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Official: Messi, who has thigh muscle overbudening, won't take part in Match for Peace in Rome tonight and won't join ARG out of precaution

Good

Official: Further test this morning have shown that Munir has no calf injury, just a bruise, he will be able to join ESP U21 #fcblive
Almost better this way. Messi gets a much deserved two weeks rest.
Oh ya, Happy Birthday Munir. Our 19 year star in the making.

Or Bojan?
Falcao had accidentally tweeted his move to Madrid which he immediately deleted. Now, all major english sources are reporting united have agreed to a 12 million pound loan deal for him.
Holy s**t !!!!! its actually happening

Pic of him arriving at Manchester airport

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bwb0p4DCQAA_0ZK.jpg

12 M pound loan deal , while some are reporting 65 M euro's

TBH it does make a sense , Hernandez is having medical at Madrid , welback is not of united quality and will be sold before deadline , so they are left will Rooney and injury prone RPV .

Madrid fans will be pissed :p
The loan move should cover his wages. Part of it will be loan fee and remaining to cover his wages + any bonuses.
From BBC it's £6m for loan + £44m if we want to sign him after the loan.
Apparently RvP needs knee surgery, so Falcao was needed. Still doesn't fix their other issues, and by god, 12£ million + his astronomical wages should make this one expensive loan.
So Alex Song is now loaned to West Ham? Interesting move, I thought some higher profile clubs would be interested in him, but I'm glad he will be somewhere he can constantly get game time
I think a part of it has to be his wages. If he's loaned, he gets to keep the wages of his existing contract, but if he moves, then he'll have to renegotiate. Maybe teams aren't willing to pay him what he's getting now considering how his time at Barca has been.
Pique: "I asked del Bosque not to call me up because I still have some discomfort. I'm grateful for his decision." #esp

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
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Ekoj has invaded footytube again and is liking everything in our page!
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There is no Ekoj...it's just a small glitch....lol
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Can someone explain who is this satanic monster "Ekoj" ? Sorry I don't get it.
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Wait what?
Ekoj was a dude who basically disliked all things Barcelona and created a massive amount of footytube accounts to like his own and other people's anti-Barça posts. He went as far as to create fake accounts imitating others to ridicule (notice the -cule) them. He's been recently banned into oblivion. But everyone knows Footytube's Oblivion is as easy to escape from as escaping from an obese man chasing you. So he's probably creepily watching over your shoulder now.

Also: he eats puppies.
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Also: he punches babies
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lol, if he really has close to 30 accounts then that's crazy hahaha
lol sigh
http://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/detail/article/messi-amb-una-sobrecarrega-i-munir-amb-una-contusio

sorry to ruing the day then...
\/
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This actually might be a good thing. There's a two week break due to international games and hopefully now Tata doesn't call Messi.
Well that turned out to be a good day xD
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That game was keeping me very stressed. OMG!!! Couldn't agree more though

With our win and Real's loss... we look great :D
Have you seen DaGaza's comment got more than 100s likes??
Apparently there are so many security wholes out there that make it easy for Ekoj and friends to have fun.Let's hope FT management will fix the problem, otherwise we all are in danger.
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On what page? lol I wanna see this
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He liked your comment too :p
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@teja Lol no offense but there's only one page people here talk about.
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@Teja...check RM page.You will notice the number of likes right away.
@SA...yeah,they have been here.

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I found the glitch....hahaha
I wanna sell it, anyone interested??? lol
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I bid €0.50 Blackstyle :P
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^I can't even buy a beer with that man...lol
I better sell my likes then...haha
Don't forget you own me $3 now !! lol


My "Likes" Menu:

5 likes=3 $
10 likes=5$

i found it too. makes sense really
Am I missing something here? :-/
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@LTM...Nothing serious LTM....there is a lil glitch on FT...look at the number of likes I got and you will see what I am saying...

@Danny...Go away,don't ruin my business...lol
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Anyone wanna explain the glitch to me? Ekoj
I guess you need to have word ' DaGaza ' somewhere in your post to activate this glitch called Ekoj .
'Dagaza'..just checking.;)
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i'm a genius

https://contradictingharmony.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/genius-me.gif
Will Madrid regret di maria and Alonso's departure? Perez sold makelele (for demanding a raise), bought beckham and killed the team. Let's see if history repeats itself.
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I will be very happy person if that happened..
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Mt,

Yeah, Alonsos return from injury last season that ended in the CL and Copa trophy really was piss poor...
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Florentino Perez did provide Angel di Maria with an offer. Apparently di Maria wanted a better contract upgrade and decided to leave once Perez said his demands weren't fair.

