Friday, 22 November, 2019

'Messi needs to join Real Madrid to prove he's the best ever'

Football: Magical Messi 'from another planet' as he sends Barcelona top of La Liga in rout of Valladolid Recent displays see Messi make a late surge for the Ballon d'Or
Rhonda Reese | 01 November, 2019, 00:27

Lionel Messi was Barcelona's inspiration with two goals and a pair of assists as the Blaugrana demolished Real Valladolid 5-1 at Camp Nou to go top of LaLiga.

Lenglet scored in the second minute for Barcelona before Kiko netted an equalizer for Valladolid in the 15th minute.

He also set up goals for Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal while executing a stunning nutmeg on Valladolid's Oscar Plano.

Suarez's play has really improved since Messi's return to the side.

Messi scored a goal in each half, including his 50th from a free kick, as Barcelona won its seventh straight game in all competitions since the Argentina star returned to the starting lineup after a long injury layoff. Valladolid have been maybe unlucky the 32-year-old was recent after the postponed Clasico on Saturday meant Barcelona and Actual Madrid got the weekend off.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor, who scored two goals in the game, looked back to his imperious best and was clearly emptying his box of tricks throughout, particularly when he found Plano in his crosshairs.

Trump officials don't know where he got Baghdadi 'whimpering' details
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, was captured and killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper offered some of his most detailed remarks to date about the mission at a news briefing on Monday.

Barcelona began the season in shaky form with Messi sidelined through injury, but since their captain started for the first time, on September 24, they have won their seven matches in all competitions.

He told Catalunya Radio: "One day Messi will retire and Barca will cope with that".

Messi cushioned Ivan Rakitic's cute pass on his thigh and drove it into the corner and then slid in Suarez, who finished for his eighth goal of the season. Atletico Madrid, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves on Tuesday, also stayed two points off the lead.

In injury time, Messi will have to accept had his hat-trick however curled broad of the left put up when he appeared particular to realize.

The 3-1 came just five minutes later, courtesy of a thunderous Messi free-kick from more than 20 yards out.

With his brace, Messi overtook Cristiano Ronaldo in career club goals (607), pushing himself to sixth on the all-time list.

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