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Pique confident after shock Copa del Rey loss: 'We can turn things around'

The ESPN FC panel discuss Lionel Messi's penalty struggles following his latest miss against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

BARCELONA -- Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets expect Barcelona to bounce back quickly after their 29-game unbeaten streak was brought to an end by rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Oscar Melendo scored the only goal of a game of few chances after Lionel Messi had seen his second-half penalty brilliantly saved by Diego Lopez at Cornella-El Prat.

Ernesto Valverde's side had last tasted defeat in August, when they were beaten by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Barca travel to...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sponsorships enlarging financial gap below top clubs - UEFA study

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds.

The financial gap between Europe's biggest clubs and the rest of the continent is increasing because of the growing impact of sponsorships, a UEFA study has revealed.

The confederation's governing body released its massive "European Club Footballing Landscape" report on Tuesday, covering multiple financial analyses as well as teams' impacts including attendances and social media profiles.

The overall picture was one of financial health for top-division clubs, with a year-on-year revenue growth of...

 By PA Sport

Ronaldinho retires from football; former Barcelona star, World Cup winner

The ESPN FC crew look back on Ronaldinho's legendary career and persona on and off the pitch after the Brazilian officially announced his retirement.

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, his brother and agent has confirmed.

Ronaldinho, 37, has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015.

The former Barcelona star, part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 -- a year after having collected the Ballon d'Or.

Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother's decision in a column for Brazil media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events...

Barcelona defend payments made to Lionel Messi's charity

Lionel Messi marked his 400th La Liga game with a goal and assist as Barcelona kicked off 2018 with a comfy win over Levante.
Following their performances in Barcelona's first league win at Real Sociedad since 2007, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi top this week's Player Power Rankings.

Barcelona have said payments made to Lionel Messi's non-profit foundation between 2010 and 2013 were above board after a claim they were made as part of his salary.

Der Spiegel, which said it had seen internal Barcelona documents, reported that tax officials found transfers worth millions of euros from the club to Messi's father Jorge and his foundation during a 2016 audit of Barca's accounts.

The report said Messi's advisers struck a deal to pay the authorities around €12 million in unpaid...