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Di Maria fumes at Argentina snub: Messi shouldn't be there either

Posted Friday, September 25, 2020 by Marca.com38 hits

Ahead of the upcoming international break, Angel Di Maria has been left furious at his absence from Lionel Scaloni's Argentina squad. The news came on an already bad day for the former Manchester United forward, after he was handed a four-match domestic suspension in France after being found guilty of spitting at Alvaro during the ill-tempered clash between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain e...Full Story »

Messi's former agent reveals he was tempted to join Arsenal

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Marca.com58 hits

Lionel Messi's former agent, Fabian Soldini, recalled the day that the Argentine forward came close to signing for Arsenal. It was back in 2003, when the Gunners acquired the services of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and also expressed their interest in the current Blaugrana captain. "[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn't go," Soldini recalled. "I remember the day that Cesc ask...Full Story »

Luis Suarez and Messi say goodbye to Arturo Vidal

Posted Monday, September 21, 2020 by Marca.com47 hits

Arturo Vidal is closing in on a transfer to Inter and will leave Barcelona after two seasons at Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi sad to see him go. Having become close friends with the Argentine and Luis Suarez, he departs with one LaLiga Santander title and one Supercopa de Espana. "I only knew you from facing up against each other and you always seemed a phenomenon, but after I was lucky enough...Full Story »

'I couldn't let Messi leave Barcelona' - Bartomeu opens up on transfer saga

Posted Sunday, September 20, 2020 by Goal.com61 hits

The Camp Nou chief has come under fire for his handling of the situation but is adamant the end result was a success Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has declared he could not allow Lionel Messi to leave the club and suggested congratulations were in order following the star's decision to stay put. Messi handed in a shock transfer request last month but Barca refused to allow the Arg...Full Story »

'We have a fantastic team beyond Messi' - Torres reveals why he chose Man City

Posted Friday, September 18, 2020 by Goal.com63 hits

Spain international turned down host of European giants to work with Pep Guardiola and follow in the footsteps of his idol David SilvaAmid the speculation surrounding the potential signing of Lionel Messi, Manchester City’s capture of one of the most exciting forwards from La Liga has been somewhat forgotten. Ferran Torres joined from Valencia in August for a bargain £21 million ($...Full Story »

Lionel Messi screamer sees Barcelona star celebrate first goal since transfer saga

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2020 by hits

Lionel Messi wanted out of Barcelona earlier this summer but he has put that behind him and is back to doing what he does best - producing the goods on the pitch Lionel Messi is back to doing what he does best with the Barcelona star scoring a worldie in a pre-season clash against Girona. Messi wanted out of the Nou Camp earlier this summer though performed a stunning U-turn and committed hims...Full Story »

Barcelona may sign Real Madrid transfer target Kylian Mbappe as Lionel Messi replacement

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2020 by hits

Barcelona are one of four clubs Kylian Mbappe is reportedly open to signing for in 2021. Barcelona may look to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe next summer to replace their superstar forward Lionel Messi, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Messi wanted to leave Barca in this transfer window but the club would only facilitate a deal if his £630million release clause was...Full Story »

Lionel Messi releases limited edition Budweiser beer in video that references failed Barcelona transfer

Posted Saturday, September 12, 2020 by hits

BARCELONA wantaway Lionel Messi has released a limited edition Budweiser beer - which comes with an ad referencing his botched transfer move. The footballing superstar has been forced to stay put after his attempts to leave Spain fell through. Lionel Messi transfer saga has dominated headlines this summer He was left embarrassed after Barca's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in t...Full Story »

Crespo: Messi needed a professional on his side, not his father

Posted Saturday, September 12, 2020 by Marca.com27 hits

Hernan Crespo believes that Lionel Messi could have avoided the crisis he had to go through with Josep Maria Bartomeu and Barcelona, if he had had a professional by his side. Crespo, who played alongside Messi with Argentina, believes that the presence of the 33-year-old's father, Jorge, as his agent played a part in him not securing a move away from the Camp Nou. "Here again, with this whol...Full Story »

Ozil leaves Messi out of his dream XI while naming just one former Arsenal team-mate

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Goal.com65 hits

The former Germany international has filled his squad with ex-team-mates from Real Madrid Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has left Lionel Messi out of his dream XI, while naming just one former team-mate from the Gunners. The 31-year-old took part in a Twitter Q&A with fans on Wednesday, and was quizzed on who he would name in his dream XI. The former Germany international unsurprisingly n...Full Story »

