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Key players to watch in the Champions League 2017

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most keenly-contested tournaments in European football. Pundits and supporters alike look at the recent form of the top clubs, as well as the tactics the managers employ, when attempting to predict who will make the final in Cardiff in June. However, despite football being a team game, it can be individual players that lead clubs to European glory.

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The top players are fairly evenly distributed around Europe’s biggest clubs. Money talks, and gifted players often heed its call. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to suggest five-time winners More >

Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or over Ronaldo & Neymar

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for the fifth time.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona speaks during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old Argentine had 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca’s Neymar (7.86%) third. Either Messi or Ronaldo, who became a three-time winner last year, have won the past eight More >

UEFA Champions League: FC Bayern München – FC Barcelona Preview

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FC Bayern München coach Jupp Heynckes believes preparation will count for little when their tie with FC Barcelona kicks off, with Jordi Roura expecting “minor details” to be crucial. FC Bayern München coach Jupp Heynckes believes preparation could count for little once their first leg with FC Barcelona gets under way at the Fußball Arena München, while FC Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura expects the tie to be won or lost because of “minor details”. Heynckes is confident the Bundesliga champions will pose a significant goal threat despite missing Mario Mandžukić through More >

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain Betting Preview

After 2-2 draw in Paris, in the second leg Barca and PSG will continue tonight their battle and try to reach semi-final of Champions League.

In the last Primera match, Barca humiliated Mallorca 5:0 despite the fact that they have played with mixed team. In that game, Cesc Fabregas replaced Messi and taken hat-trick, while Alexis Sanchez scored twice. Barca play superb in Champions League. They are unbeaten in their last 20 matches. For today’s match Lionel Messi is doubtful, but in the last match Barca showed that can play very good without him. For this match out will be Adriano, Puyol More >

Champions League: Barcelona – PSG Preview

Arguably the best match-up in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal draw, football power house Barcelona will play against the new and improved Ligue 1 team, Paris Saint-Germain. The first leg of this mouthwatering game will be held in Parc des Princes, PSG’s home turf, in April 3. This is a critical game for both teams since the winner of the match will have a cushion for the second leg, lessening the pressure to score more goals than their opponents.

This is a very hard match-up to predict since both teams have very talented players. FC Barcelona, of course, has the trio of Lionel Messi, More >

Real Madrid smashed Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid CF beat FC Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou to reach the Copa del Rey final.

 

Real Madrid CF made amends for their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals last season by triumphing 3-1 at the Camp Nou to progress to a record 38th final by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline. Lionel Messi fired just wide early on as the home side started brightly but they were caught out on the counterattack after 13 minutes. Gerard Piqué felled Cristiano Ronaldo as he surged into the box and the Portuguese made no mistake from the penalty More >

Champions League: AC Milan – FC Barcelona preview

Massimiliano Allegri stressed that AC Milan’s round of 16 tie will “start at 0-0” as he went on the offensive to question why they are being written off before facing FC Barcelona.

 

Irked by talk that FC Barcelona will make light work of his AC Milan team, Massimiliano Allegri came out on the front foot ahead of the sold-out UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg at San Siro, saying: “It annoys me that we are already considered as a sacrificial victim.” His opposite number Jordi Roura also downplayed suggestions that the Blaugrana, who eliminated Milan in last season’s quarter-finals, More >
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