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Signorini: “There is a risk Messi won’t be 100% at the World Cup” 0

Posted on June 15, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

Fitness coach Fernando Signorini, who formerly worked with the Argentina national team, has stated that Lionel Messi desperately needs a rest, otherwise he could suffer from burnout ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Before, in the 60s and 70s, players would play 80-90 matches a year, but [Messi], the number one in the world, is playing over 120 if you count Barcelona and the national team”, he stated.

“Messi had gone three years injury-free, but two and a half months ago he strained a muscle just before the first leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich in Germany, and he was put back on the bench for the return leg. Then he got injured again and now he is being reduced to second-half cameos”, he added. Continue reading “Signorini: “There is a risk Messi won’t be 100% at the World Cup”” »

Pelé: “Neymar needs to get to Zidane’s level” 0

Posted on June 15, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

Pelé believes that “faced with Neymar’s indecision about whether to go to England or Spain, the best option for him was Barcelona”. Talking about the differences between the Brazilian player and Messi, “They are different players that make everything look simple. Messi was trained in Europe from 14 or 15 years old and has more experience. Neymar’s style is different, both are very skilful and both make their team very strong”, he added.

For Pelé, Neymar’s joining Barça will give him considerable experience ahead of the World Cup. “European football is different to Brazilian football. They are stronger, they mark more closely, and that’s going to be Neymar’s biggest challenge”, he pointed out. Continue reading “Pelé: “Neymar needs to get to Zidane’s level”” »

Spanish Minister of Sport: “The law is the same for everyone” 0

Posted on June 14, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

The Spanish Minister for Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert, defended the presumption of Messi’s innocence in the tax fraud complaint filed by Spanish tax authorities, although he said that “the law is the same for everyone, even the No. 1″.

Wert explained that, so far, there has been an investigation and a complaint by the tax authorities, and that the player and his advisors currently believe that they have committed no wrongdoing.

When asked about the damage that Messi’s case could inflict on the image of Spanish sport, the minister differentiated between the “sporting arena” and the individual behaviour of sportsmen, in this case as taxpayers, which “involve the people, and not sport or their sporting activity”.

“We need to be patient and see what the investigation proves. Of course, the law is the same for everyone, even for the No. 1, but we must always presume innocence to begin with, in this and every other case,” stressed the minister.

Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud 0

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

Tax authorities in Barcelona have filed a complaint against Leo Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for alleged fraudulent tax returns of more than €4 million in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The quantity of money involved is said to correspond to earnings from the Argentine player’s image rights for those years.

The complaint, signed by Judge Raquel Amado, has been filed at the courthouse in Gavà (Barcelona), where the Barcelona player lives, according to the Spanish news agency Efe.

According to the prosecution, “in an attempt to avoid paying tax”, parties simulated the transfer of the player’s image rights “to shell companies based in tax havens (Belize, Uruguay) and in addition, signed license, agent and service agreements between these companies and other shell companies based in countries best suited to him (UK, Switzerland).” Continue reading “Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud” »

Cesc: “End of our hegemony? We won the league by 15 points” 0

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

Cesc Fabregas did not miss the opportunity to respond to the statements of Jose Mourinho, who said that he had ended the hegemony of Barcelona in Spanish football.
In the microphones of  ’Al primer toque’ of Onda Cero and Radio MARCA, the Catalan player responded with numbers. “How has Madrid destroyed our hegemony? We won the league by 15 points,” he said.

Cesc also talked about his situation in Barcelona and the rumors about his departure. “It’s fascinating how some people have to invent things. The thing I really want is to succeed at Barca. It has been my dream since childhood,” he said.

In this sense, asked about the beeps have ever received from the fans, the midfielder was pragmatic. “If they whistle at me, they’ll have to eat me,” he snapped. Continue reading “Cesc: “End of our hegemony? We won the league by 15 points”” »

Piqué: “Spanish football is in very good health” 0

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Ifreke Okpokowuruk

The unique situation of Iker Casillas after several months of being a backup at Real Madrid and José Mourinho took part in the press conference of Gerard Pique.

The Barca defender stressed that the Spanish go to their “options” at the Confederations Cup, in which they debut next Sunday against Uruguay, with their “feet on the ground” and basing their strength on their unity and experience.

“Our uniforms are gorgeous, this is one of the keys to our success for all these years,” said Pique, who insisted that the Spanish team is keeping a “great atmosphere.”

However, Piqué avoided speaking directly when asked about Mourinho’s statements made in London, and at Chelsea, and in which he boasted of having put an end to the hegemony of Barcelona in Spanish football. “In recent years we have managed to win all the great titles and Spanish football has a very good health,” said simply the Barcelona defender.

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