Ballon d'Or 2014, Minute by Minute

Leo Messi, candidat a la FIFA Pilota d'Or, i Iniesta, que opta a ser a l'11 del FIFA/Fifpro del 2014 / FOTO: FCB
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HIGHLIGHTS: FC Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Atlético Madrid

Messi and Neymar provided much of the firepower in Sunday's 3-1 win over Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou. / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Check out all the top plays and big moments from Sunday’s league clash at Camp Nou

See how FC Barcelona’s three-headed monster of Leo Messi, Neymar, and Luís Suárez gobbled up Atlético Madrid on the way to a thrilling victory.

Leo Messi on Barça TV: I have not intention of going anywhere

Leo Messi on the programme 'El Marcador' on Barça TV / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Argentine star was the focus of attention in the win over Atlético Madrid and after the game he denied recent stories about a possible departure from the club

Leo Messi has been the focus of attention on and off the field. After scoring the third in Barça’s 3-1 win over Atlético Madrid, the striker made it clear in an interview with Barça TV post game programme ‘El Marcador’ that he “has no intention of going anywhere.” He denied rumours that linked him to other teams for next season: “I haven’t asked for anything to stay here because I have never wanted to go anywhere else. I have also heard that I have spoken to Chelsea and [Manchester] City…but it’s all lies.”

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The blaugrana number 10 also denied stories that he asked President Josep Maria Bartomeu to sack coach Luis Enrique: “There have stories that I had bad relationships with Guardiola, Eto’o, Ibrahimovic and Bojan..that I have got rid of people. That is in no way true. I never asked for them to get rid of the coach or anyone else, Juanjo…”

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He continued: “I am tired of hearing things about me. They say that I run the club when I am just another player. I don’t make those decisions, nor have I asked to make them.”

On the victory over Atlético, Messi had this to say: “Lately, since Simeone arrived, they have made it difficult for us. We went out with attitude and we were the better side. Atlético are a tough side to play against. They play at the limit and have great players, if you let them they can create chances very quickly.”

Finally, Messi commented on his chances of claiming a fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday in Zurich: “Being realistic, I think it will be difficult. We are going to enjoy the gala. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neuer have both had fantastic years. One has won the Cup and the Champions League and scored lots of goals, the other has had a great year winning the World Cup.”

I have heard stories of my father talking to City and Chelsea….all lies
I don’t make important decisions at the club, nor have I asked to

Luis Enrique happy with total effort

Luis Enrique looked to be very satsified at his post-game press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The coach lauded his players while emphasising the image they put forth

He also commended the fans’ unwavering support and the atmosphere they created

“I have no doubt that we played a complete match. We played at a very high level,” declared Luis Enrique with sheer satisfaction after his team dispatched a very good Atlético Madrid side. The 3-1 final reflected a great performance by the team, which included goals from Barça’s three-headed monster, aka Neymar, Messi and Suárez. The fans enjoy watching games like these,” he said.

Despite the big win, Luis Enrique refused to allow a state of euphoria to take hold. “All victories strengthen a team, but it’s just three more points and the season is very long,” he warned. He says he knows his team. “When we win everyone is happy, but the team is the same whether we win or not.[[CITA_1]]

The match at Camp Nou, as usual, wasmarked by high intensity and a fast pace. When you play Atlético you know that you’re playing a strong team. I like them, but today we were better,” he said.

The 81,658 spectators at Camp Nou provided a great atmosphere for 90 minutes, and Luis Enrique thanked them in the press room: The fans were incredible. I love that people are so intothe team, they make us stronger.” Then he added: I’ve never seen fans questioning the team.” Trying to sidestep recent rumours, he was blunt: The shield, the dressing room, Camp Nou and the fans are the leaders of this team.”

All victories strengthen a team, but it’s just three more points and the season is very long.

The victory over Atlético de Madrid, on social media

Iniesta, Piqué and Rakitic were thumbs up after Barça's 3–1 win over Atlético on Sunday night at Camp Nou / PHOTO: @andresiniesta8
See what the Barça players had to say on their personal Twitter and Instagram pages

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