- Lionel Messi produced a five-star performance in Barcelona's win over Ferencvaros
- The 33-year-old has been praised by his manager Ronald Koeman and demands more from him
- The 33-year-old scored the opening goal in the 5-1 thrashing of the Hungarian side
Lionel Messi has impressed his boss Ronald Koeman after his impressive display in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Ferencvaros in the Champions League, Goal.
La Blaugrana suffered their first La Liga defeat of the season away at Getafe but Barca returned to winning ways against the Hungarian counterpart.
And Koeman has heaped praises on Messi's five-star performance as the Dutchman told reporters after the final whistle:
"If he plays like he did tonight, I will have no complaints over Leo.
"He worked hard, he scored from the penalty spot but I then I too used to score penalties. If he doesn't score but gives two or three assists we cannot ask more of him.
"We have people up front playing well and that is the best thing for a coach. I think we have shown that we have great players up front.
"With a great Leo, with two assists, and that is why we leave here happy. There is competition and not just for the right wing. We can play differently with Leo out wide or at No.10. There are great players in attack."
Messi opened the flood gates in th 27th minute from a penalty and three minutes from the break Ansu Fati doubled the lead.
Philippe Coutinho made it 3-0 by Ferencvaros scored a penalty before Pedri restored the three-goal cushion as Ousmane Dembele wrapped up the performance.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's goal against Ferencvaros made him the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns, Goal.
The Barcelona captain was brought down in the penalty box and he took the responsibility in taking the penalty which he converted in the 27th minute of their Group G opener.
Messi is now the second player after Man United legend Ryan Giggs to score in 16 seasons in the elite competition overall.
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