Lionel Messi Wants Clean Sweep of Trophies Next Season

Lionel Messi is planning to attain a clean sweep of trophies under the management of new coach Ernesto Valverde next term.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner missed on both the La Liga and the Champions League title last season, which is a rarity with the Catalan giants.Messi won nine out of a possible 13 trophies during Luis Enrique's reign, and he is now hoping to win everything within hand in the upcoming season.

MESSI AND NEYMAR FACE CRITICISMS AFTER BIG LOSS

South American duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar were criticized heavily after the heavy loss to Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of eight on Tuesday.

The duo were decent but they failed to match expectations in Turin.

LUIS ENRIQUE ANNOYED BY MESSI SUBSTITUTION TALKS

Barcelona head coach, Luiz Enrique refused to reveal why he chose to substitute Lionel Messi during the routine La Liga victory against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

The Argentine maestro scored his team’s second goal of their 3-0 win at Camp Nou with a sublime free-kick – breaking Ronald Koeman’s Barca free-kick record of 26 goals – but was surprisingly hauled off after just 64 minutes.

No Secrets with Lionel Messi, says Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique says that he does not keep any secrets from star striker Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona manager was asked questions about substituting Lionel Messi for the first time this year. The star striker was taken off in the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao during the weekend. Messi continued his incredible record in front of goal by scoring in yet another game to take his league tally to 16 for the season. He has scored from a free kick. Just as Messi was withdrawn, it became clear that the striker was not happy with the decision.

GERMANY PLAY 0-0 DRAW WITH ITALY

The much-expected clash between the German national team and Italy ended anti-climatically as no goal was scored.

Both sides met for a rematch of their Euro 2016 quarterfinals in Milan on Tuesday, taking advantage of the international break. Germany had defeated their counterparts through a penalty shootout during the summer clash in Bordeaux. The game had ended 1-1 after regular time but the German machines won the shootout that followed.

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