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'We have obligation to re-sign Messi' says Barcelona president

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:28 PM

'He is the best player in history. He has many years of football left,' says Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu

KEEPING A LEGEND. Lionel Messi reportedly is frustrated with FC Barcelona's failure to build a winning squad and was tired of leaks from the club which paint him in a bad light. Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona

Messi doubts reflect chaos at Barcelona

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:58 PM

'It is not something I can control. This the circus that we are in and we accept it,' says Barcelona coach Quique Setien

LEAVING? Speculations are rife that football star Lionel Messi plans to leave Barcelona. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP

Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Lionel Messi has reportedly halted contract negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of FC Barcelona

LEAGUE STAR. La Liga coaches like Zinedine Zidane hopes football star Lionel Messi (center) stays put in the league. Photo from La Liga

Messi scores 700th goal but Atletico draw hurts Barca's title hopes

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Lionel Messi becomes the 7th player to record 700 career goals for club and country

Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Barcelona coach dismisses talk of player unrest

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Footage shows Barcelona star Lionel Messi pointedly ignoring assistant coach Eder Sarabia, who is giving instructions during a cooling break

TEAM ISSUE. Barcelo has been accused in the past of pandering to senior players like Lionel Messi. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Catalans told not to dance with strangers

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:42 AM

The head of Spain Night Life says the rule would just favor illegal clubs

DANCER. Dancer Vero, 36, prepares herself before performing a 'Zambra' dance in the 'Cueva de la Rocio' at Sacromonte neighborhood in Granada on May 30, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Messi caps Barcelona win over Mallorca on La Liga return

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:16 PM

A clean-shaven Lionel Messi shows no sign of a thigh injury in Barcelona’s shutout victory

GAME ON. La Liga star Lionel Messi gestures during Barcelona's match against Mallorca. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP

Messi back in Barcelona training ahead of Mallorca restart

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Lionel Messi has been suffering from tightness in his right thigh

BACK IN ACTION. Lionel Messi will return to the pitch as La Liga resumes its season. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Nissan reports heavy losses, to shut Barcelona plant

May 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Nissan logs a net loss of 671.2 billion yen ($6.2 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2020, and announces it is closing its Barcelona plant that employs 3,000 people

The logo of Nissan is covered by smoke columns as employees burn tyres in front of the Japanese cars manufacturer's plant in Barcelona on May 28, 2020, to they protest against the factory closure. - Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed, the Spanish government said today. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Messi accepts 'risk' of possible La Liga return

May 16, 2020 - 11:17 AM

As football players start working individually at training grounds, Lionel Messi admits there’s always the 'risk of contagion'

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 13, 2019. - Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal in La Liga against Eibar today to extend his record as the division's all-time top scorer. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Barcelona returns to training as La Liga eyes restart

May 09, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Lionel Messi and company took the fields at the Joan Gamper training center for individual sessions

TOP TEAM. Lionel Messi and Barcelona lead the La Liga standings. File photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona


Tourists leave ship in Barcelona after weeks in virus limbo

Apr 20, 2020 - 11:44 PM

With some 1,800 passengers, the 12-deck Costa Deliziosa docks to allow hundreds of people off before heading back to Italy

DOCKED. The Costa Deliziosa is docked at the port of Barcelona on April 20, 2020 to disembark passengers amid a national lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Messi confirms pay cut for Barcelona players, criticizes board

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Barcelona players will take a 70 percent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure other employees are paid in full

ANNOYED. Lionel Messi says he is baffled by the people  who "put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do." Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona


Real Madrid tops Barcelona in Clasico to regain top spot in La Liga

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Real Madrid ends its slump with a shutout victory over Barcelona

BACK ON TOP. Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid clinch the top spot in La Liga. Photo from Instagram/@realmadrid


Defiant Messi gives troubled Barca hope of Champions League glory

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Lionel Messi fires 4 goals in a 5-0 thrashing of Eibar to to lead Barcelona, which is undergoing a transition after sacking manager ErnestO Valverde

HUNGRY FOR MORE. Lionel Messi and Barcelona are gunning for another Champions League crown. Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona


Mobile World Congress canceled over coronavirus fears

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:09 AM

A source close to the event says that organizers were wary of being left with a cancelation bill of about 100 million euros ($110 million)

CANCELED. A worker cleans glass doors at the Mobile World Congress MWC venue on February 12, 2020 at the Fira Barcelona Montjuic centre in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Deadly storm lashing Spain closes schools, cuts power

