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Messi, Rakitic give El Clásico friendly patrons their money’s worth

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Go on, Leo!

Barcelona have begun this glorified friendly/epic cash grab/El Clásico in style. After a first minute injury scare to Neymar, the Blaugrana shook that off to take an early lead in just the fourth minute through Lionel Messi.

It wasn’t the cleanest of goals as Messi’s finish took a massive deflection to take it past Keylor Navas for the opening goal. Barca won’t complain as it put them into control of the match.

Just two minutes later, they took advantage of that control by doubling their lead. Some nice passing around the box led to Luis Suarez setting up Ivan Rakitic for a great strike at the top of the box.

It’s a great start for Barcelona as the look to capture the International Champions Cup or whatever this weird preseason tournament is called.