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In other news Alaba is out with length injury :/ its likely he wont play for rest of current season , just when Bayern started to peak this season they got hit with injuries to Robeen , ribery and alaba .
7 weeks apparently! Good thing the dreamfooty TW is open soon again; I have Alaba and Robben as my star defender and midfielder.

Poor guys, this is the part of the season you DON'T want to miss playing for a top club. And poor Pep too. Two essential players out... Unfortunate.
Me too , i have him as my star Defender , apart of DF he is very likable as a player :/ and this is his 2nd time getting injured this year
I guess it would be better to face them now in the CL than later?
Messi apparently has a bunch of tattoos:

http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1017/Buitenlands-voetbal/article/detail/3937568/2015/03/31/Messi-laat-enorme-tattoo-op-arm-zetten.dhtml

Blegh, disappointed. I hate tattoos unless they're decorative and subtle - similar to earrings or a necklace. I really dislike Messi's tattoos. Depicting Jesus the stereotypical way, the terribly done tattoo of his son's hand, the overly lavish flower on his arm now too...

Guess my favourite player will remain Don Andrés for a good while still!
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Sadly, this is not an April fool's joke.
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He got the flower and Jesus one done recently , i can argue his selection but i don't really hate tattoos , in fact if i was allowed to have them , i would have gotten few of them myself .

Also i think his selection shows about how much he loves his family and TBF i think its good to see that he haven't really forgotten his religion which many people does why they get rich and famous .
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I personally don't really like it when people adhere too much importance to religion to be honest. It just leads to the worst of mankind, wars, in the long term. I'm all for believing in something or learning from wise people, but to do so religiously is a bridge too far to me. Jesus was most likely a good, charismatic man with interesting and humane views that were earth-shattering in the Middle-East and Europe at the time, but to me he's no more than a human being, just like all of us.

So tattooing the westernized Jesus looking all saintly on your shoulder... Not a big fan. Religion leads to zealotry IMHO, and that in turn leads to extremist ideas. And I think we all agree extremists are the main cause of mankind's troubles. Not just religious extremists, mind you.
Ditto Malik, a lot of rich youth do all kind of wild stupid things more serious than having tattoos.
I very much dislike tattoos myself, as I fail to see how they beautify the human body, but if that's Messi craving, no biggie.
He is still the most humble among all the football players, with obviously the Divine touch. Messi is God's gift to all football fans.
Wow it is so weird in this day and age to find people that don't like tattoos! I personally hate them so much, I thought I was the last of a dying breed lol
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Yeah, you're not alone Che! For men tattoos (the excessive ones anyway, which are most ones these days) look cheap and thuggish IMO. For women, tattoos often make women look sleazy.

Besides, for those who believe in God: He/She created us to His/Her image, right? So getting tattoos means you're trying to improve on how you - and therefore He/She looks. You're basically saying God is ugly :P
Although I agree with you J but with this logic I would say applying makeup shouldn't be considered okay :)
Count me in. Anybody with a lot of tattoos is trying to tell us that he/she makes mistakes that he can't fix. I have yet to see a tattoo which would seem appropriate to retain on my body for the rest of your life. When I lived in New York I used to regularly see this guy on the subway who had his entire face tattooed with massive ear and nose piercings. For all the stuff on his face, he sounded like a very gentle mild mannered guy. But every time I saw him all I could think was that he must have decided long time ago that he's not going to try and become CEO of a large corporation.

The only thing I'd ever considered tattooing on my body are names of my kids. Other than that everything to me is temporary. I can appreciate Messi tattooing Thiago or his hand print on his body. That is respectable and shows how much he loves his kid.
So Danilo is gone , whats our next option now ? Danilo was my first choice followed by De sciglio and Coleman , but both of them are having very bad season :/

at this point i think i would prefer to have alves renewed for another season or get bartra to play as RB then to buy anyone ,

BTW am i the only one who wont mind paying alves s**t load of money and agree to all of his demands if that means we spoil PSG transfer plans ? i would hate to sell any of our player to PSG especially after how they have f****d with us for last 3 transfer windows -_-
Whenever we give him money is usually when he starts playing badly so I wouldn't. We should definitely sign him on for another season at least, this current one has really shown that he still has it. With Alba running up more down the offensive flanks we haven't had to rely so much on Alves's.

