Uruguay Teammate Nicolas Lodeiro Insists Luis Suarez ‘Wants to Come to MLS’

?Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is plotting a transfer to Major League Soccer once he departs Camp Nou, according to Uruguayan international teammate Nicolas Lodeiro

With his current contract set to expire in 2021, Suarez is already considering his next career move and supposedly open to achieving his American dream after conquering Catalonia. 

Luis Suarez

Sooner or later he’ll come to MLS. Well, hopefully” Seattle Sounders defender Lodeiro revealed, adding that: “He likes the league. He’s always asking me things about it.

I think you need to convince Barcelona. He wants to come to MLS”, Lodeiro added, in an interview with Major League Soccer‘s official website.

?Suarez may be approaching his 33rd birthday, but his finishing ability has shown no signs of diminishing in the 2019/20 season so far. The Uruguayan has helped himself to six goals in ten La Liga appearances and two strikes in three Champions League fixtures, taking his Blaugrana tally to 185 goals in 260 appearances. 

As Lodeiro puts it himself: “His dream was to play for Barcelona. He’s playing at a great level and he feels comfortable there.” But perhaps Suarez is ready for a new challenge, with his contract winding down and the twilight of his career on the horizon.

While Lodeiro is hopeful that Suarez might join him in the Emerald City, LA Galaxy, New York City FC and David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF have been touted as likely ?MLS destinations. 

This news has cranked the rumour mill up a few notches in recent days, with some reports implying that ?Barcelona would prefer to cash-in before Suarez’s contract expires and recoup a portion of the £65m paid to Liverpool in 2014. 

With Barcelona leading a tight La Liga title race and currently top of their Champions League group, perhaps there’s time for Suarez to add to his 13-trophy haul for the Catalan giants.

  

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When & Where to Watch Barcelona’s Players During the November International Break

?Barcelona have several players taking part in international fixtures over the next week, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Arthur Melo and Luis Suarez.

Here’s a look at how you can follow them.

All TV/live stream information relates to UK availability.


Lionel Messi (Argentina)

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Argentina will face arch-rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia before travelling to Israel to face other fellow South American side Uruguay.

The Barca star is returning to international duty after a three match ban.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Brazil vs Argentina 15 Nov @ 17.00 (GMT) Bet 365
Argentina Vs Uruguay 18 Nov @ 19.15 (GMT) N/A

Arthur (Brazil)

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?The five-time world cup winners are also touring the middle east, facing Argentina on Friday, followed by a meeting with South Korea in Abu Dhabi? on Tuesday.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Brazil vs Argentina 15 Nov @ 17.00 (GMT) Bet 365
Brazil vs South Korea 19 Nov @ 13.30 (GMT) N/A

Sergio Busquets (Spain)

Sergio Busquets

?Sergio Busquets is the only Barcelona player in the current Spain squad, which is remarkable considering that only seven years ago, six players from Barcelona started their Euro 2012 final win.

Spain have already qualified and will likely view the games against Malta and Romania as an opportunity to experiment tactically.?

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Spain vs Malta 15 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Football / NOW TV
Spain vs Romania 18 Nov @ 15.00 (GMT) Sky Sports Red Button

Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands)

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One of the key men in the Dutch midfield will be crucial when the Netherlands travel away to Northern Ireland? on Saturday. Things are tight at the top of Group C ahead of the final two qualification fixtures. Rivals Germany are on equal points, while Northern Ireland are only three behind Oranje.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Northern Ireland vs Netherlands 16 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event
Netherlands vs Estonia 19 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Red Button

Marc Andre ter Stegen (Germany)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

It’s unlikely ter Stegen will feature, but Germany need to win both of their fixtures to guarantee qualification. They will face Belarus and then Northern Ireland in two home games in Monchengladbach and Frankfurt respectively.?

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Germany vs Belarus 16 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Red Button
Netherlands vs Estonia 19 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Premier League

Arturo Vidal (Chile)

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?Vidal is part of the Chile squad for their single fixture against Peru. He has already racked up 115 caps for his country.?

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Peru vs Chile 20 Nov @ 01:30 (GMT) N/A

Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann (France)

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The world champions are in second place behind Turkey in Group H and they will be hoping the presence of Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann will qualification? for Euro 2020.

