Messi hat-trick is solid gold for FC Barcelona in 4–0 victory | FC Barcelona
If Harry Houdini had reincarnated as a professional footballer, he would have come back as Lionel Messi. On a beautiful, unseasonably warm Mediterranean afternoon at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s Argentinian wonder took centre stage once again, wowing the crowd with a hat-trick to lead the Catalans to a captivating 4–0 victory over Granada in their first home game of the New Year in La Liga.
FC Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Granada, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal made their first league starts against Granada after appearing in the midweek cup match against Espanyol. Arda made an assist for Messi’s first and was subbed off on 71 minutes for Adriano, while Dani Alves replaced Vidal on 65 minutes.
Five talking points from FC Barcelona's 4-0 defeat of Granada | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan looks destined to be as big a hit at the Camp Nou as he was at the Vicente Calderón. His was just eight minutes into his Liga debut for Barça when his perfect through ball to Leo Messi was notched up as an assist. His passing was exquisite throughout his 71 minutes on the pitch, and he also played a key role with a smart dummy leading to the third goal.
Luis Enrique: Messi will take himself as far as he pleases | FC Barcelona
When Luis Enrique began addressing reporters following FC Barcelona’s resounding 4–0 triumph over Granada on Saturday, he showered special praise on Leo Messi, whose handy work practically sewed up the victory all by itself. Messi scored a hat-trick on Saturday and, despite the fact that performances like this are nothing new, it felt like the Argentine had once again broken new ground.
Stoichkov: Messi must win Ballon d'Or | FC Barcelona
Former FC Barcelona star Hristo Stoichkov spoke to Barça TV after Saturday’s match against Granada. The Bulgarian, ahead of the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, had some words of praise for Leo Messi who is one of the three nominees for the award.
Puyol: Huge injustice if Messi does not win Ballon d'Or | FC Barcelona
Puyol was full of praise for his ex-teammate, who he feels continues to get better and can add even more awards to his name as the years go on. "It will be hard for any other player in the future to win five Ballon d’Ors, and Messi is not going to retire tomorrow so even if he wins (his fifth title) on Monday he can even add more to his name."
Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Ballon d'Or battle - ESPN FC
The Ballon d'Or winner is announced on Jan. 11 with Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar hoping to take the title away from Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Who deserves the award for his exploits in 2015? ESPN FC's Barcelona and Real Madrid bloggers, Lee Roden, Francesc Tomas and Rob Train, put forward their cases for who should win.
Enrique hoping for Galca talks | Football Espana
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will seek talks with Espanyol counterpart Constantin Galca in a bid "to lower the tension" ahead of next week's Copa del Rey tie. La Blaugrana cruised to a 4-0 victory over Granada in La Liga on Saturday, with Lionel Messi helping himself to a hat-trick and new boys Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan getting run-outs, but the Coach wasted no time in looking forward to the third Catalan derby of the month.
Aleix Vidal: We've been working hard to get acclimated | FC Barcelona
"These games are demanding, we managed to come out on top and justice has been done." That's how Aleix Vidal saw his first league match with FC Barcelona — as a starter, nonetheless. After receiving a yellow card in the 63rd minute and showcase his skill at right full-back, Vidal was subbed out in the 65th."
Alves clarifies media criticism | Football Espana
Dani Alves has clarified that only "certain sections of the media are rubbish" following Barcelona's 4-0 victory over Granada on Saturday. The right-back launched a profanity-fuelled attack on the Press in response to their coverage of the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg against Espanyol, which saw Luis Suarez banned for two games as a result of his alleged provocations in the tunnel.
FC Barcelona B draw 1–1 with UE Cornellà | FC Barcelona
Barça B only made it half the way to victory in their duel against Cornellà at the Mini Estadi on Saturday evening, adding only a point despite looking to be the much better side in the second half. Cornellà went ahead before the break, but the Catalans managed to equalise early in the second stanza.