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WATCH: Proof Messi is still quite good at football

The pint-sized Barca striker looked back to something approaching his best form during yesterday’s encounter with La Liga strugglers Real Vallecano.

ARGENTINE MAESTRO LIONEL Messi found himself on the receiving end of some fairly shrill criticism following Barcelona’s defeat Champions League semi-final defeat to Chelsea last week.

“He hasn’t scored in three games; is he a spent force?”

“Teams know how to stifle him now. The false No9 is outdated.”

Well, this assist – from yesterday’s La Liga fixture with Rayo Vallecano – should help ease tensions a little.

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