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FC Barcelona News: 31 October 2019; Team Takes Day Off after Wednesday’s Recovery Session

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Barcelona V Real Valladolid, La Liga regular season. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Time to recover | FC Barcelona
After the tremendous 5-1 spree against Real Valladolid, it was straight back to the training ground as a busy week continues with preparations for a game at Levante on Saturday at 4.00pm CET. The team will take the day off on Thursday and return to work on Friday at 4.30pm CET, for a session that will be preceded an hour before by an Ernesto Valverde press conference that we’ll be streaming live here on the website.

Good atmosphere in Barcelona training session | Sport
The club is waiting for news on Jordi Alba who came off the field with a muscle problem. Ernesto Valverde called up various B team players for the session, including Ansu Fati, who played against Valladolid from the off.

Barcelona players were willing to sacrifice wages to bring Neymar back - Pique | Goal
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique revealed the team offered to lower their salaries so Neymar could return to the La Liga champions. Neymar attempted to engineer a return to Barca during the previous transfer window, just two years after his world-record €222 million ($248m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi might be soccer’s best-ever player, but where does he fall short of GOAT status? | ESPN
When someone who’s unfamiliar or only slightly familiar with the sport of soccer asks me who is the best player in the world, I tell them “well, it’s Lionel Messi. ”Then, when they say “why?” I say “he’s the best goal scorer I’ve ever seen, and since goals are so scarce and so valuable, scoring goals is the most important thing a soccer player can do.”

Messi challenges Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or | Marca
Lionel Messi produced an extraordinary performance against Real Valladolid on Tuesday night, in some ways answering the reports from Italy that Cristiano Ronaldo will be this year’s Ballon d’Or winner. The Argentine forward scored a brace and assisted another two as he led Barcelona to a 5-1 victory.

Real Madrid, Barcelona battle for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho | Football Espana
Borussia Dortmund are resigned to losing Jadon Sancho next summer with Real Madrid and Barcelona in the running, say Sport Bild. It follows on from a report last week in ESPN FC, via El Desmarque, which claimed Los Blancos have identified the teenager as a potential signing next year and have registered an interest.

The year that changed Ansu Fati’s life | Marca
If Ansu Fati had been asked on his 16th birthday where he saw himself in one year’s time, not even he could have imagined the answer. Barcelona’s youngest star turns 17 this Thursday and his life has changed dramatically in recent months, now an important player in the Catalan’s first team.

De la Fuente: “We have to make an effort so Ansu gets more playing time” | Sport
“He’s naturally talented and in time we’ll see his true value. He’s a special talent who can step up when the opportunity presents itself. After he received his documentation and a teammate was ruled out by injury, we didn’t have any doubts about calling him up. We know how talented he is and it isn’t common for players of his age to have the footballing quality he possesses,” de la Fuente said.