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Barcelona/Messi Saga – Episode 2: Lionel Messi Has Went From Demanding To Asking Nicely To Leave

It seems as though Lionel Messi has made up his mind. He wants to leave Barcelona and he wants to leave now.

Messi is known for making rash decisions, especially after bad football games. He retired from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final in 2016 (he unretired soon after). Now Messi asked to leave Barcelona after they lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. On the surface, the decision may seem a bit rash BUT, this time, it’s a bit different.

Messi has beef with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and he isn’t keen on new head coach Ronald Koeman.

Last week Messi threw his toys out the pram and demanded a transfer elsewhere. After taking a deep breath and standing in a corner for a few moments, Messi has remembered to say please.


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The internet streets say Lionel Messi has asked the club twice for a friendly exit. He doesn’t want to face a lawsuit against the club he loves. Barcelona sacked their law firm Cuatrecasas for advising Messi on an exit strategy for leaving the club so it seems Lionel Messi has legal options. However, Barcelona are said to legally refute the standing of this claim and they will not allow him to leave the club unless his €700m release clause is activated by another club.

It’s time. It’s time for Barcelona to let go. Lionel Messi will go down as the greatest player to ever wear a Barcelona jersey. They believed in him when he was a 13-year-old pimple-faced teen and he repaid them with all the accolades he has won for them. Why drag this on any longer and get bad press over it?

Barcelona fans will be distraught at the potential of losing the best player on the planet but it may be time for the team to rebuild. This won’t be the last episode in the Messi/Barcelona Saga. Barcelona are going to fight tooth and nail to not let him go.

I’ll keep you posted.

By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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Would The Signing Of Messi Really Be A Good Move For Manchester City? I’m Just Asking…

I’m sure everybody and their momma has heard Lionel Messi wants out of Barcelona. Word of the internet streets is Manchester City have their gun cocked and loaded, ready to pull the trigger on the transfer of Messi. But, would a move to Manchester be beneficial for both parties? 

Manchester City is a team that underperformed in the 2019/20 Premier League season. Their only achievement was to win the league cup.  Liverpool beat them to the title by 18 points, they got knocked out of the FA Cup by a weak Arsenal team, and they got sent home for the Champions League bubble by Olympique Lyon. 😔


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Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona: ‘I want to leave!’


Lionel Messi has demanded a move away from Barcelona. The team that signed him when he was a pre-teen stuffed things up this season. They lost the La Liga title to an average Real Madrid side, hired a coach that was clearly out of depth, and got the tombstone piledriver by Bayern Munich in the Champions. Sorry Barcelona fans I 8-2 to bring that up again. 

An underperforming club and the world’s greatest player who is disillusioned by his current team. It also helps Manchester City is coached by Pep Guardiola. The man who gave Lionel Messi the keys to the Barcelona offence in Pep’s time at the Camp Nou. 

It seems like a match made in heaven right?  

Uhm, I’m not so sure. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Manchester City have enough attacking players, they don’t have a problem scoring they have a problem of keeping them out.
  2. Messi is great but is even better with an offence built around him. Should Guardiola change the way his City team plays to accommodate Messi? 
  3. Messi is going to cost Manchester City, who are already in the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play sleuths radar, a lot of money to sign him. How can they justify the funds especially with coronavirus? 

By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona: ‘I want to leave!’

There comes a time in everybody’s life when they have to leave the nest and fly away (Unless you are a millennial, of course). It seems as though the time has come for the G.O.A.T. Lionel Messi. Ronald Koeman was announced as Barcelona manager last week and in his first meeting he told Luis Suarez to take a hike and Messi that ‘your privileges in the squad are OVER.

This didn’t sit well with the Messi so he went home, blew the dust and cobwebs off his fax machine and faxed in a transfer request to Barcelona. 


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This act by Messi shouldn’t have come as a surprise. He had been openly irritated at the goings-on in Barca boardroom for a while. He dislikes Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, he didn’t think highly of now fired head coach Quique Setién, and he thinks his teammates, for a lack of a better word, stink.

Lionel Messi has been carrying this Barcelona team for the past couple of years. He is fed up. In the last couple of months, Messi has threatened to leave if things don’t change. At that time I thought he was bluffing but now I think he is serious. I mean the guy sent a fax. Who sends faxes nowadays???

Ronald Koeman and Messi won’t get along. Koeman is known to be a hard-nosed disciplinarian and Messi likes it when the coaches brown-nose a little bit. At the end of the day, it will be up to Barcelona to let their child go. He has a one year left on his contract. Plus, nobody in their right state of mind will pay his $828 million buy out clause. 

