According to Miquel Blãzquez, Joan Laporta will be traveling with the team to Madrid to witness the first El Clasico of the year. This will see Laporta and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez unite for the first time after April 2010.
Back then, we all remember how Barça used to dominate the white half of Madrid. On the same lines, the Catalan team won that match 2-0 courtesy goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro, both assisted by Xavi.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been at focal of the Spanish football for more than 100 years now. However, the first decade of the century witnessed a more heated rivalry than ever as both the Spanish powerhouses had a strong president commanding the clubs.
Laporta was elected as President of Barcelona for the first time back in 2003, and Perez has been president for Madrid since 2000. During Laporta’s first reign the war between the two clubs continued off the pitch as both the club battled for the signing of top players during that time. After Barcelona won the treble in 2009, Perez was re-elected as Madrid’s president after three years out of the club.
This Clasico also comes at a very important juncture that both the clubs find themselves in touching distance of the league title as Atletico Madrid seems to lose their rhythm. Laporta famously said during his election campaign that “Madrid did not win any Champions League when I was in charge of the club.”
The Catalan lawyer also unveiled the special edition of the Barcelona jersey for the Clasico. “What a shirt!,” was the President’s first reaction on seeing the jersey.
It will be interesting to see if Barça can bring back the old times, dominating Los Blancos once again under the presidency of Laporta.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
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.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
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.