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Neymar pulled off rabona cross during Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Espanyol .

Neymar pulled off rabona cross during Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Espanyol

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Barcelona thrashed neighbours Espanyol 5-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon and will retain their La Liga crown by beating Granada at Los Cármenes next Saturday.

A brace from Luis Suarez plus goals from Lionel Messi, Rafinha and Neymar sealed a vital three points for the Catalan giants.

While Messi and Suarez took the headlines - for scoring a magnificent free-kick and staying in the lead for the Pichichi, respectively - it was Neymar who produced arguably the best skill of the match. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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The Brazil international, whose brilliant form has tailed off a little in recent weeks, was picked out at the far post by Ivan Rakitic.

He took a touch and surprisingly allowed the ball to get away from him - who knows, maybe he meant it? - but made amends by producing a rabona cross from which Messi almost scored.

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Video: Neymar's rabona cross

And here's a bonus video filmed by a fan...

Neymar has been a magnificent signing for Barca

Barcelona fans are used to watching this type of trick from Neymar, who has been a magnificent signing for the reigning European champions.

The 24-year-old has already won a host of major honours with Barcelona - including La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup - and should add another league winners’ medal to his collection next weekend.

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However, Neymar - barring a miracle - will not equal his best Barcelona tally for goals scored in a single season.

The skilful forward netted a remarkable 39 goals in 51 appearances last season, but currently has 30 in 47 this term.

That’s still an impressive tally, though, and he will be looking to add a few more during the games against Granada and Sevilla (in the Copa del Rey final) over the next couple of weeks.

Neymar will not play in Copa America

It was confirmed last month that Neymar will only compete in this summer’s Olympics, despite the fact the Brazilian federation wanted their star man also to play in the Copa America.

This agreement was hailed by Luis Enrique, who was quoted by ESPN as saying: "It was a consensual decision between all parties. Everyone wants the best for the player, even that he, it's clear, had a desire to represent his country, which makes sense and is normal.

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"But in the end, all parties arrived at this agreement, and I think it's fantastic for everyone. It's the best for the club, for the player and for the national team."

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La Liga
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Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Brazil Football
Neymar

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