Fellow Frenchmen Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele are not included in the squad.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
France vs Moldova 14 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Mix
Albania vs France 17 Nov @ 19.45 (GMT) Sky Sports Football

Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

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Suarez’s Uruguay face Hungary in Budapest on Friday, followed by their trip to face club teammate Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Israel on Monday.

Suarez missed the last round of fixtures for his country through injury.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Hungary vs Uruguay 15 Nov @ 18.00 (GMT) N/A
Argentina Vs Uruguay 18 Nov @ 19.15 (GMT) N/A

Moussa Wague (Senegal)

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Moussa Wague will be hoping to make his way through the international break injury free.

Injuries to Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto mean that the right back may be in contention for Barca when he returns from facing Congo and Eswatini.

Game Date/Time Channel/Live Stream
Senegal vs Congo 13 Nov @ 19.00 (GMT) N/A
Eswatini vs Senegal 17 Nov @ 13.00 (GMT) N/A

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Argentina vs Uruguay Friendly in Tel Aviv at Risk of Being Called Off Amid Security Fears

?The friendly fixture between Argentina and Uruguay in Israel could be cancelled or rescheduled amid security concerns.

The game is due to take place on Monday 18 November in the New Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.

However, a recent escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has led to fears for the safety of the players and staff of both countries.


Tensions in the region escalated on Monday and Tuesday after some 150 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel in response to an air strike that killed a Palestinian militant.

According to reports from ?Marca, the situation has led both the Argentine and Uruguayan football federations to start actively looking for ways to relocate the match.

It is thought that the Euro 2020 qualifier between Israel and Poland will not be affected, as the fixture will be played in Jerusalem.

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Uruguay and Argentina have a fierce rivalry and contested the first ever World Cup final in 1930, showing the great footballing history of both nations.

The match – assuming it goes ahead – is set to see ?Barcelona teammates ?Luis Suarez and ?Lionel Messi go head to head with their national teams for the first time since 2017.

Domestically the two Barca legends have been part of a side that has struggled to find their best performances under Ernesto Valverde this season.

Lionel Messi,Luis Suarez

Despite sitting top of both La Liga and their Champions League group, they have been somewhat underwhelming and injuries to both players have been detrimental to the Blaugrana’s progress.

When they return from international duty both Messi and Suarez will be hoping to help their club side recapture their most scintillating form in a tough run of fixtures which sees Barça take on ?Borussia Dortmund, ?Atletico Madrid and ?Inter Milan within the space of two weeks.

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11 Players Who Have Played With Both Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi

They’re two footballers who have defined a generation, but most players only ever have the same experience as fans when it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – watching them on television. 

Some are lucky enough to play against two of the best players of all time, while a select few even get to play alongside one of these greats.

But only a handful of footballers of the last 15 years have ever played with both Ronaldo and Messi either at club level or internationally.


?Gerard Piqué

Manchester United's Portugese midfielder

Played With Ronaldo: 2004-06 & 2007-08 (Manchester United)

Played With Messi: 2008-present (Barcelona)

As Barcelona’s seventh most capped player of all time, it’s easy to forget that Gerard Piqué’s career in senior football actually started at Manchester United.

Piqué moved to Old Trafford one year after Ronaldo and left one year before the Portugal international moved to Spain – he also spent one season on loan at Real Zaragoza – but the defender still made 23 appearances for United.

The centre back even scored twice in the Champions League group stages in 2007, including in a win over Dynamo Kyiv where Ronaldo also found the back of the net.

Piqué is the only player who has played with both Ronaldo and Messi at club level.


Paulo Dybala

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Played With Ronaldo: 2018-present (Juventus)

Played With Messi: 2015-present (Argentina)

Having made his international debut under Gerardo Martino shortly after his move to Juventus from Palermo, Paulo Dybala has gone on to make 28 appearances for La Albiceleste.

It’s been suggested for some time that Dybala could link up with Messi at club level too as he frequently gets linked with a move to Barcelona in the back pages, but the 25-year-old instead became Ronaldo’s teammate in 2018.

Dybala’s been directly involved in 20 goals in 56 appearances since Ronaldo’s move to Turin, compared to 90 goals or assists in 140 games for Juventus before the 2018/19 season.


