FC Barcelona News: 27 December 2011; Messi Wins Another Award, Barça to Take Part in U-17 Tournament

Another day, another award...

L’Equipe names Leo Messi 'Champion of Champions' in 2011 | FC Barcelona
Another one for the collection. The prestigious daily newspaper L'Equipe awarded the best athlete of the year award to Lionel Messi. Messi is the newest 'Champions des Champions' (Champion of Champions), and figures amongst other athletic greats such as Carl Lewis, Ayrton Senna, Michael Jordan or Michael Schumacher who have also won the award.

Messi: I will win the World Cup | FIFA.com
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is convinced he can lift the FIFA World Cup™ with Argentina, the forward said in an interview with the Argentina Football Association. "I still have this dream and that is to be a world champion and lift the Copa America with the national side. And I know I'll do it, I am convinced I shall," insisted Messi.

Barcelona, PSG and Vasco de Gama set to take part in Under-17 Al Kass Cup in Doha | The Peninsula Qatar
The initiative is expected to benefit the global youth football movement as emerging junior teams from top clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain (France), Vasco De Gama (Brazil), Juventus (Italy), Ajax (Amsterdam), FC Barcelona (Spain), Kashima Antlers (Japan), Al Jazira (UAE) and Al Ahly (Egypt) discover new frontiers, build partnerships and make lifelong friendships.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could convince Barcelona's Seydou Keita to join him at AC Milan - report - Goal.com
The Serie A giants were linked with the Mali international in August, and have allegedly rekindled interest in the player, who is seen as a potential replacement for the ageing Mark van Bommel and Massimo Ambrosini. Keita and Ibrahimovic became close friends during the Swede's one-year stay at Barcelona in 2009-10, and the striker is said to be pressuring his former team-mate into a move.

Warnock rules out Hleb bid | Sky Sports
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has ruled out a bid to sign former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb in January. Hleb has spent the first half of the season on loan at Wolfsburg from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club will not be extending the arrangement.

Premier League return 'next step' for Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho - ESPN Soccernet
"I am very, very happy to be in Real Madrid. It is a great experience for me," Mourinho told BBC Radio Four. "I believe it is probably the biggest club in the history of football. "I didn't want to miss the chance to work here but my passion is England and my next step will be to go back, if possible go and stay for a long time. Get me a club in a couple of years, get me a good club.''

Real Madrid's Angel di Maria requests pay increase - report - Goal.com
The Argentina international currently earns €1.8 million annually, and has a contract that will expire in 2016. His reported aim is to pull in €3.5m per year, which would put him level with team-mate Gonzalo Higuain in earnings. An increase would likely have no effect on the duration of his contract.

Real Madrid willing to sell Kaka for £22 million - ESPN Soccernet
Kaka, who joined Real from AC Milan in a £55 million deal in 2009, struggled to make his mark at the Bernabeu following a series of injury problems and has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho, who prefers to play Germany international Mezit Ozil. Madrid are now ready to let Kaka, 29, go for a relatively cut-price fee.

Real interested in Dede | Sky Sports
Real Madrid are monitoring Vasco da Gama defender Dede as part of their reinforcement during the January transfer window, according to reports in Brazil. Dede, 23, has been one of the best players in Brazil this year and has previously been linked with Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea.

Liga - Xabi Prieto extends Sociedad deal - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto has signed a four-year contract extension at his boyhood club. Midfielder Prieto, 28, came through the cantera at the San Sebastian club, making more than 250 appearances, and extends a deal that was set to expire in 2013. He is now tied-down to Real until 2017.

Real Betis' Dusko Tosic returns to Red Star Belgrade - Goal.com
Dusko Tosic has returned to Red Star Belgrade after deciding to prematurely end his loan spell at Real Betis. The 26-year-old joined the new boys on deadline day in August, agreeing a season-long loan from the Serbian giants, but went on to make only two appearances for the Spanish club

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