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FC Barcelona News: 27 September 2011; The Amazing Lionel Messi, Barcelona Travel to Belarus

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Eight Liga hat-tricks for Messi |
According to tradition, anyone who scores three goals in a game gets to keep the ball. If Messi carries on the way he is, he won’t have much space left in his house any more! He has just added two more hat tricks to his tally, making a total of eight in the league championship.

Lionel Messi's stats are like those of a player about to retire, says Barcelona's Andoni Zubizarreta -
Messi has scored 192 goals for Barcelona since making his league debut for the club in October 2004, while Kubala and Rodriguez netted 194 and 235 strikes respectively. "Messi's statistics are like those of a player about to retire, but he is still only 24 years old," Zubizarreta was quoted as saying by EFE.

Barcelona's Xavi: Real Madrid focus on individuals, while we are all about the collective -
"You see, we have great individuals like Lionel Messi, who can single-handedly turn a game around, but we are still a lot more about our unity and our collectivism. "Madrid, however, try to win games with individual class. For us, it is about the collective."

Villa considers competition good for team |
David Villa has got his second season at FC Barcelona off to a fantastic start, with five goals, two more than at the same stage of last season. He is now fully adapted to the team and said today that "they always say that when I score it is like a release and when I don’t it adds to the pressure. But my job is not only to score goals, I try to help the team, I have done that all my life."


20 players to travel to Belarus |
FC Barcelona have their second Champions League fixture this week at BATE Borisov. The players fly to Minsk (Belarus) on Tuesday and the manager has named 20 players to travel after training on Monday, which includes two players from Barça B, Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos.

From Santiago Bernabeu master class to Amsterdam ArenA humiliation - How the tables have turned between Ajax & Real Madrid -
When Ajax were paired with Real Madrid for the first time in 15 years in the group stage of the 2010-11 Champions League, there was plenty of excitement in both camps. For the first time since 1995, two of Europe's most successful football clubs would lock horns again and two exciting encounters were expected.

Chelsea's Mata makes quick return to Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport
Chelsea's Juan Mata will be back among friends when the Spanish World Cup winner returns to Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday, just over a month after leaving. "I'm looking forward to seeing him and playing against him, we all are," Valencia winger and Mata's former room mate Pablo Hernandez told reporters.

'Only a miracle will see Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi play against Napoli', says agent -
"I believe he will not be involved in the match," agent Federico Pastorello told Radio Kiss Kiss. "He will probably be out longer than expected. "Unless a last-minute miracle happens, he will not play. He travelled with the squad, but unfortunately he will not play the match."

Acosta blow for Racing | Sky Sports
Racing Santander striker Lautaro Acosta could be out of action for up to three months after picking up a knee injury during the goalless draw with Sporting Gijon. The Argentine joined on a loan deal from Sevilla during the summer's transfer window, and had scored in Racing's first match of the season against Valencia.

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