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Champions League Matchday One Review

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The best club competition in the world returned last week as the new Champions League season got underway with some high-profile matches.

The top teams like Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester City all showed that they are true contenders to win the Champions League this season. Meanwhile, other potential contenders like Manchester United, Barcelona and PSG failed to live up to expectations on matchday 1.

Player of the round was undoubtedly Ajax striker Sebastien Haller who scored four goals in Ajax’s 5-1 hammering of Sporting Lisbon.

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Lionel Messi Bids Farewell To Barcelona

Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

The Lionel Messi era in Barcelona has officially came to an end as Messi bid farewell to Barca fans in a teary press conference on Sunday.

On Friday, Barcelona President Joan Laporta had announced the club could not re-sign their greatest player due to the deep financial issues that the club had.

Messi has became a free agent upon the expiration of his contract at Barca in June, but Barca couldn’t re-sign the 34-year-old without exceeding La Liga’s wage limit.

Today, it was Messi’s turn to say good bye. Not in the way that he wanted, in front of a packed Camp Nou, but instead in the press room at the stadium.

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Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

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I have written a lot over the last two years about Lionel Messi’s fractured relationship with FC Barcelona and the possibility of him leaving the club this summer on a free transfer. But still, when the news broke today that Messi was leaving Barcelona, it was a shock, and headline news around the world.

Some background on today’s announcement. Messi became a free agent last month after his original contract with Barca expired. Press reports indicated, however, that he was set to re-sign with the club albeit on lower pay terms.

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Barcelona 2021-2022 Fixtures

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Ronald Koeman’s Catalan club will take on Real Madrid in October and March next year as they kick off at home
Barcelona kick off La Liga 2021-22 against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on August 15, 2021.

Ronald Koeman’s side will be eager to put last season’s third-place finish behind them by getting off to a positive start when they take to the field for the new campaign.

After that the Catalan outfit face Athletic Club away on August 22, followed by games against Getafe, Sevilla and Granada.

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La Liga Slash Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Wage Bill

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Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona will see their wage bill slashed for the coming season as clubs continue to struggle financially post-COVID.

Unlike in other leagues, in Spain, how much a team can pay in wages is determined by the league and not by the individual clubs. As a result, Barcelona’s salary cap for the coming seasons is projected to drop to an almost unimaginable €160 million (unless Laporta can raise around €200 million by selling players and cutting wages).

Real Madrid’s cap will be around €300 million for the coming season. For context, Manchester City’s wage bill last season was around €410 million.

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La Liga 2021-2022 Fixtures Released

La Liga Fixtures

Barcelona will get to host the first El Clasico clash against Real Madrid after the full fixture list for the 2021-22 LaLiga season was revealed.

The opening fixture in the rivalry will take place at Camp Nou on October 24, 10 games into the new campaign, with the returning meeting to be held at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 20 next year.

It remains to be seen whether Barca, who will start their season at home to Real Sociedad on the weekend of August 14-15, will still be able to call on Lionel Messi, whose contract with the Catalan club runs out at the end of June.

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Is Lionel Messi Coming To Major League Soccer?

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Inter Miami CF co-owner Jorge Mas says he is “optimistic” about bringing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to play in Major League Soccer some time.

Messi is out of contract with Barca at the end of the month and has previously expressed a desire to play in the United States in the final years of his career.

Whispers out of Barcelona suggest that Messi will a new contract that will keep him at the Camp Nou for two more years before coming to Inter Miami of Major League Soccer before finally retiring back home in Argentina.

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European Super League Will Not Disappear Quietly

European Super League

While the six English clubs quickly caved on the idea of a breakaway European Super League after public opposition, three of Europe’s biggest clubs that are sticking to the original idea of a Super League.

Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are refusing to back down and the three clubs have released a joint statement slamming ‘unacceptable pressures, threats and offenses’ to abandon the Super League project.

According the the New York Times, the three are not only threatening legal action against UEFA, but also the nine sides that backed out – AC Milan, Inter, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

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Premier League Clubs Brexit Super League

European Super League

The European Super League has been officially suspended after all six English clubs formally withdrew from the ill-fated venture.

On another dramatic night when Chelsea fans staged a mass protest outside Stamford Bridge before their Premier League clash with Brighton, Manchester City and Chelsea began the process of killing off the rebel league less than 48 hours after its launch by pulling out late in the afternoon, putting huge pressure on the other 10 founder members to follow suit, as they held crisis talks over their exit strategies.

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European Super League: What We Know So Far

European Super League

The European Super League has been announced by 12 of the biggest clubs in Europe, and the competition could begin as early as August 2021.

The clubs that announced the Super League have left ECA and its President Andrea Agnelli resigned, becoming the Super League vice president along with Manchester United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer and Liverpool’s John Henry. Real Madrid Chairman Florentino Perez has been named Super League President.

European Super League Details

The clubs have released a joint statement announcing the tournament’s format, which is: