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Lionel Messi only has one skill: Pele

09 December 2018

The Argentinean scored two goals and had a hand in two more as his side thrashed city rivals, Espanyol in Espanyol's Cornella El-Prat Stadium.

Messi's free-kick was also the eighth set-piece he has scored this year in LaLiga, three more than any team in Europe's top-five leagues have collectively managed in 2018.

Lionel Messi scored twice from free kicks in a league match for the first time in his career on Saturday, leading Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league. They have not beaten Barcelona in 19 attempts in La Liga now, while a fourth straight league loss means their strong start has faded badly of late.

Dembele turned provider this time, slipping his fellow forward in in the left-hand channel, with Suarez doing brilliantly to hold off the challenge of a defender and somehow squeeze a finish through the legs of Lopez and into the far corner from the narrowest of angles.

Messi got the ball rolling with 17 minutes gone as he curled a stunning free-kick into the top right corner of Diego Lopez's net after being felled by Oscar Duarte and the "Blaugrana" didn't look back from the, with each and every one of their goals fit to take the breath away.

Luis Suarez then came incredibly close to getting his name on the scoresheet in the 36th minute, but the Uruguay international's effort from a Messi pass hit the Espanyol post.

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Barcelona have made one change for their clash with Espanyol on Saturday evening.

In the 83rd minute, Santi Cazorla set up Carlos Bacca to pull a goal back from an indirect free-kick in the penalty area.

'We knew about the danger of Espanyol, especially at home.

The match was done and dusted when Messi found the top corner from another free-kick from outside the box, giving Lopez no chance whatsoever.

Messi was prevented a hat-trick by a smart Diego Lopez save in the 69th minute, and Espanyol thought that they had registered in the 73rd minute when Duarte converted a Sergio Garcia free kick.

Lionel Messi only has one skill: Pele