André Gomes

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Played With Ronaldo: 2014-present (Portugal)

Played With Messi: 2016-18 (Barcelona)

Everton’s André Gomes was tipped for instant success at Barcelona when he made a move to Camp Nou from Valencia in 2016, but the Portugal international could never really find his feet and only spent two years alongside Messi in Catalonia.

Gomes even dropped out of international duty with Ronaldo during his fledgling years at Barcelona, but the midfielder was recalled to the squad last month and will likely return once he recovers from a horrific ankle injury.


Nélson Semedo

Cristiano Ronaldo,Nelson Semedo

Played With Ronaldo: 2015-present (Portugal)

Played With Messi: 2017-present (Barcelona)

Nélson Semedo isn’t the first player on this list who’s played with Messi at Barcelona and Ronaldo with Portugal, and he won’t be the last mentioned either.

The 25-year-old has been part of the national team for over four years, but he’s only ever made 14 senior appearances with the Selecção das Quinas.

In two years in Catalonia, Semedo has already played 98 times and has even set up five goals for Messi during that time, including four penalties.


Carlos Tevez

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Played With Ronaldo: 2007-09 (Manchester United)

Played With Messi: 2005-15 (Argentina)

Even though Carlos Tevez broke into the national team in 2004 under Marcelo Bielsa, he didn’t actually play alongside Messi until Argentina’s World Cup qualification match against Peru the following season.

It was Tevez’s performances with Argentina that saw West Ham come in for his signature soon after, before Manchester United brought him to Old Trafford where he’d form a devastating partnership with Ronaldo in the north-west.


Gonzalo Higuaín

Gonzalo Higuain,Lionel Messi

Played With Ronaldo: 2009-13 (Real Madrid) & 2019-present (Juventus)

Played With Messi: 2009-2019 (Argentina)

Having arrived at Real Madrid two years before Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín was a regular part of their starting lineup thanks to his impressive record in front of goal, but chances became few and far between when Karim Benzema arrived in 2009.

Even though Ronaldo went on to join Higuaín’s Juventus in 2018, the Argentina international spent last season on loan at Milan and Chelsea, so the 31-year-old has only joined up with his former teammate once again this year.

Higuaín spent a decade alongside Messi with Argentina, but the striker decided to hang up his boots with La Albiceleste last season.


Gabriel Heinze

Gabriel Heinze,Cristiano Ronaldo

Played With Ronaldo: 2004-07 (Manchester United)

Played With Messi: 2005-10 (Argentina)

Gabriel Heinze was actually on the books at Sporting CP – Ronaldo’s boyhood club – at the same time as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but the defender ended his loan spell in Portugal some years before the 34-year-old’s debut.

Heinze eventually did have the chance to play alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United, while a year later he also stepped onto the pitch with Messi whilst on international duty.

The defender not only started Messi’s international debut against Hungary, but Heinze also scored the winning goal of the match after Sándor Torghelle had cancelled out Maxi Rodríguez’s opener.

Messi came off the bench just after Heinze’s winner, replacing Lisandro López, but it was a debut to forget as the Barcelona legend was sent off after just 43 seconds as a senior international footballer.


Fernando Gago

Lionel Messi,Fernando Gago

Played With Ronaldo: 2009-11 (Real Madrid)

Played With Messi: 2007-17 (Argentina)

For those who warm to specific quiz shows on the BBC, Fernando Gago would probably be the best chance of a pointless answer if this question were ever to be asked by Alexander Armstrong. Cue funny Richard Osman quip.

Even though the 33-year-old goes under the radar, Gago was actually one of the most highly rated defensive midfielders in his prime, going on to make more international appearances than legends like Wálter Samuel, Pablo Aimar and Juan Román Riquelme.

Gago spent four years on the books at Real Madrid too, before moving back to Argentina where he still plays at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield.


Ezequiel Garay

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Played With Ronaldo: 2009-11 (Real Madrid)

Played With Messi: 2007-15 (Argentina)

Ezequiel Garay is a player who has never quite reached the heights that many were expecting when he first broke through at Real Madrid in 2008, going on to have spells in Portugal and Russia before returning to La Liga with Valencia.

Garay didn’t spend long playing with Ronaldo, but the two actually combined for one of Real Madrid’s goals during their 6-0 win over Real Zaragoza in December 2009.

He never combined like that with Messi for Argentina, although he was an ever-present for La Albiceleste at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa América.


