Five-time World footballer of the year was at his sublime best as he scored two and inspired three more goals in Barcelona’s 5-0 pounding of Celta Vigo, their first match since Luis Enrique reported his plan to leave the Catalan club toward the end of the season.
Luis Enrique affirmed his departure after Wednesday’s 6-1 disassembling of Sporting Gijon and that surely did not seem to divert his team in any capacity as Lionel Messi striding past several defenders before opening into the bottom right corner of the net, in an outstanding display to see Barca hold their place at La Liga’s summit, a point in front of Real Madrid who still have an outstanding game close by.
Enrique’s declaration had no negative effect on Barca amid the first half as they moved the ball around well and by and large managed the rhythm,they were made to sit tight until the 14th minute for their first shot on goal and the move that went before it demonstrated their potential in assault as Messi connected splendidly with Neymar on the edge of the box before observing his inevitable exertion saved by Sergio Alvarez.
Messi ran the show and brought on destruction in his free role, setting Neymar up for Barca’s delightful second goal 5 minutes before the interval, cripsyNeymar ventured up and loop the ball over Celta goalkeeper
Rakitic facilitated any feelings of trepidation before long, stabbing home from an offside position after Rafinha locked on to Messi’s resistance part pass and added it into the Croatian’s way. before then lay crispy pass for Samuel Umtiti’s first Barca goal to make it 3-0.
Messi doubled his own count with what was Barca’s third goal in 7 minutes, securing another insistent triumph ahead of their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou with the Ligue 1 champions having a 4-0 advantage.
Luis Suarez jabbed the ball through Gustavo Cabral’s legs and stroked a 25-yard strike on the post, with Messi then doing precisely the same from the bounce back,Barca’s strength hinted at no easing up after the break and they ought to have extended their lead, just for Sergi Roberto’s touch to betray him at the vital minute and allow Alvarez to save the ball.
Barca nearly scored six for the second time in four days when Messi discovered Suarez in the danger zone two minutes from time just for Alvarez to recuperate and save his stooped header.