Barcelona will not be destabilised by a possible confrontation between talisman Lionel Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal, coach Quique Setien said on Wednesday.
Gerard Pique said La Liga’s title race is Real Madrid’s to lose after Barcelona were held to a goalless draw against Sevilla on Friday. Barca’s first slip-up since returning from the three-month hiatus hands Madrid the chance to regain top spot this weekend.
Spanish giants Barcelona’s colossal cash turnover is under the spotlight after the soccer lockdown slashed the earnings that enabled them to pay over 600 million euros ($647M) per year to staff.
Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s 90 million Euro transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 is seen as a landmark moment in both clubs’ history.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham rates Barcelona’s Lionel Messi higher than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo succeeded Beckham as Manchester United’s no.7 before arriving at Real Madrid two years after the England captain left the Spanish giants.
Ten years ago this week, Barcelona limped home from a Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat blaming a volcano thousands of kilometres away and stoking the smouldering fires of Jose Mourinho’s feud with their club and their coach.
Barcelona and Real Madrid resume one of the tightest title races in recent memory when La Liga kicks back into action this week in empty stadiums, after a three-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Quique Setien said on Saturday he does not feel undermined by Lionel Messi’s damning review of Barcelona’s season and insists they can still win the Champions League.
Lionel Messi made it 20 assists for the season in Barcelona’s stodgy 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday, even as his team’s La Liga challenge appears almost over.