CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY V BARCELONA TICKETS

Lionel Messi scores hat trick against Man City in Champions League

Lionel Messi, Barcelona FC scores against Manchester City

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY V BARCELONA TICKETS

Champions League Manchester City v Barcelona

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Tuesday, November 1, 2015
UEFA Champions League Group C
Managers: Pep Guardiola, Manchester City; Luis Enrique, Barcelona
Etihad Stadium

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Match Report

Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City

Lionel Messi 17' min
Lionel Messi 61' min
Lionel Messi 69' min
Junior Neymar 89' min

Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side could not stop Barcelona superstar striker Lionel Messi as he scored a hat trick in Barca’s Group C Champions League battle at Camp Nou before 96,290 fans. Junion Neymar added the fourth near the end of the match. Man City's Argentine manager Guardiola, who was boss at Barca for four years, did not enjoy his difficult homecoming battle with his former side. Messi’s hat-trick off his dangerous left foot earned him a total of  an amazing 16 goals in 15 games against English clubs. This was Messi’s 37th career hat-trick. Barca goalie Marc-Andre Ter Stegen earned a clean sheet, while Claudio Bravo earned a red card and was sent off. Sergio Aguero watched the game from the bench.

Former Barca goalkeeper, Chilean Claudio Bravo who stepped up as Guardiola’s #1 after Joe Hart left for Torino on loan, did not enjoy his first match back in Catalunya as he was sent to the dressing room in the 53r'  minute for handling outside of his area.

Leo Messi revelled in his full 90 minutes return from a groin injury with a stunning triple. Messi marked his return to the Barca starting line-up with a hat-trick as Barca’s 4-0 win over a 10-man Man City continued a perfect 100% start to Luis Enrique’s side's Champions League campaign.

The La Liga champions were already safely established five points above City at the Group C summit when a late Neymar penalty shot added the fourth.

Sergio Aguero remained sitting on the visitors' bench throughout the entire match.

Claudio Bravo, Manchester City goalie, is shown a red card

For the third time in a row Manchester City’s visits to the Nou Camp have ended in their defeat. This visit, Lionel Messi treated his former manager, Pep Guardiola to his magic scoring a hat-trick on Pep’s first return to Catalonia with his new club, Man City. Guardiola was Barca’s esteemed coach between 2008 and 2012. Guardiola previously returned for the first time as manager of Bayern Munich 18 months ago suffering a 3-0 defeat.

Guardiola left Kun Aguero on the bench. “I want more midfielders”, said Guardiola. City’s all-time leading Champions League scorer Sergio Aguero was benched in favor of a three-man front-line of Kevin De Bruyne, Nolito and Raheem Sterling who were unable to score a single goal in the fiesty match.

Messi’s hat trick was an example of the Argentine striker's brilliance that led to him being named again to the Balloon D’Or 30 man shortlist for the 2016 award.

Luis Enrique’s Barca dominated throughout the match but Man City’s Fernandinho, Aleksandar Kolarov, John Stones, Sterling and Claudio Bravo all were careless leading to the defeat as well.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Umtiti, Mascherano, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Neymar. Subs: Masip, Arda, Digne, Alcacer, Rafinha, Mathieu, Andre Gomes.

Manchester City

Bravo; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho; Sterling, Gundogan, Silva, Nolito; De Bruyne. Subs: Caballero, Fernando, Aguero, Maffeo, Clichy, Sane, Navas.

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The winner will be revealed by France Football on December 13, 2016.

The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees are as follows:

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)

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2013 Ballon d'Or Awards Shortlist  : Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Ribery

Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three final contenders for the 2013 Ballon d'Or.

Lionel Messi has won the award for four years in a row, and led Barcelona's charge to the Spanish La Liga title last season with 46 goals.

Ribery enjoyed the best season of his career, helping Bayern Munich to an unprecedented treble with outstanding performances in the Bundesliga, and Champions League.

Ronaldo will end 2013 without silverware, but has started the current campaign in the form of his life for club and country, scoring 28 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal and setting a world record for Champions League goals to date.

The 28-year-old last won the award back in 2008 thanks to his performances for Manchester United but is currently the favorite to scoop the prize after ensuring the Seleccao will go to the 2014 World Cup with a superb hat trick against Sweden in the playoff round.

Voting for the Ballon d'Or closed on Nov. 29 after the original period was extended. The winner will be announced Jan. 13 in Zurich.

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Messi is sure that Neymar will have a positive impact at Camp Nou in the upcoming 2013-14 season. El Caliente Messi believes the Brazil star will adjust well at the titan club despite the hype surrounding his arrival.

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"He is a great player and he will have no problems adapting. He'll have no trouble off the pitch either. He's a good lad," Messi said on Wednesday. "He will give a lot to the team. In one-on-ones, he is very dominant and is going to make a great difference."

Durning the summer transfer window, Thiago Alcantara joined Bayern Munich and David Villa signed with Atletico Madrid. 

"Thiago? It was a personal decision, he thought he'd play more there," Messi explained. "Villa is a great signing for Atletico, he's a top goalscorer."

In a shocking defeat, Barcelona suffered a 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League semi-final.

"The Champions League defeat from last season is an extra motivation for this year. It's another challenge," Messi said. "Bayern already had a great team and with Guardiola they'll be even stronger. In La Liga, Real Madrid will be a tough opponent, as always."

Messi was hit with tax fraud claims earlier in the summer, with the Argentina captain and his father reportedly owing around €4m in unpaid tax bills. 

"I'm calm. We'll see how things go. I don't understand much about tax issues, that's why we have advisers and they are dealing with the issue, we trust them."

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Fresh off his latest Ballon d'Or win less than two weeks ago, Lionel Messi posed with all four of his golden ball trophies before kickoff of Barcelona's Copa del Rey quarterfinal match against Málaga on Wednesday.

Messi wanted to "share his awards with the Barça fans."

The match ended in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou as Barca overturned a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead, only for Málaga to equalize late on despite being a man down. 

Messi scored.

"In the first half we played well. We could have scored more goals but it wasn’t meant to be," said Barcelona defender Carles Puyol. "Now we have to go there and win.”

Javier Mascherano added: “We shouldn’t go crazy about this, rather we just need to go to Málaga and win the game. This team has shown that it can win in any stadium."

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