11 January 2012

Messi: "Before I retire I want to play in Argentina"


Forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona) has expressed the desire to play in his country before retiring from professional football and considers it "a dream come true" that the Brazilian Ronaldo has delivered the third Ballon d'Or gets in his career.

"In Europe I want to play for Barcelona. I always stay here. The longer the better, because I feel very comfortable and very dear. But before I retire I want to play in Argentina. It's a dream and I will comply," he has said Messi in an interview published Wednesday in sports daily Olé.

Barcelona striker has said he "loved" to see Ronaldo on Monday in Zurich, where the Argentine received the award for best player of 2011. "I watched his goals in the setting screen. Awesome. A spectacular front, which always cool and is with a smile. It is an honor that I've given the award, "he noted." It was another dream come true because I admired him ever since childhood, "'La pulga' added.

Mendilibar: "We need more than a miracle"


The coach of Osasuna , José Luis Mendilibar , said today that the Pamplona team need " more than a miracle "to overcome the second-round playoff copera final against Barcelona after a 4-0 embedded in the Camp Nou.

" We need more than a miracle. How long has Barça without conceding four goals? would be something more than a miracle ", stated at a press conference after training in Tajonar . "We know how they are. Top every time we play against them seem to be a little pissed. When we play in League tie came from two games and tie now come, "he stated.

Mendilibar has admitted it is "complicated" to eliminate the Barcelona after the first leg result and noted that they should not "break the head." "There are fans who can tell you. They do not say no. What are you doing". Biscayan coach joked saying that a choice to win the fog would prevent travel to Barcelona in the day to Pamplona. "Let's see if they do not? If you arrive on the day with the fog that is, to see if they stay along the way. That would be better, which fall by the wayside, unable to land, "he commented.

Mendilibar stressed that it is "important" that the fans 'Reds' see an Osasuna tomorrow to compete with Barcelona and "all" to do "a good game," although aligned to alternate and team players . "We will try at least to the public to come to the stadium is a good time and give all we have to show that we want to win in our stadium. Do not want to be a pachanga. We want a serious game and we want to win," he said.

"We have a goal that is very difficult to accomplish, which is to move the tie. We have to set smaller goals and the first would win the game," he added. He explained the call for up to six players from the reserves and setting aside six first team for Sunday's league match against Racing . "The kids are is because they have merit with his team. The Thursday-Sunday play us hard, it's complicated. A sometimes you can not recover well enough to play those two games in such a short space of time," aimed.

Mendilibar has stated that Osasuna could get "stronger psychologically" game tomorrow to "address the following three consecutive games at home" and has said it is not disrespectful to speak of a Real Madrid-Barcelona in the quarterfinals. "Almost all have Osasuna, in small print. It's a normal thing. In addition you are interested (in the press). It does not matter a Madrid-Osasuna . interested in a Madrid-Barcelona, ​​"he opined.

When asked whether to give more importance to the League, has said: "It gives importance to both. The goal of the game against Barca is very complicated, but we will try to win." "It is clear that for a club like Osasuna First is vital to be in order to survive. That does not mean that we take the Cup, but it's complicated ", was completed. (via MD)

The possible departure of Maxwell

Pep Guardiola: "He came to see us and said he had an offer from PSG, and he'd like to accept it. If a player wants to leave, and if he reaches an agreement with the Club, I won't try to stop that. I understand the situation. He's been given a free hand to do whatever he wants. It's very advanced, but not closed yet. He's a great example as a colleague, and a player when he's played. I wish him all the luck and thank him for all he has done," he said. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "We must think that we still have work to do"

Despite the 4-0 advantage from the first leg, the manager is cautious, reminding everybody that there are still 90 minutes to play, that this season no one has won at Osasuna, and that in the Cup anything can happen.

Guardiola guaranteed that the team will go out to win the game and play well, "controlling the pitch and the result," because "this is our way of understanding the game and we don’t know any another way".

Josep Guardiola didn't want to talk about the quarter-finals of the Cup until Thursday's match away to Osasuna is out of the way. The manager remembers the problems suffered by the team last season in the same round of the competition against Betis, despite the 5-0 win in the first leg, and opted for a more cautious approach. "Last season Betis did what they did. The Cup is very special. There are 90 minutes left and Osasuna have their virtues, which we already know about. It's our duty to think that we still have work to do," he said.

