentina Bajo Barranquilla heat and add 90 more minutes with a goal against him included Zaragoza cuando le algunos veían cast this night batir Quiero for the first time an Italian club. Five parties seem too much for ya Leo, his tip of the iceberg artillery Barca, winners at last sus Cuatro exit from the Champions League . Front, los diablos 'rossoneri' fierce at San Siro (six straight wins) but surely to the expectation on him as he Barça Camp Nou. Alli rascaron point with a little bit, but Pep has taken note.

Guardiola threw balls out in his reunion with Ibra. Tito trance itself is important . And he kept his speech: "We will win." Pep went also without the suspended Adriano Alves and the injured, Afellay and Iniesta, the dream of the son of Silvio Berlusconi. In the air is choose which picture. Opted for the 4-3-3 in the first round against an orphan Milan bands. Logic says that Puyol will occupy the right wing with Mascherano and Pique, the antidote for Ibra, in the area but it is not ruled out that the 3-4-3 rescue Guardiola, unprecedented in the Champions League.

Separate systems, San Siro will see a Barca recognizable. In the stadium where the Milan of Arrigo Sacchi revolutionized football in the late 90's, stamp Pep want to leave. With Rijkaard, Gullit, Van Basten and company, he remains the last great team who raised two consecutive European Cups (1989 and 1990).

That is the challenge of Barcelona , which has two 'Ushastye' in three years, during which adds three leagues. Sacchi's Milan won only one (in 1988 and still no Rijkaard) and then backed down the scudetto Mathhäus against Inter, Napoli of Maradona and Sampdoria of Vialli and Mancini. Just for that, this boat and choose to be the best ever, but wants more. And today, to conquer for Tito Vilanova. (via MD)

Carles Puyol was able to sign for Milan

The centre-back, which had as regards Maldini, could go to Milan during the drought years who lived in the Camp Nou. The captain decided to stay and has been key to the best Barcelona in history.

The story could easily have put yesterday Puyol in the press room at San Siro as a player for Milan in a big game after the Champions to his former club Barcelona . Barca captain has never hidden what has always been his other team or the Milan has given up trying to seduce him with money, houses, facilities, esteem and virtually everything that had asked the La Pobla if you ever have to leave the Camp Nou raised . It was also his only option and in fact came to weigh at some point when things were so twisted in Barça. Precisely that was the reason that ultimately retained, as the failure to win anything with Barça during its first five years in the first team further bound him to his roots.

Moving to the Barcelona without a degree it seemed impossible to accept as FC Barcelona, ​​which however did seem sure whether to accept clothing from Milan. "Puyol has always known that the open doors of Milan " , was repeated several times over the years its chief executive and now president, Adriano Galliani. I knew the admiration of Paolo Maldindi Puyol was also a factor to attract a defender like him, with a profile that probably would have fit perfectly in calcium and Italian mentality.

The case, however, is that the temptation to beat Puyol on the basis of faith in his club and hope for a future that rewarded their loyalty with no less than three and five Champions League to become the captain who lifted more trophies and Barca captain best of all time. (via MD)

[Barça B] Eusebio: "I have great capacity of leadership"

Eusebio was sincere in an interview at the Faro de Vigo. Asked if his reputation as a good person can harm, was emphatic: "Being a good person always adds in the life and work. I'm challenging myself and others. It may be more or less angry, but I have discipline and leadership ability. " On his future, the coach of branch said: "I'm fine on this machine but my goals are very high, I want to prove in other settings. Barça? Never know, but be prepared just in case". (via MD)

Messi: "This team is a legend"

The Barcelona forward, who won the 'Onze d'Or' 2010-11, heads a list that also Iniesta, Xavi and Villa.

