FC Barcelona News: 30 October 2012; Lionel Messi Given Golden Boot, Five Barça Players Nominated for Ballon d'Or

Jasper Juinen

Messi collects second Golden Boot and dedicates it to his team-mates | FC Barcelona
The Barça striker collected the award from Luis Suárez, a Golden Boot winner himself in 1961, when at Barça. He was full of praise for Leo Messi: "He has everything a player needs, speed, skill and goals. He’s changed history, he is the essence of football".

Messi: "My dream is to retire at Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
I’m very thankful to Barça because they gave me a chance to realise my dream. My dream is to be a Barça player when I retire. The most important thing is that I continue to grow at Barça and I’d like to continue growing until the end."

FC Barcelona's five Ballon d'Or candidates: Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets | FC Barcelona
Five candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or are FC Barcelona players. This Monday at noon the 23 footballers, including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández , Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets, in the running for the award were unveiled by FIFA. The name of the winner will be announced on January 7 during the Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich. The shortlist - final three - will be unveiled in December.

Vilanova: "We have to give this fixture the importance it deserves" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will approach their Copa del Rey Round of 32 match away to Alavés "with utmost seriousness," said manager Tito Vilanova this Monday afternoon. "We have to give this fixture the importance it deserves. I’m going to approach this Cup tie with the most competitive team possible to get a good result.

Rest for Valdés, Messi, Alba, Pedro and Xavi | FC Barcelona
The 16 man squad for Barça’s game at Alavés in the Copa del Rey round of 32 has been announced. All of Valdés, Alba, Pedro, Xavi and Messi have been left out, but Mascherano, Sergi Roberto and Oier all get the nod after missing the game with Rayo. Barça B’s Tello is also included.

Abidal and Iniesta appear in France Football | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal has entered a new stage of his recovery, and the football world is still being amazed by his story. Weekly magazine France Football’s cover story says it all: "The power of hope." And that hope is increasing as the player finally returns to the field of play.

Ronaldo, Barça’s other Golden Boot winner | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Ronaldo Luiz Názario are still the only players to have been crowned top goalscorer in Europe while playing for FC Barcelona. The 25 year old Argentinian scored an astounding 50 goals in the 2011/12 Liga, having already collected the honour two years earlier for getting 34 goals. The previous Barça winner was Ronaldo in 1996/97, the Brazilian striker getting 34 goals in 37 games.

'He wanted some distance from football' - Cruyff reveals motives behind Guardiola's move to New York - Goal.com
"Pep lives in the USA now because he had four very intense years as coach of Barcelona," he told reporters. "He wanted some distance from football. In New York, he can walk around without being recognised so that he can think about his future.

Radamel Falcao not thinking about Atletico Madrid exit - ESPN FC
"I do not even know what will happen tomorrow," Falcao said. "I am happy and enjoying myself at my club. Later we will see. I am not thinking about leaving at the moment. I never think about it. That idea is not in my head."

Valladolid battle to draw with Real Sociedad - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Oscar scored with 15 minutes remaining to earn a share of the spoils for the home side, who move up to 10th place, on 11 points along with Valencia and Mallorca but ahead of their rivals due to a better goal difference. Sociedad's point sees Philippe Montanier's side creep up to 14th on 10 points, three off the relegation zone.

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