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:04 PM

The storm, which hit Spain on January 19, claims the lives of 3 people so far

BAD WEATHER. A woman walks with difficulty due to the strong wind in El Bogatell beach in Barcelona as storm Gloria batters the eastern Spanish coast on January 21, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Messi sparkles in Barcelona Christmas stroll

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Lionel Messi heads into the break as the top La Liga marksman with 13 goals

ARGENTINIAN WONDER. Lionel Messi finds the back of the net for Barcelona in a dominant win over Alaves. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Barcelona, Real draw as Clasico marred by violence

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Dozens injured as Catalan independence protest overshadows El Clasico

UNREST. Pro-Catalan independence protesters set up barricades in the middle of the street which they then burned when the police arrived. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:14 PM

'This can't go on, Barcelona does not deserve this,' says Ada Colau, the city's leftist mayor

PROTEST. A protester waves a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag during clashes with police near the Police headquarters in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019, on the day that separatists have called a general strike and a mass rally. AFP file photo

'We're totally fed up' say Catalans who want to remain with Spain

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Over the past 3 days, the protests – which began after the conviction of 9 separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid – have degenerated into nightly clashes, leaving Barcelona in flames and the region in crisis

Students wave a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag as they protest during a demonstration in front of the police headquarters in Barcelona on October 17, 2019. After a fresh night of violence that rocked Barcelona, Catalan separatists today pressed on with their protests against the sentencing of nine of their leaders by blocking roads and railways across the Spanish region. University students began a strike, while several roads and highways were closed across Catalonia because of mass marches which departed yesterday from five Catalan towns heading for Barcelona.  Pau Barrena / AFP

Catalan leader says violence 'must stop right now'

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan president Quim Torra says, 'we will not permit incidents like those we are seeing in the streets. This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.'

ESTELADA. File photo shows a man waving a 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona breaks down impressive Inter Milan

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi team up to propel Barcelona to a win over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League

BRACE. Luis Suarez bails out Barcelona from Inter Milan's threat. Photo from FC Barcelona Twitter

WATCH LIVE: Barcelona vs Inter Milan UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Bookmark this page to catch FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League opener over Inter Milan

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Barca captain Lionel Messi hopes to impress the home crowd with an opening game win. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Neymar, Barcelona legal battle goes to court after talks collapse

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Football superstar Neymar and his former club Barcelona brace for a multi-million dollar court battle over a contract dispute

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

WATCH: Messi comeback possible as Barcelona launches Champions League charge

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Lionel Messi joins the squad list as Barcelona opens its Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund

GRAND RETURN. Lionel Messi may suit up for Barcelona after being sidelined due to a calf injury. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

I tried to copy Messi and LeBron, says Griezmann after Barca double

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:11 PM

With Lionel Messi still short of fitness following a calf injury, Antoine Griezmann delivers a timely performance for Barcelona

PROVING HIS WORTH. Antoine Griezmann shows why Barcelona acquired him. Photo from Twitter/@AntoGriezmann


Neymar wants Barcelona return, says club vice president

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Barcelona admits Neymar wants to return to the club, but says there's no effort to recruit the football superstar

PAY CUT. Neymar might have to agree to a salary cut if he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

WATCH: Liverpool stuns Barca to make Champions League final

May 08, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Virtually written off, Liverpool shocks Spanish champion Barcelona to complete one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history

GIANTS. Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates with his teammates after scoring their third goal during their Champions league semifinal match against Barcelona. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

WATCH: Liverpool seeks new 'heroes' with Salah out vs Barcelona

May 07, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Liverpool tries to overturn a 0-3 Champions League semifinal deficit versus Lionel Messi and Barcelona

BIG BATTLE. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (right) challenges Liverpool defender Joel Matip in the Champions League semifinal first leg last week. Photo by javier Soriano/AFP

WATCH: Magical Messi double leaves Liverpool on the brink

May 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Lionel Messi puts Barcelona within touching distance of the Champions League final

STELLAR. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (left) challenges Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson in another dominating show during the first leg of their Champions League semifinal match. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi fires Barcelona to 8th La Liga title in 11 years

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Argentine star strikes his league-leading 34th goal to help the Spanish giants wrap up the title with 3 games remaining

MORE TITLES. Lionel Messi adds another championship to his legendary haul. Photo from FC Barcelona's Twitter account (@FCBarcelona)


Liverpool can't wait for 'proper football' showdown vs Barcelona

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:54 PM

After disposing of Porto, Liverpool sets a semifinal clash versus Lionel Messi's Barcelona for the first time in over a decade in the Champions League

