City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said that Lionel Messi is the greatest
footballer of all time, given his very special abilities on the playing field.
The Argentine has been consistent with his performances for Barcelona for more
than a decade and he recently starred against Celta Vigo by netting his 34th
hat-trick in the Spanish La Liga.
interview covered by Goal.com, Gundogan was asked about the contenders for the
Ballon d’Or and he was quite clear that Messi deserves the prestigious
accolade, he told: “Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world]. In my
opinion, he has very special abilities. He has talent and he always manages to
show it on the pitch.
head coach Ernesto Valverde has revealed his pleasure with Luis Suarez and
Lionel Messi playing together after overcoming their respective injury
concerns. The duo recently started the Champions League clash against Inter
Milan at the Camp Nou and Suarez was the man of the match as he bagged both
goals in the 2-1 comeback win.
hugely involved for the winning strike after dribbling his way past four
Nerazzurri players before laying the assist for Suarez and the pair could now
feature together in the upcoming league clash against Sevilla. Speaking in a
press conference, Valverde confirmed that both players are available for the
forthcoming clash against Sevilla and he will make the final decision on
whether they will start the game.
international Antoine Griezmann has spoken to the Spanish media in the
aftermath of Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga. The
reigning champions made the worst possible start to the season as they suffered
a 1-0 away defeat at Athletic Bilbao and Griezmann had a forgettable debut with
not a single attempt on target.
Betis, the Blaugrana suffered a minor scare with Nabil Fekir opening the
scoring but Griezmann managed to level the proceedings with his maiden club
goal. In the second period, the Catalan giants were thoroughly dominant as they
added four more goals compared to Betis’ one and Griezmann was the standout
performer with another goal and an assist.
international Neymar has hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world
amid the recent speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona. The
27-year-old is currently with Paris Saint-Germain whom he joined from Barcelona
two years ago but reports have indicated that he would favour a reunion with
Messi at the Camp Nou this summer.
reporters, Neymar said that Messi remains the best player in the world on his
point of view and the duo share a fond relationship off the playing field, he
told: “For me, he’s the best player in the world. The best player that
I’ve ever seen play. We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, an
honour to play with him. And, on top of that, he is my friend.”
been fancied to make the switch to the Blaugrana this summer but so far, the
club have refused suggestions that they are looking to land his signature.
Nonetheless, talks are understood to be going on behind the scenes and reports
suggest that the Spanish champions would prefer an exchange of players for the
attacker rather than matching the world-record £200m fee which Les Parisiens
paid to sign him two years ago.
Elsewhere, the Blaugrana have further strengthened their ranks with the purchase of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. The Frenchman had been touted to join the club for the past few seasons and he has eventually landed at the Camp Nou this summer after the Catalans decided to trigger the £108m release clause on his Atletico contract.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have dominated the proceedings in the Spanish league with back-to-back titles and the club could give more priority to the Champions League this term where they have come short over the past four seasons. The club have not reached the final since winning the competition against Juventus during the 2014/15 season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it would be very special for Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez when they face their former club in the last four of the Champions League. The duo are currently in the ranks of Barcelona and Klopp expects a tough contest with no real weaknesses in either side.
Speaking to Viasport Football, Klopp said that it would be a very special moment for Coutinho and Suarez to return to Anfield, where they made a reputation for themselves. He added that his team have shown the fight to reach the current phase of the competition and he is proud of the same achievement.