Sports Desk – Barcelona got their La Liga campaign off to an excellent start with a resounding 4-0 victory against Villarreal at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored a penalty goal.
Ansu Fati was the game’s outstanding player and scored Barca’s first two goals, with a first-time finish from Jordi Alba’s pass and then a low drive from Philippe Coutinho’s assist.
Villarreal were unable to deal with the likes of Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi, and Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half. Ansu Fati was the best player on the pitch in the first half and scored two goals in a four-minute span to stun Unai Emery’s Villarreal outfit.
FULL TIME! pic.twitter.com/FMUcRR1pqf— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 27, 2020
Messi is the sixth player to score a goal in 17 different La Liga seasons, joining Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who joined that club on Saturday.
It was Messi’s first game since trying to leave his only club in the summer.
Messi, 33, submitted a transfer request – claiming he was allowed to leave for free because of a clause in his contract – but Barca said he could not leave for less than 700m euros.