Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao as Messi scores amazing free-kick

Messi scores a superb free-kick against Athletic Bilbao
Messi scores a superb free-kick against Athletic Bilbao

LIONEL MESSI scored his 650th Barcelona goal with a stunning free-kick to maintain the club’s title push.

The Argentine has hit the headlines this week after his stunning wages were revealed and showed he is worth every penny with a superb effort.

From around 25-yards out in the centre of the goal, Messi hit a brilliant effort into the top corner with pinpoint precision.

The goalkeeper could only stand and watch as it whistled into the corner despite the opponent’s best attempts to keep it out.

It’s another milestone for the mini maestro with 456 of his 650 goals coming in LaLiga.

Maybe he is worth his £123million-a-year contract at the Nou Camp after all.

Barcelona’s lead lasted for 29 minutes until Athletic Bilbao grabbed an equaliser through Jordi Alba’s own goal.

A teasing cross from Raul Garcia was put in his own net by the left-back who was under pressure from Dani Garcia.

With Barcelona appearing like they were about to drop more points in the title race, Antoine Griezmann stepped up to the plate.

It was a brilliantly worked goal as Barcelona kept patient in possession before Ousmane Dembele found Oscar Mingueza on the overlap.

The defender squared it across and the Frenchman couldn’t miss from six-yards.

The crucial three points lifts Barcelona up to second but they remain ten points adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid.

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