´Equating Messi with anyone else is like comparing a policeman with Batman´ – Sampaoli

Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli said trying to compare Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to the rest is like comparing a policeman with fictional superhero Batman. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer, Messi is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. The 29-year-old is often compared with past greats Pele

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´Worried´ Rakitic wants Barca renewal

Ivan Rakitic is “worried” about his reduction in game time but the midfielder is ready to sign a new deal with Barcelona. Rakitic has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou and continues to be linked with a move away from defending LaLiga champions. The 28-year-old Croatia international – under contract until 2019 –

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Inter not signing Messi – Moratti

Lionel Messi to Inter? Former president Massimo Moratti denied the Barcelona star will be moving to Milan. Messi’s future at Barcelona appears far from certain with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner set to come out of contract at the end of next season and no renewal forthcoming. Inter continue to be linked with the 29-year-old

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Iniesta suffers calf injury

Andres Iniesta suffered a calf injury in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey victory over Real Sociedad. Barca confirmed after the first leg of the quarter-final tie that the midfielder had suffered the problem to his left calf and will undergo medical tests on Friday. Iniesta, 32, had been replaced by Andre Gomes at half-time, the latest

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