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Bartomeu: I can’t let Messi go

President Josep Maria Bartomeu asserted that in the interests of Barca, he must be determined to keep Lionel Messi in the summer of 2020.

“I will not cause a conflict with him. Messi is the captain of the team, the leader of the team. I cannot let him leave the club. Messi is the best player of all time and The team needs him. Owning Messi is a guarantee of success”, Bartomeu told TV3.

Near the end of August, Messi asked to leave a year ahead of his contract. The decision was made by the 33-year-old star not long after Barca lost a big 2-8 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League. Barca, headed by President Bartomeu, refused to allow the Argentine striker to leave for free. Finally, Messi decided to stay. However, he still expressed his anger and criticized Bartomeu for not keeping his word, once-promising to let him go at the end of the season.

“We saw him talking on the pitch and now is the time to move on after the leaving controversy,” Bartomeu said. “We should congratulate ourselves for having kept Messi successful and on his manners for the past few days. The best player in the world should stay in our house.”

Messi is committed to his stay and will continue to dedicate himself to Barca, and he is showing it on the pitch. In the Girona match on September 17, Messi scored two goals, helping Barca to win three friendly matches before the new season began.

Meanwhile, Bartomeu is facing a new war when more than 20,000 club members sign a request for a no-confidence vote with him. Barca’s leadership will decide on this in the next two weeks. Bartomeu said he is still focused on his work, not mindful of the demands of the protesting group. “The leadership and I will continue to work to make sure we have the most competitive team. We’ll say this again after the signatures are confirmed. At this point, no one wants to give up. The club will move on and we have a lot to rearrange,” Bartomeu said.

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Which team did MU kick with on the opening day of the Premier League?

Although MU did not play round 1 of the Premier League, MU still played on September 12. Who is the opponent of “Red Devils”?

Because Man City and MU entered the European Cup and Europa League last season, the two Manchester teams were postponed to play the first round of the Premier League 2020/21. This is required by the European Football Federation (UEFA) when teams have to rest at least 30 days before the season.

Therefore, MU will start to play in the Premier League from the second round with rival Crystal Palace (23:30, September 19). Meanwhile, the confrontation with Burnley (round 1) has not yet determined the time to play. Likewise is the match between Man City and Aston Villa.

However, Solskjaer’s teachers and students will not play in the opening day of the Premier League. According to the Manchester Evening News, MU will play a friendly match with Aston Villa on September 12 to “respond” to the first round of the Premier League. This is considered an important preparation step for the new season.

The source revealed this was the last pre-season friendly match for the Old Trafford team . In fact, coach Solskjaer also did not have much time to prepare for this match and lacked many personnel.

Paul Pogba infected with Covid-19 so he definitely did not attend. Marcus Rashford was injured while on duty at England. Mason Greenwood is in a separate practice due to a violation of the rules of conduct in Iceland. Meanwhile, captain Harry Maguire only trained earlier this week after the Greek controversy.

Besides, Bruno Fernandes (Portugal), Anthony Martial (France) or Victor Lindelof (Sweden) are not in the best physical condition after fighting with the national team in the UEFA Nations League 2020/21. Therefore, it is likely that the Norwegian teacher will test and trust young players in this friendly match.

The player most anticipated by the MU fans is probably rookie Donny Van De Beek. The Dutch midfielder has only just joined Old Trafford and has only had a few getting to know the team. This match is scheduled to take place at 20:00 on September 12 at Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham.

The last visit here, MU won 3-0 with goals from Fernandes, Greenwood and Pogba.

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Messi was shocked by his teammates in Barca

The Spanish press evoked a very strange incident going on in Barca, whose main content was about Lionel Messi.

In an article published early today (September 1, local time), journalist Juan Jimenez of AS (Spain) gave a series of doubts and judgments about the situation behind the scenes.

According to Jimenez, except for Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, who have a close relationship with Messi and have just been determined by Coach Ronald Koeman for the future, there are not any players in the current Barca team make a personal opinion or take a move related to Messi’s situation.

