Lionel Messi’s homage to Diego Maradona will cost Barcelona €3,000

One of the great moments of Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Osasuna came when Lionel Messi dedicated his goal to Diego Maradona, who passed away this week.


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Messi peeled off his Barça shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boy shirt — the one wore by Maradona when he played for the Rosario club briefly — and pointed to the sky.

The celebration forced referee Mateu Lahoz to book the Barça forward for removing his shirt, in line with the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s lawbook.

In addition to the booking, the caution for the celebration comes with a €3,000 fine. It’s not a rule which is exclusive to the Spanish league and is also applied by FIFA.

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There was an agreement for the Barcelona squad of Lionel Messi to accept another salary cut

The Barcelona squad, led by Argentine Lionel Messi, reached an agreement with the Catalan club to apply a new salary cut that will allow you to save no less than 172 million euros in times of crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic

“An act of love”, according to coach Ronald Koeman, who also accepted a reduction in his income in this formula of “socialization of losses” found by several of the major big clubs in Europe

The cut means a saving of 122 million in fixed remuneration and another 50 million on variable income for a period of three years, even though the agreement must still be ratified by the entire campus.

A few months ago, this same issue was the subject of a controversy between the players led by Argentine captain Lionel Messi and the then president of the club, Josep María Bartomeu, who later resigned from office.

The Argentine captain of FC Barcelona, ​​Leo Messi, and the Dutch coach of the Barcelona team, Ronald Koeman, protagonists of the agreement for the Barça squad to reduce the salary mass due to the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: EFE / Juanjo Martín.

The last balance of Barcelona threw losses of 97 million euros and net debts doubled to reach 488 million of the same coin

“This agreement is the foundation stone to straighten out the current economic situation,” the club reported in an official statement. “azulgrana”, by confirming the success of the negotiation

Koeman also addressed the issue in the press conference prior to the duel with Osasuna that Barcelona will play this Sunday afternoon at the Camp Nou for the Spanish League.

“An act of love for the club”, was the definition chosen by the Dutch coach, who also agreed to reduce his income and thus communicated it to Carles Tusquets, who chairs the Management Committee that took over the institution “culé” after Bartomeu’s resignation

“I told Mr. Tusquets that if he could collaborate in some way with the club, he was willing to do so because I think it is an obligation to help him and that is how the players also understood it”, clarified the Dutch coach.


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GolTV Ecuador – Arsenal and Leicester qualified for Europa League crosses, Villarreal to wait

Two English teams, Arsenal and Leicester, and one German, Hoffenheim, qualified this Thursday for the round of 32 of the Europa League, while Villarreal will have to wait at least for the next matchday.

The Spanish team snapped their winning streak in the Europa League by drawing 1-1 at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Álex Baena advanced to the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the 45th minute, but the Israeli team balanced at the beginning of the second half, through the Serbian Aleksandar Pesic (47).

In the standings, Villarreal continues to lead, now with 10 points after its three initial wins, followed by Maccabi, who accumulate 7 points.

Third is the Turkish Sivasspor (6 points), Villarreal’s next rival and who won 3-2 in the field of Qarabag (4th, without scoring) of Azerbaijan, who now have no options.

A goal in the discount (90 + 5) of its star Jamie Vardy allowed Leicester to draw 3-3 in their visit to Sporting Braga and reach 10 points in their group that allows them to secure the pass to the round of 32 .

In addition to Leicester, Arsenal won the ticket after beating the Norwegian Molde 3-0 and adding a full 12 points in their key.

Hoffenheim have also achieved all possible points and therefore the classification, after beating Slovan Liberec 2-0 in Slovakia.

The one who has to wait to qualify is Serie A leaders AC Milan, who drew 1-1 in Lille.

The 4th date of the group stage of the Europa League is completed with the matches at 20h00 GMT.

– Results of the 4th round of the Europa League group stage and standings (GMT hours):

Group A

(20h00) CFR Cluj (ROM) – AS Roma (ITA)

CSKA Sofia (BUL) 0

Young Boys (SUI) 1 Nsame (34)




2.Young Boys7421163

3.CFR Cluj4311136

4.CSKA Sofia1401306

B Group

(20h00) Dundalk (IRL) – Rapid de Vienna (AUT)

Molde (NOR) 0

Arsenal (ENG) 3 Pepe (50), Nelson (53), Balogun (83)







Group C

(20h00) Niza (FRA) – Slavia de Prague (CZE)

(20h00) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) – Hapoel Beer Sheva (ISR)



