Lionel Messi promises to end career with Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has said that  would remain with the Catalan club until the end of his career.

“It’s what I always dreamed and what I always wanted,” he said.

The Argentina international joined Barcelona at 13, and debuted  at 17. And since then, has amassed a record of more than 500 goals for the club.

He has won the La Liga title eight times  with the club, the Champions League four times, and Ballon d’Or world player of the year title five times.

Barcelona were second in La Liga last season, three points behind champions Real Madrid and lost 3-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals to eventual beaten finalists Juventus.

Ex-Manager Luis Enrique announced in March that he would leave the club in the summer after three years in charge and his final match saw Barca capture the Copa del Rey trophy.

Messi scored the opening goal as they beat Alaves 3-0 to win the competition for a third successive season.

Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna. La Liga. Messi Maintain Lead, Osasuna Relegated.

Lionel Messi scored twice maintaining Barcelona’s top position in the La Liga title race, effectively relegating Osasuna.

Defending La Liga Champions Barcelona are level on points with Real Madrid, who beat Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 later on Wednesday and have a game in hand.

Messi’s 501st Barca goal opened the scoring, before Andre Gomes followed up with a goal of his own.

Osasuna’s Roberto Torres gave their side hope, but Barca’s offense was too much for them to handle, with additional srikes by Gomes and Messi, two from Paco Alcacer and Javier Mascherano’s first Barca goal followed.

Leganes beat Las Palmas later on Wednesday to confirm bottom side Osasuna’s relegation.

Argentina forward Messi has now scored 49 goals this season in all competitions, from 48 games.

Mascherano’s first goal in 319 games for Barca was thumped home from the penalty spot after Messi had been withdrawn.

As he ran up to take it, the Barca bench watched on in excitement, with Luis Suarez – rested for the match – barely able to contain his glee.

“At first I tried to get out of it but under pressure from my team-mates and the crowd I decided to take it on,” Mascherano said.

“It would have been a fun moment to remember in years to come had I missed it. I wasn’t sure about it at all but it was difficult to say no to my team-mates.”

It was the 32-year-old’s third goal in senior club football, having scored twice during three years at previous club Liverpool – who he left for Barca in 2010.

“The fans behind the goal were chanting for Mascherano to take it,” manager Luis Enrique said. “I am happy for him – he is a key player for the club and he has shown that down the years.”

Scoreline

Barcelona
Messi (12′ minutes, 61′ minutes)
André Gomes (30′ minutes, 57′ minutes)
Alcácer (64′ minutes, 86′ minutes)
Mascherano (67′ minutes pen)
Osasuna
Torres (48′ minutes)

Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona. El Clasico, La Liga.

Lionel Messi scored the winner, and his 500th Barcelona goal sending the Catalans to the top of the La Liga Table

Casemiro started the scoreline before Messi and Ivan Rakitic responded with goals of their own, which gave Barcelona the lead.

Sergio Ramos was shown a red card for a wild lunge.

Substitute James Rodriguez earns the equalizer for Madrid late on.

But Messi, blazed through and fired from the edge of the area to give Barcelona the win.

This puts Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid, but has a better head-to-head record.

Barcelona have redeemed themselves with this match, having lost their Champions League quarter-finals against Juventus and their abysmal performance against Malaga recently.

What the Managers said:

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique: “We are first now but Madrid have an extra game. It will be tight until the end. We got the result we came here for.

“This is a season that weighs on us like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.

“The 2-2 goal was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath – the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open. But we still depend on ourselves.”
Scoreline

Real Madrid
Casemiro (28′ minutes)
Ramos (Dismissed at 77′ minutes)
Rodríguez (85′ minutes)

Barcelona
Messi (33′ minutes, 90’+2 minutes)
Rakitic (73′ minutes)

Barcelona 2-1 Leganes. La Liga

The champions had another underwhelming performance following Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain.

But the club managed to salvage a win thanks in due part to Lionel Messi’s 90 minute penalty, and keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for a string of great saves.

Messi gave Barca an early lead, until Unai Lopez fired the equalizer, then closing with Messi’s penalty.

This win brings Barcelona closer to the top of the La Liga table at second, two points above Sevilla, 1 point below leaders Real Madrid.

SCORELINE

Barcelona

  • Messi (4′minutes, 90′minutes pen)

Leganes

  • López (71′minutes)

 

Alaves 0-6 Barcelona. La Liga

The MSN trio were on point, as Barcelona gave Alaves a humiliating home defeat

Suarez came in with the opener, Neymar followed up with a second from close range. Barcelona continued their onslaught during the second half of the match with four more goals starting with Messi after he stroked in the third before Alexis’ own goal.

Ivan Rakitic followed up from inside the area and Suarez finished the scoreline with a sixth.

These two sides will meet again on Saturday, 27 May in the Copa del Rey final.

SCORELINE 

Alaves:

Barcelona:

  • L Suárez (37′minutes, 67′minutes)
  • Neymar (40′minutes)
  • Messi (59′minutes)
  • Ruano Delgado (63′minutes og)
  • Rakitic (65′minutes)

Eibar 0-4 Barcelona. La Liga

Barcelona had a comfortable victory at Eibar as Lionel Messi scored twice, Luis Suarez  had a goal of his own giving the “MSN” Barcelona trio their 100th combined goal in all competitions this season.

Messi scored his 20th and 21st league goals of the season as Barcelona took their unbeaten run to 36 games.

Munir El Haddadi  opened the scoreline early, with Messi scoring a goal and a penalty, and  Suarez closed with a goal of his own.

Barcelona also managed their first clean sheet since early February as they closed out victory comfortably.

SCORLINE

Barcelona

  • El Haddadi (8′minutes)
  • Messi (41′minutes, 76′minutes pen)
  • L Suárez (84′minutes)

Barcelona will not overspend for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract talks have been hindered after La Liga spending caps. Messi’s future in Barcelona is now in question after club’s director Oscar Grau suggested they will not break the bank and cave into Messi’s wage demands.

Other Barcelona superstars like  Luis Suarez and Neymar have signed new deals with the club worth  £21m-a-year, but rumors report that Messi wants to become the highest paid player at the club.

Messi has 18 months left to run on his existing deal and talks regarding a new improved contract remain ongoing.

The Catalan club have stretched their budget d they are edging closer to the 70 per cent limit that La Liga place on club’s wage costs.

Grau said: “We have to be very strict with the budgets, we can’t go crazy.

“We need to comply with the ratios of debt and the percentage of salaries in the budget.”

Grau, however, did go on to add that: “I want the best player in history to remain here.”