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Neymar starting to assume leading role at Barcelona

Three-time World Cup winner Pele believes that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the best player from the last decade.

Neymar has been a regular fixture at Barcelona from the very moment he landed at the Camp Nou back in the summer of 2013. While many doubted the young Brazilian would ever accept to play a secondary role alongside Lionel Messi, he very quickly understood that the presence of the No. 10 could only be interpreted as an advantage.

Far from causing an unnecessary battle of egos within Barca's dressing room, both South American stars became almost inseparable off the pitch and, as a result, formed...

 By Lee Roden

Barcelona icon Laszlo Kubala, the man who shaped the club's history

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses Lionel Messi's injury woes at Barcelona.

Before Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Johan Cruyff, there was Laszlo Kubala. The Hungarian's time at Barcelona came well before the days of YouTube or even colour television, but his legend at the club persists strongly to this day, marked most clearly by the towering bronze statue of him that stands in the grounds of the Camp Nou.

On the 65th anniversary of his debut in the Blaugrana shirt, it is worth looking back at the player who -- as the Joan Manuel Serrat song goes -- even Pele, Diego Maradona...

Messi absence means Nolito interest makes sense from Barcelona

The ESPN FC crew look at the impact Lionel Messi's injury has had on Barcelona.

Although Barcelona would prefer to be leading La Liga -- they're fourth, one point behind leaders Villarreal -- during international break, their chances of repeating their historical treble-winning season remain intact.

However, there is a general sense of pessimism in the streets of the Catalan capital. The never-ending string of injuries that has affected 14 members of the first team squad since September, including key players such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta or Rafinha, has forced Luis...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Dirk Kuyt may be Barca's next Henrik Larsson, Gotze wants Bayern stay

A selection of some of Jurgen Klopp's most hilarious press conference moments, which he will certainly bring to the Premier League.
Could Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt be the next Henrik Larsson for Barcelona?

The transfer window might be closed, but the rumours keep ticking. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals right here.

TOP STORY: Dirk Kuyt heading to Barcelona?!

This isn't a misprint. According to Catalan outlet Sport, former Liverpool fan favourite Dirk Kuyt is a serious target for Luis Enrique's Barcelona. The publication reports that the club are looking for reasonable veteran options to provide some depth in the attack.

The report also mentions...

Four key areas of Barcelona's minor 'crisis' that Luis Enrique must address

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains where Barcelona's vulnerabilities lie following their 2-1 loss at Sevilla.

It's a useful litmus test as to how things stand at FC Barcelona when you hear Luis Enrique release a huge sigh of welcome at the arrival of the international break.

Many coaches and players yearn for it. At smaller, less-successful clubs, it's a chance for a mini-holiday. Players get to muck around, spend time with their families, meet sponsorship commitments (aka make more money), and there's a regular European exodus for four or five days to the beaches of Doha.

At the largest, most successful...

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Camp Nou lies in ruin in new film

After Saturday's defeat at Sevilla left Barcelona languishing way down in fourth place in the La Liga table, there has been plenty of early-season pessimism emanating from certain quarters of Catalonia of late.

Indeed, it would seem that even the club's official website has joined in with the doom-mongering, having posted a video showing their Camp Nou stadium being reduced to a pile of decimated, post-apocalyptic wreckage.

Thankfully, the clip is actually just a scene from a new movie called "Segon...