Messi’s back. Tell a friend.
Well, to be perfectly honest he never really left. After Barcelona’s surprise 2-1 defeat to A.C.Milan in the Champions’ League it was not long before the Catalan giants saw themselves succumb to back to back defeats against bitter rivals Real Madrid in both the Copa Del Ray and the Spanish La Liga. Some were saying that Lionel Messi’s day in the sun was over, with much praise and attention being lavished upon the likes of walking hair gel commercial Christiano Ronaldo and the missing-link that is Gareth Bale. Those two, while remarkable footballers in their own right, will have to jostle it out for second place as Messi proved once again yesterday why he is considered the best of the best.
With Barcelona trailing by two goals against A.C. Milan before kick off, it was always going to take something special to turn things around. Fortunately for them, that is Messi’s specialty. In less than five minutes the little Argentine magician had started the comeback with a sublime curler from twenty yards out. He levelled things up on 40 minutes with a low drive from the edge of the area, following a nice one-two move with Barce’s veteran playmaker Xavi.
The wind had certainly changed in favour of Barcelona. David Vila and Jordi Alba completed the rout in the second half. The game ended 4-0 to the Spanish champions-elect and 4-2 on aggregate.
You may also remember Messi’s La Liga record; in that he has scored in more consecutive matches than any other player in the history of the league. Well, as of Saturday he extended it to an amazing 17 games after scoring in Barcelona’s 2-o win against Deportivo La Coruna. Next up on Messi’s hit-list are Rayo Vallecano, who Barce play on Sunday the 17th of March (Saint Patrick’s Day).
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