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Papers: Messi leads the way for Barcelona’s great win

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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We needed a response from this team and we finally got it. Barcelona snatched all three points against Elche last night, registering a dominant 3-0 victory on the wings of Lionel Messi. This morning, the papers are once again hopeful Ronald Koeman may show some signs of life.

Mundo Deportivo say that there are goals and there is a league, suggesting the title race is not over just yet.

With two new goals, both coming in the second half, Messi is now once again the Pichichi leader in La Liga. The Argentine sits on 18 goals, two more than the currently second-placed Luis Suárez. But there’s still a long way to go as both Madrid teams are yet to play their games in hand.

One way or the other, though, we need to be seeing more of this in the near future. It may be a long-shot but as the paper says, there is a league.

SPORT, on the other hand, are talking about Messi specifically, and you can’t really blame them.

In an uncomfortable match against Elche, who can be a tricky opponent, Messi took over and secured the victory on the night. With this win, Barcelona are currently third in the table but could once again yield it to Sevilla should the Andalusians win their respective clash.

Big games now await the Catalan giants and hopefully, we’ll be seeing a lot more of this throughout the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

When and if that happens, there may be a league yet, as the papers almost dutifully say.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Barcelona wants to improve contract of ‘the new Iniesta’

Aaryan Parasnis

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RAC1 have confirmed that Barcelona are indeed working on offering Pedri Gonzalez a new and improved contract. The youngster has been an absolute revelation for the club, and in turn, they now want to reward his services further and ensure his continuity via a long-term deal.

Earlier reports in the Spanish newspapers also stated that Barcelona have already begun working on a contract extension for Pedri. Since his move from Las Palmas, the midfielder has established himself as a key cog in Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barcelona machine driven by youth.

Pedri’s current Barcelona contract expires in June 2022, but has a clause that would allow a two-year extension. The club are keen on improving the economic terms of his deal, which reportedly earns him 34,000 euros per week at the moment, and ensuring that he stays in Barcelona for years to come.

Barcelona also want to fend off interest from other clubs who have begun to take notice of the teenager’s incredible rise to prominence. The 18-year old has already been contacted by major clubs like Liverpool according to previous reports.

Since his arrival, Barcelona want to offer Pedri a deal that fairly reflects his invaluable contributions to the team. He has been instrumental in freshening up the Blaugrana midfield with his tremendous technical ability on the ball, range of passing, and work rate out of possession. His talents have thus drawn comparisons to the legendary Andres Iniesta.

As for the player himself, he has already stated on multiple occasions that he wants to succeed at Barcelona. Pedri aims to stay at the club for many years and win major titles.

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