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VIDEO: Messi shreds Napoli to score fantastic solo goal

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Lionel Messi has done, once again, as Lionel Messi is known to do: he has scored another fantastic Lionel Messi goal (video below) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

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One, two, three, four, five defenders in his way? So what, says Messi.

One or two decent attempts to tackle the ball away — and perhaps even succeeding on at least one occasion? Again, so what?

He’ll have the ball back, continue on his merry way and tuck the ball just inside the far post, all while falling down, getting back up and falling down again. The goal put Barcelona 2-0 ahead on the night (3-1 on aggregate). Prior to this post being published, he scored again, but the goal was taken away for a perceived handball upon video review.

Surely we’ve discovered a superhuman soccer league we can send him to by now, just to level the playing field a bit more for the actual humans walking planet Earth.

Anyway, here’s the latest head-shaking, smirk-inducing Messi goal video you came to see.

La Liga final day: New Messi record, champs Real draw, full standings

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La Liga closed up shop on its 2019-20 season with 10 matches on Sunday, Barcelona going out on a high while champions Real Madrid won’t care much that a draw was their final result.

The club it drew, however, will be crestfallen.

Leganes 2-2 Real Madrid

Leganes twice came back to answer Real but couldn’t find the winner that would’ve provided La Liga safety on Sunday, ending their first tenure in the top flight at four seasons.

Sergio Ramos had a goal and set Nacho Fernandez up for another as the Spaniard continued his renaissance and Real ended its season five points better than Barcelona.

Alaves 0-5 Barcelona

He won’t be happy about finishing second, but there’s no doubt Lionel Messi cemented his status as one of the Ballon d’Or favorites this season.

The world’s best player finished his league season on a woefully inferior Barca with another two goals and an assist, giving him a La Liga best 25 to go with a La Liga best 21 assists this season.

The assist mark is a La Liga record, and he now has been directly involved in 1000 senior goals, with 297 of those assists.

Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez, and Nelson Semedo also scored, Riqui Puig supplying two assists as Barca finished with 82 points and now waits a few weeks to meet Napoli with their UCL tie level at one.

Apologies, Barca supporters, but this Tweet was especially funny.

Espanyol 0-0 Celta Vigo

Celta misses the drop by one point thanks to Leganes’ loss and its painful draw against already-relegated Espanyol in Catalonia.

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad

Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Valencia meant third place was a possibility if Atleti failed to get a point on Sunday, but Koke scored in the 30th minute off an Alvaro Morata pass to ease concerns.

El Tri midfielder Hector Herrera conceding a late own goal to give the visitors the point it needed, though, the point enough for Real Sociedad to hit the Europa League in sixth place.

A loss would’ve allowed Granada the chance to slide into sixth, and Granada will now become big Real Sociedad fans. Real beating rivals Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final will open up seventh to the UEL.

Villarreal 4-0 Eibar

Gerard Moreno scored twice and Moi Gomez had a goal and an assist as Villarreal left no question about its hold on fifth.

Elsewhere

Real Valladolid 2-0 Real Betis
Osasuna 2-2 Mallorca
Levante 1-0 Getafe
Sevilla 1-0 Valencia
Granada 4-0 Athletic Bilbao

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Real Madrid 38 26 9 3 70 25 45 15-4-0 11-5-3 87
 Barcelona 38 25 7 6 86 38 48 16-2-1 9-5-5 82
 Atlético Madrid 38 18 16 4 51 27 24 12-6-1 6-10-3 70
 Sevilla 38 19 13 6 54 34 20 10-7-2 9-6-4 70
 Villarreal 38 18 6 14 63 49 14 9-5-5 9-1-9 60
 Real Sociedad 38 16 8 14 56 48 8 9-4-6 7-4-8 56
 Granada 38 16 8 14 52 45 7 10-3-6 6-5-8 56
 Getafe 38 14 12 12 43 37 6 8-6-5 6-6-7 54
 València 38 14 11 13 46 53 -7 11-7-1 3-4-12 53
 Osasuna 38 13 13 12 46 54 -8 7-7-5 6-6-7 52
 Athletic Club 38 13 12 13 41 38 3 9-4-6 4-8-7 51
 Levante 38 14 7 17 47 53 -6 9-5-5 5-2-12 49
 Valladolid 38 9 15 14 32 43 -11 5-10-4 4-5-10 42
 Eibar 38 11 9 18 39 56 -17 8-3-8 3-6-10 42
 Betis 38 10 11 17 48 60 -12 9-4-6 1-7-11 41
 Alavés 38 10 9 19 34 59 -25 7-6-6 3-3-13 39
 Celta Vigo 38 7 16 15 37 49 -12 5-8-6 2-8-9 37
 Leganés 38 8 12 18 30 51 -21 5-5-9 3-7-9 36
 Mallorca 38 9 6 23 40 65 -25 8-3-8 1-3-15 33
 Espanyol 38 5 10 23 27 58 -31 2-6-11 3-4-12 25

Add this season mark to the list of crazy Lionel Messi records

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Barcelona is a long shot to claim a third-straight La Liga title but that isn’t stopping Lionel Messi from setting new standards.