We should really keep Montoya, keep Alves and give Adriano more chances.
Well, I'm sure his agent wants a 3 or 4 years deal, since Barca is caught between a rock and whatever.
While Montoya has not impressed this year, I think we should still keep faith and give him a good look.Someone on this board has suggested to convert Pedro to an RB, I'm leaning toward converting Mascherano to a RB.
As for Adriano, I think lack of playtime has gotten to him too, he seems a step behind, every time I see him on the field.
Messi out for 3-4 weeks :(
ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Now its up to PSN :l wait is he out for the 1st leg against PSG too?
From where you get this news dude?is it real or are you celebrating fool's day?
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Its not April from where im at. But if its an april fools joke, you cold hearted xD
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lol nice try
I'm not sure where you live but it's not even 12 here yet haha. But nice try still, just read that Messi had a swollen toe and should be able to play normally in a couple of days.
what?!? when??!
^ on april 1st ;)
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Woooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww

I hate you MSN Force hahaha so much.
Portugal lost 0-2 at home to their former colony Cape Verde. Hah!
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Madrid signed danilo officially. What is barca doing when we actually need a rb?
Banned from signing?
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WTF? Why? Carvajal must be pissed.
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Signing makes no sense to me. It's like when Mourinho signed Luis when he has Azpi
It's called Perez hijacking policy,happened it before too..carvajal would leave soon or danilo making a mistake of his life by choosing to sit on bench..
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They got him for 31M , our board would have paid 45M easily ;)
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Madrid doesn't really have a back up rb for carvajal. So it makes sense that they wanted to get another rb. But carvajal hasn't really had bad games and is in top form. Plus he's very young. So getting another young rb who will compete with him for a spot is a bit weird. Eventually all established players want starting position so even if danilo fights for a place it will eventually end up with one person wanting to leave. But madrid has a history of unsettling good players so let's see what happens with this transfer.
@Franky4fingers , Madrid already have arbeloa, who will leave this summer and have deteriorate in quality but still as a back up i think he would have suffice .
if Spain keep getting handled like this...Del Bosque's time will run out as Manager....Albiol is a terrible defender
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It's friendly with second strings of players.I don't think this match does make difference for vdb..
it can also be argued the same for netherlands so what does that say? that Netherlands have a better bench or better young players or was it team selection. its not going well for spain ATM... Memphis Depay is a hell of a player easily could become a world class player
I think both teams have bunch of great young talents,but Spain's selection today is just meh,if that's what you meant in your first post,then I agree with you..
I remember Spain being smacked 4-1 by Argentina and 4-0 by Portugal after Spain won the world cup. Didn't mean jack
http://www.talkingbaws.com/2015/03/30/video-barcelona-star-dani-alves-sings-down-reporters-microphone-after-being-hounded-about-psg-move/

Typical Alves
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Best Alves moment when he ate the banana.
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HAHHAHAHHA!! Legend!
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I'd like to see Alves and Ronaldo have a singing competition.. I don't know who's worse.. Alves or Ronaldo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEREcHE2W5c

At least Ronaldo has some rhythm, if you wanna call it that
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I heard One Direction has an opening ;)
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lol
World XI 2005 vs. 2014

http://i.imgur.com/OGdSv7R.jpg
vs.
http://tinyurl.com/WORLDXI2014

So many great players in 2005. Who would win? I think 2005 has it, if Messi doesn't perform. The defense and midfield is WAY better but it gets interesting in attack. 2014's only chance really is if Messi performs to be honest. Otherwise, it's an uphill battle from the first minute for 2014.
Neither team has a defensive mid so it boils down to whoever can score the most goals. Nobody is more clinical than Messi and C.Ronaldo. 2014 wins for me.
Remove sideshow Bob and replace him with Godin of 2014 then even 2014 team will have decent chance
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@Alf

But a midfield of Kaka, Zidane and Pirlo > Iniesta Kroos Di Maria

Especially since 2014 has Luiz and Ramos in defence, I could easily see Eto and Henry taking advantage of the yards of space b behind them. And don't forget what Dinho did to the best of them!