Deco

Cristiano Ronaldo,Deco

Played With Ronaldo: 2003-10 (Portugal)

Played With Messi: 2004-08 (Barcelona)

Deco didn’t just play alongside Messi during his career, but the Portugal legend actually came off the pitch when the Barça star made his debut for the club.

He was also on the pitch when Ronaldo made his Portugal debut against Kazakhstan.

Deco and Ronaldo first combined for a goal at Euro 2004, going on to be directly involved in six strikes between them.


Ángel Di María

Angel Di Maria,Cristiano Ronaldo

Played With Ronaldo: 2010-14 (Real Madrid)

Played With Messi: 2009-present (Argentina)

Arriving at Real Madrid a year after Ronaldo, Ángel Di María went on to make 190 appearances for the club where he formed part of a formidable front three, including Karim Benzema.

The 31-year-old won six trophies alongside Ronaldo before moving to Manchester United in 2014, where he spent just one season.

Although Di María is more memorably associated with Ronaldo, he actually lined up alongside Messi for Argentina two years before his move to the Spanish capital.

Di María hasn’t played for La Albiceleste since the Copa América.


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Ivan Rakitic Admits He’s Sad at Barcelona as Midfielder Drops Out of Croatia Squad With Injury

?Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakiti? has compared his situation in Catalonia this season to a child having their toys taken away from them, admitting he’s “sad” over the lack of playing time he’s been getting.

The Croatia international has made ten appearances across all competitions this season, but Rakiti? has only started one match and is averaging 25 minutes in each appearance so far.

The 31-year-old appears to be surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, already being linked with a move away from Barcelona in January, but Rakiti? insists he’s still good enough to offer the club a long-term option in midfield.

Ivan Rakitic

How does my little girl feel when her toy is taken away?” Rakiti? told Movistar’s ‘Universo Valdano’ (via Marca). “Sad. I feel the same way. They have taken the ball away from me – I feel sad.

I understand and respect the decisions of the coach, a club or whatever. I have given so much in these five years that I have been at Barcelona and I want to continue enjoying [myself here].

“I’m 31, not 38, and I feel like I’m at my best.”

Rakiti? has been one of Barcelona’s most consistent players since his arrival from Sevilla in 2014, going on to make 278 appearances across all competitions – making him the club’s fifth most-capped foreigner of all time.

Italian side Inter have been linked with a move for Rakiti? this season, while city rivals Milan and Serie A champions Juventus have also been mentioned as potential destinations for the Croatia international in the January transfer window.

Any talk of a move away from Barcelona will have to be put on ice for the time being, however, as Rakiti? has been forced to withdraw from international duty through injury.


The club have confirmed that the midfielder is suffering with an injury in his left Achilles tendon, although Barcelona haven’t confirmed when he is expected to return to full fitness.

Marca adds Rakiti? underwent a special training programme on Tuesday to help boost his initial recovery.


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Barcelona Unveil Stylish New Alternative Kit to Honour Rich Catalan History

?Barcelona have unveiled a new alternative kit which will be worn during various games of the current campaign, as a way of honouring the club’s rich Catalan history.

Based in Catalonia, Barcelona have rarely shied away from discussing their links to the local area, recently speaking out to ?offer support to the region amid a period of significant political unrest.


To take their support one step further, ?Barcelona confirmed on their ?official website that they have released a new kit with the four stripes of the Catalan flag – the senyera – emblazoned across the front.

“It is an honour to wear the flag, the four stripes, on the shirt,” said ?Sergi Roberto, an academy graduate who was born and raised in the region.

A retro style V-neck is another example of their tribute to the club’s history, while the message Ho portem dins (‘It’s deep within us’) is written on one of the sleeves.

That message was chosen as they feel it is a perfect example of Barcelona’s ‘More Than a Club’ mentality. La Blaugrana have transformed into a global superpower, but they always make a point of paying tribute to where they came from.

The tagline also refers to the philosophy that underlines what Barça is all about,” the club added. 

Lionel Messi,Luis Suarez

“It is a club that appreciates the value of sport and its ability to change the world, and which so fervently believes that such principles as humility, effort, ambition, teamwork and respect are just as important as the achievement of sporting success.”

This is the first time in club history that Barcelona have had four kits in one season, although this new alternative strip will not replace any of the existing kits. Instead, this will be worn by both the male and female sides during various league games this season.


