Barca were desperate to sign Antoine Griezmann last summer. Everything seemed to be pointing towards a move to the Camp Nou for the Frenchman until a few days before the World Cup when he rejected their offer and decided to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Barcelona moved 10 points clear at the top of LaLiga as they beat Real Betis 4-1 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, with Lionel Messi scoring a wonderful hat-trick which led to a standing ovation from the home supporters, a gesture Ernesto Valverde was not surprised by.
Lionel Messi was the star man with two goals and two assists as Barcelona dismantled Lyon on Wednesday evening, matching what he himself described as an impressive midweek performance from arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo were best of friends while the latter was in the Spanish capital. However, the absence of Ronaldo was not something that Casemiro felt like discussing in the wake of Real Madrid's 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey