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Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona thrash Levante

12 January 2018

If Barcelona which falls in the Catalan region is restricted from participating in the La Liga which is the Spanish top flight and is forced to stand out of the English or the French league then any club wanting Messi won't have to pay the clause.

With every Barcelona-related headline recently focusing on the future of Philippe Coutinho, an interesting story about Lionel Messi somewhat flew under the radar.

The referendum had direct ramifications for Barcelona who, on the day that it was held, chose to play their La Liga game against Las Palmas behind closed doors in response to police violence against would-be voters.

With the win, Barcelona opened the gap between themselves and Real Madrid to seventeen points with our rivals playing Celta Vigo in their fixture later tonight.

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Coutinho's predecessor as Barca's record signing, Ousmane Dembele, made his first start since September after recovering from a torn hamstring in another positive development for Valverde.

Messi was back in the starting line-up after missing the King's Cup draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday.

The deal saw Coutinho become the second most expensive footballer ever behind compatriot Neymar, who moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for 222 million euros in August.

Messi was snapped with his two sons and wife Antonella Roccuzzo, who donned a bright pink Playboy jumper, as they arrived at the Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

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It took only 12 minutes for them to break the deadlock at the Camp Nou - and surprise surprise, it came through Messi.

Barcelona went 2-0 up in the thirty-eighth minute when Luis Suarez produced a stunning finish.

Suarez wasted a couple of chances to make Barca's victory more comfortable and forward Jose Arnaiz was handed a league debut in the last five minutes.

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Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona thrash Levante