Barcelona ended its contract with Henrique Adriano on Saturday, one year before the agreement with the Brazilian defender official expires. In the past years, Henrique spent time on loan at Bayer Leverkusen and Racing Santander before returning to Palmeiras for a stint last season.
Barcelonas serial hat-trick scorer Lionel Messi will be looking to take up where he last left off as Argentina captain when he leads his country against Ecuador in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Messi scored his first and only hat-trick for Argentina in a 3-1 friendly win away to Switzerland in February so pasting over cracks in coach Alejandro Sabellas defence.
"When I went to pick her up, I did not find the happy and cheerful girl that I expected, but a sad one," Filipe explained. "When I asked her what was going on, she simply shrugged and said: 'Cristiano did not want to sign me an autograph because I am wearing Barcelona's shirt'. I did not know what to say. This is the shirt that she had put on to go to practice and that her mother had bought her when she visited Barcelona. It was the symbol of love and nothing else (had she visited Madrid the shirt would have obviously been different), and ended up causing her great sadness.