After Barcelona were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday, Luis Enrique’s side needed a decent performance in their final friendly against Sampdoria.
With the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla taking place on Sunday, the La Liga champions would have been hoping to right their wrongs against Italian opposition in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
With the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta all starting, it was always going to be a tough evening for Sampdoria.
And the aforementioned trio all combined to score a simply brilliant goal after just 16 minutes.
Iniesta found Messi with a delicious chipped through ball and the Argentine, with his back to goal, chested it down before finding Suarez with an overhead kick. Suarez, unsurprisingly applied the finish.
Take a look at the superb goal below.
While we fully believe Messi was intending to find Suarez with his bicycle kick, there may be some that believe he was going for goal. Haters will always hate.
After his sublime assist, Messi soon got himself on the scoresheet when he rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
But Barcelona’s opponents pulled a goal back shortly afterwards through Colombian Luis Muriel.
But then, Messi made it 3-1 with a simply brilliant free-kick from 25-yards. Take a look at his effort below:
With the score 3-1 at half-time, Sampdoria will be desperately hoping Messi doesn't return in the second-half.
The Catalans will certainly be hurting from Saturday’s humiliating defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool but it seems they are back to their irresistible best tonight.
They will be hoping to win their third consecutive La Liga title this season but will be aiming to go slightly better in the Champions League, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.