Messi failed to turn up for pre-season training as talks with Messi’s father, who is also his agent, are expected this week in Barcelona,.
Barcelona will have to improve significantly to match Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, who are arguably favourites to win the tournament.
An impressive victory for FC Bareclona reduces the gap back to four points behind Real Madrid, who earlier ground out another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
In February, Spain’s Cadena Ser radio network reported that a company hired by Barcelona used fake social media accounts to discredit opposition figures and even some of its players when they expressed views that went against the club.
Suarez put Barca in front in the 29th minute before setting up Messi on his landmark night moments later.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored twice in two minutes as Barcelona broke the resistance of 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday to go 11 points clear of their La Liga title rivals.
Messi opened the scoring with an unstoppable free kick then combined with devastating effect with Luis Suarez to carve Betis open and score a second goal right before halftime.
Barca won a penalty early in the second half when Luis Suarez was fouled and Messi converted to put the league leaders in front and the Uruguayan forward made sure of the points with a simple finish from close range in the 82nd minute.
Thailand is between a rock and a hard place trying to pick who it is more willing to upset; Bahrain and the GCC or Australia, human rights organisations, and football's governing bodies.
The signing of the Ballon d'Or winner and top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juventus, who have had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but have not won Europe's top prize since 1996.
Both Argentinian and French coaches see Lionel Messi as a key player in the round-two knockout game and are strategising with him in mind.
Twice world champions Argentina will play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium on Saturday night in a World Cup warm-up match that has attracted huge interest among the Israeli fans, mainly because of Messi’s planned participation.
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