Lionel Messi lead the GOAT argument as Juventus fell in Turin

Juventus 0-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi lead the GOAT argument as Juventus fell in Turin - Match Highlights

 

Barcelona players celebrate goal against Juventus in the Champions League
In the absence of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and co celebrate after a brilliant Dembele goal in Turin on Wednesday. (Photo credit: @fcbarcelona)

Lionel Messi may yet sign a long term deal at Barcelona after the summer exit drama following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu and a new lease of life at the Camp Nou.

 

The past few days have been filled with ups and downs at Camp Nou, from Saturday’s Clasico defeat to an impressive 2-0 win at Juventus on Wednesday, but Lionel Messi is smiling again and the club’s supporters can too.


The Argentine slotted home a penalty late on in Turin, adding to Ousmane Dembele’s opener, as Barca took three points in Italy, thus maintaining their 100 per cent start to this season's UEFA Champions League.

This match will likely act as an injection of morale for a club that was left both sad and angry after losing at home against reigning champions, Real Madrid.

 

Barcelona president Bartomeu


Those feelings were compounded when Bartomeu claimed on Monday that he had "no reason to resign", despite the impending vote of confidence against him.


But 24 hours later, the president was gone. The club’s errors during his reign could fill a book, and almost forced Lionel Messi out the door after he handed in transfer request.


He still might, at the end of the season, but now a new man will get the chance to convince him to stay beyond the length of his current deal.

The players, who even beyond Messi, have been at odds with the board recently, seemed invigorated. Ronald Koeman’s side started fast.

 

Antoine Griezmann smashed a shot against the post, Messi had an effort well saved by Wojciech Szczesny and eventually Dembele broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.

Messi whipped a spectacular cross field pass from the left flank to the right, first time, and the France international controlled it immaculately.

 

Dembele moved forward quickly, cutting inside and then back out, showing off his two-footedness and dribbling ability.

With the defence on the back foot, the ex- BVB star launched a shot at goal which took a huge deflection and looped into the net past the helpless Szczesny.

 

The new lease of life can shoot Barcelona to form and contention after a very difficult period of unrest which dovetailed into the eventual resignation of Bartomew ahead of next year’s election.

 Watch Juventus 0-2 Barcelona match highlights below:

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