Barcelona star Messi scores right-footed rocket as first goal under Koeman

The Argentine gave his side a two-goal lead against Girona after Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring for the Catalans

Lionel Messi did not take long to get back among the goals with Barcelona, scoring a right-footed beauty in Wednesday’s friendly against Girona before later adding a second.
Messi was making his second appearance for Barcelona since he reversed his decision to leave the club and announced he would be staying with the Catalans.
In an exclusive interview with Goal, Messi said he preferred to stay for the 2020-21 season rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle over a termination clause he looked to activate in his contract.

While Messi and his legal team asserted the right to activate the clause at season’s end in August, Barcelona insisted that he had to inform them of his desire to leave in June — when the season was originally scheduled to end before the coronavirus break pushed it back.
Rather than fight it out in court the 33-year-old will stay at Barcelona, though his future is far from clear with his contract set to expire at the end of the upcoming campaign.
The strain of his off-field issues looked to have no effect on Messi on the pitch though, as he slammed home a shot from distance off the post to give his side a 2-0 lead just before half-time. It was his first goal under new head coach Ronald Koeman.

Messi would score a second five minutes after the break after his left-footed strike from range took a deflection on the way in.
Barcelona’s first goal was scored by Philippe Coutinho, who finished off a lovely team move that was sparked by Messi’s delicious through ball.


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