In this sense, he's very aware that this year no team has managed to win at Osasuna. "All grounds are complicated, and this one especially, for its size and the way they play. We know it will be cold, and we'll see how the pitch is. We'll try and play well to reach the quarters," he said.

When asked if the advantage of four goals achieved in the first leg would somehow affect their approach to the game, Guardiola replied that Barça will head to Osasuna to win: "4-0 is a good lead, but we can't rely on that. We'll try to win the game. I don't know any other way. We'll try and play well and control the pitch, and the result. We'll go out to play the best we can, which is the only way I know."

It's a fact that the team is having trouble winning away from the Camp Nou: "Away from home we don't have the stats to be champions, and we must be more ambitious. The solvency that we have at home is harder to achieve away. We're ready to fight for the remaining 63 points. In all the games we've played well, and apart from the first hour in Valencia, and for some time in Cornella, we were better than our opponents. The level needed to become League Champions is very high."

Guardiola explained his technical decision not to call up Andrés Iniesta for the match: "He was out for ten days after Hospitalet, due to the injury he suffered. Against Espanyol he ended the game with an ankle knock. I haven't called him up to protect him for the effort to come."

On the other hand, Guardiola announced that, in principle, he won't call on any of the reserves to fill the place left by Keita, who will be playing in the Africa Cup of Nations: "We'll carry on bringing in players from the reserves depending on how they are. This doesn't mean that, later on, we won't bring someone into the first team. Cuenca is a good example: he came in, we were persuaded, and he stayed." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Afellay is back in Barcelona

After completing part of his recovery process in the Netherlands, from this Wednesday Afellay is back at work with the first team. His control tests have shown that the evolution of his injury is pretty good, so Afellay can continue with the pre-established work plan.


The big news on Wednesday at the Training Ground was Ibrahim Afellay, who has returned to Barcelona to continue his personal recovery and physiotherapy work plan. Coinciding with the first team's trip to Japan for the World Club Championships, it was decided that the Dutchman would continue his recovery process in the Netherlands under the supervision of the Club's Medical Services. As planned, Afellay has returned to Barcelona this Wednesday.

It's worth remembering that Afellay damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, in training, and that on October 3rd he was operated on by Dr. Cugat and Dr. Pruna. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Osasuna, with six canteranos

José Luis Mendilibar also unveiled Wednesday the squad for the match against Barca. The Club Atlético Osasuna has the Echaide injury casualties, Echaide, Rubén, Roversio, Damián, Raitala, Masoud and Kike Sola. Raúl García has received a medical discharge and yes it has entered the list. Those who have not, for technical decision, have been Andrés Fernández, Sergio, Annunziata, Timor, Ibra and Nino. To complete the list, Mendilibar has invited six players from the cantera: Satrústegui, Postigo, Hermosa, Roberto Torres, Raoul Loe and Manu Omwu. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

List of 18 without Iniesta, Alves and Maxwell

Barca will face the back of the Cup 1/8 final, at the Reyno de Navarra (Thursday, 22 hours) without Iniesta and Maxwell, low technical decision, and Alves, as a precaution during training on Wednesday Brazilian full-back has noticed discomfort in the soleus of the right leg and is out with caution for Thursday's game.


FC Barcelona prepares thoroughly the second leg of the knockout Cup final in the field of Osasuna . The team has made ​​this Wednesday morning last at the Ciudad Deportiva training. Pep Guardiola has worked with 18 first team players available and Barça B players Cuenca, Montoya and Sergi Roberto. The former Barcelona Rafa Márquez has also participated in this training session, as it did on Saturday and Tuesday.

It was during this training when Dani Alves has noticed discomfort in the soleus of the right leg and is low as a precaution for the match on Thursday. Nor will Iniesta and Maxwell , who have not joined the call for technical decision. Yes they have done Cuenca, Montoya and Sergi Roberto.

These are, therefore, the 18-man squad: Valdés, Pinto, Piqué, Cesc, Puyol, Xavi, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Sergio, Pedro, Adriano, Abidal, Fontàs, Cuenca, Sergi Roberto and Montoya.

