Player of the Day

FC Player of the Day, 29 Oct: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

An Argentine masterclass against Real Valladolid.

 
9:00am on Wednesday 30th October 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Lionel Messi
W (R), F (C) - Barcelona - 32 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Oct 29, 2019
90Minutes played
2Goals
2Assists
6Total shots
4Shots on target
37Final third passes
7Dribbles
90Touches

Barcelona had the weekend off after their Clasico match against Real Madrid was postponed, and they looked fresh after their break as they defeated Valladolid 5-1 at the Camp Nou.

Messi, was spectacular.

With the Blaugrana toiling, slightly, with the scoreline at 1-1, the Argentina burst into life with an assist and a goal within five minutes after the half-hour mark. To make it 2-1 Barca, he clipped a quite glorious cross into the centre of the area for Arturo Vidal to stretch and prod a strike into the bottom corner. Then, he left the goalkeeper with no chance after curling free-kick into the top corner from around 30 yards.

While after the break we saw plenty of lovely touches and skills, including a superb nutmeg on Oscar Plano, it took him until the 75th minute to score his second after slamming an emphatic half-volley beyond the goalkeeper after receiving a through-pass from Ivan Rakitic.

Then, to round off his match, he recorded another assist with a pass through the eye-of-the-needle for Luis Suarez to slot home.

Barcelona fixtures, results, statistics and ratings

 
Name
Team
Nationality
Position
Age
Apps
MOM
Fouls P90
Fouled P90
Tackles Att/Won P90
Aerials Att/Won P90
Intercept P90
Clearance P90
Err Chance P90
Err Goal P90
Touches P90
Passes P90
Pass comp %
Final Third P90
Long ball P90
Poss Lost P90
Shots P90
On Target P90
Blocked P90
Touches box P90
Big chance P90
Decisive
First
Equaliser
Penalty won
Clean sheet %
Saves P90
Goals con P90
Pen con
Pen saves
Form
Lionel Messi
ARG
F (RC)
32
5(2)
481
3(0)
3
0
0
0
0.2
1.7
0.4/0.2
-
0.6
-
-
-
83.1
53.7
80%
32.0
4.1
22.5
4.1
2.1
1.1
6.5
-
0.2
-
0
43%
-
0.7
0
0
96
Extra note text etc..

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