Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is one of the premier faces in football. So, is it that unreasonable to see him living in a house shaped like a football?
A concept designed by architect Luis de Garrido with Messi in mind has this idea well on its way to fruition.
Messi’s work life revolves around soccer, and it appears his home life might as well. A birds-eye view gives the first look at the numerous football-inspired designs, with an overall look of a football pitch.
The house itself comes in the shape of a football, and appears to be two stories. Our favorite subtle nod to Messi’s profession? The front entrance and the ball forming the shape of a “10,” the Argentine magician’s number.
Casa de Messi is still in the design phase, but it would be interesting to see how this would look up close and personal.
(h/t 101GreatGoals). Images and video courtesy of 101 Great Goals.
Cesc Fabregas’s girlfriend posted this picture of her muse on Instagram today, showing the Barcelona star relax with a game of Candy Crush (what else?) in the midst of a truly magnificent bubble bath.
Boy, to live the life of a footballer. Must be such a drag.
Ahh, puppy love. So refreshing!
Barcelona sensation Neymar had a video message for his girlfriend, Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, who is participating on Brazil’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Neymar’s words of encouragement and love appear to have tugged on Marquezine’s heart strings, leading the 18-year-old actress to break down in tears.
What a guy! Usually Neymar brings opposing defenders to tears, but never like this.
Neymar quickly is becoming a real darling in the world of football. If the video isn’t enough, take a look at this photo of Neymar and his teammate Lionel Messi posing with their respective sons before Barcelona’s match vs. Real Sociedad on Tuesday night:
(Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)
Could one exciting pairing be the genesis for another at Barcelona? That remains to be seen a few years down the road with these two youngsters … but perhaps not THAT far down the road.
Barcelona continue to be linked with a host of goalkeepers in their search to replace Victor Valdes. Keepers such as Thibaut Courtois have been touted as possible long-term replacements. In today’s newspapers Petr Cech is the latest name linked to the Nou Camp, but surely Cech would be seen as a short term fix.
For this story and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
There have been many examples in the past of players making super-stardom and team after team cursing their luck after refusing them as a teen for a pittance. One of the most famous was when Sheffield United baulked at the £200,000 asking price for Diego Maradona (how the football landscape could have been so different).
Above is the registration document from Neymar’s 2005 trial with Real Madrid. He hugely impressed at the time but Real Madrid’s sporting director Carlos Martinez de Albornoz later saw 60,000 euros as too much to pay for a 14-year old. It seems it would have been a worthwhile investment after all.
Via (101greatgoals and AS.com)
After all the drama of the transfer deadline, clubs will now be turning their attention to the January window and beyond. The main rumor in today’s newspapers sees Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois linked with a summer move to Barcelona. Courtois is currently on loan at La Liga club Atletico Madrid and Barca see him as a long term replacement for keeper Victor Valdes.
For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
Lionel Messi turned in a vintage Messi performance over the weekend against Valencia, notching a first half hat trick in the span of just 32 minutes. Now, three goals in a game is no rare feat for the Barcelona magician. In fact, it was Messi’s 23rd hat trick of his astonishing career. Still, it’s pretty darn impressive, so much so that it has other sports legends talking.
Los Angeles Lakers star and renown soccer fan Kobe Bryant was taking the game in with his daughter, and had simply this to say:
Messi. #saynomore— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
Messi must have been quite excited to get a shoutout from one of his own sports idols. After the match, Messi — nine years younger than Bryant — took to Facebook to make sure all his fans caught wind of the interaction, writing “It’s awesome to receive support from the great Kobe.”
Oh, aren’t you guys just too cool for school:
Actually, yes. Yes you are.
#TBT: Jose Mourinho with Barcelona (1998)
Heading into the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the appeal and hype for the contest was mostly regarding whether or not Brazilian superstar Neymar would make his first start for the Blaugrana.
He didn’t. Instead, the man who Neymar replaced at Barca ironically stole the spotlight early on — David Villa. It took Villa less than 12 minutes to exact a measure of revenge on the club that sold him for a paltry fee of $6.7M — compare that to the $53.5M fee Barcelona paid Valencia to get him just three years ago, and that figure is almost criminal — with this stunning volley:
Think Barcelona fans felt a little bitter about letting Villa go?
Neymar did get on as a second-half substitute, and promptly equalized with his first official goal for the club:
Despite the 1-1 draw in the first leg, both clubs will feel like winners, at least in the summer transfer window.