It is recalled that Keita has already been incorporated in the selection of Mali to play, from day 21, the African Cup. Villa continues his recovery at the gym. And Afellay has returned to Barcelona after having served part of their recovery process in the Netherlands. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Nacho: "That of Barcelona is a game that nobody wants to lose"


The Real Betis left-back Ignacio Perez " Nacho "said today that the match against Barcelona "is a game that no one wants to lose " and although he acknowledged that score in the Camp Nou will be " difficult ", says his team no go " to give up anything . "

Nacho, at a press conference, he was "confident" to "make a decent role" in the stronghold of the League champions, but is aware that the catalans will "can score many goals," because "they know any error take very well. "

Betis played a week later a meeting of the highest rivalry against Sevilla but the defender is not planned yet because "the first thing is to try to make a good game in Barcelona and there will be time later to think of the derby." "Come Barcelona, ​​but of course we have in mind the goal of overcoming the Sevilla in the table.

We have it to two points nothing else", the player malagueño has said. About the irregularity of the verdiblancos presently exercise, Nacho has stated that" there is no clear explanation to score four wins, losing nine in a row and now again win, "but hoped that" the losing streak has already happened and what comes now is positive. "

Although Betis now occupies the tenth place, Nacho has stated that "the objective is to stay" and warned that not fit "confidence because two losses put you down again," so he hopes to "join the shortest possible 42 or 43 points to be quiet." (via MD)

Milan will try to sign Mascherano

Milan is willing to transfer to Pato to PSG. And he already knows like wants to invest the money that gets.


As has been discussing, the Milan is close to the Brazilian player Pato to transfer to Paris Saint Germain. The Italian is not too inconvenient to get rid of the front and is already thinking about how to invest the money they can get with the transfer, which is estimated to be about 40 million euros.

As published today in Italy, Milan's intention is to try the signing of Javier Mascherano Barcelona ahead of next season. They are aware that the Argentine is a very important player for Pep Guardiola, but think that with 40 million in his pocket, though of course not offer much money, have more options to achieve your goal. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Juvenil A, against Ronald de Boer's Ajax in Champions Under-19


The Juvenil A of Barça has been matched with Ajax in the rooms of final of Champions Under-19 and the access will be played to those 'semis' of Next Gene Series to unique game foreseen for the next one February 8 in Miniestadi.

The players of Òscar Garcia will be measured to a group trained by Fred Grim and with Ronald de Boer as assistant coach. It is necessary to remember that Ronald whose twin brother Frank is the current one 'míster' of the first team 'ajacied', he recommended Pep Guardiola the signing of Ibrahim Afellay and that is 'forofo' declared of the game style of azulgrana. (via MD)

Josep María Orobitg meets with Jordi Alba's representatives


Jordi Alba seems to be increasingly close to Barcelona . According to the daily Superdeporte de Valencia publishes this Wednesday, Josep María Orobitg, representative of Guardiola, met in the capital of Turia with Vicente Forés and José Tárraga, the representatives of the full-back valencianista in the central Restaurant Casa Roberto, of the street Maestro Gozalbo de Valencia.

The international valencianista is, next to Gareth Bale, the great objective of Barça to reinforce the left-back of face to the next season, and contrary to Welsh, his transfer would not suppose an economic excessive payment on the part of the combined azulgrana.

Recall that Maxwell could be living their last days as a Barcelona player if confirmed signing for PSG , and the renewal of Abidal is still stuck and every day seems more complicated. (via MD)

Barca test new suits

The company lusa Scoor Brothers will be the one in charge of making the suits that dress the players azulgrana the present season.


The FC Barcelona first team is poised to show off new clothes for the season. The new uniforms have made the company tailors Sacoor Brothers during the next few days will take steps to players.

It was early this season when the club signed a contract with Sacoor as official partner of the exclusive Club announced in the category of "Official FC Barcelona dress."

Through this contract during the season and the next, the Portuguese company dress templates players in football, basketball, handball, football and hockey skates available soon have their suits. (via SPORT)

Sergi Roberto passes in front of Dos Santos

Barca was brought Wednesday with the presence of various homegrown, the reinstatement of Afellay for recovery exercises with Villa and the presence of Brazilian Maxwell still waiting to define its future.


FC Barcelona first team was brought Wednesday in the Ciutat Esportiva with the players available over the presence of several canteranos as Cuenca, Montoya and Sergi Roberto, Barca B.

He surprised the absence of Jonathan Dos Santos. Mexican midfielder was meant to be over from Seydou Keita during the Malian midfielder's stay at the African Nations Cup. However, after the last training, all point to Sergi Roberto is, at present, the choice made by Pep Guardiola.

