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FC Barcelona News: 28 December 2014; LFP to Honor Lionel Messi With Tribute

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Record-breaker Messi to receive LFP tribute at Barcelona v Atletico Madrid -
Javier Tebes has confirmed that the LFP will pay tribute to La Liga's all-time leading goalscorer, Lionel Messi, at Barcelona's meeting with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on January 11. The Argentina international broke Telmo Zarra's record of 251 goals by netting a hat-trick in his club's 5-1 rout of Sevilla on November 22.

Winners and losers at Barcelona under Enrique's leadership - ESPN FC
Luis Enrique was given the incredibly difficult task of ensuring Barcelona returned to the very top of European football after a couple of disappointing years due to ineffective management, a lack of hunger and the inevitable passing of time.

Andrés Iniesta, before and after the game | FC Barcelona
What does Andrés Iniesta do to get ready for a game? What does he do when the game is over? The following short video gives an insider look at Iniesta's pre- and postgame routines. We followed him before and after Barça's 5-0 win over Córdoba at Camp Nou on December 20th, 2014.

The top ten most read stories of 2014 | FC Barcelona
The year 2014 has produced no shortage of big news stories at FC Barcelona, and as the year draws to an end, here’s a countdown of the ten most viewed articles on the English language version of the club website at

How FC Barcelona has changed over its long history
Interactive: How FC Barcelona has changed over its long history in photos

Local pride at stake as Catalonia take on the Basque Country in friendly - ESPN FC
Organising the Catalan national team's annual New Year friendly is no simple task. La Liga's winter break provides a brief window for Spain-based players to work within, but other leagues have a less forgiving schedule. Those time constraints, combined with the delicate nature of playing against a national team FIFA does not recognise, means that Catalonia's big ambitions for the fixture are rarely met.

Real Madrid keeping tabs on teenage goalkeeper | Eurosport
Los Blancos’ underlined their commitment to nurturing young talents with the signing of Marco Asensio earlier this month, and they could be about to pursue another hot Spanish prospect. Carlos, 19, only broke into Tenerife, first team this season and is still on a youth contract, which expires in 18 months’ time and has a buyout clause of just €3m.

Modric named Croatian FOTY | Football Espana
Luka Modric has been named the 2014 Croatian Footballer of the Year thanks to his exploits with Real Madrid. Despite being currently injured, the midfielder played a key role in Los Blancos’ triumphant pursuit of a 10th European Cup last season to land the individual honour for a fourth time.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return | Football News | Sky Sports
The Chelsea striker is four months into a two-year loan deal at Milan but has scored just once, and reports have emerged in recent days of a move to the Spanish champions, where he rose from the youth ranks to club captain. A swap with Atletico's Italy international Alessio Cerci has been proposed and, according to Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the technicalities of that double loan deal mean Torres must first register permanently with Milan.

Valencia close in on €25m Perez | Football Espana
Valencia are closing in on the €25m capture of Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, reports O Jogo. The Argentina international has long been linked with Los Che following Peter Lim’s takeover, and a fee now appears to have been agreed between both clubs.

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