- Lionel Messi grabbed a brace helping Barcelona to a 5-2 win over Getafe in a La Liga clash
- The Barcelona captain turned down a chance to register his hattrick when he allowed Griezmann to take a spot-kick
- The Frenchman blasted the ball into the net and then gave a warm embrace to thank the Argentine
Lionel Messi who was already on a brace turned down a chance to get his first hat-trick of 2021 when he allowed striker Antoine Griezmann to take a last-minute spot-kick.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired his side to a 5-2 win over Getafe on Thursday night, April 22, finding the back of the net twice in the encounter.
The Argentine put up a hattrick performance in the game and should have scored his third goal for the night - a game his side dominated throughout.
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But he decided to gift Griezmann an opportunity to be on the score-sheet handing the Frenchman the penalty to rifle past goalkeeper David Soria to seal an emphatic victory.
Griezmann had missed a couple of chances earlier in the game and he looked delighted to have eventually scored as he raced to Messi to give a thankful hug.
Fans are delighted to see Messi exhibit true leadership towards a struggling teammate. The captain scored the opener in the 8th minute before Clement Lenglet own goal brought the visitors level.
Sofian Chakla’s bizarre own goal then put Barca ahead once again before Messi grabbed the second of his game just past the half-hour mark.
Enes Unal scored a penalty to make it 3-2, but Ronald Araujo's header made it 4-2 before Griezmann's penalty sealed the victory.
With Barcelona lifting the prestigious Copa del Rey, details emerged over the future of the club’s captain Lionel Messi.
Premier League club Manchester City, as well as French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, are reportedly monitoring the 33-year-old forward whose contract ends at the end of the season.
Reports claim that Messi is set for contract talks with Barcelona ahead of the expiration of his current deal in June.
It was gathered that the father of the multiple Ballon d’Or winner Jorge is currently in Barcelona for showdown talks with the club.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona stars took turns to take a selfie with their captain and legendary Lionel Messi after the Spanish club won the Copa del Rey on Saturday, April 17.
It is their first piece of silverware since winning the La Liga title back in 2019 and Argentine legend Lionel Messi was at the heart of the celebration.
The likes of Frenkie de Jong, Ansu Fati and Miralem Pjanic, among others, posed for pictures with the legendary forward.