?Barcelona could make a move for their former midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara, after failing to land first choice midfield targets Philippe Coutinho and Marco Verratti in the summer.
The Spanish metronome has established himself as one of the best playmakers in world football over the past couple of years at Bayern Munich, and is very much viewed as ‘the one that got away’ in the eyes of many Blaugrana supporters.
Thiago left the Nou Camp back in 2013 in an eyebrow-raising €25m move, one that has arguably been Barcelona’s most regrettable transfer decision of modern times.
Although Barcelona have enjoyed a decent amount of success in the time since Thiago’s departure, critics have claimed the club were too hasty in sanctioning his sale, particularly as the legendary Xavi was entering the final stages of his career.
Last season Barça were crying out for a star midfielder, with Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez not making the expected impact, and the ageing Andres Iniesta struggling for form and fitness.
Don Balon (via the ?Mail) now say that Barca are prepared to admit they were wrong by trying to re-sign Thiago, who is now one of the first names on the team sheet at the Allianz.
Liverpool are expected to stand firm over Coutinho once again in January, meaning Ernesto Valverde’s side could well turn to Thiago to help provide Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi with the ammunition they need.
?Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has had the career that most professional’s could only dream of.
Not only the amount of silverware Buffon has won, but his longevity of still playing at the age of 39 is a testament to himself as a professional
Gianluigi Buffon has played more Serie A minutes for Juventus (39,705) than any other player in the club’s history.
Unbelievable record. pic.twitter.com/H676A7js4h
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 20, 2017
With a career spanning over twenty years, it’s fair to say that Buffon has played with and against some of the greatest players to grace a football field and in a recent interview with COPA 90, he revealed who his toughest opponents have been in his illustrious career.
He states: “I really hate strikers.
“I’d say the best I’ve played against are Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. These are the three who… and Zidane. Let’s add Zidane. These are the four who would start any team.”
It’s hard to argue against Buffon’s choices, with all four of those players worthy of being on that list.
Winning countless titles with Juventus and a World Cup for Italy in 2006, Buffon will be hoping to add even more to his glistening trophy cabinet for Juventus, whilst hoping Italy can making it past their play-off game against Sweden to make it to the World Cup in Russia next year.
Messi Scores Hat-Trick Off the Pitch as Wife Antonella Announces She Is Pregnant With Their 3rd Baby
?He’s already hit 44 hat-tricks in his glittering career, and it looks as though Lionel Messi is already well on his way to hat-trick number 45, although this one is somewhat different from the rest.
It comes after the Argentine superstar’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo posted on Instagram to confirm that the couple are expecting their third child.
Roccuzzo posted a picture of Messi and their two sons, Mateo and Thiago, with their hands on her stomach with the caption “Familia de 5”, which you probably don’t need me to tell you translates as “family of 5”.
The news caps an eventful week for Messi, who hit a hat-trick to guide Argentina to the World Cup with a 3-1 in Ecuador, further cementing himself as a national hero, before playing the full ninety minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening.
With Messi for a father, you feel there may be a rather clear career choice for Barcelona’s youngest trio in a few years time.
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has revealed that it was his decision to leave Barcelona in 2008, claiming that he always had a good relationship to Pep Guardiola prior to leaving the Camp Nou, according to Marca.
Ronaldinho opted to up sticks from Barcelona after just five-year with the club, having moved to Catalonia in 2003 for £29m.
With his first spell in European football coming with Paris Saint-Germain, who purchased the Grêmio wonderkid in 2001, Ronaldinho wanted to follow in the footsteps of Frank Rijkaard and decided to move to AC Milan.
“I was the one who decided I should leave Barça during 2008, not Pep Guardiola,” Ronaldinho said.“I had already achieved my goals there and I needed a change.
“I always got on well with Pep and I worked with his brother [Pere] at Nike.”
After three years with AC Milan, in which Ronaldinho made 76 Serie A appearances, the Brazilian playmaker returned to his home country and had spells with Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Fluminense, as well as a brief stint in Mexico with Querétaro in the Liga MX.
Having been a free agent since his departure from Fluminense in September 2015, Ronaldinho took the decision to formally retire in February of this year.
The likes of Philipp Lahm, Francesco Totti, Dirk Kuyt and Xabi Alonso also retired from professional football in 2017, marking the end of the career for a number of national icons.
Andre Gomes has had a difficult time in Catalonia since making his move from Valencia to Barcelona in the summer of 2016.
The 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder has failed to win over the majority of the fans and has flattered to deceive with his performances. Gomes could soon be moving out of Barcelona, after it was ?reported that the club offered him to Premier League side Liverpool in the summer.?
A move for Gomes was proposed as part of a deal for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, but no such deal ever materialised.
Gomes has also been linked with a move to other Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. ?
The Daily Mail have reported that Gomes was close to a move to Spurs on deadline day, but again a deal was never agreed. Spurs are reported to be interested in trying to sign the Portuguese international again in January.
Meanwhile Gomes continues to play for Barcelona, and actually managed to impress some fans in a surprise start against Atletico Madrid on the weekend. Barcelona drew their La Liga tie with Atletico 1-1 after a Luis Suarez equaliser cancelled out Saul Niguez’s opening goal.
??Barcelona next face Olympiakos in the Champions League. Gomes may have been surprised to start against Atletico, having made his previous few appearances as a late substitute.
He will hope to make the most of more starts for the club, perhaps in the hope that he may attract the attention of other clubs with some positive performances.