Another of the stars of the session was the Brazilian Maxwell. The full-back azulgrana still trained with its partners again although he could abandon the discipline barcelonista soon and to put heading for a new stage in the soccer fránces in the lines of PSG.

Also highlighted in the training session around Afellay, who returned to Barcelona from Holland and this Wednesday was doing recovery work with David Villa. (via SPORT)

Barça is planted with Abidal


The chances of Eric Abidal extend his contract with FC Barcelona , whose expiration date is 30 June, are not very high on today's French defender unless reconduzca the situation and accept the final offer from the club.

From the first moment, the dome sport barcelonista, with the indispensable consent of Pep Guardiola, he has made all the possible one to facilitate the renovation of Abidal but for several months it continues awaiting their affirmative answer. As it allowed to see the vice-president sport azulgrana Josep María Bartomeu in Zúrich during the Elegance of FIFA Ballon d'Or, in Dog Barça you has arrived practically to the limit of the patience. Barca has been planted with Abidal, who now expects a significant gesture to demonstrate with facts and not just with words that you want to continue Guardiola orders in the best squad in the world. After the meeting that own Bartomeu, Andoni Zubizarreta and Raül Sanllehí maintained November 23 in Milan with his agent, David Venditelli, before playing at San Siro, 'Abi' amounted to a "90%" of your options to follow. Since then, no news.

The defender, who has stated several times his intention of leaving the Nou Camp and then set his residence with his family in Catalonia, has always put forward the tax issue as a major obstacle to his signature on a new contract beyond 2012. In this sense, changing the fiscal regime for the new year decided by the Government against the interests of Abidal . The Frenchman was already upset about spending to tax 24% of their salary to 49% since it takes five years and living in Spain but with the new tax rate set for incomes over € 300,000 residents in Catalonia, it goes to 56 %. Barca does not intend to raise the fixed gross salary proposed for lequede Abidal in the same pocket cash. The club understands that all players are in the same situation and you can not get into a spiral, especially in times of crisis, giving each player and to compensate the collateral damage of the new income tax effect.

Abidal, who will meet on September 11, 33, had expressed his desire to extend his contract for two more seasons and not by the '1 +1' which has raised Barça . The club, which offered renewal after it was removed in March a liver tumor without knowing for sure if effects of his disease would not want to wait much longer. As in all positions, sports officials have controlled the market but the signing of a left full-back may be even more urgent if the motion of Maxwell's almost certain now joins that of Abidal in June. With offers of Paris SG and Arsenal, the Frenchman, who cost 15 million euros in 2007, would leave nothing in hand to go free. Gareth Bale (Tottenham) and Jordi Alba (Valencia) are best positioned to replace him.

[Ex-player] Ronaldo: "Barça is the best team I've seen in my life"

Ronaldo was admitted madridista but he is discovered before the culés and he believes that Neymar can be "better than Messi".


Leo Messi dominated world football today as a decade ago and something else was Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima . Marveled by the game azulgrana, the ex-forward of Barça (1996-97) and Real Madrid (2002-06) was main character the day before yesterday in the Elegance from FIFA Ballon d'Or to the being the one in charge of liberating Messi the reward that he was taken had left double (1997 and 2002).

Earlier, when he walked quietly from the Hotel Park Hyatt Kongresshaus was hunted by MD, who attended with great kindness discovered the Barca football Leo Messi and leaving clouds Neymar fellow. The 'Phenomenon' is sincere aside your vein 'merengue'. "Although I am of Madrid, this Barca is the best team in history or at least the best I've seen in my 35 years of life, "said Ronaldo, who has only seen another set like it. "Brazil with which we win the World Cup in 2002 gave the same sensation of solvency and power to win the match and when he wanted, "he argued.

Asked if Messi can be the best footballer of all time, was cautious and recalled the great unfinished business of Argentina: "You have to see what are the criteria for assessing whether it can be the best ever. Now he's winning all the trophies every year but lacks a major title at the level of selection. " Much more will be let go at the name of Neymar, the star Ronaldo who carries some advertising contracts. "It can be better than Messi," predicted former striker, once contacted by Florentino Pérez to convince Neymar ahead of his landing at the Bernabeu. Ronaldo, also good friend of Sandro Rosell , did not get wet yesterday in Zurich . "Clearly we must come to Europe. Barca or Madrid? I think either would suit their strengths," he said. (via MD)

[Barça B] Jonathan Soriano winks at Benfica

Jonathan Soriano, Barça B striker admitted that appreciates the opportunity to sign for Benfica Lisbon when his contract with the club culé, ​​on 30 June.

