Lionel Messi returned to the scoresheetin style with a brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 friendly win over Girona on Wednesday.The Blaugrana captainis set to see out theremaining year of his contractat Camp Nouafter failing to secure a move away from his only senior club.
Messi was heavily linked with Manchester Citybut stayed at Barça despite announcing his frustration with the failed negotiations.
The number 10 returned to the fold for his side’s firstpre-season friendly under Ronald Koemanon Saturday, playing the first half against Gimnastic but failing to find the net.
Messi back on target
Messi put that right against Girona, however, with astunning right-footed strike from 20 yards crashing against the post and in on the stroke of half-time, although it prompted only an understated celebration.
A second followed after the restart, hisshot deflecting beyond the wrong-footed goalkeeper and adding to Philippe Coutinho’s opener.
Messi made way for Ousmane Dembélé after 63 minutesand now has one more friendly remaining – the Joan Gamper Trophy against Elche – beforeBarca’s LaLiga campaign begins at home to Villarreal on the weekend of September 26-27.