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FC Barcelona News: 7 August 2021; Players pay tribute to Lionel Messi, Álex Collado rejects Brugge loan

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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The most decorated player in Barça history - FC Barcelona
The day that Leo Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona, 16 October 2004, the Club had won 61 trophies. On the day of his departure, the blaugranes have won 96. So 35 trophies in the Leo Messi era, the most glorious in the Club's history.

Joan Laporta explains the reasons for Leo Messi's departure - FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona president gives a press conference in which he says "Leo wanted to stay and the Club wanted him to stay"

Joan Laporta: 'Leo wanted to stay at Barça and we wanted him to stay' - FC Barcelona
After the announcement on Thursday that Lionel Messi is leaving FC Barcelona, President Joan Laporta addressed the media to explain the reasons why, insisting that both the club and the player had fully intended to continue their relationship.

Coutinho, Agüero and Royal join the group - FC Barcelona
The team were back out for training on Friday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, their first session on the ground since returning from the trip to Germany and Austria. It meant that Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Agüero and Emerson Royal were joined by the full squad, a wholly new experience for the latter two.

Alex Collado rejects Barcelona exit option - Football Espana
Barcelona B team star Alex Collado has rejected a summer exit to Belgian side Club Brugge. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2021/22 La Liga season with La Blaugrana aiming to raise key funds.

Sergio Busquets leads Barcelona tributes to Lionel Messi - Football Espana
Barcelona midfield star Sergio Busquets has visited Lionel Messi at home to say goodbye. Messi’s return to the club was thrown into turmoil overnight after the club announced they would not be able to confirm a new five year contract with the Argentinian.