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March 9, 2021

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Laporta: Messi congratulated me on Barca win

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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......

Casemiro 8/10, Benzema 7/10 as Real Madrid snatch derby draw

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Karim Benzema grabbed a late equaliser as Real Madrid drew 1-1 with league leaders Atletico in the Madrid derby on Sunday to keep their slim hopes of a La Liga title defence alive. Luis Suarez put Atletico ahead after 15 minutes, slotting past keeper Thibaut Courtois with a brilliant outside-of-the-boot......

Who is your club’s top U19 prospect to breakout in 2021?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting football clubs’ finances around the world, Europe’s top teams are looking to their youth teams rather than to transfers for ways to freshen up. Already this season we’ve seen teenagers like Borussia Dortmund‘s Giovanni Reyna, Arsenal‘s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United‘s Mason Greenwood make their......

Bartomeu spends night in jail, provisionally free

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Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was provisionally freed on Tuesday after appearing before a judge following a night in jail while being investigated for possible irregularities during his administration. – Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) Court officials said Bartomeu and his former adviser at the Spanish......

Sources: Bartomeu arrested in Barca raids

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6:08 AM ET Moises Llorens Sam Marsden Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti have been arrested following a raid at the club’s offices on Monday, sources told ESPN. Police arrived at Barca’s offices to search for evidence......

Varane, Kounde, Mings on Man United defensive shortlist

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Manchester United are targeting Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, among others, to sort their leaky defence — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Barcelona search for the next Christian Pulisic. Jump to: Barca step up attempts to find next Pulisic, Hoppe | Man Utd starlet Shoretire wanted by Barca |......

Atleti’s battle-scarred stars key in march to La Liga title

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Since Atletico Madrid last won the Spanish title in 2014, the average number of points needed to win La Liga has been 86. Even if Monday night’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo was disappointing, especially conceding such a late equaliser, it’s a very good bet that with 51......

Real Madrid’s Varane earns 9/10 after inspiring comeback win

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Raphael Varane scored twice as Real Madrid came back from a goal down to beat bottom-of-the-table Huesca 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday. A quiet first half saw Vinicius Junior shoot wide after being played in by Toni Kroos before being flagged offside, and Karim Benzema have a shot saved.......

Premier League, Serie A, La Liga could all have new champions: Breaking down Europe’s big title races

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Don’t look now, but after years of one-sided champions across the majority of Europe’s “big five” leagues — English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Division and French Ligue 1 — we’re staring at the very real scenario of new titleholders almost across the board. With the......

Liverpool, Arsenal win January window; Alli and Garcia left stranded

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Let’s get one thing straight: This transfer window has been unlike any before, as the spread of COVID-19 has limited travel and the economic impact of the pandemic has hit football clubs hard. 1 Related In January 2020, according to transfer tracking website Transfermarkt, Premier League clubs spent just over......

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.......

Militao 3/10 as 10-man Madrid suffer setback vs. Levante

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Eder Militao was sent off early as 10-man Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Levante on Saturday in another blow to their hopes of retaining the La Liga title. Militao was red-carded with just nine minutes played for bringing down striker Sergio Leon when in on goal. Shortly afterwards, Marco......

Forget about bringing back Neymar, Barca can’t even afford Eric Garcia

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3:30 PM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Eric Garcia was “all tied up,” they said, but somehow he escaped. “Garcia: OK,” Barcelona said. “Garcia: now,” they said. “Garcia: done,” they said. A bit like they had said, “Neymar: OK,” “Neymar: now,” and “Neymar: done.” The Brazilian had been coming pretty much......

January transfer Deadline Day: What you need to know

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What a difference a year makes. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, football clubs have taken some drastic steps to reduce their spending in the January transfer window, and, as a result, the big moves that drive interest in the game at this time of year are nowhere to be seen. At......

Barcelona have no money for transfers so how can youth help them out of crisis?

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Barcelona are in the midst of a crisis. With reports of €1.2 billion debt (€730m owed short-term); no president, sporting director or even a board to take decisions; star player Lionel Messi‘s future still unresolved despite his contract running out in the summer; and sitting 10 points behind La Liga......

Barca release new Clasico kit to be worn for clash vs. Real Madrid

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Barcelona‘s matches against bitter rivals Real Madrid are always the biggest fixtures in the Spanish football calendar, and the Catalan club will mark the next instalment of El Clasico by wearing a special jersey. Jump to: Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham drop new streetwear ranges When Barca walk out at the Bernabeu......

Why Odegaard leaving is an indictment of Real Madrid

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6:33 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Most players call going to Real Madrid a dream; Martin Odegaard called it “no drama.” The truth is that it wasn’t what he wanted — not yet — but when the phone rang in August 2020, he had little choice but to return to......

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