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Valverde: Xavi has what it takes to coach Barcelona one day

Ernesto Valverde believs former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has what it takes to be the coach of the Catalan club one day. On Thursday, the Barcelona icon announced his retirement from playing football to focus on a career in coaching. The current Blaugrana coach talked up the possibility of the legendary no.6 having an illustrious career in the dugout. “I don’t …

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Messi already deserves the next Ballon d’Or – Rivaldo

li The Argentine is on course to scoop another major European honour but that should matter little, a former Blaugrana man says Lionel Messi already deserves to lift a sixth Ballon d’Or regardless of whether he wins the Champions League with Barcelona or not, according to former Brazil striker Rivaldo. Messi’s Blaugrana side remain in …

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Jesse Lingard: “Lionel Messi brought his A-game”

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard rued their errors after falling to a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona following a Lionel Messi masterclass. Undoubtedly feeling inspired from their comeback victory at Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round, United got off to a strong start at Camp Nou. But the Red Devils were wasteful …

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‘Messi always appears’ – Valverde salutes Barcelona star after Man Utd double

The Barca manager hailed his superstar, who scored a pair of goals in the Champions League on Tuesday Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for “always” delivering after the star guided Barcelona past Manchester United and into the Champions League semi-finals. Messi scored a first-half brace and Philippe Coutinho added Barca’s third in a 3-0 win over United at …

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Messi in ‘perfect shape’ as Barcelona look to eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League

The Argentina international is fully fit and raring to go against the Premier League side on Tuesday night in European competition Lionel Messi is fully fit to face Manchester United and ready to end his long drought in the Champions League quarter-finals, according to Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. Star forward Messi skipped the weekend draw against Huesca after an …

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Barcelona Villa: Messi is the best of all time

David Villa was quizzed about who is the best player ever and had no doubt in his mind: his former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi. The forward, now plying his trade for Japanese team Vissel Kobe, spent a number of trophy-laden seasons with the Argentine and, for him, there is no debate. “Leo Messi is the greatest …

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Barcelona Juventus could offer Umtiti an escape from Barcelona

Samuel Umtiti is facing an uncertain future at Barcelona and Serie A giants Juventus could offer him a way out of the Camp Nou. Clement Lenglet‘s emergence in the first team whilst his compatriot spent time sidelined through injury has seen Umtiti fall down the pecking order, which could cause the Catalans to allow him to leave in the summer. …

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The iron will of Thiago Torres

Seven-year-old Thiago Torres lives and breathes football and he has overcome adversity to put on a Barcelona shirt. Four days after being born, Thiago suffered from an ischemic stroke and doctors didn’t give him much chance of surviving. Medics said that, if he did survive, the stroke would have an effect on his life and that …

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Barcelona president: We’re more than dreaming of treble

President Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that winning the treble is more than a simple dream for Barcelona after taking a big step towards retaining their La Liga crown. Ernesto Valverde’s side moved 11 points clear at the top of La Liga following a 2-0 winagainst title rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday at Camp …

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