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PHOTOS: First look at Nike 2020/2021 Barcelona home, away and third jersey

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First look at Nike 20202021 Barcelona home, away and third jersey
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Barcelona are set to continue with Nike for the next season.

And the designs have just been leaked.

Nike representatives were at Barcelona‘s training ground on Wednesday to show the players the kits they’ll be wearing next season, the Catalonia-based daily Mundo Deportivo has reported.

Having kitted the La Liga giants out in an unusual, checkerboard design this season, Nike’s 2020/21 Barca home shirt is set to revert to the club’s traditional stripes. However, it appears that the sportswear giant is to include a striking yellow line between each stripe, with the colour also used for the collar and sleeve trim.

Take a look at the designs:

First look at Nike 20202021  Barcelona home, away and third jersey

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Why Messi won’t mind playing with Ronaldo

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Why Messi won't mind playing with Ronaldo
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Messi was asked about his how he felt about his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It’s normal that Cristiano Ronaldo continues to score, he is a predatory striker,” Messi told the Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo.

“Ronaldo loves to score goals, he will score every time he plays. He has many qualities as a striker, he scores at the smallest chance that he has.

“If we played together I think I would pass the ball to him, yes … Real without Ronaldo has lost many goals, but it was obvious it would happened.

“Not only goals, Cristiano also brings many other things. If a team loses a player who scored 50 goals per season, its noticeable.

“Real Madrid has great players, but Cristiano scores 50 goals per season.”

Ronaldo also revealed his relationship with Messi.

“We have shared the stage 15 years. I don’t know if that’s happened before — the same two guys on the same stage all the time,” said Ronaldo.

“Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven’t had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future.

“We had that battle in Spain. I pushed him and he pushed me as well. So it’s good to be part of the history of football.”

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Barcelona Admits Signing Braithwaite Unfair On Leganes

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Barcelona Admits Signing Braithwaite Unfair On Leganes

Barcelona president, Jose Maria Bartomeu actually came out and repented bullying Leganes into a sale.

The La Liga champions completed an emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite by triggering his €18m release clause.

A deficiency in attack due to injuries has forced Barca to go out and demand a shift in rules. While they were allowed to do so, Leganes was refused an opporunity to make additions of their own.

“We have paid the clause following the regulations, although we believe that it should be revised because it is not fair that Leganes cannot now sign anyone,” Bartomeu told reporters.

Of course, questions have been raised about the signing of Braithwaite, a player who was playing the Championship two seasons back.

“After analysing different players, we chose Martin. We believe it will help us win the two remaining titles,” he added. “I am very excited about the arrival of a new player and we hope he will help us in a league that we want to win and that is very open. He will give us strength.

“We had a long-term injured player like Dembele, in addition to Luis Suarez. The technical team has studied players and we hope Braithwaite can debut quickly. He has signed for the next four and a half years and comes to help now and for the future.”

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What Barcelona captain Lionel Messi had to say regarding Manchester City ban

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What Barcelona captain Lionel Messi had to say regarding Manchester City ban
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Last week, UEFA suspended the English side from the next two tournaments.

The Argentine has now commented on City’s UCL ban.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi believes it would be “screwed” if Manchester City‘s players were banned from playing in the Champions League for two years. Last week City were hit with a two-year ban from European competition by UEFA for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations following an investigation.

City, who were accused of “overstating sponsorship revenue” between 2012 and 2016, have denied any wrongdoing and intend to appeal the sanctions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, should the ban stick, it would cast doubts over the futures of players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Messi’s close friend Sergio Aguero.

“It is surprising because nobody thought that such a thing could happen, so powerful,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo. “Paris [Saint-Germain] paid a fine or I don’t know how it went. If in the end City does not play in the Champions League for what it is, with the players, the club, and the money it spends, it will be weird.”

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OFFICIAL: Barcelona announce emergency signing Martin Braithwaite

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Barcelona announce emergency signing Martin Braithwaite
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The Blaugrana have finally signed Dembele’s replacement.

And he comes from Leganes.

Barcelona have completed the emergency transfer signing of Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite after activating his €18 million release clause. The Denmark international has netted six goals and provided one assist for struggling Lega across 24 La Liga appearances this campaign.

Braithwaite has penned a four-and-a-half year contract at the club which will contain a €300m release clause, as per Barca’s official site. The Blaugrana found out on Monday that they are allowed by La Liga to sign a contracted player from another Spanish club this month following a long-term injury for Ousmane Dembele, who will not feature again this campaign.

This ruling has provoked some controversy, as Lega are now powerless to stop Braithwaite leaving – due to his release clause being activated – but are unable to sign a replacement themselves. That followed on from a similar season-ending injury to main striker Luis Suarez, while Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez were both sold by the Catalan giants last month.

Leganes have already lost star striker Youssef En-Nesyri last month, when Sevilla signed him in a €20m deal. Leganes failed in an appeal to the Spanish FA to be able to sign a player to replace Braithwaite this month.

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What is going on in Messi’s head – Hear from the legend himself

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What is going on in Messi's head - Hear from the legend himself
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Amongst the cloud of negative smoke at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has finally given the fans all that is going on in his head.

He started by talking about the prospect of Neymar returning.

“I’ve said it many times, Neymar is one of the best players in the world and I would love for him to return.

“He is really looking forward to coming back, he always seemed sorry after leaving.

“He already did a lot to return and that would be the first step to try to arrive.”

He also revealed whether or not he will leave the club.

“I’ve said many times that my idea is (to stay) and while the club and fans want that, there will never be a problem.

“I’ve also said I’d like us to all be good, the club, for the fans to be happy, to have a winning project.”

