Entrepreneur Emili Rousaud announced his decision to run for the upcoming Barcelona Presidential elections that will take place in January, as per the ever-reliable Alfredo Martinez.
Rousaud said many noteworthy things during his announcement, two of which particularly caught the eye of Culés around the world, on both positive and negative grounds.
First of them surrounded the return of Neymar Jr. Rousaud said that he would be willing to bring back Neymar, provided the Brazilian drops the lawsuit against the club. Neymar has sued the club over unpaid loyalty bonuses.
Apart from that, Rousaud also mentioned how he would be willing to change the name of the stadium to bear the name of Lionel Messi, if the club socios choose so. The talk of renaming Camp Nou has been under discussion for several years, mostly surrounding how the club could give the naming rights to a company to bring more funds through sponsorship.
However, for all Lionel Messi has done for Barcelona in the last decade and a half, a stadium on his name sounds like the least that the club can do to repay him.
Official: Frenkie de Jong nominated for La Liga Player of the Month
Ronald Koeman’s altered Barcelona’s starting XI to suit the needs of every individual in the team. The shift from the 4-2-3-1 was desperately needed, and the 4-3-3, that has been historically known as Barça’s structure, brought in an air of freshness.
One player that benefitted the most from this change was Frenkie de Jong. Playing in an advanced role in the position of the right-sided central midfielder, the Dutchman conducts the game in full-swing, roving across the pitch from his own third to the opposition’s. Now there is official proof of his incredible performances, as well.
La Liga have nominated Frenkie de Jong among the seven players for the La Liga Player of the Month for January. Since the turn of the year, de Jong has scored two goals and given two assists from the midfield, playing as a box-to-box midfielder. Not only that, but he looks sharper than ever, stopping the opposition midfield in its tracks in each game.
Barcelona’s previous outing at Elche is the prime example of this. The 23-year-old put in a faultless display, single-handedly running the game from the centre of the park. He was awarded for the same in the form of one goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.
De Jong will have to battle it out against Real Betis’ Sergio Canales, Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri, Levante’s Roger Marti Salvador, and none other than former Barcelona superstar, now at Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez.
While de Jong has scored half as many goals as Suarez, and nearly one-fourth as many as En-Nesryi, his turn in form is extremely commendable. It has also put him in the same bracket as the best midfielders in the world.
Ansu Fati bagged the Liga Player of the Month for September, and you can vote for Frenkie de Jong here.