TOP 5 Barca: Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ronaldinho, Paulinho, Dembele

Piqué and FC Barcelona renew contract through to 2022 |

FC Barcelona and player Gerard Piqué have reached an agreement to renew the player's contract through to 30 June 2022. His buyout clause has been set at 500m euros.

In the coming days the club will announce the date of the official signing of the new contract, which will keep the La Masia product at FC Barcelona for the rest of the current season and for the next 4 years. More here.

After Pique, Sergi Roberto next in line for a new Barcelona contract | Sport

Sergi Roberto has a contract until 2019 and his release clause sits as low as 40 million euros, a fee many clubs would be willing to pay in the current market.

Barça are relaxed, though, because Sergi Roberto's manifested his desire to remain at the club and to sign a new deal. Talks began in November and Barça are still negotiating with the player's agent. More here.

Paulinho sucks | Barcelona Football Blog

The season has reached midpoint, which makes this as good a time as any to have a look at one of the club’s most controversial signings in the past decade, Paulinho.

There was an interesting discussion on social media involving him, his flaws and how they relate to what people want the team to do, and how they want it to look. To begin with, saying that Paulinho sucks begs the question. But a deeper gander demands a set of different questions. More here.

Ronaldinho's 'what ifs' are irrelevant, just celebrate one of the greatest ever | ESPN

If you love football, or even just possess a passing interest in it, you adore Ronaldinho. Upon his retirement, there has been a tendency to lament his career as a mix of "what ifs" but such a solemn reaction doesn't do justice to the greatest player of his generation. Don't be sad it's over, smile because it happened.

For many 20-to-early-30 somethings, Ronaldinho was the original go-to guy on YouTube, a mesmerising mix of outrageous tricks, flicks and goals interspersed with the now-familiar trashy dance track that he seemed to dance along to. But his appeal is not exclusive to such a small sample: the way he played the game has cemented his legacy and ensured a lasting love from six to 60-year-olds. More here.

Who should Barcelona sell, loan, keep in January | The Barcelona Podcast

Join Francesc and Dan as they debate which current players should be either sold, loaned out or kept to help Valverde’s team this season. We are then joined by Ex-Masia youngster Sergio Navarro. The show ends with La Ronda of Quick-Fire Listener Questions. This is pretty awesome, have a listen:

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