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Musa struck twice against Barcelona.

Leicester City's Ahmed Musa scores stunning solo goal vs Barcelona

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Almost a month on from his £16 million arrival at Leicester City and Ahmed Musa is already making waves.

The Foxes' record signing, who put pen to paper on July 8, has impressed under Claudio Ranieri in pre-season and reached new heights during a clash with Barcelona on Wednesday night.

After coming on as a substitute at the break, Musa struck twice to claw Leicester back into the game having gone 3-0 down in the first 45 minutes.

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It was a night to remember for the 23-year-old, who showed signs of his potential and what he can bring to the club alongside the likes of Jamie Vardy and, should he stay, Riyad Mahrez.

Musa's first goal particularly caught the eye, though.

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Following a lovely passing move by the Foxes, the ball fell to their new striker at the half-way line - and he didn't look back (see below).

PACE IN ABUNDANCE

Upon picking up possession, Musa demonstrated his immense pace by driving past a number of Barcelona bodies before finishing with aplomb into the bottom-left corner.

Such was the quality of Musa's solo effort that any concerns Leicester fans had about Mahrez's impending departure will have been eased somewhat.

In the aftermath, Valencia assistant manager Phil Neville waxed lyrical about the former CSKA Moscow striker's display at the Friends Arena.

He told Sky Sports: "He came on and he stretched the Barcelona defence, his pace was unbelievable.

International Champions Cup 2016 - Leicester City v Barcelona

"Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu couldn't cope with him. He normally plays off the right-hand side but tonight he played through the middle and caused Barcelona all sorts of problems."

Ranieri was similarly impressed by his record signing.

"He is an international player and his performance was good," the Italian said, per Leicester Mercury. "Everyone saw that.

"Now, he has to understand the Premier League. We paid a lot of money for him because we believe in him.

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"What he showed today, he showed pace, quality, scoring goals. That is it.

"Musa can play in this way and also when he improves his fitness he can also play in the wide positions, just like Kapustka.

"We know him very, very well. He can play in all the positions: striker, behind, right, left. It's important his fitness is getting better."

The Foxes eventually lost 4-2 but, against the great Barcelona, the result was by no means an embarrassing one and only a positive sign of what's to come.

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