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Lionel Messi has been banned from Barcelona training as contract saga continues

Lionel Messi banned from training with Barcelona until he signs a new contract at the Spanish club. According to the source, the Argentina international has been a free agent since July 1 but is still likely to sign a new deal at the Catalan giants.

Despite the initial announcement that Messi would sign a five-year deal contract after being forced to accept a 50 percent pay cut in order to remain at the Nou Camp, he’s yet to be signed due to Barcelona’s financial struggles.

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Lionel Messi has been banned from Barcelona training as contract saga continues

Lionel Messi banned from training with Barcelona until he signs a new contract at the Spanish club. According to the source, the Argentina international has been a free agent since July 1 but is still likely to sign a new deal at the Catalan giants.

Despite the initial announcement that Messi would sign a five-year deal contract after being forced to accept a 50 percent pay cut in order to remain at the Nou Camp, he’s yet to be signed due to Barcelona’s financial struggles.

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Amid pandemic, Argentine couples ask ‘can I bring a child into this world?”

“Things have begun to get back into some order and there are fewer restrictions on social
activities and medical appointments,” said
Becerra. “So this year we are going to make the decision about having a baby”

In the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, a city famed for its passionate tango dancing and romance, the pandemic is putting a dampener on couples making babies, with birthrates down by a quarter since COVID-19 struck early last year. Claudia Becerra and her boyfriend Agustin Cacciola have long dreamt of having a child, but strict quarantines and economic malaise from the impact of the virus have made them put off their plans.

“Uncertainty is the most difficult thing we face” Cacciola, a 32-year-old lawyer, told reporters alongside Becerra, an accountant, at their home in the Belgrano neighborhood.

He lost his job earlier in the pandemic, which hit their finances. Becerra, 38, cited worries about getting medical appointments during lockdowns. “Being a mother had to be postponed a bit due to our professional issues, and last year due to an economic issue for both of us and just everything that happened” she said.

Argentina has seen birthrates dip since 2016, but that accelerated sharply during the pandemic. In the populous city and surrounding province of Buenos Aires, births fell 25% at the start of this year versus the start of 2020, official data show.

“I hear a lot of people say: ‘How can I bring a
child into this world?,” gynecologist and
sexologist Silvina Valente told reporters, adding that chronic stress from economic issues and the fear of the pandemic led to the drop in births.

The trend has been reflected in Latin America
and beyond. Mexico registered a 15.1% drop in January-May 2021 versus the same period in 2020, while Brazil had the lowest number of births in the first half of 2021 since data began to be compiled in

Argentina has seen birthrates dip since 2016, but that accelerated sharply during the pandemic. In the populous city and surrounding province of Buenos Aires, births fell 25% at the start of this year versus the start of 2020, official data show.

“I hear a lot of people say: ‘How can I bring a
child into this world?,” gynecologist and
sexologist Silvina Valente said, adding that chronic stress from economic issues and the fear of the pandemic led to the drop in births. The trend has been reflected in Latin America and beyond.

Mexico registered a 15.1% drop in January-May
2021 versus the same period in 2020, while
Brazil had the lowest number of births in the first half of 2021 since data began to be compiled in 2003. In Colombia, the birth rate fell 17.4% in 2020 from the previous year, though it has started to bounce in 2021.

“The pandemic impacts a lot of decisions in
family life and obviously it impacted the decision to have children,’ said Patricio Zalabardo, director of Buenos Aires province’s registry of persons.

Argentina has loosened some restrictions,
administered over 30 million vaccines for its 45
million people, and seen case numbers ease
from recent peaks, spurring hopes that couples
may return to home making. Cacciola recently found a new job and the couple are planning to move to a larger apartment, which they say is making conditions easier to decide to start a family.

‘HE PLAYED WITH ME’ – SAMUEL ETO’O SHUTS DOWN REPORTER WHEN ASKED WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO PLAY WITH LIONEL MESSI

Samuel Eto’o raised eyebrows with his bizarre response when asked what it was like to play with Lionel Messi.

Eto’o enjoyed a glittering spell at Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, winning La Liga three times and the Champions League on two occasions.

Messi made his early steps on the road to superstardom at Barca in 2003, making his first-team debut in a friendly in November, but it was in the 2004/05 campaign that he made the breakthrough in La Liga.

The Argentina great quickly made the attacking role on the right his own, with Ronaldinho deployed on the left and Eto’o through the middle.

Eto’o was asked to give his thoughts on rising star Ansu Fati and what it must be like for the teenager to play with Messi, but the Cameroonian stopped the reporter in his tracks.

The reporter asked: “You talk about Messi, what can he [Ansu Fati] learn from Messi? You obviously played with him.” In response,

Eto’o said: “No. He played with me – it is different. Messi played with me. I did not play with Messi. In my time, Messi played with me. It is totally different. It is totally different.”

It’s not immediately clear whether Eto’o’s response was tongue in cheek or not, as he has repeatedly talked about Messi in glowing terms.