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Lionel Messi on bench for Barcelona’s Villarreal trip

Barca club captain Messi was granted a rest by head coach Ernesto Valverde ahead of key fixtures against Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, with Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic also kept out of the starting XI.
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) challenges Espanyol’s Spanish defender Mario Hermoso during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 30, 2019. LLUIS GENE / AFP

Lionel Messi’s magic keeps Barcelona 10 points clear in Spain

Lionel Messi continued his remarkable run of form as his second-half double, including an impudent free-kick, helped Barcelona continue their march towards the La Liga title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Espanyol.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the football match between Barcelona and Espanyol. AFP

Victor Sanchez costs Espanyol as Lionel Messi strikes twice

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were aided by a dismal error from Espanyol captain Victor Sanchez as they secured a patient 2-0 win in Saturday's Catalan derby.
Barcelona forward Malcom has heaped praise on Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir ahead of their meeting in the Champions League last 16.

Barcelona’s Malcom praises Lyon’s Nabil Fekir ahead of Champions League tie

Barcelona forward Malcom has heaped praise on Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir ahead of their meeting in the Champions League last 16.
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Malcom equaliser earn Barca draw with Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

Malcom’s spectacular equaliser earned Barcelona a draw against rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 20, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO - AFP)

Ousmane Dembele sparkles but Lionel Messi needed off bench to rescue Barca

Ousmane Dembele gave Barcelona a glimpse into the future but Barcelona still needed Lionel Messi to beat Leganes 3-1 on Sunday and restore their five-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Malcom and his Barcelona team-mates are standing by Ousmane Dembele as he comes through a difficult spell at Camp Nou.

Malcom: Barcelona stars behind Ousmane Dembele during tough spell

Malcom and his Barcelona team-mates are standing by Ousmane Dembele as he comes through a difficult spell at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored on his return from injury as Barcelona lost 4-2 to Real Betis

Real Betis beat Barcelona in seven-goal thriller

Betis held on for their first win at Camp Nou since 2005, taking maximum fruits for their bravery, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen gifted the visitors a goal and Ivan Rakitic was sent off.

Philippe Coutinho facing three weeks out in injury blow to Barcelona

Barcelona have announced that Philippe Coutinho is to be sidelined for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury.
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Malcom finally delivers after difficult start at Barcelona

Malcom cried tears of joy after scoring against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday but his emotions must have marked relief too after a difficult start at Barcelona.
Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi leave the field after the Spanish Liga football match Barcelona vs Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 9, 2017.LLUIS GENE / AFP

Lionel Messi injury gives Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele chance to prove their worth

Barcelona's lowest ebbs are invariably followed by questions about Lionel Messi but the issue of over-reliance may become clearer over the coming weeks.
Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona contract talks can wait until later

Ernesto Valverde has said he is not thinking about renewing his Barcelona contract despite having less than 12 months to run on his existing terms.
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Barcelona’s Malcom earns first Brazil call-up, Gabriel Jesus, Marcelo recalled

Barcelona forward Malcom got his first Brazil call-up on Friday in a largely familiar squad to face Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the October friendlies.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi: Real Madrid aren’t as good without Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi considers Real Madrid to be “less good” without Cristiano Ronaldo, but admits Juventus have now become “clear favourites” for the Champions League.
Malcolm - Barcelona

Barcelona’s Malcom suffers sprained ankle

Barcelona forward Malcom sprained his ankle in training on Monday, the club has announced.
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba warms up for the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /

Gerard Pique: Paul Pogba would be welcomed at Barcelona if he quits Manchester United

Gerard Pique says Paul Pogba would be welcomed at Barcelona if he was to leave Manchester United.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi - AFP PHOTO - Pau Barrena

Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho get Barcelona off to winning start

Two goals from Lionel Messi either side of a Philippe Coutinho strike allowed Barcelona to start their defence of the Spanish title with a 3-0 win over Alaves at the Camp Nou on Saturday night.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 04, 2018 Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 4, 2018.Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned the club not to sell France World Cup star Paul Pogba and instead to focus on strengthening the squad. Speculation about the midfielder's future is rife, with reports of interest from Barcelona, but Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he must keep hold of the 25-year-old./ AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /

Barcelona director hints they haven’t given up on Paul Pogba transfer

The World Cup winner has hit the headlines throughout the summer due to his apparently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, despite being named captain for the Red Devils’ opening league match of the season – a 2-1 victory over Leicester.

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