Leo Messi has started its annual harvest of awards that invites us to think that the Blaugrana striker extended his reign in the 'world football'. This is the 'Onze d'Or' Rosario gets the second consecutive sweep after voting by readers. In the interview with the Eleven, organizers of the award, Messi again referred to the importance of team that he has reached the top. "I consider the best in the world, for nothing! Not me who thinks it is the people who qualify me as well. I am still the same. If I am what I am, I repeat, it is thanks to my colleagues. We have done all this work together. "

And when asked about the players who impressed him again recalls: "I have the great good fortune to play with Xavi and Iniesta. They are players that I admire for his class and his influence over the game. I have very good relationship with them. They have become my friends, "he says.

When Messi is more striking was the talk of the collective. "I can not judge the past teams, compare them and say we're the best team ever, but I think this ship will be remembered for all the trophies he has won. This equipment has changed the course of the game for his vision of football and the way they play. What is certain is that we will enter into a legend, "he says proudly.

Neither has objected to praise the work of Josep Guardiola. "Guardiola is really a phenomenon. First, because he has won everything. And then, of his concern for detail. His way of paying attention to even the most trivial things, is fascinating. It leaves nothing to chance. It is without doubt the best coach in the world. "

Messi asked to reveal their secret to success. "The desire to win now and forever. I have never bastantey try to keep this winning mentality every day. I have only one desire, to keep winning with the club and start a cycle with Argentina victorious. The more certificates I earn, the better I feel. "

As for the keys to Barcelona soccer game Leo explains that the Blaugrana "is, above all, to deprive the opponent of the ball. We like them running and inculcating a maximum pressure in your field. And when we have the ball, we are prepared to do the pressing and recover quickly. " The objectives of the workforce in 2012 are "always want to win all the titles that put us ahead."

We could not miss the question about his future. "I was waiting because I always make it," said the Argentine, laughing. "I want to do my whole career at Barca and I have no reason to go elsewhere. In any case, we see that the future holds for me. "

Leo also discusses the importance of the Barcelona-Real Madrid. "It's hard to describe the atmosphere of a classic. It is always exciting and special symbolism that surrounds it. " Remember that it is "really a hot party, a different game to the players." In his opinion, "it is the most beautiful sign that football can offer." The Rosario also makes a reference to his aspirations for his country. "The World Cup is a dream that I hope will some day. I wish with all my heart. " (via SPORT)

Barca went to London to probe Bale and Cole

The club blaugrana resent several emissaries to England to revive interest in two of the most interesting lanes to the left.

The renewal of Eric Abidal and Barca still standing you cover himself in case the French finally decides to end his spell at the club blaugrana. Two of the names to fill the lane priority militant lefty in England and the Technical Secretariat was again sent to several members of the technical secretariat to probe the possible signings of Gareth Bale and Ashley Cole.

The full-back of Tottenham is being specially monitored throughout the season. He was recently spied in the meeting between the Spurs' what Fulham and Monday was again observed in the match against Aston Villa. The aim is to gather as much information before taking the next step, which is to take a decision on what should be the ultimate goal. Bale is a very deep full-back, which can also act as a winger. Endorse his youth, 22 years, but the downside is the price. Has a contract until 2015 and Tottenham, aware of his worth, he has priced at 45 million euros.

Moving to London was also used to probe the incorporation of Ashley Cole. The relationship between Barca and Chelsea are fluid after the transfer of Oriol Romeu this summer. The two technicians, Pep Guardiola and Andre Villas-Boas, have a good tune and the Catalans club is aware that the blues have you put the English in the international market. Chelsea wants to rejuvenate the defense with the addition that Cole ends contract in June 2013 and this summer is the last in which obtain financial compensation for your sale.

The difference between Bale and Cole is in the price, also directly related to the age of the players. The Chelesea full-back is about to turn 31 years and its price would be around 10 million euros. A much more affordable for Barca coffers. (via SPORT)

Messi hopes to open up today his bill against the Italian teams

For an athlete like Messi, every encounter is a new challenge. The modern Milan is also it.

