Lionel Messi bends in free kick, flawless pass in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi bends in free kick, flawless pass in Barcelona win

Although Clement Lenglet's second-minute opener was fortuitously cancelled out by Valladolid's Kiko Olivas 13 minutes later, Messi was able to inspire Barca against the visitors.

The first of Messi's 50 free-kick goals came in November 2008 in a league game against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou. A pass which only he can see sent Luis Suarez in on goal for the last one of the match. Messi plays at home, on his pitch with everything that comes with that in terms of home comforts, " Gatti told TV show "El Chiringuito de Jugones". The goal was also his 50th from a free-kick, 44 of which have come for the Spanish side.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi after his superlative display in the Blaugrana's 5-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Over the past five matches, they have 10 goals between them - five each - and their contributions were key to the victories over Inter, Sevilla, Eibar, Slavia Prague and Real Valladolid.

Skipper Messi then doubled Barca's lead from six yards out on 58 minutes - his second goal of the campaign so far - while Suarez made it three eight minutes later as Messi unselfishly squared the ball for the Uruguayan while one-on-one with the 'keeper. Rosario's is 32 years old and has played 695 meetings at club level, while Madeira's is 34 and has participated in 814 games.

Barcelona struggled without Messi but has won all of its matches since he returned as a starter following a right calf injury he picked up in the preseason.

Barcelona needed to win to reclaim top spot, which they did in impressive style with Messi at his scintillating best.

There were many talking points from the game, apart from the obvious (Lionel Messi's return to top form with two goals and assists apiece).

Guardiola continued: "I was lucky enough to have him, and Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta and Dani Alves and [Gerard] Pique". Otherwise, he will be just one more [player].

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