Barcelona defender Dani Alves claims that Lionel Messi is much better than Cristiano Ronaldo since he is more of a team player.
Ronaldo has been criticised for his focus on personal statistics more than the performance of the team. Messi, on the other hand, has not worry too much about being able to end up as the top scorer in the la Liga last season. This is despite having plenty of chances to get past Ronaldo. On several occasions last season, Messi provided the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar with an opportunity to score.
Alves recently ended speculation about an impending move to Paris St Germain or Manchester United by extending his contract with Barcelona. He was just a few weeks away from becoming a free agent but the Catalan club have signed him on a long-term contract even though he is above 30 years of age. The defender has signed a two-year deal with the option to add a further year. His presence cannot come at a much better time for Barcelona, who are struggling with the transfer ban. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award in the last two seasons, but he is facing a tough fight from Messi once again for the upcoming trophy. Continue reading
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has accepted that the club witnessed a bust up between manager Luis Enrique and superstar Lionel Messi in the training ground. There have been rumours about this bust up over the last few weeks, but this is the first time a player from Barcelona has confirmed the incident.Mathieu tried to downplay the significance of the event were saying that such incidents of common at big clubs. It is understood that the bust up happened just days after the club returned from their winter break. Messi responded angrily to some comments from Enrique and the situation escalated from there. Continue reading
Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has praised Lionel Messi by saying that he is the best player ever.
Luiz came up against Messi in the Champions League group stages. Even though Messi was largely subdued in the first match between Paris St Germain and Barcelona in Paris, he had a huge say in the 3-1 victory for the Catalan club at the Camp Nou. This victory ultimately resulted in Barcelona topping the group. Even though this has not helped them get an easy match in the last 16 stage where they will be phasing Manchester City, the Spanish club at least have the advantage of playing the second leg at home.
Luiz became the world’s most expensive defender after his £ 50 million move to Paris in the summer. He was one of the scorers in the first match between the two this season. However, the central defender could not prevent Messi from dominating the match at the Camp Nou. Messi is not in the running for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this year. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thomas Müller are seen as the favourites for the title. However,Luiz believes that he has seen enough of Messi to suggest that the Argentine is the best player in the history of the game.
“It’s the efficiency that made the difference.They were better than us; they have three huge forwards. Messi is fantastic, the best player ever.Barca also have a smart head coach and other great players.We will now think about the next step. The next game will be difficult. We’ll have to beat everybody to go all the way. In February we could play anyone,” said Luiz after losing the crucial group match. PSG could have won the group if they had held on for a draw after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s equaliser.