While he is widely regarded as the best player in the world at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been able to convince former Barcelona player Eric Abidal of his talents. Abidal, who played for Barcelona from 2007 till 2013, feels it is his compatriot Karim Benzema who is actually the most important player at the club. The Frenchman, in fact, believes that if his former club are to make a move for any Madrid player it should be Benzi and not Ronaldo who is the reigning Ballon d’Or winner. “Benzema is the man I’d sign from Madrid if I were at Barca,” he told Gol TV. “Definitely, because for me he is Madrid’s most important player right now. “If you take Benzema away from Real Madrid then they would continue scoring goals, but not as many as they do with Karim in the team. He’s a very complete player and other players well in Madrid when Karim is there. “So […]

Former Barcelona central defender, Eric Abidal, who played alongside Messi during a six-year spell at Barca, winning four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues, has suggested that having already achieved everything with Barcelona, Messi might be ready to consider a fresh challenge in his career. The 35-year old defender (now retired) suggested that Messi, who has been ferociously linked with a move away from Barcelona, could be tempted by a move to Paris-Saint Germain, if he should consider leaving the Spanish giants to in search of new challenges. “Having won everything with Barcelona, perhaps he would like a different challenge, being able to win trophies with another club, that remains a possibility,” Abidal said. “It’s true that PSG have, for a while now, been able to put a good squad together, a good team with an attitude, a desire, a determination and objectives to be achieved. It’s perhaps a club that he would like.” Lionel Messi’s recently reported fallout […]

Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona: The Post Mortem

Arsenal secured their first ever victory over Barcelona, clawing their way back from a 1 goal deficit to stun the visitors with two late goals by Van Persie and Arshavin. TheHardTackle lists down some of the key moments of this encounter, which lived up to its hype.