Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Ivan Rakitic, Alen Halilovic | Barca Top 5

Paul Pogba to Barcelona? Neymar will 'open the gates' for Juventus midfielder to join | The Independent

Neymar: "How he would fit, I don't know -- you would have to ask the coach -- but he is a great player and we would open the gates for him," the Barcelona forward said at a press conference in Spain. "He is a great star. He is still young, even younger than me. He is a player with such quality, and that is always welcome."

Who will replace Xavi Hernández? How about Lionel Messi? | Barca Blaugranes

What if Lionel Messi is the next Xavi? The best player in history is known as the single most lethal striker in the world today. Possibly ever. With over 400 goals scored, Messi is still in his prime, and his ability to find the net week in and week out alongside two world-class strikers is mind-boggling.

Treble-chasing Barcelona must address difficulties with youth team | ESPN

The dying days of May saw two branches of FC Barcelona sway in very different directions. On the 30th, the first team served up another demonstration of its rude health, Lionel Messi's jaw-dropping heroics in the 3-1 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Club suggesting Juventus will have a tough job blocking a second treble in the Catalan club's history. On the 31st, the team where Messi honed his craft, Barca B, were officially relegated to the Spanish third division.

Ivan Rakitic Is the Beating Heart of the New Barcelona | Bleacher Report

That the Blaugrana are more pragmatic and, on occasion, direct is not just down to their coach, but down to some of the recruits brought in on his watch. The premier among those is Ivan Rakitic. The Croatia midfielder may have been strictly second billing behind the huge deal to bring in Suarez during last summer’s window, but there was no sense inside the club that his purchase was anything of an afterthought.

Imagine if Juventus had Lionel Messi in their side | Sport

The Copa del Rey final goal. In Italy, they are obsessed about how to stop Lionel Messi. And they are not without reason, either. Can you imagine if Leo played for Juve? It would be terrible to imagine the Italian team with a player as decisive as him. Someone who can un-balance any defence and is capable of winning any match.