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FC Barcelona News: 8 July 2013; Neymar Released from Hospital, Lionel Messi Scores Three in Exhibition Game

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Messi hat trick in Chicago exhibition game | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was the star of the exhibition game held in Chicago in front of 25,000 fans this Saturday. The Argentinean played as part of a scratch team which beat a Rest of The World XI 9-6, with all the money raised going to Messi’s charitable foundation.

Barca star Neymar leaves hospital following operation - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A report in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper claims the Brazilian striker was discharged from Rio de Janeiro’s Sao Vicente clinic on Sunday after it was previously assumed he would leave on Saturday. However, head of surgery Augusto Cesar Lima, who is also a member of the Brazilian Football Confederation’s medical team, preferred him to remain hospitalised and under observation for a further 24 hours.

Barca want Neymar to put on weight - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Club doctor Daniel Medina has worked out a plan to get the Brazilian youngster fighting fit for his first day at the club, with the priorities being rest and trying to put on some weight, reports Marca. Barca’s medical staff estimate he needs to put on between three and five kilos, although the first thing the 21-year-old must do is recover over the next 10 days from having his tonsils out as well as a reconstruction of his nasal septum.

Squad back at work in a week’s time | FC Barcelona
The 2012/13 season ended with the game against Malaga on June 1st and next week – Monday July 15th – the squad will be back at the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despí for medical tests. Once the opening day medical tests have been done, the squad will begin training on 16th , with those players who have been involved in international games coming back as the pre-season progresses.

Messi to resume Barcelona training after one-week holiday -
Lionel Messi will resume Barcelona training on July 15 after enjoying just one week of holiday following a summer filled with various commitments. The prolific attacker's 2012-13 campaign came to an end on June 15 after Argentina's 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala, meaning Messi would have a full month off before the start of the new season.

10 highlights from the Joan Gamper Trophy | FC Barcelona
There’s less than a month to go before the 48th edition of one of football’s oldest summer tournaments, which this August 2nd will bring together Barça and Brazilian giants Santos. We’ve selected ten highlights from the history of the Joan Gamper Trophy to whet your appetites!

Revealed: How Madrid have spent €300m more on transfers than Barcelona in the decade since the Beckham deal -
It is not quite cantera versus cartera. To say that Real Madrid buy big while Barcelona compete with their rivals' financial might merely by promoting youth talent is only a half-truth at best. Both Spanish sides spend serious sums in the transfer market, but over the last decade Madrid's outlay is indeed higher - los Blancos have shelled out almost a billion in player purchases since signing David Beckham in 2003, some €300m more than the Catalan club.

Napoli agree Callejon deal with Real Madrid - report - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
According to AS, the two clubs reached a deal over the weekend and personal terms have already been agreed. The Partenopei are due to pay €10m for the wide attacker, who cost Real Madrid €5.5m from Espanyol in 2011. Callejon was personally requested by new Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez.

Villarreal confirm Pantic deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A statement on the club’s official website revealed the 21-year-old had signed a three-year contract with the Yellow Submarine for an undisclosed fee. Pantic began his professional career with FK Rad and made his full debut in May 2011 in a Serbian Superliga match against Javor Ivanjica.

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