One of, if not the biggest club game in World Soccer is taking place this Saturday at the Nou Camp, as plenty of new faces will adorn this seasons first ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
New managers have arrived for both Spanish giants, with Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino taking the reigns in Catalan and Carlo Ancelotti leading Real Madrid’s resurgence from the capital.
And two new superstars in Gareth Bale and Neymar (more on them coming up soon) will get their first taste of ‘El Clasico’ this weekend.
It should be a game to savor.
However, it’s two established stars of both Barca and Real who will likely steal the show once more, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo square off with the world fixated on their every move.
Both players are up for FIFA World Player of the Year… is this the year Ronaldo finally knocks Messi off his perch?
The infographic below breaks things down, as the two best players in the world go head-to-head on Saturday night in the Catalan capital. So make sure you tune in on Saturday at 12pm ET to watch live on BeIN Sport in the USA. Enjoy.
Report: Manchester City makes final bid for John Stones
Manchester City has made a final push for Everton defender John Stones, and has set its last offer at $52 million. Last month, the Citizens made the same exact bid for the 22-year-old, which was rejected by Everton.
He was tabbed to be Liverpool’s opening day starter in goal, but Loris Karius could now miss the first two months of the Premier League season after suffering a hand injury in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup loss against Chelsea.
The 23-year-old was brought to the Reds this summer from Bundesliga side Mainz for over $6 million.
Karius opted not to represent Germany at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in order to avoid missing any game action with Liverpool. Unfortunately, the young keeper will now likely miss between eight and 10 weeks.
Last playing in 2009, Vieri finished his career where it began — in Italy — with Atalanta. During his career, the striker played for 10 clubs in his native country, while also spending time in Spain and France with Atletico Madrid and Monaco, respectively.
Vieri made his name with Inter Milan, where he recorded six straight seasons with double-digit goals. At the height of his career with Internazionale, Vieri netted 27 times across all competitions during the 2002/03 season.