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FC Barcelona News: 25 May 2019; Full Squad Travels to Copa del Rey Final, Lionel Messi Wins Golden Shoe

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Match preview: Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
Saturday (9.00pm CEST) bring the final game of the FC Barcelona, and it’s a big one! The Copa del Rey Final in Seville and the chance to end another amazing season with a domestic double.

The squad for the Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
The last game of the season and the last title in play. Ernesto Valverde’s side will face Valencia this Saturday at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville (kick-off 9.00 pm, CEST), looking to win their second consecutive double. This Friday, the coach called up his entire squad of 25 players for the final, including those not available to play.

Leo Messi: ‘I would like Valverde to continue’ | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi appeared in a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia and made it clear that the team ‘want the double to end the season on high.’

Amor: There will be problems if Barcelona don’t win Copa del Rey final | Marca
Guillermo Amor, a former Barcelona player and the current head of their youth system, knows that the pressure is on the Blaugrana heading into their Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday. Ernesto Valverde’s side have come under scrutiny for the manner in which they were eliminated from Champions League by Liverpool, but they can secure a second successive domestic double with a victory in Seville.

Lionel Messi, a goal away from being a Copa legend | Sport
The Athletic forward hit goals in five finals between 1942 and 1950. That record has lasted through history but Messi can now beat it. He scored his first final goal in 2009 as Barca beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 at Mestalla.

Lionel Messi admits Barcelona let Liverpool ‘walk all over them’ in semi-final defeat | Sky Sports
However, in the Champions League, Barca have been humiliated two years in a row after seeing commanding first-leg leads overturned, first to Roma in last season’s quarter-finals, before their 3-0 semi-final first-leg advantage mattered little as they succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on a famous night at Anfield - a match Messi, making a rare appearance in front of the press ahead of the Copa del Rey final, cannot forget in a hurry.

Messi wins his sixth Golden Shoe award | FC Barcelona
The Barça number 10 now has six Golden Shoes in his personal trophy cabinet, two ahead of his nearest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Then come a whole host of famous names who have claimed the award on two separate occasion; Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu, Fernando Gomes, Ally McCoist, Mário Jardel, former Barça player Thierry Henry, Diego Forlán and his great friend and team mate Luis Suárez.

Barcelona’s Valverde defiant over future | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde said he doesn’t see Saturday’s Copa del Rey final as a chance for him to strengthen his position as Barcelona coach amid doubts over his future. Valverde has come in for intense criticism following Barcelona’s collapse from 3-0 up to lose 4-3 on aggregate against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals.

Uruguay boss Tabarez confident Suarez will be fit for Copa America | Goal
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez is confident star forward Luis Suarez will be fit for the Copa America in Brazil. Suarez, who scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, will miss Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday after undergoing knee surgery.

Barcelona ‘losing hope’ on Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt | Football Espana
Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt is yet to accept an offer from Barcelona and has superior economic offers elsewhere, report El Mundo Deportivo. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all offered more money for the in-demand defender who is yet to commit on his future for next season.

FC Barcelona announce ‘Barça Academy China Cup 2019’ at Soccerex | FC Barcelona
The Barça style was one of the talking points at the latest edition of the Soccerex global conference being held this week in Haikou, on the Chinese island of Hainan, and which has brought together representatives and specialists from the football world. The attendees at this benchmark event included the director of FC Barcelona’s Asia-Pacific Office, Jordi Camps, who spoke about ‘Investing in Asia: The Barça Way’, and as part of his talk announced the second edition of the Barça Academy China Cup 2019 this coming July.