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Lionel Messi became Barcelona’s most successful player on Sunday night when he won a 33rd team title with the club.

Messi claimed an assist for Ousmane Dembele’s winner as Barca beat Sevilla 2-1 to lift the Supercopa de Espana.

The five time Ballon d’Or winner replaced Andres Iniesta, who left the Camp Nou after more than two decades to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe earlier this year, as the most decorated player in Barca’s history.

Messi has now won the Spanish Super Cup eight times, as well as nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, six Copa del Reys, three Club World Cups and a hat-trick of UEFA Super Cups.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui calls the rivalry between goalkeepers Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois ‘magnificent’ for the club.

Courtois ended Madrid’s long-running pursuit of a goalkeeper, but Navas has since warned that he had ‘the same desire to leave as to die’, while catching the eye during Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Milan on Saturday.

“My Super Cup XI? I don’t know it yet, but if I knew it I still wouldn’t tell you,” Lopetegui said after the game.

“It’s always special to be sitting in the dugout at the Bernabeu. There’s always excitement before a game but more so here.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he has ‘high hopes’ for Ousmane Dembele this season after his Supercopa winner against Sevilla.

“The truth is that Sevilla made it complicated at first after they scored the first goal, and it was difficult to overcome them, although given how the match progressed in the second half, I thought we were closer to winning,” said the Coach after his side’s 2-1 victory in Tangier.

“They were very rounded because they started the season before us, while it was our first day of competitive action, and it ended well.

Barcelona Beats Sevilla To Win Super Cup

Lionel Messi lifted his first trophy as the new Barcelona captain – his record breaking 33rd as a Barca player – as Ernesto Valverde’s team won the Spanish Super Cup beating Sevilla 2-1.

No one has won more silverware in Barcelona’s history than the Argentine but this victory in Tangiers’ Stade Ibn Battouta was largely thanks to the club’s forgotten man Ousmane Dembele.

The French international’s spectacular goal 12 minutes from time settled the first ever Spanish Super Cup played outside of Spain. It came after Gerard Pique had cancelled out Pablo Sarabia’s opening goal.

Real Madrid faced their first test at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

Julen Lopetegui has tried to strengthen the side offensively following their top scorer’s move to Juventus and against AC Milan, and they returned to form with the trident that will likely play against Atletico Madrid.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio were handed the reins as they have been throughout pre-season and they responded.

On Saturday, both Benzema and Bale scored and demonstrated a great understanding in attack with each other, while Asensio displayed his talent, brilliance and speed throughout.

Those two goals from BBA mean that of the nine that Madrid have scored in their four pre-season games, all but one have came from their attacking trio.

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak ‘rejected the chance to join Chelsea after the club met his €100m) release clause’.

The Blues’ attempt came before turning to Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the 25-year-old opted to stay in Spain to play Champions League football, according to The Times.

It has reported that the Slovenia international’s wages are set to increase for staying at the club and his release clause is set to rise to €250m.

Oblak, whose current contract at Atletico runs until the summer of 2021, has seen his reputation soar since he made the switch to Atletico from Benfica in 2014.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he will not play again for the Spanish national team despite his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach.

Pique declared his intention to quit international football after the 2018 World Cup following a World Cup qualifier against Albania in October 2016, saying he was tired of repeated criticism from supporters and the media, and that he wished ‘to be left in peace’.

The outspoken Barcelona-born defender has never enjoyed the same rapport with Spain supporters as his international team mates, and he has often been booed at games due to his repeated jibes at Real Madrid and his support for a referendum on Catalan independence.

Barcelona Name Lionel Messi Captain

Barcelona will have four captains for the 2018-19 season, with Lionel Messi officially taking over the armband from the departed Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta paid a heartfelt farwell to the Nou Camp this summer, moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe and leaving the captain’s armband up for grabs.

Messi will be the primary captain for the new season, but Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto will share the responsibility when needed.

All four are graduates from the club’s La Masia academy, and the decision follows when Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Busquets were named club captains in 2014-15.

Real Madrid Offer Modric More Money To Stay

Reports in both Spain and Italy state Real Madrid are desperate to keep Inter target Luka Modric, they will offer him a huge new contract.

The Nerazzurri have a deal with the Croatian midfielder, but are waiting to see if the Champions League winners will stick to a gentleman’s agreement to allow him to leave.

So far the Spanish giants have insisted that the only way they’ll allow a transfer is if someone pays the €750m release clause.

Today Marca is reporting that Madrid are ready to offer Modric a new contract to convince him to stay, significantly bumping up his current salary of €6.5m per season.

With the Premier League summer transfer window shut, that leaves just Real Madrid and Juventus in a race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio.

According to Tuttosport, the two football giants are the only ones left in the hunt for the 23-year-old midfielder who is nicknamed the ‘Serbian Zidane’.

Milinkovic-Savic has played 94 times for Lazio since joining in 2015 and he scored 12 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season as they finished fifth, just missing out on a Champions League place.

Those 12 goals were the most by any midfielder in Serie A last season.