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

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....

Lionel Messi, Malcom score as Barcelona beat Boca Juniors in Joan Gamper trophy match

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Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Boca Juniors in the annual Joan Gamper trophy match at Camp Nou on Wednesday, with goals from Malcom, Lionel Messi and Rafinha leading the way.

A crowd of over 70,000 saw a strong Barca side establish a two-goal lead by the break thanks to efforts from €41 million summer signing Malcom and newly-appointed club captain Messi.

Philippe Coutinho drew a fine stop from Esteban Andrada in the 17th minute but the Argentine goalkeeper was at fault moments later when...

Barcelona cruise to Joan Gamper Trophy victory vs. Chapecoense

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BARCELONA -- It wasn't Lionel Messi who received the loudest ovation at Camp Nou on Monday. And it certainly wasn't Neymar, who is long gone having left for Paris Saint-Germain last week.

Instead, it was Neymar's Brazilian compatriots, Chapecoense, who Barcelona invited to take part in this season's Joan Gamper Trophy match after last year's devastating plane crash which killed 71 people, who were given the biggest reception. They were also given €250,000 by Barca as way of a donation.

It...