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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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The Soccer Podcast With No Name (Yet) Ep.28

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this week’s soccer topics.

The Discussion This Week:

1. What Are The Implications Of The Sundowns/Chiefs Game?
2. Which Team Has the Edge Going Into The Last Three Game? Sundowns or Chiefs?
3. Summarise Orlando Pirates Season?
4. What Will A Move Away From Barcelona Mean For Messi and Barca?
5. Where Will Lionel Messi Best Fit? PSG or Manchester City?
6. How Long Till Frank Lampard Feels The Pressure At Chelsea?
7. Quick Hits!

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‘Not much respect for Arsenal…’ – Pep Guardiola

Watching Pep Guardiola on the sideline against Arsenal in their FA Cup clash was sad. He was clearly shocked at what he was witnessing. His team, full of superstars, were failing to penetrate Arsenal’s double-decker London bus.

Yesterday Pep Guardiola came out with a statement saying he doesn’t respect Arsenal… “off the pitch” 

“The opponents always deserve my respect and credit, and Arsenal, they have it..

“I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch – not much off the pitch, but on the pitch a lot. So I congratulate them and good luck against Chelsea in the final.”

Pep Guardiola and City reportedly believe Arsenal are one of a number of clubs to have previously called on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) not to agree to any delay to their two-year European ban, which has since been overturned.


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UEFA had accused City of breaking their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. They apparently overstated sponsorship revenue in their accounts and in the break-even information submitted between 2012 and 2016. They also failed to co-operate with its investigation.

It’s funny how Pep could take aim at Arsenal when managers like Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho have been the loudest in their criticism of the decision by CAS to overturn City’s ban.

Guardiola is mad. Mad at the fact he lost to an Arsenal side who his team should be beating 9 times out of 10. He is made Arsenal snatched Arteta from him. He is mad Arteta went on to knock him out of the FA Cup.

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Premier League Transfers

Top 10 Premier League Transfers Of The 2019 Summer

The Premier League transfers window shut a couple of weeks ago so I figured it would be cool to make a list of the best deals made. Of course, as with every list, there are criteria.  We’ll measure each transfer by three factors: ability, need, and value for money.

Premier League Transfers Criteria

1. Ability

This should be the easiest. How good is the player? I’ll be judging each player from what is called the eye-test,

Simply put, the eye test is a way to judge an athlete as they compete within their sport based upon your own observations. Not by statistics, but by the media or any other means other than your own two eyes. – Domenic Scarano from Bleacher Report

…that is, of course, if I have seen the player play. if not, I’ll do my rigorous research on YouTube.

2. Need

Did the club in question need the player? Sometimes, clubs buy players because of availability, affordability, or the need to weaken their rivals. I’ll be judging whether or not the team was in desperate need of the player’s services.

3. Value for money

Unless they are Neymar, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Lionel Messi, a player’s marketability isn’t going to match the amount of money the club shelled out for them in the first place. This is football in 2019.  That being said, they are still some great deals you can find in the premier league transfers market.

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The Soccer Podcast Without A Name (Yet) S01E22 [Podcast]

 

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this weekend’s soccer topics. But they should hurry because each topic has a time limit.

The Discussion This Week:
1. Orlando Pirates Drop Points Against Cape Town City
2. Micho Sredojevic & Rulani Mokwena Cup-Less Run
3. Percy Tau Wins Awards
4. Mamelodi Sundowns Fail To Qualify For CAF Champions League Final
5. Manchester City On Top Of League With Only One Game Left
6. Games To Look Forward To
7. Quick Hits

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