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30 stats for Messi's 30th birthday

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Barcelona B beat Racing Santander to seal Segunda A return

In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers.
In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, take a look at what he's accomplished so far and what he has left to chase down.
With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder.
Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi's legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30.
Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options.

Barcelona B are back in the second tier of Spanish football after a two-year absence following a playoff win over Racing Santander.

Barca's youngsters were held to a goalless draw by Racing at the Mini Estadi on Sunday, but the damage had been done last weekend in Santander when two goals each from Dani Romera and Marc Cardona had sealed a 4-1 win, putting Gerard Lopez's side on the brink of a return to Segunda A.

"We have fought so hard for this," captain and right-back Sergi Palencia told reporters...

Luiz Felipe Scolari dismisses Paulinho to Barcelona speculation

Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options.
Steve Nicol thinks Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Barcelona, but Alejandro Moreno worries about his health.
In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers.
In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, take a look at what he's accomplished so far and what he has left to chase down.
With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has played down speculation Paulinho will join Barcelona during the summer transfer window as finding a replacement for the former Tottenham Hotspur man would be too expensive.

Paulinho joined Guangzhou at the start of 2016 after an indifferent spell at Tottenham Hotspur and the 28-year-old has impressed, winning two Chinese Super League titles, the Asian Champions League and the Chinese FA Cup since joining the club.

His form has attracted the attention of Barca, but with new...

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates 30th birthday with three cakes

It only seems like yesterday he came bursting onto the scene as a floppy-haired young player, but Lionel Messi turned 30 on Saturday.

The Barcelona icon spent his big day at home with the family, quietly celebrating with his partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, his young sons, and not one, not two, but three cakes!

Terminando el cumple 😉😉😉 muchísimas gracias a todos por los saludos .. 👍👍👍

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

That sound you hear is Barca's club nutritionists making a slew of worried phone calls.

Painstaking fitness and diet regime be damned -- when you're Messi you can have as many birthday cakes...

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Brazil star Paulinho says he has an offer to move to Barcelona

Paulinho gave Guangzhou a 1-0 first leg advantage over Kashima in the AFC Champions League round of 16.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill recap all the AFC Champions League round of 16 action.

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has revealed that his agent is in talks with Barcelona over a potential move to the Catalan club.

Barca are looking to make signings in a number of positions this summer as they look to strengthen new coach Ernesto Valverde's hand, with midfield one area they're keen to improve.

Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti is their top target, but reports emerged earlier this week of their interest in Guangzhou Evergrande's Paulinho.

And the midfielder has confirmed the speculation,...