@Malik

The only thing that's making me think 2014 has a chance is if Messi puts in a good performance.. because he would have to control the tempo of the game. And that would be a tough task when the midfield consists of Zidane and Pirlo
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@St1or
You're not taking into account team tactics. You assume Luiz and Ramos would leave "yards of space behind them." What if 2014 didn't play the offside trap?

There would be some tasty matchups, that's for sure. Lahm vs Dinho. T.Silva vs. T. Henry.

I would agree that Kaka, Zidane and Pirlo > Iniesta Kroos Di Maria in terms of creativity but not defensively. With the right tactics, 2014 could win by a large margin. Imagine 2014 playing on the counter. Messi feeding Ronaldo and Robben? No way that 2005 defense and midfield could stop them.
@alf

Imagine Henry/Eto/Dinho playing on the counter with Kaka acting as a cam and Zidane/Pirlo acting as deep lying playmakers.. and I'm just going by general tendencies Ramos and Luiz have. They are awful defenders.
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You can't play on the counter if I play on the counter first :P

T. Silva and Lahm are better than any of the 2005 defenders though. Cannavaro and Terry without 1-2 DMs in front of them will be a piece of cake for Messi, Ronaldo, and Robben. Hell, a fully fit Messi is better than half the 2005 team alone. Messi can dribble defenders and defensive mids like they're not even there. Kaka, Zidane, and Pirlo were never great defenders. In contrast, Di Maria will hound the opposition midfield.

And think about set pieces. T. Silva, D. Luiz, Sergio Ramos, and C. Ronaldo. You're screwed. Terry can't mark them all and Cannavaro is 5 foot nothing.
@Alf

point taken. rebuttal will ensue:

I don't think Silva is as good as Cannavaro was.

And Di Maria 'hounded' our MF but whenever we played better in midfield, di maria was silent. Kroos is a liability in defence and Iniesta isn't known for his defending either. Meanwhile, Zidane played deeper and deeper for France and Pirlo plays as a CDM for Juve for quite a while now.

Defence of 2005 is slightly better imo, only because the 2014 has Ramos and Luiz. The midfield battle is easily won by 2005.. my only concern is that 2014 has Messi and any team with Messi in it would have a chance against the best of them.
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DM is not the same as deep-lying playmaker. Pirlo has Vidal and Pogba defending in front of him. I don't think of Pirlo as the traditional DM who covers for his more attack-minded midfielders.

I think we can agree on one thing: there will be tons of goals in a back-and-forth open match. Kind of like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiPlPp6SKD0
I would solve this,play busi instead kroos,all legendary players struck in the middle,2014 will be a easy winner..
2014 would win because Messi and Ronaldo are the best, but that midfield of Zidane (love him so much) Kaka (when he was actually good) and Pirlo.... Wowzers imagine those three with Messi Ronaldo and Suarez up front...

Thats it boys... we are making a time machine lol
This has to be one of the saddest pictures I've ever seen (barca wise)

http://i.imgur.com/GakWBs5.jpg

:'(

I was really upset when Puyol retired. I can't imagine what it will be like when Iniesta hangs his boots.. or worse, when Messi retires :(
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Puyol, Xavi, and Valdes, all gone, it just shocks me to think that they won't be playing anymore since I've seen the 3 of them with Barca for such a long period of the time I've been watching football
One day it'll be Messi. that is the day I will stop paying taxes or do groceries.
@Manbearpig, Joining him behind bars eh?
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oh hikman... you silly goose
Oh burned by a madridista. First time since footytube's existence
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8
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