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FC Barcelona News: 7 December 2018; Lionel Messi Named Best Forward by ESPN, Denis Suarez Opens Up

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FC Barcelona v Cultural Leonesa - Copa del Rey - Fourth Round Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

ESPN name Barça’s Leo Messi the world’s best forward | Sport
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named the best forward in the world by ESPN FC’s team of experts, topping a list also featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe. The forward category was the most fiercly contested. Messi, who was not in the Top Three for FIFA’s The Best or the Ballon d’Or this year, was first ahead of Ronaldo and Mbappe.

Suarez ‘not happy’ at Barcelona amid Chelsea & Napoli links | Goal
Denis Suarez has admitted he is not happy at Barcelona amid his lack of playing time this season. The midfielder scored twice as Barca beat Cultural Leonesa 4-1 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, but it was just his third appearance for Ernesto Valverde’s side in all competitions this season.

Barcelona youngsters Alena & Puig prove that La Masia is alive and well | Goal
The hype wave is in constant motion. On Saturday Carles Alena was riding it, by Thursday it was Riqui Puig being championed. But the young midfield duo have more potential than most and at Barcelona they could not be in a better place to turn promise into performances, even if the last few years have been a struggle for the club’s feted La Masia academy.

Valverde’s dilemma: La Masia is knocking at the door | Marca
Following a barren spell at La Masia, where Sergi Roberto became the only recent graduate to establish a place in the Barcelona first team, it now appears that there are a few players who deserve more playing time under Ernesto Valverde, such as Carles Alena and Riqui Puig.

Report: Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong chooses PSG over Barcelona | Football Espana
Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong has chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Barcelona, according to a report in De Telegraaf. The report in the Dutch outlet claims De Jong closed the agreement with representatives of the Parisian club in Amsterdam on Thursday.

Barcelona eye Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen | Football Espana
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has emerged as a January transfer target for Barcelona, according to Diario Sport. The Catalan-based outfit say the Denmark international is one of two priority defensive targets for the Blaugrana, alongside Cologne defender and Spain Under-21 international Jorge Mere.