Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe’s top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.
Argentine coaches working in South America have done their national team a few bad turns over the past two years and Jorge Celico could deny the twice champion and 2014 runner-up a place at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night as he was man-marked by on-loan Manchester City defender Pablo Maffeo in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Girona, but his manager Ernesto Valverde believed the tactic helped the rest of the team.
A new FC Barcelona is starting to take shape. Ernesto Valverde's side has played five and won five so far in La Liga and on Tuesday, the Blaugrana hit six superb goals at Camp Nou – inspired mainly by two men: Lionel Messi and Paulinho.