Write Lionel Messi off at your peril. The Argentine maestro was again at his spectacular greatest with a brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 pre-season victory in opposition to Girona on Wednesday evening.
The legendary ahead, 33, reluctantly agreed to remain on the Nou Camp after the Catalan aspect refused to promote him for something lower than his £632m launch clause amid curiosity from Manchester City.
However Messi has put that disappointment behind him, producing a shocking solo show in his second look again – which included an outrageous pre-assist (when you like) for Barca’s opener.
On 21 minutes Messi obtained the ball outdoors of the field and fairly brilliantly managed to ship an inch-perfect cross which evaded three Girona gamers.
Francisco Trincao burst into the field from the right-hand aspect and latched onto the ball, earlier than completely squaring it again throughout the face of aim for Philippe Coutinho to faucet the ball into an empty internet.
Issues bought even higher for Messi on the stroke of half-time, with Coutinho turning supplier on the sting of field earlier than the previous took issues into his personal fingers.
Messi spun his marker with ease earlier than curling a luxurious right-footed drive into the highest nook of the online by way of the submit, with Juan Carlos wanting on helplessly within the Girona aim.
Six minutes after the interval and the competition was pretty much as good as over with Messi unsurprisingly within the thick of the motion as soon as extra.
His left-footed strike from lengthy vary took a deflection on the way in which in to make it 3-1, with the skilled playmaker changed late on after an amazing evening’s work.
How becoming that Messi turned the type on on the Johan Cruyff Stadium of all locations… The late Dutch maestro can be wanting down with a smile on his face after witnessing that masterclass.