1.Slavia Praga6320155

2.Bayer Leverkusen63201105


4.Hapoel Beer Sheva3310256

Group D

(20:00) Standard de Lieja (BEL) – Lech Poznan (POL)

(20h00) Glasgow Rangers (SCO) – Benfica (POR)

Classification: Pts JGEP GF GC

1. Glasgow Rangers 7 3 2 1 0 6 3

2. Benfica 7 3 2 1 0 10 5

3. Lech Poznan 3 3 1 0 2 5 6

4. Standard Lieja 0 3 0 0 3 1 8

Group E

(20h00) Granada (ESP) – Omonia Nicosia (CYP)

(20h00) PSV Eindhoven (NED) – PAOK Salónica (GRE)

Classification: Pts JGEP GF GC

1. Granada 7 3 2 1 0 4 1

2. PAOK 5 3 1 2 0 5 2

3. PSV Eindhoven 3 3 1 0 2 4 7

4. Omonia Nicosia 1 3 0 1 2 2 5

Group F

(20h00) AZ Alkmaar (NED) – Real Sociedad (ESP)

(20h00) Napoli (ITA) – Rijeka (CRO)



1.AZ Alkmaar 6320152


3.Real Sociedad6320121


Group G

AEK Atenas (GRE) 0

Zarya (UKR) 3 Zarya Louhansk: Gromov (61), Kabayev (76), Yurchenko (86 de penal)

Sporting de Braga (POR) 3 Al Musrati (4), Dias Fernandes (24), Fransérgio (90 + 1)

Leicester (ENG) 3 Barnes (9), Thomas (79), Vardy (90+5)




2.Sporting of Braga7421188

3.AEK Atenas3410359


Group H

Lille (FRA) 1 Bamba (65)

AC Milan (ITA) 1 Samu Castillejo (46)

Sparta Prague (CZE) 4 Hancko (27), Julis (38, 80), Plavsic (90 + 4)

Celtic (SCO) 1 Edouard (15)





3.Sparta Praga6420299

4.Celticde Glasgow14013513

Group I

Qarabag (AZE) 2 Zoubir (8), Matic (51)

Sivasspor (TUR) 3 Koné (40 from penalty, 79), Kayode (58)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) 1 Pesic (48)

Villarreal (ESP) Baena (45)




2.Maccabi Tel Aviv7421146



Grupo J.

(20h00) Tottenham (ENG) – Ludogorets (BUL)

Linz (AUT) 0

Amberes (BEL) 2 Rafaelov (53), Gerkens (85)






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Grupo K

CSKA Moscú (RUS) 0

Feyenoord (NED) 0

Wolfsberg (AUT) 0

Dinamo de Zagreb (CRO) 3 Majer (59), Petkovic (74), Ivanusec (83)



1.Dinamo Zagreb8422040




Group L

Slovan Liberec (CZE) 0

Hoffenheim (GER) 2 Baumgartner (77), Kramaric (89 de penal)

Gante (BEL) 0

Red Star (SRB) 2 Petrovic (1), Milunovic (58)




2.Red Star 9430194

3.Slovan Liberec34103212



The last time that Messi had not been summoned in Barcelona

The news was a surprise. Messi is not summoned for the Barcelona game this Tuesday for the fourth date of the Champions League. Ronald Koeman decided to leave him out of what will be the trip to Ukraine to visit Dinamo Kiev. “It is time for him to have a break. Sometimes you have to protect the players because the calendar is incredible,” justified the Dutch coach not to take the 10.

“It is time for him to have a break,” said the Dutch coach who has just lost Piqué and Sergi Roberto due to injuries (EFE).

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Regardless of whether or not the bad football moment warrants that the Argentine is absent, the DT values ​​that having won all three games so far in the group stage allows him to rest his star. Even more so when he has already lost three soldiers such as Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto or Ansu Fati and has just recovered Philippe Coutinho.

The last time was on January 22, 2020, a tight 2-1 against Ibiza for the Copa del Rey with goals from Griezmann (EFE).

The last time was on January 22, 2020, a tight 2-1 against Ibiza for the Copa del Rey with goals from Griezmann (EFE).

When was the last time Messi was not cited? The answer leads to January 22 of this long 2020. A match of the 16th final of the Copa del Rey in which Barcelona visited third-rate Ibiza and left Leo in Catalonia. They were the first days of the ephemeral cycle of Quique Setién and without the 10 he could win, but suffering … It was a 2-1 with two goals from Griezmann, the last one at 49 ‘from the ST to avoid penalties. And there was a lot of criticism of the team.