For somebody as Leo Messi that one always declares hungry when it jumps to a game land, the tonight game against Milan has for him incentives at collective level, and also in the individual aspect. Barça is played the first square in the group H, and the possible one is also 'vendetta' on a Zlatan Ibrahimovic to which was been the force by the mouth in its autobiography. But there exists another small personal challenge to the Argentine striker, and is to mark his first goal for an Italian team.

Since coming to the first team, Messi has played six games against joint transalpine officers, all in the Champions League . The first, in the now distant 2005-06 season ended with a 4-1 against Udinese. Ronaldinho marked hat trick and a Deco, but then (even more) young Leo fell to zero.

Already in the season 2009-10, with Messi like leader of the team and Josep Guardiola in substitution of Frank Rijkaard in the bench, the four crashes arrived against the Inter Milan of José Mourinho. In the phase of groups they registered a tie at zero and a 2-0 (goals of Piqué and Pedro). In the semifinals, the annotators blaugrana were the same ones: the tinerfeño wrote down the reveille of the defeat for 3-1 in San Siro, and Gerard the insufficient one 1-0 of Camp Nou. And already in the present campaign, Pedro and Villa were the authors of the two reveilles of the 2-2 against Milan in stadium.

And there is yet another entry to the Argentine curriculum and for lovers of statistics: if Barca Milan wins tonight, so will the win Messi 200 since its debut in the first team. Another round figure spectacular as it has played 288 games as Barca on already accumulated 204 goals, also a record pace. (via SPORT)

The solo journey of Pep Guardiola

It could be surrounded by his assistants and players, but Pep was sad yesterday, depressed by the absence of its main supporter and ally.

Pep and Tito Vilanova was virtually a single entity during travel. It was difficult to see and not see one another a few yards away, as if they need to keep eye contact alone. Also always sat in the front row of the plane which took the opportunity to watch videos of the rival and review some questions about the alignment. Were most similar to a 'marriage' perfect.

But yesterday this connection is split because of fate. While Guardiola took the plane to Milan, his soul mate was undergoing surgery. Pep was himself who brought the entire staff at the Camp Nou, before catching the bus to the airport of El Prat, informing them that Tito Vilanova not travel with the team to be hospitalized. Only very close to Pep are your helpers and medical services you aware of the news in advance. For the rest of the squad was a real blow. Guardiola wanted to reassure his men by ensuring that Tito would soon be with them all.

The faces serious issue of concern reflected the deep regret of the staff, who had already recovered from the 'setback' which meant Abidal disease earlier this year.

Juan Carlos Unzue, the goalkeeping coach Guardiola was who accompanied for much of the trip to Milan, also escorted by his inseparable friend, Manel Estiarte. During the flight was one of the scouting, Torrent Domenech, who sat next Pep to provide all the information about going to watch videos of Milan. (via SPORT)

Barça will be enough with a draw against Milan

A win at San Siro would automatically top spot in Group H at Barça, regardless of what happens on the last day.

To draw in Milan would also leave Barça in an unbeatable position, since winning to the BATE would confirm the first square and even tiing, although in this case, the liderato of the group would be solved for the bereavement particular scorer between Barça and Milan. The fourth tiebreaker specifies that the team has scored more away goals wins the duel particular.

If you lose today, Barça could still be first: for this must win their last game and that Milan does not win in Prague at Viktoria, or draw against BATE and Milan lost. In that case, Barça and Milan have 11 points, so the tie would resolve particular goal difference or, if necessary, the general, one aspect in which Barça has an advantage, with a difference of +11. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Zaragoza, again by Dos Santos

The Mexican player has been offered to a hand through his representatives, Pini Zahavi and Israeli.

Among Jonathan dos Santos Barca just need to specify the signature for renovation closed the footballer, who had contract next June 30. Contractually bound to follow the club, however, does not guarantee to keep playing for blaugrana.