Earlier, Messi and Suarez were seen driving out of the hotel after dinner in Barcelona on August 26, the day after Messi faxed a request to terminate his contract with Barca. Vidal recently posted a forum to claim Messi is an alien in Barca but still needs help, after judging that Barca currently has only 13 professional players.

The strangest case that Jimenez named in this incident was Gerard Pique, who came from the same Barca training camp as Messi and had an almost one-family relationship with the Argentine superstar.

However, in recent days, Pique has not made any move, both on social networks and in real life. Pique’s latest statement came after a 2-8 defeat to Bayern.

The darling of the other La Masia oven like Sergio Busquets or Sergi Roberto also silenced a little.

According to Jimenez, Busquets and Messi’s relationship was a bit chipped when the Spanish midfielder said Messi had influenced Ernesto Valverde to remove his name from the main team, and then not be used at La Liga 2019/20 opening match when Barca lost 0-1 to Bilbao at San Mames.

Some other quite influential figures in the Barca dressing room like goalkeeper Ter Stegen, or defender Alba do not have any movement about the incident, let alone rookie Griezmann.

The last message sent out by the Barca dressing room related to Messi is the reprint of Messi’s statement about the team being reduced by 70% in March 2020.

Jimenez said there were two reasons why this strange atmosphere happened in Barca.

The first may be the caution of the players, in order to avoid statements that are not favorable for the team as well as for the most powerful player in the team. The second is that Messi no longer receives support from his teammates. This is probably the most shocking thing.

The journalist of the AS newspaper also pointed out a more remarkable detail, when the person considered Messi’s spokesman, Pepe Costa, suddenly disappeared on social networks or in statements supporting M10 as before. This character acts as Messi’s spokesperson and translator before the outside world, not only in club problems but in any field related to the life of number 10 Barca.

It should be known that Pepe Costa is one of the few enduring professionals, despite the changes in leadership, from Joan Laporta to Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu.

From a loyal guard of Sandro Rosell, Pepe Costa gradually became one of the few people to win Messi’s trust. Later, even Messi severed close ties with fitness expert Juanjo Brau to get closer to Pepe Costa.

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What is the most possible stop for Messi if he leaves Barca?

Lionel Messi has sent a request to leave Barca and the Argentine striker must have made a decision about his new team in the future.

Messi has sent a transfer request to Barca, so it is only a matter of time before the player leaves. But which team will the Argentine striker switch to after leaving Barca? 

At 33, Messi is still one of the best in the world. Barca may be empty this season, but Messi’s performance is still really impressive. He has 31 goals and 24 assists in 44 games. 

Thus, Messi is still directly involved in 1.25 goals / game in the season where Barca played badly and he himself had to leave the early part of the season due to injury.

Therefore, after Messi sent a transfer request to Barca, many big clubs in Europe offered to hire the Argentinian striker. 

Tax incentives in Italy can help Serie A teams gain an advantage in the race to win Messi. Inter Milan has long shown interest in Messi and senior club officials repeatedly affirming its ambition to recruit the Argentine striker. 

But if you want to see his best friend Neymar again, Messi needs to go to PSG. This team has just reached the Champions League final with a star-studded lineup and the bosses are always ready to meet transfer requirements to realize the dream of a European championship.

From the Premier League, the two clubs Man City and MU both wanted to have Messi. In it, Man City had wished for Messi for a long time. The opportunity to work with old teacher Pep Guardiola and close friend Sergio Aguero can make Messi choose this stop.

In addition, the big money clubs in China or the US cannot ignore Messi. But there is a high chance that Messi will refuse because he needs to play in a peak environment in hopes of attending the 2022 World Cup. 

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Messi and Ronaldo make up the largest salary fund in Europe

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the main agents to create the biggest club salaries in Europe for Barca and Juventus.

The new online betting site Safe Betting Sites has released a list of the highest paying clubs in Europe.

Results are calculated based on the club’s annual salary bill divided equally among the players. The survey is counted within Europe’s top 5 championships, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

In particular, Barca is Europe’s largest average salary club this season, reaching 9.37 million pounds per player. But Messi’s salary alone accounts for about 10% of Barca’s salary fund, about £ 59.8 million/season.

Real Madrid has the second highest salary fund with an average salary of £ 8.5 million per player. Gareth Bale has the highest income of the team at 31.2 million pounds/season, although he is only regularly on the bench.

