The Champions League draw is out. Barcelona will be facing Juventus in the group stages, which will be an iconic clash due to the presence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — the two facing each other for the first team since Ronaldo left La Liga.
We would like to do a throwback to an earlier Champions League clash between the two legends, namely the game between Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2011.
Messi basically dribbled past the entire Madrid team, leaving Casillas very surprised with his fancy strike at the end to score a beautiful goal.
The duel ended 4-2 on aggregate in favor of Barcelona, two games in which the Argentine stepped up and showed what he is capable of.
Will we see similar scenes this year?
Barcelona wants to improve contract of ‘the new Iniesta’
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.