It was not a pleasant outing for anyone at Camp Nou yesterday, barring Ruslan Nescherat, who produced multiple magical moments to keep Dynamo Kyiv from conceding more. One of the 12 saves he made came off a Lionel Messi free-kick, which looked destined to bulge the back of the net as it paved its path into the top left corner.
Apart from the free-kick, it was a frustrating night for the six-time Ballon D’or winner. While he constantly found himself in space before receiving the ball, it would not take long for the Kyiv defence to double, or at times even triple mark him. That said, Messi still managed to be one of the difference-makers on the night, winning and scoring Barcelona’s opener from the penalty spot and then winning the ball back that led to the second goal.
After Michael Oliver called curtains on the heated affair between the two sides which ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts, Mircea Lucescu, manager of Dynamo Kyiv could not help but approach Messi to ask for his shirt after the game.
The Argentine, being the ever-humble presence he is, could not deny, and reportedly told him he would get a fresh one for him from the dressing room, keeping in mind the Coronvirus protocols. Another moment of brilliance for Messi’s ever-growing portfolio of greatness and treasured memorabilia for Lucescu.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.