Messi: More hurt than ever | Marca
Barcelona’s shock elimination at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield will no doubt take time to digest. A year from the similarly painful loss in Rome combined with the damaging defeat on Merseyside has resulted in a tough period of reflection for the Catalan club.
Messi on cusp of Pichichi and Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi is on the verge of adding two more individual awards to his list of honors: the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe. Messi has won the Pichichi as the top scorer in La Liga six times, including the last two in a row, and will tie Telmo Zarra for most all time. With one game to play, Messi has 34 goals, 13 more than the injured Luis Suárez and Karim Benzema, who are tied for second with 21 each.
New time set for Eibar vs Barça | FC Barcelona
The final match of the season for 2018-19 La Liga champions FC Barcelona has had a change of schedule for a second time and will now kick off on Sunday, May 19 at 4.15pm CEST. Barça played its final home game of the season on Sunday evening, beating Getafe 2-0, and will play the season finale on the road at Eibar’s Ipurua Municipal Stadium.
Barcelona’s Coutinho doubtful for Copa del Rey final after hamstring injury | ESPN
Under-fire Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for the Copa del Rey final after injuring his hamstring in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Getafe on Sunday. Coutinho was taken off in the second half and replaced by teenage forward Abel Ruiz, who came on for his first-team debut.
Former Liverpool captain would take Coutinho ‘in a heartbeat’ & hints at buy-back clause | Goal
“He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams. He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”
La Liga chief: UEFA’s ‘Super League’ proposal puts us in danger | ESPN
UEFA is working with the European Club Association (ECA), whose members includes Europe’s biggest clubs, to redesign the Champions League from 2024 onwards but has not given any details on proposals, saying discussions are at an early stage.
Barcelona, Real Madrid battle for Ajax’s Donny van de Beek | Football Espana
Barcelona and Real Madrid are tracking the potential of a summer move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, claim El Mundo Deportivo. The 22-year-old Dutch international has scored 17 goals this season, including the only goal in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham.
Barcelona B forward close to joining Bielsa’s Leeds | Marca
Rafa Mujica, a forward for Barcelona B, is set to join Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in the summer, once his contract comes to an end in June. The 20-year-old, who largely plays as a striker but can also play on either wing, has scored seven goals in 33 games in the Segunda B this season for the Blaugrana’s B team.
FC Barcelona commemorates 40th anniversary of Cup Winners’ Cup victory in Basel | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona pulled out all the stops this Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the European Cup Winners’ Cup victory, beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-3 in a dramatic final in Basel, Switzerland on 16 May 1979 and regarded as the first ever mass-mobilisation of Barça supporters to watch a game in a foreign country.