Barcelona 3 - 0 Alaves - Match Report & Highlights

Lynette Rowe
August 20, 2018

The 31-year-old Argentina worldwide, who is likely to be considered one of the greatest players ever when he calls time on his glittering career, struck twice as Barca overcame a stubborn Deportivo Alaves side in a La Liga match at Camp Nou on Saturday.

The Barcelona captain, taking the armband following the departure of Andres Iniesta, eventually broke the deadlock when his clever low free-kick flew under the wall on 64 minutes.

It was also the 6,000th goal Barca have scored in La Liga.

That being said, Valverde still has the option of playing Messi through the middle or making a late transfer move for a striker if he decides that Suarez's days as a starter are up.

Ernesto Valverde's side managed to comfortably beat Alaves 3-0 at the Nou Camp, with Messi and Philippe Coutinho getting on the scoresheet.

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The Argentine took Alaves by surprise by rolling the ball under the defensive wall and past a baffled Pacheco - repeating a similar strike against Girona last season.

38' Messi hits the crossbar with a free kick.


"We're happy because we competed well against a good Barca side and against a player [Messi] that once again has made the difference", he said.

Messi's second goal came in the second minute of injury time, an easy shot from close range after a breakaway.

Real Sociedad won 2-1 at Villarreal despite going a goal down. I would tell him "play in Europe and stop travelling so you don't get exhausted any more".

Never before in the history of the club had they had so many millions sitting next to their coach on the bench for the game against Alaves.

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