Barcelona’s latest signing Ousmane Dortmund from Borussia Dortmund was presented to the fans at Camp Nou on Monday.
The 20-year-old forward passed his medical on Monday, visited the Ciutat Esportiva, then made his way to the Camp Nou, where he changed into the Blaugrana jersey and then made his way onto the field where fans were awaiting his arrival.
The club celebrated their new signing with the trend #DembeleDay on their social media accounts.
However, Dembele’s presentation didn’t go completely to plan. The former Borussia Dortmund star struggled with his control over the ball as he attempted a few keep ups in front of fans.
Real Madrid and Barcelona summer recruits don’t fancy a big unveiling do they?
Ousmane Dembele the latest…pic.twitter.com/cAfjkk2i0e
— Brendon Netto (@BrendonNetto) August 28, 2017
The 20-year-old isn’t the first to underwhelm at his presentation in Spain this summer though.
Theo Hernandez was less than impressive when he put his skills on display at the Bernabeu after completing his move from Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid.
— TikiTaka 🔵🔴 (@DamienRoperch) August 28, 2017
Meanwhile, Paulinho also had a tough time at his Camp Nou unveiling earlier this month.
Eventually though, Dembele did get his mojo back and produced a few neat touches as the conveniently edited video (below) from FC Barcelona’s official YouTube channel shows.
An excited Dembele said, “I’m delighted to find myself at the best club in the world. A dream come true and I’ll battle to win all the trophies I can,” at his presentation.
Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has blamed the French club’s greed for the breakdown of his dream transfer to Barcelona in an explosive interview with Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo.
Seri’s move to the Catalan giants broke down after Nice’s Champions League qualifying defeat to Napoli last week amid reports Nice had upped their asking price due to interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
“After the match (against Napoli) I met with Barcelona’s directors for more than an hour and they didn’t tell me anything about not going through with signing me,” said the Ivorian.
“I went home really happy; then the next day I read the news. I was stunned to see the move had broken down in an incomprehensible manner for me.
“I went to the Nice offices to see the board and find out what happened. I exploded! The walls shook. They didn’t say anything to me, they didn’t look me straight in the eye.
“It was clear what had happened. They had promised me one thing, but didn’t keep their word and asked for more money.”
Relations between Barca and PSG have been strained by Neymar’s world record €222m ($265 million) move to the French side, whilst Barca have sued the Brazilian star for breach of contract.
Barca have already reinvested a large proportion of their windfall from Neymar’s departure by making French winger Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player ever in a €105m move that could rise to €147m depending on Dembele’s performance.
Seri remains hopeful he could yet be a Barcelona player before the transfer window closes this week, but insists he is also wanted by a host of other top European clubs if Barca’s interest fades.
“I want to be optimistic and think that there is still a chance for the two clubs to get back around the table and reach an agreement,” he added. “We are not taking about any other club.
“Big European clubs like Juventus, PSG, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool want to sign me.”
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi passed 350 goals for Barcelona in La Liga with Saturday’s double against Alaves.
Without new signing Ousmane Dembele or the injured Luis Suarez, Messi ensured Barca didn’t lose any early ground in the title race despite a tumultuous start to the campaign off the field.
The five-time World Player of the Year missed from the penalty spot for the 20th time in his career as Fernando Pacheco produced a stunning save midway through the first half.
However, Messi wasn’t to be denied as his deflected effort opened the scoring shortly after half-time before a sweetly-struck volley secured all three points.
Only ex-Germany striker Gerd Muller, with 365 for Bayern Munich, has scored more goals for one club in Europe’s top five leagues.
Here is a breakdown of Messi’s career league goals statistically.
v Sevilla: 23 goals
v Atletico Madrid: 22
v Valencia: 21
v Osasuna: 21
v Deportivo La Coruna: 17
Left foot: 274
Right foot: 63
Messi scored a handball goal against local rivals Espanyol in 2007, which is officially included in his header tally.
Messi has scored multiple goals in a La Liga game on 102 occasions.
He has 26 hat-tricks to his name, including three occasions on which he scored four goals – against Valencia and Espanyol in 2012 and Osasuna in January 2013.
Messi has scored five goals in the 90th minute of league matches and 18 more in stoppage time – including a penalty 14 minutes beyond the scheduled 90 against Espanyol in 2008, after a lengthy delay when a flare was thrown onto the field.
He has never scored in the first minute of either half.
The only other minutes in which he has never scored are the second, 10th, 34th and 69th.