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Lionel Messi creates something from nothing for Barcelona - Valverde

Following their 6-1 thrashing over Eibar, the FC panel heap much deserved praise on Lionel Messi's leadership at Barca.

BARCELONA -- Ernesto Valverde was almost at a loss for words after another astonishing Lionel Messi performance helped Barcelona beat Eibar 6-1 and extend their winning start to the season in La Liga to five games.

Four of Barca's goals in the win at Camp Nou came from the boots of Messi, with Paulinho and Denis Suarez also on target for the second game running.

Messi, who has now scored 39 hat tricks for his club, has already scored 12 times in just eight games in all competitions this season and...

Four-goal Messi was perfect as Barcelona cruise to 6-1 win over Eibar

Following their 6-1 thrashing over Eibar, the FC panel heap much deserved praise on Lionel Messi's leadership at Barca.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi scored four goals as Barcelona thumped Eibar 6-1 to make it five consecutive wins to start their La Liga season. There were also goals from Saturday's saviours at Getafe, Paulinho and Denis Suarez, while Eibar's consolation came from Sergi Enrich.

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The major positive is that with Messi in this type of form, not many sides will be able to deal with Barca. Elsewhere, Nelson Semedo continues to really impress at right-back and Paulinho and Denis, for...

 By PA Sport

Lionel Messi scores four as Barcelona thrash Eibar, extend Liga lead

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Lionel Messi turned on the style once again, netting a stunning four goal haul against lowly Eibar in the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi turned on the style once again, netting a stunning four goal haul against lowly Eibar in the Camp Nou.
Following their 6-1 thrashing over Eibar, the FC panel heap much deserved praise on Lionel Messi's leadership at Barca.

Lionel Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start in La Liga with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Nou Camp.

The Argentine launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors with further goals coming from Denis Suarez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied for the visitors.

Ernesto Valverde made a number of changes with Luis Suarez dropping to the bench and new signing Ousmane Dembele ruled out for four months with a hamstring...

Valverde might manage Messi, Suarez playing time during busy week

The ESPN FC panel credit Ernesto Valverde for getting Barcelona back to their best following Luis Enrique's exit.
Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes discuss Barcelona's status among the top clubs in Europe.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has suggested he could manage Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's game time over the next week as he targets nine points from La Liga games against Getafe, Eibar and Girona.

Messi returned from playing two games with Argentina last weekend to score a hat trick against Espanyol in the Catalan derby and followed up with a Champions League double against Juventus in midweek.

Suarez, meanwhile, has also played the last two matches for his club, after returning from a knee...

 By PA Sport

Lionel Messi's father has signed contract renewal - Barcelona president

The ESPN FC crew join SportsCenter to delve into Barcelona's 3-0 defeat over Juventus in UEFA Champions League Group D action.
After watching Barcelona outclass Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri said that it was Lionel Messi who made the difference.
The ESPN FC panel credit Ernesto Valverde for getting Barcelona back to their best following Luis Enrique's exit.
Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another as Barcelona defeated last season's UCL finalists Juventus.
Barcelona and Lionel Messi dealt swift justice to the team that knocked them out of last year's competition.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has again said that Lionel Messi's father has signed a contract renewal on behalf of the Argentina forward that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Barca announced in July that Messi had agreed a four-year extension to his deal and it would be "signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for preseason training."

Since then there has been no official confirmation and rumours had begun to circulate about the 30-year-old's future at the club,...

 By Nick Ames

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane make Champions League Best XI

The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew have all the best reaction and analysis from the Champions League.

With the first games in the group stage complete, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI -- with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane among those making the cut.

Do you agree? Have your say in the comments below.

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ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Alisson (Roma)

Roma were on the rack at home to Atletico Madrid and were bailed out on a number of occasions by Alisson, who showed exceptional positioning and reflexes to deny Saul Niguez, Lucas Vietto and Angel Correa among others. Defeat would have been extremely damaging...