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FC Barcelona News: 15 March 2017; Players Enjoy Second Day Off, Neymar On Verge of Century

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Ray Allen on Messi: 'This guy is awesome!' | FC Barcelona
Ray Allen knows what it means to be a winner. “First of all, as an athlete and as a competitor, you never think that it's over with,” said Allen, who was in the Catalan capital over the weekend as one of the guests of honor for the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic, the prestigious all-star game that brings together the top Under-16 players in Europe.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez flaunt their bromance on Uruguayan TV | ESPN
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are becoming as well-known in the Spanish-speaking world for their relationship off the pitch as they are for their relationship on it. The two Barcelona stars live close to each other in Castelldefels and their families spend a lot of time hanging out together.

Neymar Jr, one short of 100 goals for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
We all know that Neymar Jr has hit on one of his sweetest moments ever at FC Barcelona. Having just beaten his compatriot Ronaldinho’s tally of 94 he’s now one goal shy of his first century for the team, and after missing the game with Deportivo his first chance to that will be against Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday at 8.45pm. In doing so, he’ll become the third Brazilian to get 100 goals for Barça after Rivaldo (130) and Evaristo (105).

Neymar would not get in Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side - Gerson | ESPN
Neymar has developed into one of the world's top players at Barca, and is a key man for the his national team but that would not be enough to earn him a place alongside Brazil's free-flowing front five of Gerson, Jairzinho, Pele, Tostao and Rivelino which led them to the final that year, where they beat Italy 4-1 in front of over 100,000 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.

Transfer Talk: Barcelona identify Chelsea's Nemanja Matic as target | ESPN
Barcelona have identified Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic as a potential target, reports the Express, as they fear missing out on PSG maestro Marco Verratti. With Andres Iniesta's career winding down and Sergio Busquets showing signs of vulnerability this term, the Blaugrana are making a midfielder a priority this summer.

Top five goals from La Masia this week | FC Barcelona
Another week, another pick of some fine goals scored by FC Barcelona's youngsters. The hard work on the training ground has produced some fine strikes across the last seven days, both individually and collectively.