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90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 13

?It’s week 13 of this season’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings, and we at HQ would just like to congratulate Liverpool on winning the Premier League. We’re paying our respects by not including a single one of their players this week, because they’ve got enough on their minds. 

Besides, it’s Peep Show time. Peep Show is crass silliness. Who’d associate a domestic league champions with crass silliness?


15. Raúl Ruidíaz (New Entry)

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“The Beastie Boys fought and possibly died for my right to party, so…”

You know who’s probably still partying right now? Raúl Ruidíaz rounded off one of the all-time great ?MLS Cup playoff runs on Sunday with a goal and an assist in the final against Toronto FC, helping his Seattle Sounders side to a 3-1 win and their second MLS Cup. 

Ruidíaz contributed seven combined goals and assists in the Sounders’ four playoff games, including crucial strikes in the Western Conference final against LAFC and their dramatic first round win over Dallas in extra time. Go all out, Raúl. Rent a snake. You’ve earned it. 


14. Marcus Thuram (New Entry)

Marcus Thuram

“But you’ve got to give it a go. Norwich are never going to win the league, but they still turn up every week don’t they? The pricks.”

Borussia Monchengladbach play in the ?Bundesliga, which means that Borussia Monchengladbach aren’t going to win the league. But they’re still turning up every week, and Marcus Thuram’s helped them to…it says here ‘lead the league by four points’???

He’s scored or assisted in his last five games in all comps, been man of the match in three of them, and he’s Lilian Thuram’s son. Plane. 


13. Karim Benzema (Re-Entry)

Karim Benzema

“I answer to a higher law. The law of ‘if it feels good, do it’.”

Scoring two goals in an ‘Eff You’ win over Galatasaray in midweek? That feels good. Scoring another two away at Eibar a few days later? That feels good. 

Scoring 41 goals in all competitions since Cristiano Ronaldo left ?Real Madrid, while his former hunting partner’s racked up ‘just’ 34? Oh, you know that feels good. 


12. Erling Håland (Re-Entry)

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“Oh my God, there’s a baby in there, about the size of a croissant. A terrifying, life-altering croissant-baby!”

Oh my GOD, there’s a baby in Salzburg, about the size of…well, about the size of a mountain. A terrifying, paradigm-altering mountain-baby who just scored his 13th, 14th and 15th league goals of the season this weekend. And his seventh Champions League this week. And he’s scored those 22 goals in 16 games. 


11. Memphis (Up 2)

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“I have entered the abyss. I’ve bought a house in the abyss. I’m getting my post forwarded to the abyss.”

Memphis (re-)entered the power rankings last week, and scored against Benfica in the Champions League to celebrate. 

Then he got injured. Now he is entering the abyss. He’s bought a house in the abyss. We might make it through this entire section without me mentioning that I hate the city of Lyon and basically see it as the abyss. Oh, no we won’t. 


10. Fede Valverde (New Entry)

Federico Valverde,Luka Modric

“Life is all pain. Pain, rejection and gloom. Why do we even pretend that there’s anything other than a yawning blankness at the heart of…hey! 33% extra free! I’m doing excellent shopping. My depressed state of mind is making me even more frugal than normal.”

Real Madrid aren’t having fun. They keep getting gubbed in the Champions League by teams they’d have cruised past a couple of years ago, they’ve only won one of the last seven league titles, and they haven’t won the Copa del Rey in half a decade.

But hey! Fede Valverde looks great, and he came in for barely anything at all! Scored against Eibar and all! 


9. Lucas Perez (New Entry)

Lucas Perez

“These are the good times, love; after the initial nausea passes, but before the grinding comedown. Lovely.”

31 years old. Just off a failed season at West Ham, shortly after a failed spell at Arsenal. Lucas Perez has scored in seven La Liga games in a row, and nobody’s entirely sure how or why. And he’s done it for Alaves, for crying out loud. 

These are the good times, Lucas. After the initial nausea (being a West Ham player) passes, but before the grinding comedown (the reality of being over 30 years old). Lovely. 


8. Jamie Vardy (Up 1)

Jamie Vardy

“You’re disgusting. But I like it. Like going to a strip club with the Pope.”

Nothing more need be said about *sigh* the Premier League’s most reliable goalscorer against good teams. 


