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Messi To Leave Barcelona? | FULL DETAILS

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The club president is not due to step down for another year but the captain’s refusal to sign a contract extension is likely to change things

Lionel Messi never used to say much.

As a kid, he was famously introverted.

Even after establishing himself as the best player in the world, Messi shunned the limelight. He was always content to let his football do the talking for him, and it spoke volumes.

Things have changed, though. Dramatically.

Since the turn of the year, Messi has felt compelled to make his voice heard.

When Eric Abidal suggested that Barcelona’s players were responsible for the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde in January, the club captain issued a sharp rebuke.

When it was reported in the Catalan press that the squad was reluctant to accept a coronavirus-related pay cut, Messi suggested that those stories were coming from inside the club.

These were hugely significant public statements from such a private person.

Messi has yet to respond to Cadena SER’s claim that he could leave Camp Nou when his contract expires next summer – but that in itself is telling.

Indeed, the silence is deafening.

Goal can confirm, Messi does not want to leave Barcelona – but he is immensely frustrated with how the club is presently being run. The suspension of talks over an extension is evidence of his dissatisfaction.

Make no mistake about it: this is a deliberate move on Messi’s part; a vote of no-confidence in Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

For the first time in his 19-year stay in Catalunya, Messi is getting himself involved in the politics of the club. He has always preferred to stay out of such matters; it wasn’t his business.

But now what’s happening off the field is directly influencing what’s happening on it.

Barcelona have signed the three most expensive players in the club’s history since 2017. But Ousmane Dembele is injured (again), Philippe Coutinho is on loan at Bayern Munich, while Antoine Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute in Tuesday’s draw with Atletico Madrid.

The best player on the pitch at Camp Nou was arguably a 20-year-old academy project, Riqui Puig.

It’s a staggering state of affairs for a club of Barca’s size and stature, one that has spent more than €1 billion (£901m/$1.12bn) on transfers since Bartomeu became president in 2014 – and wasted nearly all of it.

One bad deal has been swiftly followed by another and such wastefulness was always going to catch up with the Blaugrana, who now find themselves with insufficient cash to land their primary summer transfer target, Lautaro Martinez.

According to Inter, their Argentine attacker’s €111m (£100m/$125m) buy-out clause will expire on Monday. Nobody familiar with the financial situation at Camp Nou expects Barca to meet it during the next 24 hours.

Messi has not hidden his admiration of Lautaro. Or his enduring affection for Neymar, who left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. He had hoped that the club would bring the Brazilian back last summer.

However, the perception was that Bartomeu didn’t want to re-sign Neymar; he merely wanted to be seen to be trying to re-sign him. Tellingly, Messi openly wondered if everything had been done to make it happen.

It was the first sign of strain in a relationship between president and captain that now appears broken beyond all repair.

‘Barca-gate’ played a pivotal role in its collapse, as it was reported that the club had hired a PR company to not only boost the image of Bartomeu and his fellow board members but also sully the reputation of their perceived enemies, including Messi.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner merely admitted he found it all very “strange”.

However, when stories appeared in the press claiming that the players didn’t want to help the club by reducing their wages during the financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Messi claimed that “from within the club there were those who tried to put us under pressure to do something we always knew we would do”.

He is now completely fed up with the way in which he is being portrayed – not just the players in general.

He is annoyed by the suggestion that he holds too much sway in the dressing room; that he has a problem with Griezmann; that he decides whether a coach is hired or fired.

Messi does indeed possess an incredible amount of power at Camp Nou because of his status as the best player in the world – but he has never felt compelled to wield it.

Until now.

It was previously thought that Bartomeu would see out the final year of his tenure no matter what, but Messi’s refusal to sign a new contract has thrown the president’s immediate future into doubt.

Bartomeu was already more isolated than ever before. Six of his directors resigned in April, with one, Emili Rousaud, alleging that somebody had their hand in the Camp Nou coffers.

