FC Barcelona News: 8 February 2013; Lionel Messi Signs New Contract, Barça Lose Case Against Raul Baena

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Messi signs Barca deal 'worth €16m a year after tax' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
If the figure reported by Marca - worth £13.7m - is accurate, that means the Argentine whizkid will be paid €36.4m (£31.1m) a year before tax by the Catalan giants. It was announced in December that a deal had been reached to keep him at the Camp Nou - and that has now been signed.

Jordi Alba welcomes new Messi deal | FC Barcelona
"I can’t imagine what Messi will be like in 2018, but it’s great news for Barça fans that he’s staying. He is the best player in the world and as long as nothing happens, he’ll be the best ever. We’ll try to make him feel as comfortable here as we can", said Jordi Alba, before adding that " I was once unlucky enough to have to face him as an opponent, but now I’m here I’m delighted to have him as a team-mate.

Messi's career at Barça: 13 years, 13 key moments | FC Barcelona
His first goal in La Liga (May 1, 2005): Against Albacete, at the Camp Nou, Messi received an assist from Ronaldinho, the Argentine then chipped Valbuena to seal Barça’s 2-0 victory. That year Barça went on to win the first Liga title of the Rijkaard era.

Dani Alves: "The exciting games are right around the corner" | FC Barcelona
"These matches are the ones we like to play, we’ve fought a long time to be able to play them. The big games are just around the corner and we’ll do our best to take Barça where it deserves to be," said the defender during a Google+ Hangout session with FC Barcelona fans this afternoon.

Barça able to get by without Xavi | FC Barcelona
He may be the core of so much of Barça’s magic, but Barça still tend to get decent results without Xavi in the team. The number six has already missed four games this term, but FCB have still avoided defeat. So there is no cause for alarm now that he is out of at least the games with Getafe and Granada with hamstring trouble.

Immune to the FIFA virus | FC Barcelona
The first international break took place just before the start of the domestic competition. FC Barcelona managed to steer clear of the famed ‘FIFA virus’ and went on to fire five goals past Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou (5-1). Three weeks later, Barça played away to Getafe after another international break. The result ended in another rout for the Blaugrana: 1-4.

Thiago, Bartra and Song back to normal training | FC Barcelona
Thiago, Song and Bartra were also back. The former pair had spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the gym, while Bartra has been suffering from a fever induced by a virus, but is now back to normal health. However, today it was Pinto who was off sick, having gone down with a bout of gastroenteritis, while Dos Santos worked in isolation.

No Raul Baena Barca compensation, court rules - ESPN FC
On Thursday, Spain's highest court found Baena had not been bound by the ten-year contract his parents signed with Barcelona in 2002 - which had contained a €3 million release clause - because someone so young could not be tied to such a long-lasting professional agreement.

Liga spending down 62 per cent | Football Espana
A study into the transfer activity of Europe’s top footballing Leagues has revealed that La Liga saw total investment drop by 62 per cent. Looking at total spending across the Primera Division, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A, Spanish research firm ESADE have found that it is Spain that saw the biggest drop in money spent during the 2012-13 season.

Michael Essien: La Liga 'more fun' than Premier League - ESPN FC
"The English competition is very physical," Essien said. "From what I have seen so far in La Liga, teams want to play in a way that is based more on ball movement. This makes it more fun to play. In England some teams do not focus on playing, but more on the physical contact. That is where I see the big difference."

The Beast is back for troubled Malaga - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Brazilian forward Julio Baptista, nicknamed "The Beast" for his muscular physique and aggressive playing style, finally made his comeback as a late substitute in Sunday's 1-1 La Liga draw at home to Real Zaragoza. The 31-year-old had been out for more than a year with a broken bone in his foot and a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Eliseu suffers knee ligament damage | Football Espana
The 28-year-old wide-man limped off in Sunday's match against Real Zaragoza, and the Andalusian club have today revealed that the 29-year-old has sprained the ligament in his knee. The Boquerones have described the injury as a Grade II sprain, which means the Portugal could be out for anywhere between four to 12 weeks.

Ruben Pardo to sign new La Real deal | Football Espana
Real Sociedad midfielder Ruben Pardo has revealed that he is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club. The 20-year-old has been a regular presence in Philippe Montanier's team this season, playing 16 League games. And the Spain Under-21 international has claimed that he will put pen-to-paper on a renewed deal very soon.


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