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Lionel Messi earns perfect 10, sub Philippe Coutinho also stars in opener vs. Alaves

Lionel Messi scored his 6000th goal in La Liga history, as Barcelona put away Alaves 3-0.
Lionel Messi started 2018-19 with a bang, bagging a brace in a season-opening win over Alaves.
Lionel Messi picked up right where he left off for Barcelona, opening the 2018-19 season with a well-taken brace.

BARCELONA, Spain -- A second-half brace from Lionel Messi and a Philippe Coutinho strike got Barcelona's defence of La Liga off to a winning start on Saturday as they beat Alaves 3-0.

Alaves, who were the last team to win at Camp Nou in the league, back in September 2016, made it to the break goalless, but their resistance was eventually broken in the 64th minute when Messi ripped a free kick under the wall.

Coutinho, who came on at half-time, sealed the points late on, bursting into the area...

La Liga in North America: How NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and Rugby fared overseas

Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S.
With La Liga agreeing a 15-year joint venture to bring games to the U.S., FC's Craig Burley explains the benefits he sees for all parties involved.

La Liga is coming to the U.S.! Thursday's announcement of a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, means Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates could line up for a league game in America. 

While such an occurrence would be a first for a European football league, other sports have been playing games overseas for years, as our ESPN colleagues explain.

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The NFL began staging...

Barcelona's best XI picks itself: Ousmane Dembele wide and Philippe Coutinho deeper

A World Cup-disrupted preseason has not been ideal preparation for Barcelona's defence of La Liga, but coach Ernesto Valverde has everything he needs going into Saturday's opener against Alaves at Camp Nou.

The tour of the United States featured a mix of players on the fringes of the first team and youngsters from Barca B. The only players that took part in the International Champions Cup who look set to start the season as regulars in Valverde's side are goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and right-back...

La Liga in North America: The global game gone too far? Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid reaction

With La Liga agreeing a 15-year joint venture to bring games to the U.S., FC's Craig Burley explains the benefits he sees for all parties involved.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes the club are working hard to build their brand in the United States and help improve the popularity of the sport.

La Liga is coming to the U.S.! Thursday's announcement of a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, means Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates could line up for a league game in America. 

But how do fans in Spain feel about the news? ESPN FC's La Liga correspondents and bloggers have their say, and you can too by voting in the poll. 

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Sam Marsden: In theory, the idea has some good elements (and we've...

Philippe Coutinho will never replace Andres Iniesta at Barcelona and that's perfectly fine

After a summer of big signings, including Arturo Vidal and Malcom, the FC crew assess whether Barcelona are early Champions League favourites.
The guys respond to your tweets about Barcelona's title credentials, Scotland's international outlook, Bayern Munich and the FC crew's best dancer.
Sid Lowe unpacks the 'unknown package' that is Barcelona ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and provides the latest on Ousmane Dembele's murky situation with the club.

It's a strong bet that those trying to assess how Philippe Coutinho might flourish at Barcelona this season will first draw conclusions from his goal and assist in last season's Copa del Rey final, the La Liga winners' medal already in his possession and the absence of legend Andres Iniesta, whose "space" the Brazilian will be asked to occupy.

There's another, probably more significant, way to assess Coutinho: his mentality, the greatest value he can now offer the Spanish champions.

In winning...

Barcelona-Boca Juniors showcases South America's talent, the gap between domestic leagues

Malcom, Lionel Messi and Rafinha found the back of the net for Barcelona as they cruised to victory over Boca Juniors in the annual Gamper Trophy match.

It would, of course, be silly to draw conclusions from a single, gentle preseason friendly, disputed by two teams a little short of full strength, and which inevitably turned into a parade of second-half substitutions. Even so, Barcelona's 3-0 win Wednesday over Boca Juniors provides more evidence toward a clear conclusion: how rich South American football is, and how poor the continent's club game has become.

Boca Juniors were not disgraced -- and yet they could have lost by a much wider margin....