When asked what he thinks of compatriot Lautaro Martinez, Messi only had words of praise.

“He is spectacular. He was seen to be a great player, now he exploded and is showing it.

“He is very strong. He is very good one against one, he scores a lot of goals and in the area he fights with anyone.

“Lautaro has a lot of quality – and shares a resemblance with Luis Suárez!”

He infact addressed also on his free agent status. 

“Really I’ve always had that decision, not just because of the clause. If the club want me, there’s no problem.

“A lot of times I’ve had chances to leave, a lot of clubs were interested and even ready to pay my clause but I never considered going and not now either.”

And finally he gave the big answer on what happened with Eric Abidal.

“I don’t know what he was thinking. I responded because I felt attacked.

“Too many things are already said about this dressing room, that we run things, we pick and sack coaches, bring in players, above all about me, that I have a lot of power and take decisions.”

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Pep hits back at Barcelona boss Bartomeu

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Pep hits back at Barcelona boss Bartomeu
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Joseph Maria Bartemou has made a few extremely controversial comments which can be seen as thinly veiled dig at his former employee Pep Guardiola’s current side Manchester City.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu commented: “I would like to thank UEFA regarding FFP, they’ve been doing fantastic work in the last couple of years.

“We have regular investigations and we have supported UEFA in everything it does in football.”

Guardiola appeared less than impressed with the comments.

“If they are happy we are suspended, I say to the president of Barcelona, let us appeal.

“The people [at City] right now trust what they have done so that is what we are going to do. We’re going to appeal and maybe it happens, but don’t talk too loud, Barcelona.

“That is my advice because everybody is involved sometimes in situations. We are going to appeal and hopefully in the future we can play in the Champions League against Barcelona.”

“Why should I leave? I said a month ago, I love this club, I like to be here. Why should I leave?,” Guardiola said.

“We spoke with the players, in the next three months we will focus on what we have to do and after we will see the sentence. Personally, I will be here.

“I want to stay to continue to help the club and maintain this level as long as possible,” the Spaniard added.

“It is so sensitive with the legal [aspect] that I am not the person to talk about that,” Guardiola said, when asked about the case.

“I know a little bit the reasons why and I support the club 100 percent. I trust what they told me and that is what I can say.

“When someone believes he is right, he is going to fight to the end and that is what we are going to do. It is an incredible thing to fight for our people who support this club and we are going to do it. As a club, a team, we are going to do it.”

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Lionel Messi Thinks Barcelona Social Media Controversy Is ‘Strange’

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Lionel Messi Thinks Barcelona Social Media Controversy To Be 'Strange'

Lionel Messi marked the recent social media controversy surrounding Barcelona to be strange.

Jose Maria Bartomeu admitted that the Catalan giants had hired 13 Ventures, a social media company to handle their public image.

The Barca president denied allegations of using means to discredit anybody to speak up against the club. Messi was of course thrown in the midst of it all due to his comments against Eric Abidal who initially blamed the players’ attitudes for the current form.

Messi is enjoying another top season on a personal level after winning his sixth Balon d’Or trophy. He rubbished any claims of him leaving Barcelona for Manchester City.

“I love Barcelona although I miss Rosario very much. This is my house, I was here longer than in Argentina,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “I love Barcelona, the place where I live, Castelldefels, and I live a life that I like very much.”

Messi continued, “I really find it strange that something like this has happened, but they also said that there would be evidence. We will have to wait to see if it is true or not. We cannot say much and we will wait to see what happens with all of this. I really thought it was a strange subject.”

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Pique calls journalist supporting the Barca board a “puppet”

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Pique calls journalist supporting the Barca board a
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Barcelona are no longer in crisis. 

Disaster has struck and it is going down the drain for the club now.

Starting with failure to land players, managers being sacked, club legends insulted, spreading lies about players of their own and outside clubs to players losing easy matches, publicly insulting the board and now the board getting exposed for hiring companies to defame players, ex-players, presidential candidates and any body going against the present president – it is no longer funny to laugh at but rather sit and watch Messi leave.

Based on the club’s latest scandal of hiring I3 Venture services, the club refused to take responsibility but the evidence remains. It would now seem they are hiring journalists to spread their word. 

Barcelona-based journalist Marçal Lorente tweeted in support of the club’s board: “For many years I have known the Barça environment and the idiosyncrasy of the supporters and fortunately, the club is becoming less manipulable and more intelligent and knows how to perfectly identify who wants to reach Barça to use it for their media, political and economic interests,” wrote Lorente.

Unfortunately to make matters 100 times worse, this particular man has now been called out by a senior member of the squad, Gerard Pique. The centre back did not hold back as he called Lorente a Titella, which in English means a puppet.

What next for Barca?

See More: Why Did Barcelona Hire A Social Media Company?

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Liverpool have moved on from Coutinho

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Liverpool have moved on from Coutinho
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Jordan Henderson has spoken about whether Liverpool would be happy to see Philippe Coutinho back or not.

The former Liverpool winger moved to Barcelona in 2018, and is currently out on loan to Bayern Munich.

“The guys adore him, so if you ask any of them, I am sure they would say they would love to have him back,” said Henderson to The Mirror.

“But I think his time here has passed, he’s moved and I hope that in the near future we see the same Phil that we saw here.”

Coutinho had earlier spoken about Liverpool’s great progress lately since he left.

“Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me,” Coutinho told Sports Illustrated.

“We’ve seen it already last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.

“I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former team-mates, so I’m just so happy for them, but that’s all.

“I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else. I’m focused entirely – just like them – on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward.”

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