Xabi Alonso left on his own accord. Carlo Ancelotti himself was a bit surprised by it. Perhaps Alonso wanted to experience something new.
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Alonso's form has been piss poor the last 8 months.

I trust Perez on the Di Maria situation. It obviously wasn't an issue about form or quality.

Plus, to be fair, expand the window on the last few players that were sold and turned out to be the perfect decision (Ozil, Kaka, etc.).
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Di maria>> hamez lol stipid deal he was key for madrid last season lol
Why is everyone associating Angel di Maria's departure to James Rodriguez's signing?
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LooooL Alonso was poor during the first half of last season once he returned from injury he was the major reason of Madrid being rock solid at back .
Asasiyun: I think you place a lot of faith in Perez and the way he deals with players. Players usually look at other players and based on each other's performance demand wages comparable with each other. Angel di maria was arguably Madrid's 2nd best player last year. Bale got the goal in the UCL final but di maria was the star of the game for Madrid. He produced stellar performances time and again for Madrid all year. Bale disappeared vs atleti and barca and apart from cr7, Adm was the one performing. Based on this, Adm was right to demand a fat payrise which players equate with the club valuing them and giving them bragging rights.

Perez operates at a different level though. IMO he values a player's marketing potential more than performance. Di maria is not a very marketable guy. You remember the rumor that Madrid didn't pursue ronaldinho because he was too ugly for Madrid? So this idea that you've been promoting that Adm was asking for a pay hike which was unreasonable is unfair. James is supposedly being paid €6m per year. Madrid has claimed that they offered Adm €6m while adm's father claims they offered him only 5m. So why should Adm play for the same salary that james is making even though james is literally an unproven player? Who sounds unreasonable in this deal?

Why makelele comparison is ideal here? Makelele left because he wanted to be compensated like the other stars in the team. He was the guy who held the galactico team together but again, he wasn't selling enough jerseys for Perez.
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Also I don't know why you think players don't mind the club signing other players who play in their position? Adm plays in exact same areas as james. You were floating this theory that james will be used as a fwd which is possible but not realistic at all. Once Madrid didn't give him a reasonable pay hike and then signed james, it was a signal to Adm.
Franky, it appears you need me to clear things up again.

I don't place faith in Florentino Perez when it comes to dealing with players. My opinion on Perez is complicated. I don't want to go too much into that.

Angel di Maria was very influential last season, but some people are forgetting the time and effort he needed to find his place on the first 11. It wasn't until the second half of last season, when Carlo Ancelotti converted him into a LCM, that he actually started consistently putting in good performances.

This is not to say he doesn't deserve to ask for a raise, but this doesn't mean his demands should be met either. You see, apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid's high-valued players earn around €7-7.5 million. This includes club captain, Iker Casillas. I don't even think Sergio Ramos makes that much to be honest.

The reason why you'd be hard-pressed to find a player on the squad who earns more than €7.5 million a season is also due to Ronaldo's ridiculous salary and the tax laws in Spain (I don't really have the motivation nor interest to delve into this topic).

I don't believe James Rodriguez deserves €6 million a season yet. Why would I? I wasn't even encouraging his transfer. I think it was wrong of Perez to sign his services let alone offer him such a contract. But just imagine what would happen if all of the players used James as a reference - it just wouldn't work.

I don't know exactly what di Maria's father said nor am I obliged to take his word as the truth. All I know is that di Maria asked for €8-9 million (I certainly hope he didn't ask for more) and Perez wasn't willing to meet those demands.

Furthermore, di Maria had his contract upgraded only 2 seasons ago to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2018. I don't find it entirely appropriate to ask for another upgrade after just 2 years and with 3 years remaining on your contract. Perez usually waits until the player is in the last 2 years of his contract (e.g. Karim Benzema).

The implications of my second response was that it was unreasonable to think that di Maria left because James Rodriguez was signed. Di Maria was contemplating a move long before the World Cup even.

