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FC Barcelona News: 25 June 2016: Messi Ready To Make History, Rakitic Wants To Eliminate Ronaldo

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"We need to take this chance and win the Copa whatever way we can" said a confident sounding Leo Messi ahead of Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final. The Barça striker is hoping it’ll be third time lucky after losing finals in 2007 to Brazil and 2015 to the same side the Albiceleste face in the final this year’s special edition in the United States, Chile.

Rakitic won La Liga with Barcelona last season, finishing a point above Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, and the 28-year-old is confident he can get the upper-hand over his opposite number at international level. "Cristiano Ronaldo cannot win without the rest of the [Portugal] team. I was ahead of him and Real Madrid with Barca, I hope for the same outcome at the European Championship. We don't think about the trophy, but go step-by-step and I think we're powerful enough to eliminate Portugal."

Xavi considers Conte's Italy side to be a mixture of aspects from the Spanish teams Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. ​ "He's applied what he did at Juventus. They defend deep, and are able to play with or without the ball,  I believe Italy are a mix of Barcelona and Atletico. You always have your great history as well. Even if you switched the entire starting XI you still have that fight. Italy have always been dangerous." said the former Barcelona star.

Ronaldo and Messi need each other – Ancelotti | FourFourTwo

"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.

Neymar committed to Barcelona and zero chance of Real Madrid move says father - ESPN FC

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.

World record club rugby crowd of 99,124 watch Racing 92 take French title at Camp Nou - FCB

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.

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