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FC Barcelona News: 20 December 2016, Preparations End for Hercules, Barcelona Reach UEFA Deal

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Barcelona will make Lionel Messi best-paid player in the world - Bartomeu | ESPN
Barcelona have vowed to make Lionel Messi the best paid player in the world as they prepare to begin talks over extending his contract in the New Year. Neymar, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have all penned new deals at their respective clubs in recent months, with the latter member of that list reportedly the world's top earner with a salary of around €430,000-per-week.

Final session before the Copa del Rey game | FC Barcelona
All of the available first team players took part in the training session other than Messi, Suárez, Neymar Jr and Piqué who were given permission to start their holidays after the Barcelona derby. Luis Enrique also brought in six players from the U19A team: Marc Cucurella, Carles Pérez, Àlex Collado, Jordi Tur, Oriol Busquets and Oriol Rey.

Where and when to watch FC Barcelona v Hércules | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will finish 2016 with the home fixture against Hércules on Wednesday at 10pm CET in the return leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32. Barça have won this competition for the last two years running and Luis Enrique's men are looking to bring their positive league form into this cup fixture. In the first leg of the tie played in Alicante the teams shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw thanks to an Aleña goal.

Video: FC Barcelona's Leo Messi wows the world in Sunday's derby | FC Barcelona
The way he danced through four defenders as if the ball was stuck to his feet in the build-up to the second goal was one of the standout moments, and there more of the same as he left the Espanyol defence flailing helplessly before Jordi Alba found the net to make it 3-0. And what about his wonderful touch to slip the ball through the keeper’s legs and score the fourth?

Terry Gibson hails Lionel Messi's performance against Espanyol | Spy Sports
An inspired Messi provided two assists in two second-half minutes before adding a late goal in Barca's 4-1 victory over their local rivals at the Nou Camp. Luis Enrique's side had drawn their previous two home league games and Gibson believes a combination of their poor form and a desire to beat their cross-town opponents prompted Messi's performance.

FC Barcelona's first team will be back in training on the 30th of December | FC Barcelona
The first team will return to training on the 30 of December and they will be free to enjoy the holidays once the final game of the year against Hércules has been played. The Copa del Rey round of 32 return leg will take place this Wednesday and the players will start their holidays on the 22nd. The squad will have a full seven days off to enjoy the festive season and they will get back to work on the 30th with a training session planned for 6pm CET.

FC Barcelona's first team players in the Christmas spirit | FC Barcelona
The Christmas spirit has arrived in the first team changing room. FC Barcelona players filmed some clips for the Club's Christmas campaign, 'Regala Il·lusions, regala Barça', and you can now enjoy some of the funniest moments that occured during the filming.

Agreements reached by FC Barcelona's Board of Directors | FC Barcelona
The Board of Directors has approved the agreement reached with the leading figures in UEFA over the presence of 'estelada' flags in various Champions League games. In light of this deal, FC Barcelona have withdrawn their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) contesting the sanctions imposed following the presence of the flags. The Club recognises that according to the current rules the disciplinary organs have little margin with which to interpret the prohibition of political messages at football games.

FC Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta chats to the players at the Masia Residence | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta came home today. The Barça captain shared his personal experience of living in the Masia, from his arrival in September 1996, with the young sporspeople at the Masia residence, Centre de Formació Oriol Tort. He spoke of the journey he undertook and how he managed to become one of the most important players in the club's history.

Football 'rookie' Aaron Boone attends derby at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Aaron Boone, a member of one of baseball’s so-called royal families — his brother Brett and his father Bob also enjoyed long careers in the big leagues — and who played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before shorter stints with a handful of other teams, was on hand for Barça’s La Liga match against cross-city rivals RCD Espanyol.