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Neymar and Barcelona never quite the same since 2017 split

When Barca and Neymar were at the peak of their powers in 2017, however, he shook world football by heading to PSG for a record-smashing 222 million euros ($269.89 million).
File photo OF FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, Neymar, center, and Luis Suarez.(AP)
File photo OF FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, Neymar, center, and Luis Suarez.(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2020 08:16 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

Messi comes off bench to score 2 in Barça’s 5-2 win vs Betis

Messi only needed four minutes to impact the match when he smartly skipped over a pass to let it run though for Griezmann to tap home.
Photo of Barcelona FC captain Lionel Messi(@ChampionsLeague)
Photo of Barcelona FC captain Lionel Messi(@ChampionsLeague)
Updated on Nov 07, 2020 11:19 PM IST
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Pique lays into Barca over Messi situation

Club president Josep Bartomeu was the target of a scathing interview by Messi, who ultimately ended up staying at the Camp Nou, however the relationship between the two seems irreparable, something that has left Pique astounded.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Osasuna - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - July 16, 2020 Barcelona's Gerard Pique during the warm up, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Osasuna - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - July 16, 2020 Barcelona's Gerard Pique during the warm up, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 05:02 PM IST
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MADRID | ByReuters

Suarez cried over treatment in final days at Barca

“I didn’t take the club’s message that they were looking for a solution for me in order to mix things up very well. I was hurt most of all by the way they did things, because one has to accept it when a cycle comes to an end.”
Soccer Football - World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers - Uruguay v Chile - Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay - October 8, 2020 Uruguay's Luis Suarez before the match Pool via REUTERS/Raul Martinez(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers - Uruguay v Chile - Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay - October 8, 2020 Uruguay's Luis Suarez before the match Pool via REUTERS/Raul Martinez(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 04:16 PM IST
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Koeman status as Barca great on the line in testing season

Among the Dutchman’s many tasks is to ensure Lionel Messi stays motivated after the club’s talisman sensationally tried to leave the club last month before deciding to stay for at least one more season
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman poses with a Barcelona shirt during the unveiling(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman poses with a Barcelona shirt during the unveiling(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 04:08 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

Messidependencia: At Barca, Lionel is a habit

TIME UP?: Though Messi has been vocal about his struggles at the club, few would have thought that he’d actually want to leave Barca, his home since he was 13 years old.
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhargab Sarmah

Pjanic arrival at Barca delayed due to COVID-19 positive test

The Bosnia midfielder, who is yet to be officially presented as a Barca player, joined the club from Juventus in June for 60 million euros ($70.75 million) in a move which saw Arthur Melo going the other way for 72 million.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais Training and Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - August 6, 2020 Juventus' Miralem Pjanic during training REUTERS/Massimo Pinca(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais Training and Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - August 6, 2020 Juventus' Miralem Pjanic during training REUTERS/Massimo Pinca(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 08:51 AM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Barcelona braced for high-profile exits under Koeman as president calls for ‘drastic measures’

Koeman, one of Barca’s greatest ever players who was confirmed as the club’s new coach on Wednesday, will oversee the transition alongside Ramon Planes, the new chief technical secretary after Eric Abidal left the club.
File image of Ronald Koeman.(AP)
File image of Ronald Koeman.(AP)
Updated on Aug 19, 2020 05:00 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Bayern debacle was Barcelona’s worst defeat in almost 80 years

The cracks were already visible for Barcelona but Bayern opened the floodgates. Coach Setien could be sacked soon, Pique says Barca have hit rock bottom and talisman Messi might be considering his future.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez look dejected.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez look dejected.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 09:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

Champions League: With end near in sight, coach Quique Setien avoids discussing his future

“Right now it’s too soon to say whether I will continue or not. It’s not up to me and the club will have to have a deep reflection that corresponds to such a humiliating and painful defeat,” Setien told reporters.
Barcelona coach Quique Setien.(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Quique Setien.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 08:54 AM IST
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LISBON | ByReuters

Not the right time to return as Barca coach, says Xavi

Xavi rejected the offer to coach his former club back in January when they sacked Ernesto Valverde, and even though current manager Quique Setien’s role is far from secure the Catalan is still unwilling to return for the time being.
Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.(Getty Images)
Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 02:48 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Barca chief says Setien to stay, has no regrets about Valverde

Valverde led Barca to successive title wins and his team were top of the table on goal difference when he was dismissed in January and replaced by Setien, who has tried to revolutionise Barca’s play with mixed results.
Barcelona's new coach, Spaniard Quique Setien (3L), talks with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (2L) during a training session at the Joan Gamper Sports City training ground in Sant Joan Despi on January 18, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)(AFP)
Barcelona's new coach, Spaniard Quique Setien (3L), talks with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (2L) during a training session at the Joan Gamper Sports City training ground in Sant Joan Despi on January 18, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 07:11 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

Messi may leave Barca next year

The report said Messi and his father Jorge had begun discussions over his future but that he no longer wishes to stay at Camp Nou. Messi’s latest contract was signed in 2017.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 10:52 PM IST
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NEW DELHI | ByHTC & Agencies

Barcelona annoyed and frustrated after Celta Viga draw, says Luis Suarez

Suarez scored both of Barca’s goals but Celta forward Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas each levelled for the struggling hosts. Aspas equalised with a free kick with two minutes remaining.
Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)
Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 28, 2020 09:35 AM IST
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VIGO | ByReuters

Iago Aspas strikes late to blunt Barca’s title bid

Iago Aspas scored from a clever low free kick that went outside the wall to steal the win from Barcelona, which moved one point in front of Madrid ahead of the rival’s visit to last-placed Espanyol on Sunday.
Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas, right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium.(AP)
Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas, right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium.(AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 11:33 PM IST
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VIGO, Spain | ByAssociated Press

