Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona after he told the club he was going to leave this summer.
The iconic Argentinian striker, who reluctantly decided to remain in Camp Nou after Barça, made it clear that they would not sell him for anything less than his €700 million release clause, scored his team’s second half-time goal against Girona.
Barcelona was already 1-0 thanks to a strong team goal, finished by Philippe Coutinho.
Messi played a key role in Coutinho’s opening, making a delightful masked pass for Francisco Trincao, who was in line for his Brazilian teammate.
However, the moment of the first half was without a doubt Messi’s magnificent right-footed (yes, right-footed!) shot from outside the box.
Coutinho gave Messi the ball, spanning his marker before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the net’s top corner.
Girona’s goalie, Juan Carlos, looked on helplessly as the ball swept away from his far post and into the back of the net.
Watch Messi’s magic moment …
That is unique now.
Messi, even at the age of 33, is still the greatest footballer in the world.
And it is easy to see why there was absolutely no plan in Barcelona to listen to any offers for their inspiring star man.
You can watch Messi’s ‘pre-assist’ too (if there is such a thing) for Coutinho’s goal…
He is pretty good.