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2019/2020 Season

1 Real Madrid 15 8 1 53
2 Barcelona 16 4 4 52
3 Getafe 12 6 6 42
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Sources: Barca altering summer transfer strategy


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Messi agrees to 70% pay cut amid coronavirus


Barca cut salaries as financial struggles grow


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Magnificent Messi leads the way but is not a unanimous pick: The best player I have seen

Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol clash over Lionel Messi's standing after his UCL showing vs. Chelsea in 2018.
Ale Moreno feels competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or is the ultimate fuel for Lionel Messi.

Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game's greatest occasions. In the latest installment of a multi-part series, they reveal the best player they have ever seen in person. Lionel Messi dominates the category, while there are mentions for the likes of Diego Maradona, Kaka and Peter Schmeichel.

Graham Hunter's pick: Lionel Messi

I am a child of the Pele-Johan Cruyff-Franz Beckenbauer-Eusebio-George Best era. I not only lived through Diego Maradona's fledgling years but...

Barcelona legend Xavi donates €1m to hospital in coronavirus fight

Former MLS player and current doctor Marshall Leonard sheds light on his efforts to fight coronavirus.
La Liga releases a video to thank those still going to work amid the coronavirus crisis in Spain.
Julien Laurens explains why Belgium ending their season due to the coronavirus could impact other league decisions.
Sid Lowe details the next steps for La Liga to complete the season in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has donated €1 million to a hospital in the city to help its overburdened health care system deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Spain international, who is the head coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, has given the money to Hospital Clinic after the medical centre appealed for more resources to aid its response to the crisis.

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea in talks with Barcelona over Coutinho

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it's time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Chelsea in talks with Barcelona over Coutinho

Barcelona want to sell Philippe Coutinho, just over two years after spending €160m to sign him from Liverpool, but Sport reckons they will accept half that fee now and that Chelsea are interested.

Coutinho, 27, is on loan at Bayern Munich for the season and the German champions...

FIFPro warns days of big money transfers are over amid coronavirus crisis

FifPro General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman explains covid-19's financial impact on even the biggest clubs.
Football lawyer Daniel Geey explains why it's in the best interest for out of contract players to sign extensions.

Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, the general secretary of FIFPro, the international players' union, has told ESPN that clubs will no longer be able to bank on big money transfers in the future. 

With football on hold across the world amid the coronavirus pandemic and clubs having to cut costs to survive, Baer-Hoffmann said clubs are going to have to look at their financial model, with budgets that have for so long relied on selling players up the chain to bigger clubs. 

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Barcelona's Griezmann defends Giroud after Benzema spat

1998 World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf rips into Karim Benzema for his comments about Olivier Giroud.
Julien Laurens says Karim Benzema's remark that he is "F1" and Olivier Giroud is "kart racing" wasn't needed.
Will Olivier Giroud remain at Chelsea next season or should he seek pastures anew?

Antoine Griezmann has defended Olivier Giroud after Karim Benzema criticised the Chelsea player on an Instagram live.

The Real Madrid forward, who hasn't been picked for France in five years, said Giroud was a like go-kart while he was playing at Formula One level.

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"You don't compare Formula 1 with karting, and I am being nice," Benzema said.

Griezmann, who played...