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In a game in which Messi equalled Xavi's overall appearance record for Barcelona - 767 matches each - Barca's No 10 marked the occasion with a simply breathtaking goal. It was three perfect touches.
With his back to goal and an opponent right on him, Messi's first touch somehow turned the defender inside out, as he span and flicked the ball goalwards. Messi knocked the ball forwards to make space, then pinged it off the underside of the crossbar and in with a rocket from outside the box.
Sensational. The goalkeeper didn't have a chance. And from what had looked - half a second earlier - like no threat at all, suddenly the ball was bouncing around inside the goal and Barcelona were 1-0 up inside 15 minutes.
Imagine thinking any player on the planet is better than him, no other player could do what he's just done there https://t.co/VhU0wg5lH8- J (@_JP1878_) March 15, 2021
The double cross-bar. Magnificent. :heart_eyes: https://t.co/saESGMN06m- Hugh Woozencroft (@HughWoozencroft) March 15, 2021
It was a goal completely out of nothing and another one to add to Messi's endless, glorious collection after his stunning long-range effort against Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League in midweek.
We seriously doubt Huesca's defence will forget this one-man demolition job in a hurry.
Messi's early goal was followed by a strike from Antoine Griezmann on 35 minutes, before Huesca pulled a goal back through a Rafa Mir penalty in first-half stoppage time.
Now it's Antoine Griezmann's turn to score a SCREAMER! :scream:- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) March 15, 2021
Barca are putting on a show in this first half :fire: pic.twitter.com/rMWPQl3ew7
Barcelona led 2-1 going into the interval - Messi having scored his 20th Liga goal of the season in sensational style.
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