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Jorge Valdano feels Messi has lost his ability to trick defenders

Wednesday October 29 2014,

Tags: La Liga, FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Jorge Valdano

The former Real Madrid player and manager believes Messi has been holding his ability back since the past World Cup.
It seems criticism will keep haunting Messi until he shows his previous form. Today, Jorge Valdano shared his thoughts about what he feels is going on with Barcelona's number 10, and how his shape is not helping his Los Culés or his National Team.

"Looking a the last game, Messi is a little off-form. His position has changed on the pitch and now his job is more to provide assists...

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Luis Enrique takes the blame for losing El Clasico against Real Madrid

Tuesday October 28 2014,

Tags: La Liga, FC Barcelona, Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi

The Asturian coach denied Lionel Messi was not fit to play and had painkilling shots for last Saturday's match
Following their loss against Real Madrid on Saturday, things have taken a controversial turn with Barcelona. Coach Luis Enrique had a heated press conference regarding several subjects, which included his responsability on losing Saturday's game, as well as some issues with his players.

"I'm the one to blame. My players are committed with what we are trying to do here, and if you want to...

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Joseph Blatter admits giving Lionel Messi the WC Golden Ball was a mistake

Tuesday October 28 2014,

Tags: FIFA, World Cup, Joseph Blatter, Lionel Messi

FIFA's president stated today that he was surprised by the Committee's decision, since he expected a German player to be the winner.
During his visit to Moscow, where he will unveil the logo for World Cup 2018, Joseph Blatter stated giving Lionel Messi the Golden Ball for the past World Cup was a mistake, revealing his candidate to win the award was German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

"I think that decision was incorrect. I was surprised when I was told the Committee's decision, since they chose to evaluate ten players that...

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Ronaldo, Chelsea and Bayern lead 2014 Ballon d’Or 23-man shortlist

The 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or has created a bit of surprise, although most picks were predictable.
Just the morning after Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick of individual trophies at the 2013/14 LFP Awards, the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist has been released with CR7’s name on it. The Portuguese superstar overshadows the majority of the contenders with Lionel Messi – trophiless this year – appearing to have slimmer chances than in previous editions.

Indeed, the...

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OFFICIAL: Carlos Tevez will return with the Argentinian National Team

Monday October 27 2014,

Tags: Argentina, Gerardo Martino, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi

The Juventus striker will play again for his National squad after being left out of the last World Cup by ex coach Alejandro Sabella.
After a three year absence, Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez will play once again for his National Team. One of the best players in the Italian Serie A will return with La Albiceleste after being called up by coach Gerardo Martino.

Tevez played his last game with Argentina in the summer of 2011, when the South American nation hosted the Copa America. There, La Albiceleste lost a penalty shootout...

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RECORD: 3rd minute strike vs Real sees Barca ace Neymar enter the history books

Sunday October 26 2014,

Tags: Neymar, Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Real Madrid, El Clasico 2014, La Liga

Despite the 3-1 loss to Los Blancos, the Brazilian attacker can walk away from the Bernabeu encounter knowing he achieved an impressive individual feat in El Clasico
Despite suffering a 3-1 loss at the hands of bitter rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona star Neymar can walk away from El Clasico with his head up high.

The club's current leading scorer with nine goals, Neymar awarded the Catalan giants an early lead in Saturday's clash, netting past Iker Casillas after only three minutes of play.

An impressive goal, in which the Brazilian dispatched a curling...

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Luis Enrique: No regrets over starting Suarez in El Clasico

According to the Barcelona boss, their Uruguayan summer signing's performance in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid exceeded his expectations
Eyebrows were raised when Barcelona announced that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez would be starting Barcelona's all-important El Clasico tie with Real Madrid on Saturday.

Suarez, who was handed a four-month ban from competitive games after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the summer World Cup, served out his punishment, which came to an end the day before the Santiago Bernabeu...

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El Clasico, Oct 25 – Messi vs CR7: A tale of two stats

With one of football's most watched encounters fast approaching, we take a look at stats from the world's two best players: Leo and Cristiano
This season's first edition of everyone's favorite El Clasico encounter is upon us. Fans of “the beautiful game” eagerly anticipate the clash that will see La Liga's two most successful team lock horns.

Sparks and tempers are always expected to flare as great talents from our beloved sport take to the pitch, with the two hottest players in the globe taking center stage: Barcelona's...

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona live streaming info: Watch El Clasico on Oct. 25, 2014

Watch El Clasico live this Saturday in your country on mobile, PC or TV! This is the ultimate place for live streaming links, TV listings and confirmed lineups of Real Madrid vs Barcelona on October 25, 2014.
Unfortunately for neutrals, the much-anticipated BBC vs MSN battle is not taking place! This is because Gareth Bale is injured. So while Luis Suarez, finally cleared of his lengthy ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, comes in to boost the Messi-Neymar duo, how are Real Madrid supposed to deal with the absence of their Welsh winger?

This concern adds to the fatigue...

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El Clasico history & stats: What the last 5 clashes tell ahead of October 25, 2014

Real Madrid will welcome Barcelona for the first El Clasico meeting of the 2014/2015 season. Here is a quick run-down of their past few meetings ahead of Saturday's game.
For La Liga fans, any match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is as big for them as the Champions League final. Due to the two clubs' long-standing rivalry, each season's edition of El Clasico is always an eagerly anticipated clash and has gotten more intense in recent times as a result of the perpetual competition between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The duo's dominance over the past six years...

