Arthur Melo managed just two assists in his first year at Barcelona, playing almost 2500 minutes.
This year he’s already bagged two goals in just over 200, the latest a well-built rocket at the Camp Nou against Villarreal.
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The Yellow Submarine allowed Barcelona to work the ball right to left across the midfield, and Arthur saw his opening and boy, did he take it.
It gave Barca a 2-0 lead in a match it needed, as Arthur joined Antoine Griezmann on the score sheet and Lionel Messi in the Starting XI.
Messi, who won FIFA’s The Best men’s player award on Tuesday, was making his first start of the young season following an ankle ailment. He assisted Griezmann’s goal, but also left the field for some time with an apparent thigh ailment before returning to the match.