Barcelona lose De Jong to injury for ‘several weeks’

De Jong, 23, sat out Barca’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Friday and the club said in a statement on Sunday that “the clinical follow-up... has uncovered an injury in the soleus of his right leg.”
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - RCD Mallorca v FC Barcelona - Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain - June 13, 2020 Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - RCD Mallorca v FC Barcelona - Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain - June 13, 2020 Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 21, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Setien responds to Messi’s ‘Barca cannot win UCL’ remark

Messi seemingly questioned Setien’s philosophy despite them being at the top of LaLiga table before the season was abruptly stopped in March due to coronavirus pandemic.
In this photo provided by FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi trains in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday May 8, 2020. Soccer players in Spain returned to train for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Miguel Ruiz/FC Barcelona via AP)(AP)
In this photo provided by FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi trains in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday May 8, 2020. Soccer players in Spain returned to train for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Miguel Ruiz/FC Barcelona via AP)(AP)
Updated on May 25, 2020 06:52 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByIndo Asian News Service

Fans banned from Barca v Napoli Champions League tie over coronavirus

PSG’s match at the Parc des Princes was forced behind closed doors after the French government announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a country where 1,412 cases of COVID-19 infections have been recorded and 25 deaths.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Napoli's David Ospina.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Napoli's David Ospina.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 10, 2020 05:20 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Barca beat Betis to keep pace with Real Madrid

Madrid’s 4-1 win at Osasuna earlier on Sunday put pressure on Barca to respond, only for Betis to twice lead at the Benito Villamarin through a penalty from Sergio Canales and brilliant solo effort from Nabil Fekir.
Lionel Messi, left, gestures in front Betis' Marc Bartra during La Liga soccer match between Betis and Barcelona.(AP)
Lionel Messi, left, gestures in front Betis' Marc Bartra during La Liga soccer match between Betis and Barcelona.(AP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2020 10:48 AM IST
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Madrid | ByPress Trust of India

Barcelona in turmoil trying to make up for Lionel Messi’s lost time

As Athletic Bilbao’s players celebrated Inaki Williams’ 94th-minute winner at San Mames on Thursday night, Messi stood still in the centre circle, hands on his hips and staring down at the ground in front.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands in dejection at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands in dejection at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey.(AP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Fati and Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante

Fati, at 17 years and 94 days old, broke the previous record held by Juanmi Jimenez, who scored twice for Malaga against Real Zaragoza at 17 years and 115 days old in 2010.
Barcelona's Nelson Semedo in action with Levante's Tono.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Nelson Semedo in action with Levante's Tono.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 03, 2020 09:57 AM IST
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Madrid | ByPress Trust of India

Boost for Setien as Messi leads Barca rout over Leganes

Messi’s double, as well as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo rounded off an emphatic win at Camp Nou, where Barca successfully bounced back from Saturday’s surprise La Liga loss away at Valencia.
Copa del Rey - Round of 16 - FC Barcelona v Leganes - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 30, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Leganes' Oscar(REUTERS)
Copa del Rey - Round of 16 - FC Barcelona v Leganes - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 30, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Leganes' Oscar(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 31, 2020 10:44 AM IST
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Madrid | ByPress Trust of India

Late Nacho header takes Real Madrid top of La Liga with win over Real Valladolid

The Spaniard was handed his fourth league start of the season only because usual right back Dani Carvajal was suspended but he proved the difference in a tight encounter by heading home a Toni Kroos cross in the 78th minute.
Real Madrid's Nacho celebrates scoring their first goal with Luka Modric.(REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Nacho celebrates scoring their first goal with Luka Modric.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 11:28 AM IST
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Valladolid | ByReuters

Five tasks facing Quique Setien at Barcelona

Barca are top of La Liga and into the Champions League last 16, while they begin their tilt at the Copa del Rey against Ibiza next week.
Quique Setien unveiled as FC Barcelona new coach(REUTERS)
Quique Setien unveiled as FC Barcelona new coach(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 09:42 AM IST
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Madrid | ByAFP

Barcelona sack Valverde and appoint Quique Setien as successor

The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou on Monday afternoon.
File image of Quique Setien(REUTERS)
File image of Quique Setien(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 14, 2020 08:39 AM IST
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Madrid | ByAFP

Leaders Barca stumble to draw at Sociedad

The draw leaves Barca still leading with 35 points from 16 games but Real Madrid, on 34, can take their place at the top if they win at Valencia on Sunday.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 11:11 PM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters

Champions League: Messi fires Barcelona into last 16, late equaliser sees Leipzig through

Messi, who has scored 10 times in his last nine games, was also at the heart of the goal which extinguished Dortmund’s hopes of a result in the 67th minute, slipping a wonderful through ball for Griezmann that the Frenchman could happily stroke first time past Roman Burki.
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their third goal with Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their third goal with Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 28, 2019 09:48 AM IST
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Paris | ByAFP

Griezmann struggles symptomatic of a Barcelona lacking creativity

When Barca signed Griezmann last summer for 120 million euros from Atletico Madrid, many wondered where the Frenchman would fit into their stacked front line, which would have swelled further had Paris Saint-Germain come to terms over a deal for Neymar.
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 10:08 AM IST
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Madrid | ByAFP

Messi fires as Barcelona demolish Real Valladolid

Messi scored twice and created goals for Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez as champions Barca moved top of the table with 22 points from 10 matches.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 10:39 AM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

Barcelona to give all against Slavia with Clasico break ahead

Barcelona and Real Madrid agreed last week to postpone La Liga’s most prestigious game, which would have been a showdown for the top league spot, from next Saturday to December because of the unrest in Catalonia.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during the press conference(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during the press conference(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 09:43 AM IST
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Prague | ByAFP
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