FC Barcelona News: 14 March 2014; Lionel Messi Closes in on Another Record, Barça Sign Deal With Maurice Lacroix

David Ramos

Paulino Alcántara and Raúl González, next Leo Messi objectives | FC Barcelona
With his goal against Manchester City in the return leg of the last 16 of the Champions League, Leo Messi is getting close to two milestones that can only be associated with a football superstar. Paulino Alcántara and Raúl González are the next two objectives for the four time winner of the Golden Ball.

Cesc Fabregas puzzled by Barcelona displays - ESPN FC
"It is so difficult to explain this change of image," Fabregas said. "I do not know if there is an explanation. It is not good, not for the fans or for us that it can change so much in four days, with such great discipline against City and that you play so bad and with such little motivation as we showed in Valladolid. That image was not appropriate for a player wearing a Barca jersey."

Catalan press reaction to City win | FC Barcelona
Barça’s win over Manchester City grabbed the headlines in the Catalan press, with the papers stressing the importance of the win after the defeat in Valladolid and signalling Leo Messi as the architect of the win.

Behind the scenes at the FC Barcelona v Manchester City game | FC Barcelona
In this seven minute video, we go behind the scenes at the Camp Nou before and after the biggest match up in the Champions League last 16 to see how both teams' players built up to the match and reacted after Messi and Alves had given Barça their win.

Liga - Alves’ Barca future in doubt following City celebration - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Alves’ dance to mark the second goal of the 2-1 win was criticised by some of his teammates, AS reports, in the locker room after the final whistle. The full-back’s contract has 12 months to run and Alves could seek to leave Barca either this summer or next, the newspaper says. He also exchanged words with some of the Camp Nou supporters, calling for more backing from the stands.

FC Barcelona and Maurice Lacroix sign sponsorship deal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has reached agreement with Maurice Lacroix for the Swiss watchmaker to become an Official Club Sponsor for the next three years. The deal means that the two organisations will work together to bring the exclusive watches to football fans and lovers of the prestigious brand.

Arbeloa could miss two months - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Arbeloa injured his right knee in early March and was originally expected to be out for three weeks, Marca has reported. But it is now said that six weeks is more likely recovery time, although the defender could miss as much as eight weeks, which would leave him as a major doubt for Vicente Del Bosque’s World Cup squad.

Valencia beat Ludogorets 3-0 in Bulgaria in last-16 first leg | Sky Sports Football
Former Liverpool youngster Antonio Barragan put Valencia into a fifth minute lead before the Spanish side saw Seydou Keita sent off on 25 minutes for conceding a penalty which was saved by Diego Alves. Federico Cartabia increased Valencia's lead before half-time and ex-Arsenal and Fulham defender Philippe Senderos added a third goal just before the hour mark.

Real Betis win 2-0 away to Sevilla in first leg of last-16 tie | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla had won their previous four games in all competitions and were six unbeaten, and they dominated Thursday night's game. They somehow came away facing an imposing second-leg test next week, though, after Leo Baptistao's first-half header and Salva Sevilla's well-taken second gave Betis victory.

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