Later, since football resumed in June in Spain with the end of the previous season, Messi had only had 45 minutes of rest so far in the following 35 meetings with the Blaugranas. And they were recently, on November 7 in the 5-2 against Betis in which he started on the bench and then entered. Now it will be missing, also taking into account that to all that he added four complete meetings with the Argentine National Team plus trips.

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FC Barcelona: Messi and Griezmann criticized in LaLiga – International Football – Sports

Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, involved in the controversy over the statements of the French environment and the reaction of the Argentine, went from being the object of the gatherings to the inconsequential on the grass of the Wanda Metropolitano, where Barcelona fell 1-0 against Atlético.

The Argentine star, who played 800 games for Barcelona this Saturday, barely had one chance against the second rival he has scored the most times in his career -32 goals in 42 official duels, he has only scored more goals for Sevilla, 37- , which broke a streak of four games in a row marking the rojiblancos.

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An inconsequential duel after a hectic previous week between the two attackers from Barcelona: the comments in the French press of several people from Griezmann’s environment – his uncle and his former representative – criticizing the role of Messi in the locker room Barcelona hinted an animosity between the attackers. Messi’s response came as soon as he arrived from the concentration of the Argentine team.

“I’m tired of always being the problem of everything at the club,” he said as soon as he landed at El Prat airport.

Koeman, for his part, tried to move the media focus away from the two players. “Maybe your intention is to create controversy but I have not seen at any time that there is any problem between the two. enough images where they work well together, where assistance is given … I am not in favor of looking for problems, “he settled.

Following the same logic, the Dutch coach lined up both of them on the pitch, with Messi starting as a false striker and Griezmann behind, Pedri and Dembélé on the bands; and the Frenchman had the first when they barely had three minutes of play: a good split from the French winger, who crossed for the shot with the toe of his compatriot, over the goal of Jan Oblak.

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Later, with the Argentine having more freedom and the French placing himself in that false position of ‘9’, it was possible to see how the controversies are undone on the pitch: Messi looked for Griezmann in a center to the far post in minute 14, too long, for which he apologized to his teammate.

And so they were relieved in that task of offering themselves in attack, in a first half in which both teams were losing momentum. However, Messi always appears.
He did it in 41, thanks to a magnificent deep pass from Jordi Alba, with a tunnel including a rival, who left the ball in the small area for the kick, somewhat heeled, which he caught on the ground cloud.

With the surprise of the goal for Atlético by Belgian Yannick Carrasco just before the break, Barcelona’s search for reaction did not go through their forwards, but through the Frenchman’s head Clement Lenglet, who chained two heads, to the center of Alba first, and of Messi later. In both he found cloud.

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Spectators while Atlético enjoyed their best moments, with continuous arrivals of Trippier and Llorente on the right, they were practically not seen in the second half, until around the last quarter of an hour, Messi received on the front. He stirred, but met an attentive Stefan Savic.

In that better phase of Barcelona, ​​the best of the Argentine was seen again: a diagonal to force the lack of Giménez and two yellows for the rojiblancos for protesting and a center with his left foot for the header of Griezmann, arrested with Oblak.

Right after, the Frenchman was replaced, and little else was heard from Messi. From a controversial week to an inconsequential duel of both in Madrid.



Barcelona star Messi’s affectionate gesture with two fans

Leo Messi is usually the most sought out player when Barcelona play away from home. That was once again the case on Saturday among the supporters waiting for the Barça team in Madrid at the Eurostars Suites Mirasierra hotel where the team are resting ahead of the game against Atletico Madrid.


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The Barça expedition, which land earlier than planned at Barajas airport, arrived at their hotel in the Spanish capital at around midday. Once inside, the players headed to their rooms, where they will pass the time before the game at the Wanda Metropolitano later on Saturday.

Inside the ample lobby at the hotel, two fans, a boy and a girl, made their way towards Messi. They asked for a photograph and he had no problem complying with the request. He headed towards them and posed with them both to immortalise the moment for the supporters.

Despite the complicated moment he is experiencing at the club, complaining that he’s made out to be the problem for everything, Messi has never not stopped for the supporters, even during a global pandemic. Everyone followed the recommended security restrictions for the photo to be taken.


Guardiola: “My wish is for Messi to retire at Barcelona”

The renewal of the contract Pep Guardiola in Manchester City, added to the discomfort that showed Lionel Messi upon returning to Barcelona after passing through the Selection, He reinstalled the possible departure from 10 to meet again in England with the technician with whom he was happiest.

