“It’s a little difficult to play with Messi,” were the words of Paulo Dybala after the pair had failed to lead Argentina to a victory in World Cup qualification. On Tuesday evening in the Camp Nou, the Juventus star discovered it’s even harder to play against the world’s best player.
Despite all the pre-season doom and gloom surrounding Barcelona, the Blaugrana have started in tremendous fashion and Messi has been at his imperious best.
Fresh from his derby hat-trick against Espanyol, Messi scored twice to hand Barcelona a 3-0 win over Juventus, the side who had humbled the Catalan giants in the quarter-finals last year.
Much had been made of Messi’s record of never scoring against Gigi Buffon but on the stroke of half time, the 30-year-old exchanged quick passes with Luis Suárez and rolled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
It was Messi’s incisive run and ball across the six-yard box that created the second for Ivan Rakitic and with 20 minutes remaining, the Argentinian grabbed his second, cutting inside two defenders to drill the ball past Buffon.
Argentina may be struggling at present but since Barcelona lost to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, they have won four out of four, scoring 12 and conceding none.