In a statement released by the Luso sports newspaper "O Jogo" Soriano admitted that considered the option of calling at the "Eagles" as a "good solution" to continue his career.

"For now the direction of Barcelona has not contacted me to renew. Guardiola also has given me no indication in this direction, so I will not go to the first team. I'm ready to go play in another club," emphasized the forward, 26 years old.

Soriano, who was the top scorer of his team last year with 32 goals, said the squad speaks regularly with Barça and now a regular starter at Benfica, Nolito on how Benfica.

"He will inform all. But it is still early and nothing is set. There are several interested clubs, including Benfica," he said.

In his view, the "eagles" are "a great club with a lot of quality players and anyone would like to go there to play."

Asked if he is considered compatible with Óscar Cardozo, who occupies the front position at Benfica, Soriano said that "would form a good pair" with the Paraguay international and could adapt his game to the characteristics of his strike partner.

The interest of the Portuguese team, currently leading the First Division Lusa, the Barça squad is back this summer and has intensified since then because the player could change next season club at no cost. (via Marca.com)

Platini, sincere: "Football is indebted to Xavi"

From 2008 he goes every January to Zúrich.


Michael Platini, UEFA president, said after the gala in Zurich that "football is indebted to Xavi." The former winner of 1982-84 three Ballon d'Or believes that Barcelona midfielder has sufficient merit, but exceed the figure of Leo Messi seems to do the almost impossible mission.

Barcelona captain's gala travels to FIFA since 2008, but was never able to lift the trophy winner. In his first appearance was ranked fifth (97 votes), where the victor Cristiano Ronaldo. The following year, climbed to third place (170), while in 2010 added the 16.48 percent of the vote, leaving behind Messi and Iniesta. On Monday, rose again the third step, behind Messi and Cristiano, taking the 9.23 of the vote.

Since took the first team (season 1998-99), Xavi has been instrumental in making six Ballon d'Or In his first season in 1999, saw Rivaldo earned it. Figo picked him up in 2000 in Madrid, but he played half the year at the club. Xavi directly contributed to the success of Ronaldinho in 2005 (10 assists this season) and accumulates three consecutive Leo Messi, which is associated with a sensational way. (via AS)

[Youth] FCB Juvenil B 3 - 0 Al Ahly

The azulgranas is in Qatar to dispute the first edition of the tournament. The team has solved with a victory its first game against Al-Ahly (3-0).


Juvenil B is in Doha (Qatar) to dispute the Al Kass International Cup. The azulgranas has conquered in their first game of the competition this Tuesday against the one Al Ahly, for 3-0, thanks to the goals of Ortega, Huertas and Munir.

Barça is part of the Group B with the Egyptian team and Paris Saint-Germain. The azulgranas will face the French next Thursday January 12. This first phase of groups has 10 teams, among them Juventus, Ajax and Vasco de Gama.

That of this year is the first edition of the tournament, organized by the television channel Al Kass, together with the Foundation it Aspires and the Association of Sports of Qatar. The competition gathers the young promises of the soccer under-17 and it looks for to contribute in the expansion of the soccer among the society face Qatar to the World Cup 2022. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Jorge Messi: "We will have to extend the home"

Jorge Messi, the father of crack, said the family unit has been a key to the success of Leo.


The happiness that felt Leo Messi after winning his third Ballon d'Or is comparable only to the pride of his parents, Jorge and Celia, who accompanied him at the gala. Nobody knows them better than the effort that the `10 What the club has had to do to become the best player in the world, but for them the greatest achievement of your child is having retained its humility.

"Leo is very difficult to change, you should spend some very hard to change his ways, the challenge is to continue with the same enthusiasm," said Jorge Messi yesterday in the program 'El matí de Catalunya Ràdio'. Although all collective and individual successes crack Rosario are representing a logistical problem, "Leo and asked me to extend the house, see how we organize to make the window bigger," laughs the father said the player. But beyond the joke, since 2005 the player accumulates 101 individual awards, among which are the three gold balls, three times top scorer in the Champions League or its designation as a Sports Heritage of Humanity.