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Even in the British press it was brought to the table the implicit request of the City leadership to Guardiola: “Now I brought Messi.” But nevertheless, Pep did not change his position with regard to Rosario, If not the opposite.

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In his first post-renewal press conference, as a Barsa fan, Guardiola threw: “Lionel Messi is a Barcelona player. I am very grateful for what Barcelona did for me as a player and coach. I have said a thousand times that my wish is for Leo to finish his career there. “

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In any case, Guardiola could have also sent a message between the lines to 10: “I don’t know what’s going through his head. We just have incredible goals in mind. I can’t say anything more than that.”

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On the other hand, Guardiola spoke of the next City game, which will reissue an old duel against Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham, who ranks second in the Premier League and accumulates seven games undefeated.

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“The numbers speak for themselves. They have been a good team since (Mauricio) Pochettino took over, they have a fantastic squad,” Guardiola praised the Spurs of Gio Lo Celso Y Erik Lamela.


Xavi can play a decisive role in Messi’s Barcelona future

Víctor Font, one of the candidates to be the next Barcelona president, has reiterated on several occasions his desire to bring Xavi Hernandez back to the club.


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Font, in an interview with Richard Martin of Retuers, has now said that Xavi could also play a big role in the future of Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.

“Messi needs to be convinced that we have a competitive and winning project,” Font said. “Xavi can play a decisive role for us in doing so.

“Xavi’s credibility and knowledge of football is such that he could convince someone like Messi. They’re friends, they know each other and they trust each other. That’s key.

“For us, the partnership between Messi and Barca is a strategic relationship and we want to make sure that we create the right conditions for Messi to play a role at the club even after his retirement. Messi could contribute a lot of ideas.”


Messi: should he continue or should he leave Barcelona?

A new chapter of the rispideces that Lionel Messi lived in Barcelona during this 2020 is still fresh. The “I’m tired of always being the problem of everything“that he shot as soon as he landed in Barcelona when he returned from the double knockout date further fueled a complex situation with an uncertain future.

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So Ole raises a survey among its readers on what should do to the captain culé and Argentine: should continue in the club of his life or should seek new horizons for the end of his career.

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With a contract until June of next year, in January he could negotiate with any institution as a free agent after wanting to go 2-8 with Bayern Munich with the Champions League and finally not doing so to avoid entering into a legal dispute with Barsa.

While Manchester City renewed Pep Guardiola’s contract Y appears again as one of the most interested in hiring him, here and now Leo is preparing for the official return of LaLiga – he plays against nothing less than Atlético de Madrid – and the continuity of the Champions League.

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In the last hours, it was Rivaldo who put words to this situation: “It’s very sad because it will be his last season at Barcelona“, said the former Brazilian star. At the same time, Víctor Font – candidate for president in the next elections – warned:”Xavi is going to convince Messi to stay at Barça“.

After announcing that he was still at the club so as not to go to trial, Messi did not speak again publicly on the subject. In fact, he spoke again in Spain on that arrival at El Prat airport, where he got angry because of the questions they asked him about the Treasury, which took him an hour to leave the terminal to meet his wife and children.

There are too many counterpoints between the best in the club’s history and that same club during this year marked by the pandemic. For this reason, the question that shook the footballing world a few months ago returns to the scene: will Messi remain at Barcelona or will he put an end to a legendary relationship?

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Lionel Messi. This was the debut with Barcelona’s first team

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Mexico City / 16.11.2020 10:56:59

The November 16, 2003 It is a date specially engraved in the history of the Barcelona because it was just that day when Lionel Messi debuted with the first team in a friendly against Porto, this as part of the inauguration of the Dragon’s Stadium.

With just 16 years of age, Messi was required by the Blaugrana coach, Frank Rijkaard, to be part of the expedition to Portugal, although it was not known that on that trip he could add his first minutes with Barcelona, since never before even had trained with the senior team.

Porto, which was then run by Jose Mourinho and presumed to be the champion of the Champions League, got the result 2-0 against a youthful Catalan team that did not have the injured Ronaldinho.

Messi entered the game in minute 75 instead of Fernando Navarro. The Argentine entered with the number 14 on his back, a number that Johan Cruyff gave shine.

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In a match against Espanyol, Rijkaard He decided to give the Argentine, who was 18 years old at the time, the opportunity by putting him in exchange instead of Deco. However, he could do little in the eight minutes that was within the field of play.