Barcelona fan slams Leo Messi on Twitter for off-the-ball movement after Valladolid win

FC Barcelona v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga

Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points on Saturday evening with a narrow 1-0 win over strugglers Valladolid.

Lionel Messi's penalty in the 43rd minute separated the two sides, though the Argentine had another spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Jordi Masip with five minutes remaining.

In fact, Masip was a huge annoyance for Messi throughout the game as he made a number of saves to deny Barcelona's star man.

Barca had 20 shots at the Camp Nou and 12 of those came from Messi, who produced one of his worst performances of the season.

Manager Ernesto Valverde was asked in his post-match press conference whether Messi's missed penalty made him nervous, but he insisted it's not an issue.

"No, no, I'm not particularly nervous," said Valverde, per Goal. "I was convinced he was going to score both.

"Leo is a safe bet. He could have scored more goals as well."

Ousmane Dembele was also complementary of Messi after the game as he told Barcelona's website that the 31-year-old "makes football easier".

FC Barcelona v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga

"It's great, he makes football easier," said the Frenchman. "I give him the ball and he does incredible things. When he's on the pitch it's easier for a forward, because the rivals focus mainly on him."

Messi recently returned from injury so perhaps that's why he doesn't look 100% at the moment, but that didn't stop one Barcelona fan from criticising him on Twitter after the game.

That's right, a Barcelona fan actually slammed Messi.

In the 40th minute, the Argentina international showed a lack of pace and movement to provide an option for Dembele as he ran at Valladolid's defence. The ball was eventually lost.

"We gotta talk about Messi," the tweet begins. "Here's a scene where he has to do better, his off the ball movement at the counter attack isn‘t good enough.

"The red X shows where he should've been so Dembele can play him in. Instead, he was behind the ball - no passing lane, then couldn't reach pass."


It's not often that Messi is unable to keep up with play, so perhaps it's a sign that he's starting to slow down a bit.

Either way, fair play to the Barcelona fan for going against the grain.

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