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FC Barcelona News: 25 February 2021; Barça defeat Elche, Andrés Iniesta talks Pedri

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

ESP: FC Barcelona-Elche CF. La Liga Santander. Photo by Pressinphoto / Icon Sport

Ansu Fati nominated in Laureus World Sports Awards - FC Barcelona
Ansu Fati has been nominated for World Breakthrough of the Year at the Laureus Sports Awards by the world sports media. The striker enjoyed a spectacular 2020, only curtailed by an injury that he suffered in November.

FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche: Crucial victory - FC Barcelona
Aswift attacking move from Trincão and Lionel Messi almost resulted in a first-minute goal for Barça as they set their stall out from the first whistle. Lucas Boyé shot over when well placed for the visitors, which appeared to spur Ronald Koeman’s side on further.

Messi is solo leader in the Pichichi race - FC Barcelona
Leo Messi's double against Elche has seen him leapfrog former Barça team-mate Luis Suárez (16 goals) into top spot in the race for the Pichichi top scorer award. The Argentinian's 18 goals means he's two ahead of the Uruguayan, who is followed by Gerard Moreno (14) and Youssef En-Nesyri (13), his main rivals at present for the award.

Barcelona coach Koeman relieved: “We needed this win vs. Elche” - SPORT
From Sunday's disappointment to Wednesday's satisfaction. Ronald Koeman celebrated Barcelona's 3-0 win against Elche as a much-needed win to keep his side in the title race.

Alba reacts to Elche win: Barcelona have to be more united than ever - SPORT
The author of Barcelona's third goal, Jordi Alba, and the creator of two assists, Martin Braithwaite spoke to the media after the 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday.

Mascherano on future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona: "It is a personal decision that he will have to decide within his family" - Football Espana
The two players were long-time teammates at the Blaugrana and at international level for Argentine, but the now retired Mascherano insisted he would not be offering his own advice on the situation.

Andres Iniesta on Barcelona star Pedri: "He enjoys the ball and he doesn't look like he's 18!" - Football Espana
The 18-year-old joined the Blaugrana in an initial €5m transfer from Las Palmas this summer and is widely regarded as one of the best youth products in Spanish football, swiftly establishing himself in the first-team reckoning at the Catalan giants.