Lionel Messi’s masterclass against Eibar highlights La Liga’s Saturday action.
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Eibar 0-5 Barcelona
It seemed as if nothing was going to wake up Barcelona from their nightmare, but then Lionel Messi went on to put on one if his traditional magic shows.
The Argentine pelted four goals on Eibar on Saturday, sending the Blaugrana to the top of La Liga following Real Madrid’s loss to Levante.
Just how bad was Barcelona’s nightmare, one may ask? So bad that Barcelona supporters waving white handkerchiefs during a part of the game, expressing their frustration towards club’s board and chanting for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
As it’s been for the past decade or so, Messi was at the right place and at the right time to put the fires away.
Barca’s No. 10 broke the deadlock in the 14th minute, before completing his first-half hat-trick. He added a fourth in stoppage time, stretching his season goal count to 18 – the best in the league.
The goal-heavy performance ended Messi’s four-match goal drought – the longest for the Argentine since the 2013-14 season.
Messi’s masterclass proved to be quintessential potion to Barcelona’s illness. They needed it, especially with Napoli up next in the Champions League, which leaves the Catalans with no options then to win.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Celta Vigo 1-0 Leganes
Real Sociedad 3-0 Valencia
Levante 1-0 Real Madrid