Man of the match – Lionel Messi – without a shadow of a doubt. The local fans were dying to see their hero score and they were treated not once but twice to the kind of Messi magic that makes him arguably the best player on the planet.
Rising to the occasion – and the Georgian fans’ cries of “Messi, Messi, Messi” – the Barcelona superstar delivered two immaculate free-kicks in succession to turn the game inside nine first-half minutes.
When Messi got off the team bus, when his name was read out before kick-off, whenever he was on the ball, it was a cue for mass applause from the Georgian public savouring the rare opportunity to see one of the world’s best up close.
Barcelona 5 – 4 Sevilla
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