Frenkie de Jong was applauded off by Eibar fans after Barcelona’s 3-0 win at Ipurua. The Dutch midfielder put in a brilliant performance for the visitors as they ran out comfortable winners. He was replaced late on by Ivan Rakitic and the crowd showed their appreciation.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez moved level with Josep Samitier on the club’s list of all-time goalscorers on Saturday. The Uruguayan has now scored 184 goals in 256 games for the Catalan giants to move joint fourth with Samitier.
Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga, temporarily at least, with a comprehensive win over Eibar. Goals from Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez gave Ernesto Valverde’s men a deserved win at Ipurua.
Lionel Messi has been talking about his Barcelona future again and says he does not want a lifetime contract. “It is true that Barcelona proposed to me a contract for life, but what I said was that I do not want a contract to bind me. I want to be fine to perform, to play and continue fighting for objectives. Being here can be for life, but not with a contract.”
Antoine Griezmann scored his first away goal for Barcelona on Saturday. The Frenchman opened the scoring in the game against Eibar after slotting home a Clement Lenglet pass.
Pedri, who will join Barcelona next summer from Las Palmas, has been talking about how he came close to a move to Real Madrid. He said: “I had a trial with Madrid but I wasn’t fortunate. On my first day I couldn’t train because of the bad weather. It was incredibly cold.”
Barcelona will block Riqui Puig moving away from the club on loan in January, according to Mundo Deportivo. The midfielder remains vital to Barcelona B and it is expected he will get first-team minutes before the end of the year.