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Real Madrid tried to sign Barcelona star in 2013 — Lionel Messi

Real Madrid tried to sign Barcelona star in 2013 — Lionel Messi

Messi in action for Barcelona.

It remains unclear why the deal never materialised, with Real Madrid turning their attention to Tottenham's Gareth Bale that summer.

Chelsea forward was selected ahead of him on the left wing, while there was further representation for the Premier League as Manchester City's features on the right. The Gunners hit the road to face Bournemouth and Eddie Howe, a man who has been touted as an eventual successor to Arsene Wenger, on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

"The connection between Messi and Alba is nothing new, it has been working for years", Valverde said. And possibly Alexis Sanchez?

Alba has set up seven goals for Messi this season in all competitions and Barca's all-time top scorer returned the favour with a curling pass from deep which his team mate slid in to poke inside the near post for the third goal after 28 minutes.

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Finalmente Ronald ratificó que Jean Beausejour no se irá a Independiente y que la opción desde Argentina no pasó más allá de una pregunta, pero que el club trasandino no realizó movimientos oficiales.

In a separate report, Der Spiegel note that the player also paid a €12m settlement in 2016 in order to avoid another trial after he hired an adviser to perform a personal audit.

European football's governing body announced the 11 best players in Europe for 2017 on Thursday. But perhaps not for long. "It is a suffering that I wouldn't wish on anyone", he told Canal+.

Taking all the bonuses into consideration, the superstar stands to make as much as 122.5 million euros per season, a sum that puts him over the budget of Olympique de Marseille, the fourth richest club in Ligue 1. But can the club sustain it for the second half?

It is said that the striker's father, Jorge, would have also earned £900,000 (€1m) from his son's transfer to the Spanish capital.