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 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”
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 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”
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.
Pep Guardiola will have a lot to live up to heading into next season as coach of Bayern Munich. The current winners of the Champions League and owners of the German football treble can’t shoot for much higher next year.
The former Barcelona coach and Spaniard knows this and is doing everything he can to help his chances of leading such a team. That includes giving extraordinary effort to learn a new language, German. His brother and representative, Pere, spoke of the coach’s dedication.
“Pep has been as always – obsessive,” Pere told Der Spiegel. “Four hours every day, like a madman. Only a stubborn dog does this.
“It is absurd. As you meet your brother for lunch, the guy is talking German continuously with his teacher!”
Guardiola is replacing Jupp Heynckes, who was thought to possibly be in line for the Real Madrid vacancy, but chose to retire and spend time with family after winning the German treble. Pep is just finishing taking off some time of his own, as he left football after the 2011-2012 season to take a year long sabbatical.