Lionel Messi has continued to show that he’s still the main man at Barcelona with another jaw-dropping moment as they faced Elche in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Saturday.
The Argentinian might have made a failed play to leave the Camp Nou this summer, but it’s clear from his performances in Barca’s pre-season friendlies that he’ll be as central as ever to their success this season.
Although it was Antoine Griezmann who fired Barcelona in front in just the second minute on Saturday and Jordi Alba who registered the assist, it was Messi who sent tongues wagging in the Catalan giants’ traditional curtain-raiser with a defense-splitting pass.
The Ice Breaker! 🧊🔨 @AntoGriezmannpic.twitter.com/Ty6D0GrRiV
Twitter was quickly set ablaze by the move as fans gushed over the playmaker’s ball to Alba.
“Pirlo would be proud of this pass,” wrote one fan, while another suggested Messi’s passing range is “ridiculous.”
Messi, the deep lying playmaker. Pirlo would be proud of this pass. https://t.co/ZjAU7jQFIx
These passes from Messi are getting ridiculous
It isn’t the first time Messi has impressed in pre-season for Barca, despite his attempt to engineer a move away from the club in the summer.
The 33-year-old played a similarly sublime pass in the buildup to Philippe Coutinho’s opener against Girona on Wednesday before firing home twice from outside the area to hand Barcelona a 3-1 win:
Well worth another look. 😳 #Messipic.twitter.com/aEKK37j10h
Receive the pass.Turn around.Off the back.Nothing but net.WATCH LIVE ON BARÇA TV+!▶️ https://t.co/v28AM27Zzqpic.twitter.com/10DjTwllXk
The Blaugrana will open their La Liga season next Sunday at home to Villarreal, as Barca seek to regain their title from Real Madrid.
During his time at the club, Messi has helped Barcelona win La Liga no fewer than 10 times, as well as winning four UEFA Champions Leagues and eight Copas del Rey.