Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s unbelievable record and Panenka treat for fans

Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s unbelievable record and Panenka treat for fans

Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s unbelievable record and Panenka treat for fans

Lionel Messi will probably play against Villarreal in LaLiga this week, because "there's no suitable scenario for resting" the Argentine superstar, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday.

Messi was recently asked about the top players in the world, and the FC Barcelona star picked Hazard amongst the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Neymar.

The 31-year-old ended an eight-month self-imposed exile from worldwide football against Venezuela last week but could not prevent a 3-1 defeat in Madrid.

Messi now leads the pack for the European Golden shoe award as his side are still in contention for domestic and continental trophies this season.

Most sources have credited the Argentine's free-kick against Espanyol as part of a brace that secured a 2-0 win for Barcelona, but Marca, the Spanish representatives for the European Sports Media, have it down as a Victor Sanchez own goal.

Pope Francis: In theory, it is sacrilege.


But speaking about his compatriot Messi, who is often referred to as "God", Pope Francis gave a candid response in the interview. "I show my affection for the national team in a different way and to anyone who says differently, I have nothing to prove". "Do you believe it?"

"I would love to say that we had planned it, but it's not true, it's up to him".

"It's expressions that people use".

The Pope is certainly a trusted authority on these matters, but then one has to wonder whether he saw Messi's third goal against Betis, or for that matter any of the other almost 700 goals he's scored over the course of his career. "'He is a god with a ball on the pitch", they are popular ways of expressing oneself'.

Jordi Evole: "But he plays well doesn't he?"

"Of course, he is very good, but he isn't God".

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