VIGO, Spain — Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto praised his captain Lionel Messi for a sensational display in his side's 3-0 win away to Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Thursday, as the Argentinean further demonstrated he has put his troubles with the club behind him.
After Ansu Fati had opened the scoring, Messi helped double Barca's advantage early in the second half with an unstoppable run down the right hand side of the area and a shot that bounced off Celta's Lucas Olaza and into the net for an own goal.
BARCELONA — Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona on Sunday, leading them to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman.
Teenage forward Ansu Fati was in inspirational form for Barca, combining with Jordi Alba to side-foot home first time into the net in the 15th minute and then striking again four minutes later with another ice-cool finish.
MANCHESTER, England — A Jamie Vardy hat trick coupled with goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans steered Leicester City to a stunning 5-2 win at Manchester City on Sunday and kept them top of the Premier League with a maximum nine points from three games.
BARCELONA — Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said he understood why Lionel Messi was upset about the departure of his long-time strike partner and friend Luis Suárez to Atletico Madrid but did not believe it would affect him on the pitch.
Messi blasted Barca on Friday for forcing Suarez out after six years of service in which he scored 198 goals, the Argentinean's latest attack on the club's hierarchy after he tried to force a move of his own last month.
The year 2020 has brought us horrible nightmares that will plague us for some time. On the bright side, this span of 366 days — I forgot this year was a leap year — has produced some amazing goals thus far. Sporting Lisbon’s U-23 prodigy Loide Augusto scored one of the best goals of 2020 in a match against Benfica on Thursday.
This isn’t your standard bicycle kick. Bask in the glory of this Puskás-worthy gem.
Lionel Messi usually makes fans emotional with his magic of play on the pitch but on Friday he tugged on our heart strings with a message to now former teammate Luis Suárez.
Suarez left Barcelona on free transfer to join fellow LaLiga giant Atletico Madrid.