Barcelona and Argentine forward Lionel Messi scored his 650th goal for Barcelona with a beautiful freekick as his side edged Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to move up to second in La Liga.
Lionel Messi Scores His 49th Freekick in Barca Jersey
Lionel Messi delivered the freekick passed Athletic’s five-man wall with one player lying behind the wall and another on the line, but Messi still managed to curl the ball into the top corner. It was his 49th freekick goal for the club.
Barcelona opened the scoring through the freekick from Messi in the first 20 minutes of the game, but Athletic went level when Jordi Alba turned a cross into his net. Former Atletico Madrid’s striker Antoine Griezmann slammed in the second goal which became the match-winner.
Barcelona moves above Real Madrid on goal difference, but both sit 10 points behind Atletico Madrid who has a game in hand on both sides. Atletico Madrid defeated Cadiz 4-2 to seal the top place position with ten points clear.
Ronald Koeman’s side seems to be over their dreadful start to the season with eight wins and two draws in their past 10 La Liga games. Barcelona’s day ended better than it started. The club earlier denied leaking the contract details of their forward and skipper Lionel Messi and promised to sue Spanish newspaper (El Mundo) that published it.
The club plan legal action after the Spanish newspaper published details of his £492m contract.