Twitter Reacts as Lionel Messi Shows Off His Dance Moves After Goal Against Athletic Bilbao

?Fans have reacted brilliantly after seeing Lionel Messi show off his dance moves when celebrating a goal against Athletic Bilbao.

The Argentinian is well known for being magical when it comes to having the ball at his feet, but he proved on Saturday that he has got magical dance moves too. 

Messi starred yet again for Barcelona in their ?2-0 win over Bilbao, scoring with a delightful finish in the 30th minute to put his side in complete control. He then proceeded to show off his dance moves to the Camp Nou, and people were quick to react.

??The 30-year-old is not known for his outrageous celebrations and fans were left a little confused as to what the meaning was behind Messi’s new found urge to boogie. 

Gerard Romero revealed on Twitter that Messi’s amusing celebration was in fact a tribute to team mate Luis Suarez who was watching the game in the stands due to a suspension.

His latest goalscoring exploits put Messi onto 25 league goals for the season and his Barcelona side now sit 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

It looks like Messi will take Barcelona to yet another domestic title and after his stunning display in the Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday, will be eyeing up another Champions League to add to his vast trophy collection.

It will be interesting to see if Suarez and Messi continue their dancing exploits when Suarez is back on the pitch. Will we see them on Strictly one day?

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The 9 Players Who Have Bagged 4-Goal Hauls in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season

A hat-trick is one thing, but a four-goal haul in a single game is even more special.

That is something that has been managed on nine occasions in Europe’s top five leagues.

These are the players that have done it…

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

19th September 2017 vs Eibar

Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul against Eibar back in September included his second hat-trick of the season having already bagged a treble against Espanyol just a couple of weeks earlier.

Messi leads the way when it comes to La Liga scoring on 25 for the campaign, although he faces stiff competition if he is to retain his European Golden Shoe as the continent’s top scorer.  

2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

6th January 2018 vs SPAL

Serie A minnows SPAL were on the receiving end of a four-goal haul from prolific striker Ciro Immobile in January, a game that Lazio won 5-2 as they fight for a Champions League place.

Immobile has rediscovered his best form since returning to Italy in 2016 after disappointing spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in Germany and Spain respectively.  

3. Neymar (PSG)

17th January 2018 vs Dijon

Having scored regularly in his first few months with Paris Saint-Germain following a €222m move from Barcelona, Neymar stepped things up even more when he bagged four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Ligue 1 minnows Dijon in January.

His debut season has already finished as a result of a broken foot.  

4. Sergio Aguero (Man City)

10th February 2018 vs Leicester

Sergio Aguero scored a Premier League hat-trick for Manchester City against Newcastle in January, but went one better just three weeks later against Leicester by scoring four.

It was his third Premier League hat-trick of this season alone, while the Argentine is also no stranger to mega hauls. He scored four in one game against Tottenham in October 2014, and five in another against Newcastle in October 2015.  

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

28th February 2018 vs Leganes

After a slow first half of the season by his own standards, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up his scoring in a big way since January and has scored 12 goals in his last 10 La Liga games.

Four of those came in just one outing against Leganes at the end of February. Remarkably, the Frenchman had actually scored a hat-trick against Sevilla just three days earlier as well.  

6. Alassane Plea (Nice)

11th March 2018 vs Guingamp

Nice forward Alassane Plea became the first French player to bag a four-goal haul in Ligue 1 in more than 10 years when he was in prolific form against Guingamp earlier this month.

But even after his four-goal haul, Plea has still only scored 10 times in the league in total so far this season and had found the net just once in 10 Ligue 1 outings prior to facing Guingamp.

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

17th March 2018 vs Watford

Just when Liverpool fans thought Mohamed Salah couldn’t any better, the Egyptian forward bagged four goals in one game against Watford at the weekend.

Salah now has 28 for the Reds in the Premier League this season and is just three short of matching Luis Suarez’s 31-goal tally in 2013/14. He could also become the first Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in all competitions in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.  

8. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

18th March 2018 vs Sampdoria

Mauro Icardi is having his best season yet in an Inter Milan shirt and saw his Serie A goal tally boosted to 22 after netting four times against Sampdoria at the weekend.

They were Icardi’s first goals since returning from a recent injury absence, while his prolific early season form had largely deserted him in the few weeks before that layoff as well.  

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

18th March 2018 vs Girona

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible recent run of goalscoring form when he netted four against Girona in La Liga at the weekend, the eighth straight game in all competitions in which he has found the net.

It was also his 50th career hat-trick. Ronaldo is now onto 22 league goals for the season and has 37 in all competitions, a tally matched by no other player in Europe’s top five leagues.  


Barcelona Legend Lionel Messi Admits Worry About Moving Back to Argentina After Retiring

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he harbours concerns over a permanent return to his country Argentina.

The forward left his hometown of Rosario as an 11-year-old to join Barca’s academy, going on to become one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen. 

19 years and five Ballon d’Ors later, with retirement possibly on the horizon, the 30-year-old says he has no idea what he will do or even where he will live after calling curtains on what has been a tremendous career.

