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FC Barcelona News: 12 April 2011; Messi's Family Caught in Attack, Barcelona Ready to Face Injured Shakhtar

The Great One
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Lionel Messi's brother and mother caught in terrifying gun attack - report | Goal
The brother and mother of Barcelona star Lionel Messi narrowly avoided tragedy over the weekend, when Matias Messi's Rosario house was attacked by unidentified gunmen. La Capital reports that the attack occurred at the house where Matias currently lives, at the same time as his mother was visiting from her own dwelling some 100 metres down the street.

Why Lionel Messi Is The Great One | Wall Street Journal
Barring illness or sudden injury, Lionel Messi will break the Spanish record for most goals in a single season. The Barcelona forward notched two in Saturday's 3-1 win over Almeria, bringing his total to 47 in all competitions. That equals the mark set by the legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas in 1960, matched by the original Ronaldo in 1997 and Messi himself last year.

Barca set to name best side | Eurosport
The 2009 winners beat Almeria 3-1 at home in La Liga on Saturday before making the journey to Ukraine and Guardiola told a news conference in Donetsk he and his staff would assess how the players were feeling before the game at the Donbass Arena. "Rest what? We are playing for a place in the semi-finals against a very good team and we have to start very strongly," said the former Spain and Barca midfielder.

Shakhtar Donetsk-Barça: Did you know... | FCBarcelona
Six days after their last meeting at the Nou Camp, Shaktar and Barça meet again in the second leg of their UCL quarter final tie. Check out the link where there are some of the facts and figures surrounding the big game:

Thirteen Months of Obstinacy | In Bed With Maradona
For five years, the number of consecutive unbeaten La Liga games stood at a quite remarkable twenty-six. The current Barcelona side recently sailed past this total and now has a loftier target in sight; the sole notable domestic landmark neither of Spain’s big two can lay claim to and one that remains the preserve of a little corner of the Basque country.

Cruyff: Barca must beat Real twice | Eurosport
"It’s very unlikely that we would win all four matches," Cruyff said in his blog in newspaper 'El Periodico'. "And, in addition, it’s unnecessary. You don’t need to win all four matches to show you’re the better side, and you don’t even need to do it to win all the titles.

Barca’s latest wonderkid makes the headlines – how long until Arsenal come knocking? | thisisfutbol
It is no secret that Barcelona’s academy set-up is one of the very best that the footballing world has to offer. La Masia trains people as well as top-class footballers and Thiago Alcantara is no different. The attacking midfielder, 19, has made eight first-team appearances this season and is set be as much of a star as his father Mazinho was.

Barcelona won't sign Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku unless asking price significantly drops - agent | Goal
Lukaku's representative then went on to say that Barcelona are interested in the 17-year-old attacker, but that it's unlikely the Catalans will make a move. "There are lots of rumours about clubs that are interested in signing Romelu.

AC Milan plot bid for Ronaldo | Eurosport
"If we win the scudetto then the next transfer window will see us add one or two great players, and one of those could be Ronaldo," Berlusconi said. "If we were able to add Ronaldo to our squad I think it would please everybody. Sometimes dreams come true."

Former Real Madrid & Barcelona midfielder Luis Figo: Pep Guardiola is like a brother to me | Goal
Figo and Guardiola played together for Barca in the second-half of the 1990s and forged a strong bond. Although the Portuguese legend went on to join Madrid in the summer of 2000 for what was then a world record transfer fee, he has remained close to the current Barcelona coach.

Real Madrid ready to launch €30 million bid for Roma's Daniele De Rossi - report | Goal claim the Spanish outfit are willing to stretch their budget and offer €30m with the hope that new Roma owner Thomas DiBenedetto will offload the Italy international by the sight of hard cash. Gago would head to Italy as part of the deal for free.

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