FC Barcelona News: 16 June 2014: Messi Scores In Argentina Win, Higuain Comments On Speculation

Matthias Hangst

Lionel Messi was the third Barcelona player to be named Man of the Match at this summer's World Cup, joining Neymar and Alexis Sanchez as his goal secured a 2-1 opening game win for Argentina against Bosnia & Herzegovina

Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano’s Argentina kicked off their World Cup bid this Sunday evening at the legendary Maracanã, against Bosnia Herzegovina. The Argentinians, with the two FC Barcelona players in the starting line-up, secured the three points thanks to an own goal from Kolasinac and a brilliant strike from Messi (2-1).

All of the FC Barcelona’s players competing at the World Cup in Brazil have played their first matches, and no fewer than three of them were voted FIFA Man of the Match in their respective encounters. Neymar was first, Alexis was second, and last night Messi became the third following Argentina’s win.

The Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín admits it would be a pleasure to play alongside his fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi at Barcelona amid continued speculation the Catalan giants are looking to take him to the Camp Nou. Higuaín only joined Italian side Napoli from Real Madrid 12 months ago but Barça are reportedly keen to take the 26-year-old back to Spain as they look to rebuild under new coach Luis Enrique.

he Italian side, currently coached by ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, have declared that the rumours are "entirely unfounded" and that they "lack any foundation." The Italian side, currently coached by ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, have declared that the rumours are "entirely unfounded" and that they "lack any foundation."

There was something a little suspicious about what Marc-André ter Stegen said back in September 2011. The goalkeeper had just been promoted to the Borussia Mönchengladbach first team and had less than half a year’s Bundesliga experience when he was asked "What European club fascinates you?" Ter Stegen’s answer sounded like a declaration of love: "Without a doubt, FC Barcelona!"

Everything will be decided next Sunday at 7.00 PM CET in the Miniestadi after the U18 team lost their Spanish Cup semi-final against Sevilla 3-1. On a scorching hot day in Andalusia, two early goals in the second half and one more towards the end put the home side in the driving seat, but Juan Antonio’s strike keeps FCB in contention.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Fabregas paid that figure out of his own pocket to ensure his sale to the Catalan club from Arsenal in 2011. Having already paid the Gunners £2.5m on top of a large transfer, Barcelona do not want to outlay more cash for a player now off their books.

Liverpool and Everton target Cristian Tello looks set for a move to Sevilla as part of Ivan Rakitic's long-awaited switch to Barcelona. The 26-year-old has agreed personal terms with Barca and a fee seemed to have been agreed - but now Spanish paper Estadio Deportivo has reported that Tello will be included in a part-exchange.
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