Di Maria does not play in the same position as James. Di Maria would've been used as a LCM whereas James is likely to be used in more advanced positions. James featured in a more offensive role today against Real Sociedad. Isco played in a role similar to that of di Maria.

I'm not blaming di Maria for leaving nor am I blaming him for asking for a raise. I'm not blaming Perez for not meeting di Maria's demands either though (€8-9 million is too much).

I simply think it's important to make sure those who care know what really took place so that they aren't mislead into believing the usual, inaccurate stereotypes associated with Real Madrid and Florentino Perez.
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Id have given it to di maria. Its simple opportunity cost. But i also wouldnt have signed james. So in the end id have saved roughly....a boat load.


However i would have made the contract private so the other players dont ask for more. Or maybe bargained for 7mill a year.

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Asasiyun: The €6m figure is from real Madrid. They said that they offered Adm 6m while adm's father is claiming they offered only 5m. I'm not sure why you think upgrading a contract after 2 sessions is a bad thing. Ronaldo and Messi upgrade their contract almost every year. Adm is not in the same league as those two but still. It isn't uncommon for players to ask for more money after a stellar season especially when the club is looking to spend money on vanity signings.

I'm not sure why you keep saying james doesn't play in the same position as Adm. Di maria is by no means a defensive player. Putting him at LCM was a way to keep him behind Madrid's strike force to create chances as well as use adm's pressing in case the ball was lost. However you want to put it, di maria was part of midfield trio of DM, cm and him. James is also the other player apart from DM and cm in the same midfield. James could move to the wing but I don't see that happening unless bale or cr7 are injured. So for all practical purposes, james is a competitor for the position that Adm occupies. I don't believe your idea that james was bought to partner Benz up front.

Adm has already made it clear that he wanted a better contract. He didn't leave because of james but james' signing was the final nail in the coffin. It's simple math. If you're willing to pay €6m to some 4 match sensation, then why aren't you willing to pay more for someone who played a big part in bringing the much awaited 10th trophy to Madrid?

You, like many other sensible Madrid fans, didn't want to break the team rhythm by taking out Adm and installing a new player. But that's exactly my point. Perez doesn't think like that. He operates the club on a cash flow basis. If di Maria's marketing potential had gone up after LA decima, perez would be willing to give him more money. The reason why james got his package because he's the flavor of the month.

I've seen this drama unfold before. Forget, the fans, when makelele was let go the players were pisssed off. That's why I asked the question- is this going to create disharmony at Madrid?

Alonso's departure is no one's fault. But he leaves a massive hole in front of your defense. Kroos is not a defender and he doesn't think like one. Illara is the player closest to alonso's attitude and mindset. Not even khedira is going to break up attacks the way Alonso did. I would have been very very fearful of Madrid if they had splashed the cash of a player like pogba. Anyway, it remains to be seen how Carlo responds to the new order in the team.

Also, I'm not sure what stereotypes you're talking about. Perez is a businessman, a very good one and he has done a tremendous job pulling Madrid up. His first stint was successful and his second one, is somewhat successful. I only say somewhat because it took him 5 years to actually win the UCL after spending a lot more money than what he did the first time. He has managed Madrid's debt very well but a lot of it was wiped (like the first time) by selling assets. Its a good idea to invest in brand power by taking out money from your property assets in a recession market. So overall, he's a very good president. But he has done the same things in the past. The whole idea "Real Madrid is the best club so the best players should play for Madrid" is okay except sometimes not every position needs the "best" player. What I have said about him above is not a stereotype but his style of business transaction which has been proven again and again.


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1
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6
3
2
1
3
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0
1
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7
3
1
3
4
1
0
1
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8
3
1
1
2
1
0
1
2
9
3
0
4
4
1
0
1
2
10
3
0
2
2
1
0
1
2
11
3
-1
3
2
1
0
1
2
12
3
-2
3
1
1
0
1
2
13
2
0
2
2
0
2
0
2
14
1
-1
4
3
1
1
0
2
15
1
-1
3
2
1
1
0
2
16
1
-1
2
1
1
1
0
2
17
1
-2
3
1
1
1
0
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18
1
-3
4
1
1
1
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19
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5
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20
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4
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5
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0
0
0
6
0
0
0
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0
0
0
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7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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22

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0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4

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