Champions League Results : 16 October 2013

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Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez, Sergio Busquets, FC Barcelona

Champions League Results

Olympique Lyon beat APOEL Nicosia at Gerland stadium.

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Champions League Results

Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Barcelona
Barca: Sanchez 41,55, Messi 88
Bayer L: Kadlec 52

Bayer Leverkusen: 23-Bernd Leno; 14-Vedran Corluka, 2-Daniel Schwaab, 5-Manuel Friedrich, 24-Michal Kadlec; 3-Stefan Reinartz, 27-Gonzalo Castro, 6-Simon Rolfes, 8-Lars Bender, 10-Renato Augusto; 9-Andre Schuerrle

Barcelona: 1-Victor Valdes; 2-Daniel Alves, 5-Carles Puyol, 22-Eric Abidal, 21-Adriano; 4-Cesc Fabregas, 16-Sergio Busquets, 14-Javier Mascherano, 8-Andres Iniesta; 9-Alexis Sanchez, 10-Lionel Messi.

Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland).

Olympique Lyon 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
OL: Lacazette 58

Olympique Lyon: 1-Hugo Lloris; 13-Anthony Reveillere, 4-Bakary Kone, 3-Cris, 20-Aly Cissokho; 21-Maxime Gonalons, 6-Kim Kallstrom, 17-Alexandre Lacazette, 10-Ederson, 11-Michel Bastos; 9-Lisandro Lopez.

APOEL Nicosia: 22-Dionisios Chiotis; 7-Savvas Poursaitides, 4-Kaka, 3-Paulo Jorge, 98-William Boaventura; 26-Nuno Morais, 23-Helio Pinto, 10-Constantinos Charalambides, 31-Helder Sousa, 11-Ivan Trickovski; 8-Ailton

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy).

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2012-13

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona, Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich, Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2012-13

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Messi helped Barcelona to win the La Liga championship last season, and was top goal-scorer in Europe with 46 league goals. Argentina star Messi, the four-time reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, won the European Golden Shoe last season.

Ribery led Bayern Munich to a stunning treble victory. France international Ribery played a key role for the Bayern Munich side which became the first German club to win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.

Superstar Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has signed a new deal with Real Madrid and is now the highest paid footballer in Europe. Portugal ace CR7 netted 34 league goals for Real Madrid last season and finished up top goal scorer in the Champions League with 12 goals.

The trio won in a poll of journalists from each of UEFA's member national associations.

The overall winner will be announced in a live vote during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 29.

Last year's 2011-12 winner was Andres Iniesta. And his Barcelona team-mate Messi lifted the inaugural award for the 2010-11 season.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is fourth, and Bayern team-mates Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller fifth and sixth.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale is seventh, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern is eighth and Paris St Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie occupy ninth and 10th.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi had a lawsuit filed against him for tax evasion.

The 25-year-old Argentine striker, along with his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are both accused of three offenses for allegedly defrauding over €4million in income tax returns in 2007-09.

The trial will be held at the courthouse in Gava, home to the €11 million a-year Barca striker.

Messi recently played for his national team in Quito, where Argentina was held to 1-1 by Ecuador in a qualifying match for the World Cup.

FC Barcelona News : Xavi Hernandez Married

Mr. and Mrs. Xavi Hernandez

Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Hernandez

Barcelona midfielder Hernandez married longtime girlfriend in a star studded ceremony in the Catalan capital.

His friends including team mate Lionel Messi and a host of Barcelona stars were in attendance at the evening wedding ceremony that took place at Convent de Blanes in Barcelona at 6 pm.

GRA187. BLANES (GIRONA), 13/07/2013.- El jugador argentino del F.C. Barcelona Lionel Messi junto a su pareja, a su llegada a la ceremonia de la boda de su compañero de equipo Xavi Hernández con Nuria Cunillera, que ha tenido lugar esta tarde en el Jardín Botánico Marimurtra del municipio gerundense de Blanes ante unos 180 invitados. EFE/Robin Townsend

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

Other teammates on the guest list included Víctor Valdes, Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodriguez, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta.

A lavish reception followed the ceremony at the Marimurtra Botanical Gardens with a host of Xavi's former team-mates and Spanish La Liga stars also joining the party - inclucing Santi Ezquerro, Oleguer Presas, Gabri García, Pepe Reina and Albert Jorquera and former Athletic Bilbao winger Joseba Etxeberría.

Close friends Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Iker Casillas are still on holiday and did not attending the beautiful wedding.

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Xavi Hernández i Creus, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national football team. Xavi came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, at the age of 11.

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Tito Vilanova, FC Barcelona 

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New Bayern Munich boss and former Barca manager, Pep Guardiola denied saying new Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova would not be able to manage both Neymar and Lionel Messi playing side by side, while launching fierce criticism of club president Sandro Rosell.

Reportedly, Santos vice-president Odlio Rodrigues said Pep Guardiola had encouraged Neymar to sign for Bayern Munich instead of Barcelona, telling the player's father that Vilanova would be unable to manage having both the Brazilian and Lionel Messi in the same team.

Guardiola denied the story, saying: "I don't know the vice-president of Santos but probably his intermediaries have got this very wrong, because the information they have given him is false.

"I would never make any comments like those he said I made."

Guardiola said he had spoken to Neymar three years ago, at Rosell's request, to convince him to sign for Barcelona, and met him at the Ballon d'Or awards in January.

Guardiola did admit to speaking to Neymar's father in New York when he became the Bayern coach "to see what his situation was".

"In that meeting and in the two conversations we had before that I must have told him 20 times how well he would do at Barcelona, and in none of those three meetings did the name Tito Vilanova come up," said Guardiola. "It's not necessary for me to say if he [Vilanova] is a capable coach or not, he was my assistant for five years and what he did last year speaks for itself, because he led the club to their greatest season in their history.

"What's more, the best players can always play together and those two [Neymar and Messi] are capable of playing together for many years."

Guardiola said he spoke to Rosell when he left. 

"I told them I was going 6,000 km away and asked them to leave me in peace, but they haven't kept their word.

"I did my time then decided to leave.

"I want them to get on with the job and I wish them all the success in the world, because their success will also be mine, I don't need to say what I feel for this club."

Guardiola said the board suggested that he had not made enough effort to see Vilanova when he was diagnosed with cancer.

"Too many things have happened that have crossed the line.

"I will never forget that they used Tito's illness to cause me damage, because it's a lie that I never saw him in New York.

"I saw him once, and the reason I didn't see him more often was because it wasn't possible, and that wasn't my fault.

"To say that I don't wish the best of someone who was my colleague for so many years is very bad taste, and I didn't expect that."

"I did the best I could at Barcelona," he said.

"The staff and coaches have nothing to worry about. I left and have nothing to complain about, all I asked was to be left in peace. I went off to learn English and I ended up trying to learn German.

"That was all I focused on. I just ask the board to go their own way and leave me alone and stop using me and my friends to hurt me."

Pep Guardiola was appointed manager at Barcelona in 2008 by then president Joan Laporta, who was succeeded by Rosell in 2010. Two years later Guardiola took a sabbatical in New York, before agreeing to take over as coach of Bayern Munich in January 2013.

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Barca acted early in the transfer market to hire Neymar to back up Lionel Messi in the 2013-14 campaign.

Twenty-year-old Neymar began his career at Camp Nou on Monday with 56,000 fans who turned out to welcome the brilliant Brazilian to the Catalan capital.

Neymar signed a five-year-deal with Barcelona for €57 million - he will be the club's most expensive new arrival this summer.

Barca may also sign Lazio's veteran Germany frontman Miroslav Klose, his colleague Mario Gomez, Brazil's Leandro Damiao or Manchester United's Mexican forward Chicharito.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes now confirmed for one final season at the Catalan club before leaving on a free contract in 2014.

Barcelona's top target for a new defender is Thiago Silva. 

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