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FC Barcelona News: 26 June 2014; Lionel Messi Leads Argentina to Top of Group F, Six Barça Players Left in World Cup

Ian Walton

Messi and Mascherano, group winners with Argentina (2-3) | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano’s Argentina closed out the group stage of the World Cup with a perfect record of three wins from three matches. The men managed by Alejandro Sabella defeated Nigeria by 2 to 3 which saw Messi, who scored a brace, put in a stellar performance. Nigeria equalised twice, but a goal from Rojo on 50 minutes sealed the three points.

Leo Messi named Man of the Match in all three games | FC Barcelona
Two players in particular have stood out in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar has been the star of the Brazil side that has finished top of its group ahead of Mexico, scoring four goals in the process. And the other name on everyone’s lips is that of Leo Messi.

FC Barcelona's second Chilean and sixth South American keeper | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s long history is full of players who are from all around the world. Curiously, no Chilean had played for the Club until 2011, when Alexis Sánchez was signed from Udinese. Now, in addition to Alexis, we add Claudio Bravo.

Ten things you should know about Claudio Bravo | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo came up through the ranks at Colo-Colo in Buin, Chile. He was originally a defender until he asked his coach for the chance to try out as goalkeeper instead. He soon impressed in his new position, and made his Chilean League debut in 2002 at the age of 19.

Ledwith: Barca still holding aces - ESPN FC
With four goals apiece in their World Cup groups, Neymar and Lionel Messi are currently leading their sides to what could shape up to be a final between Brazil and Argentina. The often spouted theory that both Messi and Neymar were saving themselves last season for a tournament in which their countries would badly need them is definitely picking up pace.

Six from FC Barcelona into World Cup round of 16 | FC Barcelona
The group stage of the Brazil 2014 World Cup comes to a close tonight, with Brazil, Argentina and Chile all through to the last sixteen. That means that six of FC Barcelona’s players are still involved in the competition, and here we take a look at the story so far for each of them.

FC Barcelona players enjoy the summer holiday | FC Barcelona
Some of the Barça players are already enjoying their respective holidays. You can follow what they're up to on social media

Atletico Madrid players Koke and Juanfran sign new deals with the Primera Division champions | Football News | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has dealt a blow to Barcelona by renewing his contract with the Primera Division champions. The 22-year-old is seen as the future of the Spanish national side and Barca are believed to view him as a long-term replacement for Xavi Hernandez, who is expected to follow Chelsea-bound Cesc Fabregas out the Nou Camp door this summer.

Juve up bid for Morata | Football Espana
Juventus have raised their bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to €20m, according to reports in Italy. AS cite La Gazzetta dello Sport as saying Morata remains the top priority of the Serie A champions, although he is also wanted by Arsenal and Wolfsburg.

Liverpool forward Luis Alberto set for Malaga loan - ESPN FC
Liverpool forward Luis Alberto will complete a season-long loan move to Malaga on Thursday after passing a medical, sources have told ESPN FC. The Spain under-21 international is to return to La Liga after a one million pound loan fee was agreed.

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