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Real vs Barca – 10 most amazing facts ahead of El Clasico on October 25, 2014

The two La Liga giants are set to lock horns in this season's edition of El Clasico. Here are some interesting facts and stats ahead of Saturday's highly-anticipated encounter
La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona gear up to lock horns this Saturday when the two sides meet at Santiago Bernabeu in the much talked about El Clasico encounters.

This season's edition of the epic fixture between the Spanish Primera Division's two most successful clubs is an even more special match as the two teams' star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have split six of...

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El Clasico analysis: Who will be Real Madrid's 5 key players on October 25, 2014?

Real Madrid’s eternal rivalry with Barcelona continues on October 25, 2014. Los Blancos are under pressure to close the gap on the Blaugrana. Who will be Ancelotti’s heroes on Saturday?
There is a four-point gap between the two sides. While Saturday’s visitors remain unbeaten with Claudio Bravo yet to concede, Los Blancos have been scoring goals for fun. As the home crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu aims to enjoy El Clasico, we look at five Real Madrid players who will have no right to flop against Luis Enrique’s powerful men.

1) Iker Casillas – Perfection and...

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El Clasico analysis: Who will be Barcelona's 5 key players on October 25, 2014?

The Catalans have been in supreme form this season but they face their toughest challenge yet when they go against the defending European champions.
Life at new club has been pleasant for Luis Enrique so far having guided his side to seven victories in the eight league games they have played. Having played in the high intensity Clasico games during his playing days on numerous occasions, the 44 year old is now set to participate in the fiery fixture for the first time as a manager.

He will need special assistance from the following five...

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Madrid vs Barcelona: Diez datos que harán el Clásico Español más interesante

Los dos equipos más ganadores de la Liga de España buscan establecerse como la fuerza dominante, después de un año en que ninguno de los dos pudo obtener el título.
Los gigantes de la Liga Española, Real Madrid y Barcelona, se preparan para chocar de Nuevo este sábado en el estadio Santiago Bernabéu en una edición más de “El Clásico que divide al mundo”, siendo este probablemente uno de los más anticipados de los últimos tiempos.

Como siempre que se enfrentan merengues y culés, el...

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Giovani dos Santos share Goal of the Year nomination

Fans around the world voted in the league's website to select this year's nominees. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 27th.
One more battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will have a winner this Monday. After their Clasico match this weekend, the Spanish League will reveal the "Goal of the Year" award, which has the two superstars nominated.

Perhaps the underdog in this nomination is Mexican Giovani Dos Santos, who scored a magnificent strike against Valencia in their Week 10 matchup at El Madrigal....

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Ronaldo confident of Real retaining their UCL crown after 3-0 win over Liverpool

The 29-year-old Los Blancos ace also promised to break Raul's all-time goalscoring record, with fierce rival Lionel Messi hot on his heels
Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is confident Real Madrid can become the first side in history to retain there UEFA Champions League title, whilst promising he will beat Los Blancos legend Raul's all-time goalscoring record, as rival Lionel Messi ramains in hot pursuit.

The Portuguese star made these comments after he lead his side to a convincing 3-0 win over English Premier League giants Liverpool...

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Lionel Messi states he is not worried about breaking Telmo Zarra's record this Saturday

The Argentinian superstar also shared his thoughts about Luis Suarez's possible debut against their arch-rivals on Saturday.
Lionel Messi does not care about the goal scoring record for La Liga, or at least that's what he said yesterday. After their UCL match against Ajax, "La Pulga" spoke about the upcoming Clasico against Real Madrid and several subjects surrounding the most anticipated match in La Liga, at least this semester.

"I'm not worried about the record, it is the least important thing that...

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Ronaldo to score hat-trick and smash Raul's record?

Wednesday's Champions League tie at Anfield hands the Portuguese ace the chance of beating Lionel Messi to the Real Madrid legend's all-time record of 71 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo knows that when he rolls up at Liverpool, he will be given the opportunity of forever etching his name into the UEFA Champions League history books.

Real Madrid are set to face last season's English Premier League runners-up on Wednesday, at Anfield, as Los Blancos look to record their third consecutive win in the group-stage.

The 10-time champions return to the field...

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Messi equals Cristiano Ronaldo's 69-goal record ahead of El Clasico

The Barcelona star drew level with the Real Madrid ace's Champions League goalscoring tally in the 3-1 win over Ajax, and now aims at beating Raul's all-time record
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has drawn level with Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo in the race to become the greatest ever goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history.

The 27-year-old took his tally to 69 goals in European football's most coveted tournament after scoring in the Catalan giants clash with Eredivisie champions Ajax, a match which ended 3-1 in favor of Luis Enrique's side.

Messi...

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"A player who has produced big performances should win": UEFA's Platini discusses Ballon d'Or

The UEFA president, himself a three time winner of the much coveted prize has offered his opinion on who he feels should win it next year.
Although the next winner of the annual Ballon d'Or prize won't be crowned for yet another few months, two of the certain nominees--Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo--will be going head to head in what is for La Liga fans the most hotly anticipated game of the year: El Clasico. The star duo have either won or been nominated for every single award dating back to 2007, when former Milan and Real Madrid...

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