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Barcelona have quality to beat Tottenham even without Lionel Messi - Jan Vertonghen

With Barcelona already qualified for the UCL round of 16, the FC guys question if Ernesto Valverde will field his star forward at the Camp Nou.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Son Heung-Min dominated Leicester City scoring in thr first half and assisting in the second, as Tottenham earned a place in the top 3.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde heaps praise on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentine can do anything he wants with the talent he possesses.
Diego Lopez watched the ball fly past his fingers twice, as Lionel Messi put two fantastic free kicks into net to lead Barcelona to victory on the road.

Jan Vertonghen has said it would be a boost if Barcelona rest Lionel Messi against Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday, but that Spurs will be facing one of the best teams in the world regardless of who is in Barca's line-up.

Barcelona have already secured top spot in Group B, while Tottenham need to match Inter Milan's result at home to PSV Eindhoven to qualify for the round of 16.

Spurs will likely need to be the first away side since September 2013 to win a Champions League match at...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Jordi Alba: Lionel Messi snubbed for Ballon d'Or due to 'campaigns in Madrid'

Diego Lopez watched the ball fly past his fingers twice, as Lionel Messi put two fantastic free kicks into net to lead Barcelona to victory on the road.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Jordi Alba branded the Ballon d'Or a "lie" and claimed that a Madrid media campaign is the reason Lionel Messi did not win the coveted individual prize this year.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or earlier this week, with Barcelona forward Messi, a five-time winner of the award, finishing fifth in the voting.

Messi, who also finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, responded with a stunning individual performance against Espanyol...

Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona thrash Espanyol in Catalan derby

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Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.

The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on 28 points, swept to victory in Cornella as Messi put on a sublime show in the week he was ranked the fifth best player in the world at Monday's Ballon d'Or awards.

The Argentine whipped a free kick into the top right corner in the 17th minute before...

Afghan boy who made Lionel Messi shirt out of plastic bag flees home again

Murtaza Ahmadi met his idol, Lionel Messi, in 2016.

An Afghan boy who earned online fame due to his admiration for Lionel Messi has been forced to abandon his home after it came under Taliban attack.

Pictures of Murtaza Ahmadi went viral on social media in 2016 when he was seen playing football in his village in Aghanistan wearing a homemade Argentina jersey out of a plastic bag with Messi and No. 10 written in blue marker.

Murtaza later received a package from Messi, which included a signed jersey, and then saw his dream come true when he...