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FC Barcelona News: 11 October 2017; Lionel Messi Leads Argetina to World Cup, Messi, Luis Suarez Share Record

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Lionel Messi at his best as hat trick carries Argentina into World Cup | ESPN
Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador -- but Lionel Messi came to the rescue as his side booked their place at next summer's World Cup.The number 10 hit a brace in the first half in Quito and capped off a stellar performance as he completed his hat-trick with a stunning chip over keeper Maximo Banguera just after the hour mark.

Messi, Suarez share record for goals in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers | ESPN
Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday night, though he was quickly joined by Luis Suarez. Argentina's World Cup hopes were already in jeopardy when the night began and they went on concede within 38 seconds, but Messi rallied them back with a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes.

Valverde's changes from Luis Enrique have Barcelona shining atop La Liga | ESPN
"This year we're playing as a team," the left-back said after the narrow win against Sporting Lisbon last month in a comment that was interpreted as a dig at former boss Luis Enrique by some Catalan media. "[All the players] are really involved. Valverde doesn't get involved in what happens in the dressing room; it reminds me of the first year I arrived here."

6 reasons why Barça's defense is dominating this season | FC Barcelona
Now in his second season with Barça, the 23-year-old Frenchman has blossomed into a defensive stalwart. Umtiti has played all 90 minutes in five of Barça's seven league games thus far, and has been spectacular, winning over 73% of his duels, putting him among the best in all of Europe in that category. Umtiti also leads Barça in blocked shots with four, and interceptions, with 10.

Barca sporting directors resign | Football Espana
Albert Soler and Raul Sanllehi - two of Barcelona’s transfer strategists – have resigned from their positions at the club.Sanllehi was director of football at the Camp Nou and was the main man for South American transfers, playing a huge role in the signing of Neymar four years ago.

Guillermo Amor, responsible for first team institutional and footballing relations | FC Barcelona
As a result of the restructuring of the Area of Professional Football, FC Barcelona has named Guillermo Amor as the new man responsible for Institutional and Sporting Relations for the football first team. Guillermo Amor will keep his responsibilities within the area of professional youth football.

Five more wonders from La Masia | FC Barcelona
This week’s collection of Masia magic begins with Nils Mortimer of the U19B team with a wonderful conversion from a pinpoint cross. Robert Navarro of U16A shows great control and just as smart a finish against Cornellà in goal two, and in the third, we see how Daniel Gudjohnsen of U12B beats several opponents before driving home.

Singer Khalid performs in Barça shirt in the city | FC Barcelona
Music and Barça joined forces on Monday during Khalid Legend Robinson’s concert at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona. The US singer and songwriter emerged on stage in a Barça shirt for a performance that was witnessed by one of his biggest fans, blaugrana keeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Once the concert was over the two stars greeted each other in an atmosphere of mutual admiration.