Previous
Fiji
New Caledonia
3
0
FT
Game Details
Next

Barcelona's Jordi Alba signs new deal until 2024, €500m release clause

After another dominant first-half performance against Barcelona, the FC crew attribute Real Madrid's defeat to poor finishing and defensive lapses.

Jordi Alba has signed a new contract with Barcelona to extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2024, the Catalan club announced on Thursday.

Alba's new deal sees his release clause rise from €150 million to €500m and ensures he will remain under contract at the club until he is 35.

The left-back's deal was due to expire in 2020 but there was always a will on both sides for the terms to be extended, despite reported interest from Juventus and Manchester United.

Alba, 29, has never hidden that...

Malcom, Gerard Pique stand tall but Barcelona draw first leg vs. rivals Real Madrid

BARCELONA, Spain -- BARCELONA, Spain -- Malcom's second-half goal salvaged a draw for Barcelona against Real Madrid and kept this Copa del Rey semifinal wide open heading into the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu later this month.

Lucas Vazquez gave Madrid a sixth-minute lead at Camp Nou to silence the home supporters after good work from Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema.

Barca eventually grew into the game and equalised in the second half when Malcom, who started ahead of the half-fit Lionel...

Barca's Alba to Messi, City's Sane to Sterling among the most unstoppable combos in world football

Harry Winks scored with the final kick of the game to lead Tottenham past Fulham after losing Dele Alli to injury late on.
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combined once again vs. Leganes, showing again their unique understanding of one another.
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combined again vs. Leganes, once more showing their unique understanding of one another.

Do you ever get a sense of deja vu when watching football?

Not just when your side throws away a lead in stoppage time yet again, or loses another derby, or concedes to an ex-player for the third consecutive game.

But more literal deja vu -- when you watch a side scoring a goal they've scored again and again. Whether it's through a deliberate strategy, or because two players' natural characteristics fit together neatly, some teams have a very familiar type of goal. Here are four examples from...

Jordi Alba, Lionel Messi earn top marks as Barcelona end 2018 on winning note vs. Celta Vigo

Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi both found the net for Barcelona who enjoyed a comfortable win at the Camp Nou.
Jordi Alba was Barcelona's best against Celta Vigo, producing a sublime assist for Barca's second.
Jordi Alba was Barcelona's best against Celta Vigo, producing a sublime assist for Barca's second.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona end the calendar year with a comfortable 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.

Dembele opened the scoring early in the first half from close range before Messi added the second just before the break after a brilliant pass from Jordi Alba. The win restored Barca's three-point lead at the top of La Liga going into the winter break.

Positives

In Messi and Dembele (and Suarez), Barca have the league's best attack. No...

Barcelona's Jordi Alba: No dressing room issues with Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has come out in defence of teammate Ousmane Dembele following criticism directed at the Frenchman due to his late arrivals at practices but did admit his off-field behaviour "could improve."

The 21-year-old forward was reportedly fined €100,000 by Barca for indiscipline.

Sources told ESPN FC that Barca security was sent to fetch Dembele who was more than two hours late for Sunday's training session. He later apologised to the entire team.

"Anyone can make...

Jordi Alba: Lionel Messi snubbed for Ballon d'Or due to 'campaigns in Madrid'

Diego Lopez watched the ball fly past his fingers twice, as Lionel Messi put two fantastic free kicks into net to lead Barcelona to victory on the road.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Jordi Alba branded the Ballon d'Or a "lie" and claimed that a Madrid media campaign is the reason Lionel Messi did not win the coveted individual prize this year.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or earlier this week, with Barcelona forward Messi, a five-time winner of the award, finishing fifth in the voting.

Messi, who also finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, responded with a stunning individual performance against Espanyol...