In the 47th minute of Barcelona’s La Liga encounter against Elche, Gerard Pique rolled the ball into Pedri, with the wonderkid feinting and opening up a path for Lionel Messi.
Messi received the ball about 20 yards into Elche’s half as the all-time great drove forward, skipping past one Elche ace, before avoiding a sliding defender with a tidy pass into Martin Braithwaite.
Braithwaite had his back to goal and rolled the ball to the rushing Messi with a silky backheel just inside the box, Messi collected the ball, knocked it away from a defender a little, before sliding it into the net.
Messi with a great run and he applies the finish! ?
Great combination play with Braithwaite and just the start Barca needed ? pic.twitter.com/T8zBNRL22V
— Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) February 24, 2021
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