Meanwhile, Juventus is in the Top 3 clubs with the highest salaries because they pay very high wages for Ronaldo and some players who have signed a free transfer like Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot. The average salary of Juventus is 7.71 million pounds/player, but Ronaldo alone is up to 28.1 million pounds.

In general, La Liga is still the highest paying player in Europe with Barca and Real Madrid leading. But the Premier League has a better overall ground when it contributes to 4 clubs in the Top 10 clubs with the largest salary fund in Europe, including Man City, MU, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich still show their superiority in their league right from the way they pay players.

Europe’s top 10 biggest average player-paying clubs:

Barca – £ 9.37 million per player

Real Madrid – £ 8.5 million per player

Juventus – £ 7.71 million per player

Man City – 6.98 million pounds per player

PSG – £ 6.19 million per player

Bayern Munich – £ 6.12 million per player

MU – 5.53 million pounds per player

Liverpool – £ 5.37 million per player

Atletico Madrid – £ 5.37 million per player

Arsenal – £ 4.38 million per player

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Messi, Ronaldo and 10 Champions League records can never be broken

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made a lot of spectacular Champions League milestones, including 10 records that can never be broken.

1. Fastest hat-trick (7 1/2 minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)

Sadio Mane can score the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League with 2 minutes 56 paper, but in the Cup, nobody can compare. With 7-and-a-half minutes, the Lyon striker surpassed Mike Newell’s record set in 1995.

Messi, Ronaldo và 10 kỷ lục Champions League có thể không bao giờ bị phá

2. Most goals in a knockout match (5 – Lionel Messi vs Leverkusen, 2011/12)

Messi is the only player to score 5 goals after 90 minutes in a knockout match, helping Barca to destroy Leverkusen 7-1 in the 1/8 round.

3. Keep the most consecutive clean sheets (10 – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)

After conceding to Ajax in the second match of the 2005/06 season with Arsenal, Lehmann spent the remaining 4 group stage matches and the entire knockout round without receiving any goals.

Sent off after 18 minutes in the final, Lehmann kept a clean sheet for more than 800 minutes, equivalent to 13.5 hours.

4. Most goals per goalkeeper (3 – Hans-Jorg Butt)

It’s hard to believe that a goalkeeper has scored 3 goals in the Champions League and both against Juventus.

Butt humiliated Juventus in Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with all three goals from the penalty spot.

Messi, Ronaldo và 10 kỷ lục Champions League có thể không bao giờ bị phá

5. Most goals in a match (12 – Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)

The crazy match that took place at Signal Iduna Park four years ago with Reus and Kagawa both scored twice. Notably, up to 6 goals were scored after the first 29 minutes only.

6. Oldest player (43 years and 253 days – Marco Ballotta vs Real Madrid, 2007/08)

Ballotta conceded three goals against Real Madrid just months before his 44th birthday, breaking Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record nearly three years old.

It should be noted that the second oldest player in the history of the tournament, Olexandr Shovkovskiy, is still 2 years younger than Ballotta.

7. Most goals in a season (17 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013/14)

The Real Madrid superstar has scored 9 goals in the group stage, 4 goals in the eighth round, 1 goal in the quarterfinals, 2 in the semi-finals and another in the final.

The only person who has ever come close to beating this record is Ronaldo.

8. The match with the most audience (115,500 – Barcelona vs PSG, 1994/95)

Although the Nou Camp still boasts the largest capacity in the Champions League, changes to the stadium’s rules have reduced the number of spectators in modern times. Fans may never see this 6-digit landmark again.

9. Defender with the most goals in a match (3 – Layvin Kurzawa vs Anderlecht, 2017/18)

The PSG left-back became the first player to achieve this feat two years ago. Surely no defender will score four in a Champions League match.

10. Youngest player to score a hat-trick (18 years and 114 days – Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)

Only five teenage players have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, of which Real Madrid legend Raul is the youngest.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes threatened this record by scoring a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year with more than 200 days.

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De Gea is constantly making mistakes at MU because of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo is being blamed for the hard-to-forgive mistakes of goalkeeper David de Gea in the MU shirt last time.

David De Gea continued to disappoint when making a mistake, causing MU to receive 2 goals and lose to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. But this is not the first time the Spaniard has been criticized for this.

Since last season, De Gea has at least 6 mistakes that made MU lose points against Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, Watford, Barca or Arsenal.

Many factors have been put in place to explain De Gea’s miserable performance, including a very strange cause related to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Some comments that Ronaldo must bear a responsibility for De Gea’s mistakes in the past though not in the same team and also played in two different tournaments. The last time the two faced each other took place since November 2018 when MU encountered Juventus in the Champions League group stage of 2018/19.

But Ronaldo destroyed De Gea’s confidence five months earlier when the two were featured in the Portuguese match against Spain in the 2018 World Cup group stage. Escape at the end of the battle. However, the second goal was a great help of De Gea.

In this situation, Ronaldo shot slightly and hit De Gea’s position, but because of a moment of distraction, he let the ball hit the ball and flew into the net.

It is worth mentioning that the Spaniard made a mistake after spending an outstanding season and won the Golden Glove Award in the English Premier League 2017/18 with a record of 18 clean sheets.

However, he made a mistake at the opening game of the 2018 World Cup. Since then, De Gea has frequently made very silly errors and Ronaldo is joked by many Man Utd fans that he made the Spanish goalkeeper lose confidence.

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List of 35 Asian players in the Premier League

A total of 35 Asian players have been playing in the English Premier League, most of them having Korean, Japanese and Chinese nationalities.

Compared with the Americas, Africa, or Asia, the number of Asian players playing in the English Premier League is inferior. In addition to the limited level, a work permit barrier is said to be the reason that not many players from the golden continent play in the No. 1 league.

Danh sách 35 cầu thủ châu Á tại Ngoại hạng Anh

Since Karim Bagheri signed with Charlton in 2000, a total of 35 Asian players have played in the English Premier League, more than a third of which are Korean nationals (15 players). Japan and China finished second and third with 9 and 6 players.

After Maya Yoshida moved to Sampdoria, while Ki Sung-yueng landed in Mallorca last winter market, only 4 Asian players played in the English Premier League including Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) and Son Heung-min (Tottenham).

Danh sách 35 cầu thủ châu Á tại Ngoại hạng Anh

Chinese players:

1. Li Weifeng (Everton, 2002-2003)

2. Dong Fangzhou (MU, 2004-2008)

3. Li Ke (Arsenal, 2011-2014)

4. Zheng Zhi (Charlton, 2007-2009)

5. Li Tie (Everton, 2002-2006)

6. Sun Jihai (Man City, 2002, 2008)

Japanese players:

1. Junichi Inamoto (Fulham and West Brom, 2002-2006)

2. Shinji Kagawa (MU, 2012-2014)

3. Takumi Minamino (Liverpool, 2019-present)

4. Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton, Wigan and Arsenal, 2011-2014)

5. Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle, 2018-present)

6. Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton, 2005-2006)

7. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City, 2015-2019)

8. Kazuyuki Toda (Tottenham, 2002-2003)

9. Maya Yoshida (Southampton, 2012-2020)

Korean players:

1. For Won-hee (Wigan, 2008-2010)

2. Ji Dong-won (Sunderland, 2011-2012, 2013-2014)

3. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, Sunderland and Newcastle, 2012-2020)

4. Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City, 2013-2014)

5. Kim Do-heon (West Brom, 2008-2009)

6. Lee Chung-yong (Bolton and Crystal Palace, 2009-2012, 2014-2018)

7. Lee Dong-gook (Middlesbrough, 2006-2008)

8. Lee Young-pyo (Tottenham, 2005-2008)

9. Park Chu-young (Arsenal, 2011-2012)

10. Park Ji-sung (MU and QPR, 2005-2013)

11. Seol Ki-hyeon (Reading and Fulham, 2006-2010)

12. Yun Suk-young QPR, 2014-2015)

13. Son Heung-min (Tottenham, 2015-present)

Iranian player:

1. Karim Bagheri (Charlton, 2000-2001)

2. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton, 2018-present)

3. Andranik Teymourian (Bolton and Fulham, 2006-2009)

4. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham, 2012-2014)

Oman player:

1. Ali Al-Habsi (Bolton and Wigan, 2007-2008, 2010-2013)

Pakistani players:

1. Zesh Rehman (Fulham, 2003-2006)

Philippines player:

1. Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City, 2018-2019)

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MU need 3 big contracts to compete with Liverpool in the next season

MU need to make 3 major contracts this summer to compete for the Premier League title with Liverpool next season.

