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By Tom Sanders
Lionel Messi showed his unselfish side by gifting team-mate Luis Suarez a goal with a brilliant assist at Eibar.
Hot on the heels of collecting his sixth European Golden Shoe award in recognition of his 36 goals last season, Messi reminded everyone why he's the greatest by chipping in with both a goal and a stunning assist to Suarez during their 3-0 demolition.
It's no secret that Barcelona's slow start to the season just happened to coincide with Lionel Messi's recent injury problems.
Antoine Griezmann opened proceedings in the 12th minute with a beautiful finish after a deep-lying cross from Lenglet set up the Frenchman for a one-on-one with the keeper.
Messi then added his name to the score sheet in the second half with some of his trademark fancy footwork, dancing around two Eibar defenders before neatly slotting the ball into the bottom corner from close range.
Leo Messi is so unselfish!! My GOAT #EIBBAR pic.twitter.com/xnPjabH7VV
- IZY :gem: (@Izybaby01) October 19, 2019
But the real highlight of the game came eight minutes later when Griezmann played Messi onside with an inspired through ball that beat three defenders and opened up the Argentinian for a clear one-on-one with the keeper.
It's the kind of chance that Messi just doesn't miss... yet despite having a clear shot on a practically open goal he instead chose to unselfishly square to Luis Suarez, allowing the Uruguayan to score from a much more difficult angle to make the score 3-0.
The two men quickly rushed to embrace each other in celebration, with Suarez planting a kiss on his teammate forehead as a mark of his appreciation.
Of course this is far from the first time the two superstars have linked up to hep each other score with an unlikely assist- in 2016 Messi famously used a penalty kick to set up an assist to Suarez in what is widely considered to be one of the greatest penalties of all time.
Messi may have the odds against him if he wants to pick up a seventh Golden Shoe award this year, but if there's one thing we've learned by now it's that you can never discount the GOAT.
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