Messi sparkles in Barca's 5-1 rout of Valladolid

Messi sparkles in Barca's 5-1 rout of Valladolid

Messi sparkles in Barca's 5-1 rout of Valladolid

'Stars need to run like anyone else, if not the team can't cope, you need to convince them to run, ' the Manchester City boss told Catalunya Radio.

"It wasn't an excessive match, but I think we played well. His talent can't be compared to anything". The race in the Spanish top flight seems a little congested at this point but will inevitably come down to Barcelona and Real Madrid, who play Leganes on Wednesday and will move within a point of the Blaugrana with a win.

Barcelona began the season in shaky form with Messi sidelined through injury, but since their captain started for the first time, on September 24, they have won their seven matches in all competitions.

The Argentina captain added one more after the break, while Luis Suarez also got on the scoresheet. "He is from another planet".

Skipper Messi then doubled Barca's lead from six yards out on 58 minutes - his second goal of the campaign so far - while Suarez made it three eight minutes later as Messi unselfishly squared the ball for the Uruguayan while one-on-one with the 'keeper.

Although Clement Lenglet's second-minute opener was fortuitously cancelled out by Valladolid's Kiko Olivas 13 minutes later, Messi was able to inspire Barca against the visitors. Suarez netted Barcelona's final goal after a ideal through pass by Messi in the 77th.

Valladolid settled in to protect the draw and managed to stay on terms until the 29th minute when Messi orchestrated a goal by Arturo Vidal to restore the lead for the Catalan club.

In injury time, Messi will have to accept had his hat-trick however curled broad of the left put up when he appeared particular to realize. We have in memory what we have done but we want to look forward and win this league.

Valverde started the match with 16-year-old Ansu Fati in place of Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico Madrid had to settle for another draw after conceding a late equalizer at Alaves.

Five minutes later he sent a free-kick curling away from Jordi Masip, who scuttled across his line but could never reach the ball as it nestled in the top right-hand corner.

"We are satisfied because we know what happened last season with Valladolid".

The result extended Atletico's unbeaten streak against Alaves to nine league matches.

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