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FC Barcelona News: 25 September 2018; Lionel Messi Named in FIFPro World XI, Will Continue Argentine Hiatus

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Seven different LaLiga goalscorers this season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have been enjoying a spectacular start to the 2018/19 season, especially in front of goal. With a pair of strikes in the 2-2 draw against Girona this past Sunday, Ernesto Valverde’s side now have 16 goals after just five matchdays -more than any other side in LaLiga.

Leo Messi, in FIFA’s FIFPRO World XI | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is part of the 11 FIFPRO World XI for the 12th consecutive season. The Argentinian has been in FIFA’s team of the year for his position every year since he first appeared in 2006/07. This demonstrates just how consistently brilliant his performances have been year on year.

Bordas: Messi’s absence discredits The Best award | Marca
Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have all made the finalists of FIFA’s The Best award, however Javier Bordas believes that the absence of Lionel Messi discredits the award.Barcelona’s Director of Football Operations feels it’s incredible that the Argentine isn’t considered within the criteria of the best players in world football.

When and where to watch Leganés vs Barça | FC Barcelona
Still-leaders FC Barcelona visit Leganés in Week 6 of La Liga on Wedensday at 8.00pm CEST, and this guide should help you work out when the action starts where you are.

Piqué’s 11 seasons of LaLiga goals | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué has long proven to be more than just a defensive rock. The centre back’s attacking capabilities can also be relied upon when required, and he conjured up an equaliser against Girona this past weekend in the Catalan derby. The goal was Piqué’s first of the 2018/19 campaign, bringing with it a special milestone: The Barça defender has now found the net at least once in each of his 11 seasons with the club.

Lionel Messi to continue Argentina absence in October | Football Espana
Lionel Messi will not feature for Argentina in next month’s friendlies against Iraq and Brazil, it has been confirmed. The Barcelona star is undergoing a break from international football although it has not yet been clarified if this is permanent or temporary.

Goikoetxea’s challenge on Maradona that left a lasting impression on Spanish football | Marca
It was 35 years ago, on September 24, 1983, when Andoni Goikoetxea’s kick on Diego Maradona sparked controversy concerning the cruelty of the game in Spain. Athletic Club played against Barcelona and although the two clubs maintained a good relationship, there was a certain heat between the Basque LaLiga triumphants and the reigning Copa del Rey winners.

Real Madrid want to beat Barcelona to Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong | Football Espana
Real Madrid are willing to pay €80m to beat Barcelona to the signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports. The Catalan giants have been heavily linked to the midfielder while previous reports from OK Diario say Madrid see him as an upgrade to Mateo Kovacic, currently on loan at Chelsea.

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