Five-goal masterclass (5-1) | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was at his brilliant best, but the whole team gelled in a game that was about attacking football from start to finish, with moments of sheer class, skill and total spectacle. And much as the 5-1 result is in no way flattering to Valladolid, today’s guests were anything but an easy opponent.
Ten things we learned from Barça 5-1 Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Clement Lenglet added his name to the list of Barça players to have got on the Liga scoresheet this season, and the thirteen different names are more than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues.
Second best winning streak under Valverde | FC Barcelona
Barça are on stunning form. Again. Tuesday’s spectacular 5-1 defeat of Valladolid was the seventh win in a row, equalling the second best streak under Ernesto Valverde. And if the team can continue its rampant march with victories in the upcoming fixtures against Levante and Slavia Prague … That would equal his best ever run of nine wins!
Luis Suárez has scored against all 27 of his La Liga opponents | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez has now scored against all of the 27 La Liga opponents that he has faced following his goal against Valladolid at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Messi scores his 50th free kick | FC Barcelona
Another day, another landmark figure for Leo Messi. Such is the life of the Argentinian superstar. On Tuesday in Barcelona he made it 50 goals from free kicks in his professional career with another spectacular effort in the game against Valladolid. The first of those 50 came in Novermber 2008 in a league game against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou, the beginning of a free kick extravaganza that has led him to a total of 44 for Barça and six for the Argentinian national side.
Toe Poke Daily: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi outscoring all of Europe’s top clubs from free kicks | ESPN
The Argentina captain scored two goals and assisted another two in the match, the ninth time he has done so in La Liga in the last decade. In effortlessly tucking away Barcelona’s third goal, Messi scored the 50th direct free kick of his senior career in all competitions (44 with Barca, six with Argentina).
Messi’s 6th Golden Shoe on display in Musum | FC Barcelona
Messi certainly put his boots on show against Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, with two goals and two assists, and the day after it’s happening again. This time it’s to honour his league 36 goals last season, and which earned yet another European Golden Shoe.
Messi, Ansu Fati and Abidal up for Globe Soccer Awards | FC Barcelona
The candidates for the Globe Soccer Awards were revealed on Wednesday and there is yet more blaugrana blood in the running for prizes. Leo Messi, Ansu Fati and Éric Abidal are all nominees for the ceremony to held on December 29 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
Sources: Barcelona open to Rakitic sale, Vidal to stay amid Inter interest in duo | ESPN
Inter Milan have expressed an interest in both players in recent months, although Barca have made it clear they do not want to lose Vidal midseason. The Chile international plays an important role in the squad and, even though he doesn’t start every week, the Spanish champions feel he will be needed as the season progresses.
Guardiola: Messi’s ‘short bursts of effort’ help Barcelona star perform like a 20-year-old | goal
Lionel Messi’s ‘short bursts of effort’ in games help him maintain the same levels of performance he had as a younger player, according to his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola backs Xavi for Barcelona coaching job: Sooner or later, it’ll happen | Goal
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes it is an inevitability that Xavi will one day coach Barcelona. Guardiola made his name as a trainer at Camp Nou, where he took charge of the first team in 2008, marking the beginning of a golden era for the club that included a treble in his debut season.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid date changes a ‘state problem’ - La Liga chief | ESPN
La Liga president Javier Tebas has said the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a “state problem.” The date for the clash between the country’s two biggest clubs was moved by the Royal Spanish Football Federation to Dec. 18 due to political and social unrest in Catalonia.