Messi slipped Arturo Vidal through for the lone goal of Barcelona’s win at Real Valladolid on Sunday, collecting his 20th assist of the league season in the process.

The helper makes Messi the second player this century to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a top five European league season after his former teammate Thierry Henry did it with Arsenal (24+20). Messi has 22 goals this season.

He’s also the first player to do it in La Liga, and the first to record 20 assists in a La Liga season since another former teammate, Xavi Hernandez.

Messi is one of eight players in Europe’s top five leagues to score 20-plus goals and one of only two with 20 assists (Thomas Muller). Only five others have double-digit goals and assists: Kevin De Bruyne, Serge Gnabry, Jadon Sancho, Alassane Plea, and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Barcelona hosts Osasuna and visits Alaves on the final two match days of the season. Can he match or even beat Henry’s goal output? He has 30 goals in 28 career appearances against the aforementioned opponents.

Real Madrid will edge closer to wrapping up the league with a win at Granada on Monday. Zinedine Zidane’s men are on an incredible and near-imperious run, having won eight-straight games and riding a 457-minute league shutout streak.

Real currently leads Barca by a point with a match-in-hand, then finish with Villarreal and Leganes.

Bartomeu vows Messi will finish career at Barcelona

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Lionel Messi will finish his career at Barcelona, says embattled president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The exit clause in Messi’s latest Barcelona contract expired on June 1, putting a temporary end to worries that the world’s top player would leave a messy Barcelona season.

Messi, 33, is still near the top of his powers. He has 22 goals and 19 assists in 29 La Liga appearances this season, adding five goals and four assists in nine cup games.

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“(Messi) will end his working and footballing life at Barcelona”, said Bartomeu in a Monday radio interview. “We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay. And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”

Only four players in Europe’s top five leagues have scored more league goals than Messi and none of those players has more than eight assists. Messi’s 19 La Liga assists are two behind Thomas Muller in that same group.

It had been reported since November that Messi would not exercise his option to leave the club, but there were numerous reasons to think he might rethink things given problems at Barcelona.

There has been chaos in the board room and players including Messi were angry to be thrown under the proverbial bus when Ernesto Valverde was fired early this year.

Notably, he called Barcelona “home” but noted “weird things happening” at the Camp Nou. Fortunately, the club announced that an independent inspector cleared Barca’s hierarchy of wrongdoing after allegations that a third-party company contracted to the club tried to smear current and former club legends on social media.

Bartomeu needs Messi to stay as the club waits for Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati to come into the peaks of their powers. If the Argentine leaves Barca, who looks destined to finish second to Real Madrid despite leading the table for most of the year, the pressure on the president will reach an even higher level.

The president has overseen a mostly successful time at Barca during his tenure, winning four domestic titles and the 2014-15 Champions League.

Messi, Griezmann, Suarez turn on style with stunning goals in Barcelona win

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Barcelona are still in the La Liga title race. Just.

Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez combined to score stunning goals in a 4-1 win for Barcelona at high-flying Villarreal on Sunday.

Barcelona’s win means they are now four points behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race with five games to go, as Real beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 earlier on Sunday.

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Barcelona took the lead as Messi crossed for Griezmann and he didn’t convert his clever flick but Pau Torres put the ball into this own net.

Villarreal then equalized as Samuel Chukwueze launched a counter which Gerardo Moreno finished off after Santo Cazorla’s shot was saved.

Then Barcelona kicked on.

Suarez made it 2-1 with a stunner as Messi set him up and then Griezmann turned on the magic as Messi grabbed another assist.

Another Barcelona attack saw Suarez find Messi on the edge of the box and the Barcelona legend set up Griezmann with a delicious back heel flick.

The French striker, who was criticized by his manager Quique Setien in recent weeks, then clipped home a majestic chip to put Barcelona 3-1 up at El Madrigal.

Ansu Fati scored late on to seal the win as Messi hit the crossbar and scored another which was chalked off via VAR, as Barcelona kept the pressure on Real Madrid ahead of the final weeks of the La Liga season.

Barca aren’t giving up their La Liga title without a fight and they looked in superb form ahead of the Champions League resumption in August.