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Sources: Barca prepping 3-year Messi contract

8:37 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Joan Laporta is working on a three-year contract to offer to Lionel Messi in an attempt to persuade him to stay at Barcelona, sources have confirmed to ESPN. The Barca president is aware the club can no longer afford to pay Messi what......

Messi 8/10 as Barca maintain control of their La Liga title destiny

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Getafe 5-2 to keep their fate at the top of La Liga in their own hands. Messi opened the scoring at Camp Nou in the eighth minute just moments after hitting the bar. Getafe levelled almost immediately when Clement Lenglet turned into his......

Laporta’s Barcelona to-do list: Messi renewal, reduce debts, manage Super League backlash

After a rough start to the 2020-21 season, spring is in the air for Barcelona and there’s a lot to be hopeful for. Ronald Koeman’s side have cut the gap on league leaders Atletico Madrid to just five points (Atleti have played one game more) thanks to an 19-game unbeaten......

Messi shines as confident Barcelona click, Spurs fire Mourinho, Man City’s quadruple quest ends

Did anything happen in soccer this weekend? Besides the announcement of a Super League — with a Q&A breaking it down — yes, we had plenty of on-pitch action too. Man City’s quadruple quest was crushed at Wembley by Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinal, while Tottenham followed the Super......

Messi fires Barca to Cup final win over Athletic Bilbao

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday to win the trophy for a record-extending 31st time with all the goals coming in the last half an hour. Antoine Griezmann put a dominant Barca side ahead on the hour when......

Messi, Ramos have helped define Clasico. Will this be their last?

5:30 AM ET Graham Hunter Close Spain writer Graham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team. Sid Lowe Saturday marks the second and final clash between longtime Spanish rivals, Real Madrid and Barcelona, for the 2020-21 season. Real hold......

Transfer sagas will dominate the summer, but can clubs spend on Salah, Haaland, Kane or Messi?

The transfer market this summer is setting up to be unlike any other in recent memory, with a host of star players seemingly lined up for big moves and some of the world’s top clubs struggling to find a way to sign their targets while also keeping their best players.......

Mbappe on facing Ronaldo, Messi: I am the best

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has said that he tells himself he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when he steps on the football pitch. Mbappe upstaged Messi in February when he scored a stunning hat trick in PSG’s emphatic 4-1 victory at Barcelona in the Champions League,......

Messi to PSG among five transfers we want to happen this summer

The 2021 summer transfer window is likely to follow a similar path to the January one, when clubs were hindered by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there could still be some big names on the move, even if the days of a €100 million-plus transfer are gone......

Beckham: Miami will draw likes of Ronaldo, Messi

Inter Miami CF co-owner David Beckham said the Major League Soccer club remains intent on signing global stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Neymar. Speaking exclusively to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, the ex-Manchester United and England midfielder said players of that caliber would be attracted to play in Miami once......

Barca’s form enough to make Messi stay? PLUS: Man United dumped from FA Cup, Juve’s Serie A run in trouble

Where to begin after a whirlwind weekend in soccer? Barcelona put six past Real Sociedad in La Liga (and created a lot of good vibes among Lionel Messi & Co.), Man United were dumped out of the FA Cup and Juventus may have gone from trying to cling to their......

What Laporta being elected means for Messi, Barca’s billion-dollar debt and squad rebuild

Lionel Messi is scoring goals for fun, Ronald Koeman is successfully reconstructing FC Barcelona‘s first team, the Blaugrana dramatically overturned a 2-0 deficit against Sevilla in early March to reach this season’s Copa del Rey final and so, as Joan Laporta starts his first week as Camp Nou president since......

Laporta: Messi congratulated me on Barca win

5:30 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Joan Laporta said Lionel Messi has already sent him a message congratulating him on being elected as the new president of Barcelona. Messi, 33, voted in Sunday’s election as Laporta saw off competition from Victor Font and Toni Freixa to return to the......

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

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

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......

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