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Messi rediscovers scoring touch
by Paul Kennedy, August 23rd, 2010 3:32AM
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[SPAIN] There is nothing wrong with Lionel Messi's scoring touch. The Argentine star, scoreless in five games at the World Cup, scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 win over Sevilla and help it claim its first trophy of the season, the Spanish Super Cup.

The first goal in the 14th minute came when Pedro's cross rebounded in off defender Abdoulay Konko.

After that it was all Messi, scoring in the 255h, 44th and 90th minutes after being put through on passes from Xavi, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta. Barca won, 5-3, on aggregate.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola said the win was just the beginning ...

“We still have much work in order to take shape," he said, "and even players like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Lionel] Messi have yet to reach their full potential.”

Barcelona-Sevilla Highlights:

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 23, 2010 at 8:53 a.m.
    This is a clear message to Maradona and whoever will be coaching the Argentine national team. Messi's best position is up top where other players give him the ball close to the goal. Unlike how Maradona used him in the WC, where he was the playmaker behind the goalscorers.
  1. David V
    commented on: August 23, 2010 at 10:41 a.m.
    Ummm... I would say it isn't you watch La Liga games? I've watched Messi for about 5 years now, he often plays a role which is like a midfielder for Barca, and he did so against Sevilla in the Spanish SuperCopa in the 2nd leg where he got a hat trick. The key is the quality of players feeding him the ball... even on his last goal, anyone could tap it in, it was David Villa (who played about 20 minutes in his first game play since the WC Final), and Iniesta who made the goal, it was Xavi who made the 2nd goal, an easy finish for any player. BTW, Villa scored 5 goals in 4 games when playing his natural position in the WC Finals, and he scored 0 goals in 3 games, including the Final itself, when playing out of position - my point is, I know what playing out of position does to a player. It's the quality of players feeding Messi the ball - it is not a clear message to Maradona or the AFA about where to play Messi, it is a clear message that Argentina does not have the quality of Spain (recall a year ago, Spain beat Argentina as well, and the Spaniards dominated in midfield)
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 23, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
    Tom..I agree that Spain and Barcelona have better midfielders, but Maradona's insistance on playing Messi as a midfielder had cut down on his scoring opportunities, because he has the responsibility to create for others. What I am saying is that Messi can play either as an attacking midfielder or as a forward. But in my opinion, his best position is as a forward if he has good midfielders to feed him the ball.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: August 23, 2010 at 12:31 p.m.
    Maradonna failed to build the team around Messi...having such a top quality player and wasting his strengths showed what kind of ego Maradonna has.

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