Lionel Messi Reveals His Son ‘Criticises’ His Performances When Barcelona Don’t Win Games

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed that his son criticises the Argentina international when his side fails to win matches, adding that the 6-year-old Thiago “forces” his dad to explain why the didn’t win certain games.

Thiago is the oldest of Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo’s three children, while Mateo and Curo are three and nine months old respectively.

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Both Thiago and Mateo are seen regularly with Messi at the Camp Nou, but the 31-year-old explains that he only gets questions about Barcelona’s performances from his eldest son.

They both like football a lot. Thiago understands more because he is older and discusses everything about the game,” Messi told Marca. “He is very involved.

I already have a couple of criticisms [from Thiago]. He follows Barcelona, La Liga Santander and the Champions League. He likes it, asks questions, reports and he tells me when things are not so good.”

Messi added that he used to separate his home life from his career, claiming that talking about games at home after a defeat was always a no-go, although that’s changed as his children have grown older and more inquisitive.

It’s always hard to digest defeats and poor performances,” he added. “But Thiago forces me to comment on what happened and explain why we didn’t win. We talk a lot more now.”


Thiago was most recently seen alongside Messi in that stands at the Camp Nou during the fourth round of the Copa del Rey, against Spanish minnows Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa. He’s also been in attendance for El Clásico and a Champions League match against Inter earlier this year.


Barcelona Unveil January Signing Jeison Murillo on Short-Term Loan From La Liga Rivals Valencia

Barcelona have presented Colombian defender Jeison Murillo as their first signing of the January transfer window following a move from La Liga rivals Valencia on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old, who was shortlisted by Barça following Samuel Umtiti’s long-term injury, has been an outcast in Valencia’s squad this season, making just three appearances across all competitions split between La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.


However, the Colombian will be given a chance to strut his stuff at the Camp Nou until the summer, and Murillo insists that his move to Barcelona is a dream come true.

“I’m very happy and have a lot of great feelings. It’s a dream come true,” Murrilo told the club’s official website. “Now I have to work hard and do things the best way that I can and show why I’m here.

“A couple of years ago I came here with Las Palmas and I told someone that one day I would come here but wearing the FC Barcelona jersey. Today, that is what’s happened.

“I’m coming here to help the team in any way I can, to do what the coaching staff asks, and to have fun at this great club which is the best in the world, so I’m very, very happy and I hope that everything works out.”

Murrilo has been given the number 17 shirt at the Camp Nou until the end of the season, following in the footsteps of the likes of Emmanuel Petit, Munir El Haddadi and most recently Paco Alcácer.


Barcelona Pull Out of Race to Sign Highly Rated Ajax Defender Matthijs De Ligt

?Barcelona are said to have brought their pursuit of Ajax youngster Matthijs De Ligt to an end after reportedly understanding that he has chosen his next destination.

De Ligt has become a top transfer target for a host of sides across Europe after his impressive performances at the heart of the Ajax defence, with the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all demonstrating their significant interest.

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However, it now appears as though De Ligt will not be making the trip over to Spain and will instead be heading elsewhere when he eventually leaves Ajax.

According to ?AS, ?Barcelona have conceded that De Ligt is highly unlikely to make the move to Catalonia and have said: “We think it will end up at ?Bayern Munich or at ?Juventus in Turin,”

They also went on to add that they tried as hard as they could to make the deal a success and “worked on the subject to the point that they can not do anything else”.


Barcelona’s original plan was to make a double swoop for De Ligt and his Ajax teammate Frenkie De Jong, who is also set for a big money move either in January or at the end of the season.

A report from ?Mundo Deportivo is also claiming that De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola is intending to exploit the interest of many clubs in order to launch an auction for the 19-year-old.

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For this reason, Barcelona are only remaining interested in De Jong and are prepared to battle for his signature, despite previous reports suggesting that Ajax would only be willing to sell De Ligt and De Jong as a duo.


Barcelona’s Arthur Admits He Is ‘Doing a Lot of Work’ to Bring Neymar Back From Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona midfielder Arthur has admitted he is praying that his international teammate Neymar will leave French side Paris Saint-Germain and return to the Camp Nou.

Neymar left Catalonia in 2017 for a world record transfer fee, agreeing to move to the French capital after PSG met his €222m release clause. Ever since his move, the Brazil international winger has been linked with a return to Spain due to the perceived lack of competitiveness in Ligue 1.

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Despite the fact Neymar is only just entering his second season with the club, Brazil teammate Arthur has admitted that he’s “praying” he can link up with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar at Barcelona in the near future.

I personally am praying for him to come because he is a star, it is indisputable, and I think that the better players the team have, the better,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.

“Personally, I am doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I don’t know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.

“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here.”

Arthur only joined Barcelona in the summer, signing on the dotted line at the Camp Nou for an estimated €31m. The 22-year-old has already been tipped as the long-term successor to Barça legend Xavi Hernández, just five months after he left Brazilian side Grêmio.

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What’s more, Arthur has only been part of Tite’s national team set-up since September, but the 22-year-old has featured in every game since then and during that time he has been able to form a special relationship with Brazil’s poster boy, Neymar.


Harry Winks Reveals the Two Legendary European Playmakers He Models His Game on

?Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has admitted to modelling his career on Barcelona and Spain legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta, citing his preference for technique over power.

Winks, 22, has made 24 appearance for Spurs this season, primarily at the heart of their midfield despite his slight frame, with the England international revealing how the success of the  aforementioned Barca duo – and his rise through Tottenham’s ranks – have helped make him the central midfielder he is currently. 

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Speaking to ?The Mirror, he said: “I’ve never been blessed with height, strength and power so I’ve had to learn how to play differently from a young age. My game was all based on technique and when I look at players like Xavi and Iniesta they were always players I modelled myself on.

“We’ve always had a philosophy at Spurs to play out from the back, to play with style, to play out from the back and that’s the way I’ve always been brought up and to come into the first team is no different.

“We’ve all come through the same way through the club, you get drilled and coached into the academy. You learn how to play for Tottenham, what it means to play for Spurs and you can bring those habits in to the first team.”

?Tottenham have made a good start to the season under Mauricio Pochettino, with the club just six points off the ?Premier League summit, as well as having the Carabao Cup semi finals and Champions League knockout stages to look forward to in 2019.

It’s clear that Spurs have progressed under the Argentine, with Winks confident the club can cap their improvements with silverware.

He added: “The team is coming of age. There’s a lot of talk about us needing to win a trophy and, of course, no-one wants to win a trophy more than anyone in the team.

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“But our main priority is to just try and improve every season, which we are doing, and hopefully a trophy will come at the end of that as a reward for all the hard work. We work really hard, we are improving and hopefully we can come away with some silverware.”