In fact, the Real Zaragoza has become a burden for him to face the winter market. The offer has come from one of the representatives of the player, Pini Zahavi, who is involved in common with Jorge Mendes, the other agent who also works with Dos Santos. The frenetic activity of the Portuguese was the Aragonese club last summer. Although the Mexican is taking a high level in Barca B this season, playing in the Primera would face a huge window to look for a larger output in summer. Also, Borussia Dortmund, Jordi Borda explained yesterday in Catalunya Radio, has been interested in the midfielder and traveled to Murcia, where the player played for the reserves last weekend.

The reality now is that the player has reached a renewal agreement with the club, but his future in the short or medium term, it seems to happen to continue wearing the shirt Blaugrana. This is a very desirable player for many clubs and the fact that the first team to have a payroll more than enough of something slams centrocapmistas step. For now, Pep brought him to Milan.Among Jonathan dos Santos Barca just need to specify the signature for renovation closed the footballer, who had contract next June 30. Contractually bound to follow the club, however, does not guarantee to keep playing for Barca.

In fact, the Real Zaragoza has become a burden for him to face the winter market. The offer has come from one of the representatives of the player, Pini Zahavi, who is involved in common with Jorge Mendes, the other agent who also works with Dos Santos. The frenetic activity of the Portuguese was the Aragonese club last summer. Although the Mexican is taking a high level in Barca B this season, playing in the Primera would face a huge window to look for a larger output in summer. Also, Borussia Dortmund, Jordi Borda explained yesterday in Catalunya Radio, has been interested in the midfielder and traveled to Murcia, where the player played for the reserves last weekend.

The reality now is that the player has reached a renewal agreement with Barça, but his future in the short or medium term, it seems to happen to continue wearing the shirt Blaugrana. This is a very desirable player for many clubs and the fact that the first team to have a payroll more than enough of something slams centrocapmistas step. For now, Pep brought him to Milan. (via SPORT)

Messi wins second his 'Onze d'Or'

Only Zidane and Platini awards totaling more than Leo Messi, three editions.

No wonder Leo Messi makes continual references to Barca and his teammates as players 'Pep Team' cornering return to the top spot in this award but, like the rest, at a great distance from the 'number 10' Barca in preferences of the fans.

Thus, Messi added the 76.2% of the votes and the second in the table is Andres Iniesta but with 5.4% of the vote. Complete the podium Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo (4.4%) ahead of Xavi Hernandez (3.1%) and Wayne Rooney (1.9%). David Villa is the eighth in the preferences with 1.2% of the vote.

At age 24, Messi added the second 'Onze d'Or' in his career and even to the likes of Kevin Keegan, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten, Ronaldo Nazario and Thierry Henry. Ahead of Leo only two players are also legendary, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, the only ones since the inception of the award in 1976 have added three awards, in the case of consecutive Platini (1983.84 and 85). (via SPORT)

Barca will wear green in Milan and Getafe, but with different pants

Interestingly, the FC Barcelona will draw on their third kit in the next two meetings, which will play against Milan on Wednesday and Saturday against Getafe. You can not dress or a Barca shirt or black dress and should therefore be the second of last season and third of the current green.

Another curiosity is that one party to another will have to change pants. Front to Milan, to go with white pants, you can wear the classic dark blue that goes with the green, but can not do because Getafe all Madrid goes all blue. For this reason, the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Barca will go all green, shirt and pants. (via MD)

Xavi: "Neymar marked differences"

Xavi Hernández has heaped praise on Neymar , crack of who will face Santos in all probability in the final of Club World Cup in Japan . "Neymar is a very talented player with amazing ability. I think a player called to make a difference in any team, " he said in an interview with Four. On the possible match against the Brazilians, said that "it will be difficult, today there is much equality in football" .

Asked about the future of the current Barça, said: "Many youth players of 23 or 24 years who are entitled. There is equipment to keep winning . And winning is living better, respect us more. We have lived here, unfortunately, the other side of the coin and not nice. Hunger can never be lost. Great athletes always want to win and the team is intact hunger " .

