Published: Sun, March 31, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Messi double sends Barcelona 13 points clear

Messi double sends Barcelona 13 points clear

Born in the same year, Pique and Messi played together for various La Masia youth teams but the defender joined Manchester United before making his senior debut for Barcelona.

Barcelona face Espanyol when La Liga resumes after the global break this weekend. There were a total of 63 goals which were available for the fans to vote for. Having sent a free kick into the wall earlier, Messi knew he needed to make this one count. And he took that chance.

Uruguayan Michael Santos and Spaniard Juanfran scored in the second half for Leganes to give Alaves the chance to move into the top four with a win over Atletico. That's why the coach picked his strongest available side, with Messi and Luis Suarez not spared despite their injury problems over the past fortnight.

Messi will be back in action tomorrow when Barcelona take on Espanyol (3.15pm).

Philippe Coutinho also starts.

The Brazilian playmaker was supposed to be the man with the wand, either unpicking the lock with skilful footwork or charging down the door with a long-range screamer.

The Bavarians, with 17 goals in their previous three league games, hit the woodwork in stoppage time but were left on 61 points, two behind Dortmund whom they play next week.

The Uruguayan didn't go to China with his country because of an ankle injury, but didn't look particularly refreshed either, lumbering around up front, crowded out.

Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, but little is known of him away from the pitch.

A boring match was decided by Barcelona's number 10, who lofted home a free kick after 71 minutes and slotted in from substitute Malcom's cross towards the end. And as the No 10 studied the situation, he chose to pull a new trick out of the bag.

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has won the Trophy for the best goal in Barca's history for his spectacular and unstoppable goal against Getafe during the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey 2006/07.

From a set piece that he won just outside the semicircle, the Argentina global gently chipped the ball over the wall and away from goalkeeper Diego Lopez before an Espanyol defender headed the ball into the net in a desperate attempt to clear.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina- Argentina star Lionel Messi admitted Friday to being upset with constant criticism in his homeland, saying in an interview that even his 6-year-old son asks why his countrymen attack his performances for the national team.

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