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FC Barcelona News: 13 March 2012; No Rift Between Guardiola and Pique, Messi Wants Pep To Extend Contract

The Messi-Fabregas connection has been amazing for Barcelona.
The Messi-Fabregas connection has been amazing for Barcelona.

Messi: "I don't play to be the best player in the history of the sport" | FC Barcelona
When the Argentine was asked who the most important figure was for the first team, himself or Guardiola, the player was clear: "Guardiola is more important than I am for Barça. From the moment he arrived he changed everything for us. He’s won everything that he’s won. For me Guardiola has been fundamental in this FC Barcelona project."

Messi and Cesc: 65 goals and 47 assists | FC Barcelona
The connection between Messi and Cesc dates back to the youth teams when they played together and now it's beginning to pay dividends for the first team. Between the two of them they have scored 65 of the team's 143 goals and made 47 assists.

Cesc Fàbregas: "In modern football nothing is easy" | FC Barcelona
Cesc only had words of praise for Leo Messi: "he’s a different from any other player in the world, it’s a pleasure to play with him, having him in the team, because he gives you that extra confidence that a title winning side needs." The Catalan player also talked about Messi’s personal side: "he’s a humble player, hard working, he loves football. He deserves everything that’s happening to him."

Why do Messi and Ronaldo score so many? | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Sport UK
They are statistics from a bygone era. Having scored five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in mid-week, Lionel Messi took his tally for the season to 50 with a brace at Racing Santander on Sunday. His great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 40 goals for Real Madrid but nonetheless leads Messi 32 to 30 in the battle to be crowned top scorer in La Liga.

Where the insane becomes the routine | FC Barcelona
The critics say it’s over; it’s lunacy to believe that being 10 points adrift from the top spot in La Liga with only 36 points left can yield anything other than defeat. By any stretch of the imagination or logical conclusion, the distance that separates FC Barcelona from Real Madrid is insurmountable. It is simply not possible to fight back from 10 points down, it’s insane to think otherwise.

Sixth win on the run for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
With the victory in Santander, Barça chalked up their sixth win on the run - four in the league against Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Gijón and Racing and the two Champions League wins over Bayer Leverkusen.

Barcelona's Rosell labels Guardiola-Pique reports as slander -
A report in Telemadrid earlier on Monday had claimed that the duo had developed an icy relationship and that, as a result, Guardiola did not want the 25-year-old in the squad for 2012-13. "This is completely not true, it is a calumny and has no foundation whatsoever," he told TV3.

Getafe send Villarreal closer to drop zone - Yahoo! Eurosport
Abdelaziz Barrada snatched a late goal for Getafe to win 2-1 at Villarreal, leaving their hosts hovering above the La Liga relegation places.Villarreal started the campaign in the Champions League after finishing fourth last season, but a fourth match without a win left them 17th and three points above the bottom three.

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