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FC Player of the Day, 27 Nov: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

FC Player of the Day, 27 Nov: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The Argentine was superb in his 700th appearance for the Blaugrana.

 
9:00am on Thursday 28th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Lionel Messi
W (R), F (C) - Barcelona - 32 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Nov 27, 2019
90Minutes played
1Goals
2Assists
5Total shots
35Final third passes
9Touches in box
11Dribbles
88Touches

In a milestone night for Messi in which he wore the Barcelona shirt for the 700th time in his illustrious career, he marked it with a vintage performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League as the hosts won 3-1 at the Camp Nou.

After controlling the first third of the match, the deadlock was broken for Barca after Messi stepped in to the centre outside the box before reversing a neat pass into the feet of Luis Suarez, who scored with composure.

Then, he got on the scoresheet himself with a vicious finish into the bottom corner.

There has been a lot said about the relationship, or lack of one, between Messi and Antoine Griezmann so far this campaign, but they were a good tandem for the third as the Barcelona captain slid a pass down the left channel for his French colleague to lash into the bottom corner.

Messi also sent 35 passes into the final third on the night and successfully completed 11 dribbles - four more than anyone else in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Lionel Messii's profile, statistics and career information

32 yrs - F (RC) - Barcelona
99
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
391
Played matches
5
2
3
Shots P90
5.29
Shots On target P90
2.53
Successful passing %
81%
Final third passes P90
32.46

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