TOP 5 Barca: Mid-Season Review, Ronaldo Criticism, Departures, Messi and Saul Niguez


Looking for the latest Barcelona news? You have come to the right place! Compiled by Francesc Tomas, host of The Barcelona Podcast, here are the Top 5 Barca stories coming out of the Camp Nou today:

1. Barcelona Mid-Season Review | The Barcelona Podcast 

Francesc and Dan focus on analysing the 2017/18 season so far, breaking down their most (and least!) favourite moments since Valverde's arrival in the summer. Francesc is then joined by Jordi Getman and Galo Ortiz from Penya FC Barcelona NYC to discuss their incredible work to promote Barca's greatness and vision in New York City. Your hosts close the show with their traditional Ronda of Quick-Fire Listener Questions.


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2. Ronaldo says exits from Barcelona are often ugly for Brazilians | ESPN

"I am much more grateful and attached to Real Madrid than to Barcelona, even though I maybe had my best year at Barcelona," said Ronaldo, who now works as a Real Madrid ambassador. But the end of my story with Barcelona was really bad, much like what's happened to Neymar now. This has been going on for a while. They did something similar with Romario, and after, did it with Ronaldinho as well."

3. The five players that could leave Barcelona in January transfer window | Sport

Barcelona are looking at players who could leave. Some the club want to move on, others may be allowed to leave due to interest from other clubs in signing them. For example, Celta Vigo want Rafinha on loan. The Brazilian is up for the move -- he played for the club under Luis Enrique in 2013-14.

Gerard Deulofeu, Aleix Vidal, Arda Turan and Javier Mascherano are the other players who could leave this winter.

4. A Barcelona in its thirties | Marca

It has become clear that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's duopoly generation will not step aside at 30, but another handful of Barcelona players are to join the pair in being over the age of 30 in 2018.

Juventus are currently the oldest team in major European competition thanks to the presence of veterans such as Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and following close behind are the Azulgrana.

Joining Messi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez in their thirties will be Ivan Rakitic, Paulinho and Sergio Busquets. That will leave just Jordi Alba (29), Sergi Roberto, Marc-Andre ter Stegen (both 26) and Samuel Umtiti as the under-30s regularly in the team.

5. Barcelona tried to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid in the summer | Goal

Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin has revealed that Barcelona intended to sign Saul Niguez in the summer transfer window, but backed off after learning of an updated release clause.

"Bartomeu called me in the summer to tell me they needed a player of Saul Niguez's characteristics and that they intended to pay his release clause," the Atletico supremo told Onda Cero.

"What he didn't know was that, three days beforehand, we had signed a new contract and his clause went up from 80 to €150million."


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