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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This Week in LaLiga… [27 July 2020]

From contract extensions to summer transfers, here are some of the top news headlines to come out of LaLiga this week.

The 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season may be over, but teams are now planning for next season. There have been several important developments in the past week. These range from coaching changes to contract extensions to confirmed transfers…

Unai Emery is back in LaLiga Santander

Villarreal announced Javi Calleja wouldn’t be continuing as head coach. The Yellow Submarine went out and hired Unai Emery to take over on a three-year deal. Emery is returning to LaLiga Santander! Emery enjoyed a lot of success at Valencia and Sevilla before stints in France and England with PSG and Arsenal.

Negredo commits to Cádiz

Spanish striker Álvaro Negredo is back in LaLiga Santander. The 34-year-old has signed with newly promoted Cádiz. The Andalusians will be the fourth team he’ll represent in Spain’s top division. He previously played for Almería, Sevilla and Valencia. Negredo was most recently with Al-Nasr in the UAE. He has also played for Manchester City in England and Besiktas in Turkey.


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Shinji Okazaki renews with Huesca

After Huesca secured promotion back to Spain’s top tier, they have agreed to renew the contract of their top scorer Shinji Okazaki. The Japanese veteran scored 12 goals as Huesca finished 2019/20 as LaLiga SmartBank champions. He’ll now get to experience Spain’s top flight for the first time in his career.

Four teams win promotion to LaLiga SmartBank

LaLiga SmartBank will feature four new teams next season, all of which secured promotion through a playoff tournament held in southern Spain: Logroñes, Cartagena, Sabadell and Castellón will play in Spain’s second tier in 2020/21.

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6 Things You Might Not Know About Zinedine Zidane

There’s little left to say about ‘Zizou,’ undoubtedly one of the greatest ever figures in football history. But here are six things you may not know about Zidane, from his remarkable trophy-winning statistics as Real Madrid coach to starring in his own TV documentary.

1. He averages a trophy every 19 matches as Real Madrid coach

The 2019-20 LaLiga title is Zinedine Zidane’s 11th as Real Madrid coach in just three and a half seasons. A figure which rounds out, incredibly, at around one trophy every 19 games. Also, he’s yet to lose a Champions League knockout game. He is the only coach to win the competition three seasons in a row.

Having said that, there’s nothing quite like winning LaLiga for Zidane, as he made clear this Thursday after wrapping up the title: “The Champions League is the Champions League, but this title makes me happier because LaLiga is what it’s all about.”

2. He is Real Madrid’s first French manager

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Real Madrid have had many French players over the years and they’ve had head coaches from 16 different countries. But Zidane is the first Frenchman to sit in the club’s dugout as coach. He first took over in January 2016, staying on until May 2018 before taking over again in March 2019. Taking into account this season’s LaLiga title, he’s already won 11 trophies as manager. 

3. Just one trophy eludes him

Zidane has won almost everything there is to win in football, from the World Cup and Champions League to the Ballon d’Or and a horde of domestic titles. But the Copa del Rey remains elusive, both as a player and manager. He won the 2014 Copa del Rey as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, but to date he is yet to win Spain’s domestic cup competition as a leading man.


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4. His sons are following in his footballing footsteps

Zidane is the father of four boys, all of which have made careers for themselves in the world of football. Midfielder Enzo is currently on the books of Almeria UD and pushing for promotion out of LaLiga SmartBank, Spain’s second tier. Goalkeeper Luca is currently out on loan from Real Madrid at Racing Santander. Theo and Elyaz and still underage and part of the youth academy at Los Blancos.

5. The most popular Frenchman of all-time

In a 2004 poll in leading French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Zidane was voted as the most popular Frenchman of all time. The poll wasn’t limited to sports stars but took all public figures into account, with Zidane’s footballing exploits seeing him picked ahead of other iconic personalities. ZZ explained at the time that he was proud of how someone from an immigrant background could come top in such a poll. Highlighting the importance of racial harmony in modern-day France.

6. Zidane starred in his own documentary

Back in 2006, ZZ was the star of French documentary Zidane, Un Portrait Du 21e Siecle (“Zidane, a 21st century portrait”). This very unique show saw a film crew focus 17 cameras on the Frenchman for the entirety of a Real Madrid match against Villarreal in 2005. But that’s not all he’s done in the world of film; he has also starred in movies such as Goal! II (2007) alongside the likes of Sergio Ramos, David Beckham and Thierry Henry and Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008).

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