FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon : Picture gallery and best moments
Lionel Messi scored his 300th La Liga goal as Barcelona comfortably cruised to a 3-1 win away in the FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon encounter.
The 2015 Ballon d’Or winner‘s landmark strike gave Barcelona the lead but the visitors were effectively pegged back shortly after by Carlos Castro.
Messi, though, wasn’t finished at all. His 301st league goal again restored Barcelona’s lead at the FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon clash.
Luis Suarez then strangely missed a penalty before making amends in style with a stunning left-foot effort.
His 301st – a superb toe-poke that didn’t even need him to break his stride – restored their lead yet again later in the first half of the FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon match.
Thgame that also witnessed him score Barceloa’s 10,000th goal, taking his handsome tally to 27 in 30 for the season.
It’s easy to see why Barcelona were seriously keen to tie up a deal for the promising young Croatian when they took him from Dinamo Zagreb back in 2015.
Certainly he’s a slight figure and he really needs to pack on some muscle. But the little attacking midfielder smoothly glides across the surface, is aware of everything happening around him, has lovely balance and can pick a precise pass with his left foot.
Barcelona rested Andres Iniesta and also Dani Alves for this league game. The Premier League may be the richest division right now in the world but not a single English squad could afford to take a serious risk like that in the title race.
Barcelona’s bench also included the former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, also Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the starlet Munir El Haddadi.
While there was plenty that future rivals may look at and think, ‘right, we can get at them, they aren’t invisible’ there was also that crucial moment where Los Cules again showed that, when they really want, they can take the game away from even the big names.