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Official: Barça squad list to face Napoli is out

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FC Barcelona announced the 22-man squad list to face Napoli in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Lenglet, Griezmann, and Araujo got the medical green light and made it into the list, while Umtiti and Dembélé are left out due to injuries. The two are still continuing their recoveries.

Busquets and Vidal are suspended. Arthur is also not included, as he has personal problems with the board and remains in Brazil.

9 players from Barça B have been called up: Iñaki Peña, Riqui, Ansu Fati, Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, Konrad, Reis, and Jandro.

The complete list consists of: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Suarez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, Griezmann, Alba, Roberto, De Jong, Junior Firpo, Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, Konrad, Reis, and Jandro.

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Official: Lionel Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for February

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2021 has treated Barcelona very well. They have picked up more points this year alone than they did from September to December, even after the inclusion of more competitions, like the Spanish Super Cup. This charge has been led by none other than the GOAT – Lionel Messi. The Argentine has been rewarded for the same as he picks up the La Liga Player of the Month for February.

Messi was nominated alongside Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Real Sociedad’s Aleksander Isak, Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir, Levante’s Jose Luis Morales, Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, and Athletic Bilbao’s Alek Berenguer for the award, but tipped each one of them to win it. This comes on the back of a sensational performance stretching across five games where he scored seven goals (including two braces), and two assists.

With this win, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has extended his own records of the most wins, with eight such trophies to his name now. What is surprising, though, is that Messi did not win the first of his January 2016, almost two years after the award was introduced in the league (November 2013). It is also his first win in over a year, with the last of these trophies coming to him in November 2019.

In fact, no Barcelona player achieved this feat in 24 months despite winning the La Liga once by this time. Neymar was the first player from Barça to get his hands on the trophy for his remarkable form in November 2015.

Unsurprisingly, Luis Suarez has won the award four times himself, etching his name alongside his two partners in crime. His name is alongside Iago Aspas and Antoine Griezmann, sharing the runners up position in the pedestal for the second-most wins of the award. Sadly, the latter has not been able to mark any wins since joining Barcelona in 2019. Other than the incredible MSN, Ansu Fati is the only player from the Garnet and Blue to win the Player of the Month, sealing it for himself in September 2020.

Frenkie de Jong was within a real shout to win the award last month, but Youssef En-Nesyri’s incredible form for Sevilla could not be overlooked.

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