Messi to PSG? We were tempted - Leonardo

Posted Monday, September 07, 2020 by Goal.com48 hits

Paris Saint-Germain's interest was piqued when Lionel Messi declared his intention to leave Barcelona, sporting director Leonardo has admitted. The Argentina star sent shockwaves around world football when he declared his intention to leave the Spanish club for free this summer, though the Blaugrana insisted any buyers would have to match his €700 million release clause. But Messi reve...Full Story »

Jadon Sancho's Dream 5-A-Side Team Doesn't Include Lionel Messi Or Cristiano Ronaldo

Posted Sunday, September 06, 2020 by thesportbible.com90 hits

Jadon Sancho hasn't picked either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in his dream five-a-side team, and there's no room for defending in the England player's team either. The Borussia Dortmund forward is one of the most exciting players in world football right now and could even be one of the players to take over from Messi and Ronaldo as the world's best, once they've retired. Given the chan...Full Story »

Messi’s Barcelona heartbreak revealed: From his son's tears, to refusing to go to trial - full truth behind 'brutal' transfer saga

Posted Sunday, September 06, 2020 by Goal.com58 hits

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: From his son's devastation to the Camp Nou president's betrayal, the Argentine explained all on what happened with his attempted exit Lionel Messi has revealed the heartbreak of his decision to leave Barcelona – and why he ultimately chose to stay with the club in a world exclusive with Goal. The 33-year-old, who has spent 20 years at the Catalan club, dropped the bomb...Full Story »

Messi hits out at Bartomeu: He did not keep his word

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by Marca.com42 hits

As Lionel Messi revealed that he will stay at Barcelona, he had harsh criticism of Josep Maria Bartomeu's role in the transfer saga. Bartomeu insisted that Messi wouldn't be able to leave since the June 10 clause in his contract had passed, but the player claims there was a verbal agreement that a decision could be made whenever the 2019/20 season finished. "I told the club, including the pr...Full Story »

Messi: My family cried when I told them I wanted to leave Barcelona

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by Marca.com70 hits

Lionel Messi has revealed how his family reacted to the moment he told them about his transfer request to Barcelona. The Argentine has spent almost 20 years in Barcelona, where he lives with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo, and his three sons, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro. "When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama," Messi told as he explained his dec...Full Story »

Lionel Messi confirms he will stay at Barcelona until 2021 despite Jorge Messi statement

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by hits

Lionel Messi has officially confirmed that he will stay at Barcelona for the final year of his current contract. The Barca captain was said to have grown tired with the club's hierarchy, namely current president Josep Maria Bartomeu, after the 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich last month and told them of his wish to leave. It was also suggested that he has doubts as to whether Barca are...Full Story »

Messi's father and agent hints star could stay at Barcelona after confirming talks with club went 'well'

Posted Friday, September 04, 2020 by Goal.com64 hits

Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has hinted at a compromise being reached at Barcelona which allows his son to remain at Camp Nou until the summer of 2021. The Argentine forward’s representatives arrived in Catalunya on Wednesday for showdown talks with the Blaugrana board. Jorge Messi told reporters upon touching down that he did not “know anything” when it co...Full Story »

Coincidence or smokescreen? Bartomeu's car turns up at Jorge Messi's apartment... driven by his son

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2020 by Marca.com43 hits

Josep Maria Bartomeu's car turned up for talks with Jorge Messi in Barcelona, but the Blaugrana president didn't. In bizarre scenes, the Barcelona president's car arrived outside Jorge's apartment in the Catalan city without him in it. Instead, Bartomeu's son was driving the car, which had an L-plate on the rear window, alongside Bartomeu's wife. It could a coincidence because Bartomeu's ho...Full Story »

PAPA DON'T PREACH Lionel Messi’s future still up in air after dad’s talks with Barcelona chief end in stalemate

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2020 by hits

Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent, flew in for a crisis meeting with Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Lionel Messi's father Jorge held crunch talks with Barcelona on Wednesday Credit: EPA Talks lasted 90 minutes and the two sides are still poles apart. It came as the Spanish giants launched pictures of the forward fronting their kit commercial. The Argentine, 33, wants t...Full Story »

Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Messi's transfer fee set for massive cut

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2020 by Goal.com128 hits

Benfica drop interest in Real's DiazReal Madrid's Mariano Diaz won't be joining Benfica after the club pulled out of a loan deal, reports Record. Diaz was set to move to Portugal on loan with the option to buy at season's end but Benfica's recent signing of Darwin Nunez has seen them abandon interest. Chelsea set to benefit as Rennes submit bid for Sassuolo star BogaFrench club Rennes have...Full Story »

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