Messi has had an amazing start to the La Liga season, rivaling his best few opening games in his history at Barcelona, having scored 11 league goals in only seven matches. His 11-goal haul has propelled Barcelona comfortably to the top of La Liga, with their closest rivals Sevilla being five points behind the Catalans.
Messi took his total to 11 this past weekend against Las Palmas, played behind closed doors due to the political unrest in Catalunya. This lent the game an unfortunately subdued atmosphere and deprived anyone of seeing Messi’s two goals in person, but despite not having a crowd to astound, he still put on a good display for those watching at home.
He scored the goal of the evening in the 70th minute after a clever pass by Denis Suarez neutralised the entire defensive line and found Messi face to face with the keeper. Showing the composure he’s well known for, the Argentine didn’t panic when the keeper rushed to close down space, but rather waited for the keeper to go to ground before he shimmied away and passed into an open net.
Messi will join Argentina on international duty for the next couple of weeks, but their qualification is in doubt due to their unusually poor spell under manager Sampaoli – Messi will need to conjure up a similarly impressive performance to get them to Russia in 2018.
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