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Dembele, Pique 8/10 as Barcelona rally to reach Copa del Rey final

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Barcelona produced a remarkable comeback to beat Sevilla 3-0 after extra-time at Camp Nou on Wednesday, turning around a two-goal first-leg deficit to make the final of the Copa del Rey and keep their best chance at a trophy alive. Substitute Martin Braithwaite headed home the winner in the 95th......

UCL talking points: Do you take Mbappe or Haaland?

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From Kylian Mbappe‘s and Erling Haaland‘s dominant displays to the struggles of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, plus much more, the first legs of the Champions League round of 16 had plenty of things to discuss. We asked Gab Marcotti, Mark Ogden and Graham Hunter for their views on some......

Should Lionel Messi stay at Barcelona or join Man City or PSG? Our experts break it down

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Lionel Messi is one of the best to ever play the game, and he has three clubs to choose from when his contract expires this summer. ESPN Illustration Lionel Messi needs little introduction: he’ll go down in history as one of the best to ever play soccer, with six Ballons d’Ors......

Barcelona vs. PSG: Messi vs. Mbappe as both teams need Champions League success

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The UEFA Champions League returns this week with the round of 16, with four first legs happening this week and the remaining four first legs scheduled for the week of Feb. 22. The pick of this week’s ties is undoubtedly happening at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, with Barcelona hosting......

Comparing Sextuples: 2009 Barça vs. 2020 Bayern

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“Maybe I can call Messi & Co., and we can play for the seventh title? So tell me when and where, and we will be there.” – Pep Guardiola Last Thursday, Bayern Munich won the FIFA Club World Cup and in doing so became the first side since Barcelona in......

Soccer’s clutch players: Messi’s always good, but Lukaku and Morata come through when it counts

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Lukaku stands out for having the highest percentage of his goals and assists coming in ‘close and late’ situations. Marco Luzzani/Getty Images If you’ve spent more than 15 minutes on the internet in your lifetime, you’ve probably come across an age-old sporting argument about “clutch.” Who is “clutch,” and who is......

Koeman fumes: PSG talk about Messi ‘too much’

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Paris Saint-Germain talk about Lionel Messi “too much” and branded Angel Di Maria‘s latest comments on the forward as disrespectful. Speaking after PSG’s 3-0 win over Nimes on Wednesday, Di Maria claimed there’s a “big chance” his Argentina teammate Messi will make the move to......

Barcelona Survives to Reach Copa Semis in Extra-Time Thriller

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Frenkie de Jong scored the winner after Lionel Messi helped set up two late goals to force extra time as Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Granada on......

Transfer Talk: PSG haven’t given up on Neymar, Messi reunion

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7:05 PM ET Nick JuddTransfer writer The transfer window may have slammed shut, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves are heating up so check out the latest gssip below, and see all official deals here. TOP STORY: PSG to return for Messi......

Barcelona, Messi to sue over €555m contract leak

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6:38 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take legal action against Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it released the leaked details of the forward’s record-breaking contract on Sunday. El Mundo published documents relating to Messi’s four-year deal, signed in 2017, and gave an intricate breakdown......

Leaked Messi contract the biggest in world sport

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Spanish newspaper El Mundo claims it has obtained a copy of Lionel Messi‘s Barcelona contract, saying figures confirm the star player’s deal is the biggest in sports history. According to the report, Messi would receive a maximum of €555,237,619 (US$673,919,105) over four seasons, if a series of conditions were met.......

How Messi finally saw red after 753 zen-like Barcelona matches

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When Lionel Messi‘s moment came, it was, of course, spectacular. Stage? The Spanish Supercopa final. State of play? Defeat or victory balanced infinitely delicately. Classic Messi territory. For 753 Barcelona matches, sufficient to make him the greatest player in history, this has always very specifically been Messi territory. From his......

Messi Gets Red Card, Barcelona Loses Spanish Super Cup to Athletic

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press Lionel Messi lost his cool after another Barcelona collapse on Sunday, hitting an opponent away from the ball and being sent off for the first time while playing with the Catalan club in the team’s 3-2 loss to......

Messi could face 4-match ban for red card

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6:56 PM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi could be banned for up to four games after receiving the first red card of his Barcelona career in Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa final 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Two goals from Antoine Griezmann looked to have Barca on course for the......

Messi’s Supercopa availability about ‘risk’ – boss

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is hopeful Lionel Messi will be available for Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa final (live at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the U.S.) against Athletic Bilbao. Messi, 33, missed Wednesday’s semi-final win over Real Sociedad with a thigh injury and only returned to full training on Saturday.......

Rashford tops transfer value list, Messi 97th, Ronaldo drops out of Top 100

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With a new year upon us and the January transfer window open, the CIES Football Observatory has released its latest biannual transfer value list. The CIES list charts how much a club would have to pay to sign a player across Europe’s big five leagues, based on advanced algorithms dictated......

January looms as Barcelona’s most crucial month in living memory

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January shapes up as an absolutely colossal month for Barcelona given that: Their greatest ever player is suddenly free to commit to a rival club for no fee, and they could kiss goodbye to three trophy chances (Supercup, Copa and League) by the time February dawns. Plus, please don’t forget......

De Jong, Messi 7/10 as Barca extend unbeaten La Liga run to six

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Barcelona stretched their unbeaten run in La Liga to six games as they beat bottom-of-the-table Huesca 1-0 on Sunday. Frenkie de Jong scored the only goal at the Estadio El Alcoraz, turning home Lionel Messi‘s cross in the 27th minute as Barca moved up to fifth in the standings. –......

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