Part of the success of the squad due to family stability, as explained by his father, "I always try to have family bonding, although over time the children grow and leave a small gap opening. Always try to be together. "

Jorge is the shadow and the guardian angel of the best player in the world and who most values ​​the evolution that has taken Leo personally, "is quiet and calm because that character comes from her family, but in recent years has matured a lot, I realize that every time you are opening a bit older and more mature than before, "and very responsible," on Monday when we arrived in Barcelona after the gala went to sleep because the next day I train. "

At the gala, Leo wanted to publicly acknowledge the merits of his teammate Xavi, who has shared the moments before the last four galas. Similarly, Jorge has also played live those moments of waiting with the family of the second master Barca and Argentina recognizes that this waiting is the worst of the prizes, "to be with parents knowing that Xavi can only say the name of one of the two is the worst. Four years ago we are in the same situation and the truth is that with hand on heart, I and Leo's mother think Xavi deserves a special mention by the FIFA. Beyond the Ballon d'Or, Xavi has a very important career, "he said Jorge Messi. (via SPORT)

Neymar leaves Barcelona amid a great expectation

The crack of Santos has arrived on Tuesday from Zurich to Barcelona to shoot a Nike commercial.
The Brazilian has been talking after the act with Raül Sanllehí, director of football of Barça, before returning to Brazil.


Neymar has come to Barcelona on Tuesday after attending the gala Monday the Ballon d'Or in which he won the prize Puskas the best goal of 2011. The crack of Santos will participate in the filming of a Nike ad.

Neymar's visit to the Catalan capital has not bothered to Santos. "We discussed this internally. We can not lose this opportunity for a great brand. They mark events in all places and there is no more normal than Barcelona, ​​home of reigning world champion. We don't have the smallest mistrust" has assured Santos's President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribero to the portal UOL.

Raül Sanllehí, director of football of Barca has found Neymar and his father during the filming of the spot today. Found and embraced because there is good value. The Brazilian left for Brazil from El Prat hours later. (via MD)

Hleb trains with Augsburg awaiting team

Belarussian midfielder Alexander Hleb is exercised these days in Germany with FC Augsburg squad, the Bundesliga club to keep fit.


After Wolfsburg cut its assignment, the player belonging to the discipline of FC Barcelona are exercising with another German club thinking of joining another team during the winter market. Hleb trains with Augsburg squad that this season has returned to the top flight of German football, but from this entity are unlikely to finish the season wearing his shirt.

The Belarusian does not count for the current Barca coach Pep Guardiola, so you must accept a new assignment if you want to remain active. Currently not want to lose the way, waiting for offers. "I am very grateful for allowing me to Augsburg train with his team. This training is helping me a lot. I want to get in shape quickly," said Hleb told Sky Sports News.

Although the Augsburg want without midfielder, the German club manager, Jos Luhukay is realistic: "Alex has a contract with Barcelona and has different ambitions to play in Augsburg." (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-19] Call for days of training in Las Rozas

The internationals, led by Julen Lopetegui, will meet in federal facilities between 16 and January 18, 2012 for a few days of work. You know the squad. (via RFEF)

A proposed national teams, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for training of the reference to the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Jonas Ramalho Chimeno e Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: Javier Manquillo Gaitan
FC BARCELONA: Sergi Ayala López, Rafael Alcántara Do Nascimiento y Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro
REAL BETIS BALOMPIE SAD: Fco. Miguel Varela Martín, José A. Delgado Villar y Carlos García Quesada
RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Victor Álvarez Delgado
LEVANTE UD SAD: Iván López Mendoza
LIVERPOOL FC: Jesús Fernández Sáez
REAL MADRID CF: Derik Osede Prieto y Jesse Rodríguez Ruiz
MÁLAGA CF SAD: Juan Miguel Jiménez López
MANCHESTER CITY FC: Denis Suárez Fernández
REAL RACING DE CLUB SAD: Daniel Sotres Castañeda y Jairo Samperio Bustara
SEVILLA FC SAD: Israel Puerto Pineda y José Gómez Campaña
VALENCIA CF SAD: Francisco Alcacer García y Juan Bernat Velasco
VILLAREAL CF SAD: Adrián Ortola Vaño
REAL ZARAGOZA SAD: Jorge Orti Gracia

Menotti: "If Neymar wants to be as Messi that signs for Barça"

Argentina coach Guardiola praised and spoke about the future of Neymar regarding his move to Barcelona or Madrid.


