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Morning Mix: Messi’s Barca era ends in tears, Chelsea taking a big gamble with Lukaku

Another Sunday is upon us which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with some music thrown into the pot.

We look at two talking points from the past week and point you in the direction of some of the best football writing elsewhere on the internet.

We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for Sunday and a final thought to ponder for the week ahead.

Messi’s Barca era ends in tears

Lionel Messi’s time at Barcelona finally came to an end during a tearful press conference at the Nou Camp this morning.

Messi confirmed he offered to reduce his wages by 50 percent, but La Liga’s new financial rules scuppered his hopes of staying with the club.

Given that he demanded to leave Barca last summer, his emotional reaction to his departure was a tad over the top.

Thankfully Messi can now trot off to Paris Saint-Germain and line his pockets with oil money. What a wonderful ending to the story.

Chelsea taking a big gamble with Lukaku

Chelsea’s decision to splash out £97.5 million on Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly a risky move on their part.

Lukaku has bounced back from his disappointing spell at Manchester United to rediscover his form in the calmer waters of Serie A.

However, as highlighted by his woeful miss against Italy at the European Championships, the Belgian is not a truly elite level forward.

If Chelsea had any sense, they would have pushed the boat out to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

The week that was

Looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:

Today’s top tune

Wigan-based band The Lathums have been steadily rising up the ranks over the past two years and look ready to make a big breakthrough.

They recently shared the stunning title track to their debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’, which is due to be released in September.

The Lathums are also gearing up for their biggest tour of the United Kingdom later this year. If you managed to get a ticket, don’t lose it!

A final thought

Jose Mourinho’s sending off during Roma’s pre-season friendly against Real Betis highlighted that his belligerent nature remains firmly intact.

Serie A will be more fun to watch with him around, but it’s not going to end well, is it?

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