MU are in good shape when their new signings this season have been quite successful, from Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James to Odion Ighalo.

However, the current force can only help MU compete for a place in the Top 4, while the title competition with Liverpool and Man City is not enough.

Share on Mirror newspaper, former MU player, Robbie Savage said that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must have 3 more big contracts in the summer to be able to compete for the championship next season.

“Next season there will be many opponents ready to overthrow the throne of Liverpool. Now, the teams are trying to strengthen their forces. Chelsea quickly bought Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

“Coach Frank Lampard has done great things with his young players. If he had another great player, Chelsea would be very formidable.

“MU is the same. If you can buy 2-3 more players like Koulibaly, Jadon Sancho and one more then MU is also a strong candidate to compete for the championship next season. Coach Pep Guardiola can help Man City return to the competition. race to the title with 3-4 new contracts.

“But I will eliminate Arsenal and Tottenham from the championship race. They are lagging too far behind their competitors”.

Currently, Liverpool have won the Premier League this season before 7 rounds, but the Top 4 race is still very dramatic. 

Both Chelsea and Leicester are only 5-6 points more than MU and can completely be surpassed in the closing day. Even in theory, Wolves, Tottenham, Sheffield United still have the opportunity to enter the Top 4.

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7 interesting coincidences between Messi and prodigy striker 15 years old

There are many interesting similarities between Lionel Messi and 15-year-old talent Luka Romero, the boy who just debuted in La Liga and was dubbed Messi Mexico.

Luka Romero just went down in history when he became the youngest player to debut in La Liga at the age of 15 and 219 days. This boy was born in Mexico but served the Argentina team like his elder brother Messi.

1. Two people wear the number 18 shirt of the team

Luka Romero made his Argentina debut in the South American U15 tournament in 2019 with 2 goals. In the final, Argentina drew 1-1 with Brazil, before losing 3-5 on penalties.

Meanwhile, on August 17, 2005, Messi wore the number 18 shirt in a friendly against Hungary.

2. Both want shirt number 10

Messi wore the Argentina number 10 shirt for the first time on March 28, 2009 in a 409 win against Venezuela in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. 

Romero, from an early age, wore that iconic shirt of Argentine football. However, in the youth team, he could not use the number 10 because it belonged to Ignacio Tapia from Belgrano.

3. Both are left-footed

The gift of talent that both of them were given was their left leg, although Messi and Romero also played right foot not bad. 

In both the team and the club, Messi stands out in either a connected role on the front line or on the wide right.

Romero also adapts well to different positions, especially the number 10 role. “He is a technical player, with the ability to handle the ball, pass and dribble well. He read the game very well, ”commented Argentina U15 coach Alejandro Sagasse.

4. Family and Spain

Messi and Romero have both lived in Europe since childhood but they have almost the entire family in Argentina. Messi’s relatives are still in Rosario. Romero came to Spain when he was 3 years old, while the whole family continued to live south of Buenos Aires. 

5. Both are connected to Barcelona

Messi coming to Catalan is a famous story, with a happy ending, including 36 titles and love continues to grow day by day. 

Romero spent a week of testing at the La Masia training furnace and then left. “I was far away from home, I don’t remember much because when I was very young,” the striker, who has been with Mallorca since the age of 5, recalls.

6. They were known earlier in Spain than in Argentina

Perhaps due to geographical reasons, the first steps of Messi and Romero have been closely followed by the Spanish media. 

7. They choose to play for the Argentina team

Messi was tempted from Spain but in June 2004, he turned down an offer to play for the national team. 

Romero has Mexican nationality (was born in Durango) and Spain but has fulfilled his dream of playing for Argentina in the U15 South American squad in 2019.