Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has been named in Barcelona’s squad for their Champions League clash against Inter Milan on Tuesday.
The Blaugrana released the news on Sunday, stating that the Argentine has been included “without medical all clear.”
Barcelona have been without Messi for their last four games in all competitions after he suffered a fractured arm in their 4-2 win over Sevilla on 20 October.
However, Messi returned to training on Wednesday and has now been included in the squad for Barcelona’s trip to Inter.
Barcelona and Inter sit first and second respectively in Group B in the Champions League as both sides battle to qualify for the knockout stage.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have been in stunning form without their star man, recording victories over Inter and Real Madrid.
The Liga giants also defeated Cultural Leonesa and Rayo Vallecano in Messi’s absence but his return is a huge boost with away clashes against Inter and also Atletico Madrid to come.
Messi has been in fine form so far this term, scoring 12 goals with Barcelona top of La Liga and in control of their Champions League group.
Inter, meanwhile, are also in high spirits with Luciano Spalletti’s side second in Serie A and aiming for revenge after their 2-0 reverse against Barcelona in their last Champions League tie.
Full Barcelona squad for Inter clash: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Coutinho, Arthur, Messi, L. Suarez, Dembele, Rafinha, Malcom, Lenglet, Alba, Munir, Roberto, Vidal, Pena, Chumi, Alena.
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Barcelona Don’t Have Capacity To Sign Neymar Nor Martinez Now – Laliga Boss, Tebas
Laliga President Javier Tebas wants the world media to stop speculating the news that Barcelona are making moves to sign their former superstar Neymar from PSG or Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez, insisting such transfer deals are not feasible in the current challenges induced by covid-19 pandemic.
Tebas spoke with strong conviction on the Neymar and Martinez speculations when he interacted with Adea Conecta forum on Friday, insisting that such high profile transfer dealing is not feasible as European clubs prioritize their operations in the face of the economic challenges caused by covid-19 outbreak.
“It’s not true that Barca are currently in negotiation processes in the signing of these two players,” Tebas told the Adea Conecta forum.
“They are most focused on when the season can resume as opposed to new acquisitions. There will be swap deals in the short-term future, but transfers are not high on the priority of European clubs at present.
“They want to limit the damage caused by the halt in activity, but everything is still on hold. No Neymar nor Lautaro, these names
are not high on the priority list at present for Barca.”
“The club at present don’t have the capacity to make these signings, at present it’s completely impossible,” Tebas concluded.
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5 Things You Perhaps Didn’t Know About Messi
Argentina and FC Barcelona talismanic forward, Lionel Messi, is a true superstar of the game and one of the most famous players on the planet, but here are some things you might not already know about him.
1. He has scored at least seven goals against every other LaLiga Santander team
All LaLiga teams naturally fear Messi when he comes up against them, with the No.10 having netted at least seven times against all 19 of the other sides currently in the top division. His favourite victim is Sevilla, against whom he has a whopping 37 goals in 38 appearances.
Over his career, he has faced 40 different clubs in the Spanish top flight, with only three yet to concede against him: Cadiz, Murcia and Xerez.
2. He first played with fellow Barça captain Gerard Pique in 2000
Messi and his current Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique have spent most of their footballing lives together. They were both in the same team in Barcelona’s La Masia academy, along with Cesc Fàbregas – part of the so-called “generation of ‘87” and conquered almost every challenge in their path.
It was clear from that early age that these players would go on to achieve great things and, although Pique spent time at Manchester United and Real Zaragoza before returning to Barcelona, they have both been in the Blaugrana first-team squad together since 2008, playing 471 matches together. Messi has only played more often alongside Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta.
3. He pays tributes to his grandmother after every goal
The sight of Messi pointing towards the sky with both hands after scoring a goal has become an almost weekly occurrence in LaLiga but not many people know its meaning. It is in fact a tribute to Grandmother Celia, who Messi credits with sparking his interest in football and supporting him as he took his first steps in the game.
Sadly, she passed away in 1998 and never saw him play at the top level, but his iconic celebration ensures that her spirit lives on.
4. He could have played for Spain at international level
Messi has represented Argentina throughout his international career, but he could have been wearing the red of Spain had he accepted an offer to join the national team of the country where he has spent his entire professional career.
After spending his childhood in Barcelona, he was eligible to play for the 2010 world champions, but Messi says the idea never crossed his mind. The rest, as they say, is history as he has gone on to become Argentina’s all-time top scorer with 70 goals.
5. His footballing idol was Pablo Aimar
Many up-and-coming players consider Messi as a role model, but it’s easy to forget that he had an idol growing up too, just like any other aspiring footballer. His was fellow Argentina and former Valencia and Real Zaragoza playmaker Pablo Aimar.
They faced each other in LaLiga on several occasions, including on one special night in 2004 when Aimar came up to the 17-year-old Messi, an unused sub on the night, after the game to offer him his shirt. He still treasures that jersey to this day.
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FIFA Considers Proposal To Stage World Cup Every Two Years
CONMEBOL have put forward a proposal to Fifa arguing that the World Cup should take place every two years rather than four, president Alejandro Dominguez Wilson-Smith has confirmed.
While there have been discussions about expanding the Uefa Nations League to South American countries, and the latter are open to that, the federation chief has put on the table an alternative suggestion that the World Cup changes its cycle.
It was an idea previously raised by former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, only to be dismissed at the time, but Dominguez argues that the change would make sense both economically for the game and in terms of players’ careers, as they would have more opportunities to appear in the sport’s great showpiece.
“By saying that, we always will support an idea like that, or a proposal like we have done to Fifa, to do the World Cup every two years and not every four.
“Instead of having a Nations League in between, we can just go ahead every year and do a World Cup that is for everyone, for the players because at the moment sometimes they could play four World Cups if we move to a two-year cycle. If we stay with this format, many players could not play more than two.
“So we see an opportunity there and there is a proposal put forward to Fifa to take it over and say whether it is a global Nations League or is there an opportunity to play World Cup every two years. I would say there are many other solutions, we can move to Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America (without such a long wait). In terms of economics, I would say Fifa could make money, to give more money.”
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