Messi’s refusal to commit himself to a new deal has now piled the pressure on his boss and there is every chance that next year’s elections could now be brought forward.

Some may interpret Thursday’s news as evidence that Messi could leave Barcelona. In reality, though, it’s Bartomeu who’s now facing an early exit.

By saying nothing, Messi has made his voice heard. Bartomeu will do well to survive the resulting calls for his resignation.

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Trump Signs Executive Orders Banning TikTok And WeChat From Operating In US In 45 Days

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President Donald Trump on Thursday August 6, signed executive orders banning social media apps TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies.

The executive orders, one for each app take effect in 45 days.

In the executive order, which declares TikTok a “national emergency”, Mr Trump claims the app “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users,” such as location data and browsing and search histories, which “threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”

The order regarding TikTok prohibits after 45 days “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd.,” the Chinese company that owns the social media platform.

For WeChat, which allows its users to transfer funds to each other, the order states it will ban financial transactions with Tencent, a Chinese based company. The order states “any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kòngg? Y?uxiàn G?ngs?), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.”

Trump issued the orders under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a law that grants the administration sweeping power to bar US firms or citizens from trading or conducting financial transactions with sanctioned parties.

On Monday August 3, Trump said he would support the sale of TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft and set September 15 as the deadline for TikTok to find a US buyer.

He also said the deal would have to include a “substantial amount of money” coming to the US Treasury.

In a statement, Microsoft said its CEO, Satya Nadella, spoke to Mr. Trump and “is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States”.

“[Microsoft is] committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the company said.

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Nigel Gaisie Dated Tracey Boakye : Mzbel

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The fight between Tracey Boakye has taken a new dimension of unveiling secrets as the two celebrities have run out of punchlines and have had enough insults thrown at each other.

Mzbel for the umpteenth time has retaliated to Tracey Boakye’s insults and allegations, disclosing that the actress dated Prophet Nigel Gaisie a while back and he revealed her information to Tracey Boakye.

It is safe to say that Tracey Boakye and Mzbel have had somewhat a relationship with Nigel Gaisie be it cordial or intimate.

According to the “16 years” hitmaker, Nigel Gaisie disclosed his dating history with Tracey Boakye to her, adding that she did go to Nigel’s office as alleged, however in a morning coat not a nightie and the Prophet would be the only person aware of her outfit.

Mzbel stated that eventually, Tracey could only know exactly what she dressed the day she(Mzbel) honored Nigel’s invitation, by Nigel telling her because they dated a while back.

“The Pastor in quote we’ve talking about is nobody but Nigel. And the only person that knows that I went to Nigel’s office in a nightie is Nigel himself. The reason why Tracey knows this is because Nigel told her, because Nigel has dated Tracey before…” she stated.

She also disclosed that there are certain secrets Prophet Nigel told her about Tracey Boakye that are so appalling that if she wanted to expose it, people wouldn’t believe their ears.

The singer, however, has confessed that she is selfish so she is not into married men but older men are the sort of guys she dates. Therefore, she and Tracey can’t be attracted to the same ‘Sugar daddy’.

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Nigel Gaisie Told Me Stacy Amoateng Has HIV : Mzbel

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Tracey Amoateng has been dragged into the Nigel Gaisie, Mzbel, and Tracey Boakye beef going viral on social media.

Hitting back at Nigel Gaisie for supporting Tracey Boakye in their rival war, Mzbel has exposed another deep secret of Nigel Gaisie supposedly told her.

Mzbel claims Nigel Gaisie told her Stacy Amoateng is HIV. Mzbel further revealed Nigel Gaisie told her he is the person assisting Tracey Amoateng with prayers to overcome the deadly sickness.

Mzbel was speaking on Onua Fm on Thursday when she dropped the bombshell in anger. Mzbel claims Nigel Gaisie has teamed up with Tracey Boakye to disgrace her and she won’t sit idle.

It’s been a war on social media for over 48 hours after Tracey stormed Social media to mock Mzbel after snatching her sugar daddy.

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