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.
"How much is that worth? Priceless!"— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) January 31, 2021
A sublime MESSI free-kick puts Barcelona in control against Athletic Club.#BarçaAthletic
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The strike was also the 49th time he’s scored a direct free-kick for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi has now scored 650 goals across all competitions for Barcelona, 49 of them have been from direct free-kicks.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 31, 2021
Worth every penny.
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.