7. Hakim Ziyech (Up 4)

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“Oh yeah. Justice is done. Not actual justice, but, what I wanted to happen. Which is basically the same thing.”

Not my words, certainly not the mind-words (thoughts?) of Jeremy Usborne, but the words of referee Gianluca Rocchi when he sent off most of Ajax’s first-team squad against Chelsea in midweek. 

Hakim Ziyech? Not bothered. Pulled the strings of that game from start to his substitution in the 72nd minute, then bossed a 4-0 win against Utrecht on Sunday. That’s five assists in three games, mark you.


6. Radja Nainggolan (Re-Entry)

Radja Nainggolan

“Hey! Wow, I’m actually good at this. Maybe I’m a natural – yeah, I’m a jogger! Of course, there had to be a sport for me, I just never realised. Legs like two great steam locomotives, pumping away, I’m unstoppable – JESUS, is that a stitch? F**k, I’m gonna be sick, I need to walk. Oh, I think I’m gonna puke, I’m literally going to die, ugh, what an idiotic boob I was back ten or eleven seconds ago.”

DISCLAIMER: Radja Nainggolan is an otherworldly footballer and might actually be the best midfielder in Serie A right now. He scored a goal and popped out three assists against Fiorentina. 

He also gives the impression of being the least fit 31-year-old currently playing professional football. He’s not. But he seems it. 


5. Timo Werner (Up 2)

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“Well, I mean, people say it like it’s a bad thing, you know, running away from your problems. But if your problems never catch up with you, what’s the hitch?”

We talked in last week’s award-winning edition about Timo Werner, and how he’s really really really really really really really fast. Then his Leipzig team went to Hertha Berlin this weekend and he scored two more goals, and got an assist. 

Timo Werner’s problems (aka defenders) will never catch up with him, and now he’s got seven goals and four assists in his last three domestic games and hahahahahahhaha how is that true that’s ridiculous. 


4. Lionel Messi (Re-Entry)

Lionel Messi

“I’m just a normal functioning member of the human race and there’s no way anyone can prove otherwise.”

Lionel Messi is not normal, nor is he a member of the human race. And we can prove otherwise, we’ve got all the footage – it’s called…watching Lionel Messi play football. 


3. Christian Pulisic (-)

Christian Pulisic,Emerson

“The secret ingredient [waves hand] is crime.”

Chelsea are third in the Premier League, have won six league games in a row and brought in Christian Pulisic this summer (technically, kinda). 

He’s scored five goals in their last three league wins. 

They have a transfer ban. 

The secret ingredient is crime. 


2. Ciro Immobile (Up 2)

Ciro Immobile

“No teas for the beastmaster, thanks. He feasts on the blood of his prey.”

Seven league games in a row, Ciro Immobile’s scored in. Ten goals in them, plus three assists and a couple of Europa League goals to keep him ticking over. Two more goals and an assist this week. No limoncello for the beastmaster, thanks. He feasts on the blood of Italian defences. 


1. Robert Lewandowski (-)

Robert Lewandowski

“So, a candle stuck in a wine bottle apparently doesn’t cut it anymore. Now for a special night you have to have Class-A drugs and…fisting.”

Last week, this section read: ‘Robert Lewandowski has started 14 games for Bayern this season across the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal, and has scored in all 14 of them.’

Robert Lewandowski has now started 16 games for Bayern this season across the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal, and has scored in all 16 of them. 

A goal just doesn’t cut it anymore. Now for a special night, Lewandowski has to score off his back and…an overhead kick.


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Barcelona Avoid Real Madrid in Semi-Finals for Revamped Super Cup in Saudi Arabia This January

The 2020 Spanish Super Cup is to be held in Saudi Arabia, with Valencia taking on Real Madrid and Barcelona facing Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the revamped competition this January.

Previously a one-off game between the winners of La Liga and Copa del Rey held at the start of the season, the competition has this year been extended to two semi-finals and a final, as revealed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday.

It has also been confirmed that the competition is to be held in Saudi Arabia for the next three seasons – a move RFEF say should help the ‘image’ of Spanish football ahead of a bid to host the 2030 World Cup. 

“?The Spanish Supercup will be held in Saudi Arabia during the next three years and will do so in winter in order to lighten the calendar of competitions, as claimed by clubs and players,” a ?statement confirming the location said. 