And on his current form and its possible date of withdrawal, remarked that through "good times" . " I stop to think about age, but I enjoy the situation. I try to stay relevant and win for Barca . The rest will follow. I have a contract until 2014, I have three more years, so I will enjoy it ". (via MD)

The 21 available players train at the San Siro

FC Barcelona completes final training session before tomorrow’s match against Milan

The San Siro is familiar to players and fans alike. The stadium brings both good and bad memories to Barça fans. It was at the San Siro that the Barça side managed by Frank Rijkaard beat AC Milan in the semi-final of the 2005/06 Champions League, it was also the stadium in which Barça fell 3-1 to Inter during in the semi-final three years later. This Tuesday, Barça held their final training session before tomorrow’s game, a game arguably less important than the ones previously mentioned, but one that will decide if Barça will have home-field advantage in the next round of the Champions League.

The 21 available players, 17 first team players and 4 Barça B players (Cuenca, Bartra, Dos Santos and Oier), trained this morning at the San Siro. The session, like any training session before a Champions League game, was fairly light and served as an opportunity for the players to get accustomed to the San Siro pitch.

After the training session, the team was taken to the Rosa Grand hotel in downtown Milan, where they will stay until tomorrow’s Champions League match.

Guardiola will not be able to call on four first team players for tomorrow’s match against Milan. Ibrahim Afellay, Adriano Correia and Andrés Iniesta, will miss the match due to injury; Dani Alves is suspended. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Carles Puyol: “A Milan-Barça is one of the best games anyone can see”

The FC Barcelona captain anticipates a great match between the two powerhouse teams at the San Siro tomorrow. Even though a draw is a good result for Barça, the centre back said, “we intend to win here”.

Carles Puyol has never hidden his admiration for AC Milan. This Wednesday he will have another chance to play against a team that he defines as his “second club.” But the Barça captain added, “my heart belongs to Barça ... I always wish Milan the best except when we play against them.”

The day before the match at the San Siro, where Barça could secure top spot in their Champions League group, Carles Puyol said that a game between Barça and Milan “is currently one of the best matches that anyone can see.” Even though a draw would all but ensure top spot in Group H, still having to play against Bate Borisov in the Camp Nou, the player said, “our intention is to win here, and to win at every stadium. That’s what we’ll do. A draw is a good result but we won’t be looking to draw.”

The Barça centre back knows that the task of stopping the big-name players like Pato, Robinho or Ibrahimovic largely falls to him. When asked about how he intends to stop the ex-Barca player, Puyol said that wasn’t solely his job, that the team needed to work together in order to defend well. Puyol is aware that Ibrahimovic “is very difficult to stop man to man because he’s big and strong. I’ll have to anticipate him and hold my ground.” Puyol also said that playing against Ibrahimovic “doesn’t mean I have extra motivation to play well. Playing against Milan is motivation enough.” Puyol finished by saying, “I’m sure Ibrahimovic is proud of his time at Barcelona.”

Encouragement for Tito Vilanova

Barça captain, Carles Puyol, said that the news about Tito Vilanova “has been hard.” The centre back said, “I want to send him a lot of strength and a lot of encouragement to him and his family.” Puyol hopes that the assistant coach can “soon be with us at full strength.” The Barça captain added, “if we get a good result we will dedicate it to Tito. It’s an extra motivation for us.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: “Against Milan, we must play a perfect game or it will be difficult to win”

The Barça manager is convinced that to beat a historic and quality team like Milan, Barça needs to play a near perfect game. When asked about Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery this Tuedasy, an optimistic Guardiola was thankful for the support shown to his assistant manager, and asked for discretion.

Josep Guardiola is convinced that his side will have to put in a near perfect performance at the San Siro if Barça is to take top stop in the group. The Barça boss said "we can't start off playing at 70 or 80% of our potential," while warning that Milan "is a team that is used to playing possession football and they are good with dead balls." However, the manager said that his team will not sacrifice their footballing identity to get a good result, "we will be ourselves when we go out onto the pitch. We are not playing for a draw, we want to win," said Guardiola.

