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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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Ronaldo is about to reach the scoring milestone that Juventus coach predicted

Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way towards the scoring milestone that Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri predicted last August.

When entering the new season in August last year, coach Maurizio Sarri evaluated that Cristiano Ronaldo could achieve the number of goals he expected.

“I want him to score more than 40 goals this season,” Sarri said. After that, except for a rare number of turns of the squad, he always gave Ronaldo the opportunity to play for him to find a goal. 

Even when Juventus won the championship, based on the agreement between the two, CR7 still went to Cagliari to seek more goals for the Serie A top scorer and the European Golden Boot.

Despite the defeat against Ciro Immobile, now Ronaldo still has goals to look forward to, those are the goals in the Champions League.

The Portuguese star is currently missing 5 goals to reach 40 goals in the season. It seemed not an impossible task to perform when the Champions League was an arena in which he was very charming.

MILAN, ITALY – JULY 07: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 0-2 goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on July 07, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

So far, Ronaldo is the king to score in the knockout stages of the European Cup with 65 goals compared to 41 for Messi.

This season, Ronaldo has scored fewer goals in the Champions League than Paulo Dybala (2 vs. 3), but the challenge with Lyon in the second leg of the eighth round will give him the opportunity to improve his performance. Not forgetting that, when Juventus reversed the situation against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick. It is a reminder that the waiting and belief of Juventus fans can completely be deservedly responded by CR7

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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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Barca has been the king of goals in Europe for the past five years

Barca is the team with the most goals and the best average in the five major European leagues, according to research by Opta.

Opta’s research shows that, before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barcelona was Europe’s top scoring team in the past five years in five major European leagues.

Since 2015, Barca has maintained an average goal in La Liga of 2.73 goals per game. During this period, they played 201 matches and scored 549 goals.

Barcelona has long had an impressive arsenal of attacking weapons. The first is the MSN trident made up of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar. The current season sees the combination of Antoine Griezmann with 2 seniors.

Fans can easily guess who is Barca’s scoring king as Messi contributed 180 goals in 181 games, which earned him 6 Pichichi and the Golden Boot.

In the rankings of the clubs with the most goals in the past 5 years, only PSG – the dominant team in Ligue 1, is close to Barca, reaching 2.65 goals per game. To achieve this rate, they scored 524 goals in 198 games. The best ADC is Edinson Cavani with 115 goals in 152 games.

Next is Bayern Munich with an average of 2.59 goals per game in the Bundesliga (461 goals in 178 games). The best striker is none other than Robert Lewandowski (146 goals in 167 matches).

Man City of Pep Guardiola is considered the most effective team in England with an average of 2.32 goals per game in the Premier League (462 goals in 199 games).

The current season, Barcelona scored 63 goals in 27 games (2.33 average). However, this ratio is far behind many other teams, such as PSG is 2.77 (75 goals after 27 games), Bayern Munich 2.92 (73 goals after 25 games), Man City 2.42 (68 goals after 28 games).

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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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Is Ronaldo or Messi’s yacht more expensive?

Ronaldo and Messi both choose to vacation on luxury yachts, but which star’s yacht is more expensive?

In today’s hot summer days, both Ronaldo and Messi choose to resort on the sea. Messi recently relaxed with his family in Ibiza (Mallorca), while Ronaldo and his family were resting in the Mediterranean sea.

For the most comfortable and private relaxing moments, both stars choose luxury yachts.

According to Italian media, it is not clear whether Ronaldo rented or bought this 5 million-euro yacht. Azimut Grande 27 is designed as a miniature 5-star hotel on the sea, with a length of 27m and can run at a maximum speed of 28 knots, about 52 km / h.

Azimut Grande 27 is 3 stories high with 4 double cabins, 2 cabins for crew members and 7 bathrooms in different positions. In addition, all windows on the yacht are fitted with tempered glass so that visitors can watch the sea in any position.

This yacht is a bit shorter than Ronaldo’s yacht, only about 26m, but can still reach a maximum speed of 28 knots/hour.

More importantly, the Maiora 24S Lex is considered to have more utilities than the Azimut Grande 27. Messi’s yacht has 4 cabins that can accommodate 10 guests, including 1 Presidential cabin, 1 VIP cabin and 2 regular cabins. In particular, the Presidential cabin and VIP cabin have a double bed, private bathroom, TV and desk with high speed wifi connection.

In addition, Maiora 24S Lex also has a solarium, a cabin for 4 crew members, a wine cellar, a dining room and a storage of lots of underwater toys.

After spending a break, both Ronaldo and Messi will return to training to prepare for the return leg in the 1/8 Champions League round that takes place next week.

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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.