How Barcelona can become great again: Six changes they need to make

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Second in the league, a quarter-finals berth in the Champions League and a bit of domestic silverware would represent a pretty good season for most clubs, but not for Barcelona.

Having seen their rivals, Real Madrid win La Liga and the biggest prize in Europe, last season would certainly have been tough to digest for the Catalan giants.

Their over-reliance on the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar was exposed and with expensive signings under-performing, Barca now have to look to re-instate their status as one of the greatest clubs in Europe.

This video (below) from Copa90‘s official YouTube Channel takes us through six ways Barcelona can become great again.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi's photo with fan creates social media stir

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A photo for which Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi posed, with a fan, has created a social media stir, having gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

Apparently, Messi’s right knee in the picture looks in a weird shape, almost over-protruding and swollen and that has left many people scratching their heads.

The Argentine sensation is currently on a holiday with his fiancé, Antonella Roccuzzo, his kids, former Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas and his family in Ibiza.

He, according to reports is set to marry Antonella this month itself in Argentina, where many of his Barcelona team-mates will also be present.

And while the little genius is enjoying his vacation off the pitch, we hope he is in fine shape and raring to go next season.

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Neymar, Suarez, Fabregas among guests for Messi's wedding

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Lionel Messi

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Media such as local Rosario newspaper La Capital also expect other current and former Barcelona stars such as Luis Suarez, Neymar, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez to be among the invitees.

The Barcelona forward’s agents confirmed in a statement that the couple will wed in Rosario on June 30, a week after Messi’s 30th birthday.

The guest list, venue and party details are the subject of a swirl of rumors. Sources in the city’s cathedral contacted by AFP denied reports that Messi and Roccuzzo would have a religious wedding ceremony there.

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Leo Messi's Barcelona team-mates are expected to be at the wedding.

Leo Messi’s Barcelona team-mates are expected to be at the wedding.

The couple still have friends and family in this northern city, where Messi discovered his love of football — and of his brunette future bride.

It is also where their two children were baptized — Thiago, 4 and one-year-old Mateo, both born in Barcelona.

Some media predicted 600 guests, but La Capital said no more than 250 were expected, including 21 Barcelona players.

National newspaper Clarin said Argentine singer Karina, wife of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, will be a guest and also hired to sing at the wedding.

A source in the city hall told AFP it was considering security measures for the crowd of major football stars visiting.

“Messi always moves around naturally in the city, but we have to gauge the implications of the arrival of world football stars in Rosario,” the source said.

In a country where football and politics are closely linked, the wedding planner is reported to be Barbara Diez, the wife of a close ally of President Mauricio Macri.

SPANISH DESIGNED DRESS 

La Capital said the bride would wear a dress by Spanish designer Rosa Clara. Some 20 hairdressers will be hired for the guests, it reported.

As wedding gifts, the couple have reportedly asked for donations to the player’s children’s charity, the Leo Messi Foundation.

Shakira recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo. “If I can go to her wedding, we will go, because Gerard and Leo have been friends since they were little,” she said in an interview on Argentina program Telenoche.

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