"I always get asked about Lionel Messi and how Cristiano regards him," Ancelotti, who will take over at Bayern Munich ahead of the new season, wrote in The Telegraph. "The truth is, we did not spend all our days at Madrid talking about Messi. "Cristiano respects Messi; he respects him a lot. In a way I think they need one another. Each one pushes the other to new heights, to new records of goalscoring.
There is "zero" chance of Neymar joining Real Madrid, according to the player's father, who also played down speculation his son could leave Barcelona at all. In an interview with Fox Brazil, Neymar Sr. insisted Barcelona are aware of interest in their player but stressed the club are in control of the forward, who still has two years to run on his contract at the Camp Nou.
The Camp Nou was the venue for yet another historic event on Friday night. But for once, it was not for football. Instead, it was rugby’s oval ball that took centre stage on a memorable day for the sport. There were 99,124 people in the Barça stadium to watch the final of the French championship, the Top 14, between Racing 92 and RC Toulon, which had been moved from its traditional Parisian home to the Catalan capital due to Euro 2016 being held this month in France.