BARCELONA NEWS

Gerard Pique will celebrate reaching 200 appearances in official competition for Barcelona this weekend against Atletico Madrid.
Xavi Hernandez has disagreed with Iker Casillas, dismissed talk of title challengers and revealed how close he really is to a new Barcelona contract.
Radamel Falcao has caused concern at Atletico Madrid by missing Thursday’s training with a suspected muscle strain.
Barcelona have confirmed that Cristian Tello will shortly put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at the club.
Gerard Pique has praised Barcelona’s Cup opponents Cordoba for making the first leg of their Last 16 Copa del Rey clash difficult.
Tito Vilanova has reflected that Barcelona still have another 90 minutes against Cordoba before they can say they are in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Iker Casillas has commented that Barcelona’s use of homegrown talent should not be boasted about, whilst he has backed Real Madrid’s academy.
Alexis Sanchez’ agent has ruled out speculation linking the Chilean with a move out of Barcelona in the coming months.
Lionel Messi’s father Jorge believes it would be a ‘catastrophe’ if his son were to leave Barcelona.
Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian is annoyed to have conceded Lionel Messi’s record breaking goal, but admires the Argentine’s style.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is expected to sign a new two-year extension on his contract, tying him to the club until 2016.
Santos Coach Muricy Ramalho has likely set off another round of transfer speculation by declaring his hope in seeing Neymar play alongside Lionel Messi.
Tito Vilanova has commented of the perils in Barcelona facing Segunda Division outfit Cordoba in the Copa del Rey this Wednesday.
Only three fit first team players are absent from Tito Vilanova’s squad named to face Cordoba in the Copa del Rey this midweek.
Real Madrid assistant Coach Aitor Karanka says Los Blancos will not ‘throw’ the Copa del Rey in pursuit of bigger titles.
A rival claim has emerged to Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s record of goals scored in a calendar year.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is hoping city rivals Atletico can upset Barcelona on Sunday night.
Barcelona back-up ‘keeper Jose Manuel Pinto thinks Lionel Messi’s record breaking is the result of ‘hard work and humility.’
German legend Gerd Muller has congratulated Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on breaking his record of goals scored in a calendar year.
Cordoba President Carlos Gonzalez has a novel idea to restrain Barcelona star Lionel Messi – have him arrested.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has downplayed Lionel Messi’s newly-set world record, taking the chance to have a dig at his former club once more.
Lionel Messi has joked that he will try to extend his world record set this weekend to make it harder for the next player to try and surpass.
Cesc Fabregas is facing up to a month out on the sidelines for Barcelona, after suffering a muscle injury against Real Betis.
Pepe Mel reflected that Real Betis took too long to come out of their shell against Barcelona, only turning things on in the second half.
In seeing him break the world record for goals scored in a calendar year, Tito Vilanova has hailed Lionel Messi, for achieving what seems impossible.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has described the moment he heard Eric Abidal was suffering with cancer as 'the worst of my career'.
Sergio Ramos admitted he was angry with the officials after he had a goal disallowed in Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Real Valladolid.
Former Barcelona attacker Ronaldinho believes Lionel Messi is 'playing football at a level we've never seen before'.
Tito Vilanova has confirmed that Lionel Messi will play for Barcelona when they face Real Betis on Sunday evening.
Real Betis boss Pepe Mel has claimed that he wants to face Barcelona with a fit Lionel Messi.
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