No Messi, no problem as Barcelona rout Juventus to win Gamper Trophy

No Messi, no problem as Barcelona rout Juventus to win Gamper Trophy

Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona celebrate after winning the Torneig Gamper Final - Friendly Match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Estadi Johan Cruyff on August 8, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona started life without Lionel Messi on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Juventus in the pre-season Gamper Trophy.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Barcelona after just three minutes, with Martin Braithwaite adding a second goal just before the hour mark from a corner. 

Young hope Riqui Puig scored a third in stoppage time with a fine left foot drive.
In Sunday's other high-profile friendly, Real Madrid and AC Milan fought to a 0-0 stalemate.

Messi had earlier Sunday said his farewells to the club he had served for 20 years at a tearful news conference.

The 34-year-old Argentinian superstar, six times a Ballon d'Or winner, has been out of contract since the end of June and Barca say they cannot afford to keep him, with Messi admitting that a move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is a "possibility."

Last year he sought to engineer a release from his contract in frustration at some poor showings in Europe by the club where he has won four Champions Leagues but ended up staying.

"I was convinced I knew what I wanted say, but this year is not the same," he explained, stressing his preference was to prolong his stay rather than contemplate what now seems a likely reunion with former clubmate Neymar at PSG – ostensibly the only club that can afford him with Manchester City having distanced themselves. 

He hotly denied asking for more money but had, on the contrary, accepted a 50 percent salary cut.

"I would've liked to have won another Champions League," he added, while stressing, "I don't regret anything, I tried to give my best and I'm ending my career here with a good number of titles."

According to Le Parisien, an agreement between PSG and the Argentinian could take place as early as later on Sunday. French sports daily L'Equipe forecast a "record contract" of three years. 

Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku has missed Inter Milan's pre-season friendly at Parma on Sunday after widespread reports in Italy said the striker was set to rejoin Chelsea in a deal worth up to 115 million euros ($135 million).

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