This is what happened when Justin Bieber met Barça

Justin Bieber had time to do a spot of training with Barça players when he arrived in Barcelona at the start of the Spain leg of his world tour.

This is what happened when Justin Bieber met Barça
Justin Bieber showed up at the Barça training ground for a kickabout. Photo: FCB

Even Barcelona's stellar cast of millionaires were star-struck on Monday by a visit from Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber to the Spanish champions training ground.

Bieber, who is set to perform in Barcelona on Tuesday, was photographed with Barça's star strike triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.   

The 22-year-old also showed off his skills on the pitch with a series of left-footed finishes Messi would be proud of in a kick around with Neymar and midfielder Rafinha.

“Impossible to dribble this defender… @justinbieber,” Neymar posted to his 26 million Twitter followers with a photo of the Brazilian dispossessing Bieber.

Hundreds of Beliebers – as Bieber's dedicated fan base are known  – have queued for up to a month outside Madrid's Palacio de Deportes where Bieber will perform on Wednesday just to get as close as possible to their idol when the gates finally open.

However, even a social media phenom such as Bieber can't compare to Messi's numbers.

Bieber's 77 million Facebook likes falls 10 million behind five-time World Player of the Year Messi's tally.


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Spain’s Canary Islands give insurance guarantees to tourists in case of Covid-19

Authorities in Spain's popular Canary Islands have signed an insurance policy to guarantee tourists that they will have all their expenses paid in case of a coronavirus incident.

Spain's Canary Islands give insurance guarantees to tourists  in case of Covid-19
Holidaymakers enjoying the beach in the Canary Islands | Jose Antonio Jiménez Macías on Unsplash

The Atlantic archipelago is the first Spanish territory to offer this type of insurance, which will cover repatriation, medical expenses and quarantine, if someone falls ill with Covid-19.

The policy covers tourists both Spanish and foreign in any of the eight Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.

The only condition is that one must not knowingly be aware of having Covid-19 before arrival, the Tourism Ministry said in a statement.

The agreement has been signed by a representative from Canary Islands Tourism and AXA Insurance.

Regional Minister of Tourism Yaiza Castilla said of the move: “The Canary Islands have furthered their commitment to reinforce and increase the safety and peace of mind of tourists. This is just one more attraction of the destination.”

Because of this agreement, AXA Insurance will make an exclusive telephone hotline available for those who take out the policy.

The protection of tourists through this policy will be in effect from the first week of August and will initially be valid for a period of 12 months.

The Canary Islands currently have a very low number of Covid-19 cases, with only 166 active cases across all the islands.

The smaller islands of La Gomera and El Hierro have just 8 and 1 cases respectively. 

Tourism accounts for about 35 percent of the Canary's economic output, with tourists from Britain accounting for about a third of all visitors.

The Covid-19 pandemic hit Spain harder than most countries, with 28,499 deaths so far and a three-month lockdown which crippled the tourism sector.

Despite having a much lower infection rate than that of mainland Spain, the tourism sector on the islands has taken a hit from Britain's decision last month to require all people returning from Spain, no matter what region, to undergo quarantine.