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Barca won't risk Messi vs. Athletic - Valverde

The FC crew examine Barcelona's probable lineup to face Athletic after Lionel Messi was left off the list of players traveling to Bilbao.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi will not be risked for the Spanish champions' La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday, with the Argentine not being included in the squad list.

Messi injured his calf in training last week and missed Barca's tour of the United States. He has not featured in any of the club's five preseason friendlies and hasn't played competitively since the Copa America.

The Argentine forward, who is set to miss his first La Liga opener since 2009-10,...

Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk, Hegerberg nominated for UEFA award

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop ranks the three finalists for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.
The FC crew praise Liverpool's backup goalkeeper Adrian for his starring role in the Reds' penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens shares the latest on Barcelona's meeting with PSG and explains what it will take for the two sides to come to an agreement.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named as the finalists for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

While Ronaldo, a three-time winner, has been ever-present in the final three since the award was created in 2011, Van Dijk makes his first appearance after helping Liverpool win the Champions League title last season.

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Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player...

Messi in race against time for La Liga opener

Sid Lowe provides the latest surrounding Neymar's future amid rumours Barcelona and Real Madrid are both making a final push for the Brazilian.
Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner discuss how Barcelona would fit PSG's Neymar back into the starting lineup if the Brazilian returned to the Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi is in a race against time to be fit for Barcelona's La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

Messi trained alone on Wednesday, working with fitness coach Juanjo Brau as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

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He picked up the injury in his first session of preseason last Monday and as a result missed Barca's tour of the United States last week.

There's a chance that Messi will return to full training on...

Messi, Ronaldo nominated for 18-19 UCL award

Lionel Messi ensures Barcelona fans the club will fight for every trophy in 2019-20 after only winning La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in 2018-19.
Stewart Robson cites Barcelona's defeats against Liverpool and Roma in response to Cristiano Ronaldo's comments that money cannot buy a UCL title.
Ross Dyer and Shaka Hislop go through the nominees for FIFA's The Best men's player award, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo have been nominated for the UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season award.

UEFA also announced their list of nominees for the best goalkeeper, defender and midfielder from last season's tournament.

Messi scored 12 goals in the tournament as Barcelona reached the semifinals before suffering a comeback defeat to eventual winners Liverpool. Meanwhile, Ronaldo scored six goals -- including a hat trick against Atletico Madrid -- as...

Messi suspended three months by CONMEBOL

Alejandro Moreno says CONMEBOL went easy on Lionel Messi's punishment for accusing the organization of being corrupt during Copa America.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.
Gabriel Jesus said Lionel Messi was wrong to question the authorities following Argentina's semifinal defeat to Brazil in Copa America.
Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.

Argentina's Lionel Messi was banned for three months from international matches and fined $50,000 on Friday after accusing South America's governing body for football of "corruption" during the Copa America.

Messi criticised the officiating and members of CONMEBOL last month following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile but later apologised for his statements.

CONMEBOL has given Messi and the Argentine Football Association seven days to appeal the...