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FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2015; Lionel Messi Wins ESPY, Three Nominated for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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Barcelonas Lionel Messi wins ESPY best international athlete - ESPN FC
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi won the ESPY for Best International Athlete on Wednesday, beating out Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis player Novak Djokovic, golfer Lydia Ko and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Messi became the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and UEFA Champions League. He helped Barcelona claim the 2014-15 Champions League title as the joint top scorer (10) and the assists leader (6).

Messi, Neymar Jr and Suárez, candidates for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez, winners of the Champions League in Berlin, have been included among the ten candidates for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The trio of Barça strikers have been named along with Buffon, Pirlo, Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Tévez (Juventus), Hazard (Chelsea) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Seven more players back at training | FC Barcelona
All of Bartra, Piqué, Sergio, Alba, Pedro, Aleix Vidal and Rakitic were back at training on Wednesday afternoon. The seven players have reported back for work slightly later than those that started on Monday because they had international matches at the end of last season.

Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal's first day together | FC Barcelona
The two members of the Barça first team squad for the 2015/16 season are fully down to work. Aleix Vidal arrived back from holiday on Wednesday and after a morning of medical and fitness tests, he joined his new team-mates for the evening training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was there that he crossed paths for the first time for the other new signing, Arda Turan.

Barcelona will not sell Arda Turan back to Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Arda Turan has been reassured that he will not return to Atletico Madrid this summer regardless of who becomes president of Barcelona. Turan, 28, signed for Barca for initial transfer fee of €34 million earlier this month.

In August, six official games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
With the confirmation of the dates of the Spanish Super Cup and the La Liga schedule, Luis Enrique and his squad now know they will play six official matches during the month of August in three competitions. Beginning on 11 August with the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia through the final weekend of the month, FC Barcelona will have a stretch of 19 days during which they can win two titles and bag the first 9 points in La Liga.

Barcelona presidency race Bartomeu Laporta heating up - ESPN FC
Members of FC Barcelona will elect the next president of their beloved club on Saturday. Although celebrating the election in the middle of summer without coinciding with any of the first team's home games at the Camp Nou is far from ideal, the Socis are fully aware that every single vote is crucial and could potentially change the face of their institution the next few years.

Football at Camp Nou long overdue | FC Barcelona
After two months without football at Camp Nou, the Joan Gamper Trophy is fast approaching. The big day is set for 5 August when FC Barcelona take on AS Roma. It's a great chance for fans to see the 2015/16 team in action. Come on out!

UEFA Coefficients: Treble winners Barcelona surprisingly NOT Europe's best team :: Live Soccer TV
UEFA have released on Wednesday a compiled list of the best ranked teams in Europe, and it arose some controversy with its results. Most surrounded the position of La Liga giants Barcelona, who after an impressive season which saw them win the treble, were unable to make it to first place on the list.

Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable list again - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have topped Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports teams for a third straight year. The Spanish giants head the world rankings with a value of $3.26 billion (£2.08bn), ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees -- both valued at $3.20bn (£2.04bn).

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