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FC Barcelona News: 24 June 2012: Messi Scores Hat-Trick In Exhibition, Soldado Extends Contract With Valencia

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Soldado may have missed the cut for Spain's Euro 2012 squad, but he has been rewarded by Valencia with a new contract
Soldado may have missed the cut for Spain's Euro 2012 squad, but he has been rewarded by Valencia with a new contract

Happy 25th Leo Messi! | FC Barcelona

June 24th is Leo Messi’s birthday and this Sunday he will be 25, but despite his relative youth, he is already recognised as one of the greats of the game. On an individual level, he has won three Ballons d'Or on the run and with Barça he’s taken three Champions Leagues, five Spanish League titles, two Spanish Cups and two World Club Cups, amongst others.

Messi, who has been named the World Soccer Player of the Year the past three seasons, made his South Florida debut by scoring a game-high-tying three goals and adding two assists in a steady game-long rain. His Black Masters team tied the Red Stars 7-7, but the score hardly mattered in this charity match in which defense was loosely applied.

Up until yesterday he hadn’t featured in the EURO. However, on the the first chance he was given, Pedro Rodríguez made sure he showed his manager that he’s on form. On the 63rd minute of the Spain-France match, coming on for Silva, he took up his position as the left forward. From the wing, he brought depth to Spain’s game just when Vicente del Bosque’s men looked to running out of gas.

12 Liga titles for Barça's youth teams | FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona’s reserve sides have completed a brilliant year. The teams closed out the 2011/12 season with 12 Liga titles and 5 Catalonia Cups. The Juvenil B (U18), Cadete A (U15), Cadete B, Infantil A (U14), Alevín C (U12), Benjamín A (U10), Benjamín B, Benjamín C, Benjamín D, Prebenjamín (U8), the Women’s Juvelin-Cadete and the Women’s Infantil-Alevín teams claimed the Liga title in their respective leagues this season. Only the Infantil B (third), Alevín A (second) and Alevín B (third) didn’t end the season with a Liga title.

Football | La Liga | Soldado extends Valencia deal |

Roberto Soldado has extended his contract with Valencia until the summer of 2017. Valencia president Manuel Llorente told the club's website: "Roberto's performance is fantastic as everyone has seen. His application, desire to do the best for Valencia and winning mentality is a key part of this Valencia side and a reference for the Valencia support." - Colotto joins Espanyol

Espanyol have completed their first signing of the summer with the capture of defender Diego Colotto on a free transfer from Deportivo La Coruna. The 31-year-old played 77 times in La Liga during his first three years at Depor and was also part of the Segunda Division title-winning side in 2011/12, the Galicians earning promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Real Madrid keen on Carlos Tevez for £25m | Mail Online

Real Madrid are ready to make a surprise move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and the Premier League champions could accept in order to seal the signing of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. Spanish champions Real have asked to be told if City plan to offload their star and with van Persie on their wishlist then a deal could be done.

Football | La Liga | Suker urges Modric to join Real Madrid |

The talented midfielder was long been linked with a move to Manchester United and also came close to signing for Chelsea last summer, but Suker is now hoping Modric will make Spain's La Liga his next port of call. "As a future president of Croatian football, I'd love to see Luka Modric join Real Madrid," he told Marca. "He has the quality and the ability to play for a big club like Real. But it is a question I will pose with my heart to [coach Jose] Mourinho and [president Florentino] Perez."

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