Ivan Rakitic says it was a “bad decision” for Barcelona to sanction the record-breaking €222 million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. The Liga giants found themselves forced into a corner once the Brazilian made it clear that he wanted out and PSG stumped up the cash to trigger his release clause. Having parted with one of the leading performers in the world game, Barca quickly set about trying to bring in cover.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has dismissed the idea that Real Madrid are in crisis following their poor run of form. The champions have failed to win any of their last three LaLiga matches at home, drawing with Levante and Valencia before suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Real Betis. Barca have opened up a seven-point gap on their fierce rivals following five wins from five, prompting some to suggest the title race is already firmly in their hands.
Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke has been nominated for the Fifa Puskas Award for Goal of the Year for his strike against Orlando Pirates. The 24-year-old shot-stopper earned his place on the shortlist after scoring a stunning overhead kick in