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2019-2020 LaLiga
  • Clément Lenglet (2')
  • Arturo Vidal (29')
  • Lionel Messi (34', 75')
  • Luis Suárez (77')
  • Kiko (15')

Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona past Real Valladolid to top of La Liga table

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Messi 'just extraordinary' in Barca's win vs. Valladolid (1:40)

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Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more in Barcelona's table-topping 5-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

Barcelona went up early with a nice volley from Clement Lenglet, but Kiko bundled home on the quarter hour after Marc-Andre ter Stegen misplayed a free kick into the box to draw the visiting side level.

Two moments of Messi magic restored order at the Camp Nou with the Argentine playing a perfect ball into the penalty area for Arturo Vidal to volley home and then curling in an unstoppable free kick shortly after to give Barcelona a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Messi fired in Barca's fourth with a superb turn and finish from an Ivan Rakitic pass, firing a low line drive of a volley past Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip before setting Luis Suarez with another sublime assist to reach the final scoreline.

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"What can we say about Leo? I've run out of words," Barca manager Ernesto Valverde said. "Every time he gets the ball, something happens. It's good for us and bad for the opposition. He has a talent that no one else has. It's not just that he makes thing happen, he sees things no one else does. I'm convinced that what he sees cannot even be seen up in the stands.

"Every day he's better [after injury], which is obviously good for us. You can see that he's looking fresher. We're happy because he's feeling good and because we're enjoying how he's playing."

Messi's teammate Vidal was equally at a loss for words in describing the brilliance of the Argentine.

"Leo showed all the quality he has, when he's like that the team really feels it," said Vidal. "We see him every day and he surprises us every day, with the quality he has, he's from another planet.

"I have no words to talk about Leo, he's from another world, everything he does, he does well."

The No. 10 set up teenager Ansu Fati after the break, but the 16-year-old's shot was kept out by former Barca keeper Masip.

"They are very good and they don't let you off the hook, Messi worked wonders," said Valladolid captain Michel. "You just have to applaud [Messi] and enjoy him."

The win put Barcelona two-points clear at the top of the La Liga table ahead of surprise package Granada, who face Getafe on Thursday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 15 +23 34
2 Real Madrid 15 +21 34
3 Sevilla FC 16 +5 31
4 Real Sociedad 16 +8 27
5 Getafe 16 +8 27
6 Athletic Bilbao 16 +7 26
7 Atletico Madrid 16 +6 26
8 Valencia 16 +3 26
9 Granada 16 +3 24
10 Osasuna 16 +4 23
11 Real Betis 16 -5 22
12 Levante 16 -5 20
13 Villarreal 16 +4 19
14 Real Valladolid 16 -4 19
15 Alavés 17 -6 19
16 Eibar 16 -13 15
17 Mallorca 16 -12 14
18 Celta Vigo 16 -11 13
19 Leganes 17 -16 10
20 Espanyol 16 -20 9