Guardiola wanted Ronaldinho to stay | Goal
Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis has said that Pep Guardiola did not want him to leave the Camp Nou, prior to his departure for AC Milan in 2008. The star’s brother claims political problems were to blame for his departure rather than any issue with the Barcelona coach.
Gundogan almost signed for Barcelona | Marca
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said he came close to joining Barcelona. “I was very close to signing for Barcelona, but at the end, it didn’t happen. But now I am where I want to be and I am very happy,” he told Sport Arena Plus.
Barcelona legends to take on Nigeria in charity match | AS
Barcelona legends will face Nigeria in a charity game which will see players such as Jay Jay Okocha, Nwanko Kanu and Edgar Davids feature. The game will take place on Saturday March 10 at the Abuja national stadium.
Simeone: You can’t stop Lionel Messi | Sport
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been talking ahead of Sunday’s clash at Camp Nou and says there will be no special plan to contain Lionel Messi. “Facing a player like Lionel, there are no strategies, you can’t control him because he’s naturally gifted. The game leads to different situations. I’ve always said in a game anything can happen and we have to move him where we want him.”
Airline apologises to Lionel Messi | ESPN
Airline Vueling has issued an apology to Lionel Messi after it was claimed a city airport expansion had been ditched because they were not allowed to fly over the Barcelona star’s house. Apparently the whole area where Messi lives is a no-fly zone, not simply his house, and they have now released a statement to clear up the issue.
Ter Stegen and Oblak talk ahead of Sunday’s clash | FC Barcelona
Goalkeepers Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jan Oblak have faced a grilling ahead of Sunday’s clash between the two sides at Camp Nou. The two shot-stoppers faced a series of tough questions and also spoke about which strikers are their toughest opponents.