The Inescapable Gravity of Lionel Messi | OZY
Lionel Messi did not have a single goal or assist in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League Final earlier this month. But the 27-year-old soccer star was behind each of Barca’s scores and more, his lurking presence on the field just as real, and potent, as gravity. And this particular sporting force, as those attempting to operate within his orbit can testify, is one that tends to suck in defenders and bend the fabric of space and time, including the ball, toward one ineluctable point in the universe: the goal.
Ronaldinho: Golden boy Neymar will continue to make history at Barça | Sport
Ronaldinho: "Neymar is on the way towards making history. When I arrived at Barcelona, the club hadn't won anything for a while. Barça wanted a change of fortunes and opened the doors to new success. Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Romario and already played for Barcelona and had left a gap for a Brazilian. Now I am sure that Neymar will continue this, and he will want to do it better than my generation."
Koke: "I'm proud that Barcelona thinks of me" | Weloba
Koke: "It is an honour Barcelona think I can replace Xavi. I try to work to do it as well as I can and, in any case, it means that I do things well in my club and for them to be very happy. I am under contract at Atletico Madrid, I'm very happy at home and I feel very well. We are growing and for the moment, I don't see the opportunity I go. You never know what might happen. You can be happy, in a good situation and suddenly it could come bad times and everything could change."
Can former Barcelona president Joan Laporta win back that prized position? | ESPN
Joan Laporta, who had been nothing more lofty than asocio-member himself seven years previously, won the Camp Nou presidency in 2003. People power? "Yes, please!" you might think. What became clear this week is that Laporta, who left the club in 2010 having used up the mandates permitted by Barcelona's statutes, will declare as a candidate to become president of the club again as of next month's elections. (He's statutorily able to do that having allowed another presidential mandate to pass.)
Tottenham and Liverpool target Marc Bartra ‘unavailable’ for transfer insists Barcelona chief | Standard
Ariedo Braida, a member of Barcelona’s Football Area Technical Commission, told fcinternews: “We have no intention of transferring him, therefore, I consider him to be a player who is unavailable.”