Messi Wins Third Straight Golden Shoe As Top League-Goal Scorer

 

Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.

Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) poses with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his sons Thiago and Mateo with his sixth Golden Shoe award after receiving the 2019 European Golden Shoe honoring the year’s leading goalscorer during a ceremony at the Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm in Barcelona on October 16, 2019. Josep LAGO / AFP

 

Messi dedicated the award “to my family, to my colleagues who are here. There are Luis and Jordi, who are two of the men to blame for this award.”

“Without my team, I could not even have won the award once.”

Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez is one of nine players on two. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio.

Barcelona Beat Juventus To Win 5th Champions League Title

BarcelonaSpanish giants, Barcelona have emerged Champions of Europe after beating Italian greats, Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night.

Goals by Rakitic and Suarez in both halves of the fierce battle seemed to have ensured that Morata’s equalizer would amount to nothing for Juventus before Neymar sealed victory with the final kick of the game.

Rakitic provided Barca with a great start with his side footed goal in the 4th minute benefiting from great enterprising moves by Jordi Alba, Neymar and Iniesta who would claim the assist as the Juve defence was pulled to pieces.

On the 55th minute, Morata, would not miss the chance for an equalizer with a rebound off a well taken shot by Tevez which ter Stegen got down well to parry brilliantly.

Buffon had also gotten down to save brilliantly from a Messi shot, but the ball only broke into the middle for Suarez, who batters a sidefoot into the unguarded net to make it 2-1

Having already won the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies, Barcelona have now equalled their treble success of 2009.

Before the game, both teams had the chance of completing a domestic and European treble this season, with both clubs having already claimed their respective league titles and main national cup competitions.

Two points separated first and second in La Liga this campaign, with Barca taking the crown from fierce rivals Real Madrid courtesy of a 1-0 win over 2013-14 champions Atletico Madrid in the penultimate game of the season.

They followed this up with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp in the Copa Del Rey final to leave the Catalan club, in the words of defender Gerard Pique, “90 minutes away from perfection”.

Juventus led Serie A from the fourth round of fixtures onward and sealed their fourth straight league title and 31st Scudetto with four games to play before beating Lazio 2-1 after extra time to win the Coppa Italia.

The last meeting in the knockout stage between both teams came in 2003, when Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals en route to the final, where they lost to Milan.

Champions League Final: Juventus, Barcelona Arrive In Berlin

Champions LeagueItalian side, Juventus and Spanish giants, Barcelona have arrived in Berlin, the site of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.

Hordes of journalists and cheering fans gathered outside the Hotel Regent in the city centre to greet the Juventus players as they stepped off their coach before entering the hotel.

Dressed in suits, most of the players were also wearing dark sunglasses, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and forward Carlos Tevez waved to the crowd as they passed.

Juve held a training session in the afternoon, as they honed their skills in the hope of thwarting Barca’s formidable attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Barcelona have arrived in berlin,

Following the two-and-a-half-hour flight, Barcelona’s plane landed at Berlin Schönefeld Airport for the encounter.

Luis Enrique’s side are seen by many as overwhelming favourites in the Champions League final.

With the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies in the bag, victory in the Champions League final would see Barca equal their treble success of 2009.

Ahead of the final, Lionel Messi had said in an interview with UEFA that a tough task awaits Barcelona against Juventus in the final.

“We know we are up against really tough opponents, a powerful side, they are a great club and its a final, anything can happen but we’re prepared,” the Argentine forward said.

Messi Weighs Barcelona’s Champions League Final Chances Against Juventus

MessiLeo Messi is ready for the Champions League final but he is well aware that a tough task awaits Barcelona against Juventus in the final.

The Argentine forward said this much in an interview with UEFA which featured on the Barcelona website.

Messi helped Barcelona to win their second trophy of the season with a 3-1 victory against Athletico Bilbao on Saturday but he admitted Juventus are not Bilbao.

“Its a Champions League final, we’ve had to work very hard and suffer a lot to get here to the final but we now know that its not going to be easy because we have the possibility to be the champions of Europe again and everybody wants that.

“We know we are up against really tough opponents, a powerful side, they are a great club and its a final, anything can happen but we’re prepared.”

Messi’s goals and his performances game after game would give Barcelona fans some hope that he can repeat the magic of scoring in the Champions League final again.

He shared fond memories of those nights against Manchester United in Rome in 2009 and at Wembley in 2011 against the same opponents, hoping he can relive them.

Messi also paid glowing tribute to outgoing Barcelona captain, Xavi Hernández, in the interview.

“Its been a great pleasure to play alongside him for so long to be able to enjoy his football not just in games but in trainings as well.

“He is the best player in the history of Spanish football,” Messi said.

El Clasico: Suarez Completes Barcelona’s Attacking Options

El ClasicoWith Luis Suárez back from his ban, Barcelona Coach, Luis Enrique, can finally choose from a full pack of strikers for Saturday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.

Leo Messi, Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez, Pedro Rodríguez, Sandro Ramírez and Munir El Haddadi are all available.

Not counting Suarez, the other five have bagged more than 80% of the team’s goals this season.

There’s plenty of focus on what Suarez’s role is going to be on Saturday, but the presence of Messi and Neymar upfront would also be giving the Madrid defence headaches – the two of them have managed more than 19 out of 28 of the team’s goals this season.

Sandro (3), Pedro (1) and Munir (1) have also scored, with the combined goals from the front men representing more than 80% of the total.

Messi and Pedro have plenty of experience against Real Madrid, whilst Neymar made his El Clasico debut last season with a goal at the Camp Nou.

For Luis Suárez, Sandro and Munir, Saturday would be their first appearance in the El Clasico.

Luis Enrique, confirmed that Suarez would indeed get some time on the pitch against Real Madrid in the match better known as “El Clasico.”

“(Suarez) will have some minutes for sure, how many I cannot say,” Enrique told his pregame news conference on Friday (via ESPN). “It is a big thing for him, to join up finally with the team, and get some minutes.”