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Ronaldinho, Messi Shine as Barca Go Top

While Chelsea was busy losing both of its goalkeepers in the hard-fought victory over Reading, Ronaldinho and Leo Messi were dazzling Sevilla's defense. The Catalans came out 3-1 winners after two goals from last year's World Player of the Year, and a third from Messi, the man many expect will one day inherit that honor. Ronaldinho grabbed his first from the spot and his second from a free kick 10 minutes later. Freddie Kanoute had managed to pull Sevilla level in between those two strikes. Then, five minutes from time, Messi went on a Maradona-like run past several defenders in a tight area before curling one past the keeper to seal the victory. Barca's superstars could be heating up at just the right time, too, as the team's sternest tests await this week: Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and then Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Yesterday's victory was sweet revenge for Barcelona after the Andalucians handily beat them 3-0 in the European Super Cup in August. The goals could prove to be particularly important for Ronaldinho, who's come under criticism for a sluggish start to the season. Last year's champion is now alone at the top with 16 points from six games, after Valencia's 3-2 loss at Celta Vigo.

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