Lionel Messi put on a wonderful show in Barcelona’s 2-1 win against Sevilla on Sunday evening.
The Argentine scored the equalising goal and assisted Luis Suarez’s winner as the Spanish champions came reduced Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to two points.
It was the sort of performance that completely silences those who claim Messi isn’t football’s greatest ever player. He was simply class.
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The 29-year-old cut a furious figure in Barcelona’s defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday. There were reports that he launched into angry outbursts at half-time and at full-time, frustrated at being denied a penalty and at being mocked by a Man City representative.
It was a shame for Sevilla, then, that they had to play against an angry Messi.
Vitolo gave Jorge Sampaoli’s team an early lead, but that was about as good as it would get for the hosts. Messi quickly took over.
He scored his 500th Barcelona goal minutes before half-time after Neymar’s impressive run.
Messi then turned provider for Suarez’s goal.
Messi's near wonder goal
In-between both Barcelona goals, Messi almost scored what would easily have gone down as one of the best goals of his career.
He completely rinsed three Sevilla players before narrowly firing over. Check it out below.
So close. Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or, but Messi surely would have received more votes if he managed to tuck it away.