Lionel Messi not favorite for FIFA Ballon d’Or award


Barcelona forward Luis Suarez says that it is rather surprising to know that striker Lionel Messi is not considered as one of the favourites for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award 2015.

The winner of this prestigious individual acclaim will be announced shortly. The Argentine superstar, Messi, has won this award a record four times while he is closely followed by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid striker is clearly one of the favourites to retain the award that he won last season. Ronaldo went one step better in this calendar year by adding the Champions League and the Copa del Rey to his trophy cabinet.


Huth to feature for Stoke


Robert Huth is believed to be going to feature for Stoke City in the forthcoming cup encounter against Sunderland.
The 30-year old centre-half has been kept out of the Stoke line up in the league games this season, but, he is being given opportunities in the cup games. He had played against Birmingham too last month, but, he failed to impress.
A good show against the Black Cats on Tuesday might open the door for his league comeback.
Huth has been the most vital cog in Stoke’s defence for the last 5 years, but, because of the fact that he has had a couple of surgeries in the recent months, the Potters’ management is a bit careful about him. They are trying to use him cleverly.


Barcelona Announce Messi Is Unsellable


Barcelona has announced to the public that their star performer Lionel Messi is ‘’unsellable’’ as the Argentinean attacker is expected to work alongside Luis Suarez in the next season with Neymar also being included in the tactics of Luis Enrique who will be making his debut season in charge of Barcelona as the new coach.

The Spanish League, La Liga is often criticized to be a league where only 3 clubs compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Madrid all playing a tight battle between themselves but the rest of the clubs are miles behind and the upcoming season this will be more evident than ever.


Barcelona Has Hopes for Decent Finish To Poor Season


Barcelona’s season has seen them being knocked out from the Champions League as well as the Copa del Rey and the only piece of silverware that they have any chance of securing in this campaign is the Spanish League and even that seems to be far-fetched.

To make matters even worse for Barcelona, the former coach Tito Vilanova passed away after a long battle with cancer. Vilanova started his career playing through the youth academy of Barcelona and later going on moving on a series of clubs until ultimately concluding with Gramenet.

However, the highlight of his career is showcased when he was appointed as the new coach of Barcelona replacing Pep Guardiola who had already transferred to Bayern Munich.


MESSI RETURNS


Lionel Messi made his return from a 2 month injury during Barcelona’s triumph against Getafe back on January 8 and the Argentine superstar arrived back into the pitch on stellar form as he scored 2 goals that helped the Catalan club defeat Getafe.

Cecs Fabregas expressed his delight about having Lionel Messi back in action which is something that only makes a difference for him but for Barcelona as well. The former Arsenal player hoped that Barcelona wouldn’t have to play many games without the 4 times Ballon d’Or winner.

‘’His return is great news for the coach, for the club, for everyone. We feel very secure with Leo back’’.


RECOVERING


The Argentine wonder-boy Lionel Messi is completing his recovery in Argentina after having picked up an injury that left him unable to play for several weeks; he is now approaching the final stages of his rehabilitation.

Messi was believed to be in a dispute with the director Javier Faus after wanting an improved contract and wants one that can match Real Madrid’s C.Ronaldo, although some reports are claiming it to be false with the Argentinean never actually wanting to have a change with his current contract.

Messi’s father had to step up and shut down claims of him wanting to leave Barcelona.


Martino not worried about Lionel Messi


Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has insisted that star man Lionel Messi is not suffering from any kind of physical problems after a really subdued performance in the club’s 2-1 win against arch rivals Real Madrid last weekend as well as their 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

Messi, who was making just his third appearance for the club since his return from injury put in a very inconsistent performance for Barcelona against their traditional rivals and it seemed that he was lacking the confidence to pull the sprints that he would do so easily otherwise.


Neymar hails Lionel Messi


New Barcelona signing Neymar has hailed the club talisman Lionel Messi as the best player in the world and has insisted he has joined the club to link up with him and support him achieve more glory in the seasons to come.

The 21 year old made his debut for Barcelona following his £ 50 million move from Santos during the close season and he looked very much at home playing the Barcelona way in his 15 minute cameo appearance. There has been a lot of debates and discussions about how the player will fit in to a team of superstars but the Brazilian international has insisted that the last few weeks has been a brilliant learning curve for him and he has enjoyed it thoroughly.


Lionel Messi denies role in Martino appointment


Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has insisted that he had no role in the appointment of Gerardo Martino as the new Barcelona manager, following the departure of Tito Vilanova after a relapse of his cancer. The Argentine manager stated in a press conference on Tuesday that he was certain that Messi and his father Jorge were sure to put in a good word with Barcelona hierarchy before they decided to move in to appoint him as the successor to Vilanova.


ROURA BACKS MESSI


Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura has praised the Argentine ace, Lionel Messi, by saying that the record he has just achieved shows how difficult it is to score against opposition in Spain.

Messi recently managed to break the record of scoring against all the teams in the Spanish la Liga in a single season. The 2-2 draw with Celta de Vigo during the weekend saw the creation of this new record. As a result of scoring in this match, Messi has become the first player to score against 19 teams in the league in one season.


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