Behold Lionel Messi’s perfect overhead-kick assist from today’s friendly against Sampdoria in all its glory:
Yes, it’s just a friendly against Premier League champions (still insane to say that) Leicester City. But despite playing only three players from what will be Barcelona’s best line-up when the season kicks off for real, the Spanish squad is showing that they are in fact still incredible. In case there was any doubt.
Uruguay are in big trouble at the Copa America after dropping their opener to Mexico, 3-1 on Sunday, then falling 1-0 to Venezuela this evening. They only managed to out one shot on frame tonight, and striker Edinson Cavani was awful. He is Uruguay’s best healthy attacker (more on that in a second) and he put forth…
Seriously, who does it like this?
Now this—with intensity overflowing from the first whistle until the last, and frantic, blitzkrieg attacking being thwarted by heroic defending—was everything El Clásico was not.
Guys, guys, was this really necessary? It was obvious you were going to win, but did you really need to crown your triumph with this brutally brilliant flying kick goal by Luis Suárez?
Okay, so it wasn’t just because Barcelona had Lionel Messi and Arsenal didn’t that the reigning Champions League title holders beat Arsenal today, even if the Argentine did account for both goals in the likely tie-deciding 2-0 scoreline. Unlike some of his most transcendent performances—like, say, his one-man…
What some people who don’t pay close attention to the team may have missed regarding Barcelona’s trick penalty play this weekend is that, while primarily driven by a desire to do cool shit, it was also probably a reaction to the team’s general penalty woes this season. And so it was no surprise when Luis Suárez…
It will never be remembered, but this weekend’s Barcelona-Celta Vigo match, which finished 6-1 thanks to a Luis Suárez hat trick, a collection of stunning and inventive instances of Lionel Messi’s trademark magic, and a single iconic moment when Barcelona’s three world-conquering forwards took the idea of the penalty…
Barcelona were so bored with a second-half ass-kicking of Celta that they executed a trick penalty, with Lionel Messi dumping off to a sprinting Luis Suárez—who completed his hat trick with the goal. Cheeky? Disrespectful? Hilarious? All of the above.
Technically this little flick didn’t quite come off the way Neymar intended, but he definitely meant for that ridiculous touch to redirect into Luis Suárez’s path, and holy shit, can you imagine having such otherworldly talent that even when your unbelievably audacious moves don’t work exactly right, they still end up…
Luiz Suarez put Barcelona up early in today’s El Clásico with this slick finish. While the goal itself was quite good, Sergi Roberto’s smart running and perfectly timed layoff with the outside of his foot were even better.
Lionel Messi, who was already the cutest little assassin in soccer history, shared this picture of some pajamas teammate Luis Suárez bought him:
Just thirteen minutes after Álvaro Morata drew things level, Luis Suárez put away a Lionel Messi rebound to restore Barcelona’s 2-1 advantage. Juventus now has 10 minutes plus stoppage time to get a goal, or the Champions League trophy will go to the Nou Camp.
Just look at this shit. This is what Barcelona have been doing all season. Unreal Lionel Messi passes, selfless decisions by Luis Suárez, and calm finishing by Neymar.
Sweet mother of God, Barcelona are a force of nature. It’s currently about an hour into their match against Getafe. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar have all scored. And those goals make up just five of their six total, each scored with some of the most outrageous skill you’ll see this year or any other.
Today’s La Liga battle at Camp Nou started off strong for the home side as Barcelona easily moved down the pitch—Sergio Busquets had a lot to do with this thanks to finding Messi on a long through ball—with Luis Suárez depositing the ball in the net, all in less than a minute.
Yesterday, Barcelona's Luis Suárez worked over PSG's David Luiz, hitting him with a brutal and embarrassing nutmeg on his way to a goal. Then he did it again. Sensing that her son could use some soothing words to heal his charred, diced, and nutmeg-flavored ego, his mother posted this message of encouragement:
This is the quintessential Luis Suárez goal. Finding himself stranded alone deep into PSG territory, he sees the three defenders between him and the goal and thinks, "Hm, how about I just bang my way through them all and score?"
This is precisely the kind of game Barcelona were hoping to get out of Luis Suárez when bringing him in this summer, and the kind he's been delivering regularly as of late. With his combination of confidence, unceasing work, deadly finishing, and selflessness, he was able to will an unimpressive Barça to a blowout…