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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 635

Match of the Day is Britain’s best-selling football magazine. We bring our youth audience closer to their heroes with an action-packed version of the iconic TV programme. Facts, stats and gossip provide our audience with the knowledge they need for playground banter, while glossy posters, quizzes and cartoons allow them to celebrate the game they’re obsessed with. Parents and teachers say it’s sometimes the only thing boys will read. A huge compliment.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
it's about to get messi!

The GOAT leaves Barcelona for PSG! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! PSG really have signed the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi, on a free transfer from Barcelona. After the Spanish kings got themselves into a financial pickle, Leo became available and the French giants were the quickest – and richest – to put a mega-money deal on the table. Madness incoming! THE SIGNINGS! THE PSG LINE-UP! THE DEAL! COST FREE CONTRACT LENGTH TWO YEARS (WITH OPTION OF THIRD) WAGES £618,000 PER WEEK SHIRT NUMBER 30 MY MESSI PREDICTION! How many goals and assists do you think he’ll get this season? JAKE SAYS Messi could make his debut for PSG this Sunday when they take on Reims in the league! SPECIAL MESSI REPORT ON p10! Stay up to date with all the big footy news at bbc.co.uk/ football…

1 min
the story of messi’s epic transfer!

BYE BYE, BARCA! Messi couldn’t hold back the tears as he explained to the media, the fans at home and his Barcelona team-mates why he had to leave the club! LAST LOOK! Leo was then chauffeured away from the Nou Camp for the last time as a Barca player and made his way to the airport for his flight to Paris, France! ALIEN BOY ARRIVES! Messi’s tears were no more as he landed in France and stepped out of the car in style wearing a Paris T-shirt. Supporters were buzzing – and so was he! BUSINESS TIME! Leo spoke at his first press conference as a PSG baller. Messi said: “To play with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe is crazy – and I'm really happy about that!” THE MEDICAL! Before Leo could be officially presented, he had to undergo some…

2 min
the messi interview!

“I still want to win as much as I wanted to at the first moment of my career. This club is ready to fight for all trophies!”LIONEL MESSI ON FINDING OUT THAT HE HAD TO LEAVE BARCELONA… MESSI SAYS: “My dad came home and told me. I felt really down. I told my wife and we cried. Every family move is a major upheaval, but then I started to talk to people. Negotiations went quite quickly and that makes you start to focus on what is coming. It's a new era, but I'm really looking forward to the start of it!” ON HOW IT FEELS TO BE A PSG PLAYER… MESSI SAYS: “You know, my exit from Barcelona was a hard moment after so many years there but, from the moment I arrived here,…

2 min
magic messi moments!

1 EL CLASICO HAT-TRICK! Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid, 10 March 2007 When a teenage Lionel stepped out on to the pitch for his first-ever El Clasico, the biggest fixture in the world, and bagged his first ever career hat-trick, the footy universe knew he was something very special! 2 THE GETAFE GOAL! Barcelona 5-2 Getafe, 18 April 2007 Leo has scored some mad goals but this, in the Copa Del Rey semi-final, is arguably his best. After picking up the ball in his own half, he roasted the whole Getafe team, even the keeper, and slotted home into an empty net! 3 UCL FINAL HEADER! Barcelona 2-0 Man. United, 27 May 2009 After failing to score against English clubs in ten UCL appearances, Leo smashed that hoodoo by looping in a brilliant header against Man. United in the…

3 min
transfer catch-up!

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan to Chelsea Big Rom is back! The Belgian striker played for the Blues from 2011 to 2014, before smashing it for Everton then Man. United. He's here to prove he’s an elite talent! WHAT THEY'RE GETTING! GUARANTEED GOALS! Lukaku bagged 24 Serie A goals last season and scored more than a goal a game at Everton! DOMINANT UP TOP! No-one beats Rom in the air. He’s a danger from set pieces and if a cross comes in, he's winning it! LETHAL LAY-OFFS! Lukaku makes the ballers around him even better. He can hold up the ball and play in his team-mates! Martin Odegaard Real Madrid to Arsenal Gunners fans were hoping this deal would go through after he impressed on loan last season. Ode has been tipped to become a major baller – this is his big…

1 min
messi psg shirt

To celebrate the most amazing transfer in the history of football, one lucky MOTD mag reader will get their hands on a brand-new PSG 2021-22 home stadium shirt with Lionel Messi’s name and his No.30 on the back! Don't miss out, readers! Q For your chance to win, simply tell us which of these ballers will play alongside Lionel Messi at PSG: A Karim Benzema B Kylian Mbappe C Jadon Sancho HOW TO ENTER BY EMAIL Send an email to 14484@ motdcomps.co.uk and put the code 14484 in the email subject line. Don’t forget to include your answer, name and contact number. BY TEXT Text COMP [space] then MOTD14484+ either A, B or C [space] plus your name and contact number to 66644. Text entry cost will be however much your mobile phone company charges for one standard text at…