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Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol [Full Highlights and Goals]
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez shined in Barcelona's Sunday victory over city rivals Espanyol. La Liga, Round 16, 18/12/2016 Camp Nou Stadium Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol Goals: 1-0, 2-0 Suarez 18', 67', 3-0 Alba 68', 3-1 Lopez 79', 4-1 Messi 90'
James speaks out about Real exit; Ramos criticizes the Colombian
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez spoke out about his future after FIFA Clubs' World Cup final against Kashima Antlers. The Colombian said that he might be leaving the club soon. "I'm happy here, but I want to play more. I want to stay at Madrid forever. But we have to think about everything and look at the options. I have offers and I've got seven days to think about it." Madrid captain Sergio Ramos didn't like this comments as he thinks it's not the right time to speak about it. "I have a high regard towards James and I want him to stay, but today wasn't the right day to focus on those kind of matters," the Spaniard said.
Iniesta: Messi fundamental for Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta was happy with his team's victory over Espanyol. Luis Enrique's side defeated their city rivals 4 goals to 1 as Lionel Messi organized some exceptional display. "The derby was very tense and I think that we played good football. We are happy to finish the year with a victory at our own stadium. Messi? It's a matter of the team play. When the team functions well it's easier to show your qualities. Messi is fundamental for Barcelona," Iniesta told Marca.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick inspires Real Madrid to win Club World Cup
Real Madrid are the champions of the world. Zinedine Zidane's men lifted the Club World Cup trophy in Japan after defeating local club Kashima Antlers in a dramatic match. Karim Benzema opened the scoreline early in the match. Luka Modric fired the ball towards the ball and the goalkeeper cleared it, but Benzema was the first to react and send the ball into the empty net. However, Kashima Antlers weren't playing in the final just to give up. Shibasaki equalized the score late in the first half after Real Madrid's defensive misfunction. Moreover, Shibasaki managed to give a lead to his team in the early minutes of the second half after a powerful shot from 25 yards. Being down in the score, Real Madrid started to push stronger and it gave benefits. Lucas Vazquez was brought down in the penalty box and the referee didn't hesitate to show the penalty spot. Cristiano Ronaldo was accurate to make the score 2-2. And the Balon d'Or winner proved his qualities again in the extra time. He not only gave an advantage to Real Madrid in the 98th minute but also completed his hat-trick in the 104th minute. Kashima couldn't recover from this shock and Real Madrid lifted the World Cup for the second time in last three years.
Suarez happy with new Barca deal
Luis Suarez has been speaking of his pleasure after signing a new five-year contract at Barcelona earlier this week. "I am feeling overjoyed about being where I want to be. I feel very happy. It was the decision that we all wanted, both the club and me, we have a great relationship. "Any player would want to end their career at a club where they feel comfortable. We'll have to see, but I will never lose either my ambition or my enthusiasm."
Griezmann goal drought reaches 9 matches
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann couldn't score in 9th La Liga match in a row. The 25-year-old Frenchman wasn't able to mark his name on the scoreboard against Las Palmas, either. The last time Griezmann scored for Atletico against PSV in Champions League on November 23, while he scored in La Liga on October 2 against Valencia. Griezmann scored 6 goals and assisted 4 more in La Liga this season.
Barcelona settles on terms with Messi over a new contract
Barcelona have settled on terms with Lionel Messi over a new contract. According to AS, Messi's new deal will be worth €35 million-a-year. The Argentina international will also receive a 'revised signing on fee', which has been key in negotiations between the two parties. The deal will also see Messi extended his stay to 2020 or 2021.
Suarez pens a new contract at Barcelona
Luis Suarez has penned a new five-year contract at Barcelona. The Uruguayan took the Pichichi crown as the top goal scorer in La Liga last season after netting 40 goals, helping Barca to a league and cup double in the process. The striker has scored 13 times so far this campaign, and his new deal will keep him at the Catalan giants until 2021. Suarez will officially sign his new deal today.
Karim Benzema goal vs Club America
Karim Benzema scored a beautiful goal against Club America to open Real Madrid's account in Club World Cup.
Iniesta questions the necessity of individual prizes in football
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is not sure that individual prizes make sense in football. The Spain international was asked to comment about the Balon d'Or and its latest winner Cristiano Ronaldo. "I was among the 30 nominees. There are people who vote and are those who have individual preferences. I am not sure that football needs this kind of prizes. However, it's also a part of this game," Iniesta said.