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Former Barcelona president sends Real Madrid cheeky message with banner close to Bernabeu

Domagoj Kostanjšak



Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

The presidential campaigns are well and truly underway and various different candidates are working hard to impress the public and secure their votes. At the very moment, the race is still looking to be extremely tight and mostly unpredictable but both Joan Laporta and Victor Font are one of the clear favourites.

And now, Laporta has made a bold move by sending a rather cheeky message to their arch-rivals Real Madrid in the middle of the capital. The former Barcelona president erected a huge campaign banner near the Santiago Bernabeu with a quote that says: ‘I want to see you again’.

Joan Laporta’s presidency campaign banner, 200m away from Santiago Bernabeu

Of course, a big banner in the centre of Madrid advertising Barcelona’s presidential campaign is something the fans, and Los Blancos themselves, may not particularly like. Laporta shared the picture via his personal Twitter account as well.

An indication of how close the banner is to Real Madrid’s home stadium Santiago Bernabeu (Photo via Albert Bermúdez)

That is not to say that he’s done something illegal. Laporta has every right to post those banners wherever he wants, as long as it’s regulated and accounted for. Some may see this as a power play, both in terms of showing dominance over his rivals on the pitch and off it, as well as showing the other candidates how it’s done.

The new president is set to be officially appointed towards the end of January next year. Not long to go now.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora



Photo via Imago

Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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