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Barcelona's tweet in support of Leo Messi after Pele's recent criticism

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Barcelona and Lionel Messi were simply breathtaking in their 4-0 demolition of Espanyol in the Catalan derby.

The Blaugrana have been far from their best at times during the 2018/19 season, but their local rivals felt the full force of their brilliance on Saturday evening.

Lionel Messi turned in yet another masterclass, scoring two sensational free-kicks and providing a sumptuous assist for Ousmane Dembele's goal.

Luis Suarez also got himself on the scoresheet, with pretty much every Barca player impressing.

Messi's latest wonderful performance came just days after Brazilian legend Pele slammed the little magician for only using one skill throughout his career.

Pele believes he's also way to left-footed and isn't great in the air. A bit unnecessary, we know.

Not many fans shared the opinion of Pele and Barca's official Twitter account fired back at the Brazilian on Sunday evening.


Alongside a video of Messi lashing in some beautiful free-kicks in the warm-up, Barca simply wrote: "He only has one skill 😉."

You have to say well played.

After the game, Messi tried to explain to the press how he has perfected the art of taking free-kicks.

"I try to follow a ritual, trying to do it in the same way if it works so that it comes off again," Messi said, per Sport.

Messi celebrates his second goal

"It came off twice but sometimes you take a ton and none go in. I was lucky enough that two went it."

In the last four years, Messi has scored 19 direct free-kicks, which is more than any other club as a whole in European football.

Juventus are just behind him with 18, Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala the pair to thank most for their number.

Messi is surely now one of the front-runners when it comes to the topic of 'greatest free-kick taker in history'.

Messi on the ball

Lyon legend Juninho and David Beckham are two who may be slightly ahead of him.

Ousmane Dembele
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Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez

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