Messi on fire as Barcelona win at Sevilla

Lionel Messi

There was no looking past the world’s best player on Saturday afternoon as Lionel Messi put on another masterclass to help Barcelona win 4-2 at Sevilla.

The home side actually went ahead through a well-taken finish from Jesus Navas but Messi equalised with a sublime left-footed volley just minutes later.

Sevilla were in the lead again at half-time, however, after Gabriel Mercado scored three minutes before the break. Pablo Machin’s side were good value for their 2-1 lead at that stage.

Machin’s half-time team-talk probably consisted of something like “keep Messi quiet and we can win this”.

Barcelona continue to build for the future with Lenglet signing


Barcelona have stepped up their efforts to boost their squad ahead of the 2018-19 season, by signing Clement Lenglet from La Liga rivals Sevilla.

The Catalan club have already lost midfield pair Andres Iniesta and Paulinho already this summer, and manager Ernesto Valverde knows that they both need to be replaced.

So far he has continued his policy of signing young players – to supplement the experienced quality of his squad.

Last summer he signed Gerard Deulofeu – who has since departed to Watford on a permanent deal – Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele, all under 25 – along with Philippe Coutinho, at 26.

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