Menotti spoke for the program "Planeta América" ​​Radio Marca and reviewed the current Barca and Real Madrid showing clear and direct as usual. The Argentine ex-coach raved about it to Guardiola believes FC Barcelona will not.

"Guardiola is the right costume for FC Barcelona. Do not leave out neither the public nor the players," he said.

Menotti was declared a love Barça game said "can get lost in the result but not in the game" because he never plays badly unlike Real Madrid despite his good moment.

Real Madrid is now more refined. I used to have good players but did not sound right, "he said. Moreover, there was a great believer in the methods of Mourinho despite the success of the white set" hide the dirt under the carpet did many before and I hate Mourinho ".

The Argentine also referred to the soap opera that puts Neymar between Barca and Madrid and was blunt about the future of Brazilian striker: "If Neymar wants to be CR7 that would recommend a move to Real Madrid. If you want to be Messi that should join for Barca."

However, despite considering the qualities of Neymar, Menotti believes the Brazilian is still a long way to go to reach the Argentine. "Neymar? He has virtues, is very gifted but very far from being a crack. He has even this way an incredible future", he pointed.

He also had time to refer to proving that Cristiano Ronaldo has not mince words: "About Cristiano they say things that make me laugh. They say it's the cutest ... And who cares! The players do not have to be cute, have to play good football. "

Finally, with regard to the debate that puts Messi among the greats of history, although certainly not Menotti said that Pele is the best player he can remember. "The biggest one I saw in my life was Pele. A mixture of Di Stefano, Maradona, Cruyff and Messi involved in a player." (via SPORT)

The international press lauds Leo Messi

The press in Argentina show their pride and joy as Leo Messi is named the world’s best player. The leading sport newspapers worldwide extol the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.


In the press conference before the FIFA awards ceremony, Leo Messi said that he was happy about acknowledgment he was receiving from his country: “I feel as though they are more proud of me than ever in Argentina, I’m very thankful.” Argentina’s pride and joy became even more evident after Barça’s number 10 was awarded the Ballon d’Or as the South American country’s press heaped praise on the three-time winner.

Nuevo Diario said the striker is “on top of the world” after winning his third Ballon d’Or; while the prestigious daily Ole led with: “El Pibe de Oro, otro ‘hat-trick’ de Messi” (The Boy of Gold, another hat-trick for Messi). The daily also noted that the Barça player “makes history after winner the award for the third time.” While Clarín said, “they chose Messi as the best player in the world for the third consecutive year,” a feat only accomplished by Michel Platini.

The daily La Nación said that the acknowledgment “has a special taste to it because he’s barely 24 years old.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

The praise towards the genius from the Masia didn’t come just from Argentina, the front pages of the press worldwide also paid homage to Leo Messi:

L'Équipe: "Messi joins the Gods"

La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Messi, is he better than Maradona?"

Daily Mail: "Simply the best! Messi wins the Ballon d'Or"

Bild: "Messi, you are the best!"

El País: "This is for you, Xavi"

Mundo Deportivo: "Golden hat-trick"

Sport: "A hymn to Barça"

El 9: "The first 3"

Maxwell, very close PSG

His agent, Mino Raiola, said in RAC1: "I think he has many options out now, knows Barça and it's no secret."

Maxwell could sign for PSG and as the French press, would be a matter of hours. 'Le Parisien' and 'France Soir' say today in their online editions of the Barcelona full-back that would leave the French club in this winter market to return to take minutes.

Thus, the Brazilian would now heads the team that Carlo Ancelotti to replace declining Siaka must have gone to the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Maxwell, 30, arrived in Barcelona in 2009 for five million euros from Inter Milan. This season has not had too many minutes with the team, Adriano and Abidal have earned the trust of Pep Guardiola and been relegated to being a backup. (via AS)


[Raiola: "Maxwell has many options out of Barça"]
Maxwell's representative, Mino Raiola, confirmed that the exit of the Brazilian full-back of Barça can occur soon.


"Maxwell has many options of leaving now. Barça know it and it is no secret," said Mino Raiola to RAC1, confirming reports in the French press and spoke of the possible imminent signing the Brazilian side Paris Saint-Germain .

"I am your representative and do my job, but if it ends up leaving the club, he will explain the reasons," said Raiola. (via SPORT)