Argentinian phenom scored 4 goals against Eibar and become the first footballer, who scored or assisted more than a thousand goals for club and country.
Barca’s talisman Leo Messi
Be believed football is an escape from everyone, and if there is one footballer who can help you detach more than any other. Then this is the mascot of Barcelona Lionel Messi. The Cules took Eibar on Saturday at the end of a rough week. Erupting from the consequences of a social media scandal called Barcagate, and having been beaten up in the media both domestically and abroad for snatching Leganes forward Martin Braithwaite. Leaving the Madrid minnows stricken. Barcelona fans showed their anger on the blackboard by waving white handkerchiefs and chanting President Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign in a rough opening few minutes. At the same time, Eibar’s goal disallowed for offside.
Four goals for the victory of Barca
Then Messi took control of a casual and brilliant hat-trick of the first half. An ideal sedative for the Camp Nou. He added a fourth at the death in the victory of Barca with a score of 5-0. Taking at the moment the first place in La Liga at least ahead of Real Madrid by a point before Los Blancos will play at Levante. The Argentinean star broke the deadlock after 14 minutes with a brilliant individual goal. Stumbling upon defender Anaitz Arbilla, keeping another defender and scratching at home. This put an end to Messi’s drought four matches without goals – he spent the longest time in the league without a goal since the 2013-14 season – although he has scored six assists since he last netted.
Barcelona denies all allegations
And more importantly, for Barca, it helped them start moving forward after the turmoil of the past few days. On Tuesday, they go to Napoli to the Champions League and the chaos in which the club lives cannot be allowed to ruin their chances of European success. The story of the social networks – the allegations that the Barcelona board of directors paid the company to caress its critics. Including Messi and Gerard Pique – has not ended. Barcelona denies all charges, and Bartomeu said they are analyzing what has happened. Messi himself said that he would wait and see what the evidence said. But for the team and him, it is essential to continue the task.
Braithwaite Ballon d’Or
They did against Eibar: Quique Setien chose Arturo Vidal on the left-wing, Antoine Griezmann on the right and Messi between them. While Braithwaite was warming up the bench. Perhaps he spends a lot of time there. Barca, despite its absolute triumph, still does not play particularly violently under Quique Setien. But the presence of Messi is an excellent way to mask your problems. The skipper added a superb second after the magnificent work of Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal. Cutting the defence and sliding home after 37 minutes. He completed his treble in three minutes. Trying to substitute Antoine Griezmann, who was robbed, but slamming back the loose ball.
Martin played last 20 minutes of the match
Braithwaite warmed up part-time, his first taste of the stormy Camp Nou. The Danish International, the ‘urgent’ signing of Barcelona, was presented on Thursday evening without public participation, in deadly silence the bar clicks and flashes of a handful of photographers present. “Braithwaite Ballon d ‘Or,” one of the reporters joked. No, but Messi can get one if Barcelona can keep their fees in La Liga and the Champions League. While the Leganes relegation-battling is now more disastrous than Barcelona, as if a club with Messi could be, Braithwaite may prove useful in the coming weeks.
The forward replaced Antoine Griezmann for the last 20 minutes, which allowed the striker to relax on the Tuesday showdown of the Champions League with Napoli at the San Paolo. He was encouraged by the fans surprisingly scrupulously. If there was a sign of irony, it disappeared when he crossed over to Messi to add a fourth, three minutes from now, and his efforts fended off Arthur’s path to number five. This was the best way for the Catalans to turn the page.