Lionel MESSI scores sensational free kick in FC Barcelona win against Alaves

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi

The victor of the European Golden Shoe for the last two seasons scored twice to get off the mark this season.

It was nine years since it was he who broke the 5,000 goal barrier for Barcelona in the Primera and yesterday he got the 6,000th with record books full of statistics from the Rosario born player.

"With Messi you have to expect the unexpected".

"He's a genius and we're lucky to be able to see him play every day".

"The first time he hit the bar, the second time, goal number 6,000".

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"There's still room for Messi to surprise us".

The clubs hired new managers after disappointing campaigns last season, when Espanyol finished 11th and Celta was only 13th, far from qualification for the European competitions. It's not a common free kick but he does it often.

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. That was a great effort.

Even visiting coach Abelardo, a former Barca defender, was full of praise for Messi's performance.

"He's a gift to football. but not when he's playing against you!"

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"When they told me Sampaoli had 14 assistants, I asked myself why he went, why didn't he stay at home drinking mate?"

The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Camp Nou but struggled to convert chances against a shrewd Alavés, who are the last team to win a league game at the Catalans' home, beating them 2-1 in 2016.

Messi then grabbed his second of the clash late on, and Busquets has conceded that Barcelona "found it rather hard against Alaves" before the Argentine turned on the style.

"That's how we've started ahead of the new season, we'll see how he gets on", Valverde added.

Realistically, only two of them at the very most will feature in Valverde's strongest side, with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic guaranteed a starting role barring injuries or an unexpected collapse in form. "We had to have patience but as the game grew we began to create more chances as they exhausted".

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