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FC Barcelona News: 16 May 2011; Busquets Cleared to Play in Final, Barcelona Receive League Trophy

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Barca back-ups draw blank | ESPN
Goalkeeper Victor Valdes, defender Eric Abidal and midfielder Javier Mascherano - all regular starters - were joined in the first 11 by a handful of youngsters, including Andreu Fontas, Marc Bartra, Jeffren Suarez, Jonathan dos Santos and Thiago Alcantara.

Champions pick up league trophy | FCBarcelona
Captains Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández lifted the Club’s 21st league trophy high into the Camp Nou night on Sunday. Before the game, the Deportivo players also applauded the new champions onto the pitch. Following Friday night’s celebrations, the team were officially presented with the league trophy by RFEF President Ángel Maria Villar.

Busquets cleared to play in Champions League final | Yahoo
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been cleared to play in the Champions League final by UEFA who dismissed claims he racially insulted Real Madrid fullback Marcelo in their heated semi-final. "Sergio Busquets will be able to play in the Champions League final," Barca said.

FC Barcelona only league winners to retain title | FCBarcelona
FC Barcelona are the only team to retain the league championship across the leading European leagues, with the Italian, English, Dutch, German Portuguese and Russian titles all changing hands.

Villarreal slap €30 million price tag on Giuseppe Rossi - report | Goal
La Liga outfit Villarreal are ready to cash in on star player Giuseppe Rossi at the end of the season if any suitors are willing to match the club's €30 million asking price for the Italy international, according to Sport. Rossi has since become a key player at the Yellow Submarine and has made over 100 official appearances for his current team.

Atletico Madrid are a good option, but I have not discussed becoming coach - Barcelona B's Luis Enrique | Goal
Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique has admitted that he would be interested in the vacant post at Atletico Madrid, but added that he had not been in contact with the capital club. Atleti will part company with Quique Sanchez Flores at the end of the current campaign, and speculation from Spain suggested the Enrique had already agreed to take over at Vicente Calderon.

Ronaldo equals Liga record | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the Liga record for goals scored in a season when his brace in Real Madrid's 3-1 win at Villarreal took his tally to 38 in 33 matches. The Portuguese former World Player of the Year smashed in a trademark swerving free-kick in the 22nd minute at the Madrigal and followed up with a similar effort in second-half stoppage time to complete a 3-1 victory.

Ronaldo: I'm not obsessed with goals | ESPN
"What really matters is that we earned a great victory at a complicated venue. All of us, coach and players alike, want to have a good end to the season, and we're accomplishing this so far. "I would like to score even more goals against Almeria, but I'm not obsessed about it. I've tried to score from set pieces many times this year, but had been unlucky until now."

Agent - Benzema staying put | Sky Sports
Karim Benzema's agent insists the French star is not thinking about leaving Real Madrid. The 23-year-old is being strongly linked with a move to England, as he continues to struggle to hold down a first-team place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid’s Jorge Valdano denies 'false' reports that he will leave club at the end of the season | Goal
Speculation in the Spanish media had suggested that Valdano, following a meeting with president Florentino Perez, had agreed to step down. However, speaking to the media in the wake of his side's 3-1 win over Villarreal at El Madrigal, he moved to quash the rumours, saying: "This news is false, it is not news. I did not meet with Florentino Perez, the news is false in its entirety. I will continue next season."

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