• Picture of asylum seeker wins Barcelona FC photography award
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    Picture of asylum seeker wins Barcelona FC photography award

    (CNN)It could be an everyday scene: a teenager on a football field, in his club's colors, boots hanging over his shoulder -- but this is no ordinary young footballer and the picture hasn't been captured by your average photographer. Arshia is an Iranian asylum seeker who lives in Liverpool and the picture of the schoolboy in the blue and black kit of his club Kingsley United has won a photography award held by Spanish football giants Barcelona. Kingsley United, which describes itself as Liverpool's most diverse football club on its Twitter feed, is based in Toxteth, an inner city area where former Liverpool FC stars Robbie Fowler and Howard Gayle were born.

  • Messi could've played for Real Madrid instead of Barcelona – Gaggioli
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    Messi could've played for Real Madrid instead of Barcelona – Gaggioli

    If Horacio Gaggioli had not moved to Barcelona, Lionel Messi could have been playing for bitter rivals and LaLiga champions Real Madrid in 2017. Barca's all-time leading goalscorer Messi arrived at Camp Nou as a 13-year-old from Rosario, thanks to the help of fellow Argentinian and agent Gaggioli. Gaggioli was involved in Messi's relocation to Spain to join Barca and the former Newell's Old Boys youngster has gone on to win five Ballon d'Or, eight LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns among other trophies with the Catalan giants.