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FC Barcelona News: 22 December 2014; Barça Considering Neymar Contract Extension, Bojan Krkic Sr. Speaks

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Leo Messi goes left, and right too | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi scored once again in Barça's last game of 2014. He finished off the scoring in Saturday's 5-0 win over Córdoba, confirming his tendency this season to score goals with his right foot as often as he does with his dominant left. In La Liga, Messi has seven goals with his left foot, seven with his right and one header.

By the numbers: FC Barcelona's 5-0 victory over Córdoba | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona beat Córdoba 5-0 in the last match of 2014. Coincidentally, it was a repeat of the last time the Andalusians visited Camp Nou in the return leg of the round of 16 in the 2012/13 Spanish Cup. Let's take a quick peek at Saturday's game, by the numbers.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend - Luis Suarez finally scores before winter break - ESPN FC
Barcelona's home game against Cordoba on Saturday was Luis Suarez's final opportunity of 2014 to end the "80 million euro summer signing still not scored in La Liga" narrative, which had been getting louder and louder through recent weeks in the Spanish and Catalan press.

Barca enter Neymar talks? | Football Espana
Barcelona have reportedly entered talks with Neymar over a contract extension, which would keep the Brazilian at Camp Nou until 2022. The attacker signed a five-year deal upon completion of his €57m transfer last summer, but Sport claim the club consider him to be indispensable and are keen to fend off rivals as negotiations with other suitors tend to begin two years prior to expiration.

FC Barcelona-City tickets on general sale | FC Barcelona
Tickets for the Champions League game on March 18 at the Camp Nou between Barça and Manchester City went on sale on Monday morning. Tickets are on sale to Club members and the general public, with a maximum of six tickets per person.

Bojan Krkic Sr. says son 'wasn't welcomed' by all at Barcelona - ESPN FC
"They were international stars," he told the newspaper. "They saw a little boy starting games. Sometimes, Ronaldinho was on the bench and Bojan starts. You can imagine, eh? Not easy. It became very difficult. He wasn't welcomed in by everyone."

Why did Cristiano Ronaldo snub Michel Platini? | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo has clearly not forgotten Michel Platini's claim that a member of Germany's World Cup-winning squad should win the Ballon d'Or if this video is anything to go by.The UEFA president claimed earlier last month that Germany's World Cup win as a team means the individual award should go to one of them, as opposed to clear favourites Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Huge statue of Cristiano Ronaldo erected - and there's something slightly stiff about it | Eurosport
The life-size model of Ronaldo may not look too similar to the preened Real star, but it depicts him in his trademark free-kick pose and accentuates the forward’s admirable physique, with the figure-hugging kit enhancing every muscle on his body in a complimentary manner.No wonder he looks so happy with it…

Antoine Griezmann scores his first hat-trick | Sky Sports Football
Antoine Griezmann scored his first hat-trick for Atletico Madrid as the champions came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic Bilbao. Mikel Rico had put the Basques ahead in the 17th minute at a highly charged San Mames, but Griezmann levelled for the champions right at the start of the second half.

Luciano Vietto scored twice as Villarreal beat Deportivo 3-0 | Sky Sports Football
Luciano Vietto scored twice as Villarreal claimed a 3-0 win over Primera Division strugglers Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday to keep the top four in their sights. Jonathan dos Santos opened the scoring for the Yellow Submarine in the 10th minute before a second-half double from Vietto sealed the win.

Liverpool loanee Luis Alberto scores a magnificent winner as Malaga claim a 2-1 comeback victory | Sky Sports Football
Liverpool loanee Luis Alberto scored a magnificent winner within seconds of coming on as a substitute as Malaga claimed a 2-1 comeback victory at struggling Elche. The hosts had taken the lead in first-half injury time thanks to a disputed headed goal by David Lomban that looked to be offside, but Malaga hit back just after the break through Ignacio Camacho, and then Luis Alberto hit the winner with 13 minutes left.

Granada are held to a 1-1 draw by Getafe | Sky Sports Football
Struggling Granada were held to a 1-1 Primera Division draw by Getafe at Los Carmenes on Sunday. Jhon Cordoba handed the hosts the lead five minutes before the break but Emiliano Velazquez struck back deep into the second half to earn Cosmin Contra's men a share of the spoils.

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