OVERPOWERED. James Milner (right) and Liverpool easily dispose of Jesus Corona and Porto in the Champions League quarterfinals. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Valverde: 'No point resting Messi'

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Barca coach Valverde sets his sights on the upcoming Atletico game and the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United

UNCERTAIN. 'We'll see tomorrow about Leo,' says Ernesto Valverde ahead of the Villarreal match. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Fantastic Messi hat trick blows away Betis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Argentinian star puts on a show for Barcelona that even the opponent's fans shower him with applause

SHOWSTOPPER. Lionel Messi steals the spotlight again for Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


Japan's Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker prize, the 'Nobel' of architecture

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the 8th Japanese architect to receive the honor. Winners receive a bronze medallion and $100,000.

JAPAN'S PRIDE. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2014 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki poses before a press conference at the "City Life office Tower", a skyscraper that was under construction in Milan. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

Neymar's father denies any contact with Barca over return

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Neymar Sr says his son's present and future is with Paris Saint-Germain

RUMOR HAS IT. Despite a blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar is still surrounded with rumors of return to Barcelona. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona's La Liga lead

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The Argentinian star nets his 31st La Liga hat-trick

SCORING MACHINE. Messi proves unstoppable for Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


2018 MILO-FCB exposes young Filipinos to international football

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine delegation applies learnings in a friendly match against Fundacion Marcet Football Academy

ONCE-IN-A-LIFTIME. Jelena Soon and Tristan Ybanez of the Philippine delegation carry the flag in the pitch. Photo from Milo press release

Barca suffers 1st league home loss in 2 years, Real boosts Solari hopes

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Barcelona has won 42 straight games at Camp Nou before falling prey to Real Bettis in Lionel Messi's return from injury

Barcelona through to last 16 as Liverpool suffers shock loss

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Still playing minus Messi, Barcelona qualifies for the knockout stage of the Champions League

DRAW. Inter Milan's Kwadwo Asamoah (left) and Barcelona's Malcom go for the ball during their UEFA Champions League Group B match. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking 'no risks' at Inter

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not rushing Lionel Messi to return from injury against Inter Milan

POSITIVE SIGNS. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (R) shoots to score his second goal, their fourth, during the Champions League group B football match match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Ian Kington/IKIMAGES/AFP

Barcelona's support cast show their worth as Messi nears return

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The Argentine superstar would reunite with a team enjoying its strongest run of the season

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi could return earlier than expected after suffering a broken arm. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Messi returns to training after arm injury

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Barcelona captain has recovered from an arm injury sustained during a match two weeks ago

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi is expected to suit up in a La Liga game on November 11. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Neymar risks prison over Barca move

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Brazilian football superstar awaits trial over alleged corruption

CONTROVERSIAL. The courts re-examine Brazilian forward Neymar's old case. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Massive police crackdown in Barcelona against 'narcoflats'

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:29 PM

Hundreds of police raid dozens of apartments in central Barcelona used for selling and consuming heroin and other drugs

Barcelona local police officers lead a cuffed suspect during a police operation against drugs consuming and trafficking in 'narco-pisos' or drug-flats on October 29, 2018, in Barcelona. Hundreds of police backed by a helicopter raided dozens of squatted apartments in central Barcelona used for selling and consuming heroin and other drugs. A court in the northeastern Spanish city authorised the search of 40 suspected flats in the central Gotic and Raval neighbourhoods and several arrests are expected, according to a statement from the regional judiciary administration. PAU BARRENA / AFP

Suarez hits hat-trick as Barcelona blows away Madrid

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Five days since the birth of his third child, Luis Suarez makes it an El Clasico to be remembered

RISING TO OCCASION. Luis Suarez stars for Barcelona as the club misses the services of Leo Messi. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Watch out for 'wounded' Madrid, warns Barcelona coach

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:26 PM

It will be the first Clasico without either Messi or Ronaldo since 2007

ADVERSARIES. Luka Modric (left) looks to lead Real Madrid against its fiercest Spanish rival Barcelona. Photo from La Liga

Barcelona triumphs minus Messi as Dortmund pummels Atletico

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Rafinha replaces Lionel Messi and helps Barcelona pull off a win over Inter Milan in the Champions League

GOAL. Barcelona's midfielder Rafinha (left) celebrates with teammate Philippe Coutinho after scoring against Inter Milan. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Messi injury gives Barca and Dembele chance to prove their worth

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:16 AM

'This is Barcelona, we have a strong team and we have enough not to have to depend on one player,' says Lionel Messi

OUT. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures in pain during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP