Alexis against Athletic Club at the San Mamés / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ. FCB

"Will there be any end to Messi's record-breaking? On March 20, with the 18th hat trick of his career — a record — Messi passed César Rodríguez as Barcelona's all-time top scorer. This came just two weeks after Messi became the first player in history to score five goals in a Champions League match. Look out, Pelé: Messi may be the new greatest footballer of all time."

Casi sin respirar, Sacchi nos dijo ayer: “En 2008, el Barça tomó la fenomenal decisión de colocar al equipo por delante de los individuos, honrando que el fútbol es un deporte de equipo."

"Lo que sí podemos decir, en cambio, es que el actual Barcelona representa un hito en la evolución del fútbol. Existe un antes y un después con este equipo. Ha redefinido el juego, ha hecho que la totalidad del mundo del fútbol –desde los entrenadores de niños pequeños hasta los cuerpos técnicos de los clubes más grandes del mundo– vuelva a la pizarra y reconsidere sus premisas más elementales."

"By then supremely confident and driven, refusing to be cowed by either of the metropolitan behemoths, in 1983-84 Athletic had pipped Real on the head-to-head rule and Barça by a single point, despite the blaugranas’ somewhat pyrrhic league double over the Basques - and it was during the course of that season that the incremental morbo between Barcelona and Bilbao finally, and spectacularly, ignited."

"Several well-known Argentine football players will have the honour of lending their names to the London Underground to pay homage to the sports icons during the Olympic games to be held between July 27 to August 12"

Can you guess which one(s)?


"A brief summary of the tactical battle? Milan often did well to crowd out Barca’s attacks, but Barca should have stretched them more. There wasn’t a key battle, nor an overall tactical theme – but instead plenty of small areas of interest."

"What sticks out most about Messi, though, isn't so much how often he scores but rather how he scores. Many of his goals are works of art — a soft touch here, a long blast there. Left boot, right boot, it doesn't matter; Messi with the ball at his feet is like Picasso with a brush in his hand or Toni Morrison with a pen and paper."

"I have so much admiration for Bielsa and I try to learn from him. Athletic have been the sensation of Europe this season. They deserve the admiration of all.”

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