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Luis Suarez agrees new Barcelona contract to 2021

MADRID: Luis Suarez has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the Camp Nou until June 2021, the Spanish champions announced on Thursday. The 29-year-old Uruguay striker's new deal, which had been in the pipeline for some time, features a 200 million-euro (£167 million, $208 million) release clause. Barcelona said Suarez, who has scored 97 goals in 116 appearances since signing from Liverpool in 2014, will officially pen the new deal on Friday. "They know that I feel happy here and there was never…

Lionel Messi double brings relief for Barcelona

MADRID: Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona recorded their first win in four La Liga games to close to within three points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at Osasuna. Barca should have killed the game off in the first half as Luis Suarez and Messi missed two big chances each against La Liga's bottom side. However, Suarez rounded off a fine team move to break the deadlock just before the hour before Messi's double in the final 17 minutes moved him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as La Liga's top…

Ramos rescues Real Madrid in El Clasico stalemate

BARCELONA: Sergio Ramos's stoppage-time equaliser maintained Real Madrid's six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico. Luis Suarez looked to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed home the opener from Neymar's free-kick eight minutes into the second half. Neymar and Lionel Messi then passed up huge chances to add to Barca's advantage, and the hosts were made to pay when Real captain Ramos met Luka Modric's free-kick with a…

Luis Suarez picks up Golden Shoe award

BARCELONA: Barcelona's Uruguayan star Luis Suarez on Thursday collected the Golden Shoe award for the leading scorer in Europe last season and admitted he never imagined being the most prolific member of such a star-studded attack. "I didn't imagine myself as the top scorer, I only thought about being a champion, winning the Champions League, which I have done," said Suarez at a prize-giving ceremony in Barcelona. "I have team-mates who make it easy but I am not going to take credit from myself because it needs to be done…

Messi widely tipped to regain Ballon d’Or

ZURICH: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is targeting an unprecedented fifth Ballon d'Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favoured to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.