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FC Barcelona News: 1 April 2015; Neymar Receives Samba Gold Trophy, Lionel Messi Misses Second Friendly Game

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Neymar Jr collects Samba Gold trophy | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr received the Samba Gold trophy on Tuesday morning, which recognises him as the best Brazilian of the year based in Europe. The FC Barcelona striker was handed the trophy presented by French organisation Sambafoot at the Ciutat Esportiva after his 19 votes were enough to top Miranda and Felipe Melo, who got 16 each in the poll.

Claudio Bravo and Neymar Jr back at training | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic has also completed his commitments for Croatia, but was given special permission to miss training on Tuesday. It means that Luis Enrique was able to call on the services of 12 players: Bravo, Masip, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu, Montoya, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Suárez, Neymar and Vermaelen (the latter joining in with part of the exercises). No Barça B players joined the session today.

Lionel Messi may not be fit for Barcelona's La Liga match v Celta Vigo - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona's La Liga game at Celta Vigo on Sunday, as confusion continues around his current state of fitness. Argentina national captain Messi was again in the stands for Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over Ecuador in New Jersey, having also sat out last Saturday's 2-0 friendly victory over El Salvador in Washington DC.

Luis Enrique returning to Balaídos as FC Barcelona manager | FC Barcelona
Celta v Barça on Sunday at 9.00pm CET will be a special day for several of the protagonists. For Sergi Gómez, Andreu Fontàs, Carles Planas and Nolito it will be the chance to welcome old friends from their playing days in the Catalan capital, and for Luis Enrique, it’s going to be an emotional return to Balaídos, where he managed Celta last season.

How Luis Enrique inspired Celta to imitate the FC Barcelona style | FC Barcelona
Surprise package. Eighth in the table. Chances for young players. Promising project. Passing game. Those are just a handful of the expressions used to describe Luis Enrique’s year at Celta Vigo. He took over at a club that had narrowly escaped relegation to the second division and got them to play a passing game in which three former FCB players, Rafinha, Fontàs and Nolito, played a central role in getting the Galicians to imitate the Barça style.

Defeat for Spain with Piqué and Pedro in the starting XI | FC Barcelona
The Spanish and Dutch national sides met on Tuesday in a friendly game in the Amsterdam Arena with five Barça players involved in Vicente del Bosque’s team. The hosts came out on top with a 2-0 win thanks to early goals from De Vrij and Klaasen in the first half. After an uninspiring first half, Spain improved in the second but were unable to find a way through the Dutch defence.

Dunga visits FC Barcelona training session | FC Barcelona
Dunga has paid a visit to this Tuesday to FC Barcelona’s training session. The Brazil coach spoke to Barça TV, describing Neymar as "a fantastic player and very competitive." He considers the striker to be really at home at Barça: "He is really comfortable in Barcelona. The Barça philosophy is close to that of Brazil, both in atmosphere and working methods."

Real Madrid sign Porto full-back Danilo for £23m | Sky Sports
European champions Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazil international right-back Danilo from Porto for £23m on a six-year deal. "Real Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Danilo, who will join next season and be tied to the club until June 30, 2021," the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

Who is Danilo? We profile Real Madrid's £23million signing | Sky Sports
Born in Bicas in 1991, Danilo started at Belo Horizonte-based side America Mineiro, winning the Campeonato Brasileno de Serie C (third tier) title before joining Santos in 2010. Full name Danilo Luiz da Silva, he was reportedly "inseperabale" from Neymar at Santos, and scored the decisive goal from central midfield in the 2-1 win against Penarol in the 2011 Copa Libertadores final.

Danilo to Real Madrid: FC Porto have made £517m in player sales since 2004/05 | Eurosport
Their continous conveyor belt of player departures since 2004/05 leaves many football fans across Europe wondering what could have been for the Portuguese giants.Champions League winners in 2004, Porto have made £517million in player sales over the past decade, although much of that has gone to third party owners and agents.

UEFA, FIFPro join forces for ban against third-party ownership - ESPN FC
UEFA and players' union FIFPro want to strengthen a forthcoming worldwide ban to stop third party investors from owning player transfer rights. FIFA's phased-in ban on so-called third-party ownership of players, or TPO, comes into force on May 1. FIFPro and UEFA said on Wednesday they have jointly filed a legal action asking the European Commission to outlaw TPO, too.

La Liga president Javier Tebas criticises Spanish FA chief Angel Maria Villar TV rights revenue reform deadlock - ESPN FC
La Liga president Javier Tebas has again strongly criticised Spanish FA (RFEF) chief Angel Maria Villar after attempts to collectivise the league's TV revenues hit another hurdle. Spanish clubs are currently free to individually sell their TV rights, leading to a situation where giants Real Madrid and Barcelona together earn as much as the other 18 clubs combined.

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