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FC Barcelona News: 18 December 2018; Lionel Messi to Collect Golden Boot, Nelson Semedo Set for Quick Return

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Lionel Messi is from another planet | FC Barcelona
Once again Leo Messi has shown he is quite simply the greatest player of all time. And once again he will be picking up a Golden Shoe as the top goalscorer — Messi scored 34 goals last season in La Liga — in all of Europe’s domestic leagues. It is the fifth time he has earned that distinction, more than any other player in history.

Messi to collect his fifth Golden Boot | Marca
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will pick up his fifth Golden Boot trophy on Tuesday afternoon after being the top scorer in Europe last season with 34 goals in LaLiga Santander. The award is handed over by the European Sports Media, of which MARCA is a part of, and Messi receiving the Golden Boot will take his overall tally to five, one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona optimistic Semedo will be fit to play against Celta | Sport
Barcelona are optimistic Nelson Semedo’s injury is not to serious and, according to Diario AS, the Portuguese full-back could be ready for the Celta Vigo game on Saturday. Tests at the club’s training ground on Monday have ruled out a serious injury to Semedo’s knee and he’s likely to return to training this week.

Thomas Vermaelen injury news | FC Barcelona
The first team player Thomas Vermaelen felt a problem in Sunday’s game away at Levante. Tests carried out on the defender show that he has a torn muscle in his right calf and will be out for around 4 weeks.

Olympique Lyonnais: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be facing Olympique Lyonnais in the last sixteen of the Champions League. Time to take a closer look at our French opponents.

Umtiti’s Lyon origins | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s being drawn against Olympique Lyon for the Champions League Last 16 brings back fond memories for several members of the squad, as is the case for Samuel Umtiti. The centre back grew up in the French city that Barça will visit in February for their first knockout tie in Europe’s top club competition.

Dembele has never been late for France - Tolisso | Goal
Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso has claimed that international team-mate Ousmane Dembele has never been late on France duty amid question marks over the winger’s attitude. Dembele’s fledgeling Barcelona career has frequently been thrown into doubt, with stories emerging about the player’s off-field conduct, including showing up late to training.

Barcelona target De Ligt named Golden Boy | Marca
Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt has been named as the 2019 Golden Boy after an excellent year with the Dutch side. The victory was clear and the 19-year-old ended with 224 votes, 75 more than Liverpool’s runner-up Trent Alexander Arnold (149) and fellow Dutchman Justin Kluivert of Roma, who finished third with 101.