You simply can’t keep a healthy Lionel Messi down.
The Argentine magician returned to Barcelona’s starting XI for today’s game away at Malaga after sitting out of the 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Athletic Bilbao mid-week.
Barcelona vs Malaga
As expected, there was very little rust to shake off, with Messi scoring Barca’s second at La Rosaleda in truly masterful fashion.
To Malaga’s credit, they’ve done well so far in the game - which, at the time of writing, is still underway.
Juanpi had managed to equalise for the home side after Munir El Haddadi had put the Catalans in front early on, but there was little Malaga could do about Barca’s second.
Take a bow
Typically, it was Messi who glided into the box and managed to adjust his feet to perform a scissor kick to meet Adriano’s cross from the left-hand side.
Sure, it wasn’t the Ballon d’Or winner’s best effort, but it certainly highlighted almost every ounce of the 28-year-old’s ridiculous technique.
Watch the goal here:
That strike makes it 11 goals in 15 La Liga games this season for Messi, teeing him up nicely for another healthy goals-to-games ratio in the second-half of the campaign.
At the moment, it looks like Barcelona are on course for multiple major trophies this year once more. If they manage as much you can bet your bottom euro Messi will have a great deal to do with it.
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