“The new format was already announced last February by the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, and in addition to the change of date, it entails a Final Four. Through this transformation, clubs will be able to plan their preseason better.

“In addition, the fact that this competition is internationalized will allow the Super Cup to be valued and, at the same time, will contribute to make visible and improve the image for the 2030 World Cup nomination.”

Some had been concerned by the possibility of holding the tournament in Saudi Arabia, due to the treatment of women and minorities in the country, but RFEF have said that the decision comes with assurances that women will be given ‘unrestricted access’ to the matches – while also announcing the launch of an undetermined women’s football tournament

“The agreement reached between the RFEF and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation contemplates the unrestricted access of women to the matches, and the launch of a women’s soccer competition in Arabia,” the statement goes on. 

“Football is essential to open borders, improve societies. It can be used as a blockade or as an element of change and the Federation has chosen the latter.”


Draw and Schedule for Super Cup 2020:

Semi Finals:

Valencia vs Real Madrid (8/1/2020)

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid (9/1/2020)

Final:

Valencia or Real Madrid vs Barcelona or Atletico Madrid (King Abdullah Stadium – 

12/1/2020)


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Barcelona Eyeing Move for Rennes Starlet Eduardo Camavinga

Rennes’ teenaged midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is being lined up by Barcelona, with director of football Eric Abidal travelling to France to watch him in action.

The 17-year-old has missed just one match for Les Rouges et Noir this term, featuring in every Ligue 1 fixture. Though his side are tenth in the table, they are just three points off of the final Champions League qualification place, with Camavinga an integral player at the base of Julien Stéphan’s midfield.

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According to L’Equipe (via ?Mundo Deportivo), Abidal has informed his seniors in Catalonia of the youngster’s superb talents. However, it will cost an eye-watering sum to lure him away from Rennes, who demanded €40m when Lyon made an approach in the summer.

That was when Camavinga had made only seven senior appearances. He has played 16 matches thus far in 2019/20, with the Angolan-born starlet set to pledge his international future to the France after talks with the country’s governing body.

?La Blaugrana are not alone in their pursuit, ?Manchester United also having been linked with a move for the man in question, while ?Milan are also believed to be weighing up an offer.

Barça’s interest is not a new occurrence after they ?began monitoring Camavinga in pre-season, joining ?Real Madrid in keeping a watchful eye on his development at Roazhon Park.

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The academy graduate is yet to score his first goal for the first team, though his primary role is to act as a block in front of the backline, before springing attacks through his fine array of passing.

Rennes were drawn into a testing Europa League group ahead of the current campaign, and now sit bottom of the pool following the first four rounds.

They went down 1-0 away to Romanian club Cluj on Thursday, while their next fixture is against Celtic, who are top and have already qualified for the knockout stages.


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Lionel Messi Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Hat-Trick Record With Stunning Treble Against Celta Vigo

?Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick – including a brace of glorious free-kicks – in Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Celta Vigo on Saturday evening. In doing so, he joined Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest scorer of La Liga hat-tricks in the competition’s history. 

Messi opened the scoring with a calm penalty before curling two almost-identical free-kicks over the wall and beyond the despairing dive of the Celta goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, on either side of half-time to wrap the game up in la Blaugrana’s favour. 


It was the Argentine superstar’s 34th La Liga treble, and ?Opta released the statistic which confirmed that the 32-year-old has now pulled level with former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo in the battle for the record. 

?Ronaldo now plies his trade in Serie A with Italian giants Juventus, leaving the path clear for?Messi to make the record his own in the near future, as he continues to dominate Spanish football with his frightening ability. 

The Argentina international’s return from injury has coincided with Barça‘s sudden resurgence, and Ernesto Valverde’s side sit top of La Liga after 12 games, level on points with fierce rivals ?Real Madrid

Messi has scored eight goals in his seven league appearances this year and aims to win the Champions League for the first time since 2015. 

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Ronaldo managed to bag 34 hat-tricks in his nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he helped Madrid to dominate European football during his time in Spain – winning the Champions League an incredible four times and earning two La Liga titles. 

The Portuguese forward won the Serie A title with ?Juventus last season and has huge ambitions of winning Europe’s biggest prize with a third different team this campaign. Ronaldo bagged 21 league goals for Juve in 2018/19 and has managed five this season for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

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