“Everyone says it is very difficult and I have no doubt about that,” he said on America TV’s La Cornisa (H/T Diario AS).

“It is very difficult not to have the routine of training, playing. I do not know what I’m going to do, where to live.

“I would like to do everything that I could not, but I do not know if it’s going to be in Barcelona, Rosario. I do not know what I’m going to do.”

Barcelona v Athletic Club - La Liga

The player also implied that he’s a bit fearful to move back to the South American country, given the high crime rate, expressing sorrow over the social state of his nation.

“I suffer and I feel sorry that today Argentina is as it is,” he continued. “The reality of the country, the insecurity.

“I look at the future, I think about being able to return to Rosario and enjoying my city because I could not do so as a kid, I had to come here, something I do not regret, but I’m worried. 

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“Robberies are all over the world, but it’s crazy that something more could happen to you. I know it’s impossible [these days], but I remember that I went out all day to the street and nothing would happen.”


Barcelona 2-0 Athletic: Alcacer & Messi Ease Barca to Victory With Scintillating First Half Display

Barcelona extended their unbeaten Primera Division home run to 31 games on Sunday afternoon as they eased past Athletic Club 2-0 inside an 83,000-strong Camp Nou. 

Strikes from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi placed the hosts in a comfortable position during a sensational first half display which could have feasibly seen the Catalonians command a much greater advantage.

However, following a measured second 45, which saw the tempo sucked out of the contest, Barca were again unable to force the scoreline to truly reflect their supremacy, although the champions elect extended their points buffer over Atletico Madrid to 11 points – with Diego Simeone’s side visiting Villarreal later in the afternoon. 

Ahead of the contest, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde claimed his side were down to the “bare bones”; however, that did not stop the hosts asserting their dominance early on, with Alcacer making their pressure count inside eight minutes. 

A pedestrian-paced, but measured buildup eventually found its way to Jordi Alba on the left-hand side before the Spaniard slid in his low cross which the second-string frontman, in for the suspended Luis Suarez, latched onto with a simple side-foot from 12 yards to give Barca the advantage.

And Barcelona’s lead was inches away from being doubled moments later; after Alba thought he had added another assist to his account as he fed Philippe Coutinho via a volleyed knockdown, only for the Brazilian’s rocketed effort to rattle the underside of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s crossbar and eventually roll away to safety.

However, as the stroke of the half-hour came, as did Blaugrana’s deserved second; thanks to a typically scintillating strike from Messi. 

The Argentine was fed with a beautifully weighted pass from Ousmane Dembele, with the driven ball cutting out three Athletic defenders en route to the 30-year-old, before the maestro’s leathered attempt from the edge of the area flew into the bottom right-hand corner of Kepa’s goal to mark his 25th of the campaign.

After extending their advantage, Barca continued their dominance, with Coutinho’s hitting of the woodwork for the second time of the afternoon swiftly followed up by Paulinho being denied via the same obstacle. 

But, despite their overwhelming dominance, and some simply sensational football, Valverde led his side into the dressing room at the break with just a two-goal advantage. 

As the second half passed by, the hosts struggled to find their levels from the first, with Athletic seeing more of the ball in opposition territory; however, failing to test Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 

And as the full-time whistle approached, the slow tempo continued, with Barca rounding off a comfortable afternoon at a canter to secure their fifth straight win across all competitions.  




Psychologist Explains Andre Gomes’ Difficulties at Barcelona After Brave Confession Last Week

The ?Barcelona community has shown its true colours this week with great support for Andre Gomes, the Portuguese midfielder who ?admitted last week that he has been struggling to cope with the weight of expectation at the Nou Camp.

Brought on against ?Chelsea in midweek as a substitute for Sergio Busquets, Gomes was greeted not with the hostile reaction which he has sometimes endured in recent weeks, but with a more welcoming reception that boosted his confidence and helped him to turn in a good performance.

Sports psychologist Oriole Mercade, speaking to ?Marca, sought to explain why Gomes was finding life so difficult at Barcelona.


“Gomes has been successful in the strategy of expressing his humanness,” explained Mercade. “The great demand of a club like Barcelona [makes things difficult].

“He has lost his flow. His movements have not been natural, they do not flow, and he is aware of what will happen if he does it badly, and he does not enjoy each moment.”

Gomes’ impressive performances for Valencia earned him a move to the Nou Camp in 2016, but that dream move has since turned into a nightmare which Gomes described as ‘hell’ in last week’s candid interview.

“He has lived his entire life with such talent,” Mercade continued. “He needs a psychological therapist, not a coach, for a strong intervention where he begins to work towards smaller objectives.

“Right now, he cannot get away. So he has to start setting small targets, like entering the area or shooting at goal a certain number of times.”

?Barcelona confirmed that they had taken action in response to Gomes’ comments, while Busquets ?issued a rallying cry for his teammates to support the 21-year-old during his difficult times.

With Busquets sidelined for a few weeks, Gomes will get the opportunity to build on his encouraging midweek display, starting against Athletic Club on Sunday.

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