FC Barcelona News: 16 May 2014; Barça, Lionel Messi Reach Agreement on New Contract, La Liga Decider Draws Closer

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Agreement with Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian is a living legend at Barça. He has played more games for the first team than any other foreigner (424) and is the club’s all-time highest goalscorer (354). He has scored at least 40 goals in each of the last five seasons, and is just eight goals away from topping Telmo Zarra to become the highest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish first division.

The big day approaches | FC Barcelona
The countdown has begun. On Saturday, FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid go head to head in the final game of the Liga season. The destiny of the championship trophy hangs on what happens at the Camp Nou (6.00 PM CET) in the game between two sides that have already met five times this season. Here's a taster of what we can look forward to.

FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: Did you know... | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have won their last six games against Atlético at the Camp Nou. Since the 2006/07 season, when the end result was 1-1, Barça have won 3-0, 6-1, 5-2, 3-0, 5-0 and 4-1, respectively.

Puyol: "I came here as a boy and I leave with a family" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona bid farewell to Carles Puyol, 36, after a fifteen year career in the first team that has brought him 21 titles. At a packed Auditori 1899, Puyol’s teammates, ex-teammates, presidents and coaches paid homage to a great captain.

All of Carles Puyol's goals during his FC Barcelona career | FC Barcelona
Despite the fact that Puyol’s position on the first team has always been as a center back, the captain managed to score 18 goals in official matches. He was a specialist in areal play and lethal on set pieces.

"Puyol is an example" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s farewell to Carles Puyol saw a cadre of personalities attend the Auditorio 1899. From former presidents, former managers and former players to rivals and Spanish national team teammates. All of them agree: "Carles Puyol is an example.

Bartomeu: "For us, he is the best captain in the history of the Club" | FC Barcelona
Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu was one of many members of the Barça family at the farewell event for Carles Puyol this lunchtime and he spoke of the "example of sacrifice and commitment that Carles has provided, telling the Club captain: "there is only one thing I can say to you, thank you".

‘Som el Barça’ the mosaic for Camp Nou title decider | FC Barcelona
The players are well aware of the importance of a full house Camp Nou crowd if they are to beat Atletico Madrid and lift the Club’s twenty-third league title and with everyone’s help, the aim is to create a daunting atmosphere for the title decider. The 100.000 card mosaic will be unveiled as the Barça hymn greets the teams and also re-formed after every Barça goal, with the slogan ‘Som el Barça’ and the Catalan and Club flag colours.

Atletico Madrid given Diego Costa fitness boost ahead of La Liga title decider at Barcelona - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says top scorer Diego Costa has recovered from his hamstring injury and will start Saturday's La Liga title decider against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. "[Costa] is fine, he trained without problems," Simeone said. "Tomorrow he will play from the start."

Why Diego Costa’s is much more than a goalscorer | Eurosport
It’s all come down to the final game of the season and the man cast in one of the lead roles for Atletico Madrid this season is determined not to miss out.  Diego Costa missed his side’s 1-1 draw with Malaga last weekend – where a win would have seen los Rojiblancos crowned champions for the first time since 1996 – with a muscle injury, but began this week by expressing his intent to be involved against Barcelona on Saturday evening.

La Liga aims to step up racism sanctions - ESPN FC
The issue of racism in La Liga has again been to the fore recently after the incident during April's Villarreal-Barcelona meeting, when Blaugrana right-back Dani Alves picked up and ate a banana thrown at him from the crowd, leading to a global #weareallmonkeys social media campaign led by Alves' teammate Neymar.

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