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FC Barcelona News: 17 December 2018; Barcelona Hammer Levante, Draw Lyon in Champions League

Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Barça to face Lyon in the last 16 | FC Barcelona
Olympique Lyonnais are Barça’s rivals in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League. The draw took place on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland and brought together the blaugranes and the side who are currently in third place in Ligue. The first leg will be played in Lyon 19 February with the second leg to come at Camp Nou on 13 March.

Another magic night for Messi | FC Barcelona
Another staggering display from Leo Messi. In the crushing 5-0 victory over Levante on Sunday evening, he not only scored yet another hat-trick, but he also assisted the other two, converted by Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué. That’s 14 league goals for the Argentinian this season, which becomes 20 if we add the six he’s netted in the Champions League.

‘I don’t know how to label him’ - Valverde lost for words following Messi’s latest showing | Goal
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted to leave Levante with an emphatic 5-0 win given his side’s travails in the same game last season. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and assisted goals for Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique as La Liga’s leaders restored their three-point cushion at the top on Sunday.

Poetry in motion (0-5) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona laid to rest the memories of their last visit to the Ciutat de Valencia by absolutely storming their way to victory against the side that was sixth in the table going into this weekend’s matches. The Leo Messi legend was furthered as he completed a staggering 31st Liga hat-trick, with Luis Suárez opening the goal-fest after 35 minutes and Gerard Piqué rounding off the night’s work with two minutes left.

Messi and Suarez outscoring Real Madrid and Atletico in La Liga | Goal
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have now outscored Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in La Liga this season. Barcelona’s star forwards have combined for 25 goals in the top flight in 2018-19, one more than each of the Madrid clubs have managed.

Barça v Eibar on January 13 | FC Barcelona
The first Liga fixture at Camp Nou after the Christmas break, FC Barcelona v Eibar has been confirmed as a Sunday 13 January kick-off at 6.30pm CET. The Basques are currently mid-table and will be hoping to avoid a similar fate to the last edition of this encounter, when Barça ran away 6-1 victors with a massive four goals from Leo Messi, and Paulinho and Denis Suárez getting the others.

Pique: I’ll retire the day I stop enjoying football | Goal
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he will bring an end to his career as soon as he stops enjoying playing football. The centre-back rounded off the scoring for the Catalan side on Sunday as they strolled to a 5-0 win over Levante - his second goal in three La Liga matches.

Barça receive a HUGE offer for Malcom from a Chinese Super League side | Sport
FC Barcelona have received an offer of 65 million euros for Malcolm according to ‘AS’. Various clubs from China’s Super League are after the Brazilian winger and they are set to present Barça with the opportunity to make a profit on a player they signed only six months ago.

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