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Tuesday December 10 2019
Ernesto Valverde plays down Lionel Messi absence for Inter trip

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has played down the absence of Lionel Messi from the matchday squad to face Inter this week.

The Blaugrana wrap up their Champions League group stage campaign with a trip to the Milanese giants, who need a victory to secure their progress to the last 16.

Valverde’s side have already sealed their progress as group winners following the 3-1 triumph over Borussia Dortmund last time out.

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Monday December 9 2019
Barcelona president 'not worried' by Lionel Messi retirement

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he is not worried about the day that superstar Lionel Messi retires.

Messi said, upon receiving his record sixth Ballon d’Or trophy last week, that he would be approaching the end of his playing career soon.

The Argentine superstar celebrated his 32nd birthday last summer and whilst it has not been reflected in his performances, there are concerns that he is approaching the autumn of his career.

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Sunday December 8 2019
Lionel Messi criticised by Real Mallorca coach Vicente Moreno

Real Mallorca boss Vicente Moreno has criticised Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi following their 5-2 La Liga defeat at the Camp Nou.

Messi netted a hat trick against Moreno's side, in an outstanding display, but the former Xerez boss was unhappy with certain aspects of Messi's attitude during the game.

The pair clashed just before half time, after Messi was fouled in front of the technical area, and Ivan Rakitic had to step in to calm the situation between the two.

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Sunday December 8 2019
Antoine Griezmann: The best is still to come from Barcelona

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has issued a warning to their rivals, insisting the reigning La Liga champions still have another level.

The French international scored the first goal in their 5-2 La Liga win over Real Mallorca, followed by a Lionel Messi hat trick and a spectacular goal from Luis Suarez.

However, despite returning to the top of the table, and already securing their progress to the Champions League last 16, the former Atletico Madrid star is confident the team has even more to give.

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Saturday December 7 2019
Barcelona respond to La Liga title challenge with 5-2 Real Mallorca win
 
Barcelona are back on top of La Liga following a 5-2 win at home to Real Mallorca, thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick.
 
The visitors did make a fight of it at the Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s attacking trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were in fantastic form.
 
French international Griezmann got the balling rolling for La Blaugrana after just seven minutes of action.
 
Marc Ter Stegen’s long ball forward caught out two Mallorca defender
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Saturday December 7 2019
Ernesto Valverde: We must prepare for Lionel Messi’s retirement
 
Barcelona fans must prepare themselves for the retirement of Lionel Messi in the coming seasons, according to manager Ernesto Valverde.
 
The Catalan’s boss told his weekly press conference that conversations about life after the Argentinian superstar are already taking place, even if it difficult for fans to hear.
 
Messi himself sparked speculation over his future after collecting his sixth Ballon d’Or award in midweek, stating that fans should ‘enjoy these moments, because m
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Saturday December 7 2019
Lionel Messi confirms he voted for Sadio Mane in 2019 FIFA Best Player Award race
 
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has confirmed he voted for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane in the 2019 FIFA Best Player Award awards.
 
Messi collected a record breaking sixth Ballon dÓr award in Paris last week, after another outstanding season with the Catalan giants, after picking the FIFA Best trophy back in September. 
 
The 32-year old secured a 10th La Liga title, after netting an incredible 36 goals in 34 league games in 2019-20.
 
However, Barc
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Friday December 6 2019
Lionel Messi has no retirement plans - Luis Suarez

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has played down suggestions that his teammate Lionel Messi is nearing his retirement from playing.

Messi said, upon receiving his record sixth Ballon d’Or trophy earlier this week, that he would be approaching the end of his playing career soon.

The Argentine superstar celebrated his 32nd birthday last summer and whilst it has not been reflected in his performances, there are concerns that he is approaching the autumn of his career.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Fraud case into Lionel Messi Foundation reopened

Fraud charges against the children's charity foundation The Leo Messi Foundation have been reopened by a court in Madrid.

In 2017, reports claimed the charity has ‘created a framework to hide millions of euros of income generated from sponsors that has not been declared’ which meant that its spend on intended children’s social projects could not be verified.

The reports accused the foundation of ‘masking a large part of its income’ and claims over €10m has not been declared to the Spanish and Argentine governments.

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Tuesday December 3 2019
Lionel Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or success hurt me

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted he was hurt when long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo levelled him on five Ballon d’Or crowns.

The Portuguese star won four of the five editions between 2013 and 2017 - with Messi winning in 2015 - to tie the duo on five awards each.

The decade-long duopoly of the superstars was ended in 2018 when Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who also helped Croatia to that year’s World Cup final, won the award.

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