The Barça manager is certain that “it’s always better to finish top of the group than second,” principally because finishing first ensures playing the return leg of the knock-out round at home. “When you play against an opponent like Milan there is a sense of tradition, of history... It’s a real honour to play against such a prestigious rival. The most important thing for us is to give a good impression in front of a country with a rich footballing tradition and against such a historic team like Milan,” said Guardiola. He also added that this would be “a good test” for upcoming Champions League matches.

When asked about how he would handle a hypothetical meeting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Guardiola said that the most important thing is that their encounter must be natrual. The Barça manager added, “if we meet I’ll be spontaneous and I’ll greet him. He’s a formidable player, and he helped us a lot during his time at Barcelona. I don’t have any problems with Mr Ibrahimovic. I’ve said it before, being real and natural is the most important thing. If we meet, we’ll act like the sportsmen that we are.”

The main focus of today’s press conference was on Tito Vilanova, who successfully underwent surgery for a parotid gland problem this Tuesday. Guardiola was thankful for all the support his assistant received, support that shows “the affection people have for him.” Guardiola went on to say that Vilanova “is an extraordinary person, he’s very strong. Now we can only wait and hope that everything goes well post-operation so he can start to live a normal life again.”

Lastly, when asked if Abidal’s sickness last year had prepared the squad to handle the current situation with Tito Vilanova, Guardiola said: “Both cases are similar. Obviously these are two different types of diseases, the impact on the team is hard. Abidal recovered and Tito will as well. Tito and his family are the most important things. We’re part of his small world. The human group of FC Barcelona is extraordinary, mature, and will face this situation as the fantastic people that they are.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Tito Vilanova recovering after successful surgery

Barça’s assistant manager was successfully operated on this Tuesday at the Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron for a problem with his parotid gland. Vilanova, who did not travel to Milan this Tuesday, will be out of action for between three and four weeks.

Assistant coach Tito Vilanova was operated on for a parotid gland problem by doctors at the Barcelona Hospital de la Vall d'Hebron. The operation was concluded satisfactorily and according to plan.

Vilanova will be out of action for between three and four weeks.

In accordance with the patient's wishes, the Club requests the maximum respect for his privacy and the confidentiality of the process. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff denies having made racist comments against Edgar Davids

Johan Cruyff, ex player and manager of Ajax, denied on Tuesday having made racist comments about Edgar Davids, whose family is originally from Surinam.

In his weekly column in the newspaper 'De Telegraaf', Cruyff explained that the entrance of Davids in the Council of Ajax responded to the necessity of introducing a person "with the same origin" that the foreign young talents of football that many times have begun to lose their possibilities during the adolescence.

"Ajax is a multicultural club which has found that many young foreign talents fall during adolescence, and we wanted to solve this problem by introducing someone with the same origin but who have completed their training, and that was Davids," wrote Cruyff in response to an interview in which the same Davids made reference to alleged racist comments that would have made the exentrenador of Barcelona.

Cruyff acknowledged that "in" their "discussions" reminded Davids "directly" the reason I came on the board of Ajax, but he said that comment "has nothing to do with skin color" but with the roles of Davids on the board of the club.

The President of the Board of Partners of Ajax, Rob Been, also indicated in 'De Telegraaf' Cruyff's comments can not be decontextualized and "Davids did not feel upset" with them.

Davids said in an interview on state television Sunday that Cruyff made unfortunate remarks last summer in connection with his skin color.

According to the director Steven Ten Have, Cruyff would have said that Davids "was only in the Board because he was black."

Davids himself said through his blog that the only thing in the interview was intended to show how the tone of the meetings of the board of Ajax beyond the bounds of good manners. "I have never said and I want to emphasize that Cruyff is a racist," he said Davids.

The Amsterdam club enjoys a moment of maximum tension in the bosom of his policy, after Cruyff was excluded in the selection of Louis van Gaal as manager, with which it is faced. (via SPORT)