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Messi scores 650th Barcelona goal with stunner against Athletic

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Another great strike from the captain

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Lionel Messi was back doing what he does best on Sunday after a day of headlines regarding his contract at the Camp Nou.

The captain was back in the starting XI in La Liga and back in the goals, opening the scoring with a stunning free-kick to net his 650th goal for the Catalan giants.

The strike was also the 49th time he’s scored a direct free-kick for Barcelona.

It was an important goal for Barcelona too, giving the hosts the lead on what is their first game at the Camp Nou in 2021 after a run of eight straight away matches.